Want experience what it felt like to live in the past?

What is Historical Fiction?

  • Stories that have fictional characters but are set in actual locations and time periods in history
  • Can teach you a lot about a time in history through the eyes and emotions of characters
  • Brings history alive through the lived experience of the characters in the story
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MAUS: A Survivor's Tale

Maus is a Graphic novel. The author uses animals to represent different nations.

Mice: Jewish, Cats: Germans, Pigs: Polish, and Dogs: Americans.

There is no colour within these pages, but that is done on purpose. The drawings accurately create the atmosphere that existed during those events. The expressions on the faces, the clothing and the environments are so vividly depicted.

It will be a difficult book to put down as you become immersed into that world.

FLY BOY by Eric Walters

—During WWII, a 17 year old boy wants to join the Royal Canadian Air Force to become a pilot.

He then:

  • —lies about his age and designed an integrate plan to keep the truth from his mother.
  • enlists under a different name and travels to the Prairies for basic training.
  • —is chosen to be a navigator in the famous Lancaster fighter plane and is sent over to Europe.
  • goes on several dangerous missions as part of a flight crew who do not know the truth about his identity.
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THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

The story of a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.

With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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Some information obtained from Goodreads.com, Indigo.ca and amazon.com.