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The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

This was recommended as a read aloud by The Read Aloud Handbook.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 199 pages

Setting: 1860 walk from Missouri to Denver

Summary: Short version: Simon’s adventure as he walks a flock of turkeys from Missouri to Denver Continue reading

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The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

Laura Wheldon recommended this audiobook in an end-of-the-year blog post. She thought it was the best audiobook she listened to last year. I’m always on the lookout for books that are great in audio. Bonus, it’s available on Hoopla, so I was able to listen to it easily.

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 368 pages

Setting: Scotland, 1680s-90s

Summary: Short version: Corrag tells her life story to a preacher seeking evidence against King William Continue reading

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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

This was my book club choice for March. I found it on the NPR book concierge list of book club books. Even though we didn’t meet because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I still read the book.

Published: 2019

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 337 pages

Setting: Baltimore, Maryland, October 1965-November 1966

Summary: Short version: Maddie leaves her husband and becomes a newspaper reporter Continue reading

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The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

This was a book recommended in The Read-Aloud Handbook and available when I needed a read aloud for the kids.

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan, at the height of the Great Depression, 1936-1937

Summary: Short summary: Deza’s family is hit hard by problems during the Great Depression Continue reading

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Prague Spring by Simon Mawer

I found a new blog that recommends books with a strong sense of place (it’s called – surprisingly enough – Strong Sense of Place). They also do a podcast. The first episode of their podcast was all about books with a strong sense of Prague. My family had plans to visit Prague and several other places in Europe before travel and gathering in public was halted because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was one of their suggestions that my library actually had.

Published: 2018

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 393 pages

Setting: mostly 1968 Prague, but also some other parts of Europe

Font: Sabon

Summary: Short version: Political events in Prague in the summer of 1968 Continue reading

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A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

This is the second Veronica Speedwell book (following A Curious Beginning) and I was in the mood for some historical fiction.

Published: 2017

Genre: historical mystery

Length: 338 pages

Setting: London, 1887

Summary: Short version: Miss Speedwell and Stoker try to clear an innocent man from murder charges Continue reading

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Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle

This was a recommended read aloud from The Read-Aloud Handbook. (The link goes to an audio version of the story) I was looking for a change in genre from Ship Breaker and figured you couldn’t get much different than 19th century historical fiction.

Published: 1888 (definitely old enough to find on Project Gutenberg for free)

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 192 pages

Setting: 13th century Germany

Summary: Short version: A robber baron’s life has negative consequences for his family Continue reading

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