The Booklist – Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is my favorite genre. It's the best of both worlds. The characters were/are real people and reading about them brings history alive in a way that textbooks just can't. The fiction bit allows the author some room for speculation. It's fun to see each authors take on the same historical characters. I think this genre keeps the past in the present and encourages people to look back and learn. It's easy to forget the past when you don't feel connected to it. Historical fiction allows it's readers to connect with those long dead and breeds empathy for those who survived or didn't some of the worst periods of our history. If we have no empathy for the horrors of the past are we bound to repeat them?

Book Review “Timesmudger” Gillian Smellie

Thirteen year old Poppy returns to school to discover two major changes; there is a new girl in her dorm and Poppy can smudge the edges of time. Both turn out to be more troublesome than she ever imagined. Determined to prevent a murder that took place over one hundred years ago Poppy must face betrayal, consider her preconceptions and learn that everything is not quite as it seems. Revenge and the revelation of a one hundred year old secret change Poppy's life forever.