New Historical Fiction for Teens

Adventure, romance, tragedy, and excitement await in this selection of recently published historical fiction for teens. Whether in ancient Zapotec society, 1930s mobster-run Chicago, or artsy 1990s Asheville, these teens are navigating some of the same trials that come with coming of age. Check one of them out and travel back in time to experience a good story. 

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All You Have to Do

Intertwining the stories of two Black students decades apart, this compelling and honest novel follows Kevin and Gibran as they navigate similar forms of insidious racism while discovering who they want to be instead of what society tells them they are. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and an eAudio on Hoopla 



Be That Way

Sixteen-year-old Christine keeps a journal of an eventful year of her life in mid-90s Asheville, North Carolina, which she records through prose and illustration. 

The Blackwoods

Told from multiple points of view, Ardith and Hollis Blackwood’s lives are upended when their great-grandmother, legendary actress Blossom Blackwood, passes away, and family secrets emerge. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and an eAudio on Libby.

For Lamb

An interracial friendship between two teenaged girls goes tragically wrong in this powerful historical novel set in the Jim Crow South. 

This title is also available for checkout in eAudio on Hoopla. 


I’ll Take Everything You Have

While running a con in 1934 Chicago, sixteen-year-old Joe splits his time between Eddie, a handsome flirt, and Raymond, a carefree rich kid who shows Joe the queer life of the big city, but as danger closes in, Joe must decide who he wants to be before disappearing. 

This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Hoopla. 

Songs of Irie

During the political turmoil in 1976 Jamaica, Irie and Jilly must navigate their opposing upbringings as they fall in love and choose between the futures decided for them and the futures they desire. 



Stella North is one of twelve young pilots competing in a 1937 air race meant to promote peace in Europe. When one of her competitors is sabotaged, Stella races to determine who is capable of murder–and who might be the next victim.