YA Historical Fiction Challenge: JEFFERSON’S SONS

Coming in under the wire on the last day of the year, here is my 5th review for YA Bliss’ 2011 Young Adult Historical Fiction Challenge. I said I would read and review five books and, while it was a near thing at the end, I did it. I picked up Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s Jefferson’s […]

YA Historical Fiction Challenge: THE YEAR WE WERE FAMOUS

Let’s just start out with the basic statement: I loved this book. I love the idea of two women walking cross-country from Washington to New York in 1896. I love the idea of their doing it with  no cooking utensils, plans to work for food and lodging along the way, and a bet that–if they […]

YA Historical Fiction Challenge: Flashbacks in Jacqueline Davies’ LOST (One Spoiler)

I have a thing about flashbacks. Actually, I have a thing about not liking them. Usually. In most cases. I blogged a bit here about making sure they have a function, that they aren’t simply a fallback safety-net when we can’t figure out a better way to weave stuff in. As a reader, though, I […]

YA Historical Fiction Challenge: Sherri L. Smith’s FLYGIRL

Some books are so good, it’s actually hard to know where to come at them for a truly thoughtful, analytical review. Sherri L. Smith’s FLYGIRL is, for me, one of those books. My basic review is…WOW. Okay, I’ll give you a little bit more. Ida Mae Jones wants to fly. She already does some, on […]

YA Historical Fiction Challenge: BLACK STORM COMIN’

For my first read in the 2011 Historical Fiction challenge, I started off by breaking one of my own specs. In the post where I announced that I’d take part, I said, “I’m going to try and focus my search on books with protagonists who are at least 16 years old, at the older end […]