Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Secrets of a Sun King

By Emma Carroll - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

London 1922. After World War I, the country is nearly bankrupt, and the Kaye family are struggling; Lil’s grandad, who is passionate about ...Read Review

My Year in the Middle

By Lila Quintero Weaver - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

Lu Olivera was born in Argentina but has grown up in Alabama. In 1970, Lu is in the sixth grade at a newly integrated ...Read Review

The Orphan Band of Springdale

By Anne Nesbet - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

Gusta Neubronner, eleven and raised in New York City, is packed off to her grandmother, whom she’s never met, in Springdale, a ...Read Review

The Lie Tree

By Frances Hardinge - Published 2017Published 2018Published c2015


Children/Young Adult

1860s England, and Faith is the teenage daughter of an unsatisfactory marriage between a clergyman-naturalist father she adores and a vain, silly mother ...Read Review

The Siege and Fall of Troy

By Dan-El Padilla Peralta (intro.) - By Robert Graves - Published 2018


Children/Young AdultEpic

A re-issue of Robert Graves’ retelling of the Homeric myths is always welcome, and the new introduction by Dan-El Padilla Peralta makes the ...Read Review

The Forest Queen

By Betsy Cornwell - Published 2018


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

In this gender-bending Robin Hood reimagining, 16-year-old Silvie Loughsley has lived under her brother’s cruelty for too long. Now that John’s ...Read Review

Who She Is

By Diane Byington - Published 2018


Children/Young Adult

Fifteen-year-old Faye Smith is the new girl—again—starting a new school in central Florida, where her parents have gotten jobs working in ...Read Review

In Harm’s Way: JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT 109

By Iain Martin - Published 2018


Children/Young AdultNonfiction

For future president John F. Kennedy, the night of August 2, 1943 would cement his future as a war hero and leader. It would also ...Read Review

Love & War

By Melissa de la Cruz - Published 2018


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

In this sequel to Alex & Eliza, Alexander Hamilton has married Elizabeth Schuyler. It’s 1781 and Alex, anxious to be part of the ...Read Review

A Gathering of Ravens

By Scott Oden - Published 2017



A Gathering of Ravens creates a rich, grim fantasy world made from Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Celtic myth, with strands of Tolkien. Obscure names ...Read Review