Children - Historical Fiction

Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words

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By Leda Schubert, Gerard DuBois (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435292
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Published: Flash Point - September 4th, 2012

Vermont author, Schubert, creates a biography of Marceau with the facts of his life presented in a way that anyone can appreciate them. While meant for older children (aged 5-7) it is also a perfect gift for adults. His life and history of the time is accented with the illustrations of DuBois. The afterwards and the fantastic photograph of him add to the story. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Betsy Ross

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By Becky White, Megan Lloyd (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780823419081
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Holiday House - September 1st, 2011

Sweet, simple and detailed all rolled into one. Read about the process of how Betsy Ross made the most recognizable symbol of American history. Each illustration looks like a patchwork quilt as White tells you how each piece of silk and cloth was torn, sown and made into the stripes and stars that become the American Flag. Perfect for early readers or toddlers. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Jefferson's Sons

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ISBN: 9780142421840
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Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2013

This novel for 10 to 14 years old shows a completely different side of Jefferson. Not only was he the father of our country and a number of children, but as history shows, he was a slave owner who had children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings. This story is how two of his sons and another slave child saw the man, the history surrounding him and their own stories: one son who would be able to escape slavery but leave behind everyone he loves and one who will take a different path and a third child who because of his birth will probably never be free. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud

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By Larry Day (Illustrator), Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
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ISBN: 9780525479031
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - December 8th, 2011

This longer picture book of how two friends became not so friendly then put aside differences near the end of their lives is touching, informative and accessible to all readers.  It is a lovely way to be introduced to people we know a little about, but in a more human light. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Stars in the Shadows

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Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780689866388
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

Welcome to Chicago, welcome all. It’s a beautiful day to play baseball.” August 26. 1934 is the day the second Negro League All-Star Baseball game was played. But as Lester Roberts (announcer for Radio Station WNLB) gives you the “play-by-play in a creative way” you are transported to a very familiar thing: a baseball game. But not any game. A game that explores the historical significance of players as good as any white player (perhaps better in some cases) but not considered equal due to skin color. Smith mixes the announcement of the game, commercials and fan comments to weave together a book that will have you yelling, “Play Ball!” ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Promises to the Dead

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ISBN: 9780547258386
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Published: Clarion Books - August 17th, 2009

In the months before the Civil War starts, a runaway slave makes a young southern boy promise to take her son to his white relatives in Baltimore--where tensions between the North and South are building. Filled with danger and adventure, this book is a good look into the historical aspects leading to the war, and also the people involved - their friendships, and beliefs both for and against slavery, and "Southern pride." An exciting read.~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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