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Historical Fiction
Historical fiction "makes the past come to life" by telling a story around an important event or by using an historical period as a setting. Historical fiction can take place in the recent past or pre-historic times, in Canada or anywhere else in the world.
  • The Bad Queen  by Carolyn Meyer  (Location: Central Library)
    In eighteenth-century France, Marie-Antoinette rails against the rules of etiquette that govern her life even as she tries to fulfill her greatest obligation, giving birth to the next king, but she finds diversion in spending money on clothing, parties, and gambling despite her family's warnings and the whispers of courtiers.
  • Blood Red Horse  by K.M. Grant  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades.
  • The burning time  by Carol Matas  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    After her father's sudden death, Rose Rives finds that sixteenth-century France is a dangerous place for women, when some greedy, vindictive men charge her mother and others with being witches.
  • The Color of Fire  by Ann Rinaldi   (Location: Central Library)
    In 1741, while America is at war with Catholic Spain, Phoebe must save her friend Cuffee from execution when the whites in New York City accuse the black slaves of planning a revolt, which erupts in violence and the death of many innocent people.
  • Come Juneteenth  by Ann Rinaldi  (Location: Central Library)
    Fourteen-year-old Luli and her family face tragedy after failing to tell their slaves that President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made them free.
  • Daniel Half Human and the Good Nazi  by David Chotjewitz   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    In 1933, best friends Daniel and Armin admire Hitler, but as anti-Semitism buoys Hitler to power, Daniel learns he is half Jewish, threatening the friendship as life in their beloved Hamburg, Germany, becomes nightmarish. Also details Daniel and Armin's reunion in 1945 in interspersed chapters.
  • Doomed Queen Anne  by Carolyn Meyer   (Location: Central Library)
    In 1520, thirteen-year-old Anne Boleyn, jealous of her older sister's beauty and position at court, declares that she will one day be queen of England, and that her sister will kneel at her feet.
  • Eyes of the Emperor  by Graham Salisbury   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese-American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.
  • Fleshmarket  by Nicola Morgan   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    In nineteenth-century Scotland, following the death of his mother during surgery, Robbie decides to take revenge on the surgeon who performed the operation, Dr. Robert Knox, and in the process, makes a gruesome discovery about the lengths the medical profession will go to advance its knowledge of anatomy.
  • The Girls They Left Behind  by Bernice Thurman Hunter   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Like any teenager, Natalie wants to have fun. But it's 1944, and almost all the boys she knows have signed up and are being shipped overseas to fight the war in Europe. Too often she takes the trip to Union Station to wave goodbye to another friend, wondering if he'll ever come home again. And like her other girl friends, Natalie is getting tired of waiting for the war to be over.
  • Green Jasper  by K.M. Grant   (Location: Central Library)
    Having returned to a politically unstable England after the Crusades, brothers Will and Gavin - with the help of the red horse Hosanna - attempt to rescue their friend Ellie who is being held prisoner by an enemy of King Richard I.
  • Incantation   by Alice Hoffman   (Location: Richvale Library)
    During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic, discovers her family's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.
  • Ithaka   by Adèle Geras   (Location: Central Library)
    Many years have passed since the end of the Trojan War. Penelope is still waiting for her husband, Odysseus, to return home. The city of Ithaka is overrun with uncouth suitors vying for Penelope's hand in marriage, thereby gaining control of the land. When a naked, half-drowned man washes up on the beach, everything changes.
  • The jewels of Sofia Tate  by Doris Etienne  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Fifteen-year-old Garnet Walcott is lonely and has a hard time making new friends when she moves to Kitchener, Ontario. Her mother, already preoccupied with work, has begun a search for a father she never knew. By chance, Garnet meets and befriends Elizabeth Tate, an elderly widow who tells Garnet that a priceless set of heirloom jewels dating back to Russian nobility may be hidden in her Victorian home.
  • The joys of love  by Madeleine L'Engle  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    After graduating from college in 1941, Elizabeth Jerrold pursues her dream of becoming a stage actress, landing a position as an apprentice in a summer theater company where she hones her acting skills and falls in love with an aspiring director.
  • Keeping Corner  by Kashmira Sheth  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.
