Back to the Past: Historical Fiction for Teens

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres of YA literature and I have been reading a lot of it these past couple of months. Historical fiction novels are generally set in the past and can be centered around a significant historical event such as WWI or have as broad of a setting as the roaring 20s. A historical fiction novel may even include a famous figure from history or blend events from past with the present to weave an interesting narrative. If you are looking for a break from the present, take a trip back to the past and check out these titles!

The Cure for Dreaming

In Portland, Oregon, in 1900, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie, who’s paid by her father to make her more docile and womanly but who, instead, gives her the ability to see people’s true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women’s rights.  You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Dream Country

Spanning two centuries and two continents, Dream Country is the story of five generations of young people caught in a spiral of death and exile between Liberia and the United States.

You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby. 


In the Shadow of Blackbirds

As deadly influenza and World War I take their toll in 1918, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, who was killed in battle, returns. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.


Speak Easy, Speak Love

Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during a summer of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, set in the era of Prohibition in the 1920s. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby