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BKLYN BookMatch 2016 Challenge: Know the Whole Story

Challenge yourself in 2016! This is a list of fiction titles, based on true events, along with non-fiction books that attempt to tell the "true" story behind the fiction. This list was created by librarians with the Brooklyn Public Library as a 2016 Reading Challenge. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit BKLYN BookMatch

22 items

Little White Duck

by Andrâes Vera Martâinez and Na Liu ; illustrated by Andrâes Vera Martâinez. |

Red scarf girl

Ji-li Jiang ; foreword by David Henry Hwang. |


Mary Shelley. |

The monsters

Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler. |

No, a scientist named Victor Frankenstein didn't actually create a Modern Prometheus (as far as we know). But the story of how this classic novel came to be written is a fascinating one. featuring some of 19th-century Europe's most acclaimed writers.

Dark places of the earth

Jonathan M. Bryant. |

The slave ship

Marcus Rediker. |

Freedom Riders

by Ann Bausum ; [forewords by Freedom Riders Congressman John Lewis and Jim Zwerg]. |

Claudette Colvin

by Phillip Hoose. |

Night on fire

Ronald Kidd. |

Burning down the house

John Anderson and Hilary Hevenor. |

The true story of the 1985 bombing of a communal house shared by a group of radical African-Americans in Philadelphia

Philadelphia fire

by John Edgar Wideman. |

A novel based on the Philadelphia MOVE bombing which killed 11 black people living in a commune-style arrangement after a years-long battle with the police

Moby Dick

by Herman Melville ; edited and with an introduction by Charles Child Walcutt. |

In the heart of the sea

Nathaniel Philbrick. |

"Recounts the story of the 1820 wreck of the whaleship Essex, which inspired Melville's classic "Moby-Dick," and describes its doomed crew's ninety-day attempt to survive whale attacks and the elements on three tiny lifeboats." - Baker & Taylor

River of doubt

Candice Millard. |

Roosevelt's beast

Louis Bayard. |

The pillars of the earth

Ken Follett. |

Satisfyingly salacious, filled with sex, violence, architecture, and revenge, Pillars of the Earth takes place in the lawless upheaval of England's 12th century turmoil.

Thomas Becket

John Guy. |

A top-down view of the world that 'Pillars' shows from the ground up--sharp scholarship and deft medieval sourcing shed new light on this old, old story.


Arie Kaplan. |

While there is some dispute as to whether or not Bram Stoker actually based his legendary Count Dracula on Romanian ruler Vlad Tempes (AKA Vlad the Impaler), this biography of the man often considered the real-life Dracula should make for fascinating reading.


by Bram Stoker ; with an introduction by George Stade. |


Bram Stoker ; edited with an introduction and notes by Maurice Hindle ; preface by Christopher Frayling. |

Pioneer girl

Laura Ingalls Wilder ; Pamela Smith Hill, editor. |

Little house on the prairie

by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams. |