A Historically Good Read

Rekindled by Teresa Irizarry
A Historically Good Read - Rekindled by Teresa Irizarry

Hardcover: 490 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (2015)
Language: English

Shefluential Disclosure

I love a good historical fiction novel. One of my favorite authors of all time is Jane Austen because I love to read about the era that she lived in and wrote about. There are many good contemporary writers bringing fantastic historical fiction to readers, as well.

I rarely read books where the subject matter is largely political in nature, as the bulk of the historical novels I’ve read have tended to focus on interpersonal relationships, societal issues or other such subject matter — until I picked up Teresa Irizarry’s Rekindled. Continue Reading

WWII From The Perspective Of A Japanese Teen

The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw
The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw

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Age Range: 11 – 13 years
Grade Level: 5 – 8
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (August 2, 2016)
Language: English

Shefluential DisclosureI am really excited to share my thought with you, dear reader, about a wonderful book that I read recently. The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw (from Sky Pony Press) is a fiction novel set during World War II. It is based on the real-life experience of the author’s mother who was a Japanese teen living in Hiroshima at the time that the atomic bomb was dropped on that city.

This premise immediately caught my interest as I had not previously considered what that experience must have been like for Japanese citizens who were subjected to it. Like me, if this is the first time you are looking at this historic event from that perspective, you may be shuddering a bit, and a bit chastened as well to think about it from this unfamiliar perspective. Continue Reading