I have always focused on historical fiction in this blog, but I couldn't pass up recommending two great nonfiction books I recently read. The first is award-winning author Jim Murphy's latest - TRUCE. In TRUCE, published by Scholastic, Murphy deftly tells the story of the Christmas Truce that miraculously occurred during World War I. It is extraordinary to hear the tale of how soldiers were able to put aside their weapons during horrific circumstances to share puddings and beer and, more importantly, goodwill!
The other book, THE GREAT AND ONLY BARNUM, was a YALSA-ALA Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction finalist. Candace Fleming brings the legendary showman to life through her text, old circus posters, photographs, ticket stubs, and etchings. If you've ever enjoyed the big top, this is a must read!