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The Underground Abductor (An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman) (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #5)
4.38
it was amazing
It's great when book series I love are doing well. Well enough that the series continues. That doesn't always happen, which makes me hesitate to put a ...more
May 2015
Apr 23, 2015
 
Letters to a Young Mormon
4.43
it was amazing
This is short, and it has the ugliest cover of any book published in 2014, but this is probably the best book of this nature I've ever read. Formatted ...more
Feb 23, 2015
Feb 23, 2015
 
Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
4.57
it was amazing
Short review: This is a well-researched, fascinating look at an American-born religious group that has an intriguing history. If you’re interested in ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Dec 18, 2014
 
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
4.63
it was amazing
I've read many similar books, and I sometimes shy away from something so specific (targeting a narrow group of people instead of broader), but this is ...more
Dec 18, 2017
Dec 18, 2017
 
Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth
3.76
really liked it
Next month I'm going to be at a teacher workshop in Denver. The topic is how to use biographies to teach Western History. The workshop is hosted by th ...more
May 31, 2010
Feb 13, 2012
 
Factory Girl
3.95
really liked it
I’ve been working together with teachers in my school district to find new resources about the Progressive Era, and ways to teach that better to our s ...more
Feb 21, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
 
The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World
3.76
really liked it
As a 21st Century American, my view of the world tends to marginalize the contributions of the Muslim citizens of history. Part of that might be curre ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
4.33
really liked it
An astounding history of the Great Migration--Wilkerson uses three different Africa American families who move from the South to California, New York, ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created
3.57
really liked it
Narnia. Middle Earth. Oz. Wonderland. The worlds of fantasy and science fiction are part of what draws us to them. Among the longest-lasting are the o ...more
Feb 03, 2017
Jan 09, 2017
 
Between Pulpit and Pew: The Supernatural World in Mormon History and Folklore
3.68
really liked it
When I was a pup, I remember being out on a hike with my troop of Boy Scouts. It was the late 1980's, and we were in the high Uintas, a mountain range ...more
Jan 02, 2012
Oct 26, 2011
 
The Book of Books: A Biography of the King James Bible, 1611-2011
3.47
liked it
I love the King James Bible. I know that for many the language makes it difficult to read, and they prefer more recent, modern, accessible translation ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Dec 15, 2011
 
A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination
4.42
really liked it
From the first time I heard about Bryan Young’s “A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination,” I was hooked. Prompted by a question ...more
May 07, 2014
May 07, 2014
 
The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary
3.69
really liked it
As Americans, we're used to being the heroes. So when we're confronted with times where we've made mistakes, it can be hard to accept. With the studen ...more
Apr 08, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
Lewis  Clark
3.32
really liked it
The story of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery has been told and retold hundreds of times. It's a story worth retelling--the first American e ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer
3.68
it was amazing
Say that I starved; that I was lost and weary;
That I was burned and blinded by the desert sun;
Footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases;
Lonely and
...more
Aug 15, 2012
Oct 17, 2011
 
Serafina's Stories
3.79
liked it
I was asked to read this book for possible inclusion as a classroom text. Those books are hit and miss, and lately they've been more miss than hit. Th ...more
Apr 22, 2014
Apr 22, 2014
 
World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure
3.81
liked it
When I was a kid (a long time ago), there was a series of books called Choose Your Own Adventure. You'd start with a basic storyline, then get asked t ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
 
Maya Angelou (Little People, Big Dreams)
4.18
really liked it
I love this entire series of picture book biographies about notable women -- they go beyond the traditional five women every kid learns about in histo ...more
May 22, 2018
May 22, 2018
 
The Aeronaut
3.90
it was amazing
I have a big ol' history crush on World War I, so I'm predisposed to like novels set in that time period. Adding some steampunked "Rocketeer"-style je ...more
Feb 08, 2016
Jan 04, 2016
 
Hidden History of Utah
3.24
liked it
There's a misconception outside of Utah, and okay, even inside Utah, that all of Utah's history is about the Mormons. Mormon pioneers coming to the Be ...more
Feb 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
 
Come, Come, Ye Saints
4.20
really liked it
We have been kicked out of the frying-pan into the fire, out of the fire into the middle of the floor, and here we are and here we will stay. God has ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Feb 13, 2012
 
The Wonderful Future That Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past
3.36
liked it
I love science fiction--but more than just ideas about the future, I like ideas about the shiny new optimism that the future can bring. Things like ro ...more
Jul 29, 2011
Feb 09, 2012
 
The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
4.03
really liked it
As a history teacher, I read a lot of young adult books set in World War II. Many of them are tales of courage and adventure that are set in Europe or ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 27, 2012
 
One Dead Spy (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of Nathan Hale’s for a while. Nathan Hale the author and illustrator, not the patriot, although you could be pardoned the confusion. I ...more
Feb 27, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
 
The Kitchen House
4.18
really liked it
My wife is in a book club. It's with a bunch of ladies from the neighborhood, and the way she describes it is "we talk about the book we all read for ...more
Feb 11, 2014
Jan 29, 2014
 
Salt Lake City's Historic Architecture (Images of America: Utah)
4.50
it was amazing
I'm something of an architecture buff. Architecture nerd. Geek. Whatever you want to call it, I pay attention to the buildings around me. More than j ...more
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
 
The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible
3.80
really liked it
I've been a fan of popular historian Simon Winchester for several yars now. His Krakatoa, and The Professor and the Madman, and A Crack in the Edge of ...more
Jan 28, 2014
Jan 28, 2014
 
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
3.82
it was amazing
A few years ago I discovered Erik Larson through his amazing book Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America ...more
not set
Oct 15, 2011
 
Anne Frank's Chestnut Tree
3.97
really liked it
Part of my job this year has been reading and evaluating children's and young adult books and seeing if they're appropriate to teach students history ...more
Jan 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
 
Bad Guys and Gals of the High Seas (Challenging)
4.00
liked it
Kids are fascinated by villains. I suppose adults are too--but in the middle grades, kids are exposed to more of the evils that they were shielded fro ...more
Jan 13, 2014
Jan 12, 2014
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