Question: The royal houses of Lancaster and York fought for the crown of England in an ongoing dispute that took up much of the fifteenth century and was later known as the Wars of the Roses because of the rose emblems each side sported. A marriage between scions of the families represented by the Red […]

Question: What reigning monarch was overthrown by American forces on January 17th, 1893? Answer; Queen Lydia Kamakaeha Liliuokalani, queen of the Hawaiian Islands, which would be officially annexed by the United States of America five years later. http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtid=2&psid=3159  

Shield Of Beom placed fifth out of a list of twenty-five YA books published in 2018.

Happy New Year – if you live in Cwm Gwaun in Wales. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/tiny-welsh-village-celebrates-new-14149569  

  If you live in the northern hemisphere, it can take a while to put on sufficient clothing when you venture outdoors but this can still probably be achieved more quickly and easily than people of the past were able to get into even indoor wear. Especially ladies from the upper classes. http://www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2017/08/how_women_got_dressed_in_18th_century_england_video.html  

  The work of Dutch painter, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, wasn’t just popular in his day. It’s been popular down through the centuries. Especially with thieves. http://www.artnews.com/2011/08/15/how-rembrandts-were-stolen-81-times/  

One feature common to most juvenile and young adult books, regardless of genre, is that most of the protagonists are Caucasian, an issue discussed at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/08/characters-in-childrens-books-are-almost-always-white-and-its-a-big-problem/?utm_source=Publishers+Weekly&utm_campaign=216a5a2dae-UA-15906914-1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0bb2959cbb-216a5a2dae-304873533 Picture books tend to be a bit more diverse, but not books for older kids. Here then are some historical book middle grade book suggestions that DON’T have white […]

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