Fabulous Historical Fiction for Young Adults

Today I have a book that is fabulous historical fiction for young adults.  The cover got me to open the book and the story sucked me right in.  I love it when that happens.

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Title: The Downstairs Girlfabulous historical fiction for young adults downstairs girl

Author: Stacey Lee

Target: Grades 7-12

Series: No

What this book is about:

Set in the late 1800s, Jo Kuan works in the home of one of the wealthiest families in Atlanta.     Her fate feels sealed until she starts moonlighting as “Miss Sweetie”, a newspaper advice columnist who tackles both gender and social issues of the day with Southern charm.  Since no one who reads her column knows she is of Chinese descent, her words carry more weight.  All the while she is also wrapped up in the mystery of the man who has cared for her since birth and figuring out who her parents might be. This mystery feels like the most dangerous task she will take on as it leads to her into the den of one of Atlanta’s more nefarious criminals.

Why I love this book:

  • First off this book is so good.  I was totally caught up in all of Jo’s plights.  She is sympathetic, articulate and hard working with a sharp tongue and clever advice.  Readers will be pulling for her in a well-crafted world of social classes, ethnic disparity, and southern bravado.
  • I had no idea that the Chinese were brought to the South to replace slaves during Reconstruction.    Obviously this effort was not successful but it is an interesting bit of historical information that eluded me.  Stacey Lee adeptly navigates the issues of both Chinese Americans as well as African Americans living in the South and begins to foreshadow the freedoms that were about to be stripped from African Americans by the 1870s when support for Reconstruction began to wane.  This is a pivotal time in history and she has weaved it adeptly into the narrative.
  • Stacey Lee is a beautiful writer.  Words play an important part in her story and she is a master at her craft.  Sadly I don’t have her talent, but suffice it to say that she never overdoes it, her language is clever and insightful.

Who this book is for:

Kids who like historical fiction will like this one.  Readers who appreciate strong female characters will also be drawn to this book.  

Final thoughts:

Can you stand this gorgeous cover?  Talk about a picture that begs you to grab this one off the shelf.

To purchase this book:

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