Monthly Archives: December 2013

YA Historical Fiction: 2013 Highlights

Are you growing tired of vampires, ghosts, dragons and all other things fantastical? Do you enjoy escaping into a story set in the past?  Whether you enjoy ancient or recent history, there’s plenty of YA Historical Fiction titles here at the Wellington County Library.  Here’s some noteworthy books that were released in 2013.

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

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Second book in the ‘His Fair Assassin’ series, set in the 15th century

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

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First book in the ‘Strands’ series, set in pre-Civil War Mississipi

The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

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Coats’ first historical fiction novel, set in 13th century Wales

Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon

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Second book in ‘The Rock and the River’ series, set in Chicago during the height of the civil rights movement (1968)

Never Fall Down by Patrick McCormick

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Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, set in Cambodia during the rule of the Khmer Rogue (1975-79)

NOTE: This is not a best of 2013 list and these books are placed in no particular order.  Please let us know in the comments section if there are YA historical fiction titles from 2013 that should be included in this list.

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Newcomer Novels: Young Adult Books on the Immigrant Experience

Settling in a new country can be an overwhelming experience full of new challenges.  Canada is a country built on immigration and the stories of this transition to a new home are central to our multicultural society.  Whether you’re a newcomer to Canada or merely seeking a better understanding of the immigrant experience, Wellington County Library has a number of Young Adult titles that deal with this theme of new beginnings.  

Do you have a newcomer experience that you would like to share?  Do you think there is such a thing as a Canadian national identity? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section! 

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

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Piece by Piece: Stories About Fitting Into Canada by Teresa Toten

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Learning to Fly by Paul Yee

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A Step From Heaven by An Na

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