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Happy National Book Lovers' Day! Take a trip back in time with these fab historical fiction finds

With everything that's going on in the world, life can feel a little overwhelming, and that's totally normal! We all need some escape from time to time. Looking to take your mind off things for a while? Check out one of these *fab* historical fiction novels for your next read; you'll be swept away to another world in no time. 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


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Take a look at World War II through the eyes of women for a change! The Nightingale follows the journey of Vianne and Isabelle, two sisters struggling to survive during the German occupation of France. With romance, war and sacrifice at every turn, this one will draw you in and not let up till the end. 

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson


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The coronavirus isn't the first epidemic that America has had to deal with—Fever 1793 shows just how scary surviving one can be. Fourteen-year-old Mattie's life is turned upside down when the yellow fever plague destroys her town and forces her away from the only home she's ever known. Buckle up, babe—this one really hits home.

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz


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Couldn’t get enough of Hamilton? Look no further. This book takes you through the story of Alexander and Eliza’s love story with even more romance than the musical could fit in! 

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed


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If you're wishing for some '90s vibes, this one's for you. The Black Kids follows Ashley, a wealthy black highschooler without a care in the world. She goes to a private school that's predominantly white, but Ashley doesn't mind—she's one of the popular girls. That is, until her city is hit with the news of LAPD officers being let free for the brutal beating of a black man named Rodney King. When the case divides her school and riots divide her town, Ashley suddenly has to figure out who she really is.

Uprising by Magaret Peterson Haddix


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If your life depended on a job, what would you put up with to survive? Yetta and Bella, two young immigrant girls working at The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, have to answer this question everyday. They deal with awful working conditions, unfair pay and harrassment each day in order to make a living. With the help of a young socialite named Jane, they work to demand better working conditions for themselves, but in the end, an unexpected tragedy surprises them all. 

What book are you most excited to check out? Let us know @girlslifemag on Twitter!


by Paris Johnson | 8/9/2020