Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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Kate Forsyth
L.F.
5

Kate Forsyth set out to pen a dark, gothic retelling of a dark, gothic tale. In the resulting novel, Bitter Greens, she strips away the once-upon-a-time distancing one expects from fairy tales and draws you into a delectably dark, haunting work of historical fiction where factual...

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Jo Walton
Becker
4

How do our choices define us? How does the world around us affect our choices and perceptions? Many people can point to a defining moment, but really don't know what their life may have been like had they made a different choice. Patricia Cowan, very old, succumbing to dementia, forgets many...

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Sharon M. (Sharon Mills) Draper
Josh
4

  The cover of this book features some children walking in the woods at night in front of a burning cross and the story does not disappoint. Based in part on a journal her grandmother kept before being forced to leave school at a young age Stella by Starlight is told by young Stella whose...

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Anita Diamant
lisab
4

What an enjoyable story. The Boston Girl is about Addie Baum who is now 85 and is being interviewed by her granddaughter Ava. Addie has had her share of deep sorrows and great joys.  She was born in 1900 to immigrant parents and has lived through many changes – cultural, social, and...

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Stephen Crane
lisab
4

The Red Badge of Courage is a book I read when I was young but I have no memories of it so it’s been like reading something new.  This is the tale of Henry Fielding, a young man who signs up to fight for the Union during the Civil War.  His first contact with battle ended with what...

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Isaiah Campbell
Josh
4

    Can a book designed for middle grade readers combine the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War and be funny, exciting and informative?  After reading this book I would have to say yes. Isaiah Campbell has crafted a novel that is hard to put down as he traces the adventures of...

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Stephanie Barron
lisab
3

In number 12 of the Jane Austen mystery series, Jane has gone to visit friends and family for the 12 days of Christmas. Murder and intrigue mar the festive proceedings and Jane assists the various investigators which include Raphael West, son of famed artist Benjamin West.  Barron has...

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Markus Zusak
Debbie
4

This story is about a foster German girl, books, a Jewish fist fighter and a little bit of thievery. In 1942 Leisel Meminger, a young foster girl living in Nazi Germany discovers something she can't resist...books.  She begins to steal books from the Mayor's library and Nazi book burnings...

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Chris Crowe
Josh
4

Those who do not learn from the events of History are doomed to repeat it. I always think of that saying whenever events transpire that give me a sense of deja vu. Those who lived long enough to see the fall out from the Vietnam War may have been saddened by the nation's involvement in two wars...

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Iris Chang
mbrandstetter
4

This was a very difficult book to get through. Not because it wasn't written well or because the research was insufficient. On the contrary, the author, Iris Chang, had done extensive research and ties together the various perspectives of this horrific historical event very well. It's the...

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Margot Livesey
Shanna
4

Gemma Hardy has always gotten the short end of the stick.  After her Icelandic parents die, she is taken in by her uncle.  After he dies, her aunt reluctantly cares for her.  She's sent off to a dismal boarding school as a "working girl" as quickly as possible, where she finds...

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Laura Lane McNeal
KristinR
4

Likely to be the next Help (Stockett), Dollbaby is a straightforward novel you will not soon forget. Set in New Orleans during the Civil Rights Movement, Dollbaby tells the story of one Miss Fannie and her granddaughter, Ibby.

Ibby is left unceremoniously on her...

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Merrie Haskell
Hope H
4

The adults in Sand's life have always told him to ignore the broken castle he could see in the distance, but when he awakens inside the castle one morning with no explanation, there's no more ignoring it. Everything in the castle has been broken in two, from the dried but strangely still edible...

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Thanhha Lai
Hope H
4

In 1975, Ha starts the year in the familiar and comforting territory of her home in Vietnam, where the traditions make sense, the food tastes good, and her beloved papaya tree holds promise even as the world around her threatens chaos. But the end of the Vietnam War and the approach of the...

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Karen Cushman
Hope H
3

In his twelve years of life, Will Sparrow has been abandoned, abused, and sold for beer, forced to rely on his wits and thievery to survive. When the innkeeper who owns him threatens to sell him as a chimney sweep, Will runs away without shoes on his feet or food to sustain him. Ill-used by...

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Jaime Lee Moyer
Hope H
3

Delia Martin has always seen ghosts. She tried to run from her cursed gift after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 killed both her parents and new ghosts swelled her city's streets, but a very persistent ghost has started to follow her everywhere, including her dreams, and Delia needs to know...

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S. E. Grove
extra medium
4

What if the world was divided not only by countries, but by eras in time as well? This is what happens to the Earth after the Great Disruption which leaves North America with multiple eras- from an ice age to Boston in 1891. Sophia is part of a family of explorers and cartologers who try to...

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Gail Carriger
Angelita
3

I was drawn to this book because of the cover. This steampunk series it a great book based on the characters. Sophronia is the main character, who is the youngest girl in a big family. She is very much a tomboy, which her parents don't approve. Soon she will become a woman and she...

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Wallace Stegner
Alison
5

You need to choose your words carefully when summarizing this novel, as its factual re-cap could be off-putting: a man confined to a wheelchair spends his time studying letters written by his grandmother.  Perhaps a bit boring?  Not so, with Stegner.

Any limits to the narrator...

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Lauren Willig
KristinR
4

This is one of those my-family-has-an-old-secret novels, set with dueling narratives between post-WWI England and present-day New York. The secret drives the plot far less than the complex characters do, making the overall reading experience intriguing but not necessarily page-turning.

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Michael Ondaatje
Porscha
5

Coming through Slaughter has been called the best jazz novel ever written, with a lyrical writing style compared to jazz music. It’s a fictional biography about one of the original trumpet giants of New Orleans, Buddy Bolden. Though it takes place around 1907 and was written in the late...

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Nicholas Christopher
Hope H
3

Nicolo is a fourteen year old orphan with little more to his name than a clarinet his father gave him--an enchanted clarinet. That clarinet, and the dedication he puts into learning from it, will take him from the alleys of Venice to an all-girl's orchestra led by Antonio Vivaldi himself, and to...

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Tim O'Brien
lisab
5

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is considered a classic novel and can be found on many “must read” lists. What I wasn’t expecting were the beautiful words. Every time I opened the book, I’m struck again by the beautiful words.  O’Brien’s tales are short stories about the members of a...

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Phil Klay
Joe G
5

Redeployment is an intense collection of short war stories by Phil Klay, who served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. It is well-written and humanizing, and gives multiple accounts of the Iraq war as told from the perspective of soldiers in a variety of roles and situations...

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Esther M Friesner
Hope H
4

In 1910, 14 year old Raisa leaves her tiny Polish shtetl to join her older sister, Henda, in New York City, but when she arrives Henda is nowhere to be found. With luck, perseverance, and the help of friends she meets along the way, Raisa eventually manages to support herself and her...