Can You Imagine Living Through That? Strong Women in Historical Fiction for Teens

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Try to solve a mystery on a Scottish estate pre-World War IIget wrapped up in a romance in Francisco Franco-era Madrid, consider the life of a struggling painter in Renaissance Italy or visit the exciting art world of 19th century Paris.  

Traditional travel may not be possible just now, but stories still have the power to take us away. 

Bon voyage!

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Blood Water Paint

The coming of age of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi is described in verse, from her beginninghelping her father in his studio, to her rape by a painting instructor and subsequent decision to accuse and try him in the Italian court systemincluding how her paintings echoed and illustrated the themes of her lifeYou can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Dreamland Burning

When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family’s property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery.  You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

The Fountains of Silence

Two young people, Ana and Daniel, meet at a hotel in Madrid in 1957. Ana is keeping her profile low, working as a maid to support herself while her mother serves a prison sentence for working against General Francisco Franco’s forces, and Daniel is a tourist from America, visiting Spain while his oil executive father brokers a deal with Franco. Ana is chosen to assist Daniel and – dangerously – starts to feel like she can open up to him. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby.

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know

Khayyam Maquet is spending her summer with her parents in Paris, the perfect place to research her theory about the painter Eugène Delacroix. Meeting the handsome descendent of Alexandre Dumas at a museum, also named Alexandre, takes her mind off of her ex in Chicago, and together they unravel the story of Leila, a young Muslim woman who influenced the artists and poets of Paris during the mid-19th century. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

The Pearl Thief

Summer vacation shouldn’t have begun with amnesia due to a head injury, and Julia Beaufort-Stuart is determined to find out why it happened and who did it. She starts by questioning, and then befriending, a brother and sister who are part of the group of Traveller families and learns more about the history of her family’s estate and herself than she ever imagined. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.