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Introducing Historical Fiction : 

Introducing Historical Fiction A Genre Study of Historical Fiction

Elements of Historical Fiction… : 

Elements of Historical Fiction… Form of Fiction, not true Based on Historical Events Authentic Settings Characters portrayed in realistic manner Some characters may be actual people from history, but the story is fictional Artistic mix of fiction and historical facts…artistic license

The Royal Diaries… : 

The Royal Diaries… Carolyn Meyer is an award-winning author known for her exciting historical fiction. Here she uses her writing talent to bring young readers to Spain in 1466. Readers are taken inside the castle walls to view the world of royalty, arranged marriages, political intrigue, and power struggles that turn brother against brother.

Carolyn Meyer… : 

Carolyn Meyer… As a young student, Meyer says she hated history. "It always seemed to be about dates and battles and generals and treaties, and I cared more about what people ate and what they wore and what they did all day." Isabel: Jewel of Castilla reflects Meyer's interests. Costumes, customs, dining habits, and leisure activities bring the people and history of this period to life. http://www.readcarolyn.com/

Queen Isabel… : 

Queen Isabel… Queen Isabel's diary portrays a strong girl who grows up to be a powerful ruler whose reign was noted for both the horrors of the Inquisition and a spectacular growth of art and literature that has been called the Golden Age of Spain.

Queen Isabel of Spain... : 

Queen Isabel of Spain...

Subjective Points of View… : 

Subjective Points of View… Elements of history. Clear enough. But what differentiates historical fiction from history? After all, does not all history contain an element of fiction, or at least speculation? Ask four soldiers about the same battle an hour afterward, and you're likely to get four different recounts of the fight.

Crispin, The Cross of Lead... : 

Crispin, The Cross of Lead... An action-packed narrative follows the frantic flight of a 13-year-old peasant boy across 14th-century England. Reader may not realize that they're learning about England's peasant revolt of 1381 until they're hooked on this great story! "A superb combination of mystery, historical fiction...Breathlessly paced, beautifully written, and filled with details of life in the Middle Ages, this compelling novel is one of Avi's finest.“ Sequel: Avi. Crispin at the edge of the world. http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/avi

Chu Ju’s House : 

Chu Ju’s House As in Homeless Bird (2000) and Angel on the Square (2001), Whelan tells a compelling adventure story, filled with rich cultural detail, about a smart, likable teenage girl who overcomes society's gender restrictions. Whelan skillfully weaves in just enough cultural context to support the story, while her atmospheric details bring the green Chinese landscape to life. Most compelling, though, is brave, clearly drawn Chu Ju, whose intelligence and good heart win her land, family respect, and the promise of romance by the story's end. http://www.bookwink.com/index.html

Lost in the Story, not the Facts… : 

Lost in the Story, not the Facts… The writer of historical fiction is first a writer not of history, but of fiction, and fiction is about characters, not events. The historian focuses on the events. The fiction writer focuses on the persons -- the characters, if you will -- involved in those events.

The Watsons go to Birmingham…1963 : 

The Watsons go to Birmingham…1963 By Christopher Paul Curtis Enter the hilarious world of the ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Momma and Dad decide its time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons head South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America's history. http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/media.jsp?id=88

Matilda Bone… : 

Matilda Bone… By Karen Cushman Newbery medalist Karen Cushman assembles a cast of unforgettable characters in a fascinating and pungent setting: the medical quarter of a medieval English village. Matilda, raised by a priest to be pious and learned, is now destined to assist Red Peg the Bonesetter. Matilda is appalled by the worldliness of her new surroundings and yearns for the days at the manor when all she did was study and pray. http://www.booksontape.com/samplepop.cfm?isbn=9780807287378

Reliving History… : 

Reliving History… So historical fiction is a close relative of history, but not simply a retelling of the lectures we learned to dread in school. We write historical fiction, and read it, not to learn about history so much as to live it. It is the closest we can get to experiencing the past without having been there. We finish a history and think "So that's what happened!" We finish a work of historical fiction, catch our breath, and think "So that's what it was like!"

The Red Badge of Courage… : 

The Red Badge of Courage… By Stephen Crane Henry Fleming had no idea how horrible war really was. Attacks come from all sides, bullets fly, bombs crash, men die everywhere. Facing his own fear, Henry has a choice: flee for his life or stay with his regiment. An indispensable coming of age and Civil War classic.

Meet Stephen Crane… : 

Meet Stephen Crane…

A Virtual Experience… : 

A Virtual Experience… The historical fiction writer puts us in the battle. In the story we feel the soldier’s heavy pack digging into our shoulders, curse as our feet slip in sand and mud, hear the snap of passing rounds and feel his fear as we hit the dirt with him and scramble for whatever cover we can find. We pray with him in the moments before he raises his head from the sand and looks around. We care about the things he cares about, his girl back home, the buddy who was right next to him, but now lies in the dirt not moving. We're not just watching the fight; that's our buddy, and our girl back home.

…and you thought TIME Travel was impossible! : 

…and you thought TIME Travel was impossible! A Genre Study of Historical Fiction

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