Historical Fiction and Book Selection

historical fiction

As defined by Read, Write, Think:

The genre of historical fiction in the field of children’s literature includes stories that are written to portray a time period or convey information about a specific time period or an historical event. Usually the event or time period is about 30 years in the past.

Often historical fiction is based in fact and a lot of research.  The events were real but a fictional person has been inserted or a real person has been placed into a believable set of events.  Readers of historical fiction often respond to a text by loving it or hating it – black and white opposites – not lukewarm gray middle of the road.

Someone on Twitter or in a blog post recommended The War That Saved My Life.  I was busy.  Put it on my list. After a reading drought, I consulted my list and based on the Amazon Review it was quickly added to my kindle.

War that saved my life

If you loved Wonder, you will want to read it.

If you loved A Child Called It, you will want to read it.

If you loved Fish in a Tree, you may want to read it.

If you love historical fiction, you will want to read it.

The Google

“The War That Saved My Life” in the search yielded

About 114,000,000 results (0.25 seconds)

What impacts your book selection(s)?

Reccommendations – twitter, blogs, Nerdy Book Club

Amazon Reviews

Common Sense Media Reviews


Kirkus Reviews

Barnes and Noble


Pop! Goes the Reader

The Horn Book

How do you teach “book selection”?

What “tools” do you use?

What SHOULD you be modeling?


One response

  1. The love hate thing is so true about historical fiction. BUT this book seems like it could offer a big crossover appeal. Adding it to my pile. Thanks Fran!

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