More Summer Staff Favorites for Children: Historical Fiction

best-bad-luck1The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had, by Kristin Levine


Prepare to fall in love with the narrator of this story! Dit tells the tale of a memorable year in tiny Moundville, Alabama, during World War I, the year he meets and befriends Emma.  Dit provokes a blatantly racist sheriff to shoot at the Black town barber, who shoots back in self defense.   The barber is unjustly tried, jailed, and sentenced to hang.  Full of guilt, Dit and Emma embark on a risky scheme to save a life and right a wrong.  This story captures all the humor, neighborliness, and monumental social changes confronting a small southern community. ~ Diane, Beacon

catherine-called-birdy1 Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman


“12th day of September: I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by fleas and plagued by my family.  That is all there is to say.”  So begins the journal of Catherine, called Birdy, the 14 year old daughter of a country knight in the Middle Ages.  Birdy’s quick wit and sharp mind are less than desirable traits, especially when suitors begin to show interest… in her father’s title.  In a struggle to salvage her freedom and individuality, she launches a full attack on any man unfortunate enough to be interested in her hand!  ~ Jen, Wallingford

dragonfly-pool1 Dragonfly Pool, by Eva Ibbotson


Tally doesn’t want to go to boarding school.  She worries about room mothers, uniforms, and midnight snack raids.  Unfortunately, war with Hitler’s Germany is imminent and children throughout London are being sent to the country for safety.  However, Delderton is no ordinary school, and Tally quickly begins to thrive, making fast friends and attempting to rescue Karil, an orphaned prince from Bergania, from kidnappers and assassins.  Full of adventure and intrigue, this novel is a departure from Ibbotson’s fantasies, but equally excellent.  ~ Kristin, University and Wallingford

One thought on “More Summer Staff Favorites for Children: Historical Fiction”

  1. I remember reading “Catherine, Called Birdy” when I was a kid! Interesting to note that I still read a good amount of historical fiction.

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