All tagged historical fiction

Book Review: Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi

If I could give this novel more than five stars, I would! I can’t believe how long it has taken me to read this distressing, but uplifting piece of historical fiction that reminds me of how precious freedom is.

Years ago, students had enthusiastically recommended this book to me. Middle school students. Enthused about historical fiction. I took note. I remember the students telling me that they couldn’t tell me too much without ruining the story and I remember writing the book title down.

Book Review: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

For years Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry has been on my reading list. Chronicling a year in the life of an African-American family in the South during the Great Depression, this novel won the 1977 Newbery Medal.

If you're a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, then this story gives the African-American perspective on the Jim Crow South through the lens of Cassie Logan, a confident young heroine who begins to understand the racism surrounding her and to appreciate the value of the property her family has fought so hard to retain.