January 19, 2010

Talking about Dialogue and Historical Novels

This morning, Rebecca Serle, Seabury alum writer who lives in New York City and owns Nurturing Narratives, posted For the Love of Libraries in her blog. She talks about the magic of libraries and the dialogue that happens there, in a variety of ways.

So when our history teacher Mrs. C. came in to the library this afternoon to recommend a book for purchase that had been recommended to her by a student, I thought to myself, now this is what Rebecca (pictured above) was talking about: books do indeed encourage dialogue, and oftentimes, the lines between student and teacher can (happily) become blurred in the process.

Mrs. C. loved the book! "It's a great historical novel that steps into the lives of women in the Middle East. I couldn't put it down!" The book has romance, mystery, and history (it takes place in 19th century Iran, then Persia). Mrs. C. would recommend the book for mature middle school readers and above, and she thinks that girls would probably enjoy it more than boys.

The title?
Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Sayres


Feel free to comment here about historical novels you would recommend.