Tag Archives : Historical Fiction

Powerful Story for Children


This is a powerful story for children and even adults.  It looks at the plight of refugees from both a current and historical perspective, and it does it in an action packed narrative that will have readers on the edge of their seats.  When kids wonder why we study history, we tell them we are doomed to repeat it if…

Newbery Contender for 2017


Because I read and recommend a lot of children’s books it is so much fun for me to try and predict which one will be a Newbery Contender for 2017.   I mean, this is the Oscars of children’t books.  Well, the book I am profiling today just jumped out at me.  I put it down and my first thought was that…

The Bamboo Sword for Samurai Week


Samurai Week continues with a book by a wonderful author of historical fiction, Margi Preus.  If kids haven’t read her first book on the opening of Japan, Heart of a Samurai, I cannot recommend it highly enough. She has graced us with a companion book and while it can be read as a stand alone, I would recommend that kids…

When Mischief Came to Town for Gutsy Girl Week


Gutsy Girl Week continues with an offering from an Australian writer.  She has set her book in Denmark in 1911, when girls were supposed to be quiet and demure.  Our main character Inge is anything but.  She thinks girls should be lively, intelligent and run with the boys, even if that means getting into a little bit of mischief! Don’t…

Flashback Four – Fun Historical Fiction for Kids


If you are regular reader of my blog, then you know how much I love historical fiction.  An engaging story that also  gives kids a perspective about what they are learning in school is a big win in my book.  So I am a fan of this new series by Dan Gutman, who manages to consistently write strong and interesting…

Best Graphic Novel Series for Kids


My favorite graphic novelist/historian has a new installment to his very popular series Nathan Hale’s Hazerdous Tales.  If you are unfamiliar with these books, Nathan Hale takes actual events from the past and the individuals who participated in them and crafts a historically accurate story with dialogue that is funny, gag filled and incredibly clever.  The phrases uttered may be…