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Here's my original request:  A couple of English teachers asked me for
suggestions for summer reading for their AP students, grades 10 and 11. They
want books that are centered in or based upon a historically significant
time period or event, preferably novels. 

Below are the responses I received. Thanks so much to everyone who gave me
suggestions. You helped make my teachers happy!

Gayle Lawrence

Library Media Specialist

Charles Page High School

Sand Springs, OK


Isaac's storm by Erik Larson

Three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi


The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing (I [The Pox Party] and II [The
Kingdom on the Waves]) - M.T. Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talkers by Joseph Bruchac

AK by Peter Dickinson

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

Pushing the Bear: a novel of the Trail of Tears by Diane Glancy

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Day of Tears by Julius Lester

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Cracker!: the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata

Just about anything by Thomas Kenneally (Schindler's list, for example)

Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Amistad by Alexs Pate

Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson

Lyddie by Katherine Paterson 

Tamar by Mal Peet

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Red Glass by Laura Resau

Just about anything by Ann Rinaldi (Time Enough for Drums, The Last Silk
Dress, etc.)

Useful Fools by C.A. Schmidt

Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury

Eyes of the Emperor by Graham Salisbury

Just about anything by Jeff Shaara (or Michael)

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton

Chanda's Wars by Allan Stratton

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


921 Jemison:  Indian Captive: the Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski


Hosseini's THE KITE RUNNER (Afghanistan, '80's)
Gantos, HOLE IN MY LIFE (US, 1960's)

Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Over and Under by Todd Tucker

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan - Dust Bowl 


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