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Mississippi Bridge

Mildred D. Taylor (2000), 64 pages
Illustrated by Max Ginsburg
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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In 1930's Mississippi, a 10-year-old white child, Jeremy Simms watches a bus driver order all black passengers, including his friends, the Logan family, off of a full bus because some white passengers, who arrived late, needed to board.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0141308176
ISBN-13: 9780141308173
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Moon of Two Dark Horses

Sally Keehn (1995), 218 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, hoping to keep bloodshed away from their valley, a 12-year-old Delaware Indian boy, and his white friend, search sacred land for the bones of a legendary beast.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0399227830
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Moon Over Manifest

Clare Vanderpool (2010), 368 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Abilene has always known where her home is: it is with her dad. In the 1930s United States, Abilene and her dad hop trains from town to town. Abilene's home is 'all over. My daddy says it's not down in any map. True places never are.' So when he sends her away from him to a town she's never known except through stories, Manifest, Kansas, to live with a man named Shady she's never met, Abilene is bewildered. On her first night there, searching for a hiding place for her treasured possessions, she stumbles upon a box with mementos and letters to a mysterious boy named Jinx. This discovery leads to a search for a spy, and Abilene finds more than she ever expected: the hidden past of Manifest, Kansas, a story that blends the history of a fortune teller, a boy running from the law after a murder, and the country in a time of war. As Abilene unravels the threads of the tale, she uncovers secrets that lead her back to the one place she hopes to be: home. Winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal, this book by first-time author Clare Vanderpool blends history, intrigue, and the love of families, both the ones we're given and the ones that choose us, into a tale that affirms the power of stories to heal, change, and bring people together.
Awards won: John Newbery Medal
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 1/13/2011
ISBN-10: 0385907508
ISBN-13: 9780385907507
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Commenter: Valerie, grade 52
This book is a moving story about a girl wanting to know more about her dad and learning more about herself, as well.
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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Brian Floca (2009), 48 pages
Illustrated by Brian Floca
Audience: 1st Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Adventure, Historical, Nonfiction
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The date is July 16, 1969. Responding to President John F. Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out, NASA has been preparing for this day. Three astronauts, Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin, have been preparing, too. Each step is rousingly described as the three men strap into the tiny space module, through Armstrong's 'giant leap,' to splash-down and the men's safe return to their families. This story of the United States' first flight to the moon is poetically told.
Awards nominated: Monarch Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 4/15/2011
ISBN-10: 141695046X
ISBN-13: 9781416950462
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Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

W. R. Philbrick (2009), 224 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Homer and his brother Harold have been living with their evil Uncle Squinton Leach, 'the meanest man in the entire state of Maine,' since their parents died. When Uncle Squinton sells Harold into the Union Army during the Civil War, Homer can take no more. He runs away and sets off to get Harold back. On his journey, he encounters slave catchers, a Confederate spy, and makes a get-away flight in a hot air balloon which lands him in Gettysburg right before the fighting begins. Join Homer for his mostly true adventures, but remember that he also has a real talent for telling fibs when they're needed.
Similar authors: Sid Fleischman
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Awards won: Newbery Honor Book 2010
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 6/1/2011
ISBN-13: 9780439668187
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