Whether set in Elizabethan England or the middle of the twentieth century, historical fiction shows today’s readers the differences and similarities of growing up in another era. This year’s top 10 list of historical fiction titles features books reviewed in the last 12 months in Booklist.
Alchemy and Meggy Swann. By Karen Cushman. Clarion, Gr. 4–8.
Ashes. By Kathryn Lasky. Viking, Gr. 8–12
Blessing’s Bead. By Debby Dahl Edwardson. Farrar/Melanie Kroupa, Gr. 5–8.
Crossing Stones. By Helen Frost. Farrar/Frances Foster, Gr. 7–12.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. By Jacqueline Kelly. Holt, Gr. 4–7.
Is It Night or Day? By Fern Schumer Chapman. Farrar, Gr. 6–10.
A spare yet powerful novel based on the stories of the author’s mother, who escaped to the U.S. from Nazi Germany at age 12.
One Crazy Summer. By Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad, Gr. 4–7.
A Season of Gifts. By Richard Peck. Dial, Gr. 5–8.
Signed, Abiah Rose. By Diane Browning. Tricycle, Gr. 1–3.
Take Me with You. By Carolyn Marsden. Candlewick, Gr. 4–7.