Monday, December 3, 2012

Ten top historical novels for young readers

Lydia Syson is the author of A World Between Us, an historical adventure for teens set during the Spanish Civil War.

At the Guardian she named her ten favorite historical novels for young readers. One book on the list:
The House of Arden by E Nesbit

A wonderfully argumentative pair of Edwardian siblings and a magical white mole slip in and out of British history, getting tangled up with Gunpowder Plotters, Anne Boleyn, Walter Raleigh, the Old Pretender, a Napoleonic invasion and even escaping from the Tower of London. They are in search of the lost family treasure that will allow them to rebuild Arden Castle – and also improve the living conditions of the cottagers on their estate. E Nesbit was a socialist and an activist, who wrote political hymns as well as creating a new genre of children's fiction. You might call it everyday magic – my favourite kind. Compassionate, clever and ironic, E Nesbit makes me laugh out loud.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue