Category Archives: 20th Century

New YA Fiction: The Ship to Nowhere

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The Ship to Nowhere by Rona Arato Book Description: “Rachel Fletcher is nine years old when she, her mother and sister are crammed on board the Exodus, a dilapidated vessel smuggling 4500 refugees of the Holocaust to their biblical homeland, Israel, known as Palestine. Since the end of the war, Rachel has been shuffled between a series of displaced persons… Read more »

review: The Great Gatsby

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This book is a classic–not historical fiction–but as it’s set in the 1920’s, I thought I would include a review here. Nick Carraway, the narrator of this story, is a businessman from the Midwest who settles in a fictional community on Long Island, New York. There is soon talk about his mysterious and… Read more »

review: The Spirit of Grace

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The Spirit of Grace by Terry Lynn Thomas California, 1942. Sarah Jane Bennett has been locked in an asylum since her mother’s death the year before. Because she doesn’t remember anything from the horrific event, and was found standing over her mother’s body, she remains under suspect to those who do not believe the death to be an accident. Her… Read more »

Southern Historical Novels by Steven D. Ayres

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Fallow Are the Fields This is an American Civil War novel, about young Steven Jett, his four older brothers, sister, mother and father, living on a small farm near Salt Springs, Georgia, just west of Atlanta in the middle 1800’s. From humble beginnings, this story takes you on a real life adventure, as the great war ravages across the country-side… Read more »

review: Diary of a Provincial Lady

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Diary of a Provincial Lady by E. M. Delafield The Provincial Lady, whose name is never mentioned, lives in Devon, England in the early 1930’s. This is her diary, which spans almost a year–from November 1929 to October 1930. She spends her time mostly with social obligations, such as the Women’s Institute and neighborhood fetes and fundraisers. Her household consists… Read more »

Threads of War (Kickstarter Campaign)

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Please consider backing this author’s campaign for the publication of the second installment of Threads of War. Backers will receive e-book copies of the book(s), mentions and signed materials at various levels of pledges. Information and links below. Threads of War I by Jeremy Strozer Amazon Kindle Link Purchase from Author’s Website BOOK DESCRIPTION: “Threads of The War collects and… Read more »

review: War in My Town

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War in My Town by E. Graziani Bruna Pucci is an eleven-year-old girl living in a small village in northern Tuscany, Italy. The story opens in 1940 with Bruna’s everyday life–going to school during her final year, doing chores and enjoying spending time with her mother, six siblings and neighborhood friends–and takes readers through the end of World War II…. Read more »

review: Going Over by Beth Kephart

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Going Over by Beth Kephart Ada Piekarz is a 15-year-old daycare worker by day and graffiti artist by night. She lives in 1980’s Berlin, near the wall that separates the East from the West. She’s on the West side–the free side–while her boyfriend, Stefan, resides with his grandmother on the East side. For as long as she can remember, she… Read more »

review: Twelve Minutes to Midnight

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight First in a Triology Shadows of the Silver Screen, The Black Crow Conspiracy by Christopher Edge London, England 1899. Penelope Tredwell is the orphaned thirteen-year-old owner of the magazine The Penny Dreadful, in which she writes under the wildly popular pen name Montgomery Flinch. This story takes readers to Bedlam, London’s institution for the mentally ill,… Read more »

review: Courage & Defiance

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Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in WWII Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson “Only a drop in the ocean, that’s what they say. Well now, the ocean consists of drops.” – Mogens Fog An emotionally affecting story based on a collection of survivors’ memoirs, this WWII account focuses on the resistance efforts in Denmark during the five years… Read more »

review: The Time of the Hunter’s Moon

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The Time of the Hunter’s Moon by Victoria Holt Cordelia Grant, an English student at an exclusive finishing school in Switzerland, is enjoying her final term and looking forward to going home to her beloved aunt Patty and working as a schoolmistress. Cordelia and her friends decide to go on one last adventure together after hearing the local legend set… Read more »

author interview: Robert Stephen Parry on The Hours Before

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Author Interview: ROBERT STEPHEN PARRY The Hours Before begins with an interesting character perspective. Can you explain why you chose this path for the introduction? Perhaps one of the easiest mistakes we can make in life (and the more successful, wealthy or comfortable one becomes the easier it is to make it) is to assume that humility and modesty are… Read more »