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Recreating the Past: A Guide to American and World Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults
     

Recreating the Past: A Guide to American and World Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults

by Lynda G. Adamson
 

Spanning grades 1-10+, this annotated bibliography of 970 recommended American and world titles published through early 1994 includes adult titles suitable for young readers; at least 200 of the titles are award winners. In support of interdisciplinary English and social studies curricula, librarians and teachers can easily assemble a basic list of books on a

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Spanning grades 1-10+, this annotated bibliography of 970 recommended American and world titles published through early 1994 includes adult titles suitable for young readers; at least 200 of the titles are award winners. In support of interdisciplinary English and social studies curricula, librarians and teachers can easily assemble a basic list of books on a geographical place and time period. Geographical sections are divided into historical time periods within which entries are organized alphabetically by author.

Each entry contains both reading and interest grade levels, a short incisive annotation about the historical event, setting, plot, protagonist and theme, current publication availability, and awards won. Seven reference appendices allow for easy searching. These helpful appendices and an authors, a titles, and an illustrators index help to make this volume a critical professional tool.

Editorial Reviews

Zom Zoms
Adamson returns to historical fiction, this time with an annotated bibliography for grades 1-10. (Her "Reference Guide to Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults" [Greenwood, 1987] profiled 80 authors of historical fiction and their works.) "The 970 works selected are insightful, historically accurate, and for the most part, well written. At least 200 are award winners." The first two chapters cover "Prehistory and the Ancient World" and the "Roman Empire to 476 A.D." The remaining chapters switch to a geographic approach: Europe, South and Central America and the Caribbean, Africa, China, etc. Each of these chapters is subdivided by time period and then arranged alphabetically by author. Bibliographic information and an annotation are given for each work. The annotations try to incorporate date; setting; "a description of the protagonist according to age, sex, and situation"; and a statement about the theme. Seven appendixes and an author-illustrator-title index complete the volume. The appendixes include an index of titles by readability and interest levels; a list of works with protagonists of or plots concerning minority groups; famous groups and people in the works; works with sequels, same characters, or in series; and country and date of setting in Europe Though she discusses the historical fiction genre in an introductory essay, Adamson never really sets forth her criteria for inclusion. Lacking a clear statement, questions arise about the omission of such titles as Mazer's "The Last Mission", Lunn's "The Root Cellar", and Uris' "Mila 18", as well as classics such as "The Scarlet Pimpernel". As might be expected, books on the American colonies and the U.S. dominate the guide. While copyright dates from earlier in this century appear, most are from the late 1970s through early 1994 This book belongs on all professional shelves in elementary through high schools where it will help identify sequels and aid in collection building. As always with a well-done bibliography, there's the joy of meeting old friends as well as the challenge of attempting to identify those books omitted.
Booknews
Spanning grades 1-10, this annotated bibliography of 970 recommended American and world titles published through early 1994 includes adult titles suitable for young adult readers, with some 200 of the titles being award winners. Geographical sections are divided into historic time periods within which entries are organized alphabetically by author. Each entry contains both reading and interest grade levels, a short annotation about the historical event, setting, plot, protagonist and theme, current publication availability, and awards won. Seven appendices allow for a variety of search parameters. Originally announced as Historical Fiction for Children.... Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313290084
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.59(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

LYNDA G. ADAMSON is author of A Reference Guide to Historical Fiction for Children and Young Adults (Greenwood Press, 1987). A Professor of English at Prince George's Community College in Maryland, she has taught children's literature for 15 of her 25 years of college teaching.

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