Historical Fiction for Junior High Teens
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Anderson, Laurie Halse – Fever, 1793 (251 pages) – In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Bajoria, Paul – The Printer’s Devil (377 pages) – After printing the “Wanted” posters for some of London’s most notorious inhabitants, a printer’s boy is entangled, by a genuine convict, in a series of mistaken identities and events leading back to the boy’s own mysterious past.
Blackwood, Gary - The Year of the Hangman (261 pages) – In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.
Boyne, John – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable (215 pages) – 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.
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker – For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy (192 pages) – Despite the horrors of World War II, a French teenager pursues her dream of becoming an opera singer, which takes her to places where she gains information about what the Nazis are doing—information that the French Resistance needs.
Branford, Henrietta – Fire, Bed, and Bone (122 pages) - In 1381 in England, a hunting dog recounts what happens to her beloved master Rufus and his family when they are arrested on suspicion of being part of the peasants' rebellion led by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball.
Bruchac, Joseph – Code Talker (231 pages) – 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 be Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Cadnum, Michael - Ship of Fire (197 pages) – In 1587, sailing to Spain on board Sir Francis Drake's ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure," seventeen-year-old surgeon's apprentice Thomas Spyre finds that, with the sudden death of his master, he must take over as ship's surgeon and prove his skill not only as a doctor but also as a fighter when he is enlisted by Drake to face battle.
Cormier, Robert - Heroes (136 pages) – After serving in the United States Army during World War II and having his face blown off by a grenade, Francis, a young soldier, returns home hoping to find—and kill—the former childhood hero he feels betrayed him.
Crowe, Chris – Mississippi Trial, 1955 (231 pages) – In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African American from Chicago.
Crowley, Bridget – Feast of Fools (261 pages) – In England in the late thirteenth century, a young chorister at the Cathedral of Saint Aelred, outcast because of his crippled foot, sympathizes with the city's other outcasts, the Jews, and sets out to prove their leader innocent of murder.
Cushman, Karen - Rodzina (215 pages) – A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.
Duble, Kathleen Benner – The Sacrifice (211 pages) – Two sisters, aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison as their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.
Easton, Kelly – Walking on Air (233 pages) – In 1931, a young girl travels around the country performing on a tightrope during revival meetings held by her father, and seeking her own answers about God, her family, her life of poverty and homelessness.
Elliott, Laura – Under a War-torn Sky (284 pages) – After his plane is shot down by Hitler's Luftwaffe, nineteen-year-old Henry Forester of Richmond, Virginia, strives to walk across occupied France, with the help of the French Resistance, in hopes of rejoining his unit.
Fast, Howard – April Morning (184 pages) - Adam Cooper, 15, observes the events in Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775.
Glatstein, Jacob – Emil and Karl (194 pages) – In Vienna, Austria, in 1940, two nine-year-old boys, one Jewish and one Aryan, are classmates and best friends when events of the Nazi occupation draw them even closer together as they fight to survive and escape together. Considered the first fictional book written about the Jews in World War II.
Graber, Janet – Resistance (138 pages) – In German-occupied Normandy, France, fifteen-year-old Marianne worries that her mother is exposing the family, especially Marianne’s deaf younger brother, to great danger by volunteering for more perilous assignments in the resistance movement.
Grant, K.M. – Blood Red Horse (277 pages) – A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin’s armies during the Third Crusades.
Hart, Lenore – The Treasure of Savage Island (275 pages) – After Rafe, a runaway slave, stows away on a ship that wrecks off an island near the Eastern Shore, he is helped by thirteen-year-old Molly, and the two of them share an adventure involving pirates, spies, and a lost treasure.
Hesse, Karen – Aleutian Sparrow (156 pages) – An Aleutian Islander recounts her suffering during World War II in American internment camps designed to “protect” the population from the invading Japanese.
Hooper, Mary – At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (169 pages) – In June 1665, excited about the prospects of coming to London to work at her sister Sarah’s candy shop, teenaged Hannah is unconcerned about rumors of Plague until, as the hot summer advances and increasing numbers of people succumb to the disease, she and Sarah find themselves trapped in the city with no means to escape.
