Teen Historical Fiction

Historical fiction that features teens as the main characters.
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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Great list! I can;t wait to read some listed here.


message 2: by Allison (new)

Allison most of these i haven't read but the ons I have r really good


message 3: by Allison (new)

Allison its historical fantasy because the part about the finishing school and social life is more or less true


message 4: by Adam (new)

Adam Book Thief, Fever 1793, My Brother Sam Is Dead, Out of the Dust, and Penny From Heaven.


message 5: by Allison (new)

Allison good for u:P


 Imani ♥ ☮ you know, i think the girl on the cover of "number the stars" looks like Dakota fanning. just a thought


message 7: by Daria (last edited Nov 01, 2010 03:43PM) (new)

Daria Nora wrote: "Isn't A Great and Terrible Beauty more of a fantasy than historical fiction?"

Yes, A Great and Terrible Beauty is very much historical fantasy.


message 8: by Neveen (new)

Neveen Nora wrote: "Isn't A Great and Terrible Beauty more of a fantasy than historical fiction?"

It takes place in the Victorian Era and showes alot about the life back then; it's Historical Fantas.


message 9: by Rystal (new)

Rystal Nora wrote: "Isn't A Great and Terrible Beauty more of a fantasy than historical fiction?"

yeah that it what i thought when i saw it on this list!!


message 10: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Why is the Diary of Anne Frank on here?? It is by no means fiction...


message 11: by Candace (new)

Candace Hinnergardt I have t admit that I was really surprised when I saw Revolution as far down as it was. I just read that book last week and I loved it!!


message 12: by This (new)

This Stephanie wrote: "Why is the Diary of Anne Frank on here?? It is by no means fiction..."
My thoughts exactly! GREAT book, definitely historical, but not fiction.


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Awesome list! Stop me before I add all of these to my "want to read" shelf. :P

Is alternate history welcome on this list?


message 14: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Janis wrote: "Stephanie wrote: "Why is the Diary of Anne Frank on here?? It is by no means fiction..."
My thoughts exactly! GREAT book, definitely historical, but not fiction."


There are several books on this list that are not historical fiction! Historical fiction is fiction set in a time 50+ years earlier than the time of the author's writing. Little Women and Pride & Prejudice don't fall into this category!!


message 15: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Aubrey wrote: "Awesome list! Stop me before I add all of these to my "want to read" shelf. :P

Is alternate history welcome on this list?"


Alternate history is generally science fiction not historical fiction.


message 16: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Can Anne of Green Gables be considered historical fiction if it was written in the time period it takes place in?


message 17: by Candace (new)

Candace Hinnergardt Samantha wrote: "Can Anne of Green Gables be considered historical fiction if it was written in the time period it takes place in?"

I would think so. At least we know it's historically accurate.


message 18: by Rhaine (new)

Rhaine Hi. I recently started a historical fiction group called Young Adult Historical Fiction that discusses many of the books on this list. If you love Teen Historical fiction and discussing books, then I would really appreciate it if you joined.


message 19: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Samantha wrote: "Can Anne of Green Gables be considered historical fiction if it was written in the time period it takes place in?"

I think that's just fiction. Historical fiction is usually written about a different time period, not the one the writer is living in.


message 20: by Kristin (new)

Kristin My inner librarian is coming out. Jane Austen isn't historical fiction since it was contemporary at the time it was written. Some of these books seem more like fiction set in a different era. Historical fiction is typically fiction set in the past, which builds on historical events or persons.


Debbie Hates the New Book Page Redesign Removed The False Princess - not historical.


message 22: by Leslie (last edited May 26, 2013 02:00PM) (new)

Leslie The Diary of a Young Girl is NOT fiction!! I am removing it from the list, along with several fiction books that were contemporary at the time of writing (such as Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Montgomery).


Jackie - Fire & Ice Book Reviews Hi guys, if you would like to talk about Historical Fiction with like minded people, come and join us here http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1...


message 24: by Tara ♪ (new)

 Tara ♪ So, I agree that Anne Frank's Diary is NOT fiction, however, it has been observed/sorta proved that it was not your average diary; we revised it and tried to prepare it for publishing while in hiding. And even though it's not fiction, I am still really surprised to see it down so far on the list. Maybe not as people voted for it because it's nonfiction?

