Fiction for Teens Set in Early America
- FEVER 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson
- A yellow fever epidemic wipes out 10% of Philadelphia's population in three months. 16-year-old Matilda, separated from her sick mother, is forced to cope.
- NIGHT JOURNEYS By Avi
- In the spring of 1768, twelve-year-old Peter, living with his Quaker guardian near the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border, joins in the search for two runaway indentured servants. (Brightwood and Forest Park)
- WAR COMES TO WILLY FREEMAN By James Lincoln and Christopher Collier
- Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's death at the hands of the Redcoats and returns home to find that the British have taken her mother as a prisoner to New York City. She knows she is in triple danger: she's black, female, and free.
- THE RANSOM OF MERCY CARTER By Caroline B. Cooney
- Mercy and her family are captured by Mohawk Indians and forced to march to French Canada.
- THE JOURNAL OF WILLIAM THOMAS EMERSON By Barry Denenberg (My Name is America Series)
- William, a twelve-year-old orphan, writes of his experiences in pre-Revolutionary War Boston where he joins the cause of the patriots who are opposed to the British rule.
- SATURNALIA by Paul Fleischman
- In 1681 in Boston, fourteen-year-old William, a Narraganset Indian captured in a raid six years earlier, leads a productive and contented life as a printer's apprentice but is increasingly anxious to make some connection with his Indian past. (Liberty and Pine Point)
- THE PRIMROSE WAY By Jackie French Koller
- A recent arrival to the New World in 1633, sixteen-year-old Rebekah, a missionary's daughter, befriends a Native American woman and begins to question whether these "savages" need saving after all.
- THE KEEPING ROOM By Anna Myers
- Left in charge of the family when his father leaves their South Carolina home to fight in the Revolutionary War, thirteen year-old Joey Kershaw finds all his resources tested when General Cornwallis comes to town and chooses the Kershaw house as his headquarters. (Brightwood, East Spfld, Liberty)
- BEYOND THE BURNING TIME By Kathryn Lasky
- Mary's mother is accused of witchcraft; can Mary save her from execution?
- JUST JANE: A DAUGHTER OF ENGLAND CAUGHT IN THE STRUGGLE OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION By William Lavender
- Fourteen-year-old Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an English earl, arrives in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1776 to find her family and her loyalties divided over the question of American independence.
- FAWN By Robert Newton Peck
- At the time of the Battle of Ticonderoga in 1758, a Native American boy, the son of a Jesuit priest, observes the savagery of the French, English, and Indians, and tries to save his father from what could be a terrible fate.
- WITCH CHILD By Celia Rees
- In the pages of her secret journal, Mary Nuttall reveals what it was like to be a witch among the Puritans in Massachusetts, where differences are dangerous and rumors can kill, where she must hide her heritage as a healer and pagan.
- GUNS FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON: A STORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION By Seymour Reit
- Frustrated with life under seige in George Washington's army, nineteen-year-old Will Knox and his brother Colonel Henry Knox undertake the task of moving 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in the dead of winter.
- A STITCH IN TIME By Ann Rinaldi
- Shortly after the War of Independence, Hannah sees her family being torn apart by old secrets and new developments, as her sister resolves to marry a sea captain and other siblings prepare to help start a new town in the Northwestern Territory.
- TIME ENOUGH FOR DRUMS By Ann Rinaldi
- Sixteen-year-old Jem and her servant struggle to keep things going at home in Trenton, New Jersey, when the family men join the war for independence from the British king.