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Progressive & Edwardian Eras (1900 to 1920)

A Mad, Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs
YA F BIGGS
In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, 17-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much she is willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. 431 pages

Deadly
by Julie Chibbaro
YA F CHIBBARO
Sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski takes a job assisting on the intriguing case of “Typhoid Mary,” a seemingly healthy woman who is infecting others with typhoid fever. 293 pages

Audacity
by Melanie Crowder
YA F CROWDER
Details the life of Clara Lemlich, and her struggle for women’s labor rights in early 20th century in New York. Told in verse. 389 pages

Lost
by Jacqueline Davies
YA F DAVIES
In 1911 New York, 16-year-old Essie Rosenfeld goes to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory where she befriends a missing heiress who is in hiding from her family.
242 pages

Anastasia’s Secret
by Susanne Emily Dunlap
YA F DUNLAP
Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II and her family are held in captivity as war and revolution threaten all they hold dear. 333 pages 

Threads and Flames
by Esther M. Friesner
YA F FRIESNER
After recovering from typhus, 13-year-old Raisa leaves her Polish shtetl for America to join her older sister, and goes to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory. 390 pages

Uprising
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
YA F HADDIX
Mrs. Livingston recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike and the fire that killed her best friends. 346 pages 

The Goodbye Season
by Marian Hale
YA F HALE
Mercy's dreams of a different life than her mother's are postponed by harsh circumstances, including the influenza epidemic of 1918-19, which forces her into doing domestic work for a loving, if troubled, family. 271 pages

Sweet Madness
by Trisha Leaver
YA F LEAVER
Bridget Sullivan, a maid in the Borden household, describes the events leading up to the murder of Andrew Borden and his second wife, and how the youngest daughter, Lizzie, was put on trial for the crime. 223 pages

Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee
YA F LEE
On the eve of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive. 391 pages

Manor of Secrets
by Katherine Longshore
YA F LONGSHOR
Sixteen-year-old beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered Lady Charlotte Edmonds and hardworking clever kitchen maid Janie Seward are both ready for change, and as their paths overlap in The Manor, rules are broken and secrets revealed that will alter the course of their lives forever. 325 pages

A Death-Struck Year
by Makiia Lucier
YA F LUCIER
When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, 17-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross. 282 pages 

Anastasia and Her Sisters
by Carolyn Meyer
YA F MEYER
The youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them. 310 pages 

Runner
by Robert Newton
YA F NEWTON
In Australia 1919, Charlie becomes an errand boy for a notorious mobster, hoping that his ability to run will help his family escape poverty. 209 pages

Cinders and Sapphires
by Leila Rasheed
YA F RASHEED
The intertwined lives of the prominent Averley family and the servants of Somerton Court are forever changed when an old secret comes to light. 389 pages

The Hired Girl
by Laura Amy Schlitz
YA F SCHLITZ
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs chronicles her life in a journal when she leaves her family’s farm in Pennsylvania to work as a hired girl in Baltimore in the summer of 1911. 387 pages

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
by Gary D. Schmidt
YA F SCHMIDT
Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie, a girl from a poor, nearby island community that the town fathers want to change into a tourist spot. 219 pages

Revolver
by Marcus Sedgwick
YA F SEDGQICK
Sig Andersson, who lives in an isolated cabin in the Arctic Circle, confronts a stranger who has come to take revenge on Sig's dead father for his actions during the Alaska Gold Rush. 204 pages

Like Water on Stone
by Dana Walrath
YA F WALRATH
Inspired by a true story, this relates the tale of siblings Sosi, Shahen, and Mariam who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 by escaping from Turkey alone over the mountains. 353 pages

The Cure for Dreaming
by Cat Winters
YA F WINTERS
Olivia is fed up with societal constraints, and her domineering father pays the intriguing Henri Reverie rid her of unfeminine thoughts using hypnosis. Instead, she’s given the ability to see people’s true natures. 352 pages

In the Shadow of Blackbirds
by Cat Winters
YA F WINTERS
In 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, 16-year-old Mary Shelley Black must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns. 387 pages

The Watch that Ends the Night
by Allan Wolf
YA F WOLF
Recreates the sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a young Lebanese refugee finding love, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself. 466 pages

World War I (1914 to 1918)

The Button War
by Avi
YA F AVI
Running with friends who entertain themselves by coming up with risky dares, Patryk watches as their village is occupied by hostile nations throughout the Great War, before his friends begin looting the dead soldiers as part of their competition. 229 pages

