Looking Forward to the Past
When authors add emotion to their historical research, or project their imaginations into situations and events, the narrative becomes historical fiction. An excellent example is the 2014 One Book One Siouxland selection, Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline. With a keen sense of story, the author presents firsthand accounts of Orphan Train riders through the lives of fictional characters. Examples of historical fiction are found across all reading levels, from picture books through teen titles.
Good storytelling, lively language, and characters who present an accurate picture of a past time and place are important; and writers must stay true to established history. Historical fiction is a great way to experience the past—we invite you to check it out!