Historical Young Adult Fiction Around the World

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North America


Lyn, who works in a reconstructed colonial settlement in Nova Scotia, finds herself transported back to 1744, when the French inhabitants are at war with England.
When an injury keeps his father from going into northern Canada with fur traders, 13-year old Pierre decides to take his father's place.


16-year-old Leona, originally loyal to Spain, struggles to come to terms with her growing revolt against Spain's harsh treatment of Mexicans and her love for a young revolutionary lawyer.

Latin America

When Marta's father, a newspaper editor who persistently attacks the military dictator of their Latin American country, decides to take a moral stand, the family becomes political prisoners.


Beran's juggling talent is his only hope of escaping his peasant village. But is he so determined that he'd sell his soul to the devil to become the world's greatest juggler?
Elenor and Thomas, unhapy at being chosen by their families to be wed, discover love and respect for each other during a pilgrimage taking them across Europe to Spain.

Great Britain

A fictional account of the life of Boudicca, queen of the Iceni, who led British tribes in a revolt against the Romans in 62 A.D.
An inexperienced Roman army officer is sent to England as a punishment to command a group known as the Frontier Wolves.
Galwyn, son of a Roman Celt, escapes from his tyrannical uncle and joins King Arthur to acquire the Libyan horses that Arthur hopes to use in battle against the Saxons.
Evyn's experiences as slave to King Harold of England.
Will's dreams of experiencing the adventure and excitement of aknight come true when, as a page at his uncle's castle, he becomes involved in a battle for control of the English throne.
Catherine knows the limitations of women in the Middle Ages, but her diary tells of her dreams of adventure and her efforts to avoid being married off until she experiences those adventures.
In medieval England, a homeless girl is taken in by a midwife and finds stability and a purpose in life.
During the Scottish uprising against the English throne, Jeannie's loved ones are in great danger, and she must seek out the Kelpie, a Scottish spirit in the form of a horse, in the hopes of saving her family.
Sally, recently orphaned, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.
Sally tackles the mystery surrounding the 1878 collapse of a shipping firm and its ties to the sinister North Star.
In London in 1881, Sally finds her young daughter and her possessions assailed by an unknown enemy, while a shadowy figure involves her in his plot to defraud and exploit recent immigrants.
A battered child learns to trust again when he is adopted by an old man during World War II.

At a 1950's boarding school, Toby befriends a boy who claims to be Jesus Christ.


In this fictionalized account, Gabrielle joins her friend Joan of Arc on a pilgrimage to learn about the art of healing and to help crown the French king.
In a very oppressive, hysterical era, Rose's mother is accused of being a witch, and Rose is challenged with clearing her name.
In this gripping story of one soldier's efforts to save a Jewish boy from the Nazis, the quiet heroics of ordinary people caught in war come to life.
With German soldiers rapidly advancing on France, Jo and Benjamin devise an escape plan for Jews being hidden in the area.


A Jewish girl from the Netherlands manages to live through the horrors of Nazi occupation in 1940.


Annemarie helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis during Germany's occupation of Denmark during World War II.


On a school trip to Germany in 1937, a Danish boy becomes involved in the activities of the anti-Nazi underground.
lice has lived hidden away with her grandparents in Nazi Germany. But they have been discovered and are now riding on a train with other Jews to an unknown destination.


A Jewish girl and the daughter of a Nazi have been best friends for years, but with the onset of World War II, they find their friendship difficult to maintain.


Working as an artist's apprentice in Renaissance Florence, Arduino makes a discovery that may cost him the chance to become a painter.


Upon his father's death, Matt becomes both an orphan and a king. His hope is for children and adults to truly understand one another, but his idealism is viewed with suspicion by others in power.
Living on the outskirts of the Warsaw ghetto during World War II, Marek and his grandparents shelter a Jewish man from the Nazis.


Separated from his family when the Germans invade Russia, a young boy learns to fend for himself and earn a living however he can.


A fictional account of the Trojan War, as told by Helen of Troy and Cassandra.



In this sequel to THE RAMSAY SCALLOP, Etienne reaches the Middle East in 1302, where he meets an engaged couple who are separated because of warring tribes.

Northwestern Africa

After witnessing the annihilationh of his people by El Muerte's legions, Tarik undergoes training in order to destroy the fierce leader.


When Moses comes to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, Jesse, a Hebrew slave, finds his life changed by his growing faith in God and his attraction to the half-Egyptian, half-Syrian Jennat.


Okonkwo and his family see their native ways challenged when his favorite son converts to Christianity.

South Africa

As Kathy grows up in South Africa in the 1960's, she gradually learns how the Apartheid society will judge her based on her skin color.

Middle East


The story of Miriam, who grows up in ancient Israel to become Mary Magdalene.
Having survived the Holocaust, Ruth is recruited by the Jewish underground to help smuggle children into Palestine.
In this sequel to AFTER THE WAR, Ruth and her friends are struggling for the formation of a Jewish state.
Yulek, believing he's the only member of his family to survive the German concentration camps during World War II, joins other Jews who are headed for a kibbutz in Israel, unaware that his aunt in London is trying to find him.



Arjun, a member of the scholarly Brahmin class, is forced to make major adjustments in his life when he is captured and put to work as an elephant driver in the army.


Brothers chen and Hong experience adventure and a secret society while traveling across the country in order for Chen to take government examinations that will determine his future.
After being abducted by bandits, Wang Lee is rescued from slavery gy a girl who introduces him to a secret society planning the overthrow of the Manchu government.


Kajiro, an unemployed samurai, helps solve a mystery and prevent the overthrow of a young ruler on an island in medieval Japan.
Taro, an orphan, is taken in by a great warlord and grows up to be a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.

In medieval Japan, two samurai attempt to solve a number of puzzling mysteries, including who is mutilating the cherry trees in the valley of Lord Ohmori.

A 14-year-old servant becomes a target of suspicion and betrayal as his master gathers a group of samurai to avenge Lord Asano's death.


Sookan survives the oppressive Japanese and Russian occupation of North Korea and later escapes to freedom in South Korea.
Sequel to YEAR OF IMPOSSIBLE GOODBYES. Sookan adjusts to life in a refugee village but hopes for the end of the civil war and the reunion of her family.

Australia and South Pacific

New Zealand

In 1943, Rex sees his quiet new Zealand village dramatically changed by the arrival of a black American soldier on leave from the war.
Alex struggles to overcome personal trauma and hardship as she competes with a rival for a spot on New Zealand's swimming team at the 1960 Olympics.