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Storify Twitter Chat Archive from Monday, September 30, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Animoto video of titles from this month.

Genre Definition:

Historical Fiction tells a story that is set in the past, and the setting is usually real and draws from history. The stories often contain actual historical people, but the main characters are typically fictional. Authors of these stories, while writing fiction, try to capture the manners and social customs of the time period.

Reading Assignment:

You are asked to read three books for this month.

Select 3 titles from the following list:

Al Capone Does My Homework / Al Capone Shines My Shoes / Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Crow by Barbara Wright
Duke by Kirby Larson
Escape from Berlin / Finding Sophie series by Irene N. Watts
Hattie Ever After / Hattie Big Sky series by Kirby Larson
Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist by Margarita Engle
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
Navigating Early Clare Vanderpool
Nobody's Secret by Michaela MacColl
Odette's Secrets by Maryanne Macdonald
Once / Then / Now series by Morris Gleitzman
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
P.S. Be Eleven / One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
Prisoner B-3087 Alan Gratz
Red River Stallion by Troon Harrison
Saving Zasha / Finding Zasha series by Randi Barrow
Shadow by Michael Morpurgo
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
Touched by Fire by Irene N. Watts
Tracks by Diane Lee Wilson
Victoria Rebels by Rebecca Meyer

Resources for this Genre:

Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction http://www.scottodell.com/pages/ScottO'DellAwardforHistoricalFiction.aspx
Primary Resources to Connect with Historical Fiction:
BBC History http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/
Holocaust Memorial Museum http://www.ushmm.org/
Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/index.html
National Archives http://www.archives.gov/
Smithsonian Education http://www.si.edu/

Book and Movie Trailers:

Between Shades of Gray and the history behind the story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPiQ_LuKtDE
The Book Thief movie trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92EBSmxinus
Countdown book trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2djqcv91GU
Hattie Ever After book talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzoZDF3IWLE
Kirby Larson talking about Duke http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2733kwORfmoThe
The Lions of Little Rock book trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-PZnRIqa8c