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War-time setting are always popular with historical fiction, and this week's titles are no exception. Both The Dollmaker of Krakow and Four-Four-Two are set during World War II; however, The Dollmaker of Krakow is also a bit of a fairy tale or fantasy set against the atrocities Jews in Krakow faced, and Four-Four-Two explores the same time period from a soldier's perspective. Another war story in this week's group of recommendations is A Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen. This book tells the story of Charley Goddard, a 15-year-old from Minnesota who fights in 4 of the 5 most deadly battles in the American Civil War. In reality, Goddard didn't fight in all 4 of these battles, but don't let that bit of artistic license stop you from reading about the harrowing experience of war for the teenager.
If you're looking for historical fiction that isn't tied to a war, All the Broken Pieces and I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 might interest you. Set in the years following the Vietnam War, All the Broken Pieces is a novel in verse and sports story that combines war guilt, baseball, and families. The focus on family is also part of the story in I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871. If you've read other books in the I Survived series, you will likely enjoy this one, too!
If historical fiction is a genre you like, stop by and we'll talk about other titles you may want to try! See you soon!