November is Historical Fiction month this year. Here are some of the titles students have picked to read:
If you haven’t read Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the lives of a blind French girl and a young German soldier in World War II, stop what you’re doing and go read it now. A beautifully written story that captures both the realities and emotions of the time, this is one historical novel you don’t want to miss.
New York in the 1890s — what a perfect setting for a historical mystery: the gilded age for the rich side-by-side with appalling living conditions for the poor, the beginning of new freedoms for women and the middle class smack up against the restrictions of a structured society. In the middle of all this lives the rich and privileged 17-year old Jo Montfort whose life is upended when her father kills himself. Jo always has conformed to societal norms while secretly wishing for a career as a journalist just like the famous Nelly Bly. Slowly rebelling, she starts to question the story of her father’s death. As she sets out to uncover the truth, she learns some shocking truths about the real world, meets some interesting characters–including the dashing but very ineligible reporter Eddie Gallagher–and becomes involved in some very scary situations. In the end, Jo has to decide if she’s willing to risk her reputation and even her life in order to vindicate her father’s reputation.
A fun mashup of historical fiction, magic and steampunk reviewed previously here.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Set in Siberia, the award-winning story of 15-year old Lina’s harsh life in prison camp is reviewed here.
Other Titles include Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See; The People of the Book by Geraldine March; Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Graham Salisbury and, hopefully, more to come…