Children - Historical Fiction


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ISBN: 9780763629908
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Published: Candlewick - March 14th, 2006

Told from the point of view of Jimmy, the younger Staples brother, the story of Frank and Jimmy and their struggles is portrayed in a fashion that covers any generation. Set during the Vietnam War, Frank and Jimmy have always had to deal with problems bigger than they can handle. Only surfing in the shadow of the run aground ship Amaryllis and each other are their escape. But Frank will soon find a very easy, and dangerous, way of trying to deal with the horrors he has faced and is facing while he is in Vietnam. Leaving Jimmy to deal with everything at home by himself. Beautiful and tragic story. Due to some mature themes and language recommend for strong aged 12 up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

John, Paul, George & Ben

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By Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786848935
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2006

Taking the founding fathers of John Hancock, Paul Revere, George Washington, Ben Franklin (and don't forget Tom, even though he was an independent boy) and making humorous situations out of fact, fiction, and just plan funny, Lane Smith has created a work that is not only a fun look at history, but also something that adults and kids can enjoy while learning. Facts about each person and a true/false section that continues the humor and informational, add to the educational element. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Four Steps to Death

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ISBN: 9781553377054
Published: Kids Can Press - August 1st, 2005

Fantastic young adult novel that tells the trials and tribulations of the Battle of Stalingrad through the voices of three amazing young people: a German tank commander, a Russian soldier turned snipers helper and a young Russian boy trying to survive the siege without "getting into trouble." Starting on December 25, 2004 the boy (now a very old and tired man) is called upon to investigate two bodies found on a construction site. This opens the memories of over 60 years ago coming full circle to December 25, 1942 and its powerful and emotional ending. Wilson shows how similar three extremely different individuals really are. For ages 10 to 110. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Year of the Hangman

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ISBN: 9780142400784
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Published: Speak - February 9th, 2004

The question is: "What if the British had won the American Revolution?" The answer is Creighton Brown’s story. Forced to leave England and sent to live with a strict uncle who asks him to spy on the American colonialists, Creighton soon finds himself a prisoner of some recognizable historic figures in some historically unfamiliar situations. To his amazement, he starts questioning his loyalty to his uncle and England. For the history lover, for someone who wants something that is unique or for someone who loves to ask the question, "What if?" ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Maggie's Door

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ISBN: 9780440415817
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Published: Yearling - September 13th, 2005

Maggie's Door is the sequel to her heart-warming Nory Ryan's Song. Set in the 1840's during the Irish potato famine, Giff's novel is a touching story of one family's love for their homeland, each other, their friends, and the home they must leave. A beautiful look at a troubling time in Irish history. Must read for all ages. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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