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Andryszewski, Tricia. Step by Step Along the Appalachian Trail. Brookfield, Connecticut: Twenty-First Century Books, 1998, 64 pgs.

The Appalachian Trail stretches from Maine to Georgia; this non-fiction chapter book will show you why hikers hike parts or even the whole trail. Follow in the steps of real hikers as they recount memorable moments of humor, beauty and danger. Enjoy the scenic beauty with photos and appreciate the timeworn history of the trail. Even from your armchair you’ll feel as though you’ve been there. (DAH) 

Armstrong, Jennifer. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World. New York: Crown, 1998. 134 pgs.

In December 1914, Sir Ernest Shackelton and his English crew of twenty-seven set sail on the Endurance.  They wanted to be the first expedition to cross the southern continent of Antarctica.  But in January 1915, the ship became trapped in ice.  This book chronicles the events until their amazing rescue in May 1916.  Actual black and white photos are included.  (DR)

Arnold, Caroline. City of Gods: Mexico’s Ancient City of Teotihuacán.  New York: Clarion, 1994. 48 pgs.

Outside Mexico City, is the ancient city of Teotihuacán.  Two thousand years ago, the city, was a center for trade and politics with an estimated population between 100,000 and 200,000 people.   Archaeologists have studied the surviving pyramids and temples.  Beautiful photographs. (DR) 

  Arnold, Caroline.  Stone Age Farmers Beside the Sea:  Scotland’s Prehistoric Village of Skara Brae.  New York: Clarion, 1997.

Have you ever wondered how your ancestors may have lived?  In this book, Arnold explores the ruins of one of Europe’s oldest known and best preserved prehistoric villages, Skara Brae.  The photographs and descriptive text give us a great look at how some of our ancestors may have lived long ago.  If you have roots in Northern Europe, this is one book you won’t want to miss!  (MJ)

  Ballard, Robert D.  Exploring the Titanic.  New York: Scholastic, 1988.

No one ever thought that the Titanic would only make one voyage, but in 1912 the biggest ship in the world sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.  In 1985, the crews of the Knorr and Le Suroit discovered her.  A plaque was placed on the stern of the ship in memory of those who died.  (JD)

Ballard, Robert. Ghost Liners. Boston: Little, Brown, 1998. 

The Titanic, Lusitania, Andria Doria, Empress of Ireland, and the Britannic are five ships who were lost at sea.  Don't miss the stories of survivors and photographs of the underwater wrecks. (JM) 

  Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  Growing Up in Coal Country New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. 

Instead of going to school, lots of boys used to work in the coal mines in Pennsylvania.  They’d work for fourteen hours underground.  Some lost arms or legs or their lives.  Terrific story, haunting photographs. (MK) 

Brown, Tricia.  Children of the Midnight Sun.  1998.  47 pages.

The children of Alaska live a life steeped in tradition and mixed with modern technology. Journey with eight different Native Alaskan children as they tell about their way of life in the land of the midnight sun. (DA)

Bunting, Elaine and Patricia D’Amario.  Counties of Central Maryland.  Centreville, MD: Tidewater Publishers. 1998. 

This book focuses on the four central Maryland counties: Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Montgomery and Howard.  Highly researched, it contains extensive information, fun facts, small black and white sketches, a table of contents and an index. (LB)

Carlson, Laurie.  Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West. New York: Dorling Kindersley. 

A hat was important protection in the American West.  Men wore a wide variety of head coverings until John B. Stetson created his tough, felt, wide-brimmed hat called the Boss of the Plains.  It became the most popular hat west of the Mississippi and is still sold today. (LB)

Chin-Lee, Cynthia. A is for Asia.  Illustrated by Yumi Heo.  New York: Orchard, 1997. 

This book uses the alphabet as a guide to introduce many different customs, beliefs, and facts about Asia.  Beginning with A for Asia and ending with Z for Zen, you can learn a lot of information about Asian life.  It’s also a great way to learn more about your Asian classmates. (CS) 

Clare, John D.  Fourteenth-Century Towns.  New York: Gulliver Books, 1993. 

The lifestyle of the 1300’s in Europe is quite different from our modern world!  Take a step back in time to experience the foods, sounds, and home life of the 14th century.  Discover how the Black Plague ravaged one-third of the European population. (SR) 

Erickson, Paul.  Daily Life on a Southern Plantation 1853.  New York: Dutton, 1998.

