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Historical Fiction

Alan Gratz is becoming "the guy" for middle grade historical fiction on tough topics. Refugee has received many accolades--all of which it deserves. It is a raw, unfiltered look at the immigrant exp…
My Fine Fellow is a food inspired take on the classic Pygmalion or My Fair Lady story.  Set in 1800’s England, the story follows the training and rise of Mr. Elijah Little as two aspiring culinar…
The Diamond Keeper is book two in The Jewel Thief series by Jeannie Mobley.  But fear not, if you didn’t read the first book, aptly titled The Jewel Thief, you won’t be missing out.  In fact…
The purpose of historical fiction is to awaken empathy in the reader. It’s to make historical events more than just dull facts in a history book, to make them the stories of people we care about and r…
Initially published in 1937 and awarded with a Newbery Honor in 1938, Bright Island is a classic coming-of-age story that holds up wonderfully to this day. The plot is simple enough, with no major sur…
I absolutely loved I Am Defiance, so when I saw that Jenni L. Walsh had a new book, it was a must-read. Even with the high expectations, Walsh didn’t disappoint with By the Light of Fireflies. It’s al…
As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin is an eye opening and intense delve into the world of World War I in England.  It is focused on the life of a young woman who works in a munitions factory.  Hi…
Kimberly Woodhouse transports readers back to the early days of the Grand Canyon tourism with her novel A Deep Divide.  This book is the first in the Secrets of the Canyon series.  Those who…
Every Knee Shall Bow, written by Bryan Litfin, follows main characters Rex and Flavia on an epic journey throughout the Roman Empire. Set in AD 316, this Christian historical fiction includes a liturg…
At first glance, You'd Be Home Now is a book about a girl struggling to come to terms with her current reality. Emmy seems like your typical teen girl, but she's been going through some roug…
It's been said that character is how we treat those who can do nothing for us.  In a time when Hitler was re-writing the world as people knew it, there were a few people who put their lives on th…
Here we are, nearly a century after World War II occurred and since then many books about the horrific event have been written. One might think there are enough already, but it's a good thing author, …
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