Historical Fiction


Nepotism undermines military strength

Jennifer Minicus | 28 July 2015
Will Alexios ever live down his mistake?

Boy nearly dies after bee attack

Jennifer Minicus | 26 June 2015
Native Americans befriend a young settler.

A determined young patriot saves West Point

Jennifer Minicus | 22 May 2015
Sophia's patriotism is put to the test.

Children defend the sanctity of human life

Tim Golden | 15 May 2015
Two teens protect a child from being used as a pawn in wartime.

An unexpected hero

Tim Golden | 17 April 2015
An Italian family hides Allied servicemen from the Nazis.

Banished to Siberia

Jennifer Minicus | 13 April 2015
Two young children set out to find their exiled parents.

Kidnapped by slave traders

Jennifer Minicus | 08 March 2015
A ninth century Irish princess is taken by Russian sailors.

Cat helps boy overcome dyslexia

Jennifer Minicus | 23 February 2015
Abby and Ben love the misfit animals in their grandfather's barn.

Fighting the war at home

Jennifer Minicus | 27 January 2015
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.

A battle with a dragon

Jennifer Minicus | 04 November 2014
A book for fans of historical fiction and fantasy.

A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 June 2014
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.

Grandfather inspires courage in young girl

Jane Fagan | 03 June 2014
An Irish family immigrates to America.

The “weaker sex”?

Jennifer Minicus | 08 April 2014
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.

Unwanted children sold as slaves

Tim Golden | 18 February 2014
The plight of illegitimate children in 17th-century England was bleak.

Rush Limbaugh’s book for kids sells 200,000 in first week

Jennifer Minicus | 28 January 2014
But is his version of early American history worth the hype?

Is there truth behind this legend?

Jennifer Minicus | 10 January 2014
A possible origin of the Hungarian people.

Deathbed confession leads to mystery

Tim Golden | 20 December 2013
Brother Cadfael is on the case.

Should young ladies know how to swim?

Jennifer Minicus | 09 December 2013
A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.

A message of goodwill and bonding

Jane Fagan | 06 December 2013
The Australian outback floods.

Cultures clash in the Middle East

Jennifer Minicus | 25 November 2013
A suspenseful story of ancient civilizations.

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