Reading Lists

History, Historical Fiction (RD 80 and 90)

Warriors don't cry : the searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock's Central High

Beals, Melba

Simon Pulse 2007

The author describes the threats and emotional abuse she endured from white student and adults along with her fears of endangering her family as she committed to being one of the first African American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

Code talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Bruchac, Joseph

Speak 2006

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

Chasing Lincoln's killer

Swanson, James L.

Scholastic Press 2009

Recounts the escape of John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln's assassin, and follows the intensive twelve-day search for him and his accomplices.

Moon over Manifest

Vanderpool, Clare, Sheatsley, Vikki, Delacorte Press

Delacorte Press 2010

Twelve-year-old Abilene Tucker is the daughter of a drifter who, in the summer of 1936, sends her to stay with an old friend in Manifest, Kansas, where he grew up, and where she hopes to find out some things about his past.

Milkweed : a novel

Spinelli, Jerry

Alfred A. Knopf 2010

Set in Nazi-occupied Poland just before the Warsaw ghetto uprising, Spinelli's first historical novel tells a tale of heartbreak, hope, and survival though the eyes of a young orphan.

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