Hughes, Dean – Soldier Boys (162 pages) – Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.
Jinks, Catherine – Pagan’s Crusade (246 pages) – In twelfth-century Jerusalem, orphaned sixteen-year-old Pagan is assigned to work for Lord Roland, a Templar knight, as Saladin's armies close in on the Holy City.
Lawrence, Iain – The Convicts (198 pages) – His efforts to avenge his father’s unjust imprisonment force thirteen-year-old Tom Tin into the streets of nineteenth-century London, but after he is convicted of murder, Tom is eventually sent to Australia where he has a surprise reunion.
Lerangis, Peter – Smiler’s Bones (147 pages) - Provides the story of an Eskimo boy who, after being brought from his home in Greenland to New York City by explorer Robert Peary, was forced to deal with the death of his father, and the loss of everything familiar to him.
Levine, Ellen – Catch a Tiger by the Toe (200 pages) – In the Bronx, New York, during the McCarthy era, twelve-year-old Jamie keeps a terrible secret about her family, but when the truth is exposed, her parents lose their jobs and she is fired from the school newspaper.
McDonald, Joyce – Devil on My Heels (263 pages) - In 1957 fifteen-year-old Dove, the daughter of a prosperous orange grower in Benevolence, Florida, feels increasingly uneasy after learning of acts of racism against the African American orange pickers by those close to her.
Meyer, L. A. – Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy (278 pages) – Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Morgan, Nicola – Fleshmarket (208 pages) – In nineteenth-century Scotland, following the death of his mother during surgery, Robbie decides to take revenge on the surgeon who performed the operation, Dr. Robert Knox, and in the process, makes a gruesome discovery about the lengths of the medical profession will go to advance its knowledge of anatomy.
Morpurgo, Michael – Private Peaceful (202 pages) – When Thomas Peaceful's older brother is forced to join the British Army, Thomas decides to sign up as well, although he is only fourteen years old, to prove himself to his country, his family, his childhood love, Molly, and himself.
Pietri, Annie – The Orange Trees of Versailles (137 pages) – In the 1670s, fourteen-year-old Marion, who has a talent for making perfumes, gets the chance to serve Louis XIV’s mistress at the palace of Versailles, where she gets caught up in palace intrigue.
Rinaldi, Ann – Girl in Blue (310 pages) – To escape an abusive father and an arranged marriage, fourteen-year-old Sarah, dressed as a boy, leaves her Michigan home to enlist in the Union Army, and becomes a soldier on the battlefields of Virginia as well as a Union spy working in the house of Confederate sympathizer Rose O'Neal Greenhow in Washington, D.C.
Sachs, Marilyn – Lost in America (150 pages) – Follows the experiences of Nicole, a teenaged French Jew, from 1943 to 1948, as she loses her parents and sister to the concentration camps and then leaves her native France to make a new life for herself in New York City.
Salisbury, Graham – Under the Blood-red Sun (246 pages) – Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
Schmidt, Gary – Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (219 pages) – In 1911, Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor, nearby island community founded by former slaves that the town fathers—and Turner's—want to change into a tourist spot.
Spooner, Michael – Last Child (230 pages) – Caught between the worlds of her Scottish father and her Mandan mother in what is now North Dakota, Rosalie fights to survive both the 1837 smallpox epidemic and the actions of a vengeful trader.
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Black Ships before Troy (151 pages) – Retells the story of the Trojan War, from the quarrel for the golden apple, and the flight of Helen with Paris, to the destruction of Troy.
Taylor, Mildred. T. – The Land (375 pages) – After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.
Thesman, Jean – A Sea so Far (195 pages) – After surviving the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fires, two teenage girls, a wealthy semi-invalid and her hired companion, travel together to Ireland and discover they share much in common, from a love of romance novels to grief over the lost of their mothers.
Yep, Laurence – Dragon’s Gate (273 pages) – When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese boy is sent to America to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867.
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