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Member: HaroldTitus

CollectionsYour library (56)

Reviews39 reviews

TagsRoanoke (3), Ralph Lane (2), historical fiction (2), the 1940 World's Fair (1), Wingina (1), Harriot (1), Richard Grenville (1), Raleigh (1), the Bronx (1), the Depression (1) — see all tags

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About meI am a retired 8th grade English and American history teacher. I'm the author of the recently published historical novel "Crossing the River," which narrates the trying experiences of numerous participants in the Battles of Lexington and Concord April 19, 1775. I love competitive sports, having coached boys and girls school teams when I taught. A graduate of UCLA, I especially enjoy college basketball. I support progressive political candidates and causes.

About my libraryI especially appreciate introspective, empathetic characters that are unwilling to accept exploitation and injustice. Some of the books in my library are books I assigned my students to read, stories about people and life situations with which they had little familiarity.

GroupsAmerican Revolution & Founding Fathers History, Historical Fiction, HMS Surprise, Hobnob with Authors, Writer's Brag and Rag Bag, Writer-readers

Favorite authorsRobert Cormier, Winston Graham, A. B. Guthrie, Harper Lee, Patrick O'Brian, John Steinbeck, Harold Titus, Cynthia Voigt (Shared favorites)

Homepagehttp://booklocker.com/books/5692.html

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Real nameHarold Titus

LocationFlorence, Oregon

Account typepublic, free

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Member sinceNov 26, 2011

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I think that one general problem with books on historical fiction is that, as with biographies, they are mainly reviewed by people who have no knowledge of the relevant history. Thus, the books are judged by how enjoyable they are, not by their accuracy. When I'm reviewing a book on a subject that I don't that much about, I usually say so in the review (as with a recent review of Meachem's biography of Jefferson: http://www.librarything.com/work/12757802/reviews/89126765 )

Hopefully, you've not encountered the fiction of Philippa Gregory. One reviewer of the disreputable "The Other Bolyn Girl" exclaimed at how much the book had taught her about that historical period!
I appreciated your review of Shaara's Rise to Rebellion. Historical fiction has its place, but it annoys me to no end when authors don't take the time to ensure that their writings are factually based.
When the UK brought in league tables for schools we teachers thought it was to help schools improve and that the test scores for individual pupils would be anonymous. Now the poor mites have to do SAT tests and are pushed and graded and frightened to bits as young as seven years old. I don't know any teachers now as I retired fifteen years ago when all this paperwork came in, but I do know that all exam boards have been criticised recently, not only for poor marking but also for setting multiple choice papers where the pupils tick boxes instead of writing their answers and demonstrating what they have learned.Our literacy standards seem to be going backwards and our universities full of students who study easy subjects and can't find work when they do finish ( with an enormous debts)
There are many areas of employment that used to take young people with few qualifications and train them to do a good job but now they ask for degrees.Wasn't it better when they learnt on the job? I sound like an old fogey. I'd better get back to librarything proper and the Book of the Month Club.
Harold, I was also an English teacher, but being a self published novelist I have been forced to improve my proof reading. I still let mistakes through, but as long as they are on manuscript and not the computer I usually get them in the end!
Here they have just suggested schools get fined for letting out pupils who cannot read and write!
I don't think they know what the word average means. There have always been secondary pupils who are almost illiterate but today's society does not make it so essential.So much information is in pictures. I spent some time with dyslexics and the man hours needed to remedy the situation are more than most education authorities could afford. Help - I'm on a soap box. Best Wishes, Julie.
Yah!!! Here's the thing -- you have to start somewhere. Just let me know when it's set for.

Linda
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