Last week I shared with you my new favorite indulgence – historical fiction! I gave you my top six recommendations, but they are far from the only good ones out there.

On my bedside table, more historical fiction eagerly awaits:
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (a companion novel to The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate! Huzzah!!)
The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
Stella By Starlight by Sharon Draper
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

More wonderful historical fiction titles on the DCF list are:
Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy
The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
The Badger Knight by Kathryn Erskine
Check them out at the DCF home page here.

And lest anyone thinks I am getting utterly carried away by historical fiction (wink, nudge….I already have) here are some summer reading suggestions divvied up by genre.

Graphic Novels that are chock full of humor, shapeshifting and roller derby!
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Underground Abductor (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale

Fantasy that will delight with appearances by the Lightbender, a Scottish Bog Wallow and Jack (yes, that Jack, from that Beanstalk)
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce
The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

And lastly, a Post-modern roller-coaster ride, a straight-up mystery and a literary gem:
The Return of Auggie Hobble by Lane Smith
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
A Question of Miracles by Elena Arnold

Have fun compiling your own list of summer reading!


Jane Knight is the children’s book buyer for Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT.

Featured image from Running Out of Night by Sharon Lovejoy

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