Today’s post is in response to a specific request made by an almost-8th grade student. This girl is a good reader who would like to devote part of her summer to reading historic fiction. She is a voracious reader, especially of fantasy. It is her hope that rather than spending the whole summer in invented worlds, it might be interesting to take an armchair trip into the past.
I’m recommending books with different time periods as their subjects. My thought is that one of these eras will catch her imagination and she’ll explore further. There are so many good historical fiction novels that whatever time period interests her, she will have no trouble finding more to read.
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (New York City during the American Revolution)
Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich (The Ojibwe tribe, Lake Superior, 1850)
Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (World War Two, Los Alamos, New Mexico)
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan)
Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples (Afghanistan after 9/11)
Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury (A Japanese-American family living in Hawaii in 1941)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Denmark during World War II)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (American South in the 1930s)
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang (A memoir rather than a novel, but I think it fits with the other books on the list. It takes place during the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.)