Captivating Historical Fiction for Teens

by Dena McMurdie

Photography by Seana Williamson

Historical fiction offers interesting peeks into the past that you don’t get from textbooks. One of the best things about the genre is that it can make you interested in learning more about the actual history of the time period. Often, after reading a historical novel, I end up jumping down an endless rabbit hole of information about the time period or characters the book was based on.

In this list of historical novels, you’ll find riveting stories about war, royalty, the quest for freedom, and events that changed history.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2019 and updated in 2022.