American Historical Fiction (Teen)

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Chains.  Y FIC Anderson (Seeds of America SERIES)
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.  SEQUELForge (2010). 

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Fever, 1793.  Y FIC Anderson 
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.

Avi.  Beyond the Western Sea.  Y FIC Avi
Driven from their impoverished Irish village, fifteen-year-old Maura and her younger brother meet their landlord’s runaway son in Liverpool while all three wait for a ship to America; their fates continue to intertwine on board ship and in the New World.

Blundell, Judy.  What I Saw and How I Lied.  Y FIC Blundell
In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

Cormier, Robert.  Frenchtown Summer.  Y FIC Cormier
A series of vignettes in free verse in which the writer reminisces about his life as a twelve-year-old boy living in a small town during the hot summer of 1938.

Cormier, Robert.  Heroes: A Novel.  Y FIC Cormier
After joining the army at fifteen and having his face blown away by a grenade in a battle in France, Francis returns home to Frenchtown hoping to find–and kill–the former childhood hero he feels betrayed him.

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963.   Y FIC Curtis // Y PB C
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Donnelly, Jennifer.  These Shallow Graves.  Y FIC Donnelly
A young woman in nineteenth-century New York City must struggle against gender and class boundaries when her father is found dead of a supposed suicide, and she believes there is more than meets the eye, so in order to uncover the truth she will have to decide how much she is willing to risk and lose.

Hesse, Karen.  Out of the Dust.  Y  FIC Hesse // Y PB H (SUMMER READING)
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression..

Holt, Kimberly Willis.  When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.  Y FIC Holt
During the summer of 1971 in a small Texas town, thirteen-year-old Toby and his best friend Cal meet the star of a sideshow act, 600-pound Zachary, the fattest boy in the world.

Lewis, Catherine.  Postcards to Father Abraham.  Y FIC Lewis
When sixteen-year-old Meghan loses her leg to cancer and her brother to Vietnam, she expresses intense anger in postcards which she writes to her idol, Abraham Lincoln.

Lisle, Janet Taylor.  The Art of Keeping Cool.  Y FIC Lisle
In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents’ Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.

McCoy, Mary.  Dead to Me.  Y FIC McCoy
In 1948 Hollywood, a treacherous world of tough-talking private eyes, psychopathic movie stars, and troubled starlets, sixteen-year-old Alice tries to find a young runaway who is the sole witness to a beating that put her sister, Annie, in a coma.

Paterson, Katherine.  Lyddie.  LT Y FIC Paterson
Impoverished Vermont farm girl Lyddie Worthen is determined to gain her independence by becoming a factory worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s.

Paulsen, Gary.  Sarny, A Life Remembered.  Y FIC Paulsen
Continues the adventures of Sarny, the slave girl Nightjohn taught to read, through the aftermath of the Civil War during which time she taught other Blacks and lived a full life until age ninety-four.

Peck, Richard.  A Long Way From Chicago. Y FIC Peck // YPB Peck
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. SEQUELSA Year Down Yonder (2000), A Season of Gifts (2009)

Rinaldi, Ann.  An Acquaintance With Darkness.  Y FIC Rinaldi
When her mother dies and her best friend’s family is implicated in the assassination of President Lincoln, fourteen-year-old Emily Pigbush must go live with an uncle she suspects of being involved in stealing bodies for medical research.

Taylor, Theodore.  The Bomb.  Y FIC Taylor
In 1945, when the Americans liberate the Bikini Atoll from the Japanese, fourteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu does not realize that the next year he will lead a desperate effort to save his island home from a much more deadly threat.

Wiles, Deborah.  Countdown.  Y FIC Wiles  (The Sixites Trilogy)
Franny Chapman just wants some peace. But that’s hard to get when her best friend is feuding with her, her sister has disappeared, and her uncle is fighting an old war in his head. Her saintly younger brother is no help, and the cute boy across the street only complicates things. Worst of all, everyone is walking around just waiting for a bomb to fall. It’s 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear.  SEQUELS: Revolution (2014).

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