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SOLDIER SONG: A TRUE STORY OF THE CIVIL WAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levy
Author's First Name: 
Debbie
Illustrator's First Name: 
Gilbert
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Ford
Publisher: 
Disney (Hyperion)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
A story of the Battle of Fredericksburg and the power of music for both sides of the Civil war, especially the emotional impact of Home Sweet Home. The theme is what unites vs. what divides us. Levy quotes from letters from both soldiers to those at home, usually written by very young participants. All reflect on the desire to rejoin loved ones. Similar to the response of those "higher up" to the soccer game that united both sides during WWI, bands on both sides were banned from playing Home Sweet Home less it dis-spirit the soldiers but it continued to be played. Extensive end notes add information about the Battle, the creation of the song and a time line of the Civil War. An important part in this divisive time. Edie Ching (ages 7-10)

CAMINAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Brown
Author's First Name: 
Skila
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014

Carlos, a young boy in Guatemala, follows his mama’s orders and hides in the trees when soldiers tear his world apart. Carlos fights to survive in the forest amidst soldiers and rebels and struggles to become a man in this historical fiction told in verse.

UNSPOKEN: A STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cole
Author's First Name: 
Henry
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2012

Graphite illustrations in this monochromatic tale set in Confederate Virginia expressively present an imagined episode about the Underground Railroad.Powerfully--and wordlessly--a young girl's courage fights oppression.

ABE’S HONEST WORDS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rappaport
Author's First Name: 
Doreen
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kadir
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Nelson
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2008

Multiple layers convey Lincoln's impact through quotes, free verse accounts of his life, a chronology, and a list of websites.  Report-writers and curious readers alike will learn much about our sixteenth President's brilliant visionary leadership.

HENRY'S FREEDOM BOX: A TRUE STORY FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levine
Author's First Name: 
Ellen
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kadir
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Nelson
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2007

Rich with the interplay of light and shadow, dramatic oil paintings enhance the true story of Henry “Box” Brown and his successful attempt to mail himself from slavery in the South to freedom in the North.

THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Philbrick
Author's First Name: 
Rodman
Publisher: 
Blue Sky Press
Publication Date: 
2009

A fast paced tall tale, both humorous and moving, concerns Homer’s search for his brother sold into the Civil War, an odyssey in which he encounters a traveling medicine show, the Underground Railroad, and hot air balloons among many other adventures.

MR. LINCOLN'S HIGH TECH WAR: HOW THE NORTH USED THE TELEGRAPH, RAILROADS, SURVEILLANCE BALLOONS, IRONCLADS, HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS, AND MORE TO WIN THE CIVIL WAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Allen
Author's First Name: 
Thomas B.
Illustrator's First Name: 
Roger MacBride
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Allen
Publisher: 
National Geographic Society
Publication Date: 
2009

Photos, engravings, and lively text describe Abraham Lincoln’s enthusiasm for new technology and, chapter by chapter, how he used each invention and the concept of total war, to win America’s Civil War in the 1860s.

THE TROUBLE BEGINS AT 8: A LIFE OF MARK TWAIN IN THE WILD, WILD WEST

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Fleischman
Author's First Name: 
Sid
Publisher: 
Greenwillow
Publication Date: 
2008

Photos and cartoons enhance this lively account of Sam Clemens' early life in the Wild West. Fleishman's lively writing is worthy of his subject: author, lecturer, prospector, journalist and yes, occasionally, scallywag.

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