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Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South

Ann Rinaldi (1998), 288 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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In the South Carolina of 1780, 14-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll on her family, and friends, and comes to understand the true nature of war.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0152008810
ISBN-13: 9780152008819
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Cats in Krasinski Square

Karen Hesse (2004), 32 pages
Illustrated by Wendy Watson
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural, Picture Books
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'The Cats in Krasinski Square' by Karen Hesse recounts a little-known event, conducted by the brave men and women of the Jewish Resistance in Poland during World War II. Having invaded Poland, the Gestapo displaced its Jewish residents behind giant walls establishing the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. These walls prevented safe living conditions, adequate food, quality medical care, and personal freedom. The Gestapo continually patrolled this area to prevent food and supplies from being smuggled into the ghetto to the starving people imprisoned there. In a brave attempt to help these people, Mira and her little sister devised an ingenious plan. They used the homeless cats of Warsaw to outwit the Gestapo and foil their plan to intercept these much needed supplies. This story gives testament to the courage and determination of many young men and women who risked their lives to fight the Nazis. Due to the subject matter of this book, younger readers should read this story with an adult.
Similar authors: Amy Littlesugar; Sharon Jennings
Similar books: One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah story by David A. Adler; Star of Fear, Star of Hope by Jo Hoestlandt; The Doll with the Yellow Star by Yona Zeldis McDonough; Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story by Amy Littlesugar; A Chanukah Noel by Sharon Jennings
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/15/2011
ISBN-10: 0439435404
ISBN-13: 9780439435406
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Chains

Laurie Halse Anderson (2008), 320 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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After the death of their owner, Isabel and Ruth have their promised freedom snatched from them by a greedy relative. At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, they find themselves the property of a loyalist couple in New York City. Isabel endures cold, hunger, humiliation, and physical abuse while trying always to protect her little sister. Promises are made and broken by both the rebels and the loyalists. Isabel seems to have found a friend in Curzon, a fellow slave, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? This is a heart wrenching story of perseverance in the most desperate of situations.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award 2011
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 4/14/2010
ISBN-10: 1416905855
ISBN-13: 9781416905851
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Changes for Felicity: A Winter Story

Valerie Tripp (1992), 69 pages
Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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The outbreak of the Revolutionary War in 1775 brings drastic changes to Felicity's life in Williamsburg, affecting both her family, and her friendship with her best friend. Part of the American Girls series.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 1562470388
ISBN-13: 9781562470388
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Charlotte's Rose

A.E. Cannon (2004), 256 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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It's 1856. Twelve-year-old Charlotte, and her widowed father, are members of a Welsh handcart company on the Mormon Trail. Charlotte's mother was the first of the family to convert to Mormonism, but she died in childbirth, leaving Charlotte, and her father, to make their way without her to Zion. Shortly after arriving in America, one in their company dies in childbirth, and Charlotte, without thinking, volunteers to care for the infant, who she names Rose. Charlotte walks the road from childhood to womanhood, and learns that there is a good deal more to caring for a baby than she thought. Many of the incidents in this story are taken from history, researched from the story of Cannon's own ancestors.
Similar books: Addy Across the Prairie series by Laurie Lawlor, Rachel's Journal by Marissa Moss
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0440418402
ISBN-13: 9780440418405
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