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Red Moon at Sharpsburg

Red Moon at Sharpsburg

Red Moon at SharpsburgThis book is not for the faint of heart.  It is a revealing look at the Civil War from the perspective of a feisty young Southern girl.  The author says that she was interested in writing about the Civil War and not “prettifying” it.  There isn’t a single pretty thing about the war in this book, but at the same time, it is filled with people to care about who are caught up in one of the most defining moments in our country’s history.

When the Civil War begins India Moody’s school closes and she is sent to a neighbor for tutoring.  A natural scientist, India studies biology and chemistry rather than the Bible and handwriting like other young girls of her time, despite the fact that her book learning might make her “a spinster fit for no man.”  There is a college in Ohio that accepts women and India is determined to go there,  an impossible dream for a girl in the 1860s, even without a war.

Outrageous Women of Civil War TimesWhile her father is off fighting, India and her mother are forced out of their home as the Union Army approaches.  India’s studies come to an end as she takes on the work of women in wartime; helping to nurse the wounded, comforting the grieving, and always, always, looking for food.  While helping tend the wounded, India’s dedication to the confederate cause and to science are put to the test.  She has a front row seat for truly horrifying medical procedures without anesthesia or antiseptics on boys, both Union and Confederate, that bleed the same kind of blood and carry pictures of loved ones in their pockets.

As India makes her way to an uncertain future with her characteristic determination, she finds that her world is not as black and white as she once thought, and that her dreams, even for a girl, just might be possible. Author: Rosemary Wells

Photo by Brady a Picture of the Civil War

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Adam Canfield of the Slash

Adam Canfield of the Slash

Adam Canfield of the SlashAdam Canfield has his hands full.  He describes himself as “the most overprogrammed middle school student in American.”  Despite being flooded with homework, band, the quiz team and more, Adam joins his friend Jennifer as co-editor of the school newspaper The Slash.  Adam and Jennifer take their job as journalists seriously…and uncover some seriously shady deals at school, and in their town.  When they discover that one of those shady deals involves their own principal – what are these upcoming star reporters to do?  Get the scoop of course.  Gather the facts (and get them right), write the story and let justice prevail.  Author: Michael Winerip

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The Soldier's Voice: The Story of Ernie PyleOne of the most beloved journalists of the 20th Century was Indiana’s own Ernie Pyle.  Ernie reported from the front lines during World War II and told the world the story of the war from the perspective of the enlisted soldiers rather than the Officers.

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Camp Out

Camp Out

Camp Out!Camp Out! really is the ultimate kids’ guide to camping. It includes all the information you would expect, like what to pack and how to make a s’more…plus many unique ideas.  Who knew you could make a solar oven out of a pizza box or tell the temperature by counting cricket chirps?  Do you know the best time to spot shooting stars? - mid-August.  (Mark your calendar!)  There is a whole chapter devoted to shelter; how to pick a campsite, the labelled parts of a tent, how to make a tent between two trees, how to make a tent if there is only one tree…even how to make your own tepee.  Clear drawings for fire building, knot-tying, identifying animal tracks & the telltale signs in the sky for bad weather are also great.  I especially liked the section on freshwater creatures & what you find Camp Granadain a rotten log – these are the things you would actually see camping out in Indiana.  The book includes camp cooking ideas, games & crafts that are explained well, doable & unique.   As my mom used to say, “Go Outside!” Author: Lynn Brunelle Illustrator: Brian Biggs

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Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers

A high-flying, page turning, pirate adventure that was written as a prequel to Peter Pan.  A prequel is a story that tells you about what happened before another story.  If you ever wondered how Peter came to the island, why he can fly, and why he can never grow up, Peter and the Starcatchers will answer those questions in funny, dramatic style.  As the story opens Peter and some orphan boys are on the ship Never Land bound to a life as servants for King Zarboff the Third.  The Never Land is being hotly pursued by the evil pirate Black Stache and his stinking un-mannerly crew.  What is Black Stache after?  Only one passenger seems to know, a beautiful young girl named Molly who convinces Peter to help her keep a mysterious trunk out of the evil clutches of Black Stache.  What’s in the trunk?  Just the key to the peace & harmony of the universe. Authors: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

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A Dog’s Life: the Autobiography of a Stray

A Dog’s Life: the Autobiography of a Stray

A Dog's LifeThis is one stray dog’s story of what life is like on the street. Born in a toolshed and separated from her mother and brother, Squirrel has to learn to fend for herself; crossing busy streets, staying warm, and fighting over the food in trash cans with other starving dogs. There are tricks to staying hidden, avoiding capture, finding food and places to sleep, tricks only a stray dog would know.  Squirrel shares her insight into this secret life.  Some of the things that happen to Squirrel are sad - and a little bit hard to read - but she continues to find her way in a world that doesn’t seem to want her. Take heart that there is, somewhere in the world, a human that needs a dog as much as Squirrel needs a real home. Author: Ann M. Martin

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