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Raymie Nightingale
3.92
liked it
This is a beautifully written and heartbreaking story of friendship, fear, and loyalty set in Central Florida in 1975. As always, I admire Ms. DiCamil ...more
Apr 24, 2016
Apr 28, 2016
 
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
4.05
really liked it
Shane Evans provides a simple, yet poignant, portrayal of slaves and their escape via the Underground Railroad. The minimalist pictures and text speak ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
This is an incredible book for many different reasons. The plot is compelling, the characters sympathetic, the voice is omniscient. However, it is the ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2010
 
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
3.95
really liked it
The endearing story of the Watsons—an African American family living in Flint Hill, Michigan, in 1963. The episodic format of this book is narrated by ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 27, 2012
 
Day of Tears
4.12
really liked it
In March 1859 a huge slave auction took place in Savannah, Georgia, where more than 425 slaves from the Butler Plantation were sold to cover the debts ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 11, 2012
 
Wonderstruck
4.16
it was amazing
Since his mother died, Ben has been plagued with dreams of wolves dashing through the forest. Why does he have the same dream over and over? Many year ...more
Sep 2011
Jan 12, 2012
 
May B.
3.82
really liked it
A complex story told in simple prose set in the Kansas prairie in the late 1800s. May B. is forced to help out at frontier homestead to earn money for ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
 
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
Avi
3.91
really liked it
Avi has blended fiction and history in this compelling and well-researched novel with the often untold perspective of young female protagonist living ...more
Oct 02, 2012
Oct 01, 2012
 
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln
3.79
really liked it
Good read aloud for the Civil War as students will likely be hooked by the time travel. Also a good book for introducing primary sources (i.e., Civil ...more
Mar 31, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
 
Love Twelve Miles Long
4.40
really liked it
This lovely book is a factionalized account of the relationship between the young Frederick Douglass and his mother, Harriet Bailey. Separated from he ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
4.29
it was amazing
The illustrations in this haunting book are reminiscent of Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck; the young girl reminds a bit of Rosé.
Jan 07, 2013
Dec 03, 2012
 
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown
3.88
liked it
I have to admit that I was skeptical about this newest account of Henry "Box" Brown's daring and unconventional escape to freedom via the Underground ...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 16, 2012
 
Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage
4.01
really liked it
Bessie wants to do all the things that boys can do like go hiking, and cannot understand why there are different rules for girls. She is invited to a ...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
 
Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)
3.94
liked it
This book had a strong beginning and Carson definitely has a way with words. However, some of the characters were one dimensional and cliche, and the ...more
Nov 2015
Nov 09, 2015
 
Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived, #3)
4.21
really liked it
Lauren Tarshis does a wonderful job addressing the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the Ninth Ward through the eyes of eleven-year old B ...more
Jun 29, 2016
Jun 29, 2016
 
Who Stole Mona Lisa?
3.70
liked it
Ruthie Knapp tells the story of the infamous heist of the Mona Lisa by an Italian housepainter in 1911. This book provides great insight into Leonardo ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 23, 2012
 
The Daughter's Walk
3.75
liked it
A fictionalized account of the life of Clara Estby, who with her mother in 1896 walked from Spokane to New York when she was nineteen years old. The t ...more
Dec 29, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist
3.94
really liked it
Margarita Engle is a master of lyrically portraying historical figures in verse. Like other amazing poets and authors, Engle was "born with words flow ...more
Jun 30, 2013
May 31, 2013
 
The Book of the Maidservant
3.53
really liked it
Historically detailed and authentic depiction of life during the middle ages as Johanna sets off with her mistress, a religious zealot, on a pilgrimag ...more
Apr 08, 2016
Apr 08, 2016
 
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)
4.17
it was amazing
A fabulous, well-paced story with well-rounded characters, combined with amazing narration, brings the roguish, rakish and incredibly privileged Monty ...more
Aug 17, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
 
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
4.22
really liked it
Move aside Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunyon, and meet the ever-optimistic, resilient and entertaining Cornelius Washington....
Jun 24, 2016
Jun 24, 2016
 
The Book Boat's In
3.54
liked it
Pair this with Heather Henson's That Book Woman and Jeanette Winter's Biblioburro for an exploration about unconventional libraries.
Aug 09, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
 
The Mighty Lalouche
3.95
really liked it
I loved the story and artwork in this lovely book, which reads like a nostalgic ode to France.
Jun 27, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
 
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
3.80
it was amazing
A must-read (and listen)!
Sep 25, 2016
Sep 28, 2016
 
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
3.54
liked it
#SSSASbookaweek
Jun 21, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
 
Owney, the Mail-Pouch Pooch
4.09
really liked it
Kids love the story of Owney, a straggly mutt who found his way into the Albany Post Office in the late 1800s. Great ties to transporation and mail cu ...more
May 05, 2013
May 16, 2013
 
The War that Saved My Life (The War That Saved My Life, #1)
4.46
it was amazing
A phenomenal book about overcoming adversity, self-preservation, and the healing power of love set in England in World War II. The audio version, narr ...more
Feb 11, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
 
Echo
4.36
it was amazing
A beautifully composed book from start to finish. I began reading the print version and finished with the audio, which was phenomenal.
Feb 07, 2016
Dec 17, 2014
 
Wolf Hollow
4.26
really liked it
A dark and haunting book......
Aug 06, 2016
May 13, 2016
 
Diana's White House Garden
3.97
really liked it
None
Jul 06, 2016
Jun 21, 2016
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