Diary of Gaspard by Samantha, 8th Grade Student (Historical Fiction)- For her history class, Samantha created an entry for the diary of a character from A Tale of Two Cities. She focuses on a pivotal event in his life and imagines what it must have been like for him.
Muffin by Susan Cooper (Historical Fiction)- In this short story, a young girl living in England during World War II is bullied by her classmate. A great example of informal tone.
The Russian Woman by Nicole Maffeo, Age 14 (Historical Fiction)- Nicole’s voyeuristic study of an old Russian woman reveals her subject’s most painful memories, as she barrels home to Brooklyn on the F train. Notice how Nicole masterfully employs the third person point of view to take the reader in and out of the woman’s head.