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  • 1. Historical Fiction
    Lisa Doyle
    Laurie Johnston
  • 2. WhatisHistorical Fiction?
  • 3. Definition:
    Historical fiction presentsreaderswith a story thattakes place during a notable period in history, and usuallyduring a significantevent in thatperiod. Historical fiction oftenpresentsactualeventsfrom the point of view of fictional people living in that time period.
    In somehistorical fiction, famouseventsappearfrom points of view not recorded in history, withfictionalcharacterseitherobserving or activelyparticipating in theseactualevents.
  • 4.
    • Historicalnovelsoften tell a lively story with a sense of
    impending danger, mystery, suspense, or romance.
    • Historical fiction includesmysteries, comedies,
    adventures, realisticproblem stories, and manyother
    (Nilsen, p. 244)
  • 5. ‘’Historicalnovelsallow us – attheir best
    they force us – to make connections and to realizethatdespairis as old and as new as hope,
    thatloyalty and treachery, love and hatred, compassion and crueltywere and are
    inherent in humanity, whetheritbe in
    ancientGreece, ElizabethanEngland,
    or post-WorldWar I Germany.’’
    --Nilsen p. 244
  • 6. Development:
    Historical Fiction
    Developed from the romantic movement of the early 19th century.
    Appeals to the romantic desire to escape from the present.
    Historical fiction before World War I tended to be idealized and filled with patriotic sentiment.
    Historical fiction today attempts to reassess and understand the past rather than glorify it.
    Current trends in historical fiction spotlight ordinary people and give a sense of history from their perspective.
    (Brown 2000)
    (Nilsen,p. 276)
  • 7. Common Topics
  • 8. Westerns
    Will Rogers Medallion Award
  • 9. American Revolution
  • 10. U.S. Civil War
  • 11. World Wars
  • 12. The Holocaust
  • 13. Vietnam War
  • 14. Civil RightsMovement
  • 15. QualityHistorical Fiction
    • tells a good story
    • 16. conveys the flavor of the historical period
    • 17. authentically captures the people of the period,
    their values, and their habits
    • uses dialogue to make the characters sound
    authentic but not artificial
    • faithfully uses historical knowledge to avoid
    distorting history
    • fairly and sensitively portrays different sides of
    the compelling issues of the period
    • gives us insight into contemporary problems as
    well as helps us understand the problems of the
    --Brown 2000
  • 18. Consistently Good Writers of Young AdultHistorical Fiction
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    Fever 1793 tells the story of 14-year-old Mattie during the yellow
    feveroutbreakin Philadelphia. Mattiestruggles to keep the
    family coffee house open, but whenMattie’smotherbecomes
    ill, Mattie tries to escape.
    Tracy Chevalier
    Girl with a Pearl Earringis about 16-year-old Griet who must work to support herfamily. Sheishired by the Johannes Vermeer family, but isimmediatelydisliked by the wife and daughter. Vermeer paintsslowly and produces few pieces of work,
    soheisoften in debt. Griet growscloser to the painter as she mixes and prepareshis
    paints, and Vermeer uses Griet as a model for hismost
    famous painting.
  • 19. Christopher and James Lincoln Collier
    Thesetwobrothersspecialize in historical fiction. Their best-knownnovel, My
    Brother Sam is Dead, comesfrom the time of the Civil Warand was a Newbery
    Award book. The books The Bloody Country and The Winter Hero continue the
    Mildred D. Taylor
    Taylor’sownfamilyhistoryprovidedmaterial for herprizewinningseries of books. The Land won the 2002 Coretta Scott King Award. It waswritten as a prequel to the earlier books Song of the Trees, Roll of ThunderHearMyCry, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, and The Road to Memphis. This series of books tells the story of the Logan family, African American landownersnear Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 20. Karen Cushman
    Cushman has chosen to write about girls embarking on journeys to discover
    themselves. One of her books, Catherine CalledBirdy, is the diary of a
    14-year-old daughter of a knightwhosefeistyand witty observations bring
    the 13th century to life. Her book, The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, tells the story of
    CaliforniaMorning Whipple whoisdragged by hermotherfrom Massachusetts to
    Lucky Diggings, California, whereshestrikesitrich in an unexpectedway.
    Jennifer Donnelly
    Donnelly has a single historicalnovel but one of the best. A Northern Light isbased in part on the sensationalmurder of Grace Brown, whose body wasfound in Big Moose Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. Mattie, the main character, takes a job as a waiterat the lakeresort. Hereshemeets Grace Brown, a resortguest. Grace leaves a pack of letterswithMattiebeforeshegoesboatingwithherboyfriend. Grace asksMattie to burn the letters if shedoes not return. Grace, in fact, does not return.
  • 21. Scott O’Dell
    Island of the Blue Dolphins and Sing Down the Moon both
    Present positive and original portrayals of young Native
    American Womenwhosufferat the hands of white settlers in
    the middle to late 1800s. O’Dellwas a pioneer in featuringstrong
    youngwomen in thesetwo books, and within the last couple of decadesseveral good writers have followedhis lead.
    **In 1982, the Scott O’DellAward for historical fiction wasestablished.
    Ann Rinaldi
    Rinaldi’snovel, Wolf by the Ears, tells the fictional story of Sally Hemmings’sfamily. Sally was a mulatto slave in Thomas Jefferson’shousehold. Somehistorians
    believethat Jefferson fatheredseveral of herchildren. Rinaldi’s book
    impliesthisistrue, but the question isneverreallyanswered. Most of
    Rinaldi’s books focus on the RevolutionaryWar of the Civil War.
  • 22. ‘The historian, if honest, gives us a photograph; the storytellergives us a painting.’
    -- From ‘Historical Fiction for our Global Times’, Leon Garfield
  • 23. References
    Brown, M. E. (2000, April 10). Historical fiction. In Literature for children. Retrieved
    July 21, 2011, from
    Historical fiction. (2011, July 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved
    03:29, July 22, 2011, from
    Nilsen, A. P., & Donelson, K. L. (2009). Literature for today's young adults (Eighth ed., pp. 243-276). Boston, MA: Pearson Education.