  • Kipling’s Choice  by Geert Spillebeen   (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    In 1915, mortally wounded in Loos, France, eighteen-year-old John Kipling, son of writer Rudyard Kipling, remembers his boyhood and the events leading to what is to be his first and last World War I battle.
  • The lacemaker and the princess  by Kimberly Brubaker-Bradley  (Location: Central Library)
    In 1788, eleven-year-old Isabelle, living with her lacemaker grandmother and mother near the palace of Versailles, becomes close friends with Marie Antoinette's daughter, Princess Therese, and finds their relationship complicated not only by their different social class but by the growing political unrest and resentment of the French people.
  • Leonardo’s Shadow, or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci’s Servant  by Christopher Grey   (Location: Central Library)
    Fifteen-year-old Giacomo - servant to Leonardo da Vinci - helps his procrastinating master finish painting "The Last Supper" while also trying to find clues to his parentage and pursue his own career as an artist in late fifteenth-century Milan.
  • Lightning and Blackberries  by Joanne K. Jefferson  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Elizabeth wants nothing more than to inherit her family's farm and work it herself. Elizabeth then meets a strange young Acadian woman. The secret friendship that develops between the two young women puts them both at risk while inviting Elizabeth to reconsider her plans for the future.
  • Mare’s War  by Tanita S. Davis  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells them about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.
  • The musician’s daughter  by Susanne Dunlap  (Location: Central Library)
    In eighteenth-century Vienna, Austria, fifteen-year-old Theresa seeks a way to help her mother and brother financially while investigating the murder of her father, a renowned violinist in Haydn's orchestra at the court of Prince Esterhazy, after his body is found near a gypsy camp.
  • A mystery for Thoreau  by Kin Platt  (Location: Richvale Library)
    In 1846 Concord, Massachusetts, sixteen-year-old Oliver Puckle, a reporter for his uncle's newspaper, investigates a woman's murder, aided by the tracking skills of his Algonquin friend, Charley Bigbow, and the deductive skills of Henry David Thoreau.
  • Newes from the Dead  by Mary Hooper  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    In 1650, while Robert, a young medical student, steels himself to assist with her dissection, twenty-two-year-old housemaid Anne Green recalls her life as she lies in her coffin, presumed dead after being hanged for murdering her child that was, in fact, stillborn.
  • Something remains   by Inge Barth-Grözinger  (Locations: Central Library, Richmond Green Library)
    In 1933, as Hitler becomes Chancellor, twelve-year-old Erich and his family, who are Jewish, find they need to make changes in their everyday lives as hatred of the Jews grows.
  • Tiger, Tiger   by Lynne Reid Banks  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Two tiger cub brothers are taken from the jungle to ancient Rome, where one becomes the pampered pet of Caesar's daughter and the other becomes a man-eating
  • A True and Faithful Narrative  by Katherine Sturtevant   (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    In Restoration London, 16-year-old Meg Moore spends long hours conversing with the famous authors and poets who visit her father's bookstore, and even writes her own stories. Without warning, however, Meg comes to learn exactly how powerful words can be.
  • Voyage of Midnight  by Michele Torrey  (Locations: Richmond Green Library, Richvale Library)
    Philip is an orphan, and has spent most of his life suffering the cruelties of the workhouse. So when he learns he has an uncle--and not just any uncle, but a rich uncle, captain of his own ship--he sets off for New Orleans to find him. Find him he does, and when Uncle offers him the position of surgeon's mate on his ship, the Formidable, Philip couldn't be happier. But little does he know the purpose of the journey he's about to embark on: Uncle is a slave trader, and the ship is bound for Africa to collect their cargo.
  • The Wager  by Donna Jo Napoli  (Location: Central Library)
    Having lost everything in a tidal wave in 1169 Sicily, nineteen-year-old Don Giovanni makes a simple-sounding wager with a stranger he recognizes as the devil but, while desperate enough to surrender his pride and good looks for three years, he is not willing to give up his soul.
  • Where soldiers lie  by John Wilson  (Location: Richvale Library)
    India, 1857: For sixteen-year-old Jack O'Hara farmed out to a distant aunt and uncle after the death of his parents, India is an exotic place of wonder and mystery. The sights and smells, the food and local customs, the complicated caste system; everything is different from life back home in the wilds of Canada.