Tag Archive: historical fiction


I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly

I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly (Dear America series), by Joyce Hansen [J Fiction]

Reviewed by Lauren

This book is about a girl named Patsy who knows nothing about her history. She is a slave at Davis Hall. She had a leg that was shorter than the other and did chores inside the house. This book goes on telling about Patsy’s life and how she overcomes many obstacles with friends, masters and mistress, and what to do with her life.

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Crispin and the Cross of Lead

Crispin and the Cross of Lead, by Avi [J Fiction, Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Natty

I read Crispin, by Avi. I thought the book was very good. It had some exciting parts in it. If you like survival books you will like Crispin. Crispin has to avoid being killed by the townspeople and finds out about him and his father and all he has is a lead cross.

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Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Annie, highschooler

I’ve just finished Rebel Angels by Libba Bray and I thought that it was the perfect sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, while also leaving room for third book, which is now out, and I intend to read it next.  I would give this book THREE STARS ( * * * ) because I thought the plot was very addictive.  I really liked how Gemma, Felicity, and, Ann explore more of the realms and I loved how I got to sort of create my own idea of the beautiful lands, using Libba Bray’s descriptive imagery.  The twist at the end of the book was something that I never would have expected, but I was kind of disappointed, I really like Miss Moore!  I thought that Pippa’s character would become even more evil in the end, but Bray left that portion somewhat open-ended to leave plot for the third installment.  I do hope that the alliance between Kartik and Gemma holds strong in the next book, because, I LOVE KARTIK!!!!  Oh, and also, what is with this Simon kid?  Does he really love Gemma, or does he just think they would “make a fine match”?  I really hope Gemma picks Kartik in the end!! (I would!) It seems as if I’ve truly become engrossed in this series’ plot, but the part that I really love about the books are the time period that they are set in; 1895.  The detail is great and everything is quite accurate. In addition, I love to imagine that beautiful everything of the era; it takes me back in time…  I love it!!!!

Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis [J Fiction]

Reviewed by Fudi

Bud is a runaway who left his foster family because they were being cruel to him. As a runaway, Bud travels from place to place, getting food when he has to, living the life of a free-spirited. But then one day, when he is looking through his stuff, he sees a picture that his mother had given him and realizes that this might be the only clue to finding any family. So Bud begins his journey to find this family member and to try to live a life with meaning.

I really liked this book because it was rather touching and Bud’s experiences are very interesting to read about.  I hope that you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Kathleen, 12th grader

This is an awesome book about a girl who moves to England from India in the 1800s. She is followed by a prophecy and magic. I loved this book because it was a good blend of history, mystery, and magic.