CHICAGO — Historical fiction helps young adults imagine the past through the lives and relationships of its protagonists, putting them at the center of fascinating times and places — and the new Common Core Standards allow for use of novels alongside textbooks for teaching history. Perfect for classroom use and YA readers’ advisory, “Experiencing America’s Story through Fiction: Historical Novels for Grades 7-12,” published by ALA Editions, highlights more than 150 titles of historical fiction published since 2000 that are appropriate for seventh to twelfth graders. Hilary Susan Crew selects award-winners as well as novels that have been well-reviewed in Booklist, The Horn Book, Multicultural Review, History Teach, Journal of American History and other periodicals. An ideal way to promote a more inclusive understanding of America’s story, this resource assists librarians and educators by:
- spotlighting novels with a multiplicity of voices from different cultures, races and ethnicities;
- featuring both YA novels and novels written for adults that are appropriate for teens;
- offering thorough annotations, with an examination of each novel’s historical content;
- providing discussion questions and online resources for classroom use that encourage students to think critically about the book and compare ideas and events in the story to actual history.
Crew is a former associate professor at Kean University, where she taught children’s and young adult literature and was coordinator of the Educational Media Specialist Program. She has written numerous articles and three books in the field of children’s and young adult literature, including “Is It Really Mother Dearest? Daughter-Mother Narratives in Young Adult Fiction,” “Women Engaged in War: A Guide to Resources for Children and Young Adults,” and “Donna Jo Napoli: Writing with Passion.” She also reviews books for VOYA Magazine.
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