historical fiction

Historical Fiction Reads for Tweens

History Car 1964Welcome to another installment of Tween Reads!  This week the focus will be on historical fiction, but keep your eyes peeled for other genres as the weeks go by.  This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to give tweens and parents some initial guidance as they make their way over to the young adult shelves.  And some of these are titles that are new to the Children’s shelves or might have flown under the radar.  What are your favorite tween historical fiction reads?


A not so silent night

I enjoy the occasional historical fiction; it doesn’t really matter what time period it takes place. However, I normally avoid Victorian fiction, I find it boring. This series has changed my mind completely. Deanna Raybourn has created a vivid world in which the reader can easily picture what’s happening and where the characters are. In the first installment, Lady Julia Grey is newly widowed, having just lost her husband to a life-long ailment. Her world is turned upside down when it is suggested that her late husband may have been murdered. Thus the mystery begins!

What's After HBO?

The HBO series, Boardwalk Empire is insanly popular, and the the season finale is just a few weeks away (Sunday, December 5th).  Realizing that many of you will soon need something to do with that extra free time I have created a list of items that you might enjoy.



On the Shelf: A Reliable Wife

I never read historical (hysterical!) novels – never – and, with the exception of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall series, I never read novels written by men. Then one of my tweeps (people I follow on Twitter) said she’d heard A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick – an historical novel written by a man – had been garnering rave reviews. I looked up the title in the Harris County Public Library catalog, read the short synopsis and requested a copy.

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel

Walls is well known for The Glass Castle which tells the story of her upbringing and her parent's lives. Here she goes further back in the family history.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Lately I've read several books that describe revolutions - whether attempts to replace established governments, like in the American or French Revolutions, or cultural revolutions, such as those that took place in China or Iran.  If you're also interested in learning about historical revolutions, you might check out:

Mysteries in History

AlienistI love to read historical mysteries.  I don't know if this began when I read Caleb Carr's The Alienist for the first time or with my discovery of Anne Perry's William Monk series, but the fascination hasn't dimmed.  Most people who read in this genre are attracted to a particular historical era and some of my favorite settings include Victorian England, post-World War I Europe, and Ancient Rome.  In just the World War I category are great authors like 

Historical Fiction... Exciting!

I'm here to tell all of our wonderful children customers: Historical fiction is good! It's not boring! It's won't put you to sleep! Historical fiction is actually entertaining. The stories can be adventurous, funny, sad, personal, and fantastic. So, next time I recommend a book based around historical events, I hope I do not hear, "Yuck! Definitely not that!" Instead, I expect an enthusiastic, "Yes!

The Luxe Series

When I first saw the cover of The Luxe by Anna Godbersen I knew I wanted to read it!  I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but sometimes a cover can just catch your eye and captivate your imagination!  After reading The Luxe, I then devoured the other two titles in the series - Rumours and Envy.  A new Luxe book, Sp

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