Category Archives: historical fiction

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. 212p. Harper Collins. 2000. ISBN:  978-0-06-440819-6. Homeless Bird, a National Book Award winner,  is a beautifully written story about a 13-year-old Hindu girl, Koly, living in India.  As is the custom, her marriage is arranged for … Continue reading

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

image from turn-the-page.net Sepetys, Ruta.  Between Shades of Gray.  344 p. Philomel Books. 2011. ISBN 978-0-399-25412-3. Can you imagine having your whole family brutally forced to leave your home and taken by train to a forced labor camp?  That’s what … Continue reading

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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Choldenko, Gennifer.  Al Capone Does My Shirts.  228 p.  Putnam’s.  2004.  ISBN 978-0-399-23861-1.Can you imagine living on a small island that is home  to some of the most notorious criminals?  Well, in Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Choldenko, … Continue reading

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The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963.  210 p.  Delacorte Press.  1995.  ISBN 978-0-385-32175-4. Have you ever read a book that you just know is going to stay with you for a long, long time? The Watsons Go to … Continue reading

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Boyne, John.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  215 p.  David Fickling Books.  2006.  ISBN  978-0-385-75106-3. Reading about the Holocaust is horrific.  This fictional tale is perhaps even more horrific to read because it’s narrated by nine-year-old Bruno, the son … Continue reading

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For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker.  For Freedom:  The Story of a French Spy.  181 p. Dell Laurel-Leaf. 2003. ISBN 978-0-440-41831-3. Wow!  For Freedom:  The Story of a French Spy was incredibly suspenseful.  The book is based on a true story. Imagine you … Continue reading

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Dogboy

Russell, Christopher.  Dogboy.  272 p. Greenwillow Books. 2006.  ISBN 978-0-06-084116-4. Brind is a 12-year-old boy that was abandoned as a baby, and left in a dog kennel at Sir Edmund’s manor.  The year is 1346, shortly after the Hundred Years … Continue reading

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