• My Name is Not Friday

    By Jon Walter (YA Walt)

    Samuel and his younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the Civil War, but when Samuel takes the blame for his brother's prank, he is sent South, given a new name, and sold into slavery--and somehow he must survive both captivity and the war, to find his way back to his brother.

     

     


  • Salt to the Sea

    By Ruta Sepetys (YA Sepe)

    As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

     

     


  • Burn Baby Burn

    By Meg Medina (YA Medi)

    Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Medina transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.

     

     


  • Alex & Eliza

    By Melissa de la Cruz (YA Dela)

    Before the world knew them as Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, young Alex and Eliza fell in love amidst the turmoil of the American Revolution.

     

     


  • Mapping the Bones

    By Jane Yolen (YA Yole)

    In Poland in the 1940s, the lives of twins Chaim and Gittel feel like a fairy tale torn apart as they must rely on each other to endure life in a ghetto and the horrors of a concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.

     

     


  • Dread Nation

    By Justina Ireland (YA Irel)

    Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Now laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. When families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, the restless dead are the least of her problems.

     

     


  • Blood Water Paint

    By Joy McCullough (YA McCu)

    In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.

     

     


  • Olivia Twist

    By Lorie Langdon (YA Lang)

    An innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

     

     


  • Crossing Ebenezer Creek

    By Tonya Bolden (YA Bold)

    When Mariah and her young brother Zeke are suddenly freed from slavery, they set out on Sherman's long march through Georgia during the Civil War. Mariah wants to believe that the brutalities of slavery are behind them forever and that freedom lies ahead. When she meets Caleb, an enigmatic young black man also on the march, Mariah soon finds herself dreaming not only of a new life, but of true love as well.

     

     


  • Among the Red Stars

    By Gwen C. Katz (YA Katz)

    Determined to help the effort, female Russian air pilot Valka signs up to join an all-female aviation group, but as the war intensifies she has to decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she calls home.

     

     


  • The Girl with the Red Balloon

    By Katherine Locke (YA Lock)

    When sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything to stop the process.

     

     


  • Dreamland Burning

    By Jennifer Latham (YA Lath)

    When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery.

     

     


  • Librarian of Auschwitz

    By Antonio Iturbe (YA Itur)

    Follows the true story of Dita Kraus, a fourteen-year-old girl from Prague who after being sent to Auschwitz is chosen to protect the eight volumes prisoners have smuggled past the guards.

     

     


  • Outrun the Moon

    By Stacey Lee (YA Lee)

    On the eve of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive.

     

     


  • Out of Darkness

    By Ashley Hope Perez (YA Pere)

    Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.

     

     


  • Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

    By Mackenzi Lee (YA Lee)

    Vowing to make his yearlong escapade across Europe his last hurrah before taking over the family estate, Henry "Monty" Montague and his best friend Percy find themselves in the middle of a dangerous manhunt involving pirates and highwaymen.

     

     


  • Flame in the Mist

    By Renée Ahdieh (YA Ahdi)

    The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place. She may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her twin brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands.

     

     


  • Lies We Tell Ourselves

    By Robin Talley (YA Tall)

    In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.