Young Adult Historical Fiction: Top Five



Historical fictions are wonderful ways to learn about a time in history as well as fall into a great story.  Young adult literature is ripe for these types of novels because the characters, many times, deal with not only a journey to a new home but also with the journey of growing up.  Here are my top five for award winning cultural historical fictions.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin

Sasha learns the truth about the world in which he lives, Stalin’s USSR, after his father was arrested in the middle of the night.  Sasha’s views change about joining the Young Pioneers, his country, and his friends. Newbery Honor 2012. 

90 Miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Julian and his brother are sent to American through the Pedro Pan operation, and they encounter a whole new world from their home in Cuba.

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Red Umbrella is the moving tale of a 14-year-old girl’s journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro’s revolution. (via Goodreads)

The Red Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang

“Ji-li’s deeply moving story should be on the shelf of every person’s library. Her courage in the face of adversity and her steadfast loyalty to her family are truly inspirational for young and old alike.” –Nien Cheng (Author of A Life and Death in Shanghai via Goodreads)

Inside Out & Back Again by Thannha Lai

 HA’s family leaves Vietnam as the war begins, and they move to Alabama.  Lai writes a young adult memoir of encountering new a culture and growing up.


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