Hidden Historical Fiction Gems for Tweens

Historical fiction novels remain a popular choice for tweens. The genre blends facts and feelings to provide engaging and relatable stories for curious readers. If you’re looking for something a little bit different within the genre, check out these six eye-opening titles focused on historical events that have been less covered in youth literature.  

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Orange for the Sunsets

In alternating voices, friends Asha and Yesofu, one Indian and one African, find their world turned upside-down when Idi Amin decides to expel Asian Indians from Uganda in 1972. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Show Me A Sign

In the early 19th century, in a deaf community on Martha’s Vineyard, Mary Lambert’s insular life cracks open. The Wampanoag people bring attention to their land rights causing tension, and a scientist appears on the island to study the origin of deafness in its inhabitants, insulting the community with his attitude. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby, as eAudio on OverDrive/Libby or as eAudio on Hoopla.


On the first night of rioting in the wake of the Rodney King verdict, Jordan’s father leaves to check on the family store, spurring twelve-year-old Jordan and his friends to embark on a dangerous journey through South Central and Koreatown to come to his aid, encountering the racism within their community as they go.