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Title: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Trine on February 13, 2016, 07:03 PM
Writing friends:
I am working on an MG historical fiction novel. Story is of a young  Norwegian immigrant coming to America in 1901. I am looking for mentor texts to study. Any suggestions?  :bighelp
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: dinalapomy101 on February 14, 2016, 07:53 AM
Hi Ama -- great question! And I wish I had a good answer, but the fact that I can't think of a turn-of-the-century novel about a Norwegian immigrant probably means that yours needs to be written!

There are lots of MG European immigration stories -- would that help?
These come to mind:
KATERINA'S WISH by Mobley
ASHES OF ROSES by Auch
ALL OF A KIND FAMILY by Taylor
 
There are lots more about kids immigrating from other parts of the world too, of course.

Good luck! And let us know if you find a Norwegian story!
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Trine on February 14, 2016, 03:11 PM
Yes! That does help. Thank you. I want to read all kinds of MG immigrant stories to broaden my scope.  :thankyou
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: HaroldU on February 14, 2016, 03:17 PM
You might check out West of the Moon by Margi Preus--an older middle-grade, and somewhat unconventional (as you will see) but it's well worth reading...
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: CyndyHenzel on February 15, 2016, 09:27 AM
I'll plug my new MG historical, MYTH RIDER, about an immigrant girl from the country of Georgia. It, too, is somewhat unconventional.
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Trine on February 15, 2016, 09:42 AM
 :thankyou  Harold and Cyndy. I will check them out.
 Congratulations, Cyndy :star2
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: rab on February 16, 2016, 05:08 PM
You might try Jennifer L. Holm's Newbery Honor-winning debut, OUR ONLY MAY AMELIA. It's set in 1899 in Washington State. If I remember correctly, the characters are Finnish immigrants to the U.S.
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Trine on February 16, 2016, 05:22 PM
Perfect  :thankyou
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Vijaya on February 16, 2016, 05:34 PM
Hi Ama -- great question! And I wish I had a good answer, but the fact that I can't think of a turn-of-the-century novel about a Norwegian immigrant probably means that yours needs to be written!

This.

I'm a sucker for immigrant stories ... a very beautiful one is A Step from Heaven by An Na. What's amazing is the voice -- the MC recounts life from the time she's 4 until she's 16 or so. The bulk of it is MG but it's a study in how to keep the voice consistent to the character but also maturing.

And seconding Our Only May Amelia. There's a sequel to it as well -- The Trouble with May Amelia. Good luck with your story.

Vijaya
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Trine on February 16, 2016, 05:58 PM
Thank You, Vijaya.
I will look at this one, too. Learning the techniques of memorable voice is so important!
Blessings ~ :writing3
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: sheila-king-2 on February 17, 2016, 10:38 AM
"Letters from Rifka" is a favorite.
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Trine on February 17, 2016, 07:26 PM
Yes, I have read that one.  :thankyou
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Whiteteeth on January 31, 2022, 04:30 PM
I'll plug my new MG historical, MYTH RIDER, about an immigrant girl from the country of Georgia. It, too, is somewhat unconventional.

Oh wow. I just came home from Georgia a few months ago and thought it was fascinating. I had an idea to set a future MG fiction book there. There is so much potential with the ancient crumbling castles, fortresses and monasteries everywhere, and especially with all the stray dogs that are so friendly that they seem like pets. I'm just not sure what the actual plot would be though. But it is an incredible setting.
Title: Re: MG Historical Fiction
Post by: Vijaya on February 01, 2022, 07:22 AM
Trine, not an immigrant story precisely but The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz is set early 1900s about a girl from the far coming to the city. Beautiful story. LAS is one of my favorite authors. You'd love her too.