Some books are more than just a story: they teach you about about something. It could be that they introduce you to an era of history you knew nothing about or perhaps show you a different angle of an era with with you are already familiar. Or maybe its current affairs or geography or science. The best of these books teach you whilst you are lost in an enjoyable story, without you even realising it. Some of my favourite YA books that do this are:
Stay Where You are and Then Leave by John Boyne – WW1, conscientious objectors, white feathers, internment, shell shock
The Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton – learn about the conditions in the match factories in 1880’s London
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd – the IRA hunger strikes
Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught – living with schizophrenia
Lost Riders by Elizabeth Laird – camel jockeys in Dubai
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – women’s concentration camps in WW2
And there are plenty more. I’m sure you have some of your own to add to this list.