Mary-Louise Jensen over at the new blog, An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, thinks historical fiction needs a new name. She suggests “romantic adventure” instead. But wouldn’t that create a different subset of kids resisting? There are, I must point out, kids who equate romantic with kissing. And kissing is something not a single one of my fourth graders can stand when we watch movies. Frankly, I think changing the name of something doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that kids will pick up books that look appealing and, most of all, have word-of-mouth street creed. Romantic adventure, historical fiction, fiction, chapter book, book — a really good story is what they care about.