historical fiction

August 23, 2016
it ain't so awful

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozah Dumas

An Iranian girl in a California middle school struggles to bridge cultures in this compelling, semi-autobiographical narrative. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozah Dumas.  Clarion, […]
August 12, 2016
night divided

*A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

The building of the Berlin Wall pits lovers of freedom against an oppressive regime in this gripping novel for middle graders. *A Night Divided by Jennifer […]
July 27, 2016
passion of dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

The Passion of Dolssa is a frank and honest portrait of religious devotion that is true both to religion and to history. The Passion of Dolssa […]
June 24, 2016
painted sky

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

The events of one day change Sammy from a moody teenage girl to a fugitive striking out into the west, in an engaging work of historical […]
June 20, 2016
RR_Swallows and amazons

Retro Reads: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

In this British children’s classic, the brave Swallows (four siblings) are at war with the piratical Amazons (two sisters) in one glorious summer of sailing, camping, […]
June 8, 2016
eye of midnight

The Eye of Midnight by Andrew Brumbach

A thrilling tale set in 1920s New York pits three children against a foe that bears an uncanny resemblance to modern-day Islamism. The Eye of Midnight […]
May 4, 2016

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg

Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg.  Penguin, February 2016, 296 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Recommended for: ages 10-14 Bottom Line: An 11-year-old […]
May 4, 2016

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri

Tru and Nelle by G. Neri.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, 336 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 8-12 Bottom Line: Based on […]