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Mission Control, This Is Apollo by Andrew Chaikin

Tomorrow is our last meeting of American History Club for the school year. We’re doing a second session on the space program. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a YA level book about astronauts/the space program/space race. I ended up choosing a nonfiction book instead of our usual fiction or narrative-driven nonfiction book because that’s all I could find in our library system.

Subtitle: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon

Published: 2009

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 105 pages of text, 114 pages total Continue reading

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Code to Zero by Ken Follett

This was our latest American History Club book. I was looking for a book about the space race between the U.S. and Russia, and it was harder to find than I thought. Even though this was a bit longer than I typically choose for American History Club, the topic seemed to fit the bill.

Published: 2000

Genre: historical thriller

Length: 356 pages

Setting: 1958, Washington and Cape Canaveral, and 1945, Cambridge Continue reading

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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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