Historical Fiction

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What a weird time

Published April 5, 2020 by neverwearmatchingsox

So it’s the beginning of April and the whole world is in turmoil. I can’t physically work at either of my jobs so I haven’t been able to connect with kids at all. I am however working in an Emergency Operations Center for my county. It isn’t working with kids, but I’m trying to contribute.
With publishers and authors relaxing the rules for reading their books on video, my goal is to start reading out loud hopefully this week. As it looks like we could possible not to return to school this year, my focus is on the OBOB titles for 20-21 (are you sick of hearing about OBOB yet?). I’ve read a few and so far I don’t hate anything.
I think I’ve written about Front Desk by Kelly Yang previously.  Well it is an OBOB selection for the coming year and I’m super happy about that.  I’m also amazed by Kelly Yang.  She has offered free writing classes on her website (scroll down after you land on the home page) and I hope I can watch the videos soon.

Almost 19 years ago (as of my writing this post), our country, our lives, our view of the world was sent into chaos.  We are all in different spaces as far as how much we know about that event, how it affected us and how we pulled through.  

Nora Raleigh Baskin has ventured into a very hard day in the past.  Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story takes place before and during 9/11.  It is told by 4 different middle schoolers who all have a different story about that time.  Told with language that kids will understand but without the gore and true violence, it was an impactful read.  It does talk about the planes and the crashes but thats about the extent.  I say read it with your kids because they may have questions.  If you aren’t old enough to have been alive for that day, ask your momma or your daddy or your auntie or uncle or any adult who was alive…..I promise they will know exactly where they were and what they were doing.

Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

OBOB 2016-17…just getting started

Published February 17, 2016 by neverwearmatchingsox

 

20454626    So much fun! Capt James Hook has died and his only heir is his daughter, Jocelyn. She has been instructed to avenge her father’s death by killing to crocodile. But she is conflicted….she has lived with her grandfather ever since her mother’s death and he has now sent her off to finishing school to become a proper lady. This is an OBOB title for 2016-17 and I think the kids will have so much fun with it!

 

 

13533687      What would you do if your parents were supervillains?  Not every family has zombies living in their basement and not every family has a gyfted kid.  The Dread Duo are doing their best to take over the government while still allowing their son, Joshua, to attend school and make friends.  One day, Joshua discovers his gyft and his world changes yet again.  Book one introduces us to Captain Justice who chases the Dread Duo all over the country.  But is a supervillain always a villain???  And is a superhero always a hero?

 

7783920   This was a super quick read and to be honest, before it got added to the OBOB list I had never heard of the book or the author. I love when you find something that grabs you enough that you will want to continue on with the series! I think the kids in OBOB will really like this book.

 

22323698   Historical fiction is not my favorite genre but true to OBOB form, it forces you to try something you might not try…Kate Messner has written some really great stuff (Marty McGuire for starters) and I decided to do this one as a read aloud for library classes.  The kids are engaged and asking questions and those who are participating in OBOB are finding information that may be useful.  This series is up to book 3 currently.