Category Archives: Historical Fiction/Historical Element

Common Core: Adult Nonfiction: “Deep Down Dark”

Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar    Although you are very young, you may remember the collapse of the San Jose Mine in Chile back in August 2010. This was such a huge news story. Thirty-three men were trapped in … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Common Core: “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty   How can a very small percentage of the population stockpile capital ? Why does the distribution of wealth in the twenty-first century seem to be so much less equable than in … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “Interview with the Vampire”

  In an interview, the vampire Louis discusses his life from its beginning in New Orleans during the late 1700’s. he became a vampire at age twenty-five in 1791. Louis has a brother who was very pious and came to … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “The Hot Zone”

    The Hot Zone by Richard Preston This nonfiction thriller opens with the story of “Charles Monet,” a Frenchman in Western Kenya who contracts Marburg’s Disease after a visit to Mt. Elgan (between Uganda and Kenya)—a “biological island of rain … Continue reading

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New Civil Rights Series–In Print and as eBooks

If you are doing an assignment on civil rights in the 20th or 21st centuries, come check out a great book. This series deals with South Africa and Apartheid laws; Iran and women’s rights; American Indians and Alcatraz Island; the … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction: “Rose under Fire”

Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein   This is another great one by the author of Code Name Verity. It’s a companion piece to that book and begins in Great Britain, 1944, just about where Code Name Verity let off. While … Continue reading

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“Unbroken” to become a movie

Good news for fans of Unbroken–and if you’ve read it, you are a fan. According to an article in the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, Angelina Jolie is directing a movie based on the life of Louis Zamperini, … Continue reading

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Adult Classics for Teens: “Johnny Got His Gun”

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo                Yes, an’ how many times must the cannon balls fly Before they’re forever banned? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind The answer is blowin’ in the wind Bob Dylan Johnny … Continue reading

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Common Core: Adult Books for Teens: “Revolutionary Summer”

   Revolutionary Summer by Joseph J. Ellis The summer of 1776 is the revolutionary summer that Ellis discusses in his book, one in which the fate of the war for independence looked pretty bleak. Ellis says of Washington’s ragtag army, … Continue reading

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“The Book Thief”

I’ve got to see the movie–for those of you who haven’t read the book yet, here’s my original review comparing it to The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The Book Thief is one you need to make time to read. … Continue reading

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