Reviews by Category: Historical Fiction

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A Night Divided

A Night Divided

By Jennifer A. Nielsen
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
AN
Sep 20, 2023

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a book about the rise of the Berlin Wall. At 12 years old, Greta finds her family divided in a matter of a night. Her mother, her brother, and her live on the eastern side, which is controlled by the Soviets. Her father and her other brother had gone to the west to find work, but could not return. 

Teen Review
A Night Divided

A Night Divided

By Jennifer A. Nielsen
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Sep 20, 2023

A Night Divided is a historical fiction book written by Jennifer Nielsen. The main character of the book Gerta, has been living in Eastern Germany after World War II ended. At the time, Eastern Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union and life there was harsh. In hopes of finding opportunities on the other side, her family is split in an instant as the Berlin Wall goes up. In this book, Gerta and her brother Fritz deduce a way to meet their family on the other side of the wall.

Teen Review
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

We Are Not Free

By Traci Chee
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Aug 29, 2023

Summary: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee is a historical fiction novel set during World War II that follows the lives of fourteen Japanese American teenagers living in San Francisco. As they are forcibly relocated to internment camps following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the group grapples with loss, injustice, and the impact of discrimination on their friendships and identities.

Teen Review
Architect

The Paris Architect

By Charles Belfoure
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
TeenReviewer11
Aug 18, 2023

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure is a novel set during World War II. The main character, Lucien Bernard, is an architect in Paris. During this time, architects took any jobs they could get. Lucien receives a job from Monsieur Manet, who is successful and extremely wealthy. Manet asks him to design factories, but little does Lucien know that he will also be asked to design a hiding place for Jews.

Teen Review
The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Earvin C
Aug 18, 2023

Words cannot truly communicate how I feel about this book. Hosseini did a fantastic job with this piece--so much so that I could not accept that it’s fiction. Largely taking place in Afghanistan, we see little Amir’s ups and downs in life--from his relationships with his father to the power dynamic between him and his family servant (aka his best friend). They frequently participated in the annual kite-flying tournaments--Amir was the kite flier while Hassan was the kite runner. 

Teen Review
Secret of the Moon Conch

Secret of the Moon Conch

By David Bowles
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Rishi
Aug 18, 2023

Sitlali is a girl in the modern day who wants to cross the border to the US after a gang leader gets interested in her. On the other hand, Calizto is a warrior in Tenochtitlan in the 1500s fighting against the Spanish to save his country. Both want to protect themselves and least want a romantic relationship that would do nothing for them. However, when they discover that the moon conch connects them from different eras, their ideas of love change.

Teen Review
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns

By Khaled Hosseini
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Aug 8, 2023

Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns is a tale of two Afghanistani women named Laila and Mariam who got married to the same man. Maraiam a teenager from Herat was forced to marry Rasheed after her mother passed away. Laila was born almost a generation after Mariam and had to marry Rasheed after he rescued her when her home was rocketed and her family was killed. It follows the story of the two women living through the wars in Afghanistan.

Teen Review
Code Talker book cover

Code Talker

By Joseph Bruchac
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
Jul 27, 2023

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac is a historical fiction novel that follows the remarkable journey of Ned Begay, a young Navajo boy who becomes a Code Talker during World War II. Inspired by his heritage and language, Ned enlists in the Marines and is trained to use the Navajo language as a secret code to transmit vital military messages, confounding enemy forces.

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