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Kids can’t help but know about native residential schools now, so here are some books that might help explain the system and the long-lasting, generational, effects of it in ways they can understand. 4-7s The Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad Stolen Words by Melanie Florence When We Were Alone by David A Robertson 7-9s I […]


My latest book, Generations Five, is the prequel for the five-book Time Rose Series that focusses on the time trips of the Wolverton family’s fifth Generation. The other books are:   Time Rose Book 1: The Disappearing Rose Back Cover Blurb: What happened to the two young princes who disappeared from the Tower of London […]


Even with most kids still out of school for the foreseeable, they can be kept tuned into history with part of the word – a story, because, as Rudyard Kipling once said, “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Consider these historical facts: Back in Shakespeare’s day, plays […]


Christmas is coming! Which means it’s time for shameless promotion of my books as Christmas presents for kids, teens, and young-at-heart adults. Print versions available through Amazon, or bricks & mortar stores like Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and Once Upon A Bookstore. E-book versions through Kobo & Smashwords. https://www.amazon.com/Renee-Duke/e/B00FAGIPM4?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_8&qid=1575703322&sr=1-8


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 […]


October’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 Halloween Pie by Michael O.Tunnell (Timeless) Pirate Pearl by Phoebe Gilman (18th Century) Song & Dance Man by Karen Ackerman (Vaudeville)   Ages 7-9 The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar series by Lee Edward Fȍdi (Medieval-Style Fantasy) I Was There: 1066 by Jim Elridge (Medieval) Magic […]


September’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The First Drawing by Mordecai Gerstein (Prehistoric Era) The Princess & The Pony by Kate Beaton (Viking Era) Washday by Eve Bunting   Ages 7-9 Canadian Flyer Adventures # 11: Far From Home by Frieda Wishinsky (WW II) The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman (Family […]


Fantasy-wise, here’s a time travel twist teens should enjoy. In Joan Szechtman’s Richard III In The 21st Century series, the much maligned monarch come forward to our time, rather than someone going back to his. The audio edition of the first book on the series comes out September 3rd, 2018. http://joanszechtman.com/blog/this-time-audio-edition Original Pronunciations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s&feature=youtu.be Speculation-wise, […]


December’s history based or bygone era book suggestions. Ages 3-7 The Angel With A Mouth Organ by Christobel Mattingley (WW II) The Gingerbread Doll by Susan Tews (Depression Era) The Year Of The Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston (WW I) Ages 7-9 The Golden Dreydl by Ellen Kushner (Time Travel) Kristoph & The First […]


June’s book recommendations are all WW II based. Ages 3-7 The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco The Little Ships by Louise Borden Pennies In A Jar by Dori Chaconas   Ages 7-9 The Cats In Krasinski Square by Karen Hesse Evacuee by Jan Pollard The Harmonica by Tony Johnston   Ages 10-13 An Elephant In The […]

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