We had American History Club this week, which was a bit stressful since I was still recovering from our trip to Philly. But, everyone got their books read and I even got something to talk about and do, so all was well. Last time we met, we had talked about the Alamo. Usually, we do two sessions on a subject before moving to choose your own. That was a little tricky with the Alamo, since our library didn’t have much about that event. So, we tried to find something that was close to the Alamo, preferably in both time and space.
The three younger girls read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. It is set in Texas in 1899 (a bit after the 1836 of the Alamo, but in the right area). Calpurnia is a young girl, just on the edge of becoming a young woman, which means she’s expected to act like a lady. Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to act like a lady. She wants to go out and explore the natural world with her grandfather. It took a bit for Miss Adventure to get into the story, but once she did, she didn’t want to put it down. I heard the book described as Anne of Green Gables for the natural world.
I thought the older boys might appreciate a bit more action in the their reading. So, I found them The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen. This book combines actual knowledge of Bass Reeves’ life with some speculation on how he lived his life leading up to the chronicled adventures. Bass started off as a slave in Texas in 1838. However, when he almost killed his master, he has to run to the Indian Territory. He lived for many years with Native Americans, before becoming a rancher (although the book skips completely over this part of his life, which I found disappointing). It was when he was asked to be a federal marshal that his life really got interesting. The book described several of the more than 3000 arrests Reeves made, and makes the case that Reeves should be revered for his exemplary life in the Wild West. We were all definitely impressed with this book, and would have been happy if it were twice as long as it is (it clocked in at only 160 pages).
Mr. Curiosity found a book that grabbed his attention this week, The Six by Mark Alpert. It’s a near future science fiction technothriller with teenager protagonists, which he enjoyed. It’s also interesting because all the protagonists (the titular six) are disabled. They give up their bodies to inhabit weaponized robots to fight a rogue AI. What’s not to love about that summary – I can see why Mr. Curiosity couldn’t put it down.
And those were the book we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up