Children - Historical Fiction

Riding to Washington

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By Gwenyth Swain, David Geister (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585363247
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - December 28th, 2007

A young girl from Indianapolis and her father ride to Washington D.C. for a very important historical event. A long the way, Janie learns a little about right and wrong and why the people from her town (and others around the country) decided to take a bus and hear one mans speech. Swain's combination of the facts into fiction makes this a great read aloud and a perfect addition to any collection. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Keep Your Eye on the Kid: The Early Years of Buster Keaton

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ISBN: 9781596431584
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 1st, 2008

Told in simple text as if Keaton himself was telling one of his own tall tales, fact and fiction are easily mixed together as a fabulous story of the man who became one of the silent films leading actors. Brighton also adds an afterward that gives a mini-history of the actual man. Her illustrations continue this grand tale and bring to life each part: be it how he got his famous nickname, his time in vaudeville, meeting "Fatty" Arbuckle or his fathers feelings on movies. This is a great addition to a personal or school library. This is a must have for fans of Joe "Buster" Keaton, movies or great stories. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Junk Man's Daughter

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By Sonia Levitin, Guy Porfirio (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781585363155
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Published: Sleeping Bear Press - October 1st, 2007

A family comes to America thinking the streets are gold and everything will be better. Instead, they find it is a lot of hard work, cold, and no gold. It isn't until Hanna, the plucky narrator of the story, finds something sparkling in the snow does their fortune change. Wonderful story of family and a fictional look at how many people coming to America made the American dream come true. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

A Taste of Colored Water

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By Matt Faulkner, Matt Faulkner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416916291
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2008

When a friend tells two cousins wonder about the colored water she say in town, they decide they have to see this! They find a way into town and not only do they find the fountain they find a piece of history they have no idea they are making. Set in the southern United States in the early 1960s. The reader must not only read the delightful text, but must read the illustrations that paint a picture of the times,  the people and the history that is being made on the page. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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ISBN: 9781582346656
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 1st, 2005

Creative look at pirates, history and the role two women play in it all. One girl is a girl of means and the other a slave she is giving. But soon, both are thrown into an adventure that will test their strength and their worlds as they know them. A must read for lovers of historic novel, adventure stories of just a good book. By the author of Witch Child. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

The Liberation of Gabriel King

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ISBN: 9780142407660
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Published: Puffin Books - March 1st, 2007

When your best friend wants to liberate your from your fears, who is going to liberate you from her? Gabriel is afraid of everything. But his best friend, Frita, has a plan. Gabriel is convinced that Frita finally lost her mind and her plan will never work. Little do they know that there are some really important reasons to be afraid. Set in 1976 Georgia, the friendship between a young white boy and black girl shows that overcoming fears is just the beginning. Set with the historical events of the time, this timeless tale is one that everyone will want to read, reread and share with their own best friend. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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