Sunday, March 4, 2018

Five historical fiction YAs featuring intrepid female protagonists

At the BN Teen blog, Nita Tyndall tagged "five historical novels showcasing girls surviving against all odds in a society that doesn’t make it easy," including:
The Pearl Thief, by Elizabeth Wein

Perhaps two of historical YA fiction’s best known girls are from Wein’s Code Name Verity, a book that captured my heart and made me weep openly onto my ereader. One of these heroines, Julie (“Verity” in the first book), gets her own prequel with The Pearl Thief, in which she’s every bit as feisty and mouthy as she was when we first met her. Julie is spending one last summer on her grandfather’s Scottish estate before it’s sold—but her plans for an idyllic season don’t pan out. She’s assaulted near the river where her family harvests mussels for pearls, and after her rescue by two Travellers, Euan and his sister Ellen, Julie begins to realize the attack may not have been incidental. As she grows to know her saviors, she faces her own prejudices against Travellers and enlists their help to find out who hurt her and why.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Pearl Thief.

--Marshal Zeringue