Enjoy this seasonally-appropriate selection from the archives!
She‘s run away to become a part of history, and to fall in love…
Background: Scholastic’s Sunfire series is a cautionary tale about judging a YA Romance by its cover: lurking behind the overheated cover art and melodramatic taglines are some of the best stories and most interesting heroines of the genre.
Sort of a historical counterpart of Scholastic’s Wildfire Romances, the series was authored by a handful of Scholastic regulars, such as Vivian Schurfranz and Jane Claypool Miner, and are formulaic, but reliably consistent in quality.
Each volume features a feisty (sometimes anachronistically so) 14-to-17 year old heroine facing an American historical crisis and the choice of two (or more) suitors. Spoilers: she’ll choose the one with the more progressive ideas about women’s rights.
The series tackles some pretty heavy topics for YA Romances, including stories set in the textile mills of Lowell, MA in the 1830s (Joanna
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