I’m trying my hardest to finish up my Alphabet Reading Challenge. In this case, I was looking for a book title starting with V (finding titles starting with a specific letter requires wandering the library and just scanning titles until something catches my eye. Turns out I already had a V title that I hadn’t recorded so I didn’t need to read this one). Haven’t read any British historical fiction in a while, so this looked interesting and different.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 438 pages
Setting: England, 1557-1560 Continue reading
Things have been crazy, but we still manage to squeeze in some schoolwork. We had an American History Club meeting on the Cold War. With as important as the Cold War was, and the long time it lasted, there were few historical fiction novels set in that time period for a younger audience that I could find. It wasn’t a total bust – we managed to scrape together two, and they were both excellent.
First off, there was The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. This added a fantastical/magical component to the fears of the Cold War. It is set in England, just after WWII, and you see all fears associated with the Russians and the nuclear bombs, played out in young, teen-aged kids. The book brought up all kinds of discussion point about the Cold War, and kept two nearly teen-aged boys interested in the topic.
The other find was The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman. This book is set in Hollywood, but still in the 1950s so you still get quite a bit about McCarthyism and atom bomb scares. This is aimed at a slightly younger audience (which was perfect, since it was read by a couple of just about 10-year old girls). You also see some strong character growth and development in speaking up for wrong things. The ending doesn’t wrap all the plot lines into a neat little bow, which lead to some discussion of “What do YOU think happened?”
We’ve used some other books recently, but I want to keep this post thematic. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up
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Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 181 pages
Setting: 1800s England (they had trains and fowling pieces as the technology to date the setting)
Interest: It was recommended as a good read aloud and it sounded like something different from our last bedtime story. Continue reading
Genre: alternate history/fantasy
Length: 350 pages
Setting: England and France, early 1800s
Interest: I was looking for an N author and for my reading challenge and came across an Andre Norton book. I read a lot of her stuff as a kid and enjoyed it, so it seemed a safe and enjoyable bet. Continue reading
Genre: period paranormal romance
Length: 320 pages
Setting: 19th century England, mostly Kew
Interest: I’m at the end of the year and trying to finish out my Alphabet Challenge – this got me a “Q” author. Continue reading
Published: 2004 in Great Britain, 2005 in the U.S.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 333 pages
Setting: Great Britain, 866-876
Interest: It was chosen as my book club’s next book. Continue reading
Genre: humorous travel fiction
Length: 160 pages
Setting: the Thames River, England, 1880s
Interest: It was one of the BBCs Big Reads and the author’s name started with a J (one of the few letters I have left). Continue reading