Downton Abbey Read-Alikes for Teens

It seems everyone around the internet has Downton Abbey fever. This British period drama set in the 1910s follows the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants during a time of great social and cultural change. The first series aired in the UK in 2010 and the US in early 2011. The second series, already aired in the UK, is currently broadcasting in the US on PBS on Sunday nights.

Here are a few titles that relate to some aspects of the series. Know any other good read-alikes? Let us know in the comments!

For the era:
Shirley by Kaoru Mori
A collection of manga stories about teenage maids in Edwardian England. The artist produced another series, Emma, about maids in the Victorian era.




The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone by Dene Low
Sixteen-year-old Petronella teams up with her eccentric uncle, her best friend Jane, and Jane’s brother to find the important guests who were kidnapped from her birthday party in Edwardian London.




For the World War I aspects:
Without Warning: Ellen’s Story 1914-1918 by Dennis Hamley
The account of a working-class English girl as she comes of age during World War I, witnessing the horrors of war first at home and then as a nurse in France.




The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick
Able to see when someone is going to die, Alexandra travels to France as a nurse to save her brother from the fate of war.




For the era from an American perspective:
Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen
Two teen girls from the midwest run away to New York and find themselves swept up into the glamour of big city high society in the 1920s.




Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Sent to live with her estranged grandparents in New York, Michele discovers she can transport herself to 1910 through a diary. There, she meets the dashing Phillip Walker and becomes embroiled in a longstanding family feud.



For a bit of a twist:
The Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
An alernate steampunk history of World War I in which a young Austrian prince on the run and a British girl disguised as a boy join forces to help end the war.



(Thanks to Lexi and other YALSA-BKers for some of the ideas on this list!)

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