Based on a True Story

    •        Atkins, Catherine. When Jeff Comes Home.
        When Jeff Comes Home by Catherine Atkins bears a close resemblence to the tragedy of the young Californian boy kidnapped and sexually abused forseveral years before he is returned to his family. (Note from Belben:  this reference may be to the case of  Steven Stayner, who was kidnapped from his Californian family in 1972 and returned to his parents in 1980: a story in Time, August 9, 1999, gives some background).

        Avi.  Nothing But the Truth.
        A student who sings the national anthem as it is played each morning at school becomes the focus of national media attention when he refuses to
        stand silently as the song is played.  Reportedly based on a true story.

        Beatty, Patricia.  Jayhawker.
        A young spy infiltrates a Missouri Bushwacker group populated by the likes of Jesse and Frank James, James Hickok, and William Quantrill in time to learn of their plan to burn Lawrence, Kansas.

        Bunting, Eve. Sharing Susan.
        Sharing Susan by Eve Bunting was inspired by the story of the babies switched at the hospital; the switch not discovered until one girl dies at
        about age 12 and the parents find there was no biological relation.  They find out who their "real" daughter is, and want her to move in with them.
        The story is told from the POV of the young girl.

        Curtis, Christopher Paul. The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963.
        An African-American family travels to the site of the deadly church bombings. Includes factual historical information.  (I'm not sure if the
        actual car trip is based on the author's experiences or not).

        Konigsburg, E.L.  Silent to the Bone.
        A teenage boy is rendered mute following incidents in his home in which his infant sister is left comatose. His best friend is enlisted to try to get
        him to speak.  Although not technically based on the Louise Woodward case (the au pair who was accused of shaking a baby to death), it may remind
        readers of some of the facts of that case.

        Lyons, Mary E.  Dear Ellen Bee:  A Civil War Scrapbook of Two Union Spies.
        A fictionalized account of two real women, one a wealthy Richmond, VA, abolitionist and the other a young woman she has helped free and educate.

        Lyons, Mary E. Letters from a Slave Girl: The True Story of Harriet Jacobs.
        The story of Harriet Jacobs told through letters and journal entries based in large part on Jacobs' account of slavery.

        Lyons, Mary E.  The Poison Place.
        Sad tale of Charles Willson Peale, famous portraitist, told by Moses Williams, Peale's former slave.

        Meyer, Carolyn.  Drummers of Jericho.
        A Jewish teen refuses to participate in her school band's performance of a religious song.  The author's account of the events that led to the novel
        are discusses in Ted Hipple's Writers for Young Adults series, supplement 1, as well as in an article from SIGNAL, Summer/Fall 1998, entitled "The Toad's  Precious Jewel:  The True Story Behind the Drummers of Jericho."

        Miklowitz, Gloria D. Masada.
        Tells of the siege of the fortress of Masada by the Tenth Roman Legion and the Jews' unwillingness to surrender.

        Rinaldi, Ann.  numerous titles
        Rinaldi is well known for her stories about historical American events.

        Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Esperanza Rising.
        A story based on Ryan's grandmother's account of leaving a wealthy Mexican lifestyle to become a field worker in California.

        Schusterman, Neil. What Daddy Did.
        A boy whose father killed his mother is to be released from jail. Reported to be based on a true story, although I don't know the details.

        Skurzynski, Gloria. Spider's Voice.
        Loosely based on the story of Heloise and Abelard, France's most famous lovers, who lived in the 12th century.

        Strasser, Todd. Give a Boy a Gun.
        Two boys hold their classmates hostage at gunpoint in a high school gym. With factual statistics and other information about school violence, the
        story was inspired by--but does not mirror--events at Columbine High School in April 1999.

        Tamar, Erika. Fair Game.
        Based on the story of the GlenRidge, CT, in which a group of elite high  school athletes in a wealthy community raped a mentally handicapped girl and
        were punished only lightly for their crimes. The non-fiction version is a fascinating (if explicit) account of the story entitled Our Guys:  The Glen
        Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb by Bernard Lefkowitz.

        van Dijk, Lutz.  Damned Strong Love.
        Two young men, one a Nazi and the other not, fall in love with each other in this story.

        Weiss, Jerry and Helen.  From One Experience to Another.
        Weiss, Jerry and Helen. Lost and Found.
        Both collections of stories by well-known authors include notations from authors about the real-life events that sparked the stories.

        Wulffson, Don. Soldier X.
        A German soldier pretends to be Russian in order to survive.  Based on conversations the author had with a survivor of WWII.

        Various authors
        The Royal Diaries books--fictionalized diaries of historical women, including Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Anastasia, Elizabeth, and Nzingha.

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