Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936)

Gone with the Wind wasn’t an international best seller for nothing! When I was a junior in high school my friend Jill mentioned she’d just read Gone with the Wind in THREE DAYS.  This wasn’t for a school assignment or … Continue reading

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Blue Willow by Doris Gates (1940)

Janey’s family used to own a home and land in Texas, but then the Great Depression descended on the country and they, like so many, lost everything.  Father is now an itinerant farm worker moving the family frequently as he … Continue reading

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4 Adventure Books for Teens by Jack London (1902 – 1906)

Winter weather is right around the corner — maybe you’ve already turned that corner — and it’s time to bring out the books that will keep your kids reading long into the evening, curled up on the couch or hiding … Continue reading

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Another Christmas Family Read Aloud!

I grew up watching The Waltons on television — me and every other person in the United States from 1972 – 1981.  Possibly you’ve watched the re-runs.  The show was based on the book Spencer’s Mountain by Earl Hamner, Jr. published in … Continue reading

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5 Christmas Read Aloud Books for Families

December is a magical time to read aloud to your family — whether you’re gathered around the lit tree, sitting on the floor while they’re snuggled in their warm beds, or possibly traveling down the freeway to visit relatives.   If … Continue reading

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Turn Homeward, Hannalee by Patricia Beatty (1984)

Turn Homeward, Hannalee is based on a true event from the American Civil War. Hannalee is 12 years old and helping support her younger brother and pregnant, widowed mother by working in a fabric mill in Georgia.  Suddenly Yankee soldiers … Continue reading

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A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla (1981)

Amanda’s father sailed from England to America in the early 1600’s to help settle the new British Colony of Virginia.  The original plan was for the family to join him in a year or two, but mother unexpectedly dies and … Continue reading

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