Reviews by Category: Historical Fiction

Teen Review
Girl in the Blue Coat book cover

Girl in the Blue Coat

By Monica Hesse
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Jun 7, 2024

Hanneke Bakks is still grieving over her lost lover, Bas, when she decides to turn to stealing goods from the black market and selling them in order to gain money for herself and her family. It’s a nasty business that she ensures her parents and friends don’t find out about.  She decides to keep her methods secret to make sure that her job is done skillfully and without prying eyes, especially in Amsterdam in 1943, which is filled with German occupation.

Teen Review
The Wonder book cover

The Wonder

By Emma Donoghue
Star Rating
★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Jun 7, 2024

Lib Wright is an English nurse who was serving under the legendary leadership of Ms. Nightingale, a renowned nurse in various regions of Europe. Shortly after the Crimean War, Lib is called to Ireland during the 19th century to observe a new patient by the name of Anna O’Donnell, an 11-year-old girl whose parents claim that she hasn’t eaten anything since her last birthday, which had taken place four months ago.

Teen Review
The Nightingale

The Nightingale

By Kristen Hannah
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
May 28, 2024

Summary: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a historical novel set during World War II, focusing on the lives of two French sisters, Vianne and Isabelle Rossignol. As the Nazis occupy France, Vianne is forced to endure the hardships and moral dilemmas of living under enemy rule while trying to protect her daughter. Meanwhile, the rebellious Isabelle joins the French Resistance, risking her life to save downed Allied airmen and undermine the German forces.

Teen Review
The Book Thief book cover

The Book Thief

By Markus Zusak
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Bella Paul
May 17, 2024

Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is a Young Adult Fiction novel that tells Liesel Meminger’s story—a young girl living in Germany during World War II. Constantly faced with loss and tragedy, Liesel hopes to find meaning in her life—she does so through her fascination with books. Occupying her time with words and as many books as she can find, she is faced with the reality of the war—the oppression in Nazi Germany, losing the people she loves, and the consequences of doing the right, but dangerous thing.

Teen Review
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Ground Zero

By Alan Gratz
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Owen C.
May 17, 2024

Ground Zero is a very well written book about the incident during 9/11. It focuses on two different characters, Brandon and Reshima. Both characters have to go through many hardships and challenges such as being trapped in the world trade center. Overall, I give this book a 5 out of 5 because it is a very engaging book and is very easy to follow. I highly recommend reading this book if you like historical fiction or enjoy any other Alan Gratz books.

Teen Review
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Mahad Z.
May 13, 2024

Summary: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare is a tragedy that revolves around the conspiracy to assassinate the Roman dictator Julius Caesar. The play follows the manipulation and betrayal by key figures, including Brutus, Cassius, and Antony, as they grapple with loyalty, ambition, and power. Brutus, torn between his friendship with Caesar and his concern for Rome's welfare, ultimately joins the conspiracy led by Cassius.

Teen Review
I Must Betray You

I Must Betray You

By Ruta Sepetys
Star Rating
★★★★★

Rated by
Adi R.
Apr 15, 2024

Christian Florescu is a teenage boy living in Communist Romania. He lives with his mother, father, sister, and grandfather. During this time in Romania, the government, run by Nicolae Ceaușescu, has completely taken over the entire country, and made the living conditions horrible. Additionally, spies of all ages, helping the government spot out revolutionaries, are littered throughout the public. When Christian is recruited to become a spy, he attempts to take advantage of his position and topple the government from the inside out.

Teen Review
Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 14, 2024

This play by Shakespeare is a drama that views the destiny of Macbeth as he slowly marches into a pit of chaos. The play begins with three witches foretelling some of Macbeth’s fate. Realizing and worrying about his future, he becomes irritable, cautious, and destructive to those he perceives as threatening his bright future as a leader. He kills many to reach this goal, eventually being killed himself for such ambitions. 

Teen Review
The Crucible

The Crucible

By Arthur Miller
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
TeenReviewer11
Apr 13, 2024

The Crucible is a play written by Arthur Miller. This play occurs in Salem, Massachusetts, as suspicions rise of witchcraft. John Proctor, one of the main characters, created false accusations of Abigail (a teen) partaking in witchcraft. This leads to a string of accusations that causes hysteria in the entire town. These accusations find their way to court, where false “evidence” and faulty claims overpower the truth that few dare to speak out loud. 

Teen Review
Silence book cover

Silence

By Shusaku Endo
Star Rating
★★★★

Rated by
Anonymous
Apr 12, 2024

Silence is a book regarding faith and religion in a time and place where seeking a religion outside Japan’s interest would lead to immense suffering for its citizens. Sebastian Rodrigues, a character this book focuses on extensively, is a priest who has journeyed to Japan to tell the people about Christianity. The story quickly develops into his constant evasion of Japanese authorities looking to coerce him to renounce his faith. 

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