Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Mystery of the Jeweled Moth

By Júlia Sardà (illus.) - By Katherine Woodfine - Published 2016



This is a whimsical middle-grade story involving mystery, theft, high society, and even murder, in which four friends attempt to find a missing ...Read Review

Clover Moon

By Jacqueline Wilson - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

Eleven-year-old Clover Moon lives in a back street slum in Victorian London with her six siblings and her put-upon father. Mildred, her unpleasant ...Read Review

Esfir Is Alive

By Andrea Simon - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

Esfir Manevich, a pre-teen child, lives in Kobrin (then in Poland, now Belarus) in 1936. When she is bullied in school for being Jewish, ...Read Review

Anna and the Swallow Man

By Gavriel Savit - Published 2017


Children/Young Adult

This is the author’s first book. Anna and the Swallow Man is a dark and beautiful novel about the complexities of mankind ...Read Review

Loving vs. Virginia

By Patricia Hruby Powell - By Shadra Strickland (illus.) - Published 2017


Children/Young Adult

Racial relations in the United States are fraught today, but segregation experienced by African Americans in the not-so-distant past was both harsh and ...Read Review

Book of the Night: The Black Musketeers

By Lee Chadeayne (trans.) - By Oliver Pötzsch - Published 2016


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

In what is sure to be the first installment of a new series, Oliver Pötzsch takes readers on a wild adventure with ...Read Review

Kings of the Boyne

By Nicola Pierce - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultMilitary

I have to confess that before reading this story I knew nothing of the events it re-tells—but I decided to leave things ...Read Review

Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End

By Annette Oppenlander - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultTime-slip

Imagine playing a virtual computer game in which once you clicked on “Master Level,” you would instantly be transported to the past. The ...Read Review

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

By Stephanie Morrill - Published 2017


Children/Young AdultMystery/Crime

When Piper Sail’s best friend, Lydia, goes missing in 1920s Chicago, Piper refuses to leave the investigation entirely in the hands of ...Read Review

Tyrants and Traitors

By Joshua McHenry Miller - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

Niklas is a teenage Israeli shepherd who runs afoul of the wretched Philistines. Before long he finds a daunting destiny laid at his ...Read Review