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The Invention of Wings
This is one of the very BEST novels I have read/listened to in a long time. Since it was an audio book, I was able to put my earphones on and do house ...more
May 2014
May 03, 2014
The Lions of Little Rock
Excellent historical fiction account set in the year 1958 when the schools in Little Rock were closed to prevent integration. This book put a real fac ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 29, 2015
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I am fascinated by the period in history when the Japanese US citizens were sent to internment camps during WW2. It is a very sad time in our country ...more
Feb 2010
Mar 01, 2010
Dead End in Norvelt
This year's Newbery Award winning, DEAD END IN NORVELT doesn't disappoint. Many Newbery books need to be promoted by parents/teachers in order for kid ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Sylvia & Aki
I have always been fascinated with stories about life in Japanese internment camps. This story is about two girls, one Mexican American and one Japane ...more
May 2014
May 12, 2014
Touch Blue
I really enjoyed this book. Cynthia Lord is the author of Rules which was a Newbery Honor book. One of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much is that ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky
I have always been fascinated with the stories of Japanese American citizens wrongly interred in camps during WWII. This one was especially fascinatin ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 17, 2015
Between Shades of Gray
A riveting story of Stalin's inhumane treatment of the Lithuanian people.

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Apr 23, 2012
This book was fascinating to me because I can remember my parents debating the pros and cons of building a Fallout Shelter. The days of the Cuban Miss ...more
Nov 2013
Nov 29, 2013
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
An amazing book about the University of Washington's 1936 crew team who won gold in the Berlin Olympics. Another great story of heroes from the Greate ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 11, 2015
The Rock and the River (The Rock and the River, #1)
Excellent book about a very difficult time in our nation's history--the late 60's and the Civil Rights Movement. Well written and poignant. I had a ha ...more
Mar 2015
Mar 05, 2015
To Be a Slave
Newbery Honor. I found this book in the bibliography of THE INVENTION OF WINGS or I might not have known about it. It was a hard read, but essential t ...more
May 2014
May 19, 2014
Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther (Lost Loves of the Bible #1)
Although I knew this book was historical FICTION when I was reading it, the author was so skilled that I found myself wondering if historians had acut ...more
Oct 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Heart of a Samurai
For someone whose least favorite book of all time is Moby Dick, it came as a surprise to me how much I liked this Newbery Honor book which was also se ...more
Feb 2011
Mar 01, 2011
Calico Captive
My favorite historical fiction of all time is THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare. I'm not sure how I missed this great book by the ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 15, 2015
City of Tranquil Light
I cannot remember who recommended this book to me but THANK YOU! This is a beautiful story of a couple who are missionaries in China and of the hardsh ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Glory Be
This is an excellent debut children's novel. Set in Mississippi during the turbulent 60's, it shows a very human side to the civil rights struggle. I ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 26, 2012
No Promises in the Wind
I loved Across Five Aprils about the Civil War. This is by the same author and is about 2 young boys in the Depression. Not only did I thoroughly enjo ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 15, 2010
I listened to the audio version of this book and it was priceless. Made the hardships families who were left behind in the US when soldiers fought in ...more
Jan 2014
Jan 26, 2014
The Shakeress
Very well written historical fiction about the Shakers and the Mormons. It some ways it reminded me of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, one of my favorite ...more
Feb 2010
Feb 11, 2010
The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (Dear America)
Diary of Piper Davis who went with her father, a pastor for a Japanese Baptist church, who follow his congregation when they are sent to an incarcerat ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 31, 2011
Ghost Hawk
This is the BEST book I have read in a very long time. If you enjoy Historical Fiction, please read this book. It deserves to win the Newbery Medal.
Jan 2014
Jan 26, 2014
Odette's Secrets
What a fantastic book. A Parisian Jewish girl escapes the Nazis by changing her identity and hiding in the countryside of France. A great coming of ag ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 28, 2013
Turtle in Paradise
2011 Newbery Honor Book. It took me a little while to get into this book but after I did, I really enjoyed it! Very colorful and well developed chara ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 06, 2011
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal
I had no idea how the Panama Canal was built and that its construction killed so many people and endangered so many more. A fascinating and quick read ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Tomorrow's Sun (Lost Sanctuary #1)
Double story of people who worked the Underground Railroad and the present day story of the woman who purchased their home and discovered their secret ...more
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Jun 01, 2013
The Shape of Mercy
I will search for more books by Susan Meissner. I always enjoy historical fiction centered around the Salem Witch Trials but this one was especially g ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 05, 2012
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave
This book, by the author of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is just a poignant. I look forward to reading more books by John Boyne.
Aug 2014
Aug 12, 2014
Catch You Later, Traitor
Excellent historical fiction about the days of the "Red Scare" in America. Would make an excellent mentor text for descriptive writing.
Apr 2015
Apr 23, 2015
The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
Amazing historical fiction about Los Alamos and the lives of the men, women and children who lived there when the atomic bomb was invented.
Jan 2010
Jan 01, 2010
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