What to Read While School is Closed: Part Two

Mailynn Nguyen

This week’s books are both historical fiction (fictional characters set in a historical time period or event) and historical fantasy (historical fiction with a touch of fantasy). 

Historical Fiction

And I Darken, a novel by Kiersten White, is about a violent yet self-identifiable princess who seeks the role of Prince Vaivode of Wallachia during conflict between Christians and Muslims during the spread of the Ottoman Empire. 

Now I Rise

Bright We Burn


My Side of the Mountain, a survival story of a boy from New York who runs away to live in the mountains, is a beautiful novel by Jean Craighead George. 


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear is a historical novel about Kit, a girl from Barbados, as she adapts to life in colonial America. 


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys brings light to the untold story of the worst known maritime disaster in history, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. 


The Fountains of Silence, also by Ruta Sepetys, is set in Franco’s Spain and is about the American presence in a Spanish time of silence and fear. 


Historical Fantasy

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood is a book based on the lives of women in an “alternate New England of 1900”… with a bit of magic mixed in. 

Star Cursed

Sisters’ Fate