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Historical Fiction authors who write for Teens?

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Historical Fiction authors who write for Teens?

Post by Divia » Sat December 13th, 2008, 9:31 pm

With the birth of my new blog I was wondering if there were any authors who wrote HF novels for teens only. I can think of only one Ann Rinaldi. Can anyone think of someone else.

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Post by Ariadne » Sun December 14th, 2008, 1:25 am

Well there may be some small overlap with children's HF here, but how about Donna Jo Napoli, Karen Cushman, Libba Bray, Carolyn Meyer, Marissa Doyle... most of their novels are YA.

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Post by Divia » Sun December 14th, 2008, 3:27 pm

Rockin! Thanks for the authors. I want to read Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de’ Medici. Sounds interesting. :)
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Post by Ariadne » Sun December 14th, 2008, 3:47 pm

No prob! Thought of some more - Celia Rees (her latest ones), Iain Lawrence, L.A. Meyer, Marthe Jocelyn, Ellen Klages, L.M. Elliott, Kathryn Lasky (she writes children's f/sf too, but her YA novel Blood Secret is awesome), Judson Roberts, Alisa Libby, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Adele Geras (she writes other stuff, but has written a few YAs about ancient Greece).

I don't read that much in YA HF, but my favorites are Blood Secret as above, and Priscilla Galloway's The Courtesan's Daughter.

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Post by Divia » Sun December 14th, 2008, 5:28 pm

I have noticed more YA HF, and thats why I created the blog. There were so many adult HF sites but nothing for the teens. And I'm sure there are teens out there who enjoy it. Although, maybe I am wrong. :)

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Post by donroc » Sun December 14th, 2008, 6:17 pm

I ask this not to offend but for clarification, so take into account my age of 76.

I was told on another site, YA HF exists because the MCs are teens.

Yet, when I was a pre-adolescent and teen in the 1940s, we had either children or adult categories, no YA HF. We read in school and for pleasure HF novels in which the MCs were children and teens as well as growing into adults: Twain's Prince and the Pauper, GWTW, Anthony Adverse, The Mudlark, Dumas, Hugo, Dickens, the HF of the American Winston Churchill, Sabatini, Costain, and so many others.

FYI: The MC of my HF is 15 and 16 for the first 60 of 404 pages (500 if it had chapters starting on a new page), and I like to think both teens and adults could enjoy it as I enjoyed the above mentioned when I was a lad.

Is it really the degree of violence and sex in a novel that restricts HF to YA? Is it the vocabulary?

Yet, do they not have YA non HF categories dealing with drugs, gangs, bullying, and abuse?

Unless the writing is Eco-esoteric literary, I see no reason why a teen cannot read and understand "adult" HF.
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Post by Divia » Sun December 14th, 2008, 6:26 pm

if the MC is a teen and the secondary are adults (parents teachers etc) then it is a YA book. Language and violence really doesnt matter. Well, I guess it should matter. I just finished reading and ARC of Purge. An excellent novel about eating disorders. In the novel the f bomb is dropped and there is sex. This is typical for a lot of teen books. Not all, but many.

As for Dickens, Twain, Dumas, Hugo and the like, I dont consider them historical fiction authors becuase they wrote about their time. As a librarian I would say these are classics not YA.

Does this clear things up or just muddy the waters. ;)
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Post by donroc » Sun December 14th, 2008, 6:38 pm

Divia, I agree Dickens and Hugo werote contemporary, but Prince and the Pauper was Tudor, and Dumas Musketeers and Man in Iron Mask were of the era of Louis XIII and Richelieu.
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Post by Divia » Sun December 14th, 2008, 7:08 pm

I'd still consider them classic. :)
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