Best Teen & Young Adult Exploration & Discovery Historical Fiction Books

Here you will get Best Teen & Young Adult Exploration & Discovery Historical Fiction Books For you.This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Call It Courage

Author: by Armstrong Sperry

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A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery Medal. Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having been cheated of Mafatu.

So, though he was the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a race of Polynesians who worshipped courage, and he was named Stout Heart, he feared and avoided tha sea, till everyone branded him a coward. When he could no longer bear their taunts and jibes, he determined to conquer that fear or be conquered- so he went off in his canoe, alone except for his little dog and pet albatross.

A storm gave him his first challenge. Then days on a desert island found him resourceful beyond his own expectation. This is the story of how his courage grew and how he finally returned home.This is a legend. It happened many years ago, but even today the people of Hikueru sing this story and tell it over their evening fires.

2. Fallen Angels (Special Anniversary Edition)

Author: by Walter Dean Myers
Scholastic Paperbacks

336 pages

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An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover. A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through.

Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S.

Is even there at all.

3. Black Beauty (Anna Sewell Collection)

Author: by Anna Sewell
140 pages

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It is good people who make good places. Anna Sewell, Black BeautyBlack Beauty is an 1877 novel by English author Anna Sewell. It was composed in the last years of her life, during which she remained in her house as an invalid.

The novel became an immediate best-seller, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold, Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time.

While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. Black Beauty became a forerunner to the pony book genre of children’s literature. In 2003, the novel was listed at number 58 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.

Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship …

4. Weedflower

Author: by Cynthia Kadohata
272 pages

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Twelve-year-old Sumiko feels her life has been made up of two parts: before Pearl Harbor and after it. The good part and the bad part. Raised on a flower farm in California, Sumiko is used to being the only Japanese girl in her class.

Even when the other kids tease her, she always has had her flowers and family to go home to. That all changes after the horrific events of Pearl Harbor. Other Americans start to suspect that all Japanese people are spies for the emperor, even if, like Sumiko, they were born in the United States!

As suspicions grow, Sumiko and her family find themselves being shipped to an internment camp in one of the hottest deserts in the United States. The vivid color of her previous life is gone forever, and now dust storms regularly choke the sky and seep into every crack of the military barrack that is her new “home.” Sumiko soon discovers that the camp is on an Indian reservation and that the Japanese are as unwanted there as they’d been at home.

But then she meets a young Mohave boy who might just become her first real friend… If he can ever stop being angry about the fact that the internment camp is on his tribe’s land. With searing insight and clarity, Newbery Medal-winning author Cynthia Kadohata explores an important and painful topic through the eyes of a young girl who yearns to belong.

5. The Ghost Warriors

Author: by Bill Tippins
271 pages

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#1 Best Seller in Teen & Young Adult Historical Fiction! (June 2021)The Ghost Warriors (Book 1): An action-packed prehistoric adventure, in which coming of age is the difference between life and death. When a brutal warlord abducts their friend Hanna, thirteen-year-old Tioga and his best friend Kopi decide to take matters into their own hands and rescue her.

But their plan spins tragically out of control and triggers an attack on their own village. Their survival, and their tribe’s existence, depends on their wilderness skills, their cunning brand of ghost warfare”, and bravery that they didn’t know they possessed.

[Reading age 10 – 18+]Reviews:”Five Stars… Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn Meet the Stone Age” – Eric Carter, author of Innate”10/10… What an excellent book… I can’t wait for the sequel!John Yosaitis, M.D.”Excellent… Really enjoyed this light hearted spooky coming of age story.” – Helen Haddow, in the U.

K.”Great story of the past… Very much enjoyed from start to finish.” – author Jim Woscochlo”Read this book… You won’t be disappointed.” – William Danforth (The Love Handles)

6. The Sea of Trolls Trilogy: The Sea of Trolls; The Land of the Silver Apples; The Islands of the Blessed

Author: by Nancy Farmer
1504 pages

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Three-time Newbery Honor author Nancy Farmer’s thrilling adventure trilogy that combines magic with comedy and high drama is now available in a collectible boxed set! This paperback boxed set includes all three volumes of The Sea of Trolls Trilogy: The Sea of Trolls, The Land of the Silver Apples, and The Islands of the Blessed.

Jack and his little sister, Lucy, have been captured by Vikings! Enslaved by Olaf One-Brow and his fierce young shipmate, Thorgil, and befriended by a mysterious crow named Bold Heart, they are swept up into an adventure-quest in The Sea of Trolls.

Lucy is carried off by the Lady of the Lake, and Jack and his companions set out to rescue her. With the world caught between belief in the Old Gods and Christianity, their quest will decide the fate of both religions in The Land of the Silver Apples.

A tornado has destroyed the fields of Jack’s village, the winter ahead looks bleak, and a monster has invaded the forest outside of town. So Jack, Thorgil, and the Bard set off on a quest to right the wrongs in The Islands of the Blessed.

