The Roaring 20’s in Teen Lit

Do you ever get focused on a certain period of time and want to read books only set during that time period?  Well, here’s a spotlight on teen novels set in the 1920’s, also known as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties.  It was a time when Flappers were popular, silent  films were being replaced by Talkies, jazz music was all the rage, the Harlem Renaissance inspired many writers and artists, and the Prohibition Law had a huge impact on American society.

The Divinersthe Diviners book cover by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.

WitnessWitness book cover by Karen Hesse 

YA HESSE, K.

A series of poems express the views of various people in a small Vermont town, including a young black girl and a young Jewish girl, during the early 1920’s when the Ku Klux Klan is trying to infiltrate the town.

VixenThe Flapper's Vixen book cover by Jillian Larkin

YA LARKIN, J.

In 1923 Chicago, seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania cousin, Clara, hides similar tastes and her best friend, Lorraine, makes plans of her own.

Black DuckBlack Duck book cover by Janet Taylor Lisle

YA LISLE, J.

Years afterwards, Ruben Hart tells the story of how, in 1929 Newport, Rhode Island, his family and his best friend’s family were caught up in the violent competition among groups trying to control the local rum-smuggling trade.

FrozenFrozen book cover by Mary Casanova

YA CASANOVA, M.

Unable to speak or remember the events surrounding her mother’s mysterious death eleven years earlier, sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose, the foster child of a corrupt senator in 1920’s northern Minnesota, struggles to regain her voice, memory, and identity.

Bright Young ThingsBright Young Things book cover by Anna Godbersen

YA GODBERSEN, A.

In the spring of 1929, eighteen-year-old Cordelia Grey and her stage-struck friend Letty Larkspur run away from their small Ohio town to seek their fortunes in New York City and soon find themselves drawn into situations and relationships, particularly with the dazzling Astrid Donal, that change their lives forever.

Silhouette of a SparrowSilhouette of a Sparrow book cover by Molly Beth Griffin

YA GRIFFIN, M.

During the summer of 1926 in the lake resort town of Excelsior, Minnesota, sixteen-year-old Garnet, who dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology, is resigned to marrying a nice boy and settling into middle-class homemaking until she takes a liberating job in a hat shop and begins an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper.

The Reluctant HeiressReluctant Heiress book cover by Eva Ibbotson

YA IBBOTSON, E.

In 1920’s Austria, no one in the Viennese opera company knows that their wardrobe mistress Tessa is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life–and love–than just music.

How It Happened in Peach HillHow It Happened in peach hill book cover by Marthe Jocelyn

YA JOCELYN, M.

When fifteen-year-old Annie Grey and her “clairvoyant” mother arrive in Peach Hill, New York, in 1924, each finds a reason for wanting to finally settle down, but to reach their goals they will have to do some serious lying and Annie will have to stand up for herself.