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The Monday Poll: Cameo Appearance by a Real Historical Character

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Good morning, Hub readers!

Last week we asked you which natural disaster in YA lit was the most terrifying, and your overwhelming choice was the meteor striking the moon in Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. The volcanic eruption in Mike Mullin’s Ashfall and the drought in Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse also collected a few votes. You can see detailed results for all of our previous polls in the Polls Archive. Thanks to all of you who voted!

Authors occasionally insert little jokes into their writing by referring to other works or events, and they sometimes make a story richer by drawing on other real and imagined stories. This got us thinking about cameo appearances by real historical figures in fictional stories, so this week, we want to know which cameo appearance by a real historical character in a work of YA fiction was your favorite. Vote in the poll below, or if we’ve omitted a really great example of a real person showing up in a small role a work of fiction, leave a comment telling us who and where!

Which is the best cameo appearance by a real historical character?

  • Nikola Tesla in Goliath by Scott Westerfeld (55%, 28 Votes)
  • Arthur Conan Doyle in Isle of Blood by Rick Yancey (24%, 12 Votes)
  • Queen Victoria in The Traitor in the Tunnel by Y. S. Lee (16%, 8 Votes)
  • Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci in David by Mary Hoffman (6%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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