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December 23, 2010 posted by Christina

YA Historical Fiction Challenge

It’s no secret we here at yaReads love historical fiction, so when we stumbled upon this challenge the other day, hosted by Sab @ YA Bliss, we thought we’d get on board.

Historical fiction: tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical persons, but the principal characters tend to be fictional. Writers of stories in this genre, while penning fiction, attempt to capture the spirit, manners, and social conditions of the persons or time(s) presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity. (Wikipedia)

There are three levels to choose from for this challenge –

* Level 1: 5 YA HF books in 2011

* Level 2: 10 YA HF books in 2011

* Level 3: 15 YA HF books in 2011

I’m going to aim for Level 2, but only have a tentative list of books for now –

1 – Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen
2 – Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
3- Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap
4 – Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury
5- The Other Countess by Eve Edwards

Any recommendations to add to the list? Leave a comment to let me know :)

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  • This sounds like fun 😀
    I just read about “The Bad Queen” by Carolyn Meyer which is about Marie-Antoinette – it should be YA, but I’m not sure.

  • sounds interesiting, please post more recommendations! :)

  • YAY! Thanks for joining the challenge! Great picks, good luck 😉

  • They look like really good picks – I thought Bright Young Things was absolutely AMAZING, really captured the Jazz Age atmosphere perfectly.

    Personal favourite historical YA from recent years is probably Libba Bray’s A Great And Terrible Beauty, which I’d highly recommend if you haven’t read it before, especially if you like supernatural books.

  • How about Daughter of Xanadu, published by Random House on Jan. 11, 2011? It is set in China at the time of Marco Polo and Khubilai Khan. I’m the author, so I’m biased – but I hope you’ll read it!

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  • Great recommendations! Anyone know of any set in early American history?

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