Top 10 Pulse-Pounding, Nail-Biting Historical Fiction Adventures by Kate Hannigan

Great list here. Many are already on my TBR stack. This is my kind of research as I get ready to dive into writing more historical fiction for young people.

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Historical fiction doesn’t have to be a hard sell. For some young readers – my own kids included – it conjures up images of wooden-toothed men in white wigs or dusty, musty storylines. Often, however, it is anything but. I first fell in love with heart-pounding historical fiction when I got my hands on Scott O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins back in grade school (and then The Thorn Birds in seventh grade, but that’s fodder for another post). And I’ve been hooked ever since.

While there are enough fast-paced historical adventure stories to fill entire libraries – Pam Munoz Ryan’s Riding Freedom, Kirby Larson’s Hattie Big Sky, Elizabeth George Speare’s The Sign of the Beaver, anything by Christopher Paul Curtis, to name a few – some new and just-released titles deserve a moment in the spotlight as well.

Here’s a Top 10 List of recent Pulse-Pounding…

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About vst3in

I am a writer, avid reader, library techie, birder and runner. I make felt and teach others. I love colors and textures and birds and books. I'm working on a historical novel and reading lots of books for young people. I am running to get stronger, and I sail with my husband. This blog contains thoughts about all these things.
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