We’ve all been there. A teen visits your desk with a WWII request and when you hand them The Book Thief, you are met wide eyes and the question, “Do you have anything smaller?” You think you’ve found the perfect book and hand them Number the Stars and this time you are met with a face of disgust and “I don’t like that cover; that looks old.” Where are all the historical fiction books that teens will want to read? Your wishes have been granted because YA historical fiction has come a long way in recent years. Authors are blending historical fiction with the paranormal, science fiction, Shakespeare, and assassin nuns.
Below is a list of historical fiction titles that will not only make teens do their own research, they will make you a reader’s advisory superstar!
- Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
A reimagining of Alexander the Great where seven people have secrets and missions.
- Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
Hope’s mother has died and her father ships her off to an aunt she’s never met in Scotland. After only a couple of hours in Scotland, Hope learns that she comes from a family of time travelers and she must help stop their nemesis.
- The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
Botille and her sisters are trying to live a quiet life in 13th century France when she helps a heretic fugitive with mythical powers. With the church investigating the mythical stranger, Botille and her family have a difficult choice-believe or not believe in Dolssa.
- And I Darken by Kirsten White
Abandoned by her home, Wallachia and father, Lada and Radu fight for survival as they are raised by the Ottoman courts. While set on revenge, Lada and Radu find love and friendship in Mehmen the future ruler of the empire they are trained to fight.
- Grave Mercy by Robin Lefavers
Isme bears the mark of death and no man will have her except a disgusting man her father forces her to marry. After escaping her abusive husband, Isme finds safety at a convent of assassin nuns where she learns about her mark and how to serve her true father, the God of Death. Continue reading The History of YA: World History Through YA Fiction