Historical Fiction for Teens

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Historical Fiction for Teens

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1Charlotte14
Editat: oct. 24, 2012, 12:58 am

Does anyone have ideas for historical fiction for teens?

2Booksloth
Editat: oct. 24, 2012, 7:50 pm

Depends on which period you want but I can highly recommend Once, Now and Then by Morris Gleitzman if you're interested in WWII.

In my teens I read a lot of Jean Plaidy but I suspect they might be considered a bit old fashioned in their style these days; nonetheless, her books are very readable and a wonderful introduction to history. On the whole, though, I find that most historical fiction is suitable for teens. For some reason, very few writers of this genre seem to concentrate on sex or bad language (almost as if those things didn't exist in 'those days').

Are you asking for recommendations for yourself or somebody else? If it's for youself, I'm guessing you probably don't care all that much about the sex and bad language anyway (teenagers seem to care a lot less about those things than do the adults who choose for them).

Other recommendations would include:
A Gentleman of Fortune (early 19th century)
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and A Moment of Silence (1950s England)
The Book Thief (WWII)
Anything by Alison Weir
Anything by Susannah Dunn
Knowledge of Angels (15th century)
Witch Child (17th century)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (WWII)

If you'd like to tell us a bit more about your interests and the historical periods that you'd most like to read about, I'm sure we can come up with lots more suggestions.

ETA - I should also have mentioned Daphne du Maurier, in particular Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The House on the Strand, Mary Anne, Frenchman's Creek etc, etc, etc . . .

3homeschoolmom
oct. 30, 2012, 12:45 pm

I use Christine Milller All Through the Ages (history through literarture). she has each time period divided up and then sorted by age. Fiction, nonfiction, biogragraphies, all nicely listed. Huge recourse. She also has a nice time line for each time period. I use it to plan my history curriculum.

4Charlotte14
nov. 24, 2012, 6:41 pm

Thanks so much for responding! Actually it is for my self, I'm not sure about other teens, but I realy don't like reading books with bad language or other related things. A well written clean read is more to my taste. I will certainly try some of your recommendations though. Thank you!

5Booksloth
nov. 25, 2012, 7:21 am

#4 Just to clarify - I don't think you'll find any sex or bad language in any of my suggestions. Enjoy!

6Charlotte14
nov. 26, 2012, 11:48 pm

#5 Great thanks! Do you happen to have any more suggestions about WWII?

7Booksloth
nov. 27, 2012, 5:51 am

#6 I guess The Book Thief is the obvious one and I've yet to find anyone who didn't like it. as for any others, I'll carry on thinking, I'm sure there must be millions (though do try those Morris Gleitzman ones, they are really exceptional). Oh, hang on a sec, how about Goodnight Mr Tom and Carrie's War, both concerning British children evacuated to the countryside where it was hoped they would be safer than facing the bombing in London.

You'll probably have noticed that most of my suggestions are British books or about the British experience which was quite different from that of American children (I can't tell where you are from). Over 3 million people were evacuated suring the war and these were mostly children (some pregnant mothers and mothers of very small babies were allowed to go but most of these children were separated from their parents and sometimes from their brothers and sisters too). People who lived in the countryside had no choice in the matter - they were allocated a child, or children, depending on the size of their house. Naturally, some of these people were kind and wonderful and did all they could to help their visitors get through the difficult days of fear and home-sickness but there were inevitably those who were unlucky enough to end up with families that didn't want or like them and many children suffered terrible times. It's a fascinating 'side story' to the war and if it interests you there are quite a few adult books available that were written by those very children after they grew up and tell the truth about what it was like. If you start with some fiction, you might later want to read some of these too.

8Charlotte14
des. 8, 2012, 5:08 pm

#7 Thanks! I just received The Book Thief from the library, I am not very far into it, but I like it. Have you read The Silver Sword, by Ian Serraillier? It's one of my favorites.

9Booksloth
des. 9, 2012, 5:17 am

I have. I liked it too!