Weekly Wrap-Up: More War of 1812

We had another meeting of our American History Club this week, continuing to focus on the War of 1812 in the U.S., and our books we used this week reflect that fact.

The girls read Caroline’s Secret Message by Kathleen Ernst. The big question left hanging in the last book was whether Caroline’s father would be released by the British. Doesn’t happen in this book, either, although the family tries to see him in the British prison

I had a hard time finding a book about the War of 1812 that would be appropriate for middle-aged readers and that the library had two of. I was only partially successful, so the boys read two books this time. The first was a fictional story called  The Battle for St. Michaels by Emily Arnold McCully. The book was a bit simplistic for the what I was hoping for, but told an interesting story of how St. Michaels may have fended off an attack from the British navy. The second book I chose was a nonfiction book The War of 1812 (Let Freedom Ring Series) by Susan E. Haberle. This provided some great background information on why the U.S. and Britain went to war, some of the big battles, and the end result of the war. Turns out, there really were no winners to the war, only losers (the Native Americans).

Finally, I picked up a random book of poetry from the library called When I Grow Up by Benjamin Zephaniah. I thought it would be a fun way to look at different jobs you can hold when you need to support yourself with a job. It shows a nice diversity of people and jobs, including some you might not have thought of.

And those were the books we used this week!


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