Teen novels set in other times.

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Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School)
Gail Carriger

SF TEEN CARRIGER

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.


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Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Cassandra Clare

SF TEEN CLARE

When seventeen-year-old orphaned shapechanger Tessa Gray is kidnapped by the villainous Mortmain in his final bid for power, the London Institute rallies to save her, but is beset by danger and betrayal at every turn. Clockwork Princess is set in Victorian London. It is the third book in the Infernal Devices series.


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The Fairest Beauty
Melanie Dickerson

INSPIR TEEN DICKERSON

In order to escape her stepmother, Sophie journeys with Gabe, a young man who claims she is betrothed to his older brother, but they begin to develop feelings for each other, in this tale loosely based on “Snow White.” The Fairest Beauty is set in the Middle Ages.


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Scarlet
A.C. Gaughen

TEEN GAUGHEN

Debut author Gaughen offers an affecting take on an old tale in this rip-roaring adventure narrated by Scarlet, who has joined Robin Hood’s gang disguised as a lad.


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Prisoner B-3087
Ruth Gruener,Jack Gruener,Alan Gratz

HIST TEEN GRATZ

Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.


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With a Name like Love
Tess Hilmo

J HILMO

Thirteen-year-old Olivene Love gets tangled up in a murder mystery when her itinerant preaching family arrives in the small town of Binder, Arkansas in 1957.


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Keeping The Castle
Patrice Kindl

HIST TEEN KINDL

In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, seventeen-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems. This tale of romance is set in Great Britain between 1789 and 1820.


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Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin Trilogy)
Robin LaFevers

HIST TEEN LAFEVERS

Sybella’s duty as Death’s assassin in 15th-century France forces her return home to the personal hell that she had finally escaped. Love and romance, history and magic, vengeance and salvation converge in this sequel to Grave Mercy.


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Odette's Secrets
Maryann Macdonald

HIST TEEN MACDONALD

When Odette’s father becomes a Nazi prisoner-of-war and the Paris police begin arresting Jews, her mother sends Odette to hide in the Catholic French countryside where she must keep many secrets to survive. Written in free-verse poetry.


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Life: An Exploded Diagram
Mal Peet

HIST TEEN PEET

In 1960’s Norfolk, England, seventeen-year-old Clem Ackroyd lives with his mother and grandmother in a tiny cottage, but his life is transformed when he falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy farmer in this tale that flashes back through the stories of three generations.


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Revolver
Marcus Sedgwick

TEEN SEDGWICK

Sig’s father dies of exposure after trying to rush home across a frozen lake. Soon after, a man arrives at their tiny shack with a Colt revolver demanding his share of a stolen wealth of gold. This taut historical mystery is set in the Arctic Circle in 1899 and 1910.


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Starstruck
Rachel Shukert

HIST TEEN SHUKERT

Set in the world of 1930’s moviemaking, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.


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Navigating Early
Clare Vanderpool

HIST J VANDERPPOOL

In this odyssey-like adventure, two boys undertake an incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.


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In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Cat Winters

HIST TEEN WINTERS

In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.


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Breaking Stalin's Nose
Eugene Yelchin

HIST J YELCHIN

In the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, ten-year-old Sasha idolizes his father, a devoted Communist, but when police take his father away and leave Sasha homeless, he is forced to examine his own perceptions, values, and beliefs.


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