These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Adventure Historical Fiction Mystery Romance Thriller Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This book is like the 21st century Nancy Drew. It is an amazing murder mystery novel that has many twists and turns at the end. It is soooo good, because the characters have very good personalities and are very intricate. Also, you never see the ending coming. Well, you sort of do if you’re … Read more
Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * Stars (Pretty good) Pete is a normal boy until his father is convicted of being a Communist. Pete wonders if this could possibly be true. Like all his favorite detectives, he models himself off them and sets out to reveal family secrets. His best friend, Kat, moves because her father doesn’t accept his father’s said Communistic behavior. Pete is set to reach … Read more
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Classic Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) This is the famous fictional story of Scout Finch, a young girl living in the 1900s. Scout must decide between her own morals and those of society on the issues of race and equality. I love this book very much. Harper Lee has created lovable characters you won’t forget. Her writing style made reading … Read more
Hunger Winter by Rob Currie Adventure Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars This book was extremely enjoyable. Depicting strong emotions, “Hunger Winter” will pull you in throughout all of its chapters. The characters are realistic, and enjoyable to read about. The plot and conflict are well laid out, constructing a book I would always recommend. Growing in his faith, Dirk is tested on a journey. He learns to discern, and he … Read more
East of Eden by John Steinbeck Classic Historical Fiction Review #1 * * Stars (Just ok) Set in the Salinas Valley, California, Steinbeck tells in immense detail the story of two families and how their stories intertwine. The Hamilton family is based off of Steinbeck’s family. This book is hard to read because the details are sometimes “too descriptive,” and it becomes hard to follow.
The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong Historical Fiction Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) “The House of Sixty Fathers” is a book by Meindert DeJong about a Chinese boy. Tien Pao and his family have to escape from Japanese soldiers who are attacking his village. They are staying in Hengyang, and then Tien Pao meets a ‘Yellow River God.’ He takes him across the river and then loses … Read more
Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules Delilah Dirk #3 by Tony Cliff Adventure Graphic Novel Historical Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Delilah and Selim take a break from their exploits when they meet a Dutch journalist who talks them into undertaking a treasure hunting expedition. Unbeknownst to them (at least initially) he’s sending copy of their adventures back to his editors, and the stories are appearing in a number of newspapers. This … Read more
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner Fantasy Graphic Novel Historical Fiction Supernatural Tween * * * * Stars (Great!) Moth discovers that she’s a real, honest-to-goodness witch with witch powers – a fact that her mother has been keeping from her ALL her life. When mom won’t divulge any additional details and refuses to teach Moth how to master her powers, Moth takes matters into her own hands. (Well, she has the help of Mr. … Read more
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz Historical Fiction Review #1 * * * * Stars (Great!) “Prisoner B-3087” is about a boy named Yanek during the Holocaust. Yanek and his family are experiencing the worst that could possibly happen to them. Yanek goes to 10 different concentration cams and every time he thinks it’s the end, he lives. He is the only one in his family that’s still alive. Yanek must survive.