The list author says: "These are great historical fiction novels aimed at young adults, teens and adults who don't care what packaging a good story comes in (like myself). Some have magic, others are straight-up adventures, none are condescending to younger readers."
"Yelena escapes execution in exchange for tasting the food of the Commander, ruler of Ixia. Though confined to a dank prison cell and doomed to a painful death, Yelena slowly blooms again, caught up in castle politics. But some people are too impatient to wait for poison to finish off Yelena. 2 sequels available!"
"Patricia is the bold heroine of this 18th-century seafaring saga. Left with debts after her father's death, she leaves her English boarding school to claim her Barbados plantation. She stows away on a merchant ship, but is soon discovered and threatened with expulsion at the nearest port. 1st in a trilogy."
"Kit is a spirited teenager who moves to a Puritan community. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it's more than they can take: soon Kit is defending her life."
"Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a "witchwoman" who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth. Aerin grew up wild, a the disappointment to the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn't refuse."
"Harry is an orphan girl who comes to live in Damar. Her life is quiet until the night she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hillfolk King, who takes her deep into the desert. She does not know the Hillfolk language; she does not know why she has been chosen. But Corlath does. Harry is to be trained in the arts of war until she is a match for any of his men."
"Helen of Sparta is a feisty, beautiful young princess who is doted upon by her family, even though her determination to be independent and hunt and fight like her brothers creates various awkward, even dangerous situations for everyone. Using the mythical character of Helen of Troy as inspiration, Friesner focuses on Helen's youth, before she became "the face that launched a thousand ships.""
"O'Dell tells the miraculous story of how Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself (in a green-cormorant skirt and an otter cape on special occasions), and secures shelter. Perhaps even more startlingly, she finds strength and serenity living alone on the island."
"When her father dies in a heroic battle with a gigantic invading army, Thirrin becomes queen of her small but hardy country, the Icemark. Having already made allies of the werewolves and found a friend and advisor in a young warlock, Oskan, she sets off with him to forge new alliances. They journey to the land of the Vampire King..."
"A Native American teen experiences a life-altering encounter after reading about Mary Newbury the 17th-century protagonist of Witch Child who may be connected with one of her own relatives, in Sorceress by Celia Rees."
"Nancy Kington is a wealthy merchantÂ’s daughter living in Bristol, England in the early 1700Â’s. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slaveÂ’s daughter living and working on a Jamaican plantation. These two, united through a set of extraordinary circumstances including a brutal murder & an arranged marriage find themselves sailing the high seas in search of love, adventure and freedomÂ—as pirates!"
"Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her motherÂ’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girlsÂ’ academy. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique."
"Meyer's latest entry in the Young Royals historical-fiction series creates a sympathetic, engrossing portrait of a noble girl who, later in life, became a feared, notorious queen. Meyer focuses on Catherine de' Medici's sixteenth-century youth and early marriage, closing with her coronation as queen of France."
"490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur's supporters, lives with her father on Arthur's base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Elaine's only girl companion is the mysterious Morgan, but Elaine cannot tell Morgan her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot."
"In a tale at once fascinating and horrible, young Jessie suffers capture and indenture on a slave ship. His job is to "dance" the slaves by playing his fife while they're forced to engage in daily movement."
"1 Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" for a "noble destiny.""