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Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan

The brave children of Norway are tasked with riding sleds filled with gold bullion literally under the noses of the occupying Germany troops in order to get the money to America and keep it from falling into enemy hands. The story is well-written and interesting. I highly recommend Snow Treasure to tweenage kids.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 81
Pages Read in 2019: 21,727
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Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman

Full of stunning pictures taken during the 30s, Children of the Great Depression tells the story of (mostly) poor children and their plight during the worst economic downturn in American history. It is short, but still packed with information. I recommend it to kids who are studying the Great Depression.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 72
Pages Read in 2019: 19,565
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum was a genius in the way he phrased things making them a delight for adults and children alike. All of the Oz books are fun to read and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is no exception. I’ve read it more than once before and every time I so enjoy reading about the Scarecrow with no brain who comes up with all the best plans, the Tin Woodman with no heart who is very kind and tenderhearted, and the Cowardly Lion who is really quite brave. I very highly recommend reading this book and all the Oz books. It makes an excellent family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 66
Pages Read in 2019: 17,660
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Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

When young Will is left an orphan, he is delivered to his aunt and uncle, a place he does not want to be. Will is devoted to the Confederacy, for which his father gave his life, and his uncle chose to stay out of the war and refused to fight, an act Will views as cowardly. Through Shades of Gray, Will grows in how he views the war, the Union, and the Confederacy. It’s written for young people so it reads fast. It would likely be helpful for the reader to already know some about the Civil War beforehand. I recommend it to kids who are interested in or learning about the Civil War.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 62
Pages Read in 2019: 16,750
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Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Woodlawn family live in pioneer times Wisconsin. Caddie has been allowed to run wild with her brothers leading to lots of adventures. It’s a cute story and easy for younger kids to read. I recommend it people of all ages. It makes a great family read aloud.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 54
Pages Read in 2019: 14,452
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I’ve read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland many times and it is still just as weird and wonderful as the first time I read it. It’s so creative and fun. It’s pretty short so it reads fast and makes a lovely family read-aloud. I highly recommend reading it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 47
Pages Read in 2019: 11,874
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Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman

Today Lewis Hine is considered the father of photojournalism. Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor includes many of the photos he took of children working in mills, factories, and farms. It gives an overview of Hine’s life as well as what he discovered as he traveled the country meeting and documenting the working lives of thousands of children. The photos are hauntingly beautiful. The stories are heartbreaking. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 44
Pages Read in 2019: 11,319
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