Historical Fiction & Nonfiction for Tweens, a guest post by Susan J. Austin

What I love most about writing historical fiction for middle grades is bringing alive periods, people, events and places in compelling ways. Unfortunately, far too many kids think of history as a list of facts and dates, unconnected to their lives when the opposite is true. Historical fiction helps them see that the past is … Read more

Shedding Light in the Darkness of Our Historical Imaginations

IT ISN’T ALWAYS immediately clear to nonspecialists that medieval history is political. A time period stretching from, roughly, the fifth century to the 15th seems sufficiently removed from our world that its study couldn’t be adversely affected by our own prejudices. And yet, as historians know, all history is political, and the ways we relate … Read more