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Genre #1:Histoical Fiction

Critique #1: Fever 173

Critique #2: To Kill A Mockingbird

Critique #3: Number the Stars

Critique #4: Little Women

Genre #2: Adventure

Critique #5: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Critique #6: Dragon Rider

Critique #7: The Hunger Games

Critique #8: Curious George

Genre #3: Picture Books

Critique #9: The Polar Express

Critique #10: The Giving Tree

Critique #11: Olivia

Critique #12: Where the Wild Things Are

Genre #4: Science Fiction

Critique #13: A Wrinkle in Time

Critique #14: The City of Ember

Critique #15: 1984

Critique #16: Ender’s Game

Genre #5: Realistic Fiction

Critique #17: Hoot

Critique #18: Because of Winn-Dixie

Critique #19: Holes

Critique #20: Maniac Magee

Fever: 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is a good historical fiction piece because it is based on the actual events of the 1793 yellow fever outbreak in Philadelphia and follows the details of the epidemic in a faithful and believable manner. For example, at the time of the outbreak Philadelphia had thousands of free slaves. This is directly referenced by the book at several points; one of the main characters in the story is free black woman named Eliza who works as a cook at a coffeehouse. Another aspect of the epidemic was controversial treatments that were attempted to cure yellow fever. One of these treatments was bloodletting and was used by characters in the book. When Mattie, the main character, is diagnosed with yellow fever she is taken to Bush Hill hospital, which used successful methods of treatment that resemble the modern treatment of illnesses. The real life hospital was run by Dr. Jean Deveze, whose treatments became so successful that he became a significant figure in eradicating yellow fever. Readers will enjoy this story because of its historical aspects and compelling storyline.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a prime example of historical fiction. It is based...