Either way, great list! I found a lot of my favorite books on this list, as well as books that I haven't yet read but want to read.


message 25: by Tara ♪ (new)

 Tara ♪ Oh, and, hi, Jackie! Yes, everyone do feel free to join us at the group link Jackie provided, but do know that we discuss some books other than historical fiction, too. ;-)


message 26: by Tara ♪ (new)

 Tara ♪ Hey, I noticed that a lot of books on this list were by Ann Rinaldi. I moderate a group, Ann Rinaldi Fan Club, and I would love it if someone would come and join us! You can get there using the link I provided in this comment.


MaryannC. Book Freak Love YA Historical Fiction, this is a pretty good list!


message 28: by Evelyn (new)

Evelyn Dangerfield Hi,

please look at my YA historical fiction book called "Revenge of a Tudor Teen" on Wattpad. As readers in the know I'd value your feedback...

wattpad.com/29769830


message 29: by spidrenflora (new)

spidrenflora A Great and Terrible Beauty is not historical fiction, it is fantasy


message 30: by Neveen (new)

Neveen Erica wrote: "A Great and Terrible Beauty is not historical fiction, it is fantasy"

It is both; it has a Victorian touch and tells about the life style in a way or another.


message 31: by brianna (new)

brianna milburn i love reading these books and they are very cool u should read som thank you


message 32: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Anne Frank isn't Fiction and Perfect Chemistry isn't Historical


message 33: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy If this is for teens shouldn't it be somewhat clean - no sex? Memoirs of a Geisha?? Philippa Gregory???


message 34: by Mike (new)

Mike Number the Stars isn't teen by any stretch of imagination - it's meant for an audience younger than teenagers, and the protagonist is ten.


message 35: by Mike (new)

Mike Also, The Outsiders was written to take place in the present day. Just because it was written a long time ago doesn't make it historical fiction.


message 36: by Karis (new)

Karis I checked for duplicates and removed 3.


message 37: by Janet Flora (new)

Janet Flora Corso Half of these aren't even teen books. I realize teens can read anything, but the list is specifically "Teen Hist-fic". And some of them are stretching it for being in that genre too. I mean, "Much Ado About Nothing"? come on, y'all...


message 38: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady Janet Flora wrote: "Half of these aren't even teen books. I realize teens can read anything, but the list is specifically "Teen Hist-fic". And some of them are stretching it for being in that genre too. I mean, "Much ..."

I agree. A lot of the books on this list were not written for teenagers, no matter if they are read by teenagers.


message 39: by Ben (new)

Ben S Samantha wrote: "Can Anne of Green Gables be considered historical fiction if it was written in the time period it takes place in?"
I don't think so. It's only historical fiction if that's what it was originally published as.


message 40: by Megha (new)

Megha Alex and Eliza by Melissa de Cruz is a great historical fiction


message 41: by BookLovingLady (last edited Mar 21, 2019 05:59AM) (new)

BookLovingLady To Kill a Mockingbird (#6) is not historical fiction, to name one. Just because a book is 'old' doesn't make it per definition historical fiction (see also an earlier comment by Kristin).

And where are the 'teens as a main character', like the description says, in Gone with the Wind (#18), The Help (#21) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (#47), to name just a few?

Sorry to have to say this, but this list is a mess...


message 42: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Author spam "The Boy Who Saw in Colours" near the top of the list with 346 sockpuppets. :(


message 43: by Taryn (new)

Taryn Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1) by Sarah MacLean is not for kids. It is a historical romance for adults.


message 44: by BookLovingLady (last edited Dec 27, 2021 02:07AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Taryn wrote: "Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1) by Sarah MacLean is not for kids. It is a historical romance for adults."

Agreed. Which number is it on currently? Never mind, I found and removed it. (It was on #469)

Seems to me that the description ("Historical fiction that features teens as the main characters") isn't read by many ... Or maybe it is ignored ... Not nice 😠


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