Top Ten Tuesday | Historical YA & MG titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, where book bloggers are invited to share their top ten lists centered on a certain theme.

This week’s theme was a genre freebie, so I chose to talk historical fiction! Historical fiction, especially in YA & middle grade, doesn’t get enough love and I find that it’s always a challenge to get teens at my library to check out this genre. For a lot of them, they hear “history” and automatically think “school.” I’m always on the hunt for historical YA & MG titles that will capture teens’ interest!

Here’s my top ten historical titles to recommend at my library:


1. Like A Love Story by Abdi Nazemian: I listened to the audiobook version of this YA historical novel about 3 teens during the AIDS epidemic and easily fell in love with the story!


2. In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton: It is SO refreshing to read a historical novel about a Jewish teen that isn’t just about the Holocaust! Plus look at that swoony pink cover.


3. Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden: This historical YA novel about a white-passing black teen in the 1880s has been on my TBR for so long! It has a gorgeous cover that I’m always putting face-out at my library.


4. Pulp by Robin Talley: I loved this YA novel with dual perspectives–one about a queer teen named Janet in the 1950s discovering lesbian pulp fiction & writing her own novel, and one about a queer teen today reading Janet’s novel! Having a modern perspective woven in definitely makes this one an easy pitch to teen readers new to historical fiction.


5. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee: I haven’t read any of Stacey Lee’s books, but they’re definitely some of the most popular historical YA novels at my library!


6. One True Way by Shannon Hitchcock: I’m so happy we’re seeing an uptick in queer middle grade books, and this historical one was especially sweet!


7. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: I love this historical novel set in Malaysia with OCD rep and #OwnVoices Muslim rep! This one totally deserves more attention.


8. Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson: It feels kinda weird calling a book set in the 90s historical, but here we are! Tiffany’s books are hugely popular at my library and this one is no exception.


9. All Out edited by Saundra Mitchell: Any queer YA book is always a hit at my library, so this one is always a historical fiction recommendation that actually peaks teens’ interest!


10. Music From Another World by Robin Talley: Yep, I’ve got two Robin Talley books on this list! Robin really knows her way around the genre and I love that this one is told in letters & diary entries.


What’s your favorite historical novel?

Happy reading! (1)

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Historical YA & MG titles

  1. I was going to comment and say this wasn’t my preferred genre, and then I saw Let Me Hear a Rhyme on here and that on my TBR… Totally agree – I can’t believe that that 90s could kinda qualify as historical fiction. Maybe I need to update my definition. Haha.


  2. I love the cover of All Out and I see a few books here I’d like to check out eventually. Thanks for sharing!


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