Tag: historical fiction


Book Review: THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick

Book Review: THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick

Posted January 6, 2015 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 3 Comments

THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick Release date: January 6, 2015 Genre: Young Adult Publisher: Roaring Brook Press Pages: 336 A bold, genre-bending epic that chronicles madness, obsession, and creation, from the Paleolithic era through the Witch Hunts and into the space-bound future. Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him. Sedgwick moves beyond the boundaries of historical fiction and […]

Book Blast: THE SAILING MASTER by Lee Henschel Jr.

Book Blast: THE SAILING MASTER by Lee Henschel Jr.

Posted January 5, 2015 by jenniferstrand in book blast, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

I’m not one to usually brag, but I’m putting on my brag hat today: I know someone famous! I’ve always known that our longtime family friend, Lee, was a writer.  I suspected he was a darn good writer because he’s SO smart and quite the conversationalist. Little did I know, though, that he would one day be nominated for a Minnesota Book Award.  That’s huge, yo!  So today I’d like to introduce you all to Lee and his newest book, a coming of age story set in a time before Twitter.  Fans of historical fiction need to put this one on their radar! THE BOOK THE SAILING MASTER: BOOK ONE: COMING OF AGE by Lee Henschel Jr. […]

Book Review: CODE TALKER by Joseph Bruchac

Book Review: CODE TALKER by Joseph Bruchac

Posted December 18, 2013 by LivTommo in book review, Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Author: Joseph Bruchac Release date: July 6, 2006 Format: Paperback Publisher: Speak Source: School Library After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue. Fictitious Delicious Rating: 3 I like history. I really, really do. I love learning about the wars, the Indians, explorers, civilizations. This is why I decided to pick up the book, Code Talker, to read for book club with a friend of mine. It sounded intriguing, and so it began, the journey of reading this historical fiction. Now I don’t know about her, but […]

Book Review: SALLY SLICK AND THE STEEL SYNDICATE by Carrie Harris

Book Review: SALLY SLICK AND THE STEEL SYNDICATE by Carrie Harris

Posted December 3, 2013 by LivTommo in book review, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Sally Slick And The Steel Syndicate by Carrie Harris Publisher: Evil Hat Productions. Release date: December 3, 2013. Format: Paperback. Source: Author.   Every hero has a story. This one starts with a girl and a racing tractor. Sally Slick knows she’s meant to be more than a Midwestern farm girl. What she wants more than anything is to be an inventor when she grows up-and she has the custom-built racing tractor to prove it. But good girls in 1914 don’t go off to the city in search of adventure. Everything changes when Sally’s big brother comes back from Chicago with a robot in hand and mobsters on his heels. With the help of her friend, wannabe hero […]

Book Club: THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak (Part 2: The Movie)

Book Club: THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak (Part 2: The Movie)

Posted November 26, 2013 by jenniferstrand in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

You’re reading part 2 in a series of 2 posts about THE BOOK THIEF.  You can read Amy’s post about how our book club read this remarkable book and talked about it late into the night not so long ago.  This post is a recap of our follow up book club meeting, which included a stop at the movie theater to see this breathtaking story come alive on the big screen.    An international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in WWII Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the […]

Book Club: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak (Part 1: The Book)

Book Club: THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak (Part 1: The Book)

Posted November 5, 2013 by jenniferstrand in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

As Jen explained last spring in her post “Book Club: THE PROGRAM,” she and I are just a few members of the best book club on earth (whose name shall remain hidden to protect the innocent).  We read awesome books, eat lots of food, tell inappropriate jokes, and and generally laugh ourselves silly with fun.   This month, we were given another awesome opportunity to do a “Read the Book, Watch the Movie” edition of our book club, with the help of the amazing folks at Twentieth-Century Fox, for THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak.    An international bestselling book, The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family […]

Book Review: ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry

Book Review: ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry

Posted October 10, 2013 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

All the Truth That’s in Me  by Julie Berry Release Date: Sept 26, 2013 Publisher: Viking Juvenile/Penguin Format: ARC Source: Publisher/Red Balloon Bookshop Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live […]

Book Review: CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare

Book Review: CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare

Posted December 26, 2011 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Clockwork Prince  (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare Release Date:  December 6, 2011 Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books Format: Hardcover Source: Personal Collection In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply […]

Book Review: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys

Book Review: BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys

Posted June 11, 2011 by jenniferstrand in book review, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Release date: March 22, 2011 Publisher: Puffin Books Format:  Audiobook and eBook Source:  Library and Personal Collection Read a summary on Goodreads! Fictitious Delicious Rating:  5+ Holy moly, was this book incredible.  I was expecting a typical Holocaust story, but this book is from a different viewpoint altogether, and one that every person alive should be aware of.  I had no idea of Stalin’s deportation of Baltic peoples when the USSR invaded those countries.  Anyone thought to be anti-Soviet or a partisan sympathizer was round up, put on train cars, and sent to Siberia.  They were kept there for TWELVE years, with WWII coming and going along the way.  And […]