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Archive for the ‘Historical Fiction’ Category

STRANGE STAR, by Emma Carroll

April 23, 2018

The story: Mary Shelley is stuck for a ghost story, but when a girl appears on the doorstep, half-dead with fear and exhaustion, and looking like the subject of an evil experiment, Mary and her friends are all ears as Lizzie tells her tale–a story of lightning strikes, evil experiments, and the possibility of bringing […]

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE, by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

March 26, 2018

The story: Crippled Ada can’t remember ever having left her third story apartment in the East End of London, where she’s learned what she knows of life from looking out the window. When the threat of bombs forces her to make a move, she and her younger brother Jamie find themselves evacuated to the country–and […]

SUSPECT RED, by L.M. Elliot

December 7, 2017

The story: Richard’s dad works for the FBI, and the FBI is helping Senator Joe McCarthy hunt down Commies. Richard wants his dad to succeed, but what price is he willing to pay? Is Vlad’s mother a Commie spy, or just a woman with a couple of shady friends? Will he sacrifice his friendship with […]

BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA, by Lauren Wolk

December 7, 2017

The story: Crow washed up on an island off the coast of Massachusetts when she was a tiny baby, and Osh rescued her. Now that she’s twelve, she wonders who her parents were, and why she was abandoned in such a strange way. Could it have something to do with the leper colony just down […]

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 […]