Teen Historical Fiction 2013

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Come August, Come Freedom: The Bellows, The Gallows, and The Black General Gabriel
Gigi Amateau

HIST TEEN AMATEAU

This story imagines the childhood and youth of “Prosser’s Gabriel”, a courageous and intelligent blacksmith in post-Revolutionary Richmond, Virginia, who roused thousands of African-American slaves like himself to rebel.


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Forge (Seeds of America)
Laurie Halse Anderson

HIST TEEN ANDERSON

Separated from his friend Isabel after their daring escape from slavery, fifteen-year-old Curzon serves as a free man in the Continental Army at Valley Forge until he and Isabel are thrown together again, as slaves once more.


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The FitzOsbornes at War (The Montmaray Journals)
Michelle Cooper

HIST TEEN COOPER

In this third installment to the Montmaray Journals, Sophie and her family come together to support the war effort during World War I, meanwhile fighting to protect their beloved Montmary.


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The Fire Horse Girl
Kay Honeyman

HIST TEEN HONEYMAN

Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station. Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed.


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In Darkness
Nick Lake

PRINTZ TEEN LAKE

Following the Haitian earthquake, Shorty, a gang member, is trapped in the rubble of a hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions of his life and of Toussaint L’Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in 1804.


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Hattie Ever After
Kirby Larson

HIST TEEN LARSON

In 1919, seventeen-year-old Hattie leaves the Montana prairie, and her sweetheart Charlie, to become a female reporter in San Francisco.


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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
Katherine Marsh

HIST TEEN MARSH

Imprisoned and compelled to be a court dwarf in a royal Spanish palace after leaving his countryside home, Jepp of Astraveld endures a humiliating existence along with his friend Lia before an escape attempt places him in the hands of an eccentric master devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars.


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Never Fall Down
Patricia McCormick

HIST TEEN MCCORMICK

Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.


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No Crystal Stair
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

HIST TEEN MICHEAUX

Told by a banker that he should sell fried chicken rather than books, since “Negroes don’t read”, Lewis Michaux defies the odds to build Harlem’s National Memorial African Bookstore, an intellectual center and gathering place from 1939 to 1975.


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Woods Runner
Gary Paulsen

HIST TEEN PAULSEN

From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel, who is a highly skilled woodsman, sets out toward New York City to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Indians who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community.


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Dodger
Terry Pratchett

SF TEEN PRATCHETT

In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.


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Between Shades of Gray
Ruta Sepetys

HIST TEEN SEPETYS

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.


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Out of The Easy
Ruta Sepetys

HIST TEEN SEPETYS

Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.


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The Berlin Boxing Club
Robert Sharenow

HIST TEEN SHARENOW

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a non-religious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.


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Code Name Verity
Elizabeth Wein

HIST TEEN WEIN

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can.


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The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
Allan Wolf

HIST TEEN WOLF

Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.


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