Reviews by Category: Historical Fiction

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Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Ground Zero

By Alan Gratz
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Sep 15, 2022

Ground Zero is a historical fiction novel written by Alan Gratz. This novel is
about Brandon, who goes to work with his dad at the World Trade Center on 9/11.
This book shows two views about Brandon Cruz’s life and a Pashmina’s life. One
takes solace in New York and the other in Afghanistan. They both have different
stories but face the same issues, about making the right decisions when the
outcome is unpredictable. Reshmina wants the world to be a better place and

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The Poetry of Secrets by Cambria Gordon

The Poetry of Secrets

By Cambria Gordon
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Sep 6, 2022

Introduced as a historical fiction romance, The Poetry of Secrets by Cambria Gordon
becomes much more than just a love story: it is the story of identity, family, loyalty, feminism,
religion, and internal conflict, all during the Spanish Inquisition in Spain in 1481. This novel follows
Isabel Perez, a converso, or a Jew forced to convert to Catholicism. But like many conversos in Spain
during that time, her family, although attending church every Sunday, still practices Judaism in the

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She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

She Who Became the Sun

By Shelley Parker-Chan
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Aug 22, 2022

Written by Shelley Parker-Chan, She Who Became the Sun is an exhilarating and emotional
read, especially if you like queer historical fiction and fantasy. It follows the growth of a young
woman who takes her brother’s name, a name destined for greatness. In Mongol China, peasants are
starving, famine is commonplace, and bandit attacks are frequent. When a bandit attack leaves both
children without a father and eventually takes the life of the brother, Zhu--the name the young

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The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron

The Light in Hidden Places

By Sharon Cameron
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Aug 12, 2022

Stefania “Fusia” Podgorska was just a teenager when German bombs rained down on her city of
Przemsyl, Poland. She used to work at a local shop with the Diamant family, who she grew close
to over the years. Fusia even made an agreement with one of the sons, Izio, to get married. But
Stefania is Roman Catholic, and Izio is Jewish, meaning that this must be kept a secret. As the
Germans invade Poland and anti-Semitism grows, Stefania knows she has to do something to
help. The Diamants are sent off to a ghetto, and she’s left raising her younger sister. But,

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The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

The Beautiful

By Renee Ahdieh
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Aug 12, 2022

Celine Rosseau has just left her past behind in France to start a new life in America, boarding a
boat to the city of New Orleans. There’s a dark secret she’s keeping under wraps, and in an
attempt to start a new life, she joins the Ursuline covent. As she continues to adjust to life there,
she’s also introduced the the city’s mystical underworld (also known as the Court of Lions).
There, Celine meets Sébastien Saint Germain. However, Celine quickly becomes involved in the

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Valiant Ladies by Melissa Grey

Valiant Ladies

By Melissa Grey
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Claire A.
Aug 12, 2022

Valiant Ladies, by Melissa Grey, is a stunning story of love, mystery, and finding
yourself. Kiki is a rich girl who only wants to sword fight and be with Ana, she doesn't
want to be married and have to stay at home. Ana grew up on the streets until she
found Kiki. She now lives in a beautiful house and might soon lose Kiki. After Kiki’s
brother’s sudden death, the girls decide to find the murderer and the culprit of the other

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red

By Kerstin Gier
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Kayla B.
Aug 12, 2022

Gwyneth Shepherd has enough on her plate, what with her ability to talk to ghosts, and the
constant struggle with ugly school uniforms. She definitely could do without unexpected bouts of
time travel. Unfortunately for Gwyneth, her family’s preparations for Gwen’s cousin Charlotte to
inherit a time travel gene were incorrect. Now, Gwyneth must fight to figure out the secrets of
the secret society controlling the time troubles and somehow survive the company of her
deliciously handsome (but also quite bothersome) time travel companion, Gideon. Will Gwen

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The Diviners

By Libba Bray
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Aug 10, 2022

The Diviners is a historical fiction fantasy novel by Libba Bray. It is the first novel in The Diviners
series. It follows Evie O’Neill, who has recently been sent to New York to live with her uncle.
After her uncle is called to a murder scene, she decides to use a secret ability she possess in
order to solve the case. However, the novel also features Memphis, a young man caught in the
occult world, Theta, a girl fleeing her dark past and Jericho, a man hiding a dark secret.

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The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor

The Paper Girl of Paris

By Jordyn Taylor
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Aug 10, 2022

Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending a summer in Paris, but it’s not your typical European
vacation. Her grandmother (Chloe), who passed away just recently, left her an apartment there
that no one has used since the time of WW2. Since her grandmother never mentioned her family,
and there’s no outside context about the apartment, Alice is curious to see what she can learn
from investigating the apartment. But, she quickly discovers a shameful secret that is better left

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We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

We Are Not Free

By Traci Chee
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Rumi H.
Aug 9, 2022

The book We Are Not Free is a historical fiction by the Author Traci Chee. In the book, they
provide the perspectives of fourteen different characters - Minnow, Shig, Yum-Yum, Bette,
Frankie, Stan, Aiko, Yuki, Mary, Kiyoshi, Mas, Keiko, Twitchy, and Tommy - who are all
Japanese-American teens affected by the Pearl Harbor incident. All the characters (other than
Kiyoshi) lived a peaceful and carefree life together as friends in Japantown, where they lived

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