Teen Historical Fiction 15th - 19th Centuries

Teen Historical Fiction

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15th to 17th Centuries

The Age of Discovery

Blackhearts
by Nicole Castroman
YA F CASTROMA
A origin reimaging of the pirate Blackbeard and how a forbidden love with a maid and subsequent broken heart led to his path of destruction. 369 pages

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

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 son aboard the ship, another son in London, a crew member, and a young woman acting as a spy in Holland. 240 pages

Cross My Heart
by Sasha Gould                                                                    
YA F GOULD
When Laura’s older sister drowns, Laura leaves the shelter of the convent she calls home to enter the upper echelons of 16th-century Venetian society to find the truth about what happened to her sister. 261 pages

Blood Water Paint
by Joy McCullough                                                         
YA F MCCULLOU
After her mother’s death, Artemisia chose a life grinding paint pigment over a convent. She became one of Rome’s most talented painters, but her father took all of the credit. Five years later, in the aftermath of a rape, she must choose a life of silence or a life of truth. 289 pages

Bound
by Donna Jo Napoli                                                         
YA F NAPOLI
In this Chinese retelling of Cinderella, Xing Xing is bound to serve her stepmother and daughter. When her stepmother grows poor and desperate, Xing Xing realizes that she must take her life into her own hands or forever be bound. 186 pages

Blood Countess
by Lana Popovic
YA F POPOVIC
In 1578 Hungary, 16-year-old Anna is excited when she is promoted from scullery maid to chambermaid, until she realizes that the Countess Elizabeth Bathory is not a friend, but a cruel and murderous tyrant. 293 pages

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

The Reformation

Traitor Angels
by Anne Blankman                                                         
YA F BLANKMAN
Elizabeth acts as a scribe for her father, John Milton, as he dictates Paradise Lost to her. After he is kidnapped and the manuscript burned, she must recover the poem from her memory and use the embedded clues to save her father. 393 pages

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

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

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

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

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

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

Invisible World
by Suzanne Weyn                                                                   
YA F WEYN
Sarah Owen is traveling with her father to the Americas when she is shipwrecked. When she is sent north to Salem, Massachusetts, Sarah’s psychic abilities get her in trouble. 228 pages

18th Century

Colonial and Revolutionary America

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

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

Ransom of Mercy Carter
by Caroline Cooney                                                       
YA F COONEY
In 1704, 11-year-old Mercy is captured by Mohawk Indians and their French allies. Mercy, her family, and neighbors are forced to march to French Canada, where they either adapt to new lives. 249 pages

Alex and Eliza
by Melissa de la Cruz                                               
YA F DE LA CRUZ
Follow the epic love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler as they fight for American Independence and each other. 358 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

Hamilton and Peggy!
by Laura Elliott                                                                       
YA F ELLIOT
As the Revolutionary War begins, Peggy Schuyler finds herself torn between Loyalists and Patriots, friends and family. Amidst these friends, she develops a relationship with Alexander Hamilton, who is romantically involved with her sister, Eliza. 436 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 Dreamer
by Lora Innes                                                          
YA COMICS INNES
Bea is a high school student who is dreaming about a handsome Knowlton’s Ranger, an elite soldier fighting during the Revolutionary War. Soon Bea questions whether she is simply dreaming or something more. 160 pages

Age of Enlightenment

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

Hidden Voices
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

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

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

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

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

Hell and High Water
by Tanya Landman                                                           
YA F LANDMAN
After his father is wrongly accused of theft and transported, Caleb must seek out his aunt in Devon, England. When a body washes up on shore, Caleb becomes involved in a plot that threatens his life. 312 pages

A Spy in the House
by Y. S. Lee                                                                               
YA F LEE
After being rescued from the gallows, Mary Quinn is offered a place at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, where she is trained to be part of the Agency, an all-female investigative unit. 335 pages

In Mozart’s Shadow
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

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

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

Freemason’s Daughter
by Shelley Sackier                                                         
YA F SACKIER
Amidsts the Jacobite Rebellions, Jenna MacDuff moves with her family from Scotland to England to help build a garrison, but she is quickly torn between keeping her father’s secret and protecting the man she loves. 376 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 Red Necklace
By Sally Gardner
YA F GARDNER
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 (1799-1815)

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
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

19th Century

Industrial Revolution

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

Big Water
by Andrea Curtis                                                                   
YA F CURTIS
In order to avoid servitude, Christina runs away aboard the SS Asia, a steamship on the Great Lakes. When a violent storm suddenly rises, Christina is tossed overboard. She is rescued by a lifeboat, but as the other survivors begin to die, Christina must fight for her life. 181 pages

Lyddie
by Katherine Paterson  
YA F PATERSON
Penniless Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen strives to gain independence by becoming a factory worker in 1840s Massachusetts. 182 pages

