5 Historical Fiction Novels for Tweens, Fall 2017

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Tweens reading these new 2017 historical fiction novels will find that the stories make the history come to life.

All these books are good but I highly, highly recommend Refugee as a stand-out, must-read choice for everyone.

Want to read other genres? Find MORE fall 2017 newly published middle grade books for tweens.

5 Historical Fiction Novels for Tweens, Fall 2017

New Middle Grade Books to Read in Fall 2017
Refugee
by Alan Gratz
ALSO MODERN DAY
Wow. This book is a tween must-read book. Not only are the stories compelling, it’s vitally important for kids to learn what it’s like to be an immigrant, particularly a refugee. Why? Because empathy is learned from stories like these. Follow three distinct, alternating stories to experience being displaced from your country, on the run, and in danger. First is a young Jewish boy who escapes from Nazi Germany on a ship to Cuba, only to be turned away from the Cuban port and sent back to Europe. Next is a Cuban girl in the 1990s who, with her family and neighbors, flees in a homemade raft to the United States at great peril. Finally is a Syrian boy whose home is bombed in a country at war. He and his family travel a great distance to find a country that will allow them shelter. Gatz skillfully connects all three stories with a satisfying, realistic conclusion.

New Middle Grade Books to Read in Fall 2017
The Player King
by Avi
It’s England in the 1400s with a usurper king on the throne, King Henry VII. When a friar spots kitchen boy Lambert Simnel, he tells him that Lambert is really the next in line to the throne, the missing Prince Edward. So begins Lambert’s journey from poor pauper to heir-in-hiding. Based on true events, Avi skillfully weaves a believable story of this little known historical event. Fascinating.

New Middle Grade Books to Read in Fall 2017
Anne of Green Gables (A Graphic Novel)
adapted by Mariah Marsden, illustrated by Brenna Thummler
GRAPHIC NOVEL
Having just watched this series on Netflix (“Anne with an E”) with my daughter, we liked this adaptation of orphan Anne’s life in Canada at Green Gables but longed for the details that only the show or, even better, the actual novel could provide. However, this is a great introduction to the series and hopefully the stories selected in this graphic novel will inspire kids to read the original books by L.M. Montgomery.

 

New Middle Grade Books to Read in Fall 2017
The Dollmaker of Krakow
by Rachael Romero
MAGICAL REALISM
A live doll and a Polish magician toy store owner during WWII develop a beautiful friendship. Later, a friendship develops between the doll, the magician, a Jewish father, and his daughter. When the Nazis force the Jews into a ghetto, the doll encourages the magician to save as many children as he can by turning them into dolls for a short time. We only get a glimpse of the actual WWII horror; the story instead focuses on the relationships. The ending is heart-breaking but also life affirming as we see the power of love and friendship.

 

New Middle Grade Books to Read in Fall 2017
It All Comes Down to This
by Karen English
Experience the 60s in Los Angeles, a turbulent time of racism and burgeoning activism, from the perspective of Sophie, a sweet black girl who lives in an all white neighborhood. Her parents’ marriage is in trouble, her sister is about to leave for college, and her best (white) friend has moved on. Surprisingly, Sophie’s strict, disapproving housekeeper becomes an ally, something Sophie needs during the challenges of life and growing up. Well-crafted story and characters.

 

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