The daily lives of masters and slaves were significantly different.  Slaves were up before dawn six days a week working in the fields or in the big house.  Masters and mistresses arose about 6:00 a.m. to be served breakfast by their house field laborers.  Much of what masters viewed as happiness on the part of their slaves was actually open rebellion. (MP)

  Freedman, Russell.  Buffalo Hunt.  New York: Holiday House, 1988. 

The pictures of early western artists such as Catlin and Bodmer support this tribute to the buffalo's impact on native American culture. This book shows how Indians depended on the buffalo for food, clothing, and shelter, and also how non-native Americans exploited the buffalo for their own greedy purposes.  Freedman is not only telling the tale of the buffalo, but also, the story of the West. (JHP) 

Freedman, Russell.  Cowboys of the Wild West.  New York: Clarion, 1985. 

For those enthralled with cowboys, this pictorial history on the every day life of the American cowboy has plenty of details. The photographs support the text in typical Freedman fashion. (JHP) 

Fritz, Jean.  Shh! We're Writing the Constitution.  New York: Putnam,1987.

How did they write that constitution with all the states wanting sovereignty?  Didn't it make it hard to agree with 55 delegates?  Our country had to start somewhere, and Jean Fritz has given us a history of how the United States of America came to be.   (JD) 

Fritz, Jean, Katherine Patterson, Patricia and Frederick McKissack, Margaret Mahy, and Jamake Highwater. The World in 1492.  New York: Holt, 1992.

When you think of 1492 the first thing that comes into mind is Columbus, right?  Well, what about the history, customs, beliefs, and accomplishments of the people of that time?  In this collection, each author writes about one of the five following areas of the world: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania, and the Americas. (JD)

Gibbons, Gail.  Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas.  Boston:  Little, Brown, 1993.  unp 

Who are pirates and what did they do?  Were all pirates bad and what about those buried treasures?  Find out this and more in this factual fun to read book. (DH) 

  Gibbons, Gail.  Sunken Treasure.  New York: Crowell, 1988. 

The 17th century Spanish ship Nuestra Señora de Atocha sank in the ocean and like many other sunken ships, it carried treasure and lots of it.  Treasuring hunting can take many years and a lot of people involved in the search, the find, the recording, the salvage, restoration and preservation, cataloging, and distribution. (JD)

Gibbons, Gail. Yippee-Yay!: A Book about Cowboys and Cowgirls. Boston: Little, Brown, 1998. 

This is a fun and fact filled book about the Old West, highlighting the equipment, work, and lifestyle of cowboys and cowgirls.  It compares the work of present day cowboys with the job in the late 1800’s.  Labeled illustrations accompany the text plus the reader is introduced to several famous cowboys and cowgirls. (LB)

High, Linda Oatman.  Under New York.  Pictures by Robert Rayevsky.  New York: Holiday, 2001.  (974.7)

“Under New York, below nighttime and morning and noon, sun and stars and moon, there is a world of its own, an underground city below the city…”  The drawings show what is going on above and below the ground.  (MK)

Jackson, Ellen. Turn of the Century. Illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge Publishing, 1998. 

Wow! It sure was a different kind of life for kids 1000 years ago. Look in on one child in every century from  the year 1000 to the year 2000 as you journey back in time reading this book. (JM) 

Johnson, Jane. My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter.  New York: Dial, 1999. 

Did you know the Peter Rabbit stories all started as a letter to a sick boy? This charming book tells the story with delightful pictures of both Beatrix Potter and the Moore family for whom she wrote the stories. (JM) 

Jones, Earl.  Map Rap.  Maryland:  C.H. Fairfax Co., 1990. 

Having trouble learning geography?  This book turns learning different places into rhyming fun!  Before you know it, your foot is tapping to the beat and rattling off the names of countries and cities—places all over the world. (KS) 

  Jurmain, Suzanne. Freedom's Sons: The Story of the Amistad Mutiny. New York: Lothrop, 1998. 

This is the story of unbending courage and moral integrity in the face of incredible odds.  It is the extraordinary true story of the only successful slave revolt in American history.  It is the story of men who despite their different heritage and beliefs banded together to see justice done. (BD) 

Kalman, Bobbie.  Colonial Times From A – Z.  New York: Crabtree Publishing Co.,1998. 

A is for Apothecary, M is for Milliner, Q is for Quoits.  Sound like a foreign language to you? These were words from the vocabulary and lifestyle of colonial settlers in the United States in the 1600’s and 1700’s.  Find out for yourself about Christmas celebrations, toys and games, and wig makers in this overview of colonial times. (SR) 

Kalman, Bobbie.  Pioneer Life From A – Z.  New York: Crabtree Publishing Co.,1998. 

