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    Help! I’ve been looking at this pile of books that I have – many free from people, some bought for $.10-.25 at thrift stores, some from who knows where…. – and I’m a bit overwhelmed trying to sort out the fluff from the worth it. The pile has been here almost a year because I haven’t had time to read them all, so I wondered if any of you might know anything about any of them and be able to offer any advice about them. There are more than this that I may come back with questions about (and many I’ve already sorted through – it’s just taken hours to look them up on the computer, even….. It’s tough being so picky.  😉  )

    Any info you can offer about any of these – the good, the bad, the ugly – would be greatly appreciated.

    A Child’s History of the Hebrew People by Dorothy F. Zeligs

    Animal Stories by Walter Wilson

    Bruce by Albert Payson Terhune

    Crossbows & Crucifixes by Henry Garnett

    Daniel Boone by Katharine E. Wilkie

    Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield

    Emily Upham’s Revenge by Avi Wortis

    Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp by Basil Miller

    Harriet’s Choice by Jane Abbott

    Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

    I Remember the Alamo by D. Anne Love

    Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

    Lost on Hawk Mountain by James Ralph Johnson

    Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

    My Indian Boyhood by Luther Standing Bear

    Narcissa Whitman by Jeanette Eaton

    Nelly in the Wilderness by Lynn Cullen

    Nibs: The Orphan Deer of the Adirondacks by Don Lang

    Numbering All the Bones by Ann Rinaldi

    Om-Kas-Toe: Blackfeet Twin Captures an Elkdog by Kenneth Thomasma

    Pendragon by D.J. MacHale

    Pocahontas: True Princess by Mari Hanes

    Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

    Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell

    Soft Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Cornelia Cornelissen

    The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho

    The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

    The Life and Times of Pandora of Athens by Barry Denenberg

    The Search for Delicious by Natalie Babbitt

    The Storyteller’s Beads by Jane Kurtz

    The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

    Treve by Albert Payson Terhune

    Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton  (The title has thrown me…..)

    Young Brave Algonquin by Priscilla Carden

    alphabetika
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    I have read only four of these and I’d say all four are keepers:

     

    Detectives in Togas (fun novel of Ancient Rome)

    Johnny Tremain – my favorite novel of the Revolutionary War

    Shades of Gray – thought provoking Civil War story

    Great Turkey Walk (hilarious book!)

    FWIW, it’s been about 10-12 years since I’ve read any of these and they still stick in my mind. I can’t wait to read them to my current 8yo!

    mama_nickles
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    We read and recommend johnny tremain, omkastoe, and two little savages. 2LS is one if my 10yo’s fave books! Great for budding naturalists.

    Little Women
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    I or my kids have read all of these, I think, and loved them.  (They are all in Sonlight, and while I wouldn’t call all of them highly educational, I don’t think they are twaddle, either.)

    Detectives in Togas–kids novel about Rome, good read-aloud from about 2nd grade onward, good mystery story

    Homeless Bird

    Johnny Tremain–good to understand setting of Revolutionary war; story has serious actions and consequences, with not everyone behaving in a godly way but therefore a lot to talk about and learn from

    Om-Kas-Toe–this was one of my 2nd daughter’s all-time favorites. She read it over and over!   I didn’t let her read everything by this author, but this one was very good.

    Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder–good story about the Civil War

    Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell–good story about Indians being sent to reservations, but I would keep it for junior high because of the mature theme

    The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr–hysterical, setting of old West, values like perseverance, though not hugely focused on that, a great family read-aloud

    The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars

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