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Initial post: Dec 22, 2009 10:31:18 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2009 10:32:12 PM PST
What are some good titles for young adult historical fiction readers? So often these books are really good and very well done, but get no press with the general public.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009 5:57:09 PM PST
gilly8 says:
Elizabeth George Speare (hopefully not reversing any of her 3 names!) has lots of books for kids from ? 10-15 depending on their reading level and interest. Also Rosemary Sutcliffe, in fact though hers were written for young people, they show up on favorites by many adult HF lovers.

Not sure how old a person we're discussing. IMO at 16-18 and above they should be capable of reading anything the rest of us are reading, check the "Bar None" HF post.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009 7:56:50 PM PST
Chris Little says:
Perhaps Avi's "True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 8:04:09 PM PST
A Reader says:
Justin Allen's new book, _Year of the Horse_ is a good book marketed as "young adult" that is, at least in part, historical fiction. I should say, though, that it's only partly that- it's also a fantasy of sorts, set in the old west. If you want purely "straight" historical fiction it won't likely due. But, I thought it was a clever and very well done book, well worth reading.

Posted on Dec 25, 2009 6:13:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 26, 2009 5:29:13 AM PST
Lee G. Koss says:
Laura Ingalls Wilder's books describing the westward movement in the US c. 1860 to c.1900 are wonderful. Fourth graders in our town read "Little House in the Big Woods" or "Little House on the Prairie" (I'm not sure which) as part the their school curriculum.
While I actually did not finish every book as a a child, the series introduced me to historical fiction, which I found myself going to after science fiction. Also I just want to mention that a musical version of "Little House on the Prairie" is on tour. I saw it in Millburn, NJ and think that it was wonderful. Melissa Gilbert, the actress who played "Laura" in the TV series plays "Ma."

I just realized that Laura Ingalls Wilder's books are autobiographical but I think that they are written in the 3rd person so that they read like historical fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2009 2:44:53 PM PST
Selene says:
There are various lists around of suggested teenage historical fiction, like this one from Warwick Public Library
http://www.wwlibrary.org/newsite/teens/historicalfiction.htm

You might also get some ideas from the YA Historical Fiction thread at the Historical Fiction Forum
http://www.historicalfictiononline.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=43

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2009 3:22:46 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 28, 2009 11:32:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2009 11:36:26 PM PST
Doty Wilson says:
Two Spies and a General is a book that my son and I both enjoyed. Granted we homeschool, so our taste might be considered odd. I've looked for more books from the author, but haven't seen any others.

That's my two cents.

ADD: I read my own post realized it was a bit lacking. The book is written during ancient Rome right as it began expanding out of Italy. The Punic wars to be exact.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 5:34:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2009 5:53:29 AM PST
Renwonug says:
Into The Twilight: The True Origins of Abe Lincoln

A well-written novel accessible to all ages. No graphic sex, violence, or foul language.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:26:35 PM PST
Thanks so much for your suggestion!
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:28:45 PM PST
Thanks for your reply.
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:29:58 PM PST
Thanks for your reply and suggestions.
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:30:31 PM PST
Thanks for your reply.
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:31:01 PM PST
Thanks for your reply and suggestion.
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:31:47 PM PST
Thanks for your reply.
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:32:26 PM PST
Thanks so much for your reply and suggestions!
Donna

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 7:32:37 PM PST
Have you checked out any of Ann Rinaldi's titles? Or Donna Jo Napoli? And SF writer Esther Friesner has written a few recent books based on figures like Nefertiti and Helen of Troy. There's also Kathryn Laski's The Last Girls of Pompeii.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:32:52 PM PST
Thanks for your reply and suggestions.
Donna

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 7:35:16 PM PST
Thank you!
Donna

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 8:27:13 PM PST
RB says:
I'm reading the forum and then I see this looong list of thank yous. Now that is being polite. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2009 8:34:09 PM PST
RB says:
Thank you for your comments and review Doty! It was pretty cool reading them. I published the second book, but it had problems being listed on Amazon that were recently fixed.

The General and the Spy

Sorry everyone else -- I'm really not trying to shamelessly sell myself. I just thought it was cool to see my book mentioned!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2009 3:18:27 AM PST
Have the young adults read Abraham and Anna.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2009 5:37:50 AM PST
I don't know. Could you tell me a little about it? Thanks for replying.
Donna

Posted on Dec 30, 2009 9:31:58 PM PST
Irene says:
I do have 2 fantastic Young Adult books set during the French Revolution. If you can, look up the titles The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade(sequel) both are by Sally Gardner and both are absolutely amazing. I can't speak for it's historical accuracy but I can say that these are quick engrossing action packed stories a la Scarlet Pimpernel. The stories have a little gypsy mysticism, are dark as we follow Count Kaliovsky and the actions and reactions of the "citizens" during the revolution, and have an amazing hero in Yann as he does what he can to help and make himself worthy of his one true love.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2009 9:44:56 PM PST
Thanks for the titles...I'll look for them!
Donna
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