November 27, 2010

YA Historical Fiction Challenge

I'm hosting this challenge hoping readers will embrace this awesome genre within YA that is full of outstanding books and many upcoming releases. I will have exclusive giveaways for participants during the year. Lets see how it goes and I will post again with updates. Share the word! (feel free to grab the image as button)

Historical fiction: tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical persons, but the principal characters tend to be fictional. Writers of stories in this genre, while penning fiction, attempt to capture the spirit, manners, and social conditions of the persons or time(s) presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity. (Wikipedia)

** Please read the Update here. (If you are an author wanting to promote you book fill in the form at the end of that post)

UPDATE! Some Lists:
- My Amazon YA Historical Fiction list
- New YA Historical Fiction 2011
- My Goodreads Historical Fiction shelf here! 
- Time Line with YA Historical titles post-Civil War

Choose your level:

Level 1: 5 YA HF books in 2011
Level 2: 10 YA HF books in 2011
Level 3: 15 YA HF books in 2011
  • All Historical Fiction books must be YA or MG
  • Books don't have to be 2011 releases.
  • Anyone can join. Please link to a public (web) place I can find you.
  • You can join at anytime. The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011


3 Bluestockings

Above Average Below Special
A Dream of Books
A Few Good Books
A Myriad of Books
A Rogue Librarian's Reading List
A Thousand Words
Adventures in Bookland
Allison Can Read
An Abundance of Books

Beastie Books
Becky Levine
Best of YA
Beth Fish Reads
Bibliophilia- Maggie's Bookshelf
BookChick's Book Blog
Book Fanatics
Book Infinity
Book Purring
Book Labyrinth
Booking Through 365
Bookish Bethany
Booklady's Booknotes 
Books: A Love Story 
Books are Dreams
Books are like People
Books Kids Like
Bookworming in the 21st Century
Braiden's YA Concoction
Breaking the Binding
Bri Meets Books

Catch of the Day
Carol Baldwin
Chanterelle Grover
Children Literature Network (CLN)
Chris Capen
ComaCalm's Book Reviews
Consumed by Books

Dana Does Read
DeRaps Reads
Diary of A Book Addict
Dreaming in Books
Dreaming of Books 

Eating YA Books
Effective Teaching Articles
Eloise and Her Books 
El Reads
Emmegail's Bookshelf
Emily's Reading Room 
Evergreen Junior High Library
Everyday is an Adventure
Ezine of a Random Girl

Fiction Folio
For the Love of YA
For Those About to Read...
Forest of the Dead

Galley Smith
Geeky Reads Blog
Girls Gone Reading 

He Followed Me Home
Historian's Notebook

Icey Books
I Like These Books 
I'd Rather Be Reading
In Between the Lines
In the Forest
In the Library of Lady Violet

J. Anderson Coats
Jayjay Atanacio
Jenn Ritter
Just A YA Girl
Just One More Chapter
Just Your Typical Book Blog

Katelyn's Blog
Katie's Amazing Book Reviews
Katie's Book Blog 

Lacey Woolston
Last Page First 
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf
Let Them Read Books
Libraries and Young Adults
Little Wonder's Recommended Reading
Lisa the Nerd
Literature as a Portal
Livya Lagisetti
Logan E. Turner
Love Life and Reading 
Lucy Was Robbed

Mandarin Blues
Manga Maniac
Marjolein Book Blog
Michaela Maccoll (author)
Michelle Writes
Ms. H's World History Blog 
Much Madness is Divinest Sense
Mundie Moms
My Words Ate Me

Net Zero Cybrary
Nicoleslaw00 Book Blog 
Ninja Librarian
Not Another Book Blog 

On My Bookshelf 
One A Day YA
One Librarian's Book Reviews
Only Sexy Books Allowed

Paranormal Indulgence
Penultimate Page 

Quiet Dreamer

Rambling Bookmarks 
Ramblings of a Teenage Novelist
Rating HF for the Classroom
Reading Extensively
Reading Lark
Reading the Past 
Reading Roller Coaster
Reading World (author Susan Coventry)
Rebeca's Book Blog 
Reclusive Bibliophile 

Samantha Kuiper
Sea Reflections
See Scoot Read 
Small Review 
So Many Books, So Little Time
Stalking the Bookshelves 
Storybound Girl
Super Librarian

