Historical Fiction – Page 2 – CYAPodcast

Category: Historical Fiction

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly


A written review by Adrienne

“Revolution” by Jennifer Donnelly

Clinically depressed from the accidental death of her little brother for which she feels responsible, Andi, a genuinely talented guitarist, is failing prep school and doing her best to help her mother who is having a mental breakdown over the loss. Enter aloof, distant Nobel-prize winning father who in one fell swoop commits his ex-wife to an institution and takes Andi to Paris over Christmas break where he continues his groundbreaking genetic research. Pissed off and angry at her father and her situation Andi figures out the quickest way to get away from him is to give him what he wants: her senior thesis on an obscure 18th century guitarist. Her research uncovers a diary written by Alexandrine Paradis a companion to the last and lost dauphin who is also the subject of Andi’s father’s project.

Historical facts from the French Revolution and a musical journey not typically seen in young adult books are expertly weaved into Andi’s and Alexandrine’s stories of anger, devotion, promises and redemption. Donnelly’s Andi is sarcastic and smart and Alexandrine is independent and willful making them both characters readers can relate. Check out Donnelly’s website for a playlist which allows the listener exploration as many titles are not to a particular song, just to the artist or band. Recommended for High School and up.

The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue

Upcoming books:
“The False Prince” by Jennifer A. Nielson
“Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am” by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

Never Fall Down & Bitterblue

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

“Never Fall Down” by Patricia McCormick

NPR interview with McCormick and Arn Chorn-Pond

Epic Reads’ YouTube video with McCormick and Chorn-Pond discussing the book

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

“Bitterblue” by Kristin Cashore

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue

Upcoming Reviews:

6PicReview #2–

  • Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, illus by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illus by Adam Rex
  • The Wind That Wanted to Rest by Sheldon Oberman, Neil Waldman and Peninnah Schram
  • Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illus by Dan Yaccarino
  • Yes, Yes Yaul by Jef Czekaj (ch eh k – AY)
  • Let’s Go Baby-O by Janet and Andrew McLean

“The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis

Midnight Zoo & Going Underground or, We Bought an Underground Zoo!

Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

“Midnight Zoo” by Sonya Hartnett (author’s website)


“Going Underground” by Susan Vaught (author’s website)

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue


Red Glove or, The Devil Inside

Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black (author’s website)

Roll Call Question:
What children/young adult blogs do you read?

American Indian’s in Children’s Literature
Bookshelves of Doom

Oklahoma 2011 Sequoyah Winners and 2012 Masterlists


Cathie Sue
Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Mermaids are the new trend, here, here and here.
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Green Money by Not Holly Black

Dr. Who (BBC)
IPhone Nike +GPS app

Echo Bazaar (online game)
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and playlist
Weeding your collection (see Space Between Trees entry)

List of best written and acted TV Shows

Clockwork Angel or, A Corset Too Tight

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare – Author website

Clockwork Angel Playlist – Author’s list of songs in Grooveshark playlist


Who the heck are we?!?

Adrienne Butler, Youth Services Consultant, Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Emily Williams, Young Adult Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Library System

Cathie Sue Andersen, Selector – Youth Fiction, Tulsa City County Library System

Karl Siewert, Young Adult Librarian, Tulsa City County Library System


Slate Culture Gabfest
Slate Spoiler Special
Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Renew your driver’s license

Cathie Sue
The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie by Alan C. Bradley
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan C. Bradley

To Write Love On Her Arms.org
Fade to Blue by Sean Bedoin
Ignite – Seattle, Tulsa, OKC

Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, AMC TV Show

Upcoming Books:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway

One Crazy Summer

Extended Resources

Rita Williams-Garcia Author’s website
Sally Wern Comport Illustrator’s website;  cover art , Jacket Knack interview
Black Panthers Wikipedia entry
1964 Brown University Scholarly Technology Group
Huey Newton
Gwendolyn Brooks “We Real Cool” Wikipedia entry
Brenda and the Tabulations “Dry Your Eyes”
Bobby Hutton Wikipedia entry
Reverend King The King  Center website
Bobby Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
Merriam Webster Wikipedia entry
Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali
Mr. Bubble Bath Wikipedia entry
Eldridge Cleaver Wikipedia entry
H. Rap Brown Wikipedia entry
Ho Chi Minh Wikipedia entry

Related Book
Countdown by Deborah Wiles

Series Update (PDF)
How to do a booktalk
Nancy Keane, booktalks website
Google search results: How to do a book talk


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

Cathie Sue
Marvel iPhone App; DC iPhone App
#dearpublisher Twitter hashtag

Clean House Style Network
Finding My Place by Traci L. Jones