Best Teen & Young Adult African Historical Fiction Books

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1. Mara, Daughter of the Nile

Author: by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
279 pages

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This compelling story of adventure, romance, and intrigue, set in ancient Egypt, was written by the three-time Newbery Honor and Edgar Award winning author Eloise Jarvis McGraw. Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom in ancient Egypt, under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut.

Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak the language of Babylonian. So, to barter for her freedom, she finds herself playing the dangerous role of double spy for two arch enemieseach of whom supports a contender for the throne of Egypt.

Against her will, Mara finds herself falling in love with one of her masters, the noble Sheftu, and she starts to believe in his plans of restoring Thutmose III to the throne. But just when Mara is ready to offer Sheftu her help and her heart, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara’s life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.

Dangerous espionage, an unusual love story, and richly drawn background make this a book to capture quick and lasting interest. Horn Book Thoroughly engrossing.Kirkus Reviews

2. Journey to the River Sea

Author: by Eva Ibbotson
Puffin Books
304 pages

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With the memorable characters and plot twists she brings to her best-selling fantasies, acclaimed author Eva Ibbotson has written a hair-raising novel, set in turn-of-the-last-century Brazil. Accompanied by Miss Minton, a fierce-looking, no-nonsense governess, Maia, a young orphan, sets off for the wilderness of the Amazon, expecting curtains of orchids, brightly colored macaws, and a loving family.

But what she finds is an evil-tempered aunt and uncle and their spoiled daughters. It is only when she is swept up in a mystery involving a young Indian boy, a homesick child actor, and a missing inheritance that Maia lands in the middle of the Amazon adventure she’s dreamed of.

Readers of every generation will treasure Ibbotson’s lush historical adventure that harkens back to the beloved classics of Frances Hodgson Burnett and Louisa May Alcott.

3. The Adventures of Nur Al-Din

Author: by Badees Nouiouat
224 pages

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Amidst a Spanish naval campaign that aims to take over his country, a young Tunisian man joins a fearsome pirate crew that wants to fight back. From the sweltering deserts of Tunisia to the treacherous mountains of Spain, Farid experiences firsthand the importance of loyalty, courage, and most of all, his faith.

Fast paced and full of Islamic history and exciting adventures, this Young Adult novel from debut author Badees Nouiouat will have you itching for a sequel.

4. The Other Side of Truth

Author: by Beverley Naidoo
252 pages

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Will the truth harm them – or save them? When Nigeria’s corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over. Out of fear for their safety, their father, an outspoken journalist, decides to smuggle the children out of Nigeria and into London, where their uncle lives.

But when they get to the cold and massive city, they find themselves lost and alone, with no one to trust and no idea when – or if – they will ever see their father again. The Other Side of Truth is a gripping adventure story about courage, family, and the power of truth.

5. The Power of One: Young Readers' Condensed Edit

Author: by Bryce Courtenay

Laurel Leaf
384 pages

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In 1939, hatred took root in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong languageEnglish. He was nursed by a woman of the wrong colorblack. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment.

Yet he vowed to survivehe would become welterweight champion of the world, he would dream heroic dreams. But his dreams were nothing compared to what awaited him. For he embarked on an epic journey, where he would learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the mystical power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villainy would rule the world: The Power of One.

6. The Lost Queen of Egypt

Author: by Lucile Morrison
368 pages

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In the city of Akhetaten lived a princess, Ankhsenpaaten (later Ankhsenamon), who grew up in the royal household, one of six daughters of King Ahkenaten and Queen Nefertiti. We come to know and love this girl, called Small Bird by her family, through the events of her colorful childhood and her marriage to Tutankhaten, a boy of royal birth.

Her efforts to save the kingdom from conniving priests and soldiers were gallant and dramatic. While the fate of the Queen is unknown, in her story Lucile Morrison ventures to suppose a satisfying ending to the romance. An extraordinarily accurate, vivid picture of domestic and court life which will enrich any study of the culture of ancient Egypt.

Illustrations by Franz Geritz, done in the style of ancient Egypt, help set the mood of Ankhsenamon’s story as the clock is turned back more than three thousand years. Color frontispiece by Winifred Brunton and newly recolored map end pages.

7. Devil Darling Spy

Author: by Matt Killeen
480 pages

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In this utterly gripping thriller, Sarah, the fearless heroine of indie bestseller Orphan Monster Spy, hunts a rogue German doctor in Central Africa who might be a serial murderer. It’s 1940, and Sarah Goldstein is hiding in plain sight as Ursula Haller, the Shirley Temple of Nazi high society.

She helps the resistance by spying on Nazi generals at cocktail parties in Berlin, but she yearns to do more. Then the spy she works for, the Captain, gets word of a German doctor who’s gone rogue in Central Africa.

Rumors say the doctor is experimenting with a weapon of germ warfare so deadly it could wipe out entire cities. It’s up to the Captain and Sarah to reach the doctor and seize this weapon-known as “the Bleeding”-before the Nazis can use it to murder thousands.

