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Historical Fiction for Teens

    A Moment Comes

    A Moment Comes - Jennifer Bradbury

    As the partition of India nears in 1947 bringing violence even to Jalandhar, Tariq, a Muslim, finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in Anupreet, a Sikh girl, and Margaret, a British girl whose affection for him might help with his dream of studying at Oxford.

    TEEN FICTION Bradbury, J.
    All the Truth That's in Me

    All the Truth That's in Me - Julie Berry

    Judith can't speak. But when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.

    TEEN FICTION Berry, J.    
    Before We Were Free

    Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez

    In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.

    TEEN FICTION Alvarez, J.                                            
    Climbing the Stairs

    Climbing the Stairs - Padma Venkatraman

     
    In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.

    TEEN FICTION Venkatraman, P.
    Code Name Verity

    Code Name Verity - Elizabeth 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 to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

    TEEN FICTION Wein, E.
    Code Talker : A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

    Code Talker : A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two - Joseph Bruchac

    After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

    TEEN FICTION Bruchac, J.
    Copper Sun

    Copper Sun - Sharon M. Draper

    Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.

    TEEN FICTION Draper, S.
    Day of Tears

    Day of Tears - Julius Lester

    Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma.

    TEEN FICTION Lester, J.
    Gilt

    Gilt - Katherine Longshore

    In 1539, Kitty Tylney and her best friend Cat Howard--the audacious, self-proclaimed "Queen of Misrule"--both servants to the Duchess of Norfolk, move to the court of King Henry VIII, who fancies Cat, and when Cat becomes queen, Kitty must learn to navigate the complexities and dangers of the royal court.

    TEEN FICTION Longshore, K.
    Never Fall Down: A Novel

    Never Fall Down: A Novel - Patricia McCormick

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

    TEEN FICTION McCormick, P. 
    Out of the Dust

    Out of the Dust - Karen Hesse

    In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

    TEEN FICTION Hesse, K. 
    Rose under Fire

    Rose under Fire - Elizabeth Wein

    When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners. Companion to Code Name Verity.

    TEEN FICTION Wein, E.

                                                
    Sekret

    Sekret - Lindsay Smith

    A group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB.

    TEEN FICTION Smith, L.
    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable - John Boyne

     
    Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

    TEEN FICTION Boyne, J.
    The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist

    The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist - Margarita Engle

    Evokes the voice of Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, a book-loving writer, feminist, and abolitionist who courageously fought injustice in nineteenth-century Cuba. Includes historical notes, excerpts from her writings, biographical information, and source notes.

    TEEN FICTION Engle, M. 
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