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    Default Historical Fiction - Civil War

    Last fall, my children read a handful of books set around the time of the Revolutionary War. They've recently asked to read historical fiction based on the Civil War and are hoping to form a book club with their friends.

    I've come up with a short list of books. If you or your children have read these books, reviews and opinions are appreciated. Additional book suggestions would be great too.
    TIA

    Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

    Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen

    Bull Run by Paul Fleischman

    My Last Skirt: The Story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier by Lynda Durrant

    Girl in Blue by Ann Rinaldi
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    This list has some just on the Civil War:
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    American History Part 2 of 2 Middle School Book & Resources Compilation | The Pioneer Woman

    What about books taking place around the time but not directly about the Civil War? (Little Women and that one *with the girl from Wisconsin* come to mind.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    This list has some just on the Civil War:
    (Not vetted for secular)
    American History Part 2 of 2 Middle School Book & Resources Compilation | The Pioneer Woman

    What about books taking place around the time but not directly about the Civil War? (Little Women and that one *with the girl from Wisconsin* come to mind.)
    I didn't think of Little Women. I love that book! (I also love the old movie. I wonder if they would watch it after reading the book.I know at least my kids would.)
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    Little Women is great but the Civil War barely factors into it. Not that that's a reason not to read it!! heartheart

    The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a funny one.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastweedpuller View Post
    The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a funny one.
    I need to look this one up, I've never heard of it.
    Thank you!
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman It tells the fictional story of Jane's life, from the end of the Civil War when she was a slave girl until her death in 1962. There's not a lot during the actual war; it's mainly about how former slaves lived after they were freed.
    Kara

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfly View Post
    The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman It tells the fictional story of Jane's life, from the end of the Civil War when she was a slave girl until her death in 1962. There's not a lot during the actual war; it's mainly about how former slaves lived after they were freed.
    Thank you.
    I like the idea of books with different perspectives and varying times prior to, during, and after the war. That's what we tried to do when they read about the Revolutionary War; it made it more interesting and valuable.
    homeschooled 4th through 8th grade - currently in public high school 10th grade
    Dumplett (girl - age 15) and Wombat (boy - age 15)

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