Bringing history to life in fiction

The theme for our reading classes in the library over the next two weeks will be ‘Stepping into the past’.  Historical fiction brings life to history lessons, which often focus on famous people, dates and battles.  Writers of this genre allow readers to have a glimpse into the lives of the everyday citizen as well as the more important figures of the past.  Instead of being just a name in a text book, now these figures become people with feelings, friends and families and face many challenges.  Once we started to examine our collection we found no shortage of titles to entice our students to read and enjoy.

Among the past worlds they may choose to enter are;

           Bonaparte’s in Gracie and the Emperor Errol Broome

          16th century England in The other countess Eve Edwards

          Captain Cook’s voyage in Captain Cook’s APPRENTICE  Anthony Hill                        

          Ancient Greece in Birth of a warrior Michael Ford

                                         Marie Antoinette’s France in My ROYAL Story An Austrian Princess’s Diary 1769 Kathryn Lasky

                                        Ancient Egypt in Ramose The Wrath of Ra Carole Wilkinson

                                         And the list goes on and on.  

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