Tag Archives: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

CABBY POTTS, DUCHESS OF DIRT

When her parents force her to work at grand Ashford Manor, 12-year-old Cabby Potts will do anything to escape, including playing matchmaker between her sister and the rich young lord of the manor. If it succeeds, her scheme will save … Continue reading

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THE PRINCE OF STEEL PIER

It’s nine o’clock on Friday morning, and Mrs. Goldberg is definitely dead. With that kind of first line I was pulled into this compelling drama set in 1975 Atlantic City, New Jersey. 13-year-old Joey narrates the story. He and his … Continue reading

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Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves

If you like historical novels, especially those centered around WWII, then this unique title will be just the ticket you need. Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves is set in Virginia where the vast waters it borders have … Continue reading

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THE TITANIC TUNNEL

The historical fiction tag first peaked my interest for this title. Other than a certain popular movie and an ample supply of non-fiction accounts of the unfortunate tragedy, I’d come across very few fictional stories for middle graders about Titanic’s … Continue reading

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WAVE

A novel in prose has to have several qualities to capture my interest. Like all story telling formats, there needs to be a connection to the characters. Next, the prose has to go beyond being a collection of poetic lines—a … Continue reading

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Dream, Annie, Dream

A music teacher friend of mine called a few weeks back with a problem. His school was doing a read every day initiative and teachers had to spend ten minutes reading the first 10-20 pages of any novel. “I read … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A CAMEL

Talking animal books are a beloved source of reading enjoyment for teens and preteens. ONCE UPON A CAMEL is one of those books but with a uniqueness that will attract many more readers. First off are the characters. You won’t … Continue reading

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LORETTA LITTLE LOOKS BACK (REVIEW & GIVEAWAY)

Loretta Little Looks Back (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; September 29, 2020) includes stories of Loretta, Roly, and Aggie B., members of the Little family that present the vivid story of their young lives, spanning three generations. These separate … Continue reading

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THREE KEYS

A sequel to the touching FRONT DESK, this novel continues the tale of an immigrant family from China who operate a motel in Anaheim, California. THREE KEYS takes off right where the first one ends and you’ll have no problem … Continue reading

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STEALING MT. RUSHMORE

If there was an award for worst parents in an MG book, the two in STEALING MT. RUSHMORE would win hands down. When things don’t go right Dad escapes from the world to his bedroom, while Mom has already taken … Continue reading

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