Sometimes I read a book, and I even enjoy it, but I don't have much to say about it. I jot down a few thoughts and then I move on. Some of those are starting to pile up so I thought I would put them all together in one post.
Here are some MG Historical Fiction books I've read recently and my shorter musings on them.
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
One Came Home
is solid historical fiction, a mystery, and tale about a gun toting
girl who lives on the Wisconsin frontier. The plotting is interesting
and the pacing works for the plot. Sort of. The story has several
flashbacks and these are sometimes jarring and rambled. I know that was
meant to show Georgie's frame of mind, but it made the story rather
awkward in places. The mystery and action are wonderfully done when
they're included and will probably keep readers engaged, particularly if
they are into this sort of story. I would have liked this much more if I
had liked or appreciated any of the characters but they all seemed to
me to be stereotypical with little to no depth. Also the last couple
pages are a little preachy in tone for my taste. Almost like the author
wanted to sum up the whole thing with "And the moral is..."
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
Shadow on the Mountain is a story of spies and espionage in WWII Norway. It is a fictionalized account of true events. It is an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and wants to know more about World War II. There isn't as much action and adventure as you might expect from a novel about spies, but that grounds it in reality more. It is very episodic in nature and covers a lot of years and I had trouble connecting to or caring for the characters as a result.
The Unfortunate Son by Constance Leeds
The Unfortunate Son
is strong historical fiction. The story is very plot centered so there
is a lot of this happened and then this happened. The characters were
not well developed and I felt a distance from the story as a result. I'm
a character reader and I felt the characterization was lacking a lot
here. The story was an interesting one. It is not often that you get a
story of a European boy being taken captive as a slave to Africa. I have
to say that the ending bothered me quite a bit. The story just sort of
stops with little resolution.