Maud fell in love with the genre of middle grade historical fiction while reading hundreds of books aloud to her kids, Grace and Sam. As a homeschooling family, reading together became one of the most pleasurable and edifying ways to spend their days.

 

 

They learned about Thomas Jefferson’s slave children in Kimberly Brubaker Bradley’s Jefferson’s Sons, Captain Cook’s journey around the world in Karen Hesse’s Stowaway, and the Yellow Fever epidemic in Laura Halse Anderson’s Fever. Reading aloud together always led to lengthy conversations about the nuances of social and political issues. How could Jefferson own his own children and not grant them their freedom? How did Western Europeans develop their worldview during the time of exploration? Grace and Sam, who are now 18 and 14, are passionate about history and books, and love to discuss politics and social change.