Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

The White Stag by Kate Seredy (1937)

This poetic folktale tells the ancient, mystical founding of Hungary. Nimrod the Mighty Hunter, from the Old Testament, has two sons, Hunor and Magyar.  Their father  believes they are destined to lead his starving people to a land of plenty.  … Continue reading

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Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (1953)

Brighty of the Grand Canyon is based on the adventures of a small burro who lived in the Grand Canyon in the early 1900s.  Brighty wandered the colorful cliffs, made friends with the tourists and even helped Teddy Roosevelt’s expedition … Continue reading

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A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young (1999)

  If you were a young, Italian immigrant girl living in Pennsylvania during the Great Depression and your family was being evicted from your home — what would you do??  Would you think to write a letter to the wife … Continue reading

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989)

During World War II very few european countries defended their Jewish populations against the Nazis, but Denmark did.  In 1943, the Danish Resistance, with the held of many ordinary citizens, smuggled over 7,000 Jews to safety in Sweden — more … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859)

I read The Tale of Two Cities in my 8th grade English class.  Our wise teacher chose to read the entire book out loud with us.  We each had a copy and took turns reading, with her occasionally reading too … Continue reading

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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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