historical fiction

Bluffton

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The sleepy life of 1908 Muskegon, Michigan gets a jolt when a vaudeville troupe comes through on its way to a summer layover in the coastal town of Bluffton. Our young protagonist, Henry, has never seen a vaudeville show, but…

Space Race

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Chet’s unnamed grandfather is taking Chet on a camping trip, which has Chet kind of bummed out, because he and his friend are racing to build better rockets in their own little space race. This turn of phrase amuses Chet’s…

In Defense of the Realm

In Defense of the Realm reminds me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. Both books were written by knowledgeable scholars who clearly have a great deal of enthusiasm for their area of study, but whose interest in world-building far outweighed their…

The Little Prince: the graphic novel

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The iconic Little Prince and his author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, are brought vividly to life through the illustrations in this faithful textual adaptation by Joann Sfar and through the eloquent translation from the French by Sarah Ardizzone. Sfar’s adaption does…

Young Miss Holmes: Casebook 1-2

It’s late 19th-century England and 10-year-old Miss Christie spends her days in the company of maids and governesses while her parents are away in India. While she considers herself a proper lady, she also proves to be a problem for…

The Monkey King, vol. 1-3

The Monkey King is a retelling of the epic Chinese folktale “The Journey to the West.” This classic tale tells how the monk Xuan Zang journeyed to the west to retrieve sacred Buddhist texts and brought them back to China.…

Asterix Omnibus series

What could be better than reading one Asterix? Reading them all! The Asterix Omnibus series collects all 33 of Asterix’s adventures in this comprehensive, multivolume set. Wait. What’s that you say? You have never heard of Asterix? Well, settle in…

Lucky Luke

In these four selections from the long-running Lucky Luke comics, Lucky Luke, “The man who shoots faster than his own shadow,” rides calmly through a wild variety of Western adventures. Newcomers to the series will easily pick up on the…

Resistance, book 3: Victory

Things are heating up quickly for Paul and his sisters Marie and Sylvie. Members of the French Resistance during World War II, the three siblings begin to realize that war is only shades of gray and the black-and-white divides they…