Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In Another Time, In Another Place: Historical Fiction for Young People

Living History
Word has it reading historical fiction is on many a local to-do list. We here offer a quick list of books you might consider in your quest for a great read. Our list includes classics, award-winners, books by popular authors, graphic novels, and a few that stretch the definition of historical fiction but are just plain fun. All are meant to challenge your perceptions of people who lived in another time, in another place, and to encourage further reading. Our best advice is choose a book about an historical period that interests you and that one special book that is not at all hard to enjoy... or too easy to read.

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages -- The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai -- Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Coffin Quilt by Ann Rinaldi
Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle by Nan Marino
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
VIII by H.M. Castor

Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale
Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown
Little White Duck by Andrés Vera Martínez
One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale -- A Bag of Marbles by Kris

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Extra by Kathryn Lasky
The Agency by Y.S. Lee
Hear the Wind Blow by Mary Downing Hahn

A Million Shades of Gray by Cynthia Kadohata
Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons by Ann Rinaldi
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison -- The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay -- Keoko by Linda Sue Park