For the historical fiction mentor text, I have chosen one by one of my favorite authors. Barb Olenyik Morrow lives in my hometown of Auburn, IN and is a friend. I have heard her tales of doing research for this book and the passion she has for the subject. A bonus would be to actually have her come to your school and tell about how she did the research.
The book is A Good Night for Freedom and is based on historical events. The book takes you to Indiana and the Levi Coffin home. There, two runaway slaves, young girls, are taking refuge. It is a stop on the Underground Railroad. Hallie, who is the same age as the runaways, accidently sees the girls in her aunt's basement. Now it is up to her to keep quiet or obey the law and tell what she knows. The craft move of keeping the readers on "the edge of their seats" is used in this book, too.