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My Brother Sam Is Dead

James Lincoln Collier (2005), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family, during the Revolution, when one son joins the rebel forces, while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0439783607
ISBN-13: 9780439783606
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My Guardian Angel

Sylvie Weil (2004), 208 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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Mazal is a guardian angel. They say all Jewish people have one. Elvina hopes she does. Elvina is a young Jewish girl in Troyes, France during the times of preparation for the first crusade. Elvina is unique for 1096 because she can read, and write, and because of her free spirit. At times this gets Elvina in trouble, and so she needs the constant care of her Mazal. The early crusaders were a threat to the Jewish population of France. Therefore, the Jews wanted nothing to do with these early crusaders, and tried to do anything they could to get them to leave the Jewish people alone. Some came to Troyes, where Elvina and her family and friends lived. By reading this book, the reader gets to experience several other adventures of Elvina, showing life during these hard, and perilous times.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0439576814
ISBN-13: 9780439576819
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My Life with the Lincolns

Gayle Brandeis (2010), 256 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Abraham Lincoln. Civil Rights. Martin Luther King Jr. Chicago. Downers Grove. It's 1966 and Mina Edelman at age 11 is embarking on a journey that will be past, present, and future. It all began when Mina learned how to read-her dad's initials, Albert Baruch Edelman, spelled ABE. That started it all - there were other things as well that soon convinced her that they were the Lincolns reincarnated. So begins the continual interpretation of parallels between the families at the same time as Martin Luther King Jr. enters the Chicago scene. Mina's knowledge of the Lincolns is extensive and she is committed to saving her family from the Lincoln destiny. That's when the Civil Rights Movement comes to Chicago and Downers Grove, Illinois. It is a summer filled with choices and decisions that will have a lasting impact on her and her family. With the story taking place in familiar settings, the reader is drawn closer to the story.
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 6/28/2010
ISBN-10: 0805090134
ISBN-13: 9780805090130
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My Name Is Not Easy

Debby Dahl Edwardson (2011), 352 pages
Illustrated by Melanie Kroupa
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Multicultural
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In the 1960's, many of the smaller Alaskan towns didn't have middle or high schools, so young peole were flown in from around the state to attend boarding schools. When Luke and his brother Bunna arrive at Sacred Heart, they notice that all of the Eskimos sit on one side of the cafeteria while all of the Indians sit on the other. When Luke tries to speak to his brother in Inupiaq, their native language, a priest smacks his hands with a ruler. Luke's real name is too hard for white people to pronounce. The boys meet other kids at school, and throughout the book we hear their voices as well. They all struggle with issues of identity, family, and belonging, and as they grow closer to each other, the violence and unrest of the world outside threatens them more and more. My Name is Not Easy is a book about believing in your own voice, and having the courage to stand up for what you believe in.
Similar authors: Joseph Bruchac; Louise Erdrich
Similar books: Hidden Roots by Joseph Bruchac; The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 8/30/2012
ISBN-10: 0761459804
ISBN-13: 9780761459804
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My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941

Mary Pope Osborne (2000), 190 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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Maddie's father is fighting overseas in WWII. Back at home in New York, she organizes a group of kids called the K3F to support the war. But everything turns when a messenger brings news that her father is injured. Read this book to find out how Maddie turns her world around when all is going wrong.
Book Series: Dear America
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 11/5/2009
ISBN-10: 0590687158
ISBN-13: 9780590687157
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