Velvet Undercover
by Teri J. Brown
YA F BROWN
A World War I era spy novel about a bright British girl who is sent undercover into the heart of enemy territory to rescue Britain's most valuable (and secret) spy. 328 pages

Hattie Big Sky
by Kirby Larson
YA F LARSON
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, 16-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe. 289 pages

Silent
by David Mellon
YA F MELLON
The outsider daughter of a British father and Indian mother, 15-year-old Adi, disguised as a soldier, must rely on her own wits when her twin brothers are kidnapped by shapeshifter Coal in 1918. 317 pages

Listen to the Moon
by Michael Morpurgo
YA F MORPURGO
Possessing the ability to know when someone will die, Alexandra foresees her brother’s death and poses as a nurse to go to France during World   War I to locate her brother and to try to save him. 341 pages

The Foreshadowing
by Marcus Sedgwick
YA F SEDGWICK
Having always been able to know when someone is going to die, Alexandra poses as a nurse to go to France during World War I to locate her brother and to try to save him from the fate she has foreseen for him.  293 pages

Megiddo's Shadow
by Arthur Slade
YA F SLADE
After the death of his beloved older brother Hector in World War I, sixteen-year-old Edward leaves the family farm in Canada to enlist in Hector's battalion, where he attempts to come to terms with what has happened. 290 pages

The Roaring Twenties (1918 to 1929)

Ice-Out
by Mary Casanova
YA F CASANOVA
In 1920s Minnesota life is hard for 19-year-old Owen Jensen and his family after their father dies, but gets considerably worse when Owen becomes involved in the deaths of a sheriff and deputy. 254 pages

Bright Young Things
by Anna Godbersen
YA F GODBERSE
In 1929, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships that change their lives forever. 389 pages

The Fire Horse Girl
by Kay Honeyman
YA F HONEYMAN
When Jade Moon, born in the unlucky year of the Fire Horse, and her father immigrate to America in 1923 and are detained at Angel Island Immigration Station, Jade Moon is determined to find a way through and prove that she is not cursed. 321 pages 

The Life Fantastic
by Liza Ketchum
YA F KETCHUM
Teresa dreams of leaving her life in Vermont and hitting the road to join a vaudeville troop and sing in theaters across the country. Once she does, however, she finds the job and the country is not as glamorous as she once believed. 256 pages 

Of Better Blood
by Susan Moger
YA F MOGER
Rowan Collier is a polio survivor who has been left crippled. With her family abandoning her, she must fight her way through prejudice, abuse, and her own upbringing to break the idea that she is "unfit." 285 pages 

Nothing but Sky
by Amy Trueblood
YA F TRUEBLOO
Grace Lafferty, an 18-year-old wing-walker, thrills crowds with barrel rolls and loop-the-loops in hopes of making enough money to get to the 1922 World Aviation Expo. 280 pages

The Steep and Thorny Way
by Cat Winters
YA F WINTERS
A 16-year-old biracial girl in rural Oregon in the 1920s searches for the truth about her father's death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan in this novel inspired by Shakespeare's “Hamlet.” 335 pages

The Depression Era (1929 to 1939)

Prisoner of Night and Fog
by Anne Blankman
YA F BLANKMAN
In 1930s Munich, the favorite niece of rising political leader Adolph Hitler is torn between duty and love after meeting a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter. 401 pages

Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
YA F HESSE
In a series of poems, Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. 227 pages

Razorhurst
by Justine Larbalestier
YA F LARBALES
In 1932 Sydney, Australia's deadly Razorhurst neighborhood, where crime and razor-wielding men rule, two girls with contrasting lives who share the ability to see ghosts meet over a dead body and find themselves on the run from mob bosses. 309 pages

Serendipity’s Footsteps
by Suzanne Nelson
YA F NELSON
Three young women from different time periods and cultures are linked by a common pair of shoes that they wear while enduring painful challenges in a concentration camp, in an orphanage and beyond. 361 pages

Out of Darkness
by Ashley Hope Pérez
YA F PEREZ
Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas, in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people. 402 pages

Starstruck
by Rachel Shukert
YA F SHUKERT
Set in Old Hollywood, follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters. 339 pages

Black Dove, White Raven
by Elizabeth Wein
YA F WEIN
Having moved to Ethiopia to avoid the prejudices of 1930s America, Emilia Menotti, her black adoptive brother Teo, and their mother Rhoda, a stunt pilot, are devoted to their new country even after war with Italy looms, drawing the teens into the conflict. 357 pages

1940s

What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell
YA F BLUNDELL
With her stepfather back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie finds herself caught in a web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life forever. 284 pages

