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In the early 1400's, teenage Johanna works as a maidservant to the eccentric Dame Margery. One day, Dame Margery announces that she will travel on a pilgrimage to Rome, and take Johanna with her. The two travel on boat from England to France. Once there, they join other travelers who are heading to Rome. They travel through France, through the Alps, and into Venice. While in Venice, Johanna finds herself separated from the rest of the group. Will Johanna be able to make it to Rome? Will she make it back home to England? Will she ever see her family again? What is Johanna going to do? Read The Book of the Maidservant by Rebecca Barnhouse and find out. This is an adventurous book for middle school students , high school students, and anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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Agnes Wilkins has doting parents, two brothers, and lives a life of leisure in 1815 England. Not content to be interested only in dresses and parties, Agnes has studied several languages as well as history and other subjects. One evening, Agnes and her family attend a party, where they meet the dashing Lord Showalter, a fan of all things related to Ancient Egypt.
Will Agnes find her future with Lord Showalter, or will she find her future with Caedmon, a handsome young museum employee. Find out by reading Wrapped, a delightful historical mystery by Jennifer Bradbury. Fans of Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, as well as fans of Jane Austen are likely to enjoy Wrapped.
To find out more about Jennifer Bradbury, please visit her website.
You shuffle to the library's Information Desk, dragging your feet with dread or perhaps just lack of motivation. "I need to write a book report or essay on a historical fiction novel," you say with an exasperated sigh. What you're probably really asking is, "Do you have any historical fiction that's not going to bore me to tears?"
Fortunately, the answer is YES! Historical fiction does not have to be boring, and there are plenty of books coming out all the time just for teen readers. This is an exciting genre that's all about taking you back to a different place and time, yet you'll undoubtedly find many aspects of the human experience that will always ring true. Here are some new historical fiction titles for teens that you (and your teacher) will hopefully enjoy, whether it's for an assignment or just for fun.
Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner
Nefertiti's dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner so much attention that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt.
Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein
Ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to win the throne of Scotland for her husband while her banished daughter Albia, who was raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny.
18th Century England
Sovay by Celia Rees
In 1794 England, the beautiful Sovay, disguised as a highwayman, acquires papers that could lead to her father's arrest for treason, and soon her political consciousness leads her and a compatriot to France during the Revolution.
19th Century United States
Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein
When the Civil War breaks out, two cousins, Lizzie and Rosanna, find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict until the war reunites them in the town of Gettysburg.
The Devil’s Paintbox by Victoria McKernan
In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aidan and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.
The Letter Writer: A Novel by Ann Rinaldi
Harriet Whitehead, a girl who serves as letter writer for her blind stepmother, is haunted by her unwitting role in Nat Turner's Rebellion, one of the bloodiest slave uprisings in the history of America.
WWII-Era United States
A Troubled Peace by L.M. Elliott
Henry Forrester, an American pilot who crashed in France during World War II, returns to France after the war to find the boy who helped him escape and is traumatized by the war-time destruction and suffering of those who survived the war.
Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
In 1940s Chicago, fifteen-year-old Ruby hopes to escape poverty by becoming a taxi dancer in a nightclub, but the work has unforeseen dangers and hiding the truth from her family and friends becomes increasingly difficult.
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl must pass for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots and fulfill her dream of flying, but she learns that denying her true self is a heavy burden to bear.