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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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Soft Rain by Cornelia Cornelissen

Soft Rain is the story of the Trail of Tears told from the point of view of a young Cherokee girl. It is, as would be expected, very sad, though there are several hopeful points. It’s aimed at middle grade kids so it is simple and reads fast. I highly recommend it to kids who are learning about the Trail of Tears.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 42
Pages Read in 2019: 10,918
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Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady

With the Revolutionary War in full swing, 10-year-old Ellen Toliver must smuggle a secret message to General George Washington.

Toliver’s Secret is fast-paced historical fiction aimed at middle grade age kids. It has a good amount of tension and does a great job of expressing the feelings of the patriots being occupied by the redcoats. I highly recommend it to kids studying the Revolutionary War.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 97
Pages Read in 2018: 22,496
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Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days by Jean Brown Wagoner

Abigail Adams had an interesting life starting with the rush to baptize her because they thought she would die through becoming the second first lady and the first former first lady to later be the mother of a president. Abigail Adams: Girl of Colonial Days focuses on her childhood, telling some of the more interesting highlights. It briefly covers her later years. It’s easy and quick to read. I highly recommend this book to kids who are studying or interested in Abigail Adams.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 88
Pages Read in 2018: 20,733
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Dinosaur Detectives by Judith Bauer Stamper

Ms. Frizzle takes her students on a trip to the three periods of the Mesozoic Era. They learn about and see dinosaurs and attempt to discover what kind of dinosaur a tooth fossil came from.

Magic School Bus stories are always fun and Dinosaur Detectives does not disappoint. It’s packed with information (some slightly out of date) and jokes kids will love. I recommend this book to any kid interested in dinosaurs.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 85
Pages Read in 2018: 20,121
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Catherine the Great: Empress of Russia by Zu Vincent

Catherine the Great schemed her way from being a minor princess to empress of Russia. She had lots of ideas, some that she never was able to carry out, and could be pretty ruthless when it came to dealing with enemies. This Catherine the Great Wicked History book tells her story and asks if she really was wicked or just did what she had to do to achieve her goals. I highly recommend this book to kids learning about Imperial Russia.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 77
Pages Read in 2018: 18,268
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Gulliver’s Travels adapted by Nick Eliopulos

Adapted for a younger audience, Gulliver’s Travels is an easy to read chapter book that hits all the main plot points of the classic novel. It’s an excellent book for young kids and can help make it so reading the original later on isn’t so daunting. I highly recommend it to elementary age kids.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 76
Pages Read in 2018: 18,140
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