Historical Fiction

Al Capone does my shirtsHistorical accuracy: Story is grounded in facts but not restricted by them; events are consistent with historical evidence; characters reflect the values of the period; social issues are portrayed honestly

Setting: Vivid historical setting; setting consistent with historical and geographical evidence; events and characters are true to the setting

Language: Dialogue is in keeping with the time and place; colorful words are retained which reflect the culture

Characterization: Characters represent people of the time; their feelings and values reflect the time; they believe and behave according to the standards of the time

Plot and theme: Plot is credible in the period; story holds interest; theme has universal appeal; events possible in the period; story avoids anachronisms and distortions

Illustrations: Historically accurate; extend the story; enhance understanding