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Wonderful Historical Fiction- Clean Enough for Children

Just Jen "'Twas blind but now I see."
 
Désirée
Désirée
"I picked this book up at Goodwill for a nickel. Honestly, I was incredulous, but for the price I figured I could risk it. This is perhaps the best romance novel I've ever read (and it's clean too!). It's based loosely upon the true story of a girl engaged to Napoleon, who later became queen of Switzerland. Read it."
Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain
"I've read this book sooo many times- it's wonderful. I've reread it every year since the first time I picked it up in 6th grade. You don't have to be a child to appreciate the story of a boy during Revolutionary America."
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
"I always found The Crucible, though a classic, to be somewhat lacking. This book, however, I've utterly adored. One of the best "girl books" of all time."
The Great Quest (Dodo Press)
The Great Quest (Dodo Press)
"Although he was given the Newberry award for The Dark Frigate, I have always preferred this book. It's an exciting romance, with buried treasure, natives, and PIRATES! What could be any better?"
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Classics)
"Although I do prefer the movie plot better, The Count is a wonderful read. Vengence, hate, love, pirates, prison, and gold. What I find aggravating however is that the count does not get his true love until the sequel, Edmond Dantez. For that reason, I like the way the movie ends better, but The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic, well worth the time it takes to read."
David Copperfield (Penguin Classics)
David Copperfield (Penguin Classics)
"This book is lovely. While I found Great Expectations to be nothing less than disturbing, I loved David."
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
"A great book based on a real person. I love 'period books' and this I found this one to be quite sweet."
Jane Eyre (Vintage Classics)
Jane Eyre (Vintage Classics)
"Some say this is the first "gothic novel", I suppose in a way it is dark, but I loved it for the love story. Jane is an ordinary plain girl who falls in love with a rich, intelligent, and witty man who is her employer. Yet everything for poor Jane goes wrong, but it ends happily ever after... pretty much. This is perhaps my favorite book."
Persuasion
Persuasion
"If you're going to read Jane Austin, this is the one to read. It's her last book, but the one that I believe to have the most feeling. I read it in one day- because I loved it so."
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (Hornblower Saga)
"I think I have always had some sort of crush on Horatio. All of the Hornblower Saga are worth reading, but the first is my favorite. Somehow the sea always seems to come alive in its pages- its great!"