Thinking about July, I haven’t done a historical book list before. So, I peeked around the YA books and found a great set to recommend! I don’t typically read these though I love YA. Studying history is a delight. I’m just not drawn to the side-genre.
For those of you who love to time jump back in time, this list is for you! For those of you looking to take a chance on the next great read, look here!
Author: Gita Trelease
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must go to great length to protect and provide for her naïve sister and volatile brother, including good cons and dangerous magic that had been forbidden by her mother. What’s one to do? Next, Camille will take on the court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Author: Kimberly Cutter
The Hundred Years War rages on. Charles VII doesn’t have the strength to go on, but a peasant girl hears the powerful voice of God speak her name. Jehanne. She’ll take to the battlefield and lead thousands. Unspoken love and uncertainty of faith, she escaped her violent father and became a visionary and saint at a devastating cost.
Orphan Monster Spy
Author: Matt Killeen
Sarah, a Jewish girl-turned-spy infiltrates an elite Nazi boarding school for daughters of top Nazi leaders during WWII. She thought she was ready, but she wasn’t prepared for her cutthroat schoolmates. The battle for survival is unlike anything she imagined.
Until We Meet Again
Author: Renee Collins
Cassandra craves drama and adventure and she finds it in the last place she expected, Massachusetts with her mother and stepfather. A place she deems snooty and unbearable. The last thing she expected was a stranger to wash up on her shore or his claims to be from the year 1925. As they get to know each other, she discovers something that puts their growing feelings for one another in jeopardy and must find a way to change history id she hopes to save him.
Author: Katherine Longshore
Kitty Tylney is thrust into a world of beautiful gowns and jewels and elegant parties when her best friend worms her way into the heart of King Henry VIII and brings her into the court. Though torn between two men, she is surrounded by secrets, lies, and affairs. The rise and fall of her best friend as queen puts her in a tough position where she must learn how to keep being a good friend when it could mean her head.
Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
WWII is drawing to a close and thousands of refugees of East Prussia trek towards freedom. Three people come together, finding strength, courage, and trust in each other, but the promise of salvation is destroyed and a fight for survival begins.
Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
San Francisco, 1906. Mercy Wong is determined to break out of poverty and does so by getting into St. Claire’s School for Girls, an elite school for the wealthy. Though it took cunningness and some bribery, getting in was the easy part. Then a historic earthquake strikes the city and she won’t just sit back while so many are suffering.
Within These Lines
Author: Stephanie Morrill
Evalina Cassano’s life in 1941 is everything it’s supposed to be for an Italian-American family that is and then she meets Taichi Hamasaki. Her world changes as they fall in love. Inter-racial marriage is illegal in California, but she’s determined to find a way for them to be together. Then rage for the Japanese erupts across the country after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Evalina and Taichi are separated and must hold onto everything they hold dear in hopes of coming back to each other.
What the Night Sings
Author: Vesper Stamper
After losing her family and everything she knew in the Nazi concentration camps, Gerta is a survivor. In a displaced persons camp, she meets Lev, also a survivor. One that she may be falling for. Though it’s a struggle, she’ll work to return to the life she once knew with a newfound Jewish identity she never knew she had.
Some will make you fall in love and others will break your heart. There’s nothing like diving into the past to feel a part of some of the most invigorating, scary, or fascinating times in history.
More to come soon…
Thoughts? Have a favorite or possibly read one on the list? Let’s chat in the comments below!