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Teen Historical Fiction 15th - 19th Centuries

Teen Historical Fiction

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The Age of Discovery (15th to 17th Centuries)

Quest
by Kathleen Benner Duble
YA F DUBLE
Relates the events of Henry Hudson’s final voyage in 1602 from the points of view of his 17-year-old aboard the ship, another son in London, a crew member, and a young woman acting as a spy in Holland. 240 pages

England

The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose
by Mary Hooper
YA F HOOPER
Thrown out of her home by her stepmother in 1670, Eliza Rose becomes a companion to the Nell Gwyn, a mistress of Charles II, and learns the truth about her parentage. 334 pages

A True and Faithful Narrative
by Katherine Sturtevant
YA F STURTEVA
In London in the 1680s, Meg tries to decide whether to marry either of the men courting her. 250 pages

The Plague (1665)

Forged in the Fire
by Ann Turnbull
YA F TURNBULL
In 1665, Susanna is eager to be reunited with her fiancé Will who is due to arrive from London, but unbeknownst to Susanna, the plague is beginning to spread throughout the city. 312 pages

Italy

The Queen's Soprano
by Carol Dines
YA F DINES
Angelica Voglia lives in 17th century Rome and has the voice of an angel, but because the Pope forbids women to sing in public, she must escape to the palace of Queen Christina of Sweden to become a singer. 318 pages

The Madman of Venice
by Sophie Masson
YA F MASSON      
When he comes to Venice in 1602 to investigate pirate attacks, Master Ashby is entreated to find a Jewish girl who has disappeared amid accusations of witchcraft. 276 pages

The Netherlands

I Am Rembrandt's Daughter
by Lynn Cullen
YA F CULLEN
In mid-1600s Amsterdam, Cornelia’s life as the illegitimate child of Rembrandt is marked by poverty and despair, until she sees hope for a better future with a wealthy suitor. 307 pages

The Reformation (16th to 17th Centuries)

The Salem Witch Trials (America)

Wicked Girls
by Stephanie Hemphill
YA F HEMPHILL      
A fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three of the young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr. 408 pages

Witch Child
by Celia Rees
YA F REES
In 1659, Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts. 261 pages

A Break with Charity
by Ann Rinaldi
YA F RINALDI
In 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692. 257 pages

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth Speare
YA F SPEARE
In 1687, Kit leaves the West Indies to live with her Puritan relatives in Connecticut Colony. Her friendship with an outcast Quaker woman makes her a target for charges of witchcraft. 249 pages

England

The Minister's Daughter
by Julie Hearn
YA F HEARN
In 1645, the daughters of a minister accuse a healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an illegitimate pregnancy, but during the Salem trials, their lie has unexpected repercussions. 263 pages

Newes from the Dead
by Mary Hooper
YA F HOOPER              
In 1650, Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin after being hanged for murdering her child, who was stillborn. 263 pages

No Shame, No Fear
by Ann Turnbull
YA F TURNBULL
In England in 1662, a time of religious persecution, Susanna, a poor country girl and a Quaker, and William, a wealthy Anglican, meet and fall in love against all odds. 293 pages

Colonial and Revolutionary America (16th to 18th Centuries)

Chains
by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA F ANDERSON
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. 316 pages

Fever, 1793
by Laurie Halse Anderson
YA F ANDERSON
In 1793 Philadelphia, 16-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. 251 pages

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation
by M.T. Anderson
YA F ANDERSON
Various manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American as he is brought up as a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. 351 pages

Copper Sun
by Sharon M. Draper
YA F DRAPER
Two girls, one a slave and the other an indentured servant, escape from their plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves. 302 pages

Soldier's Secret
by Sheila Klass
YA F KLASS
During the Revolutionary War, a young woman disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army. 215 pages

The Fifth of March
by Ann Rinaldi
YA F RINALDI
Rachel, an indentured servant of John Adams, is caught up in the unrest that escalates into the massacre of March 5, 1770. 335 pages

