Another Good Book:
Posted by Tay on July 14, 1998 at 13:26:17:
In response to This might be a good one. It is even set in the south, written by Mary Collette on July 14, 1998 at 09:21:41
] ] I'm trying to come up with a list of books (fiction or non-fiction) appropriate for younger kids to preteen (say ages 6-14) that give an idea of what life was like in the 1920s and 1930s, preferably in the US. This is for a school packet we're working on for our historic site, and when I was brainstorming all the children's lit I could think of was too early (Laura Ingalls Wilder, "Betsy Tacy Tib", Ann of Green Gables, etc.)
] ] Do any of y'all have any favorites that fall into that time period. (I figure older high school kids can read the classics like The Great Gatsby and Grapes of Wrath). These would need to be books that are still in print, I guess, or at least readily found in a school or local library. (extra bonus points for books set in the South!)
] ] Suggestions made so far include:
] ] Cheaper by the Dozen & sequel
] ] Margaret Epp's Sarah/Princess series
] ] Mirette(sp?) on the High Wire
] ] Noel Streatfield's "Shoes" series
] ] for older kids:
] ] To Kill a Mockingbird
What about Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, and its two sequels : Let the Circle Be Unbroken and Road to Memphis ?
( I might have recalled the titles uncorrectly, since its been awhile since I read these)
They are really really good books about blacks who live in the Depression Era South and was very touching. When I read them as a kid, I cried a couple of times. All its points were so universal : love, hate, pride and prejudice (:-) ) and especially poignant was how the family stuck together throughout all their trials.
On a lighter note, there's another really cute small book called, "Come Next Spring" and its mostly about a girl in Tennesee who loves to read and especially loves Gone With the Wind. Its really adorable and I know I liked it when I was a kid. I think the author's last name is White, but I'm not too sure about her first name.
Hope it helps!
And if I remember anymore, I'll be sure to let you know.
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