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 […]

The YA Historical Fiction Challenge–I’m In!

Last week, Joyce Moyer Hostetter at The Three R’s—Reading, ‘Riting and Research posted about the 2011 YA Historical Fiction Challenge. Sab Horande at YA Bliss is hosting the challenge, and you can read all about it here and sign up to participate. Basically, the challenge is to read 5, 10, or 15 historical fiction novels […]