Joining them on their journey, in of the guise of a servant, is Clementine, a half-German, half-Senegalese girl, whose wit and ferocity are a perfect match for Sarah’s. As they travel through the areas now known as the Republic of the Congo and Gabon, Clementine’s astute observations force Sarah to face a hard truth: that mass extermination didn’t start with the Nazis.

8. A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk

Author: by Jan Coates
Red Deer Press
292 pages

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2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Text Nominee Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medalist, 2011 2011 Skipping Stones Honor Award winner On the 2011 USBBY Outstanding International Books honor list Ann Conner Brimer Award for Children’s Literature finalist, 2011 2011 Snow Willow Award nominee A 2012 “Woozles’ Battle of the Books” Elementary List Title A 2012 “Woozles’ Battle of the Books” Teen List Title When civil war strikes Jacob Deng’s Southern Sudanese village, seven-year-old Jacob embarks on a seemingly endless journey that tests his courage and determination.

His wise mama tells him that he must one day go to school to seek answers and help carve a better future for his people. Wadeng is a Dinka word meaning “look to the future, it will be better; follow your dreams”, and it, along with his precious “Mama stone”, becomes Jacob’s talisman of hope, helping him remain strong on his seven-year search for a place of refuge.

Jacob and his young friends are confronted with war, starvation, dehydration, raging rivers, crocodile and lion attacks, and the evil Majok – the constant thorn in Jacob’s side – as they struggle to survive on their own. As the boys work and grow together as a family, surviving in harsh conditions, against the odds, Jacob’s boyhood desire to become a soldier wanes.

9. When Morning Comes

Author: by Arushi Raina
232 pages

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Zanele is skipping school and secretly plotting against the apartheid government. The police can’t know. Her mother and sister can’t know. Her best friend Thabo, schoolboy turned gang member, can tell she’s up to something. But he has troubles of his own-a deal gone wrong and some powerful enemies.

Across the bridge, in the wealthy white suburbs, Jack plans to spend his last days in Johannesburg burning miles on his beat-up Mustang-until he meets a girl with an unforgettable face from the simmering black township-Soweto. Working in her father’s shop, Meena finds a packet of banned pamphlets.

They lead to a mysterious black girl with a secret, a dangerous gangster with an expensive taste in clothes, and an engaging white boy who drives a battered red car. A series of chance meetings changes everything. A chain of events is set in motion-a failed plot, a murdered teacher, and a secret movement of students that has spread across the township.

And the students will rise.

10. A Bone from a Dry Sea

Author: by Peter Dickinson
188 pages

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On a prehistoric shore, a young girl fights to help her tribe survive She is at home in the ocean, as comfortable in the water as she is on dry land. The child’s people have made their homes by the bay for as long as anyone can remember, diving for mussels and any other food the ocean will serve to them.

They have no language; they have no names. Although they know love and jealousy and pride, they are not quite humannot yet. This child of the sea will show them the way. Two million years later, Vinny is visiting her father at an archaeological site in Africa when they discover the remains of that forgotten tribe of cliff dwellers.

Across the ocean of time, these two young women will find a connection, an inexplicable bond that builds slowly but arrives with all the power of a tidal wave. This book features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author’s collection.

11. Dream Country

Author: by Shannon Gibney
Penguin Books
368 pages

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The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.”Gut wrenching and incredible. Sabaa Tahir #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Ember in the Ashes”This novel is a remarkable achievement.”Kelly Barnhill, New York Times bestselling author and Newbery medalist”Beautifully epic.”Ibi Zoboi, author American Street and National Book Award finalistDream Country begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when seventeen-year-old Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee.

He’s exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community. When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia to reform school, the story shifts.

Like Kollie, readers travel back to Liberia, but also back in time, to the early twentieth century and the point of view of Togar Somah, an eighteen-year-old indigenous Liberian on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people, descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier.

12. Kenda Mũiyũru: Rũgano rwa Gĩkũyũ na Mũmbi (Thiomi CIA Abirika) (Kikuyu Edition)

Author: by Ngũgi wa Thiong'o
146 pages

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One particular night, Ngugi suddenly woke up He felt like the eyes of his heart had been opened He had got a revelation He went to his living room and took a pen. He started writing this story about Gikuyu and Mumbi And their perfect nine.

So this is not history, it is a revelation;A revelation of love A revelation of hope A revelation of perseverance A revelation of bravery A revelation of knowledgeNow, engross yourself in this book Get to know about Gikuyu and Mumbi And their perfect nine Learn about the beauty of the perfect nine Their physical and mental health, and their hearts.

13. Child of Dandelions

Author: by Shenaaz Nanji
Second Story Press
216 pages

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March 31, 2015

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The Mau Mau the name of a secret society that once struck terror into the hearts of British settlers in Kenya. An episode in history that ended in a State of Emergency, with violent and brutal acts dividing a nation.

This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another …

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Beverley Naidoo explores new territory in this beautifully realized and moving story set in Britain’s colonial past.