7. The King's Fifth

Author: by Scott O'Dell
272 pages

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A 1967 Newbery Honor Book While awaiting trial for murder and withholding from the king the obligatory fifth of the gold found in Cibola, Esteban, a seventeen-year-old cartographer, recalls his adventures with a band of conquistadors.

8. 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.

9. The Stolen Princess: A YA Dystopian Romance (Desolation)

Author: by Kortney Keisel
362 pages

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She’s falling for a man she hates. He’s betting on her trust. Princess Mykaleen Adler would do anything to save her dying father. But, when she’s kidnapped by a rival kingdom’s commander, her devotion wavers. Developing feelings for her enemy could destroy her future and her kingdom.

Unless her charming captor is the one person telling her the truth. Drake Vestry’s focus is on finding King Adler’s deadly weapons. Unfortunately, the only way to the weapons is through the king’s daughter, who happens to be the most distracting and entertaining assignment he’s ever had.

Gaining the princess’s trust might mean losing his heart forever. She’s fighting for her kingdom. He’s committed to his mission. Can they find their way together, or will broken trust be the most destructive weapon of all? Perfect for fans of The Selection Series.

This is the third book in the Desolation Series and should be read AFTER The Promised Prince.

10. Streams to the River, River to the Sea

Author: by Scott O'Dell
208 pages

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In this redesigned edition of Scott O’Dell’s classic novel, a young Native American woman, accompanied by her infant and her cruel husband, experiences joy and heartbreak when she joins the Lewis and Clark expedition seeking a way to the Pacific.

11. Constance: A Story of Early Plymouth

Author: by Patricia Clapp
Lizzie Skurnick Books
232 pages

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“An absorbing historical romance.”Booklist”Constance is an engaging, high-spirited heroine … A fine historical novel written with verve and fresh imagination.”Horn BookRunner-up for the National Book Award for Children’s Literature in 1969, Constance is a classic of historical young adult fiction, recounting the daily life, hardships, romances, and marriage of a young girl during the early years of the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth.

12. Bold Journey: West with Lewis and Clark

Author: by Charles H Bohner
192 pages

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Drawing on journal entries and grounded in fact, Charles Bohner’s story re-creates the Lewis and Clark expedition from the experience of Hugh McNeal, one of the youngest members on the journey.

13. The Dual Path: An Earth to Stars Adventure (Earth to Stars Adventures)

Author: by AnnaMariah Nau
259 pages

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What would you do if your eccentric, possibly magical aunt invited you to learn to live the world? Would you accept even if you had no idea what she meant? Twelve-year-old Zelia said, Yes! And the magic began. When twelve-year-old Zelia agrees to spend the summer with her Aunt Joy, she hopes for a peaceful, not-too-boring vacation from her parents.

But from the moment she sees her aunt dancing up the road in her kaleidoscopic dress, she realizes she’s in for an adventure. Soon Zelia abandons everything she thought she knew about herself and the real world as she claims a new name, dives into a magical book, embarking on the dual path to discover her own surprising powers.

They encounter mythical creatures, including a wise power-bestowing unicorn. They meet talking animals and trees, learn to see fairies again, travel from the Earth to the stars right into a magic wand garden. As they journey, they gather a joyful, wise-cracking band of travelers and later call themselves The Crystalline Heart Family.

14. Shackleton's Stowaway

Author: by Victoria McKernan
Laurel Leaf
336 pages

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On October 26, 1914, Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance set sail from Buenos Aires in pursuit of the last unclaimed prize in exploration: the crossing of the Antarctic continent. The crew stood on deck to watch the city fade away.All but one. Eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow hid below in a locker.

But the thrill of stowing away with the legendary explorer would soon turn to fear. Within months, the Endurance, trapped and crushed by ice, sank. And even Perce, the youngest member of the stranded crew, knew there was no hope of rescue.

If the men were to survive in the most hostile place on earth, they would have to do it on their own. Victoria McKernan deftly weaves the hard-to-fathom facts of this famous voyage into an epic, edge-of-your-seat survival novel.

15. Invictus

Author: by Ryan Graudin
480 pages

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A heart-stopping adventure defying time and space that New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu calls “an incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey.”Time flies when you’re plundering history. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far’s very existence defies the laws of nature.

All he’s ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market-captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.

During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets-big ones-that will affect Far’s life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.

16. My Daniel

Author: by Pam Conrad
144 pages

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“All I want to find is one dinosaur,” Daniel was saying. “And I’ll find it right here. Like I do all my fossils.” Wandering through the Natural History Museum with her grandchildren, Julia Creath feels the presence of her dead brother, Daniel, she remembers a time when fossil fever hit everyone, old and young – a time when people would kill for those old bones under the ground.

Julia becomes the Nebraska farm girl she once was, as she weaves together the story of the great dinosaur rush – an adventurous tale of love and treachery, but most of all the story of her own childhood, and of the older brother she loved more than anything.

Daniel had a dream that julia shared – and the she alone would see come true.