Reading Lists

The School Library has approved books which are listed below. There are also books in my room that you may check out and read. The One-Pager  rubric can be found under Rubrics for Projects on the left. Follow it exactly!

The Following Book-list is good for both the 5th and 6th Six-Weeks. These books are all available through Mrs. Huffman.

Sectionalism, Civil War and Reconstruction

  • A House Divided                                      15.95
  • Across Five Aprils                                   12.95
  • The Civil War                                           10.99
  • The Glory Field                                        10.99
  • The House of Dies Drear                           10.99
  • The Killer Angels                                      12.99
  • Rifles for Watie                                         10.99
  • The River Between Us                                12.99
  • Shades of Gray                                         10.99

The Following Library Book-list is good for both the 3rd and 4th Six-Weeks.

Constitution, Bill of Rights, New Nation, Manifest Destiny 1781-1825

Winter Hero, Collier
Anxious to be a hero, a young boy relates how he becomes involved in Shays' Rebellion begun by farmers in western Massachusetts against unfair taxation levied on them by the Boston government.

Crossing the panther's path,  Alder, Elizabeth.
A YALSA 2002 Best Book Nominee, After braving a blizzard across the wilderness to join his Mohawk mother and Irish father, fifteen-year-old Billy Calder meets the Shawnee chief Tecumseh. Based on a true story, this is rousing historical fiction about young soldiers and the terrible events culminating in the War of 1812.

Thomas Jefferson, architect of Democracy, Severance
Severance's ambitious portrait of America's third president chronicles Jefferson's life and career from his early education through his positions as author of the Declaration of Independence, governor of Virginia, ambassador to France, U.S. vice president and president, and finally as founder of the University of Virginia.

John Hancock : signer for independence
/ by Barbara A. Somervill
A biography profiling John Hancock, the man who is best known for his bold signature on the Declaration of Independence. Includes source notes and timeline.

George Washington & the founding of a nation / Albert Marrin.
A fascinating, fast-paced account of our first president's life and times. Albert Marrin examines the "father of our country" from the perspectives of his character, military experience, and also his slaveholding, to assess Washington's role in our history.

George Washington : an illustrated biography / by David A. Adler.
Here is the full story of the life of George Washington, told with quotes from his voluminous correspondence and accounts by his peers, and accompanied by detailed historical illustrations. David A. Adler brings to life the man behind the great soldier and statesman, and unveils the dignity and humility that were the backbone of the public figure, lauded as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his fellow-citizens."

The founders : the 39 stories behind the U.S.Constitution / Dennis Brindell Fradin
The stories behind the Constitution are as powerful as the nation it created. This companion volume to "The Signers" brings all of the founders' stories to light.

A dangerous engine : Benjamin Franklin, from scientist to diplomat
/ Joan Dash
A father of the revolution and a signer of the Constitution, Franklin was a lightning rod in political circles – “a dangerous Engine,” according to a critic. And although he devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to affairs of state, his first love was always science. Handsome pen-and-ink drawings highlight moments in this revolutionary thinker’s life.

Once on this island, Whelan
When war erupts between England and America in 1812, it brings change and uncertainty-even to Michigan's remote Mackinac Island. For young Mary O'Shea, the hardest change is the departure of her father, who leaves Mackinac to join the American Army. With her sister and brother, Mary must tend the farm, deal with the hardships of British occupation, and hope for the safe return of their father.

The invasion of Sandy Bay, Sanchez
Twelve-year-old Lemuel never expected to face a British warship on his first nighttime fishing excursion. Nevertheless, he finds himself tangled in an invasion during the War of 1812. Based on true events, this entertaining and lively tale recounts how a fishing village worked together to save its captured men and negotiate a truce with the British.

FEVER 1793, Laurie Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, 16-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perserverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.

Following the Revolution, an 11-year-old boy becomes the captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own nation supported by piracy, on a remote part of the New Jersey coast.

Pennsylvania-New Jersey border in 1768. Two young endentured servants escape into Pennsylvania and receive help from 12-year-old Peter York and his guardian, Everett Shinn, a devout Quaker.

In the mid-eighteenth century a family moves from Connecticut to Pennsylvania and becomes involved in the property conflict between the two states.

1798. During a malaria epidemic in late eighteenth-century Cleveland, Ohio, ten-year-old Seth Doan surprises his family, his neighbors, and himself by having the strength to carry and grind enough corn to feed everyone. Based on a true story.

