From the ancient world to the grungy 90s, historical novels bridge the gap between our present and our past. Young adult historical fiction novels, in particular, can captivate the younger set, offering details that aren't found in the average school textbook. These stories make the children of bygone eras seem less removed—and much more relatable to the modern day teen reader.
Make Your Own List. Interview by Zoe Greaves. Historical novelist K J Whittaker takes us on a time-travelling adventure as she selects five brilliant historical novels for teens.
Now, I find that I absolutely love young adult historical fiction. I love the combination of coming-of-age stories and fascinating periods of history around the world although, I generally enjoy historical fiction set in the US the most. These five titles are ones that completely sucked me in, and when I closed the last page, I wanted to know more about the time period, the real people from the era, and anything else there was to know.
One of the best things about the genre is that it can make you interested in learning more about the actual history of the time period. What happens after your life is torn apart? This is the story of a teen girl who survived the Holocaust and her struggle to rebuild her life after she is liberated from a concentration camp. A compelling look at the connection between Liberia and America, Dream Country explores the lives of five generations of a family searching for freedom.
What's New? After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, 16 yr old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. From his Pennsylvania homestead,13 yr 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.
Young adult fiction YA is a category of fiction written for readers from 12 to 18 years of age. The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA are expansive and include most of those found in adult fiction.
From the ancient world to the grungy 90s, historical novels bring the past to life. The best historical novels are the ones where the historical facts and story blend together seamlessly. The novels below have the perfect amount of historical fun facts, mixed with relatable stories that just so happen to take place during important—or lost—points in history.