Teen Historical Fiction 2015

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The Game of Love and Death
Martha Brockenbrough

HIST TEEN BROCKENBROUGH
In Seattle in 1937 two seventeen-year-olds, Henry, who is white, and Flora, who is African-American, become the unwitting pawns in a game played by two immortal figures, Love and Death, where they must choose each other at the end, or one of them will die.


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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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The True Adventures of Nicolo Zen
Nicholas Christopher

HIST TEEN CHRISTOPHER
Orphan Nicolo Zen is all alone in 1700s Venice, save for his clarinet, enchanted by a mysterious magician to allow its first player to perform expertly. Soon Nicolo is a famous virtuoso, wealthy beyond his dreams, but he can’t stop wondering if he earned the success—or the girl he met in Venice is safe from the harm.


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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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Audacity
Melanie Crowder

HIST TEEN CROWDER
A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women’s labor rights in the early 20th century in New York.


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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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Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal
Margarita Engle

HIST TEEN ENGLE
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.


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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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Deception's Princess (Princesses of Myth)
Esther Friesner

HIST TEEN FRIESNER
In Iron Age Ireland, Maeve, the fierce, willful youngest daughter of King Eochu of Connacht, is caught in a web of lies after rebelling to avoid fosterage with another highborn family and an arranged marriage.


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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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Going Over
Beth Kephart

TEEN KEPHART
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall—Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.


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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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Lady Thief: A Scarlet Novel
A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet’s true identity has been revealed and she has been forced to marry Lord Gisbourne and participate at court, acting the part of a noblewoman in hopes of helping her beloved Robin Hood’s cause and forging a future with him.


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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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Witchrise (The Tudor Witch Trilogy)
Victoria Lamb

SF TEEN LAMB
To defeat the witch hunter Marcus Dent, Tudor witch Meg Lytton must learn to harness the power of her mother’s ring and wand, a situation complicated by the loss of her love, Alejandro.


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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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Under a Painted Sky
Stacey Lee

HIST TEEN LEE
In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.


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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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Anastasia and Her Sisters
Carolyn Meyer

HIST TEEN MEYER
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.


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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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Love Me
Rachel Shukert

HIST TEEN SHUKERT
All the glamour and glitz of the Golden Age of Glam is back, except this time Margo, Gabby, and Amanda are going to receive an even greater dose of reality about Hollywood and their place in it.


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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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Love by the Morning Star
Ms. Laura L. Sullivan

HIST TEEN SULLIVAN
Mistaken for one another when they are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers on the brink of World War II, Hannah, a distant relative hoping to be welcomed by the family, and Anna, sent to spy for the Nazis, both unexpectedly fall in love.


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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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The Cure for Dreaming
Cat Winters

HIST TEEN WINTERS
The year is 1900. In Portland, Oregon, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie, who is paid by her father to make her more docile and womanly but who, instead, gives her the ability to see people’s true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women’s rights. Includes timeline and historical photographs.


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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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Bad Luck Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy Book 3
Sarah Zettel

HIST TEEN ZETTEL
After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms.


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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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