YA Historical Fiction Challenge

After reading Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution, I’ve been excited to read more historical fiction. YA Bliss is hosting a 2011 Historical Fiction Challenge. Here are the rules for those interested in participating:

Choose your level:

Level 1: 5 YA HF books in 2011
Level 2: 10 YA HF books in 2011
Level 3: 15 YA HF books in 2011


  • All Historical Fiction books must be YA or MG
  • Books don’t have to be 2011 releases.
  • Anyone can join. Please link to a public (web) place I can find you.
  • You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

I’m nervous about overcommiting to challenges, so I am going to start with Level 1. If I can finish that and have some time left, we’ll see about going on to read more.

There are lists of historical fiction novels on the challenge site, but I haven’t had a chance to look through all of the books yet. Here are some of the books I’m thinking about reading so far:

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  3. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  4. Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson
  5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  6. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn
  7. In the Shadow of the Lamp by Susanne Dunlap
  8. Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
  9. Boy Who Dared by Susan Bartoletti
  10. The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  11. The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  12. Wildthorn by Jane Eagland
  13. A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
  14. The Season by Sarah MacLean
  15. Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder
  16. A Break with Charity by Ann Rinaldi
  17. Time of the Witches by Anna Myers
  18. Once by Morris Gleitzman
  19. Deliverance from Evil by Francis Hill
  20. The Last Full Measure by Ann Rinaldi

You can track my progress on this challenge here.

Have you read any of the books listed? Were there any that you would recommend? What are some other historical fiction titles for young adults that I should consider reading in 2011?


One Response to "YA Historical Fiction Challenge"

  • Thanks for joining!! And excellent choices! I’ve heard all 5 are awesome books. Enjoy 😉

    1 Sab said this (November 27, 2010 at 8:52 PM)