Revolution: Historical Fiction from Different Perspectives

Donnelly, J. (2011). Revolution. New York: Ember. Description: Revolution tells the story of two seventeen-year-old girls: Andi, a high school student from modern-day Brooklyn, and Alexandrine, a Parisian street performer from the time of the French Revolution.  Andi’s family is recovering from a terrible tragedy, and because Andi’s mental state is deteriorating, she takes a trip to Paris with her […]

Reading about Fashion as the Mirror of History

Albee, S. (2015). Why’d they wear that? Fashion as the mirror of history. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. Description: From “The Ancient World (10,000 B.C. – A.D. 1000)” to “World at War (20th Century and Beyond),” Albee’s Why’d They Wear That? narrates world history by describing the fashions, fads, and clothing innovations of each era. In the forward, Albee says, “For hundreds and in […]

A Visit to Manzanar

Bunting, E. (2009). So far from the sea (C. Soentpiet, Illustrator). New York: Clarion Books. Description: The Iwasaki family is moving from California to Boston. Before leaving, they take one last visit to Manzanar, the camp where ten thousand Japanese Americans were interned during World War II. Told through the eyes of Laura, a young Japanese American […]

FEG: Ridiculous [Stupid] Poems for Intelligent Children

Hirsch, R. (2002). FEG: Ridiculous poems for intelligent children. New York, NY: Little, Brown, and Company. Description: This humorous book of poetry manages to teach literary devices without boring everyone to death. Instead, the poems are set up like mysteries to be solved. Touching on poetic terms such as personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration and more, FEG makes interpreting poetry into a […]

Alien Invasions: Then and Now

What happens when you pair a classic text with a contemporary title? Here’s one suggestion for teachers who want to to reinvigorate student interest in the classics while helping them explore contemporary issues. Classic Text: War of the Worlds Wells, H. G. (1997). The war of the worlds. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications. Summary: Written in 1898, War of […]