Historical Fiction: 18t, 19th Century and WWI

Books About the Civil War


Annie, Between the States by L.M. Elliott, Y Fiction Elliott
Instead of spending her teen years at parties and balls, Annie, an idealistic, poetry-loving patriot, finds herself nursing soldiers, hiding valuables, and running the household as the Civil War rages around her family's Virginia home.

Assassin by Anna Myers, Y Fiction Myers
In alternating passages, a young White House seamstress named Bella and the actor John Wilkes Booth describe the events that lead to the latter's assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi, Y Fiction Rinaldi
To escape an abusive father and an arranged marriage, fourteen-year-old Sarah, dressed as a boy, leaves her Michigan home to enlist in the Union Army, and becomes a soldier on the battlefields of Virginia as well as a Union spy working in the house of Confederate sympathizer Rose O'Neal Greenhow in Washington, D.C.

Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinadli, Y Fiction Rinadli
During the Civil War, Susan finds a way to help the Confederate Army and uncovers a series of mysterious family secrets.

The Passage by James Killgore, Y Fiction Killgore
Fifteen-year-old Mississippi schoolboy Sam Wood learns about honor, courage, and friendship while serving on a Confederate ironclad gunboat, the CSS Arkansas, in the early days of the Civil War.

Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells, Y Fiction Wells
As the Civil War breaks out, India, a young Southern girl, summons her sharp intelligence and the courage she didn't know she had to survive the war that threatens to destroy her family, her Virginia home, and the only life she has ever known.

River Between Us by Richard Peck, Y Fiction Peck
During the early days of the Civil War, the Pruitt family takes in two mysterious young ladies who have fled New Orleans to come north to Illinois.

Soldier's Heart: A novel of the Civil War by Gary Paulen, Y Fiction Paulsen
Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat. A powerful novel that re-creates the agony of the Civil War, based on the real-life experiences of a Union soldier who was only 15 when he went to war. In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.

Books Set in the 18th Century

Chains: Seeds of America by Laurie Halse Anderson, Y Fiction Anderson
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

How the Hangman Lost His Heart by K.M. Grant, Y Fiction Grant.
When her Uncle Frank is executed for treason against England's King George in 1746 and his severed head is mounted on a pike for public viewing, daring Alice tries to reclaim the head for a proper burial, finding an unlikely ally in the soft-hearted executioner, while incurring the wrath of the royal guard.

In Mozart's Shadow by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
In eighteenth-century Europe, Anna "Nannerl" Mozart, a musician whose talent and dedication is overshadowed by that of her gifted younger brother, Wolfgang, struggles to win the notice of her father and patrons who might further her career, despite her gender.

The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap, Y Fiction Dunlap
In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.

Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliott, Y Fiction Elliott
In early 1790s' Paris, as the Revolution gains momentum, young and sheltered Eugenie de Boncoeur finds it difficult to tell friend from foe as she and the royalist brother she relies on become the focus of le Fantome, the sinister spymaster with a long-held grudge against their family.

Red Necklace: A Story of the French Revolution by Sally Gardner, Y Fiction Gardner
In the late eighteenth-century, Sido, the twelve-year-old daughter of a self-indulgent marquis, and Yann, a fourteen-year-old Gypsy orphan raised to perform in a magic show, face a common enemy at the start of the French Revolution.

Soldier's Secret: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Sheila Solomon Klass, Y Fiction Klass
During the Revolutionary War, a young woman named Deborah Sampson disguises herself as a man in order to serve in the Continental Army.

Books Set in the 19th Century

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle, Y Fiction Doyle
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Devil's Paintbox by Victoria McKernan, Y Fiction McKernan
In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.

Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes: His First Case by Shane Peacock, Y Fiction Peacock
A woman is found stabbed to death in London. A young boy is drawn to the scene to investigate the murder and becomes a suspect himself.

An Innocent Soldier by Josef Holub, Y Fiction Holub
A sixteen-year-old farmhand is tricked into fighting in the Napoleonic Wars by the farmer for whom he works, who secretly substitutes him for the farmer's own son.

Marie, Dancing by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
A fictionalized autobiography of Marie Van Goethem, the impoverished student from the Paris Opéra ballet school who became the model for Edgar Degas's famous sculpture, "The Little Dancer."

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (Montmorency series) by Eleanor Updale, Y Fiction Updale
In Victorian London, after his life is saved by a young physician, a thief utilizes the knowledge he gains in prison and from the scientific lectures he attends as the physician's case study exhibit to create a new, highly successful, double life for himself.

Powder Monkey: Adventures of a Young Sailor by Paul Dowswell, Y Fiction Dowswell
Thirteen-year-old Sam endures harsh conditions, battles, and a shipwreck after being pressed into service aboard the HMS Miranda during the Napoleonic Wars.

Prison Ship: Adventures of a Young Sailor by Paul Dowswell, Y Fiction Dowswell
After being framed for cowardice in a sea battle, thirteen-year-old Sam and his friend Richard are sent to Australia, where they must fight for their lives in the outback.

Set in Stone by Linda Newbery, Y Fiction Newbery
The alternating narratives of art tutor Samuel Godwin and governess Charlotte Agnew, who work for the wealthy Farrow family in 1898 England, reveal the secrets that almost everyone in the household is hiding.

Spirit by J.P. Hightman, Y Fiction Hightman
In 1892, a wealthy, seventeen-year-old married couple, Tess and Tobias Goodraven, lay ghosts to rest for the thrill of it but, separated by the terrible witch who was responsible for the Salem witchcraft horrors, they may not have strength to survive, much less help the dead.

The True Adventures of Charley Darwin by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
The fascinating journey of a famous naturalist Young Charley Darwin hated school—he much preferred to be outside studying birds' eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined. Here, just in time for Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking On the Origin of Species, historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures. It's the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.

Voyage of Midnight by Michelle Torrey, Y Fiction Torrey
Philip is an orphan, and has spent most of his life suffering the cruelties of the workhouse. So when he learns he has an uncle--and not just any uncle, but a rich uncle, captain of his own ship--he sets off for New Orleans to find him. Find him he does, and when Uncle offers him the position of surgeon's mate on his ship, theFormidable,Philip couldn't be happier. At last, he's found his family! But little does he know the purpose of the journey he's about to embark on: Uncle is a slave trader, and the ship is bound for Africa to collect their cargo. Caught between his lifelong desire for a family and the promise of a better life, and the shocking brutality he witnesses aboard theFormidable,Philip must open his eyes and decide for himself the true meaning of family, freedom, and humanity.

Whispering Road by Livi Michael, Y Fiction Michael
In Victorian England, poverty-stricken, orphaned siblings Joe and Annie escape from the abusive farmer they work for and try to survive in Manchester, with help from a friendly tramp, a mysterious dog-woman, and a renegade printer who supports the rights of the poor.

Books About World War I

Bloodline: A Novel by Kate Cary, Y Fiction Cary.
In this story told primarily through journal entries, a British soldier in World War I makes the horrifying discovery that his regiment commander is descended from Count Dracula.

The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick
Having always been able to know when someone is going to die, Alexandra poses as a nurse to go to France during World War I to locate her brother and to try to save him from the fate she has foreseen for him.

Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iaian Lawrence, Y Fiction Lawrence
An English boy during World War I comes to believe that the battles he enacts with his toy soldiers control the war his father is fighting on the front.

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