Historical Fiction

Historical fiction titles are generally set more than 50 years in the past.

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  1. Sour Patch Kid says:

    My favorite book this year is Trouble Don’t Last [by Shelley Pearsall]. It’s about a slave boy named Samuel who lives with Harrison, a cranky old slave, who helped to raise Samuel when his mother was sold. One day Harrison decides to escape with Samuel. He brought a sack full of stuff they “might” need. Like a bonnet, food, a cap, and much much more. In this suspenseful book, Samuel will find out about his past, and his future.

  2. Mackenzie M. says:

    Many people think that books that are historical fiction aren’t as good as fiction but in the book Sarah’s Key that’s questionable. Not only is it historical fiction, but it is about the Holocaust. Two stories are happening at the same time and it can get confusing but after a while they soon join together and make complete sense. One side of the story is from the view of a Jewish girl who is rounded up by the gestapo (French police under Nazi rules). The other side of the story is in the present. The apartment that Julia, the girl in the present, is fixing up has some secrets that once hid inside the walls. She is determined to find out who lived in the apartment during the great round up, but what she doesn’t know is that there is more to the story of a little girl than meets the eye. There was once someone who really did hide in a cupboard inside the walls. A heart wrenching story that definitely will leave you thinking of what it was like in the shoes of a Jewish family and what they went through during such a harsh time period.

  3. Morgan 27 says:

    I just finished the book The War That Saved My Life and it was fantastic! This is a story set in World War two and it is about ten year old Ada and her brother Jamie who is 6. Ada has a clubfoot which makes her a “terrible cripple” according to her abusive mother. One day Ada decides to try walking even though it hurts terribly, she uses that skill to escape. Ada’s mother goes to send Jamie away so he is safe from any potential bombing. The day Jamie is due to be sent, Ada sneaks out and goes with him. A woman named Susan Smith is forced to take them in against her will by a WVS officer. There the three learn to like each other and form close bonds but Ada keeps reminding herself how this is only temporary which gets in the way of the joy. This is a novel that pulls at your heart and makes you glad you read it! I recommend this book to anyone in sixth grade and up with a five star rating!

    • Mrs. Patterson says:

      Thank you so much for this wonderful book talk! This is a Maine Student Book Award nominee this year. Would you copy and paste your book talk to the MSBA page as well?

  4. Little Debbie says:

    I am reading a good book right now at my house. It’s by Avi and it’s about a boy who just wants to sleep and eat all day, and his cat can talk to him I think I haven’t read it in for a long time but it’s a good book. They go and switch bodies and there that’s all I am going to say. From Little Debbie.

  5. Blank02 says:

    I’m going to blog about the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. When I started this book, I had low expectations since historical fiction is not my thing. Then again, I did read Fever with the same motto and was so interested with all the historical details. Something about this book made me feel warm inside. It was like I knew Isabel in real life and this book I was reading was her diary. Chains is about a young slave named Isabel who is bought by a terrible rich couple called the Locktons. Isabel was taught how to read and write by her previous slave owner, and that comes in handy. Isabel’s world is turned around when her little sister, Ruth, is sold… or so we think. Isabel encounters a rebel enslaved boy named Courzon who really makes her difficult life a life a bit more lively. This is a great read for anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about history or for someone who wants to find a good historical fiction book. Once you start this book, I promise you will not be able to stop.

  6. Mackenzie 113 says:

    In my ELA class, we just finished reading the book “Chains” together as a class. “Chains” is by Laura Halse Anderson. She uses historical facts and letters for information about the time period and helps use better understand the life of slave during the American Revolutionary War. The book is about a slave named Isabel, and her sister Ruth, who’s owner had recently passed. She is sold to a couple from England and is forced to work for them. She goes through many tough times including family, war, and people problems but when she meets another slave she knows her life is about to change.

  7. Medusa215 says:

    You won’t be able to put this book down because when you start it is pulls you in with the very first chapter and the author uses really good descriptions to describe the characters and the where they end up. This book is called Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

  8. Gaviny says:

    The book I would like to recommend is Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz. It is about a Jewish boy who’s ghetto gets overpowered by Nazis and he goes on from concentration camp to concentration camp but somehow he survives to the end of the war. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction, but not for people who can’t handle violence. I also think that boys would enjoy this book more then the girls.

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