City of Grit and Gold
by Maud Macrory Powell                                                     
YA F POWELL
Addie, a 12-year-old girl in 1886 Chicago, struggles to keep her family together during the Haymarket affair, as laborers protest for better working conditions. 139 pages

American Civil War (1861-1865)

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

Crossing Ebenezer Creek
by Tonya Bolden                                                                
YA F BOLDEN
When Mariah and her younger brother are freed from slavery, they join Sherman’s march to the sea. Soon she is dreaming of a new life and true love, but even hope comes at a cost. 230 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

Willow
by Tonya Hegamin                                                        
YA F HEGAMIN
It's 1848 and Willow is a 15-year-old educated slave that has her life challenged by Cato, a 17-year-old free born black. Willow must decide between the life she has and the freedom that Cato offers across the Mason-Dixon Line. 374 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

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

Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman                                                                
YA F BOWMAN
When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, 18-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy to find answers and justice. 327 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

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

The Downstairs Girl
by Stacey Lee
YA F LEE
Jo Kuan is a Chinese American living in 1890s Atlanta where she works as a lady’s maid. By night, she moonlights as an author for a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady. 374 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

Every Hidden Thing
by Kenneth Oppel                                                              
YA F OPPEL
In the late 19th century, a budding romance develops between Rachel and Samuel, two teenagers from rival families of fossil hunters heading out to the badlands in search of a rare dinosaur skeleton. 361 pages

The Beloved Wild
by Melissa Ostrom                                                             
YA F OSTROM
In 1807, Harriet leaves New Hampshire with her brother to settle western New York to avoid a forced marriage with her neighbor. 312 pages

Stage Dreams
by Melanie Gillman                                                  
YA COMICS GILLMAN
It’s 1861 and Grace, a trans teen, has fled Georgia and conscription into the Confederate Army. When her stage coach is robbed by the notorious outlaw Ghost Hawk, all of her plans must change. 103 pages

Pemmican Wars
by Katherena Vermette                                     
YA COMICS VERMETTE
Echo is a 13-year-old girl living in modern day Canada. One day during history class, she slips back in time to a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie. In the following weeks, Echo travels again and learns about her heritage as a Môetis Indian and the Pemmican Wars. 47 pages

Victorian England

Deadly Curious
by Cindy Anstey                                                                  
YA F ANSTEY
Sophia wants to be one of the famed Bow Street Runners more than anything, but when her skills are put to the test in investigating the death of her cousin, the murderer may be closer than she suspects. 304 pages

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

These Shallow Graves
by Jennifer Donnelly                                                    
YA F DONNELLY
Living in 19th century New York City, heiress Jo Montfort fights against gender and class boundaries in order to discover the truth about her father’s sudden death. How much is she willing to risk and lose to discover the truth? 487 pages

In the Shadow of the Lamp
by 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

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

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

The Gilded Cage
by Lucinda Gray                                                                      
YA F GRAY
Sixteen-year-old Katherine thought she was an American farm girl, but her life changes when she discovers she is an English heiress. But not all changes are good, as soon her fortune leads to danger. 280 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

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

The Midnight Dance
by Nikki Katz                                                                           
YA F KATZ
Seventeen-year-old Penny yearns to escape the confines of Italy’s Grande Teatro to explore the flashes of memory that suggest she once lived very differently. 311 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

Olivia Twist
by Lorie Langdon                                                             
YA F LANGDON
Olivia was raised as a boy among London street gangs, but when a caper goes wrong, she becomes a debutante of high society. Soon she attracts the attention of Jack MacCarron, a thief posing as a nephew of a society matron. Will Jack change his ways for a chance at love? 331 pages

Stalking Jack the Ripper
by Kerri Maniscalco                                                     
YA F MANISCAL
A gothic murder mystery set in gritty Victorian-era London, where an intrepid society girl finds herself embroiled in the investigation of a serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. 326 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

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
by 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

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

Belle Epoque
by 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  

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

Among the Fallen
by Virginia Schwartz                                                       
YA F SCHWARTZ
Falsely imprisoned, 16-year-old Orpha is released when she accepts an invitation from Charles Dickens to start over and move into a home for fallen women. 297 pages

The Forbidden Orchid
by Sharon Biggs Waller                                                  
YA F WALLER
When her family is threatened with being sent to the poorhouse for failing to collect a rare orchid, Elodie Buchanan accompanies her father to China determined to find the flower and save her family. 398 pages 

Boxers
by Gene Luen Yang                                                 
YA COMICS YANG
In 1898 China, foreign soldiers and missionaries are bullying and robbing peasants throughout the countryside. Little Bao recruits an army of Boxers trained in kung fu to help free China from the foreign devils. 328 pages