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Archive for the ‘Historical Fiction’ Category

NIGHT WITCHES, by Kathryn Lasky

September 29, 2017

The story: When Valya’s mother is killed by the Nazis, the teen finds a way out of Stalingrad and starts flying with the Night Witches–an all-female group of pilots that helped bring the German juggernaut to its knees. Here’s an exciting slice of World War II history you’ve never even heard of before! Mrs. Friend’s […]

AN EAGLE IN THE SNOW, by Michael Morpurgo

September 29, 2017

The story: A young English soldier lets a German warrior go at the end of World War I, then realizes at the start of WWII that the man was Adolf Hitler. What if he could get to Germany and choose differently this time? Based on a “possibly” true story. Mrs. Friend’s opinion:  Even though this […]

IT AIN’T SO AWFUL, FALAFEL, by Firoozeh Dumas

September 28, 2017

The story: Forget Zomorod, she’s Cindy now. It’s not that she’s embarrassed about coming from Iran (although everyone seems to think they ride camels there), its more that she wants to be an America living in America. But a revolution in her home country, followed by a hostage crises involving the extremists, makes it even […]

ONE FOR SORROW, by Mary Downing Hahn

September 28, 2017

The story: Elsie, a girl in Annie’s class at her new school, is deeply unpopular–so when the girl dies of influenza in the great 1918 epidemic, Annie is taken aback, but not particularly sad. That is, not until a sledding accident in the cemetery opens a conduit for Elsie’s vengeful ghost to start haunting Annie, […]

HELL & HIGH WATER, by Tanya Landman

September 28, 2017

The story: When biracial Caleb’s father is wrongfully convicted in 1750s Britain, the teen makes his escape to an aunt’s house on the west coast of England. Yet his life there is filled with prejudice, contempt, and even mystery…and when his father’s body washes up on the shore, no one believes it’s him. When Caleb […]

NIGHT WITCHES, by Kathryn Lasky

September 27, 2017

The story: When Valya’s mother is killed by the Nazis, the teen finds a way out of Stalingrad and starts flying with the Night Witches–an all-female group of pilots that helped bring the German juggernaut to its knees. Here’s an exciting slice of World War II history you’ve never even heard of before! Mrs. Friend’s […]

REFUGEE, by Alan Gratz

May 22, 2017

The story: Three kids, tied together by their refugee status across cultures and decades, never know each other and yet are tied together in unimaginable ways. Josef and his family are trying to flee to safety ahead of the Nazi blitzkrieg; Isabelle and her family are desperate to leave Cuba and make it to the […]

THE METROPOLITANS, by Carol Goodman

May 22, 2017

The story: Four very different teens are thrown together on Pearl Harbor Day, and discover that their mission is to pick up where King Arthur and his followers left off in medieval Britain in order to fight the evil that has survived since Arthur’s day–now manifesting itself as the Nazis. But in order to realize […]

THINGS TO HUGE TO FIX BY SAYING SORRY, by Susan Vaught

May 22, 2017

The story: Dani’s Grandma Ruth has Alzheimer’s, and it looks like the truth about her part in the history of the Civil Rights Movement may go to the grave with her, untold. But Dani’s been given a rambling manuscript, a key with no lock, and a story written by Grandma’s worst enemy and she intends […]

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE, by Steven B. Frank

April 7, 2017

The story: Armstrong is getting bused to a different school in LA in the fall of 1973. Charlie’s always been there, and he doesn’t know what to think of the black kids who are volunteering to come all the way across town. He also doesn’t know what to think about Armstrong, who’s kind of a […]