Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Rebel Mechanics

By Shanna Swendson - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultFantasy

It’s 1888, and 17-year-old Verity Newton is traveling to New York to interview for a governess position. On her train, however, she encounters ...Read Review

Tank Commander

By Ronald Welch - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultMilitary

August, 1914. Second Lieutenant John Carey is twenty-one, and he’s crouched in a trench near Mons with shells exploding over his head. It’...Read Review

Ensign Carey

By Ronald Welch - By Victor Ambrus (illus.) - Published 2016


AdventureChildren/Young AdultMilitary

England, 1853. Young William Carey is hard-working, when he wants to be – like becoming an expert billiards player. Otherwise, he’s lazy and too ...Read Review

Empire of Dust

By Eleanor Herman - Published 2016


Children/Young Adult

In the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series, sixteen-year-old Alexander is a long way from sweeping across the east ...Read Review

Iron Cast

By Destiny Soria - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultFantasy

This historical urban fantasy is aimed at ages 13 and up. Corinne Wells and Ada Navarra are best friends in Boston, just before Prohibition. ...Read Review

Projekt 1065

By Alan Gratz - Published 2016


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

In 1943 Berlin, if you’re a boy, you’re in the Hitler Youth. Although Michael O’Shaunessey is the son of the Irish ...Read Review

George Washington: The President and Me

By Deborah Kalb - By Robert Lunsford (illus.) - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultTime-slip

This is the story of a fifth-grade boy, Sam, and a magic hat. When Sam’s class is visiting Mt. Vernon, the boy ...Read Review

Broken Stone

By Gabriele Goldstone - Published 2015


Children/Young Adult

In 1931 Russia, Stalin’s ruthless machine catches an innocent family of poor farmers in its iron grip.The father is reported as anti-Communist, ...Read Review

Tom’s Midnight Garden

By Edith - By Philippa Pearce (original author) - Published 1958 (original)Published 2016 (adaptation)


Children/Young Adult

This beloved children’s book – one of the most re-read classics ever – is here brought up to date with a graphic novel treatment ...Read Review

The Gates of Hell

By Michael Livingston - Published 2016



There is certainly much to commend in this alternate history/fantasy series where Livingston imagines how the presence of divine artifacts of power, ...Read Review