Category Archive: Historical

Book Review & Promising Bloom

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The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell. March 2011. Amelia van den Broek’s brother sends her to stay with her cousin in Baltimore with one goal in mind: To find a suitable man and marry… Continue reading

Historical fiction has it all

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One of the reasons I like historical fiction is the variety within the genre.  You can find adventure, romance, humor, and realism in a historical novel. All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky… Continue reading

Book Review : Wonderstruck

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. 2011. (advance copy) So much has already been written and said about Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck that I hardly know what I can add to it.  The story is sweetly… Continue reading

Holocaust Remembance Week (May 1-8)

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This posting is my acknowledgement of the suffering and perseverance of the survivors and victims of the Holocaust. Over the years I have read many different stories about the Holocaust. When I heard… Continue reading

99th Anniversary of the Titanic disaster

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 April 15, 2011 marks the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Why are we still so fascinated by this ship and its passengers? For me, it’s because of the unknowns… Continue reading

Book Review: Okay For Now

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Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt. 2011. Gary Schmidt’s newest stand-alone novel, Okay For Now, is a companion to his Newbery Honor winner, The Wednesday Wars, and the protagonist in the new… Continue reading

Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Centennial Anniversary

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This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, which resulted in the death of 146 garment workers. Many of these were young women who jumped to their deaths because it… Continue reading

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  2011. (Advance Copy) “They took me in my nightgown.” This chilling sentence begins Ruta Sepetys powerful debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are taken in… Continue reading