This alphabet book introduces various aspects of the pioneer lifestyle in North America.  Toys, clothing, school, home, crafts, and special occasions were different from how we know them today—or are they?  Discover why J is for Journaling, P is for Peddler, and S is for Shivarees. (SR) 

Kilborne, Sarah S.  Leaving Vietnam: The True Story of Tuan Ngo.  Illustrated by Melissa Sweet.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. 

In 48 pages and 7 chapters, readers will learn of the daring escape of young Tuan from Vietnam, the dangers at sea, the crowded conditions of refugee camps, and his eventual entry in America.  Simple text aimed for the level 3 reader makes this a good choice for readers who are looking for chapter books.  (MK) 

Kuhn, Betsy.  Angels of Mercy: The Army Nurses of World War II.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. (114 p)

Lots of photographs and well-written text, readers can pick and choose which stories they’d like to read.  Highlights some of the women who served as nurses during World War II. (MK)

Langley, Andrew.  Castle at War: The Story of a Siege.  New York: DK Publishing, 1998. 

Everything about castles and daily medieval life is included in this book from weapons used in war, to "trenchers" the stale bread used as a plate.  There is much more in this book than the title implies, and colorful illustrations are just as informative as the text. (JM) 

Leedy, Loreen.  Celebrate the 50 States.  New York: Holiday House, 1999.  32 pages (grades kdg-3) 

Leedy devotes ½ of a page to every state in the union.  She’s drawn a map, a picture of the state animals, flowers, when the state became a state, and other details.  Good book for young students who enjoy geography.  (MK) 

Levine, Ellen.  Darkness over Denmark: The Danish Resistance and the Rescue of the Jews. New York: Holiday House, 2000.163pgs.

Fascinating account of the Danes who risked their lives to save the Jews during World War II.  Thirteen chapters, lots of black and white photos, and an extensive note section.  (MK)

London, Jonathon. Ali, Child of the Desert. Illustrated by Ted Lewin. New York: Lothrop, 1997. 

This  year Ali is finally old enough to make the yearly three day journey to the Moroccan market town of Rissani. Suddenly a sand storm starts swallowing  up the desert and any sight or sound of Ali's father, and the camels they are taking to market. He is all alone. Will he be able to find his father again when the storm ends?  This is a story of courage in the desert. (JM) 

Macaulay, David.  Rome Antics.  New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. 

A whirlwind tour of Rome from a pigeon's perspective includes both ancient and modern parts of the city. (KM) 

Margolies, Barbara.  Rehema's Journey.  New York: Scholastic, 1990. 

Travel through Tanzania, Africa, with Rehema, a 9 year old girl.  Lush green mountain sides, different tribes, wild animals, food, and family life unfold with photographs. (KM) 

McAuliffe, EmilyPennsylvania Facts and Symbols.  New York  Hilltop Books, 1999. 

Pennsylvania’s state name, seal, motto, and flag are just a few facts presented in the book.  Useful addresses and internet sites that can provide more information on Pennsylvania are included.  Contains large print and large photographs.  One of fourteen books in this series.(DLM) 

  Meltzer, Milton.  Voices from the Civil War: A Documentary History of the Great American Conflict.  New York: Crowell, 1989. 

Meltzer has done an excellent job of collecting letters, diaries, speeches, and newspaper clippings about the Civil War. The speeches by Clay, Lincoln, Douglass, and John Brown express the prewar sentiment.  Personal recollections of women, slaves, and pacifists represent both sides fairly.  This is an excellent choice for upper middle school students. (JHP)

Moss, Marissa. Rachel's Journal.  San Diego: Silver Whistle, 1998. 

Rachel is traveling by covered wagon from Illinois to California with her family along the Oregon Trail. This fictitious journal records all the details of life on the road from a young pioneer girl's viewpoint.  The "journal" is handwritten and includes drawings made by Rachel. (JM) 

Myers, Walter Dean.  At Her Majesty’s Request.  New York:  Scholastic Press,  1999. 

Imagine being born an African Princess,  rescued from certain death at the hands of a rival tribe’s king, and being taken under the wing of Queen Victoria of England.  All of this, and much more, happened to Sarah Forbes Bonetta in the mid-nineteenth century.  This incredible historical account of her life is proof that truth is stranger than fiction!  (BMD) 

Nieuwsma, Milton.  Kinderlager: An Oral History of Young Holocaust Survivors.  New York: Holiday House, 1998.  161 pages. 

