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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

I’d finished the latest morning read aloud to the kids (Ozma of Oz), so it was time for a short story filler between books. Stone Fox is a classic that’s been on my “read to the kids” list for a while. I decided now was the time to read it.

Published: 1980

Genre: historical fiction novelette

Length: 84 pages (but the text was big and there were numerous illustrations, so there’s no way it was actually novella length)

Setting: early 1900s Wyoming, fall to winter

Summary: Little Willy tries to save the family farm by winning a dog sled race Continue reading

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

I wanted to read some classic books in our read aloud this school year. Mark Twain was an obvious choice as a bit of Americana. I chose this over Huckleberry Finn because it was shorter, which works better for read alouds at our house.

Published: 1876

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 244 pages

Setting: A Missouri town along the Mississippi River, 1840s

Summary: Short version: Some of Tom Sawyer’s adventures with his friends Continue reading

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She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore

This book was discussed on Strong Sense of Place as historical fiction set in Liberia. I wanted to read a book set in a new country, and this fit the bill.

Published: 2018

Genre: magical realism/historical fiction

Length: 294 pages

Font: Adobe Jenson Pro

Setting: Virginia, Jamaica, and Monrovia (which became Liberia), mid 1800s

Summary: Short version: Four characters with special powers fight for freedom Continue reading

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The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The second book in the Lady Astronaut series recently came out, so Tor (the publishing company for the series) made the first book available for free. I was out of library books and looking for something on my Kindle to read.

Published: 2018

Genre: alternate history

Length: 431 pages

Setting: mostly around Kansas City, Kansas, 1952-1958

Summary: Short version: Elma is instrumental in convincing the space program to allow female astronauts Continue reading

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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

This is the second book in the All Soul’s Trilogy.

Published: 2012

Genre: fantasy historical fiction/time travel

Length: 577 pages

Setting: London and Vienna, 1590-1591, soon after the events of A Discovery of Witches

Font: Adobe Garamond Pro

Summary: Short version: Diana and Matthew travel to Elizabethan England to find her a teacher Continue reading

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The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood

The quints’ story was covered on one of my podcasts and piqued my interest in this book. I chose it now because it gives me the coveted “Q” title.

Published: 2019

Genre: historical fiction

Setting: Callandar, Ontario, 1934-1939, 1954

Summary: Short version: The early years of the Dionne quintuplets Continue reading

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Canst Thou Draw Out the Leviathan by Christopher Caldwell

This is the next Ignyte Award short story nominee for 2020.

Published: 2019 in Uncanny Magazine

Genre: historical fantasy

Setting: early 1800s whaling ship out of Nantucket

Short summary: John, the Black carpenter, and his lover are the only survivors from a whaling ship accident when the whales rise up against the whalers Continue reading

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Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn

This is the third book of the Tales of the Otori.

Published: 2004

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 328 pages

Setting: feudal Japan, soon after the events of Grass for his Pillow Continue reading

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

My mother-in-law recommended it to me after she read it because she enjoyed it and knows how much I like tea. I’m just getting around to reading it now.

Published: 2017

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: 1988-present, mostly the Yunnan Province of China and a bit in California

Summary: Short version: The history of a tea-growing family in China Continue reading

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And Now His Lordship is Laughing by Shiv Ramdas

This is the next Ignyte Award short story nominee for 2020.

Published: September, 2019 at Strange Horizons, although I heard it on PodCastle

Genre: alternate history

Setting: Bengal, India, 1943

Short summary: An old woman uses her dollweaving skills to get revenge on the British Continue reading

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