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
by John Boyne
YA F BOYNE
When Pierrot’s parents die, he must start a new life with his Aunt Beatrix, a servant in the Berghof, the home of Adolf Hitler as the Second World War fast approaches. 262 pages

Jazz Owls
by Margarita Engle
YA F ENGLE
In Los Angeles, Mexican Americans Marisela and Lorena work in canneries all day, then jitterbug with sailors all night with their zoot suit wearing brother, Ray, until the night racial violence leads to murder. 179 pages

The Girl is Murder
by Kathryn Miller Haines
YA F HAINES
In 1942 New York City, 15-year-old Iris grieves for her mother who committed suicide and for the loss of her life of privilege, and secretly helps her father with his detective business since he, having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, struggles to make ends meet. 342 pages

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys
YA F SEPETYS            
In 1941, 15-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp. Vowing to honor her family and the thousands like her she buries her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. 344 pages

Keeping Corner
by Kashmira Sheth 
YA F SHETH
In India in the 1940s, 13-year-old Leela’s happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Gandi’s social and political reforms. 281 pages

Climbing the Stairs
by Padma Venkatraman
YA F VENKATRA              
In India, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, 15-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father’s extended family and experience a different way of life. 247 pages

World War II (1939 to 1945)

See also: Holocaust Books for Teens

The Red Ribbon
by Lucy Adlington
YA F ADLINGTO
A young Nazi concentration camp prisoner is forced to work in a group of seamstresses, sewing couture dresses for female SS officers and the wives of their overseers, who threaten their lives over any imperfection. 271 pages

The Notorious Pagan Jones
by Nina Berry
YA F BERRY
Sent to a juvenile detention facility after driving drunk and killing her family, Paula is offered release if she will star in a Belin film  and agree to a court-appointed guardian, who doesn’t seem to be what he claims. 394 pages

Girl in the Blue Coat
by Monica Hesse
YA F HESSE
In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke—a ‘finder’ of black market goods—is tasked with finding a Jewish girl who has seemingly vanished into thin air and is pulled into a web of resistance secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl. 301 pages

Four-Four-Two
by Dean Hughes
YA F HUGHES
Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, 18-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the “Four-Four-Two,” a segregated Japanese American regiment. 268 pages

The Librarian of Auschwitz
by Antonio Iturbe
YA F ITURBE
Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a 14-year-old girl from Prague who, after being sent to Auschwitz, is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards. 423 pages

Among the Red Stars
by Gwen C. Katz
YA F KATZ
Determined to help the effort, Russian air pilot Valka signs up to join an all-female aviation group, but as the war intensifies she has to decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she calls home. 376 pages

Orphan Monster Spy
by Matt Killeen
YA F KILLEEN
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, 15-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. 423 pages

Night Witches
by Kathryn Lasky
YA F LASKY
Grounded by Hitler's German forces when Stalingrad is invaded, 15-year-old pilot Valya escapes to join her sister's brigade of female pilots, the Night Witches, who launch a high-risk mission to cripple Nazi forces. 211 pages

Wait for Me
by Caroline Leech
YA F LEECH
A farmer's daughter pursues a forbidden relationship with a German POW assigned to farmhand labor in 1945 Scotland, where their romance puts her home and his freedom at risk. 361 pages

Violins of Autumn
by Amy McAuley
YA F MCAULEY
Betty, an American studying in England, trains as a spy and parachutes into France to join the Resistance, but after meeting a young pilot she begins to fully realize the brutality of the war and their dangerous position. 336 pages

Invasion
by Walter Dean Myers
YA F MYERS
Josiah and Marcus were friends in Virginia, but now that they are both involved in the Normandy invasion, the differences in their positions is uncomfortable, for Josiah is a white infantryman and Marcus is a black transport driver, the only role the segregated army will allow him. 212 pages

Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
YA F SEPETYS
As World War II comes to a close, refugees trying to escape the war’s final dangers find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull. 391 pages

What the Night Sings
by Vesper Stamper
YA F STAMPER
Liberated from Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945, 16-year-old Gerta tries to make a new life for herself, aided by Lev, a fellow survivor, and Michah, who helps Jews reach Palestine. 266 pages

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein
YA F WEIN
Rose, an American transport pilot during World War II, is captured and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. There she meets an unforgettable group of women and vows to tell their stories to the world. 360 pages

Mapping the Bones
by Jane Yolen
YA F YOLEN
In Poland in the 1940s, twins Chaim and Gittel rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto, escape through forests, and the horrors of a concentration camp. 417 pages

