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LIBR 264 Genre Presentation: Historical Fiction

LIBR 264 Genre Presentation: Historical Fiction

by Jamie Cunningham & Sarah Smith

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  • Staying Power Has the book won any awards? Will students generations from now read this book? Accuracy Does the book portray the historical time period correctly and honestly? Gender Will this book appeal to both male and female readers? Representation Does the collection represent a wide variety of historical periods and ethnicities? Reading level Will a struggling reader be able to read this? Will a tween be “reading up” with this text? Would a reluctant reader be engaged by this text? Buzz Has the book received any sustained media attention that would make it a popular choice now and in the years to come? Series Is the book part of a series? Which book is the series is this text?
  • Elijah of Buxton is an excellent book. It approaches slavery from a unique angle: a freed slaves settlement in Canada right across the border from Detroit- a last stop of the underground railroad. Being the first free child born in slavery, Elijah has no direct experience with slavery outside of the little his parents have told him, and with greeting escaped slaves who have finally made it free. That is, until his adventure leads him into the U.S. where he faces slavery and racism face-on for the first time. The book is humorous, adventurous, and has a theme its target audience could identify with: trying to prove to everyone that he is not fra-gile, as his mom likes to call him. While a good read for anyone, this historical fiction novel would be especially beneficial for a younger audience not quite ready for an extremely graphic portrayal of slavery in the U.S., or to round-out a slavery collection. The Author's Note at the end of the book contains factual historical information about the settlement.

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  • Selecting a Historical Fiction Collection Jamie Cunningham & Sara Smith LIBR 264 Spring 2011
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  • Selection Tools
    • Award winners & honor recipients
      • Newbery
      • Michael L. Printz
      • Scott O’Dell
      • Pura Belpré
      • Coretta Scott King
    • Genreflecting guides
    • Review publications
      • School Library Journal
      • Booklist
      • Horn Book
      • Publisher’s Weekly
    • Library affiliated websites
    • Scholastic’s Book Wizard website
    • Blogs
    • Recommendations from colleagues
    • Recommendations from young people themselves!
  • Selection Criteria
    • Staying Power
    • Accuracy
    • Gender
    • Representation
    • Reading level
    • Buzz
    • Series
  • Difficulties
    • Distilling a vast genre to a small collection
    • Projecting “staying power”
    • Mediating breadth and equity
    • Accounting for a diversity of reading levels
    • Triangulating selection tools
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  • True Grit by Charles Portis
    • Published : 1968
    • Setting : 1840’s Arkansas & Indian Territories
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
    • Published : 2005
    • Setting : Turn of the 20 th Century Maine; all African American community of former slaves
    • Honors : Newbery Honor Book; Printz Honor Book
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
    • Published : 2007
    • Setting : 1939 Nazi Germany
    • Honors : Printz Honor Book
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
    • Published : 1990
    • Setting : 19 th Century transatlantic voyage to America
    • Honors : Newbery Honor Book
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
    • Published : 1961
    • Setting : 19 th Century San Nicolas Island [off the coast of California]; Nicoleño tribe of Native Americans
    • Honors : Newbery Award Winner
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
    • Published : 2005
    • Setting : 1935 Alcatraz Island
    • Awards : Newbery Honor Book
    • Series : followed by Al Capone Shines My Shoes (2008)
  • The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle
    • Published : 2001
    • Setting : WWII-era Rhode Island
    • Honors : Scott O’Dell Award
  • Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer
    • Published : 1999
    • Setting : 16 th Century England; teenage years of Queen Mary I
    • Series : first book in the Young Royals series
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  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Published : 1995
    • Setting : 1963 Michigan and Alabama; American Civil Rights Movement Era
    • Honors : Newbery Honor book; Coretta Scott King award
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
    • Published : 2007
    • Setting : 1967-1968 Long Island, New York: Vietnam War Era
    • Honors : Newbery Honor book
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
    • Published : 1975
    • Setting : 1903-1906 San Francisco, California
    • Awards : Newbery Honor book
  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski
    • Published : 1941
    • Setting : 1750s-1760s New York and Pennsylvania; Seneca tribe of Native Americans
    • Honors : Newbery Honor book
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Published : 2007
    • Setting : 1860s Canada and Michigan; freed slave settlement
    • Honors : Newbery honor book; Coretta Scott King Award; Scott O’Dell Award
  • Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story by Beverly Naidoo
    • Published : 1985
    • Setting : Apartheid Era South Africa
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz
    • Published : 2000
    • Setting : Depression-Era Mexico and California
    • Honors : Pura Belpré Award
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  • Sara’s Favorite: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
    • Freed salve settlement
    • Coming of age story
    • Prove himself to everyone
    • Particularly a good read for younger tweens!
    • Excellent author’s note
  • Jamie’s Favorite: True Grit by Charles Portis
    • Adapted for the screen twice
      • 1969
      • 2010
    • 14 year old girl
    • Avenge the murder of her father
    • Hires a US Marshall to track down the killer in the Indian Territory
    • Precocious narrator; surprisingly funny
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