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Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

For American History Club, our latest topic is Civil Rights. I found this book for the kids to read.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 320 pages

Font: Scala OT

Setting: Bumblebee, North Carolina, 1932 Continue reading

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Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

Our current topic for American History Club is the Civil War. I wanted us to read something about President Lincoln, and this book showed up when I did a search. It sounded interesting, and a little different since it was nonfiction, so I thought it was worth a shot.

Published: 2009

Genre: YA biographical nonfiction

Length: 194 pages

Setting: mostly April, 1865, the area around Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Our American History Book Club is meeting this week. Our second topic of the year is the Civil War. We actually covered the Civil War two years ago, but focused mostly on the fighting by reading Iron Thunder and Across Five Aprils. This time around, since the kids are older, I wanted to focus more on the slavery aspect of the Civil War. I can’t remember where I first came across this title, but I wrote it down immediately since it sounded perfect for American History Club.

Published: 2007

Genre: middle-grade historical fiction

Length: 341 pages

Font: Historical, Felltype Roman

Setting: Buxton, Canada, and its surroundings, mid-1800s Continue reading

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The Dragon’s Child by Laurence Yep and Dr. Kathleen S. Yep

We had our second session of American History Club on immigration. I decided to change our focus a bit. The first meeting discussed Irish immigration. This time we focused on Chinese immigration through Angel Island in California.

Subtitle: A Story of Angel Island

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 106 pages of story, 133 pages with the extra resources

Setting: China and Angel Island, 1922 Continue reading

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Nory Ryan’s Song by Patricia Reilly Giff

American History Club has restarted for the year. Our first topic is immigration, initially focusing on the Irish potato famine. This book looked like it fit the topic perfectly, and was age appropriate for all the kids.

Published: 2000

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 148 pages

Font: Berkeley Old Style Book

Setting: Ireland, 1845 Continue reading

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The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade fantastical historical fiction

Length: 353 pages

Setting: London, 1952

Font: Adobe Caslon

Interest: I chose it for our American History Club meeting on the Cold War (even though it’s set in London). Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap-Up: The Cold War

Things have been crazy, but we still manage to squeeze in some schoolwork. We had an American History Club meeting on the Cold War. With as important as the Cold War was, and the long time it lasted, there were few historical fiction novels set in that time period for a younger audience that I could find. It wasn’t a total bust – we managed to scrape together two, and they were both excellent.

First off, there was The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. This added a fantastical/magical component to the fears of the Cold War. It is set in England, just after WWII, and you see all fears associated with the Russians and the nuclear bombs, played out in young, teen-aged kids. The book brought up all kinds of discussion point about the Cold War, and kept two nearly teen-aged boys interested in the topic.

The other find was The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman. This book is set in Hollywood, but still in the 1950s so you still get quite a bit about McCarthyism and atom bomb scares. This is aimed at a slightly younger audience (which was perfect, since it was read by a couple of just about 10-year old girls). You also see some strong character growth and development in speaking up for wrong things. The ending doesn’t wrap all the plot lines into a neat little bow, which lead to some discussion of “What do YOU think happened?”

We’ve used some other books recently, but I want to keep this post thematic. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up

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