Two points she addresses, especially caught my attention. First, Ms.Lindquist says "it puts people back in history." Focusing on one character's point of view as historical events unfold demonstrates the 'seven blind mice' principle.
The other point that she mentions, and I'd like to stress, is that historical fiction can present 'the complexity of issues.' We'd all love to have events and people clearly defined as good or bad - but the truth is always a bit more difficult to find. And in the end, we want kids to see themselves as part of an ever-developing history. After all it's ourstory and it's incredibly dynamic.
Word of the day: dynamic-pertaining to energy or power in motion, relating to tending towards change (as opposed to: static)
I love that age group. And, now that I have a 7th grader, I'm kind of fond of that age group too. ;) Good post, as usual, Gabe.
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