Michelle Isenhoff

children’s historical fiction

The Impossible Journey, by Gloria Whelan, 2003

“Comrade Sergei Kirov was killed on the first day of December. That same night my parents disappeared.” It is 1934 and Kirov was the man competing with Joseph Stalin for control of Russia’s Communist Party. Stalin wanted no competition. So Kirov was conveniently assassinated, and in the name of justice hundreds, perhaps thousands of arrests […]

5-Q Interview With Author Lisa Rivero

If you missed yesterday’s post, check out my book review of Oscar’s Gift: Planting Words with Oscar Micheaux, by Lisa Rivero.  You won’t want to miss this one.  Ms. Rivero has graciously donated a paperback copy for my readers.  Click here for giveaway details. Before reading Oscar’s Gift, I was not familiar with Oscar Micheaux. What inspired this […]

Moon over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool, 2010, Book Review

I loved, loved, LOVED this book! Recommended to me by a sixth grade literature teacher, I gobbled it up in a two sittings. A few days later, I learned it won this year’s Newbery. Well-earned, I say! Following an illness, twelve-year-old Abilene’s father, Gideon, sends her away to friends in Manifest, Kansas, a town that […]

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