There are a few popular categories within the Young Adult genre, such as fantasy, and as part of our 2017 Reading Challenge, we bring you some alternatives to mix up your reading habits! For fans of YA books, we have selected a few historical-based novels which are being released this month.
Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be adding one to your TBR, or even if you’ve already read it!
Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra | Out Now | Goodreads
Leo seems like a daughter of typical English privilege in the 1870s, but Leo lives with a speech impediment, which makes it difficult to talk. However, it curiously allows her to mimic the voices of others, and also scares off every potential suitor, except one. The handsome Mr. Thornfax seems interested, but he may be tied to a mysterious group that has London wrapped around their fingers. Think Jane Austen meets Arthur Conan Doyle.
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech | January 31 | Goodreads
Lorna’s life on her father’s farm in 1945 Scotland is filled with endless chores, rationing and praying. When Paul is assigned as a farm hand, Lorna is appalled. How could she work with a German prisoner of war whilst her brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as she learns more about Paul, she sees the boy behind the soldier and this new relationship could mean Lorna may lose something she cares about with whatever choice she makes.
Almost Autumn by Marianne Kaurin | Out Now | Goodreads
Ilse Stern is waiting to meet boy-next-door Hermann Rod for their first date during 1942 in Oslo, Norway. But Hermann won’t be able to make it as he is secretly working in the Resistance, helping Norwegian Jews flee the country to escape the Nazis. With life under German occupation becoming even more difficult, the choices made become more important by the hour: To speak up or to look away? To stay or to flee? To act now or wait one more day?
Loving vs. Virgina: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell | January 31 | Goodreads
It’s 1955 in Caroline County, Virginia. Amidst segregation, prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fall in love. Their love for one another broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.
That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson | January 24 | Goodreads
In July 1940, on the south coast of England, a plane crash-lands in the marsh. Sixteen-year-old Peggy finds its pilot—a young Polish airman named Henryk, who is afraid and unwilling to return to the fight. Peggy helps Henryk to hide, but her younger brother Ernest is doing his best to try to understand the war happening around him. He’s reading all the pamphlets—he knows exactly what to do in every situation.
Silver Stars by Michael Grant | January 31 | Goodreads
The sequel to Front Lines is set in the summer of 1943, World War II. With heavy memories of combat, Frangie, Rainy, Rio, and the rest of the American army are moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. The trio, and the millions of brave females fighting for their country have become a symbol in the fight for equality. They will brave terrible conditions in an endless siege; they will fight to find themselves on the front lines of WWII; and they will come face-to-face with the brutality of war until they win or die.