Friday, May 13, 2011

Living in the Past, Part 3

  a sampling

Jean Auel, Clan of the Cave Bear   YA to adult
Eileen Kernaghan, The Sarsen Witch  (Bronze Age Britain) YA to adult
Joanne Findon, When Night Eats the Moon (Iron Age Britain) 9-12

Mesopotamia/ Sumeria
Geraldine McCaughrean, Gilgamesh the Hero. ages 9-12
Ludmila Zeman, Gilgamesh trilogy (Gilgamesh the King; Revenge of Ishtar; The Last Quest of Gilgamesh) Ages 9-12.

Jane Lindskold, The Buried Pyramid. YA
Judith Tarr, Lord of Two Lands.  YA. to adult

Indus Valley
Eileen Kernaghan, Winter on the Plain of Ghosts: a novel of Mohenjo-daro  (Older YA to adult)

Ancient China
Wei Jiang, Legend of Mu Lan: A Heroine of Ancient China
Lloyd Alexander, Dream-of-Jade, the Emperor’s Cat. age 9-12

Ancient Greece
Robert Byrd, The Hero and the Minotaur. Gr. 3-6
Dave Duncan (writing as Sarah B. Franklin) Daughter of Troy. Older YA.
Mary Renault, The King Must Die and The Bull from the Sea (older YA to adult)
Patrice Kindl,  Lost in the Labyrinth  Ages 10 to 14
Caroline B. Coney, Goddess of Yesterday YA

Rome and Roman Britain
Alan Garner, Red Shift. YA  (Time- Slip novel set in Roman Britain,
17th C. England and modern times)  YA
Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove, Household Gods. (Older YA to adult)

Madeleine A. Polland, Beorn the Proud . Age 4-8
Chris Humphreys, The Fetch. YA
J.B. Olofsen, Svipdag    YA

Middle Ages
Janet McNaughton, An Earthly Knight (12th Century Scotland)  YA
Simon Rose, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox and The Heretic’s Tomb. (Mediaeval England) Gr. 4 to 7
Connie Willis, The Domesday Book (the Plague Years in England) YA to adult 

Elizabethan England.  Susan Cooper, King of Shadows
 Susan Price, The Sterkarm Handshake
Eileen Kernaghan, The Alchemist’s Daughter  YA

Early explorations
Russel Freedman, author, Bagram Ibatouline, Editor,  Adventures Of Marco Polo .
Ages 9-12   (Whether or not some of  Marco Polo’s adventures were actually fantasy,  the exotic splendour of Kublai Khan’s court lends its own enchantment)

Renaissance Italy
Gregory Maguire, Mirror, Mirror. YA to adult
Dave Duncan, The Alchemist’s Apprentice.  YA to adult.

Seventeenth Century England
John Wilson. The Alchemist’s Dream * 9-12 (not a  fantasy per se,
but the presence of Dr. John Dee adds a touch of magic.)

Himalayan Kingdoms
Peter Dickinson, Tulku
Eileen Kernaghan, Dance of the Snow Dragon (18th century Bhutan) YA

Victorian England
Linda Newberry, Set in Stone (Gothic YA)

19th century Ireland
James Heneghan, The Grave YA
Roberta A. McAvoy, The Grey Horse. YA to adult

Historical Canada
Kit Pearson, A Handful of Time
Julie Lawson, White Jade Tiger
Janet Lunn,. The Root Cellar

First Nations
Louise Erdrich, The Birchbark House

Comments are invited: add your own favourite titles!

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