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. SEQUEL: Forge (2010).
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever. 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.
Angus, Sam. Soldier Dog. Y FIC Angus
With his older brother fighting in the Great War, fourteen-year-old Stanley runs away to join the army and is assigned to the War Dog School, and given a Great Dane named Bones to train.
Avi. Don’t You Know There’s a War On? Y FIC Avi
In wartime Brooklyn in 1943, eleven-year-old Howie Crispers mounts a campaign to save his favorite teacher from being fired.
Avi. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Y FIC Avi
As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Baldwin, Kathleen. A School for Unusual Girls. Y FIC Baldwin
Banished to a boarding school to be reformed into marriageable young ladies in war-torn early 19th-century England, Miss Georgiana and her new friends are secretly entangled in a world of spies, diplomacy and romance.
Barth-Grözinger, Inge. Something Remains. Y FIC Barth-Grozinger
In 1933, as Hitler becomes Chancellor, twelve-year-old Erich and his family, who are Jewish, find they need to make changes in their everyday lives as hatred of the Jews grows.
Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story. Y FIC Baskin
Relates how the lives of four children living in different parts of the country intersect and are affected by the events of September 11, 2001.
Bradbury, Jennifer. River Runs Deep. Y FIC Bradbury
Twelve-year-old Elias is sent to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to fight a case of consumption–and ends up fighting for the lives of a secret community of escaped slaves traveling along the Underground Railroad.
Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. Y FIC Choldenko (SERIES)
A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there, and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. Al Capone Shines My Shoes (2009), Al Capone Does My Homework (2013).
Choldenko, Gennifer. Chasing Secrets. Y FIC Choldenko
Thirteen-year-old Lizzie and her secret friend Noah, who is hiding in her house, plan to rescue Noah’s father from the quarantined Chinatown, and save everyone they love from contracting the plague that is spreading in 1900 San Francisco.
Collier, James & Collier, Christopher. My Brother Sam Is Dead. YPB C
Tragedy strikes the Meeker family when the oldest son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to remain neutral during the American Revolution.
Collier, James & Collier, Christopher. With Every Drop of Blood. Y FIC Collier
While trying to transport food to Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War, fourteen-year-old Johnny is captured by a black Union soldier.
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage. Y FIC Crane / YPB C (SUMMER READING)
Henry Fleming’s attitude towards war changes while he is a union soldier.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy. Y FIC Curtis / Y PB C // LT Y FIC Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. Y FIC Cushman/YPB C
Can a sharp-tongued, high-spirited, clever young maiden with a mind of her own actually lose the battle against an ill-mannered, piglike lord and an unimaginative, greedy toad of a father who wants to marry her off?
Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light. YPB D
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.
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.
Dumas, Firoozeh. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel. Y FIC Dumas
Eleven-year-old Zomorod, originally from Iran, tells her story of growing up Iranian in Southern California during the Iranian Revolution and hostage crisis of the late 1970s.
Elliott, Laura. Across a War-Tossed Sea. Y FIC Elliot
Two British brothers adjust to life in Virginia after escaping the Blitz during World War II.
Friesner, Esther. Threads and Flames. Y FIC Friesner
After recovering from typhus, thirteen-year-old Raisa leaves her Polish shtetl for America to join her older sister, and goes to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory.
Giff, Patricia Reilly. Lily’s Crossing. Y FIC Giff / Y PB G
During a summer spent at Rockaway Beach in 1944, Lily’s friendship with a young Hungarian refugee causes her to see the war and her own world differently.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Uprising. Y FIC Haddix
In 1927, at the urging of twenty-one-year-old Harriet, Mrs. Livingston reluctantly recalls her experiences at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, including miserable working conditions that led to a strike, then the fire that took the lives of her two best friends, when Harriet, the boss’s daughter, was only five years old.
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.
Hesse, Monica. Girl in the Blue Coat. Y FIC Hesse
In 1943 Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, teenage Hanneke–a ‘finder’ of black market goods–is tasked with finding a Jewish girl a customer had been hiding, who has seemingly vanished into thin air, and is pulled into a web of resistance activities and secrets as she attempts to solve the mystery and save the missing girl.
