Historical


A Great and Terrible Beauty

By: Libba Bray

After the suicide of her mother, Gemma Doyle is forced to leave her childhood home to navigate a strict and cold finishing school outside of London – all the while trying to uncover the truth of her mother’s death and balance her innate supernatural powers.

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story

By: Melissa de la Cruz

Long before her portrayal in Hamilton: An American Musical, strong-willed Elizabeth Schuyler made quite an impression – especially on Alexander Hamilton, as you can discover for yourself in this retelling of their meeting, their romance, and their lives together.

Blackhearts

By: Nicole Castroman

Have you ever wanted to know the origin story of Blackbeard, the infamous pirate? Or would you rather read a love story about star-crossed lovers who have to decide whether to chase their dreams and go – or follow their hearts and stay? Well, check out Blackhearts and you can get both.

Code Name Verity

By: Elizabeth Wein

Follow the story of a British espionage mission in Nazi-occupied France from the viewpoints of two different women – one who is set to be executed by the Gestapo, the other the woman racing to rescue her.

Dreamland Burning

By: Jennifer Latham

Told in alternating perspectives – one a 17 year old from modern days, the other a young man stuck in the middle of the Tulsa race riots of 1921 – Dreamland Burning addresses the burning questions of race relations in America, both in the past and today.

Invictus

By: Ryan Graudin

Time traveling thieves. Cute animals. A heist on the Titanic. And a race through time that will uncover an unsettling truth: things aren’t always what they seem. This book has them all, and then some.

Loving vs Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

By: Patricia Hruby Powell

Check out this true-life story about the landmark court case that changed the law and love in one fell swoop, invalidating long-standing prohibitions against interracial marriage, and see court documents and news articles from the case.

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore

By: Kelly Jones

“Women’s work” is flipped on its head and turned into a weapon, in this spy novel set during the Regency era.

Out of the Easy

By: Ruta Sepetys

Romance. Mystery. Murder. Blackmail. Brothels. New Orleans. This book has it all. Follow along with Josie as she tries to escape the Big Easy but is waylaid by a mysterious death. Now, Josie has to uncover the truth and make her escape – which is easier said than done.

Passenger

By: Alexandra Bracken

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer has inherited a legacy she knows nothing about, from a family she’s never heard of, and on the night of her big concert she finds herself sent back in time by a stranger with a dangerous agenda to discover it. Romance and several lives are on the line, as Etta tries to make her way home, but instead finds herself in several different times than the one she wants. Check out this one, especially if you liked The Darkest Minds.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

By: E.K. Johnston

Set in an alternate timeline in which the British Empire is still going strong, That Inevitable Victorian Thing follows three teenagers as they try to have one more summer of freedom before they have to act like adults – a summer that includes tea parties, wild dances and a lifelong bond between three rather different teens.

The Arsonist

By: Stephanie Oakes

Cold War mystery meets contemporary coming-of-age story in this riveting novel that follows three very different people: a young girl whose father is about to be executed; a Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, who might fail out of school; and a young girl who was brutally murdered at seventeen, triggering the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Diviners

By: Libba Bray

The year is 1926 and Evie O'Neill has been shipped off to New York as a punishment for bringing shame to her parents. What kind of trouble could she possibly get into, living with her weird and not-very-watchful Uncle Will in 1920s New York, filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls and petty criminals – all while hiding a supernatural power she's just learning to control? When she realizes that her secret may help solve a series of murders, she finds herself forced into a dangerous dance with a serial killer.

The Librarian of Auschwitz

By: Antonio Iturbe

The Librarian of Auschwitz follows the true story of Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus, as she undertakes one of the most dangerous jobs for a 14 year old in Auschwitz-Birkenau : the secret librarian for a forbidden school. In a book that is akin to Elie Wiesel’s Night, discover the stunning story of a teenager who exemplifies bravery in the face of unspeakable horrors.

Walk on Earth a Stranger

By: Rae Carson

What would you do if you discovered you could sense gold, right after gold was found in California? Well, you would probably make your way across the country to find your fortune, as the protagonist of Walk on Earth a Stranger does – all the while dodging a dangerous man who will stop at nothing to gain her power.