1782.Years after a violent New England raid by the Redcoats and their Revolutionary War Indian allies, two families, one that suffered during that raid and one with an Indian mother and Patriot father, become neighbors and must deal the past.

THE H.M.S. Bounty, set sail from England in 1787 bound for Tahiti. Part of the crew mutinies and sets Captain Bligh, a harsh taskmaster, and 18 others adrift in a small boat. The mutineers and nonmutineers on the ship then divide. Some seek refuge on an uncharted island, while others stay on Tahiti, eventually to be arrested and court-martialed.

In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh and later develops a deep friendship with him.

Colonial-Revolution Book-list is good for the first and second 6-weeks.

Huffman Colonial/Revolution Reading Books in the Library

Betsy Zane : the rose of Fort Henry
By Durrant, Lynda, 1956-  Dewey: -Fic-
In 1781 twelve-year-old Elizabeth Zane, great-great-aunt of novelist Zane Grey, leaves Philadelphia to return to her brothers' homestead near Fort Henry in what is now West Virginia, where she plays an important role in the final battle of the American Revolution.
Lexile: 750

Cast Two Shadows : the American revolution in the South
By Rinaldi, Ann  Dewey: -Fic-
In South Carolina in 1780, fourteen-year-old Caroline sees the Revolutionary War take a terrible toll among her family and friends and comes to understand the true nature of war.
Lexile: 610

Give Me Liberty
By Elliott, Laura  Dewey: -Fic-
In 1775, Nathaniel Dunn, a thirteen-year-old indentured servant in Virginia, befriends an elderly schoolmaster and soon finds himself torn between the two sides in the American Revolution.
Lexile: 810

Johnny Tremain

By Forbes, Esther  Dewey: -Fic-
After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.
Lexile: 840

Lorenzo's Secret Mission

By Guzman, Lila, 1952-  Dewey: -Fic-
In 1776, fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister leaves Texas and his father's new grave to carry a letter to the Virginia grandfather he has never known, and becomes involved with the struggle of the American Continental Army and its Spanish supporters.

War comes to Willy Freeman

By Collier, James Lincoln, 1928-  Dewey: -Fic-
A free thirteen-year-old African-American girl in Connecticut is caught up in the horror of the Revolutionary War and the danger of being returned to slavery when her patriot father is killed by the British and her mother disappears.
Lexile: 800

Witch Child

By Rees, Celia  Dewey: -Fic-
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.
Lexile: 760

A Break with Charity : a story about the Salem witch trials
By Rinaldi, Ann  Dewey: -Fic-
While waiting for a church meeting in 1706, Susanna English, daughter of a wealthy Salem merchant, recalls the malice, fear, and accusations of witchcraft that tore her village apart in 1692.
Lexile: 730

Copper sun
By Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)  Dewey: -Fic-
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
Lexile: 820

Guns for General Washington : a story of the American Revolution
By Reit, Seymour  Dewey: -Fic-
In the bitter winter of 1775-76, Colonel Henry Knox and his younger brother Will, both of the Continental Army, become frustrated with the British blockade of Boston and decide to attempt to move 183 cannons from Fort Ticonderoga, over 300 miles of mountainous wilderness, to defend the besieged city.
Lexile: 900

Just Jane : a Daughter of England caught in the struggle of the American Revolution
By Lavender, William  Dewey: -Fic-
Fourteen-year-old Jane Prentice, orphaned daughter of an English earl, arrives in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1776 to find her family and her loyalties divided over the question of American independence.
Lexile: 740

The Secret of Sarah Revere

By Rinaldi, Ann  Dewey: -Fic-
Paul Revere's daughter describes her father's "rides" and the intelligence network of the patriot community prior to the American Revolution.
Lexile: 530

Wicked Girls : a novel of the Salem witch trials

By Hemphill, Stephanie  Dewey: -Fic-
A fictionalized account, told in verse, of the Salem witch trials, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692--Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam, Jr.
Lexile: 700

The Year of the Hangman

By Blackwood, Gary L  Dewey: -Fic-
In 1777, having been kidnapped and taken forcibly from England to the American colonies, fifteen-year-old Creighton becomes part of developments in the political unrest there that may spell defeat for the patriots and change the course of history.
Lexile: 820