From the list on historical fiction to read with middle schoolers.
Who am I?
Not only have I written six critically acclaimed novels for middle-grade readers, including three historical fictions, I am the parent of a tween and teen who is always looking for great read-alouds and read-alongs for my own family. I am a firm believer that this is a valuable way to encourage literacy and love of story as I wrote in a recent, much-discussed essay in The Atlantic. Having lived abroad, including as an exchange student and camper in the Soviet Union and for three years in Belgium, I am also a huge believer in expanding our own as well as our kids’ knowledge of history beyond our own borders, cultures, identities, and perspectives.
Katherine's book list on historical fiction to read with middle schoolers
Why did Katherine love this book?
Varian Johnson’s story alternates between modern and historical timelines to create a mystery that is explored from different eras and perspectives.
In the current day, Candice and her friend Brandon play detective, trying to solve the puzzle of a fortune alluded to in a note they find in Candice’s grandma’s attic. We also get flashes from the 1950s of the small Southern town where the story is set.
This a great family read that allows readers to test their detective-solving savvy while exploring meatier issues such as racism and prejudice.