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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Historical Fiction For Youth
Stories set around the world and across eras are the hallmark of this year’s crop of best historical fiction titles for young people, all reviewed in Booklist between April 15, 2013, and April 1, 2014.
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy. By Elizabeth Kiem. 2013. SohoTeen, $17.99 (9781616952631). Gr. 8–11.
Set in 1982, this atmospheric, suspenseful story follows Marya and her father, who recently emigrated from Moscow to Brooklyn. When they’re given potentially dangerous information, decisions must be made.
Going Over. By Beth Kephart. 2014. Chronicle, $17.99 (9781452124575). Gr. 9–12.
Kephart re-creates the inexorable tension and fear of Berliners living on both sides of the wall in this 1980s multilayered love story.
I Lived on Butterfly Hill. By Marjorie Agosin. Illus. by Lee White. 2014. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781416953449). Gr. 5–8.
Eleven-year-old Celeste loves her home in Valparaiso, Chile. But the takeover by the Pinochet government turns everything upside down. Agosin’s moving story both educates and haunts.
Invasion. By Walter Dean Myers. 2013. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545384285). Gr. 9–12.
“We are in a killing zone.” Nineteen-year-old Woody chronicles the D-Day invasion and the one-month aftermath in this vivid story that captures war’s horror, confusion, and brutality.
Victoria Darling scandalizes 1909 society when she poses nude for fellow students in her art class. That’s not all; she’s a suffragette, and she takes the motto “Deeds, not words” to heart in this blend of history and romance.
Memphis is hot during the summer of 1959—in all sorts of ways.
Things heat up even more for this novel’s narrator when he takes on a
paper route that requires more social interaction—something he avoids
because of his stutter.
Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War. By Helen Frost. 2013. Farrar/Frances Foster, $17.99 (9780374363871). Gr. 5–8.
A Miami Indian boy and James, the son of a trader, become friends during the War of 1812 in this affecting novel in verse.
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal. By Margarita Engle. 2014. illus. Houghton, $17.99 (9780544109414). Gr. 7–12.
Engle tells a stirring story of the building of the canal in verse and in multiple voices. She vividly presents the Panamanian setting, the difficult and dangerous job, and the system of segregation that was employed among the workers.
Son of Fortune. By Victoria McKernan. 2013. Knopf, $19.99 (9780375864568). Gr. 9–12.
Sixteen-year-old Aiden and his partner set sail for Peru, where they are embarking on a new business venture. But the working conditions of the Chinese laborers there test Aiden’s ethical and moral strength.
Year of the Jungle. By Suzanne Collins. Illus. by James Primos. 2013. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545425162). K–Gr. 3.
In this picture book, Collins mines her personal experiences to tell a tender personal story of the year first-grader Suzy endures while her father is in Vietnam.
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