BOOKLISTS: YOUNG ADULT HISTORICAL FICTION


Young Adult Historical Fiction - General

Historical Fiction, Grades 6-8 (Haworth Public School, NJ) Author, title, lengthy summary for about 100 books, in these categories: Middle Ages, Renaissance, 1700s, Civil War, 1800s, Early 20th Century, World War I, Prohibition, Great Depression, World War II, The Holocaust, 1950s, 1960s, Vietnam, 1970s.

Historical Fiction: Books for Teens (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary of works of historical fiction, arranged by time period and geographic location: Prehistory (3 books), Africa and the Middle East (3 books), Asia and the Pacific (4 books), Central American and the Caribbean (2 books), Europe (13 books), North America (with further subdivisions; about 30 books total), World War II and the Holocaust (17 books). About 70 books total.

World/European Historical Fiction for Teens (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 25 historical fiction novels, from Tracy Barrett's Anna of Byzantium to Diane L. Wilson's I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade.

YA Historical Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 50 books of historical fiction, from Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains to Markus Zusak's The Book Thief.

Historical Fiction (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author, title, summary. Organised by time period: Ancient (1 book), Medieval (5), 17th Century (4), American Revolution (3), Nineteenth Century (4), American Civil War (8), Twentieth Century (6), Depression Era (5), World War II Era (7), and The Sixties and Seventies (4 books). Feb. 2001.

Historical Fiction (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary for about 50 novels of historical fiction for middle schoolers and high schoolers, organised by time period. Updated Aug. 2007.

The World Chronicle: Historical Fiction for Young Adults (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2002. And actually, it's historical fiction set in the western world. Author, title, summary, publication year, and webcat link for about 30 works of historical fiction set from 1100s England to 1900s United States.

Historical Fiction for Young Adults (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for novels of historical fiction, in categories of Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance (11 books); 1700s - 1800s (11); 1900 - 1940 (4); World War II (3); 1950s (2); 1960s (4).

Doing the Decades (James Brewbaker, The ALAN Review): Spring 1999 journal article that provides an overview of a number of books of quality historical fiction for young adults for each decade of the twentieth century, as well as other works that mirror the times in which they were written. Extensive, detailed, interesting commentary about key aspects of each decade.

Trips in Time: Historical Fiction for Young Adults (Fresno County Public Library, CA): PDF file. Author, title, summary for 50 YA historical novels, arranged by time period.

Historical Gals (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary, time period/place for about 20 books of historical fiction featuring girls, from Mary Mehan Awake by Jennifer Armstrong (Post-Civil War New York State) to My Brother, My Sister, and I by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (Post-WWII Japan). Compiled 2001, revised Feb. 2005.

Historical Guys (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary, time period/place for almost 20 books of historical fiction featuring boys, from King's Shadow by Elizabeth Alder (1000s England) to Mountain Light by Laurence Yep (1855 China and United States). Compiled 2001, revised Feb. 2005.

Past & Perilous Historical Adventures (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, grade level, and summary for over 25 books. Sept. 2001.

Historical Fiction for Grades 7 and 8 (Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA): Title, author, summary, webcat link, and time period/place listed for about 25 novels, from William H. Armstrong's Sounder (1900s, USA) to Virginia Euwer Wolff's Bat 6 (Post World War II, USA). Oct. 2001.

What Should I Read Next?: Historical Fiction (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for a dozen novels, from My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier to The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White.

Looking Back: Teen Historical Fiction Booklist (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh): Author, title, summary, webcat link for 11 titles, from Brian Burks' Soldier Boy to Frances Temple's A Taste of Salt: a Story of Modern Haiti.

Teens: Historical Fiction (San Jos? Public Library, CA): Simple list of 13 books, listed by author, with brief summaries and links to webcatalog. Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle to Virginia Wolff's Bat 6.

Blast from the Past: Historical Fiction, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 5 novels of historical fiction for young teens.

Young Adult Historical Fiction - Ancient

Ancient Greece Booklist - Fiction (Overbooked): Fiction about Ancient Greece and the Trojan War. Includes titles for adults and teens(YA). Author, title, publication info, brief reviews, notation if for YA, for about about a dozen well-reviewed titles, from Achilles by Elizabeth Cook to The Songs of Kings by Barry Unsworth.

Young Adult Historical Fiction - Medieval

Medieval Era Fiction for Older Readers (Madison Public Library, WI): Title, author, publication info, summary for about 10 fiction titles about the middle ages, from Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett to The Winter Here by Joan E. Goodman.

