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My interest in history began in grade school with an Ohio history notebook in fifth grade.
(It was embarrassing to see it in a recent clean-out of "old stuff").
Later trips to Indian Mounds and the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta, Ohio, fueled
my eagerness. Now I write historical fiction for young readers--an excellent path to grabbing
the interest of the young students of today.
Historical fiction takes readers on a journey back in time so they see, hear, smell, and feel what
it was like to live in another era. Along the way they accidentally soak up all sorts of facts about
the time period, painlessly. Not to be compared to studying for a history test!
Parents, if your student is anti-books, find some historical fiction that might match his/her
interest. Challenge, beg, or pay them to read it (after you make sure it will grab their interest.)
We can even use technology to bookish ends, with e-readers and audio books.
Anyone want to list a favorite historical fiction book you've read?