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Hi, all!  Our 5th grade read "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" last year, and now 
our principal is not allowing them to read it again because of the affair mentioned 
in the book.  So, we are on the lookout for a new historical fiction, but one that 
is not about WWII.  We are looking for a book that is a higher reading level, has a 
teacher's guide, and is about US history from the Ice Age to the Civil War.  Any 
suggestions?  So far from my own stacks I have pulled "The Slave Dancer" by Fox and 
"Johnny Tremain" by Forbes to re-read.  
Several people did suggest WWII books, which is still helpful because I feel like I 
never have enough of those.   
I received several responses.  Thank you so much!  I'm not sure what we will go 
with, but I have a stack of books to start reading.  

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.
Fever, 1793  by Laurie Halse Anderson
Had you not said you're not doing WWII I'd have suggested Jerry 
Spinelli's Milkweed, a very depressing but well-written and surprising 
Holocaust book that is also high-level, or Number the Stars by Lois 
Blue by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson 
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
Fever 1793 by Laurie Hart Anderson 
An Island Far From Home
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Watsons go to Birmingham
Bud, not Buddy
Mr. Popper's Penguins 
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
The Crossing
"Blood on the River: James Town 1607" by Elisa Carbone
"My Brother Sam is Dead" by James Lincoln Collier
"The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth Joyce Speare
Being from Oklahoma, maybe historical fiction featuring something about Native 
Americans, perhaps?
Jason's Gold by Will Hobbs
Out of the Dust by Karen Hess
Jayhawker by Beatty 
Jessalynn McCoin, MLIS 
Library Media Specialist 
Collins Elementary 
Bristow Public Schools 
Bristow, OK 

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