historical fiction

Lion of Rora

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During the 17th century in the French-Swiss Alps, the Waldensians—a religious group deemed heretical and heavily persecuted—live out their lives under the Duke of Savoy’s reluctant toleration. When a representative of the Duke tries to bully a family burying their…

World War One, 1914-1918

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It was called “The War to End All Wars” in the early twentieth century. Forgotten by some and overshadowed by the war that followed 20 years later, the First World War helped to shape the twentieth century and was, as…

Manga Classics: Emma

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  One of the perks of being a Jane Austen fan (or Austenite) is the abundant para-literature on all of dear old Jane’s books. Current variations include zombies, vampires, and gender bending of characters with other formats in the mix. Manga…

The Harlem Hellfighters

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  Educators and researchers: let’s all heave a collective sigh of disappointment that this is not truly a work of nonfiction. Max Brooks testifies that he conducted a lot of research and worked on this story for a long time, both…

Lies in the Dust

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“There is no match for the power of word” (107). The Salem Witch Trials (1692–1693) represent a dark and disturbing chapter of American history, one which is often unexplored in classroom surveys. Twenty people were executed at the hands of the state and another…

Romeo and Juliet

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    We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet. Young lovers from warring families cannot be together in life, united only by untimely death. Many famous lines from the play have entered our general lexicon: “a rose by any other name,” “parting…

Sacrifice

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Perhaps it is appropriate to the story that some of the plotting of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose’s Sacrifice is muddled and leads to confusion. After all, it’s a story about how one suicidal teenager’s epilepsy catapults him into the…

Native American Classics

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    The 18 entries in this anthology were originally written by Native American authors in the early 19th and 20th centuries, and they are adapted here by contemporary authors and illustrators with various tribal affiliations. The poems, stories, and folklore retellings…

Marble Season

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    In this quasi-autobiographical tale, comic book legend Gilbert Hernandez paints a vibrant and pragmatic view of his memories of suburban family life in California during the 1960s. Firmly affixed in time with popular culture references from television programs,…

Jane, the fox & me

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    Illustrator Isabelle Arsenault recently won the illustrious Canadian Governor’s General Award for her illustrations for the original French publication of this title. Set in Quebec of the mid 1970s, with Fanny Britt’s exceptional text superbly translated into English…

Kaze Hikaru, vols. 1-21

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When her father and older brother are murdered by political rebels, fourteen-year-old Tominaga Sei vows vengeance. Taking the sword skills her brother taught her, she disguises herself as a boy named Kamiya Seizaburo and journeys to Kyoto where she joins…

The Loxleys and the War of 1812

      This attractive book is a welcome addition to readers of historical fiction, particularly those who wish to familiarize themselves with the Canadian perspective of a pivotal war that impacted Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. The…