Joust Read!: Knights, ladies, castles, dragons, and quests (Timberland Regional Library, WA): 2-page PDF file. Author, title, summary for about 25 teens' books about medieval times, from Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett to Searching for Dragons by Patricia Wrede. Compiled summer 2005.

Young Adult Historical Fiction - 20th and 21st Century

20th Century Teens (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for a handful of books set in each decade of the 20th century, from Dragonwings by Laurence Yep in 1900-1909 to Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville in 1990-1999. Updated Aug. 2001.


>>Wars of 20th Century, and the Holocaust

20th Century Wars: Novels for Teens (Kristy Glashagel, Madison Public Library, WI): [WWII is excluded.] Title, author, publication info, summary for about 30 books, about these wars or wars among these countries: World War I, Vietnam, Gulf War, Thailand, Korean War, Korea-Japan, Africa, Iran-Iraq, Arab-Israeli Wars, Ireland, Central and South America, Cambodia, Greek Civil War. Compiled 1999.

Beyond All Quiet on the Western Front: Novels about War (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Novels about WWI (15 books), WWII (11 books), and the Vietnam War (12). With author, title, publication date, page count, and one-line summary. May 1999.

Stories from the Holocaust (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary, for about 25 books (fiction and non-fiction), from Anne Frank & Me by Cherie Bennett to The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen. Compiled June 2002, revised Feb. 2005.

YA World War I Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary, webcat link for 8 books about WWI, from Sam Angus's Soldier Dog to Arthur Slade's Megiddo's Shadow. Updated Oct 2014.

The Second World War: Fiction (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, grade level, and summary for over 70 books in these categories: Europe, Holocaust, Asia, Homefront, and Afterwards. Most are recommended for grade 6 and up. Sept. 2001.

Historical Fiction: World War II, Back Home in America (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): About 25 books, with author, title, summary, from Chester Aaron's Alex, Who Won His War to Virginia Euwer Wolff's Bat 6. For grades 5-8. Nov. 2001.

Historical Fiction: World War II (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): About 55 books, with author, title, summary, from Marion Dane Bauer's Rain of Fire to Don Wulffson's Soldier. For grades 5-8. April 2002.

YA World War II Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 15 books about WWII, from Laura Elliott's Across a War-Tossed Sea to Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. Updated Oct 2014.

World War II: Young Adult and Children's Fiction (Voorheesville Public Library, NY): Author, title, summary of 10 novels about WWII, from Martin Booth's War Dog to Graham Salisbury's Under the Blood Red Sun.

YA Holocaust Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary, webcat link for about 30 novels about the Jewish Holocaust, from Susan Bartoletti's The Boy Who Dared to Jane Yolen's The Devil's Arithmetic. Updated Oct. 2014.

Holocaust Bibliography for Young Adults (Chicago Public Library, IL): Includes lists of Non-Fiction Information Books (7); Non-fiction Autobiographical and Biographical Accounts (12); and Fiction (8). Author, title, publication info, summary, and grade level for each. April 1999.

Holocaust Booklist for Young People (Carrie Kelley, Sandy Library, Salt Lake County Library System, UT): PDF file. Author, title, summary, page count, book cover image for each of ten books, See also Eyewitness Accounts for Older Readers (13 books; PDF file), with author, title, book cover image, page count, and brief summary. Compiled Jan. 2001; updated Jan. 2004.

Do You Know? Will You Remember?: Books and Websites about the Holocaust for Young Adults (Karen L. Simonetti): Stylish, simple site, featuring background on 11 books on the Holocaust and links to ten other websites to help learn about the Holocaust. Also a list of print resources for further reading.

World War II in Europe and the Homefront, Grades 6-8 (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 10 novels set during WWII for young teens, from Alex, Who Won His War by Chester Aaron to The Boys from St. Petri by Bjarne Reuter.

Vietnam Fiction for Young Adults (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Author, title, summary (for some) for about 10 novels involving the Vietnam War, from William E. Butterworth's (WEB Griffin's) Orders to Vietnam to Ellen Emerson White's The Road Home.

YA Vietnam War Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary, webcat link for 7 novels about the Vietnam War, from Candy Dawson Boyd's Charlie Pippin to Theresa Nelson's And One For All. Updated Oct. 2014.