Colonization and Native Americans

Trouble's Daughter
by Katherine Kirkpatrick
YA F KIRKPATR
When her family is massacred by Lenape Indians in 1643 Susanna is captured and raised as a Lenape. 247 pages

The Age of Enlightenment (18th Century)

Austria

The Musician's Daughter
by Susanne Emily Dunlap
YA F DUNLAP
In 18th-century Vienna, 15-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn’s orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy. 322 pages

England

Wrapped
By Jennifer Bradbury
YA F BRADBURY
Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret. 322 pages

Rider in the Dark
By Victoria Holmes
YA F HOLMES
In Dorset in 1740, after her father brings home a mysterious and defiant stallion, fifteen-year-old Helena is desperate to keep the horse for her own.  305 pages

Keeping the Castle
By Patrice Kindl
YA F KINDL
In order to support her family and maintain their ancient castle in Lesser Hoo, 17-year-old Althea bears the burden of finding a wealthy suitor who can remedy their financial problems. 261 pages

Sovay
By Celia Rees
YA F REES
When beautiful Sovay isn’t sitting for portraits, she’s robbing travelers. But in 1783, with strained allegiances between France and England, a rogue bandit isn’t the only thing travelers fear. 404 pages

France

A Little in Love
By Susan Fletcher
YA F FLETCHER
Eponine, the street girl from Les Misérables, tells the story of her life and her unrequited love for Marius, which ultimately leads to her death on the barricades during the short-lived rebellion of June 1832. 288 pages

Marie, Dancing
By Carolyn Meyer
YA F MEYER
A fictionalized autobiography of Marie Van Goethem, the impoverished student from the Paris Opera ballet school who modeled for Degas’s famous sculpture, “The Little Dancer.” 255 pages

Italy

Hidden Voices: The Orphan Musicians of Venice
By Pat Lowery Collins
YA F COLLINS
Anetta, Rosalba, and Luisa, find their lives taking unexpected paths in Venice at an orphanage where concerts are given to support the orphanage and expose the girls to potential suitors. 345 pages

In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story
By Carolyn Meyer
YA F MEYER
Nannerl Mozart was a musical prodigy who seemed to have a brilliant future, until her younger brother, Wolfgang began composing symphonies and utterly eclipsed her career and talents. 350 pages

Sailing the High Seas

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
By Avi
YA F AVI
As the lone lady on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious. 215 pages

Star-crossed
By Linda Collison
YA F COLLISON
Having been discovered as a stowaway as she tries to reach Barbados, Patricia Kelley struggles to survive by learning to be a ship’s doctor and by disguising herself as a man when necessary. 408 pages

Bloody Jack
By L.A. Meyer
YA F MEYER
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a 13-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship in search of pirates. 278 pages

The Industrial Revolution (1760 to 1840)

The Blue Door
By Ann Rinaldi
YA F RINALDI
When her grandmother sends her on a journey up North, Amanda witnesses the exploitation of women in textile mills. 272 pages

Immigration (18th to 19th Century)

Ashes of Roses
By Mary Jane Auch
YA F AUCH
Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died. 250 pages

The Escape from Home
By Avi
YA F AVI
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, 15-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord’s runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America. 295 pages

Lost
By Jacqueline Davies
YA F DAVIES
In 1911 New York, 16-year-old Essie Rosenfeld goes to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, where she befriends a missing heiress. 242 pages

The French Revolution (1790s)

The Pale Assassin
By Patricia Elliott
YA F ELLIOTT
In early 1790s, as the Revolution gains momentum, young and sheltered Eugenie finds it difficult to tell friend from foe, as she become the focus of the sinister spymaster with a long-held grudge against their family. 336 pages

The Traitor's Smile
By Patricia Elliott
YA F ELLIOTT
In 1793, Eugenie de Boncoeur arrives at the home of her English uncle and cousin, but the French Revolution has pursued her in the form of Guy Deschamps, who is determined to bring her back to Paris to marry the Pale Assassin. 432 pages

The Red Necklace
By Sally Gardner
YA F GARDNDER
In the late 18th-century, Sido, the 12-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a 14-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution. 378 pages