The Cold War (1945 to 1989)

Orphan, Agent, Prima, Pawn
by Elizabeth Kiem
YA F KIEM
In post-Stalin cold war Russia, 16-year-old Svetlana secures her rising position in the Bolshoi Ballet by becoming an agent for the KGB's Psychological Intelligence Unit, but her relationships with two boys are starting to interfere with her obligations to the Motherland. 304 pages

Eva Underground
by Dandi Daley Mackall
YA F MACKALL
Forced to leave her happy world in Chicago behind to move with her father to Communist Poland where he will assist a radical underground education movement, Eva Lott finds the transition unbearable, yet when she meets a handsome new friend, Eva begins to accept her changed life. 239 pages

The Apothecary
by Maile Meloy
YA F MELOY
Follows a 14-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war. 353 pages 

Cold War on Maplewood Street
by Gayle Rosengren
YA F RESENGRE
A young girl growing up in Chicago watches the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis unfold while struggling to repair a damaged relationship with her brother, stationed in the Gulf. 183 pages 

Sekret
by Lindsay Smith
YA F SMITH
Follows a group of psychic teenagers in 1960s Soviet Russia who are forced to use their powers to spy for the KGB. 345 pages 

Laika
by Nick Abadzis
YA COMICS ABADZIS
This is the journey of Laika, the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler. In addition to Laika, it also follows Korolev, a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life. 205 pages 

T-Minus
by Jim Ottaviani
YA COMICS OTTAVIAN
The whole world followed the countdown to sending the first men to the moon. This is the story of the people who made it happen, both in the rockets and behind the scenes. 124 pages

1950s to 1960s

Iron River
by Daniel Acosta
YA F ACOSTA
When 12-year-old Manny Maldonado and his friends find a hobo's body near the train tracks that run through their tight-knit San Gabriel valley community, a police officer tries to pin the murder on them. 219 pages

Strings Attached
by Judy Blundell
YA F BLUNDELL
When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob. 310 pages

My Louisiana Sky
by Kimberly Willis Holt
YA F HOLT
Growing up in Saitter, Louisiana, Tiger Ann struggles with her feelings about her stern grandmother, her mentally slow parents, and her good friend and neighbor, Jesse. 200 pages

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
by Sonia Manzano
YA F MANZANO
It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and 14-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous. 205 pages 

The Leaving Year
by Pam McGaffin
YA F MCGAFFIN
As the Summer of Love comes to an end, 15-year-old Ida Petrovich waits for a father who never comes home. While commercial fishing in Alaska, he is lost at sea, but with no body and no wreckage, Ida and her mother are forced to accept a “presumed” death. 345 pages 

Three Day Summer
by Sarvenaz Tash
YA F TASH
During the three days of the music festival known as Woodstock, Michael Michaelson of Somerville, Massachusetts, and Cora Fletcher, a volunteer in the medical tent who lives nearby, share incredible experiences, the greatest of which is meeting each other. 286 pages

I’m Glad I Did
by Cynthia Weil
YA F WEIL
In 1963 16-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City’s famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner in Luke Silver and they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who has fallen on hard times, with a secret past. 264 pages

Racism and Civil Rights

The Rock and the River
by Kekla Magoon
YA F MAGOON
Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father with his non-violent approach to seeking civil rights and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party. 290 pages

You Bring the Distant Near
by Mitali Perkins
YA F PERKINS
From 1965 through the present, an Indian American family adjusts to life in New York City, alternately fending off and welcoming challenges to their own traditions. 303 pages

Loving vs. Virginia
by Patricia Hruby Powell
YA F POWELL
Written in blank verse, the story of Mildred Loving, an African American girl, and Richard Loving, a Caucasian boy, who together challenge the Virginia law forbidding interracial marriages in the 1950s. 260 pages

X
by Ilyasah Shabazz
YA F SHABAZZ
Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age 20, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice. 348 pages

Girl in Reverse
by Barbara Stuber
YA F STUBER
Lillian Firestone is Chinese, but the kids in her 1951 Kansas City high school can’t separate her from the North Koreans that America is at war with. Sick of the racism and frustrated that her adoptive white family just sees it as ‘teasing,’ Lily begins to search for her birth mother. 319 pages

Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Robin Talley
YA F TALLEY
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project. 368 pages

The Pearl Thief
by Elizabeth Wein
YA F WEIN
Julia wakes up in a hospital not knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish boy who found her, and later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the prejudices his family has endured and tries to keep them from being framed for the crime. 325 pages

