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In Honor of Our Soldiers

last modified on 10/17/2010

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Our soldiers risk their lives to protect our country and people. Explore how war impacts all people: soldiers, allies, enemies, and civilians. After reading books (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) about various wars, students create a memorial wall honoring family, friends, and/or neighbors who did not return from a war or who have served or are serving today.

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A Boy at War: A Novel of Pearl Harbor

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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In this historical fiction novel, Adam watches the Japanese planes attack Pearl Harbor, sinking many ships, including the Arizona, his father's ship.

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After the Dancing Days

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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A WWI fictonal story of a girl who morns the loss of her uncle and finds a sense of purpose working in a veterans hospital caring for wounded soldiers.

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All the Broken Pieces

Interest Level: Grades 7 - 9

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Verse Novel, Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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In this fictional story, Matt Pinn, leaves behind Vietnam, only country he knows, to begin a new life. However, relocating to America does not erase the the horrors of war from his memory.

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An American Hero: The True Story of Charles A. Lindbergh

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Biography, Biography and Autobiography

Resources: Yes

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This book exemplifies the significance of evaluating an analyzing information to sort facts from fiction or rumors. This biography allows readers to decide for themselves what a hero really is, and if Lindbergh lives up to his myth. It also leads readers to wonder if our knowledge of historical figures is entirely accurate. Photographs, charts, and maps are included throughout the text.

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Arlington National Cemetery

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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This nonfiction books explores the Arlington National Cemetery, home of many of our fallen soldiers, and learn about important event in our nation's history.

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Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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This historical fiction book honors the unsung heroes, the Navajo Code Talkers, who played a crucial role in WWII.

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Eight Women War Spies

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.5

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Biography, Biography and Autobiography

Resources: Yes

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These nonfiction stories portray the brave women who risked their lives spying on our enemies during the Revolutionary War and up to WWII.

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Girl of Kosovo

Interest Level: Grades 4 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction, Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Zana struggles to surive the war in Kosovo, Yugoslavia. Zana struggles with the hatred that explodes when their freedom leader is assassinated.

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H Is for Honor: A Millitary Family Alphabet

by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Victor Juhasz

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: Informational

Resources: Yes

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Although this is a K-2 book, I like it because it depicts how to use a theme to tie together multigenre writing: nonfiction, fiction, poetry.

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Hiroshima

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.3

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Twelve-year-old Sachi's life is forever changed when the U.S. drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. Sachi's city is destroyed and she later moves to the U.S. to be treated for her devastating injuries.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead

Interest Level: Grades 7 - 9

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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During the American Revolution, Tim learns first-hand how a war divides people--even families.

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On the Wings of Heroes

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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World War II has invaded Davy's homefront boyhood. There's an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad's heart. It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry.

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Peacebound Trains

by Haemi Balgassi, illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.7

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

Resources: Yes

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I use this historical fiction book as a read aloud. Sumi awaits her mother's return from army. While waiting, her grandmother shares the story of their escape from Korea in the moments before the war broke out.

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

by Eleanor Coerr, illustrated by Ronald Himler

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Biography, Biography and Autobiography, Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Two-year-old Sadako Sasaki was living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped. Sadly, ten years later, she was diagnosed with leukemia, also known as "atom bomb disease." There is a Japanese legend that says that if a sick person folds 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will make her well again.

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Shattered: Stories of Children and War

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Critically acclaimed author Jennifer Armstrong brings together 12 powerful voices in young people's literature to explore the realities of war from a child's perspective. The settings vary widely--the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, an attempted coup in Venezuela, the American Civil War, crisis in the Middle East--but the effects are largely the same. In war, no life is ever left untouched. In war, lives are shattered.

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So Far from the Sea

by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Chris K. Soentpiet

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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Laura Iwasaki and her family are paying what may be their last visit to Laura's grandfather's grave. The grave is at Manzanar, where thousands of Americans of Japanese heritage were interned during World War II. Among those rounded up and taken to the internment camp were Laura's father, then a small boy, and his parents.

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Sunrise over Fallujah

Interest Level: Grades 7 - 9

Grade Level Equivalent: 5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Resources: Yes

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Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But Robin Perry, an ambivalent recruit from Harlem, and all his fellow soldiers in the Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.

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The Boy Who Dared

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.6

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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A young boy is disillusioned over what it means to be a German soldier. The more Helmut witnesses, the more questions his loyalties. He has to choose between being a traitor to his country or to himself.

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The Cats in Krasinski Square

by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Wendy Watson

Interest Level: Grades 2 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Historical Fiction

Resources: Yes

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During WWII, a young Jewish girl in involved in the Resistance. This historical fiction account is based on an article of cats who outsmart the Gestapo.

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The Forgotten Heroes: The Story Of The Buffalo Soldiers

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 7

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.6

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational, Biography, Biography and Autobiography

Resources: Yes

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After the Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers, the first Black-American soldiers, were sent to fight Native Americans.

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