Napoleonic Era (1799 to 1815)

A School for Unusual Girls
By Kathleen Baldwin
YA F BALDWIN
England, 1814. After accidentally setting her father's stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House where she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads-or their hearts. 351 pages

Powder Monkey: Adventures of Sam Witchall
By Paul Dowswell
YA F DOWSWELL
Sam endures harsh conditions, battles, and a shipwreck after being pressed into service aboard the HMS Miranda during the Napoleonic Wars. 275 pages

The Academie
Susanne Emily Dunlap
YA F DUNLAP
Told in separate voices, teenaged Eliza Monroe, the daughter of a future United States President, Hortense de Beauharnais and Caroline Bonaparte, relatives of Napoleon I, and Madeleine, daughter of an actress, come together at L’Académie Nationale à St. Germain in the turmoil of 1799 France. 356 pages

Betsy and the Emperor
By Staton Rabin
YA F RABIN
In 1815, on the remote island of Saint Helena, 14-year-old Betsy Balcombe develops a friendship with Napoleon Bonaparte, who, after his defeat at Waterloo, is housed with her family. 294 pages

Slavery & The Underground Railroad (19th Century)

The Revelation of Louisa May
By Michaela MacColl
YA F MACCOLL
Louisa May Alcott has problems--her mother is taking a job over a hundred miles away to earn some money, leaving to it to Louisa to care for the family, her father refuses to work for money, a fugitive slave is seeking refuge in their house, and a slave catcher has been murdered, making the Underground Railroad much more dangerous. 248 pages

The American Civil War (1861 to 1865)

Second Sight
By Gary L. Blackwood
YA F BLACKWOO
In Washington, D.C., during the last days of the Civil War, a teenage boy befriends a clairvoyant girl whose frightening visions foreshadow an assassination plot. 279 pages

Annie, Between the States
By Laura Malone Elliott
YA F ELLIOTT
Instead of spending her teen years at balls, Annie, an idealistic, patriot, finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the household as the war rages around her home. 488 pages

Juliet's Moon
By Ann Rinaldi
YA F RINALDI
In Missouri in 1863, twelve-year-old Juliet Bradshaw learns to rely on herself and her brother, a captain with Quantrill's Raiders, as she sees her family home burned, is imprisoned by Yankees, and then kidnapped by a blood-crazed Confederate soldier. 249 pages

American Frontier (19th Century)

A Lantern in Her Hand
By Bess Streeter Aldrich
YA F ALDRICH
After marrying Will Deal and moving to Nebraska, Abbie endures the difficulties of the frontier life and raises her children to pursue the ambitions that were once her own. 306 pages

Geronimo
By Joseph Bruchac
YA F BRUCHAC
While imprisoned in an Oklahoma jail, the Native American hero Geronimo meets a young Apache man who tells him of his own struggles for freedom, in a tale about Geronimo’s incredible life and his last memorable days on Earth. 360 pages

Charlotte's Rose
By A. E. Cannon
YA F CANNON
As a 12-year-old Welsh immigrant carries a motherless baby along the Mormon Trail in 1856, she comes to love the baby as her own and fear the day the baby’s father will reclaim her. 246 pages

Shakeress
By Kimberley Heuston
YA F HEUSTON
An orphaned girl joins a Shaker community in New England and learns about a new religion called Mormonism. 207 pages

Boston Jane
By Jennifer Holm
YA F HOLM
Schooled in the lessons of etiquette for young ladies of 1854, Miss Jane Peck of Philadelphia finds little use for manners during her long sea voyage to the Pacific Northwest and while living among the American traders and Chinook Indians of Washington Territory. 273 pages

Our Only May Amelia
By Jennifer Holm
YA F HOLM  
As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington State in 1899. 253 pages

Alligator Bayou
By Donna Jo Napoli
YA F NAPOLI 
Calogero lives in Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and the anti-immigration sentiment is strong, so despite his attempts to follow American customs, disaster dogs him at every turn. 280 pages