Three women share their terrifying experiences growing up in Kinderlager, a portion of the Auschwitz death camps designated for children.  Tova, Rachel, and Freda’s stories highlight the resilience of the human spirit and the ability to overcome tremendous hardship in order to find the courage to go on living. (SD)

Patent, Dorothy. Mystery of the Lescaux Cave. New York: Benchmark Books, 1999, 64 pgs.

In September of 1940 four boys in France made an amazing discovery in a cave that changed what we knew about our prehistoric ancestors. Learn why the discovery was almost forgotten about and explore the cave and its paintings. This easy reading non-fiction chapter book includes a timeline, glossary, maps, index and lots of photos as well as additional suggested readings. (DAH)

Peacock, Louise.  Illustrated by Walter Lyon Krudop.  Crossing the Delaware, a History in Many Voices. New York: Atheneum Books, 1998. 

Crossing the Delaware to invade Trenton, New Jersey was “such a desperate thing to do.” It was nearly Christmas, the entire army could just quit and go home as of January first and why wouldn’t they? If they gave up and went home now, the revolution would be over—and the British would win! A young soldier writing to his love, military leaders, and a modern day narrator share their fears, hopes, and thoughts in this beautiful book. (DS) 

Reinhard, Johan.  Discovering the Inca Ice Maiden:  My Adventures on Ampato.  Washington:  National Geographic Society, 1998.  (48 p.) 

In about 1470 A.D., Inca priests climbed Ampato, a 20,700 foot high volcano in Peru.  The 14-year-old girl who accompanied them was destined to become a sacrifice to the gods.  Today she is known as the Inca Ice Maiden, one of the major archaeological finds of our century. (PO) 

Rylant, Cynthia. Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1991. 23 pgs.

This is a simply written book about the people who live in Appalachia.  Many are coal miners.  Those who leave Appalachia nearly always return home.  The children have good dogs who run free and follow them to the creek or into the woods. (DR)

St. George, Judith. The Amazing Voyage of the New Orleans.  New York: Putnam, 1980. 

Sail down the Ohio and Mississippi in 1811 on the “New Orleans.”  Discover how Nicholas Roosevelt charted the rivers in a flatboat and built a steamboat that no one thought could make the journey. (KM) 

Spedden, Daisy Corning Stone.  Polar the Titanic Bear.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1994. 64 pages.

April 15, 1912, will forever be remembered as the infamous date in which over 1,500 innocent people lost their lives when the Titanic sunk.  This true story, written by Daisy Corning Stone Spedden, relates the heartwarming story of the inseparable bond between her son, Douglas, and a stuffed teddy bear named Polar.  Discover what it was like to be a passenger on the Titanic, through the eyes of Polar the bear. (SD)

Steedman, Scott.  The Egyptian News Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 1997.  32p. Grades 5-8. 

The Egyptians did not have newspapers, of course, but if they had, they certainly would have enjoyed this one. The articles are written in a playful and light-hearted—but factual—style.  Major headlines cover stories such as "Egypt Reunited," "Hyksos Hammered," and "Boy-King Dies."  The Lifestyle section has farming tips and dressing for parties.  You'll also want to read The Aztec News, The Greek News, and The Roman News.  (MK) 

Tanaka, Shelley.   Discovering the Iceman.  New York: Hyperion, 1997.  48p.  Grades 3-6. 

With plenty of close-up gruesome photographs of the Iceman, this book is fun.  He was discovered in 1991, and scientists determined that he was 5,300 years old, making him one of the oldest humans ever found.  (MK) 

Tunnell, Michael O.  Mailing May.  Illustrated by Ted Rand.  New York: Greenwillow, 1997.  Unp.  Grades 1-5. 

In 1914, Charlotte May Pierstorff of Grangeville, Idaho wanted to visit her grandmother who lived seventy-five miles away in Lewiston, Idaho.  Because a train ticked was so expensive in those days, her parents decided to mail her parcel post, pasting the fifty-three cents postage on her back.  Tunnell has written a fictionalized account of this actual train trip, and Rand’s illustrations capture the times.  (MK)

Wanning, Esther.  Maryland: the Spirit of America State by State.  New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.  1998. 

This is a small pictorial book, the size of your hand, about Maryland. From the scenic Appalachian Mountains in the west to the historic Eastern Shore, this state is full of treasures awaiting discovery. (LB)

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