Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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Eleanor Kuhns
CarolE
4

An itinerant weaver during colonial times has developed a reputation for solving crimes. In this case, William Rees becomes involved in a murder at a Shaker community which allows readers to see the surface and underside of that particular life style. Throughout there is a contrast between...

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Georgette Heyer
CarolE
4

Heyer is the queen of Regency romances and she shines at letting her characters entangle themselves in plots that are based on the manners and customs of the day. Here we have three cousins whose relationship to young Eustacie are the supposed focus, but actually swirl around an unsolved murder...

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Susann Cokal
CarolE
3

The Kingdom of Little Wounds—Horrifying historical fiction in an imaginary kingdom of the late 16th century where syphilis is rampant in the royal family and nobility. Told in alternating voices of two maids and the Queen, the horrifyingly arbitrary nature of madness is doubled by the addition...

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Mary Pope Osborne
Josh
4

 My son has been raving about these books for the last year and the cover of this one made me pick it up (I judged it by the cover) and I found this book to be a charming title for the young reader who is just getting into chapter books. There is enough action to hold the attention of the...

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Gennifer Choldenko
Dawn
4

Join Moose and his friends on Alcatraz Island as they try to unravel the mystery of who set fire to Moose's family apartment.  Was it Natalie, Moose's sister?  Was it con man?  Enjoy this fast paced book!

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H. M. 1970- Castor
Jennifer H
3

Hal is the weak son. Son of the reigning king, and little brother to the next king, Hal is treated as an annoyance and a child of no importance.Time and time again, he tries to make his father proud but fails. Overhearing a forbidden prophecy, he mistakenly believes that he is chosen by God to...

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Jessica Brockmole
Dawn
5

Elspeth Dunn, a poet from Scotland's remote island of Skye, and David Graham, a college student from Illinois and poetry-fan, start to correspond. In their letters which are written with lyrical language the two develop a relationship which deepens.  David then volunteers to drive...

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Gail Carriger
extra medium
4

Sophronia is rather unpopular around her home. Instead of being interested in being a proper lady, she's more interested in taking things apart to see how they work, using the dumb waiter to spy on people, and generally anything that doesn't require a curtsy. When her mother sends her to...

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Lyndsay Faye
Beckyr
5

Great historical novel and mystery rolled up in one. The setting is 1840s New York City, a place with lots of poor immigrants and suffering. Firefighters were volunteers and the police force was just getting established. The main character is one of the first "copper stars" on the new force. He...

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Megan Shepherd
KristinR
5

Set in the late 1800s, The Madman's Daughter stretches the realm of possibility in unusual and disturbing ways.  Part wrenching love-story, part creepy sci-fi, and part mystery, this novel is appealing in a number of ways, and certainly a page turner!  Sixteen year old...

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Molly Beth Griffin
Becker
4

It's the 1920s, and Garnet's mom has her life planned out for her. She's no longer allowed to pursue her passion, tromping through the forest looking for birds--she must learn to be a proper lady so that she can get married and take care of her home, husband, and children. Garnet is sent to...

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Joanna Cole
Mary P
3

Like all Ms. Frizzle stories, she and her students go on an amazing adventure--this time, to Imperial China!  They learn all about the customs there, the significance of certain events, colors, and objects, and the inventions that continue to influence us today.  The story is simple,...

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Lesléa Newman
Becker
5

Newman describes this book as an historical novel in verse. In the introduction, she talks about being scheduled as a speaker for Gay Awareness Week at the University of Wyoming in October, 1998, just days after the brutal attack on Matthew Shepard in Laramie. Newman decided to attend the event...

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Roberto Ampuero
Michelle
4

The first Cayetano Brulé detective novel published in English, this is tremendous fun.  Set in the early 70s, you travel with Brulé through tumultuous times in Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, East Germany and Cuba on a mission to help the poet laureate, Pablo Neruda. 

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James Galvin
Elaine
5

What's become of 'the American West' comes to life in this brilliantly written story.  Ranchers and cowboys once wrestled a living from mile upon mile of open prairie and the foothills that sweep across the land. From Fort Collins and Ted's Place to the west, on up 287 to Tie Siding,...

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Deborah E. Harkness
Mary P
4

This is the second installment in Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches series.  Some series books fall flat on the second, but I felt that her use of time travel in this book kept it interesting and fresh.

The story follows Matthew and Diana through time and space as they...

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Hannah Moskowitz
Becker
4

Told in alternating voices, this is the story of Lio and Craig, of dealing with loss and of finding each other. Lio was a "cancer kid"--he and his twin brother both had leukemia when they were 8. Lio survived. His twin didn't. Lio has survivor's guilt, and his family didn't survive the cancer...

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Seth Grahame-Smith
Brett
4

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, tackles the nativity story in a far more thoughtful novel than fans of his earlier fiction might expect. Here, the three wise men are re-imagined as a band of dangerous criminals...

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Isabel Allende
ShellyB
4

The story begins in Haiti shortly before the French Revolution and follows Zarité, bought as a child to be the personal slave of a wealthy sugar cane plantation owner's new wife, through her experiences and relationships.  I loved the historical aspect of this book, from the heartbreaking...

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Wallace Stegner
Noel
4

Wallace Stegner is known as one of the West's greatest writers. I had read his non-fiction, and thought I'd introduce myself to his fiction with this Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Confined to a wheelchair in a house built by his grandparents, Oliver and Susan Ward, historian Lyman Ward sorts...

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C. Alan Bradley
Emily
5

Flavia de Luce is not your normal English girl. No, Flavia rides bikes, mixes poisons and of course solves mysteries. I fell I love with Flavia after the first sentence and I have been addicted ever since. If you like mysteries with not too much violence (there is some these are murders after...

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Rebecca Barnhouse
Rachel
3

In Peaceweaver Barnhouse develops the story of Hild, a minor character in the sixth-century epic poem Beowulf. Teenage Hild is the favored niece of the king. However her life changes rapidly and surprisingly after she saves her cousin, the prince, from an assassination attempt...

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Margaret Atwood
Brett
5

This beautifully written novel is complicated in structure, but ultimately worth the time and effort. It is a story of love, loss, betrayal, and dark family secrets, with a separate but complementary novel nested within the larger framework of the book. Stay with it to the end and the pieces of...

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Markus Zusak
Kelly
4

It is World War II and things are heartbreaking and confusing in Germany, and things only seem worse for Liesel Meminger when she is sent to live with a foster family. Throughout it all Liesel manages to find love with an accordion playing foster father, a boxing Jewish man, and most...

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Gail Carriger
Emily
5

Oh just how much do I love Alexia Tarrabotti? SOOO MUCH, this is such a fun series to read, it has it all, dirigibles, exploding parasols, werewolves, vampires and soulless oh my! Trust me if you like fantasy you will just love this series!