Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Staff Pick: A Time to be Brave

Staff Pick: A Time to be Brave

A Time to be Brave

David and his family live in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, until September 1943 when their neighbors help smuggle them to Sweden to escape Hitler’s orders to send the Danish Jews to concentration camps. Includes honey cake recipe, World War II timeline, and “the story behind the story.”

“Originally published in Canada and Great Britain under the title, Honey Cake, A Time to Be Brave, this title takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Nazi occupation. The soldiers and their new rules make Denmark’s citizens nervous, especially David Nathan who struggles to understand how he can be courageous during this period. David is asked to keep a secret that may get him and his family into trouble with the Nazis, but if he is brave it could save many lives.

This story was a straightforward and uncomplicated look at the Nazi occupation from a Jewish family’s perspective. Stuchner makes it easier to process the information at the reading level this book is directed towards, making it a good introduction to World War II without being too heavy for young readers. Part of the Stepping Stones chapter books, this title puts the reader in David’s place and shows us how confusing the Nazi occupation might be to a younger child with just enough danger to remind them that he lives in a war zone. This is a great story for children interested in a simple look into this time period.”

Recommended by: Stephanie Roell – Haughville Library

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Tell Us About a Book You Liked: Patriots, Redcoats & Spies

Tell Us About a Book You Liked: Patriots, Redcoats & Spies

When Revolutionary War patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by the British, he enlists the help of his twin fourteen-year-old sons, John and Ambrose, to get a secret letter to General George Washington.

Rob says:

The year – 1777

The war – the American Revolution

The secret weapon – twin boys

When Revolutionary War Patriot Lamberton Clark is shot by British soldiers while on a mission for the Continental Army, he has only two hopes of getting the secret message he’s carrying to General George Washington: his 14-year-old twin boys John and Ambrose.

Upon discovering that their father is a spy in the Culper Spy Ring, the boys accept their mission without a clue about what they may be up against. They set off from Connecticut to New Jersey to find General Washington, but the road to the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army is full of obstacles; including the man who shot their father who is hot on their trail.

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Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Papa's Mark

After his son helps him learn to write his name, Samuel T. Blow goes to the courthouse in his Southern town to cast his ballot on the first election day ever on which African Americans were allowed to vote. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, K-3 Nominee.

Papa’s Mark is a story of determination and history. It is set in in small town called Lamar County during the 1800’s. This would be the first election that the main character Simms father would be allowed to vote. But there is one problem, Simms dad cannot write. He can only mark his signature with an X. Simms is going to help his father learn to write his name by election time. Check out the story Papa’s Mark to see if Simms is successful.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Branch Library

 

 

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Kid Review: Number the Stars

Kid Review: Number the Stars

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal Winner, 1990

” amazing book which has a story about the germans and the nazis. i give it 9 stars out of 10 as it some times can get boring.”

Review by: Lucy

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Staff Pick: One Came Home

Staff Pick: One Came Home

Once Came Home

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found wearing the dress she was last seen in, and before the end of the year gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

Georgie Burkhardt, of 1871 Lake Placid, Wisconsin is a 13-year old girl of epic proportions. The story begins with Georgie learning that a body of a young woman has been found. Everyone believes that it is Agatha Burkhardt, Georgie’s older sister. Georgie refuses to believe the facts that are presented and goes off on an adventure, taking her trusty rifle and a copy of The Prairie Traveler.  On her trip she meets up with a stubborn mule, her sister’s pesky ex-boyfriend, nesting pigeons, a cougar, and counterfeiters. Tracking every clue and piece of evidence along the way, Georgie is determined to bring her sister home.

Recommended By: Kimberly Andersen – West Indianapolis Branch

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