Kravitz, Asher. The Jewish Dog. Y FIC Kravitz
This bestselling novel in Israel follows the life and thoughts of Caleb, a contemplative dog unusually fascinated with human affairs. Born into a German-Jewish household in the mid-1930s, Caleb witnesses firsthand the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust. When events separate him from his Jewish owners, he is adopted by a Nazi family and employed by the SS as a military dog.
Lee, Stacey. Outrun the Moon. Y FIC Lee
On the eve of the San Fransisco 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.
Lynch, Chris. The Right Fight. Y FIC Lynch (SERIES)
When the draft board calls on the eve of World War II, Roman leaves behind a career in minor-league baseball to join the army, and finds himself driving a tank in the North African campaign. SEQUELS: Dead in the Water (2014).
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.
Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. Y FIC Medina
During the summer of 1977 when New York City is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam, seventeen-year-old Nora must also face her family’s financial woes, her father’s absence, and her brother’s growing violence.
Miller. Sarah. The Lost Crown. Y FIC Miller
In alternating chapters, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia tell how their privileged lives as the daughters of the Tsar in early twentieth-century Russia are transformed by World War and revolution.
Orlev, Uri. The Man from The Other Side. Y FIC Orlev
Through the maze of filthy sewers under Nazi-occupied Warsaw, teenage Marek has to help his rough Polish stepfather smuggle food and arms to the desperate Jews in the walled-up ghetto.
Peck, Richard. Fair Weather. Y FIC Peck
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World’s Columbian Exposition which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.
Peck, Richard. A Long Way From Chicago. Y FIC Peck // YPB Peck (SERIES)
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. SEQUELS: A Year Down Yonder (2000), A Season of Gifts (2009).
Perez, Ashley Hope. Out of Darkness. Y FIC 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.
Perl, Lila. Isabel’s War. Y FIC Perl
Twelve-year-old Isabel has no interest in the war in Europe until her family welcomes Helga, a German war refugee, into their home in the Bronx.
Preus, Margi. Shadow on the Mountain. Y FIC Preus
In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.
Rinaldi, Ann. The Ever-After Bird. Y FIC Rinaldi
In 1851, thirteen-year-old Cecilia has her eyes opened to the horrors of slavery when she accompanies her ornithologist uncle on an expedition in search of the rare “Scarlet Ibis,” and watches as he shows slaves the way to the Underground Railroad.
Rinaldi, Ann. Wolf by The Ears. Y FIC Rinaldi
Harriet Hemings, rumored to be Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, faces the choice of passing as white or staying a slave in the sheltered but restricted life at Monticello.
Ritter, John H. Choosing Up Sides. Y FIC Ritter
In 1921 thirteen-year-old Luke finds himself torn between accepting his left-handedness or conforming to the belief of his preacher-father that such a condition is evil and must be overcome.
Ryan, Pam Munoz. Echo. Y FIC Ryan
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Hired Girl. Y FIC 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.
Sepetys, Ruta. Between Shades of Grey. Y FIC Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-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 while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.
Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Y FIC Sepetys
Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.
Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea. Y FIC Sepetys
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.
Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Y FIC 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.
Tash, Sarvenaz. Three Day Summer. Y FIC 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.
Wait, Lea. Uncertain Glory. Y FIC Wait
At thirteen, Joe Wood wants to be a newspaperman. He’s even borrowed money to start his own press. But it’s April 1861, and the young nation is on the brink of civil war. Joe has to help Owen, his assistant, deal with being black in a white world; talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting; and help Nell, whose uncle claims she can speak to the dead. When Owen disappears, Joe must save him.
Weil, Cynthia. I’m Glad I Did. Y FIC Weil
In 1963 sixteen-year-old JJ Green, a songwriter interning at New York City’s famous Brill Building, finds herself a writing partner In Luke Silver, a boy who seems to connect instantly with her music, and they start cutting their first demo with Dulcie Brown, a legend who has fallen on hard times, with a secret past.
Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Y FIC Wein
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. COMPANION: Rose Under Fire (2013).
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).
Wilson, John. Wings of War. YPB Wilson
A Canadian boy learns to fly from his uncle, and then decides to join the English Royal Flying Corps as a fighter pilot in World War I.
Wolf, Lauren. Wolf Hollow. Y FIC Wolf
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.
Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Bat 6. YPB W
In small town, post-World War Oregon, twenty-one 6th grade girls recount the story of an annual softball game, during which one girl’s bigotry comes to the surface.
Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. Y FIC Zusak (SUMMER READING)
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.