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The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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2 siblings, one of them an uneducated cripple, are sent to live in the countryside during WWII. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this book is it's portrayal of childhood trauma related to neglect and abuse. However, due to its show-not-tell fo ...more
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The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat
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During the English Civil War, 4 children are orphaned when their father is killed and their estate burned to the ground. Rescued by Jacob Armitage, one of the servants, the children grow up in his cottage under his name, hiding their true identity u ...more
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Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
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Caddie is a tomboy in Civil War era Wisconsin and is under pressure from her mother to become a proper lady. For any other tomboy out there, the pressure on Caddie to become a lady is completely understandable. While her tomboy skills and traits are ...more
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Resistance by Carla Jablonski
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Comic book about the French Resistance during WW2, from the point of view of some village children in southern France. Good, but not great.
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A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
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This fun children's story follows a city girl who is sent to live with her intimidating (but lovable) grandmother in a tiny town in Illinois during the Depression era. As with any small town, there are always trouble makers, but Grandma is always one ...more
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A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
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This funny summer story follows an older brother and his younger sister as they travel from Chicago to a tiny town in southern Illinois to visit their grandmother for the summer. Things are never normal with Grandma around, and she soon has them invo ...more
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The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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Exciting second entry in the Mars series. Dumped in an unfamiliar part of Mars, John Carter runs into an old friend, makes some new friends, and finds and many, many enemies. This story moves along much quicker than the first, but could still use som ...more
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Streams of Civilization by Albert Hyma
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So it's history written from a Christian viewpoint... whoopie. I suffered through this abomination of a textbook and its companion book for 2 years in high school. It's dry enough to start a wildfire in the rain forest. It has more bold (aka, "memori ...more
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The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
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It's called "The Doldrums" for a reason- much like ships in the doldrums in the 1700's, the plot makes very little progress in this story. In fact, very little of anything significant happens in the book. That being said, I can also say it is the mos ...more
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Heidi by Johanna Spyri
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I forgot how much I loved this book. Not the best thing to read when you're living in a city and homesick for the mountains or even just a quiet garden outside. So much noise in the city!
What's not to like in Heidi? There's honesty, repentance,forgi
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