New Found Land
By Allan Wolf
YA F WOLF
The letters and thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, members of the Corps of Discovery, Sacagawea, and Captain Lewis’s dog tell of the expedition to seek a water route to the Pacific. 500 pages

The Victorian Era (1837 to 1901)

America

The Luxe
By Anna Godbersen
YA F GODBERSE
In Manhattan in 1899, five teens of different social classes lead dangerously scandalous lives, despite the strict rules of society and the best-laid plans of parents and others. 433 pages

Juba!
by Walter Dean Myers
YA F MYERS
In Five Points, New York, in the 1840s, African American teenager William Henry "Juba" Lane works hard to achieve his dream of becoming a professional dancer but his real break comes when he is invited to perform in England. Based on the life of Master Juba; includes historical note. 201 pages

Three Rivers Rising
By Jame Richards
YA F RICHARDS              
Celestia, a wealthy member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, falls in love with Peter, a hired hand who lives in the valley below, and by the time of the Johnstown flood of 1889, she has been disowned by her family and is staying with him in Johnstown. 293 pages

England

Traitor's Gate
By Avi
YA F AVI
When his father is arrested as a debtor in 1849 London, John Huffman must take on unexpected responsibilities, from asking a distant relative for help to determining why people are spying on his family. 351 pages

The Twin's Daughter
By Lauren Baratz-Logsted
YA F BARATZ-LOGSTED
In Victorian London, 13-year-old Lucy’s comfortable world with her loving parents begins to unravel when a bedraggled woman who looks exactly like her mother appears at their door. 390 pages

Airman
By Eoin Colfer
YA F COLFER
When Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds. He plans a daring escape from prison by way of a flying machine. 412 pages

The Poisoned House
By Michael Ford
YA F FORD
As the widowed master of an elegant house in Victorian-era London slips slowly into madness and his tyrannical housekeeper takes on more power, a ghostly presence distracts a teenaged maidservant with clues to a deadly secret. 319 pages

Ivy
By Julie Hearn
YA F HEARN
In mid-19th-century London, Ivy comes to the attention of an aspiring painter, who, with the connivance of Ivy’s unsavory family, is determined to make her his model and muse. 355 pages

Search of the Moon King's Daughter
By Linda Holeman
YA F HOLEMAN
After her father dies, Emmaline’s family moves to a mill town, but when her mother, addicted to pain killers, sells her son for money, Emmaline must get him back. 309 pages

Velvet
By Mary Hooper
YA F HOOPER
In Victorian London, orphaned Velvet leaves her backbreaking job in a steam laundry for the mysterious and exciting world of famed spiritualist Madame Savoya, who harbors dangerous secrets. 323 pages

Death Cloud
By Andy Lane
YA F LANE
In 1868, with his father suddenly sent to India, and his mother unwell, Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his uncle and aunt in Hampshire, where he uncovers a murder and a diabolical villain. 311 pages

The Ruby in the Smoke
By Philip Pullman
YA F PULLMAN
In 19th-century London, Sally Lockhart, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby. 230 pages

Ripper
Amy Carol Reeves
YA F REEVES
Sent to do volunteer work at the Whitechapel Hospital in the east end of London in 1888, 17-year-old Abbie discovers the identity of Jack the Ripper. 360 pages

We Hear the Dead
By Dianne K. Salerni
YA F SALERNI
After Maggie and Kate claim to be able to communicate with the dead to play a prank, their claims become their livelihood. Maggie comes to regret the deception but sees no way to escape it. 422 pages

The Crimean War (1853 to 1856)

In the Shadow of the Lamp
Susanne Emily Dunlap
YA F DUNLAP
Sixteen-year-old Molly Fraser works as a nurse with Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War to earn a salary to help her family survive in nineteenth-century England. 293 pages

La Belle Epoque, France (1871 to 1914)

Belle Epoque
Elizabeth Ross
YA F ROSS
Sixteen-year-old Maude Pichon, a plain, impoverished girl in Belle Epoque Paris, is hired by Countess Dubern to make her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, look more beautiful by comparison but soon Maude is enmeshed in a tangle of love, friendship, and deception. 272 pages