Hip Historical Fiction
If you liked The Book Thief, try these...
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Fever 1793 (TEEN PB ANDERSON L)
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.
Code Talker: a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two (NEW TEEN PB BRUCHAC J)
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.
Al Capone Does My Shirts (TEEN NUTMEG PB CHOLDENKO G)
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. Look for book #2 Al Capone Shines My Shoes and book #3 Al Capone Does My Homework.
A Northern Light (TEEN PB DONNELLY J)
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.
Copper Sun (NEW TEEN PB DRAPER S)
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Dunlap, Susanne Emily
The Musician’s Daughter (TEEN PB DUNLAP S)
In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.
Grey, Christopher Peter
Leonardo’s Shadow, or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci’s Servent (TEEN PB GREY C)
Fifteen-year-old Giacomo--servant to Leonardo da Vinci--helps his procrastinating master finish painting "The Last Supper" while also trying to find clues to his parentage and pursue his own career as an artist in late fifteenth-century Milan.
Homefront (TEEN PB GWALTNEY D)
For as long as Margaret Ann Motley can remember, she has been waiting and hoping for one thing - a room to call her very own. And when Margaret's older sister leaves for college, it looks like Margaret's days of waiting are over. But then disaster strikes. Its form: an English cousin named Courtney who has been forced to flee 1941 London because of the blitz. Not at all concerned with what's happening in Europe, Margaret Ann is soon fighting a war of her own as she watches her cousin Courtney get not only her room, but also the attention of her very own family and boyfriend. It's not until Margaret's only brother enlists in the navy that Margaret discovers an ally and a friend where at first she saw only a rival.
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Uprising (NEW TEEN PB HADDIX M)
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. Includes historical notes.
Soldier Boys (TEEN NUTMEG PB HUGHES D)
Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.
Hattie Big Sky (TEEN PB LARSON K)
After inheriting her uncle's homesteading claim in Montana, sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Brooks travels from Iowa in 1917 to make a home for herself and encounters some unexpected problems related to the war being fought in Europe.
Myers, Walter Dean
Riot (NEW TEEN PB MYERS W)
In 1863, Claire, the daughter of an Irish mother and a black father, faces ugly truths and great danger when Irish immigrants, enraged by the Civil War and the draft, lash out against blacks and wealthy "swells" of New York City.
A Step From Heaven (TEEN PB NA A)
A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.
Milkweed (TEEN NUTMEG PB SPINELLI J)
A street child, known to himself only as Stopthief, finds community when he is taken in by a band of orphans in Warsaw ghetto which helps him weather the horrors of the Nazi regime.