Steampunk Novels for Teens

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The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

YA CAMERON, S.

In 1852, when seventeen-year-old Katharine is sent to her family’s estate to prove that her uncle is insane, she finds he is an inventor whose work creating ingenious clockwork figures supports hundreds of families, but strange occurrences soon have her doubting her own sanity.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

YA CLARE, C.

When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Gray’s older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

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Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore

YA DOLAMORE, J.

A wealthy sorcerer’s invitation to sing with his automaton leads seventeen-year-old Nimira, whose family’s disgrace brought her from a palace to poverty, into political intrigue, enchantments, and a friendship with a fairy prince who needs her help.

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Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

YA HABEL, L.

In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

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The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry

YA MCQUERRY, M.

Eighteen-year-old Lena Mattacascar sets out for Scree, a weird place inhabited by Peculiars, seeking the father who left when she was young, but on the way she meets young librarian Jimson Quiggley and handsome marshall Thomas Saltre, who complicate her plans.

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The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

YA KRESS, A.

Cora, Nellie, and Michiko, teenaged assistants to three powerful men in Edwardian London, meet by chance at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered man, leading the three to work together to solve this and related crimes without drawing undue attention to themselves.

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Steampunk!: an Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

YA STEAMPUNK

A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.

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The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

YA KITTREDGE, C.

In an alternate 1950s, mechanically gifted fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson, whose family has a history of going mad at sixteen, must leave the totalitarian city of Lovecraft and venture into the world of magic to solve the mystery of her brother’s disappearance and the mysteries surrounding her father and the Land of Thorn.

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

YA CROSS, K.

Finley, who has a beastly alter ego inside of her, joins Duke Griffin’s army of misfits to help stop the Machinist, the criminal behind a series of automaton crimes, from carrying out a plan to kill Queen Victoria during the Jubilee.

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This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

YA LEE, M.

When a talented mechanic in 1818 Geneva brings his brother back from the dead using clockwork parts, the citizens of Geneva think they may have inspired the recently published novel Frankenstein.

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The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

YA MY GLEASON, C.

In 1889 London young women are turning up dead, and Evaline Stoker, relative of Bram, and Mina Holmes, niece of Sherlock, are summoned to investigate the clue of the not-so-ancient Egyptian scarabs–but where does a time traveler fit in?

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Airman by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

In the late nineteenth century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds under brutal conditions while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine that he must design, build, and hardest of all, trust to carry him to safety.

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Foundling by D.M. Cornish

YA CORNISH, D.

Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl’s name, Rossamund sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought.

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Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances edited by Trisha Telep

YA SF CORSETS

Collects thirteen original stories set during the Victorian era, including tales of steam-powered machines, family secrets, and love.

Airborn

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

YA OPPEL, K.

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

Fever Crumb

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

YA SF REEVE, P.

Foundling Fever Crumb has been raised as an engineer although females in the future London, England, are not believed capable of rational thought, but at age fourteen she leaves her sheltered world and begins to learn startling truths about her past while facing danger in the present.

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

YA SF REEVE, P.

In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

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The Death Collector by Justin Richards

YA MY RICHARDS, J.

Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

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The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur G. Slade

YA SLADE, A.

In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically engineered beasts.

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The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

YA WOODING, C.

As Thaniel, a wych-hunter, and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, try to rid the alleys of London’s Old Quarter of the terrible creatures that infest them, their lives become entwined with that of a woman who may be either mad or possessed.