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Looking Back: Teen Historical Fiction

If you think history is boring, read one of these historical fiction titles for a pleasant surprise.


Fever, 1793
Fever, 1793

Mattie Cook is a witty fourteen-year-old living in Philadelphia when yellow fever strikes the city. When her mother falls ill, they become separated and Mattie must fight for her survival.


Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two
Code Talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

At boarding school, Ned is not permitted to speak his first language, Navajo. When he lies about his age and joins the Marines during WWII, he discovers that Navajo is being used as a code. But will the Japanese break this code like they have every other one?


The loud silence of Francine Green
The loud silence of Francine Green

Eight grader Francine has nuns for teachers who don't exactly encourage the students to think for themselves. Then she makes a new best friend, Sophie, who is her exact opposite. When Sophie is expelled from school, what will Francine do?


Copper sun
Copper sun

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.


The Big Burn
The Big Burn

The mountains are burning and many are terrified. Three teens must decide how they will respond to the conflagration of 1910. One thing is for sure: nobody's life will ever be the same.


Room in the heart
Room in the heart

When Nazi soldiers occupy Denmark, everyone's life is affected. There are armed guard posted on the street corners, a curfew, and it's hard to know who to trust.


Eyes of the emperor
Eyes of the emperor

Eddy, a 16-year-old Japanese American, joins the military around the time Pearl Harbor is bombed and encounters racism because of his ancestry. He is sent to an island on a special assignment: to act as bait in the training of attack dogs.


Listening for lions
Listening for lions

After the influenza epidemic of 1919 leaves her an orphan, Rachel -- the daughter of missionary parents living in Africa -- is manipulated by neighbors into traveling to England and assuming their dead daughter's identity. How will Rachel make things right?


Soldier X
Soldier X

Erik, only 16, is fighting in a war he doesn't know much about. When his platoon's position is overrun and Erik is injured, he plays dead but has to think fast. What will he be willing to do in order to survive?