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Kaleidoscope Eyes

Jen Bryant (2009), 264 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Poetry
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As America is in the thick of the Vietnam War, thirteen-year-old Lyza inherits a project from her grandfather who has just passed away. All of the hours spent in her grandpa's basement pouring over maps with him have left Lyza well-equipped for this project of locating the lost treasure of Captain Kidd. She enlists the help of her best friends, Carolann and Malcolm. The essence of the year that this novel in verse is set in, 1968, is brought in very well. Lyza and Malcolm do not talk to each other in school since Malcolm is black. Malcolm's brother is drafted into the Vietnam War. As Lyza and her friends are searching for the treasure, Americans are searching for happiness amidst death (of all the soldiers, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy.)
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 12/8/2011
ISBN-13: 9780375840487
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Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie

Peter & Connie Roop (1985), 40 pages
Illustrated by Peter E. Hanson
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Adventure, Easy Reader, Especially for Girls, Historical, Nonfiction
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This is an exciting and true story about a little girl named Abbie Burgess, who lives with her family in a lighthouse off the coast of Maine. One day she is left alone with her younger brothers and sisters, when a terrible store hits. The lighthouse lights must be kept burning to guide the sailors' ships to safety! Papa is depending on her. Does Abbie have the strength and the courage to keep the lighthouse lights burning?
Similar books: The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft by Cathy Moore; The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth by Jean L. Patrick; The Schoolchildren's Blizzard by Marty Rhodes Figley
Awards won: Reading Rainbow Book
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/26/2009
ISBN-10: 0876142757
ISBN-13: 9780876142752
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Keeper of the Grail

Michael Spradlin (2008), 272 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Fiction, Historical, Multicultural
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Tristan's life as an orphan, raised in the abbey by monks, changed dramatically when he was chosen to be Sir Thomas's squire and to travel to the Holy Land to fight with King Richard the Lionheart. As a member of the Knights Templar, Tristan finds himself fighting in the Crusades and protecting the Holy Grail. In a strange and foreign land filled with chaos, Tristan must find a way to return to England with the sacred relic without anyone knowing. This is the first book in The Youngest Templar series. Look for Trail of Fate.
Book Series: The Youngest Templar
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 9/4/2009
ISBN-10: 0399247637
ISBN-13: 9780399247637
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Keeping Room

Anna Myers (1997), 144 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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While his father is off leading the rebels, British troops take over 13-year-old Joseph Kershaw's home. He is torn between his hatred for them, and his respect for a young captain, who looks out for the family.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0802786413
ISBN-13: 9780802786418
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Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor

Russell Freedman (1998), 112 pages
Illustrated by Lewis Hine
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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Have you ever wondered why you don't work a full-time job like your mom and/or dad? Most children in the United States under the age of sixteen do not have jobs. They are free to join activities, such as soccer or scouts, and have time to play, and go to school. It has not always been like this. In the early 1900s, children, as young as three-years-old, worked full-time jobs, and many had 12-hour days. Kids at Work is a book about Lewis Hine, the man who spent several years working with the National Child Labor Committee to raise awareness about child labor. He was smart, and knew that he could win more support for his cause by showing pictures than he could with words alone. This is what he did, often going into factories, mills, and canneries in disguise, because the owners of the factories did not want anyone taking pictures of their workers, and would try to stop him. Was Lewis Hine successful in ending child labor? Is there any child labor in the United States today? Read Kids at work to find out.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0395797268
ISBN-13: 9780395797266
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