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Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson.  In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic. 
  1. Adventure, Sports, Mysteries, Supernatural, Horror
  2. Fantasy and Science Fiction
  3. Historical Fiction
  4. Humor
  5. Poetry, Drama, Short Stories
  6. Realistic Fiction, Problem Novels

Six Types of Fiction Books

Let’s look at a simple way to think about genres – Almost any fiction book can be classified as one of the following 6 genres:

  • Adventure, Sports, Mysteries, Supernatural, Horror. Looking to "get away?" This genre is all about the pleasure reading and how we can “escape” through literature. For example, sports can be a metaphor for "the game of life." These forms of literature take readers out of his/her normal day-to-day existence and put them in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction. Do you like to see an author create an exciting world unlike anything anyone has seen? Fantasy writers get to make up all the rules. Perhaps you prefer to stretch your imagination within the world as it could be. Science fiction stays within reasonable boundaries. A precise definition of these two types of books is difficult, because these genres are related. To enjoy either one, we need to accept the author’s story, suspending any disbelief. Then, these books are fun.
  • Historical Fiction. Historical fiction presents the past in a manner that connects with readers on a personal and emotional level. By nature, gets readers involved with history in exciting and interesting ways. The characters, although not real historical figures, behave appropriately for the historical setting.
  • Humor. Don't we all like to laugh? Even the most serious story can contain humor. We can find humor in practically every situation. It can be an effective tool to deal with problems. Writers of any genres can use humor to develop situations and characters.
  • Poetry, Drama, Short Stories. Perhaps due to the popularity of “spoken word” and rap music, poetry books have become very. Short stories are also "hot" now. The stories can be highly entertaining while representing a more manageable read than a novel. For busy readers, short stories have a lot to offer.
  • Realistic Fiction, Problem Novels. Realistic fiction is about situations and problems that people live with and experience today. Some are about growing up, being a teenager, or the challenges that adults face. These books let us learn about how others manage their lives.