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The Fire Queen

by Emily R. King
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 13
tagged: coming of age, historical

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in …

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Duels & Deception

by Cindy Anstey
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: historical

One of Entertainment Weekly’s 35 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017, this compelling and witty Regency romance is perfect for readers who like their historical fiction with a side of intrigue.

Lydia Whitfield has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she wi …

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The Tangled Rose

by Renee Duke
edition: eBook
  • age: 8 to 18
  • Grade: 3 to 13
tagged: fantasy & magic, historical, post-confederation (1867-), canada, europe

The discovery of an old book provides more information on the medallion, but Paige and Dane will soon be returning to Canada and know it will be several months before they can make another time trip with their cousin Jack. Then, amidst all the preparations for Grantie Etta’s one hundred and fifth birthday party, strange things start to happen. As …

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Love, Lies and Spies

by Cindy Anstey
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: historical

Full of humor, English Regency charm, and starring a whip-smart strong female heroine, this hilarious homage to Jane Austen will “have readers rooting for love and science” (Entertainment Weekly).

Juliana Telford isn’t your ordinary nineteenth-century lady. She's more interested in publishing her research on ladybugs than in marriage or fashio …

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Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush

by Carol Shields & Patrick Crowe, illustrated by Selena Goulding, adapted by Willow Dawson, introduction by Margaret Atwood
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: historical fiction, canada, historical

Carol Shields was fascinated by the life and writing of Susanna Moodie. Moodie was a Romantic writer from a celebrated literary family whose life changed forever when she and her husband left England for the backwoods of Canada in 1832. The Moodies, utterly unprepared for their new life, soon found themselves starving in the hostile wilderness of …

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Li Jun and the Iron Road

by Anne Tait, with Paulette Bourgeois
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: canada, prejudice & racism, historical

CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2016) — Commended

From the award-winning movie comes a story of courage and forbidden love.

It’s 1882 in southern China. Li Jun, a feisty homeless girl disguised as a boy called Little Tiger, works in a fireworks factory and yearns to sail across the ocean to the mysterious Gold Mountain in faraway Br …

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The Spirit Rose

by Renee Duke
edition: eBook
  • age: 8 to 18
  • Grade: 4 to 10
tagged: europe, fantasy & magic, post-confederation (1867-), historical, canada

The discovery of an old book provides more information on the medallion, but Paige and Dane will soon be returning to Canada and know it will be several months before they can make another time trip with their cousin Jack. Then, amidst all the preparations for Grantie Etta’s one hundred and fifth birthday party, strange things start to happen. As …

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