From ancient times to the decade of grunge, take a trip to the past with this timeline of 140 YA historical fiction novels, curated by the Epic Reads community! Scroll down for the gorgeous graphic and then keep scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, for the list of titles featured!
• There are 140 young adult books on this list!
• The majority of these books were published after 2005.
• There are infinitely more historical YA books out there, this is just a small sample.
• The three most popular decades were 1890s, 1940s, 1980s.
• All of the books set in the 500s are centered around the legend of King Arthur.
• If you printed the full size, hi-res image (available here) the entire thing is 8 feet long.
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Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter
Spirit’s Princess by Esther M. Friesner
Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell
Bloodline by Katy Moran
Hush: An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli
Father of Lies by Ann Turner
The Minister’s Daughter by Julie Hearn
Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper
The Remarkable Life and Times of Eliza Rose by Mary Hooper
Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Witch Child by Celia Rees
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Jackaby by William Ritter
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
Winterspell by Claire LeGrand
Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed
A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick
Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
So Close to You by Rachel Carter
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson
Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Carcia
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes
What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Going Over by Beth Kephart
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard
This Strange and Familiar Place by Rachel Carter
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
White Lines by Jennifer Banash
Which decade or time period is your favorite? How many books on this list have you read? What other books would you add? Tell us in the comments below!