1970s

The Smell of Other People’s Houses
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
YA F HITCHCOC
Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn’t like growing up anywhere else: Don’t think life is going to be easy. Know your place. And never talk about yourself. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation. 227 pages  

Burn Baby Burn
by Meg Medina
YA F MEDINA
It is the summer of 1977 and New York is suffering under a heat wave, a massive blackout, and a killer named the Son of Sam. Nora Lopez just wants to spend her days working at the deli with the cute new Colombian boy, and her nights at the disco dancing with her best friend. 310 pages  

Girl on a Plane
by Miriam Moss
YA F MOSS
This is a fictionalized story based on the amazing real life experiences of Miriam Moss, a 15-year-old English school girl who was held hostage on a plane hijacked by the Palestinian Liberation Front in 1970. 277 pages

Vietnam War (1961 to 1975)

Death Coming Up a Hill
by Chris Crowe
YA F CROWE
Douglas Ashe keeps a record of historical and personal events in 1968, including the war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister. 204 pages

Search and Destroy
by Dean Hughes
YA F HUGHES
Undecided about his future and eager to escape an unhappy home life, Rick joins the army and experiences the horrors of the Vietnam War. 216 pages

A Million Shades of Gray
by Cynthia Kadohata
YA F KADOHATA
In 1975 after American troops pull out of Vietnam, a 13-year-old boy and his beloved elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village. 216 pages

Okay for Now
by Gary Schmidt
YA F SCHMIDT                   
As a teen who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer. 360 pages

1980s

The House of One Thousand Eyes
by Michelle Barker
YA F BARKER
Life in East Germany in the early 1980's is very hard for Lena following the death of her parents and the sudden disappearance and consequent erasure of her uncle's existence by the secret service police, the Stasi. Lena is determined to unearth what happened to her beloved uncle. 340 pages

Into the Dangerous World
by Julie Chibbaro
YA F CHIBBARO
After Ror’s father commits suicide and burns down their house, she’s forced to move from the commune in which she grew up to a homeless shelter in Manhattan. After she meets Trey, the leader of a graffiti crew, she’s forced to decide what kind of artist she is, and what she wants. 333 pages

Lost Stars
by Lisa Selin Davis
YA F DAVIS
Carrie grapples with her sister’s death and her own place in the universe over the course of one fateful summer in upstate New York. 277 pages

Give Me Some Truth
by Eric Gansworth
YA F GANSWORT
In 1980 life is hard on the Tuscarora Reservation, and most of the teenagers feel like they are going nowhere. Tensions are rising between the reservation and the surrounding communities, and amid all of the confusion, teens Carson and Maggi have to make a place for themselves.  403 pages  

Soldier Boy
by Keely Hutton
YA F HUTTON
Follows Ricky from 1987-1991, and Samuel in 2006, as they are abducted to serve as child-soldiers in Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. 326 pages

Going Over
by Beth Kephart
YA F KEPHART
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall—Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West. 262 pages

Show and Prove
by Sofia Quintero
YA F QUINTERO
Smiles and Nike spend the summer of 1983 in the South Bronx working a job at a summer camp, chasing girls, and breakdancing. 343 pages

1990s

Fireworks
by Katie Cotugno
YA F COTUGNO
A girl competes with her best friend to become the newest pop star of the boy-and-girl band craze, triggering drama and romance along the way. 328 pages

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
by Melanie Crowder
YA F CROWDER
When his father is sent to jail after being falsely convicted of a crime in 1999 Bolivia, Francisco is forced to choose between living with his father in prison and relocating to the mountains, where people have lived for centuries without education or modern conveniences. 289 pages

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You
by Hanna Jansen
YA F JANSEN             
Jeanne and her family, who are Tutsis living in Rwanda during a time of civil war, flee their home in hopes of evading Hutu soldiers as political events threaten to overtake them. 342 pages

Calling My Name
by Liara Tamani
YA F TAMANI
Taja Brown, growing up in a conservative and tightly knit African American family, battles family expectations to discover a sense of self and find her unique voice and purpose. 310 pages 

The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
by Katherine Webber
YA F WEBBER
Half-Chinese, half-black Wing Jones has always worshiped her older brother, but when he kills two people in a car accident and barely survives himself, Wing's only solace is running. 328 pages  

After Tupac & D Foster
by Jacqueline Woodson
YA F WOODSON
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur's music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live. 153 pages

The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig
by Don Zoldis
YA F ZOLDIS
A coming-of-age story set in 1994 Wisconsin, chronicling the on-again-off-again relationship of Amy and Craig, who come to understand each other better through multiple disastrous breakups. 342 pages