Best Children’s Military Historical Fiction in 2022

Children's Military Historical Fiction

Among the many books on military history, children will enjoy the stories in children's military historical fiction. A variety of authors has written these stories, such as Leon Garfield's The Prisoners of September and Stephen Rayson's The Crows of War. Some of the best-selling children's books about the wartime experience are also featured, including May Amelia and Rosemary Sutcliff's A Question of Courage.

Leon Garfield's The Prisoners of September

The Prisoners of September is the first novel by British author Leon Garfield, who is known primarily for writing children's historical fiction. The novel follows two boys, Lewis and Richard, who travel to Paris in 1789 for very different reasons. As they explore the city's changing cultural landscape, Lewis and Richard are challenged by the September massacre and the French Revolution. The novel's compelling premise makes it an excellent read for both adults and children alike.

Rosemary Sutcliff's A Question of Courage

The theme of death and exile is a common one among Sutcliff's later works, although she is less concerned with writing historical narratives than with reconstructing a child's imaginative world. Sutcliff's writing is a blend of historical conflict and contemporary problems. A Question of Courage will captivate middle schoolers with its complex characters and sweeping themes. It is one of the most compelling novels about human nature and morality.

The novel portrays the Old Faith that existed before Christianity dominated the continent. This religion coexisted with Christianity in the Middle Ages, causing a profound impact on human life. Sutcliff's characters find courage and hope in the face of great odds. She depicts a society that fought for its freedom. Throughout the novel, we learn more about life in medieval Europe and the conflict between faith and society.

Among her other works, Sutcliff was known for her depictions of Greek and Gaelic myths, including the Arthurian myth. She also wrote four novels set in post-Roman Britain, including A Question of Courage. A Question of Courage is one of the most celebrated books of Sutcliff's career. She was awarded the Carnegie Medal for her work, and the book was adapted into a major motion picture starring Channing Tatum. Sadly, Sutcliff died of Still's Disease at the age of fifty-six, but she will always be remembered fondly.

Although her first four books are written for younger children, A Question of Courage reaches adults. Her historical novels are highly acclaimed for stimulating the critical faculties and awakening the emotions. While the story is historically accurate, it also portrays contemporary social problems and struggles. It is a good example of historical fiction for children. While Sutcliff's novels are not as well known as those written by adult authors, they are still popular today.

May Amelia's A Question of Courage

A Question of Courage by May Amelia is an excellent debut novel for young readers. A girl who does not want to be coddled and dressed up is thrust into the role of a powerful female. As the only daughter in the family, May Amelia is forced to shoulder the burden of cooking and cleaning when her mother is away. Her father constantly criticizes her for this, and she finds herself in a difficult situation when she agrees to translate for a man who asks for an investment. The man turns out to be a fraud, and her family loses everything.

The Jackson family lives in rural Washington in 1900. Many Finnish immigrants settled the area, and the community is small and isolated. Life is tough in the woods, but it is also full of traditions and family. May Amelia's love of adventure inspires her to make a difference in her community. This third book in the series follows the story of Our Only May Amelia, and it is a fun read, especially if you enjoyed the first novel.

David Small's memoir

Stitches, David Small's memoir of children's historical fiction, is a powerful work of military historical and literary fiction. As a young boy, Small lives with his self-absorbed parents - his mother is a closet lesbian, and his father only cares about his job. Small retreats into his artwork and imagination to deal with the trauma he's been facing for most of his life. However, his life takes a turn when he is diagnosed with a tumor on his neck. The doctor sends David to get it removed as soon as possible and, unfortunately, the tumor returns.

Small's book begins in Detroit, Michigan. His family was the epitome of 1950s middle class success, but the young Small had respiratory problems and was exposed to massive doses of radiation. This condition was exacerbated by a growth on his neck - it turned out to be a vocal cord. Small's father, a radiologist, eventually decided to remove the growth and put him in a hospital.

David Small's memoir is a stunningly moving and terrifying tour de force, with spooky black-and-gray illustrations reminiscent of Grant Wood's American Gothic or Edvard Munch's The Scream. In some places, Small has drawn characters with glowing square-rimmed glasses who impose their moral code on children. The memoir, while a personal memoir, also contains portraits of the author's life.

Authors with a strong interest in children's military history should consider sending their manuscripts to the independent publisher Hellgate Books. They publish historical memoirs, children's books, and military fiction, and have a long list of titles. These authors have achieved a solid reputation for their books. Despite their success, however, it is important to remember that a memoir is only as good as the book it focuses on.

Becky Watson

Commissioning Editor in Walker’s “6+” team. I work on books across the different children’s genres, including non-fiction, fiction, picture books, gift books and novelty titles. Happy to answer questions about children's publishing – as best I can – for those hoping to enter the industry!

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