Teen & Young Adult Zone
That's Swell!
The Bodacious Pen
The Book Bubble
The Book Bug 
The Book Cellar
The Book Garden
The Book Grab
The Book Pixie
The Bookscape Report
The Children's War 
The Dewey Review
The Fiction Fairy
The Fourth Musketeer 
The Hiding Spot
The Hungry Readers
The Mod Podge Bookshelf 
The Overflowing Library
The Perpetual Page-Turner
The Reading Date
The Story Siren
The Theater's Biggest Fan
The Unemployed Book Lover
The Zealous Reader
The 3 R's
Through the Book Vine 
Ticket to Anywhere
Too Many Words
Turn the Page

Visible Spectrum
Vision Quest Fail

Watercolor Moods
We Adore a Happy Ending
What's Your Story?
With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Word for Teens
Words on Paper

YA Book Nerd
YA Bookmark
YA Bookshelf
YA Lit Crave
YA Reads
YA Scribe 
YA? Why Not?

To enter: fill in the form below:


  1. Woo hoo! I'm so excited for this challenge! Thanks so much for hosting :)

  2. I'm definitely considering this one. I haven't seen a YA / MG historical fiction challenge.

  3. My debut YA HF novel entitled CROSSING THE TRACKS was published in July 2010. I'm very interested to know more about how the challenge works. Thanks for a terrific idea.

  4. This is an amazing challenge. Can't wait to get cracking on some YA HF next year. :D

    Oh, and yes--people, add CROSSING THE TRACKS to your lists. It's "crazy good". :)

  5. Great idea for a challenge. YA historical is my favorite genre!

  6. Have read a half dozen YA historicals this month. Love them! Thanks for the challenge and the links.

  7. I signed up! Thanks for hosting this challenge!

  8. This is historical fiction week in my Materials for Youth class (I'm in library school). I was hoping someone would host a challenge like this, and I'm glad I found it! I'm off to create a post and then I'll be back to sign up. :)

  9. Technical question, Sab: Do the books have to be both read and reviewed in 2011, or can we read them now and post our reviews in the New Year?

    Also, where do we post our reviews?

    Thanks, I am so excited!


  10. They can be read now if you want. The reviews can be anywhere that is linkable and they will count towards the exclusive giveaways.

  11. Oooh this is an awesome challenge, I am going to go make a post for this now.

  12. Sab, I think this sounds fun, but I've got a silly question. The actual challenge is to READ AND REVIEW this many books? Or just read & keep a list? Thanks!

  13. This is a great challenge that I just discovered! I am so a new follower now! I just love your blog!

  14. Love YA HF! Great challenge! I just read Bright Young Things :) I wish I found this challenge earlier!

  15. This is a really excitig challenge, and a good excuse for those of us who don't usually read HF, to give it a try!

    Oh, another book you might like is "A Heart for Any Fate," by Linda Crew. It's about a teenager girl's journal with her family on the Oregon Trail.

  16. Can't wait for this challenge! Thanks for hosting it!

  17. I am really looking forward to this challenge. It is a great challenge.

  18. thanks for the challenge! i'm super excited. :D

  19. Awesome challenge-- I so excited to start! Hurry up, 2011! An amazing book for everyone's list: Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran. Trust me, you will love it. :)

  20. Awesome challenge! I'm excited to be participating and have already picked out a dozen books. :)

  21. Great Challenge! :D

    But I do have a question: I'm from Austria so my blog is in German - can I join? Or would you like to understand the reviews the participants are writing? ;)

  22. Thanks for hosting this challenge. I'm eager to get started!

  23. Thanks for hosting! I've got such a soft spot for historical fiction and it'll be great to indulge it. =)

  24. Thanks for hosting this challenge! I look forward to challenging myself to read more HF!

  25. I'm looking forward to this challenge! I love YA historical books. Thanks for hosting!

  26. This is a wonder challenge :)I love historical fiction but I feel like I don't read enough of it.

  27. Ok. I'm really late compared to everyone else, but I'm still excited to try this out. :) I think this is a great challenge idea. Like everyone else I don't read enough HF.

  28. Hey! I signed up yesterday! Looking forward to this.

  29. Hi!
    I've just read The Queen Must Die and although it is a time travel book I think it is also historical fiction...
    Do you think it counts?

  30. Looks like fun. I just signed up.

  31. Hey, a bit late in the game but I'm joining in at level two!

  32. Are you going to have this challenge in 2012, too? I love this idea! Also, new follower to your blog. Think I'm a bit late to sign up for this year, but looking forward to it for next.


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