Blast From the Past

Take a trip through time with these YA books whose characters time travel.

Updated July 6, 2023
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Bracken, Alexandra
"Expert . . . Passenger succeeds as an adventure, as a romance and as a comparison of cultural norms." --New York Times Book Review "Riveting, romantic... Fans of Outlander will see so much of Claire in Etta, who holds a smart and...
Black was the ink
Coles, Michelle
Grateful American Book Prize, Grateful American Foundation Recommended YA Fiction List, In the Margins Book Awards Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine Through the help of a ghostly ancestor, sixteen-year-old Malcolm is sent on a journey through...
Obsidian mirror
Fisher, Catherine
The obsidian mirror. Its power is great and terrible. Men have been lost in it, the dead brought back to life through it, and the future annihilated by it. Or this is what will happen unless the mirror is destroyed. Three people seek the mirror: the first has been sent from the future to...
Project Nought
Furedi, Chelsey
For fans of Kiss Number 8 and On a Sunbeam, this debut graphic novel is a fast-paced time travel adventure with a hint of romance that has garnered 1.5 million views as a Tapas webcomic. Ren Mittal's last memory in the year 1996 is getting on a bus to visit his mystery...
Goo, Maurene
A Gen Z Korean American girl gets stuck in the '90s with her teenaged mother in this fresh, funny adventure full of heart, humor, and time-crossed romance. Perfect for fans of Mary H.K. Choi, Morgan Matson, and Nicola Yoon. "No one can blend family, humor, satire, and love...
The girl from everywhere
Heilig, Heidi
The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility. Its sparkling wit, breathless adventure, multicultural cast, and enchanting romance will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir and Leigh Bardugo.  As the daughter of a time traveler, Nix has...
Hughes, Kiku
A teenager is pulled back in time to witness her grandmother's experiences in World War II-era Japanese internment camps in Displacement, a historical graphic novel from Kiku Hughes. Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the...
Thirty talks weird love
Narva?ez-Varela, Alessandra
RISE: A Feminist Book Project, American Library Association (ALA) A 13-year-old girl growing up in Mexico is visited by her 30-year-old future self in this powerful YA novel in verse about handling depression. Out of nowhere, a lady comes up to Anamaria and says she's her<...
Opposite of always
Reynolds, Justin A.
"One of the best love stories I've ever read." --Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give "Read this one, reread it, and then hug it to your chest."  --Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Debut...
Midnight strikes
Shahnaz, Zeba
In this explosive fantasy debut, a provincial girl must work with an infuriatingly handsome prince to escape a nightmarish curse that forces them to relive the same night over and over. "The time-loop fantasy you never knew you needed, where the fairytale ball is bloody and...
Mao. 1
Takahashi, Rumiko
Exorcise your destiny in an era-spanning supernatural adventure from manga legend Rumiko Takahashi! When Nanoka travels back in time to a supernatural early 20th century, she gets recruited by aloof exorcist Mao. What is the thread of fate that connects them?...
Spin me right round
Valdes Greenwood, David
From lauded writer David Valdes, a sharp and funny YA novel that's Back to the Future with a twist, as a gay teen travels back to his parents' era to save a closeted classmate's life. All Luis Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his...
Pemmican wars
Vermette, Katherena
Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, and Echo's life will never be the same. During Mr. Bee's lecture, Echo finds herself...

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