Content Categorized ‘kidlit’

Historical fiction ftw!

Posted on January 15, 2008 under historical fiction, kidlit, public history

The winners for the big children’s book awards have been announced, and this year, history won. The most exciting news is that Laura Amy Schlitz’s Good Masters, Sweet Ladies has won the Newbery!  This terrific, original book is a series of dramatic monologues from characters in a medieval village.   It’s a surprise and a pleasure […]

Beware the historic preservationists!

Posted on December 29, 2007 under kidlit | 2 Comments

Adrienne Kress, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman (Weinstein Books, 2007) I had thought that, unlike librarians, local history folks didn’t have any real stereotypes to combat, that we suffered from obscurity rather than an image problem.  But here comes Alex and the Ironic Gentleman, a swashbuckling middle-grade fantasy, to prove me wrong.  Shushing is nothing […]

21st century spiritualism

Posted on December 7, 2007 under historical fiction, history of science, kidlit | 2 Comments

Suzanne Harper, The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney Wendy Corsi Staub, Lily Dale: Awakening Christine Wicker, Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that talks to the Dead Lily Dale, a small town in Western New York, is possibly the last remaining spiritualist outpost–not (necessarily) New Age-y spiritualist, but practitioners of Swedenborgian spirtualist religion […]