Exciting Historical Fiction

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Stories about the past can not only give us a glimpse into times gone by, but illuminate the present, and highlight universal experiences across the years. But before you dismiss all historicals as boring Austen-style drawing room affairs, consider the following titles, which contain the likes of fighter pilots, bank robbers, and serial killers.

Never Fall Down

Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

Burn Baby Burn

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.

Rani Patel in Full Effect

Rani Patel, almost seventeen and living on remote Moloka’i island, is oppressed by the cultural norms of her Gujarati immigrant parents. But when Mark, an older man, draws her into new experiences, red flags abound.

Out of the Easy

Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

Code Name Verity

Two best friends – an airplane pilot and her passenger, both spies – crash in Nazi-occupied France in October 1943. “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo and given a terrible choice: talk or die. Now, as Verity slowly writes her confession, she reveals everything that led her to this dangerous mission and the desperate decision that she hopes will save her from the enemy.