TTT: History Books for Fall

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related.” These are the history books I have lined up for this Fall. We’ll be studying 1850-1945.

  1. History Year by Year – I use this as the framework for our reading. It’s basically a huge timeline.
  2. I Survived series – 9 of these books fit into the time-frame we’ll be studying.
  3. Florence Nightingale: Lady with the Lamp – My kids LOVE graphic novels, so I try to incorporate them when I can.
  4. The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad – I’m excited to read this story, because I get to tell my kids that some of my ancestors were part of the Underground Railroad in Bat Cave, NC.
  5. Across Five Aprils – I’ve heard wonderful things about this Civil War novel.
  6. Iron Thunder – Civil War sea battles are often overlooked, so I was excited when I found this book!
  7. Wagon Wheels – Life on the frontier was HARD.
  8. Stanley and Livingstone: Expeditions Through Africa – This is the only kids book I could find on this subject (at my library) and it’s not on Goodreads. Should I be worried?
  9. Streets of Gold – Should I also include a viewing of An American Tale?
  10. The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk – So my kids will understand my license plate.
  11. Race to the South Pole – A time traveling dog at the South Pole . . . what’s not to love?
  12. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood – This cover makes me want to ask, “Are you my mummy?”
  13. The Night Flyers – I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that focused on what was happening stateside during WWI, so I’m intrigued.
  14. Into the Mummy’s Tomb – I might have to pair this with a re-reading of Death Comes As the End (for myself) and one of our many Egyptian themed board games for the family.
  15. A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder – These should be a fun way to cover the years between the wars.
  16. Number the Stars – The perfect book to begin talking about the Holocaust.
  17. Snow Treasure – Follows the resistance in Nazi occupied Norway.
  18. Baseball Saved Us – Covers the internment of Japanese Americans, in a way grade school kids can understand.
  19. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes – A true story of one girl’s struggle in the aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb.
  20. Little Women – This is our Christmas Break book, because it will bring the semester full circle, and it opens with one of my favorite Christmas scenes.

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TTT: Far Away Places

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Books Set Outside The US.” I read lots of Canadian and British books, so I modified the topic to Books Set Outside the English Speaking World.

  1. Taj Mahal by Caroline Arnold and Madeleine Comora – India
  2. My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’Homme – France, Germany, Norway
  3. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – Egypt

  4. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie – Turkey, Croatia

  5. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie – South Africa, Rhodesia

  6. “Anne of Green Gables,” My Daughter, and Me: What My Favorite Book Taught Me about Grace, Belonging, and the Orphan in Us All by Lorilee Craker – Korea

  7. Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton – Iraq, Sweden (?)

  8. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster – Italy

  9. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – Sweden

  10. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – Denmark

  11. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park – Korea

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TTT: All Grown Up

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Ten Childhood Characters You’d Love To Revisit As Adults (ie a novella or something to see what they grew up to be) — you could always just pick YA characters you’ve read recently you wouldn’t mind revisiting in 10 years or so. Or you could pick 10 characters and guess what you think they’d be doing in 10 years or 20 years. OR you could go the other way and wish for coming of age stories for adult characters you love.”

  1. Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. We got a glimpse of grown-up Susan in The Horse and His Boy (pictured), but her character really got shafted by Lewis in The Last Battle. I’d like a do-over please.
  2. Meg from A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry. Meg is one of my favorite angst-y YA characters. I’d love to revisit her as a fully realized adult.

  1. The other children from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. You know you’re curious if any of them actually learned a lesson and changed their ways!

  1. Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl. Did she become a teacher like Miss Honey?
  2. Annemarie Johansen from Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Did she survive WWII?
  3. Gregor from The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. The series had a bittersweet ending. I’d love to find out if Gregor eventually found some happiness.

  1. The Baudelaires from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Somehow, 13 books just weren’t enough.

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