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Scarlett Letter

P. Craig Russell (1990), 44 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Classic, Graphic Novel, Historical
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This graphic novel retells the classic story of a woman judged and sentenced by her Puritan community to wear a red letter 'A' on her chest as a sign of adultery. The adaptation keeps much of Hawthorne's original language, so the reader will experience the flavor of his writing with illustrations helping to flesh out the story.
Similar books: Classics Illustrated series includes the Wind in the Willows, Frankenstein, Hamlet, The Raven & Other Poems, and more.
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 11/22/2011
ISBN-13: 978-1-59707-1
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School at Crooked Creek

Laurie Lawlor (2004), 72 pages
Illustrated by Ronald Himler
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Six-year-old Beansie is quite capable of doing chores at his home in the 1828 Indiana wilderness. Even though he is small for his age, and the youngest of his family, he tends the family cow, and helps his father in clearing a path through the woods. When his father announces that he will be attending school with his older sister, Louisa, Beansie can't believe his ears - who needs school when he is already learning all he needs to know from his Pap? Besides, Louisa's stories about the mean things other children at school sometimes do make him feel even less like going. The first day of school dawns snowy and cold, and Beansie is sure that all his feelings are justified. Will he ever survive schooling? Something happens on the way home from school that makes Beansie feel differently about himself, school, and even the other students. This is an easy chapter book, with 80 pages, and a lovely, full-page illustration in each chapter.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 5/18/2009
ISBN-10: 082341812X
ISBN-13: 9780823418121
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Schoolchildren's Blizzard

Marty Rhodes Figley (2004), 48 pages
Illustrated by Shelly O. Haas
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Fiction, Historical
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This is an historical telling of a deadly storm that blew across the midwestern states in 1888. Through the eyes of a little girl named Sarah, you learn of her fear and her courage as she faced this storm with her sister. Sarah explains how her brave teacher, Miss Freeman, must lead 14 students out into the storm to safety. Read all about one of the worst blizzards in history called 'The Schoolchildren's Blizzard'!
Book Series: On My Own History
Similar authors: Candice Ransom
Similar books: Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter Roop; The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft by Cathy Moore; Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride by Marsha Armstel
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/13/2009
ISBN-10: 1575055864
ISBN-13: 9781575055862
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Sea Chest

Toni Buzzeo (2002), 32 pages
Illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical, Picture Books
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'The Sea Chest' by Toni Buzzeo is a tender and remarkable story of a little girl's solitary life on a lighthouse island. With only her parents for company, Maita bakes pumpkin pies, takes care of the hens, climbs the rocky cliffs on the island, and prays for a baby sister. One dark and dangerous night Maita's prayers are answered. As a terrible storm sends a ship to the depths of the ocean, it sends her a sea chest containing a special gift. Through an extreme act of love, Maita receives a 'gift that would change her life forever'. You'll truly enjoy reading this heart-warming story and beautifully illustrated picture book as Maita tells her story to a grandniece who awaits her very own,'gift from the sea'.
Similar authors: Cynthia L. Copeland; Maricia K. Vaughan; Peter Roop
Similar books: Elin's Island by Cynthia L. Copeland; Abbie Against the Storm; The true story of a young heroine and a lighthouse by Marica K. Vaughan; Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter Roop
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 6/29/2011
ISBN-10: 0803727038
ISBN-13: 9780803727038
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Sea of Trolls

Nancy Farmer (2006), 480 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical
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After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, who has taken refuge in his village, he, and his little sister, Lucy, are captured by Viking Berserkers, and taken to the home of King Ivar the Boneless, and his half-troll queen. In order to save Lucy, Jack must undertake a dangerous quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls. Sequel: Land of the Silver Apple.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0689867468
ISBN-13: 9780689867460
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