It is DIFFICULT to find quality literature for teen girls.
Go to any "Young Adult" section in the bookstore or library and you wade through a sea of JUNK to maybe come up with a few quality books.
In 5 Ways to Raise Readers I mentioned the importance of encouraging your children's interests through reading. Well... history is of great interest to my teen daughter.
So often I will find a book, read the description to my daughter, and she will say: "Mom - add that to our list!"
We decided to turn this list into a resource that will hopefully help many teen girls find GOOD books to read!
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*Special thanks goes out to the Homegrown Learners' Facebook community. I put the call out for historical fiction suggestions and they were more than happy to help! This list is a compilation of reader suggestions and books from our own shelves here at home. This list is by no means exhaustive, just a compilation of what we have read and recommendations.... feel free to leave me YOUR favorites in the comments at the end of the post!
Historical Fiction Series for Teen Girls
The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz : Biblical historical fiction
Epic Order of the Seven : Biblical historical fiction (follows The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz)
Princesses of Myth: Heroines placed in fictional settings appropriate to the age in which they lived
The Stuart Quartet : Historical novels set in Scotland in the 1300s
The Royal Diaries : This series is a hit in our house and gets MANY reader recommendations, also
Dear America : This series can be enjoyed by younger children as well as teens - my daughter collects these books so we are always looking for them at thrift stores and used book sales
Young Royals : Anna's favorite series so far - she read ALL OF THEM and loved them!
The Florida Trilogy : a Colonial series set in St. Augustine, Florida
The St. Simons Trilogy : a post Revolutionary War series set in the South
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing : set in Colonial Boston
The Seeds of America Trilogy : Revolutionary War series -- gets high marks from my daughter!
The Georgia Triology : 1812 era series set in Georgia
Historical Fiction for Teen Girls
(arranged in somewhat of a "rough" chronological order)
Queen's Own Fool (Mary Queen of Scots)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond : one of our family's favorites!
Historical Fiction Authors
Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully will get you started on the path to finding great books!
- Karen Cushman
- Patricia Riley Giff
- Karen Hesse
- Eva Ibbotson
- Carolyn Meyer
- Donna Jo Napoli
- Anna Rinaldi
- Jane Yolen