Young Adult Historical Fiction - United States

American Historical Fiction (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 150 historical fiction titles, organised by time period: Early America & the Revolutionary War; Between the Revolution & the Civil War; The Civil War; After the Civil War; 1900-1929 & World War I; 1930s & the Great Depression; 1940s, World War II, & the Holocaust; 1950s & The Korean War; 1960s & The Vietnam Conflict; 1970s & The Vietnam Conflict; 1980s; 1990s & The Gulf War.

Young Adult Historical Fiction Reading List (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): Authors and titles listed for THE COLONIAL PERIOD (16th - 18th Centuries), THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD (1775 - 1776), EXPANDING THE FRONTIER (1815 - about 1860), THE CIVIL WAR (1861 - 1865), THE CLOSING FRONTIER (1865 - 1900), and a few for THE 20TH CENTURY. Obviously, focuses primarily on American History. Nov. 1999.

Fiction for Teens Set in Early America (1600-1800) (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, publication year, and summary for books from Fever 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson to Time Enough for Drumsby Ann Rinaldi. Updated Sept. 2005.

Images of Women in Historical Young Adult Fiction (The ALAN Review): Lengthy article with a "Bibliography of Historical Fiction Set in America with Female Protagonists" that includes summaries of a number of books, listed in chronological order, from Pre-Colonial America to the Civil War period.

YA American Historical Fiction (Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library, NY) : Author, title, summary, webcat link for over 18 novels about American history, from Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains to Ruth White's Memories of Summer. Updated Oct. 2014.

Historical Fiction: Colonial Period (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): Over 70 books, with author, title, summary, from Lillie Albrecht's Susanna's Candlestick to Sharon Dennis Wyeth's Once On This River. For grades 5-8. April 2002.

Historical Fiction: Revolutionary War (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): About 60 books, with author, title, summary, from Avi's The Fighting Ground to David B. Weems's Son Of An Earl - Sold For A Slave. For grades 5-8. Nov. 2001.

Revolutionary War Era Fiction for Older Readers (Madison Public Library, WI): Title, author, publication info, summary for 14 books, from Cast Two Shadows by Ann Rinaldi to Thomas by Bonnie Pryor.

Historical Fiction: Between the Revolution and the War of 1812 (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): About 40 books, with author, title, summary, from Joan Anderson's 1787: A Novel to Roger Zelazny's Wilderness. For grades 5-8. April 2002.

American Historical Fiction for Young Adults (Cerritos Library, CA) : Author, title, summary, publication year for about 35 books, organised by time period from pre-Revolutionary War (Sally M. Keehn's I Am Regina) to the Civil War (Scott O?Dell's The 290). Updated March 2002.

Declaration of Independence Booklist for Middle School Students (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, summary of 10 American history fiction titles, from Bright Freedom?s Song by Gloria Houston to Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O?Dell. Also related non-fiction titles and websites. Updated Oct. 2002.

Historical Fiction: Civil War (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): About 90 books, with author, title, and summary of each, from Merritt Allen's Blow, Bugles, Blow to G. Clifton Wisler's Thunder on the Tennessee. For grades 5-8. Nov. 2001.

Civil War Fiction (Plymouth District Libraries, MI): Title, author, summary, and webcat link for about 40 Civil War novels, from Elaine M. Alphin's The Ghost Cadet to G. Clifton Wisler's The Drummer Boy of Vicksburg.

Civil War Fiction (Pima County Public Library, AZ): Author, title, publication year, summary, and webcat link for about 15 books, from Jennifer Armstrong's Becoming Mary Mehan to Ann Rinaldi's Girl in Blue.

Civil War Fiction for Older Readers (Madison Public Library, WI): Title, author, publication info, summary. About a dozen books, from Across the Lines by Carolyn Reeder to Which Way Freedom? by Joyce Hansen. Updated July 2004.

Historical Fiction: Overland Journeys to the West (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): Over 25, with author, title, summary, from Joan Anderson's Joshua's Westward Journal to Elizabeth Yates' Carolina's Courage. For grades 5-8. April 2002.

Historical Fiction: The Thirties & The Great Depression (Bishop Learning Center, Punahou Educational Technology Center, Honolulu, HI): Over 45 books, with author, title, and summary of each, from Chester Aaron's Lackawanna: A Novel to Jane Yolen's Letting Swift River Go. For grades 5-8. Nov. 2001.

Fiction for Teens Set in 1930s America (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author and title only for about 20 books set in American in the 1930s, from Clayton Bess's Tracks to Joan T. Zeier's The Elderberry Thicket.