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Independent Reading

EASY
We the People: Pontiac
by James R. Rothaus. Creative Education, 1988.
Examines the life of the Ottawa warrior who united his people against the British.
Tecumseh
by Zachary Kent. Childrens Press, 1993.
This biography describes the Shawnee leader who united a Native American confederacy against the settlers encroaching on their land.
Secret Soldier
by Ann McGovern. Four Winds Press, 1975.
Deborah Sampson, a clever and restless young servant, disguises herself as a man and joins the Revolutionary Army for a year and a half.
The War of 1812: Second Fight for Independence
by Alden R. Carter. Franklin Watts, 1992.
A beautifully illustrated and clearly told account of the War of 1812 and its causes.
The Story of Corn
by Peter Limburg. Julian Messner, 1971.
This engaging book chronicles the contributions of this amazing plant and its by-products from its first cultivation by Native Americans to its growth today on huge farms.
AVERAGE
The Floating House
by Scott Russell Sanders. MacMillan Books, 1995.
In 1815 the McClures sail their flatboat from Pittsburgh down the Ohio River and settle in what would become Indiana.
The Glorious Fourth at Prairietown
by Joan Anderson. William Morrow and Co., 1986.
Eleven-year-old Joshua and his family interrupt their journey by Conestoga wagon to celebrate the Fourth of July with the natives of Prairietown, Indiana, in 1836.
Log Cabin in the Woods
by Joanne Landers Henry. Four Winds Press, 1988.
A child's fictionalized version of Howard Johnson's Home in the Woods, this book recounts the daily life and special events in the life of a pioneer family.
Christmas on the Prairie
by Joan Anderson. Clarion Books, 1985.
A family moves from New York State to the new frontier of Indiana and tries to keep alive its old Christmas traditions.
CHALLENGING
Tecumseh and the Dream of an American Indian
by Russell Shorto. Silver Burdett Press, 1989.
This biography of the great Native American leader gives the reader a detailed understanding of the movement he led against the “foreigners” -- white settlers -- in his land.
The Fall of Quebec
by George Ochoa. Silver Burdett Press, 1990.
This book describes the people, places, and events surrounding the French and Indian War.
Little Turtle
by Maggi Cunningham. Dillon Press, 1978.
This excellent biography gives the reader an understanding of and empathy with the great warrior and peacemaker Little Turtle and other Native Americans who see treaties dishonored and the land given them by the Great Spirit settled by Americans.
The Conners of Conner Prairie
by Janet Hale. Guild Press, 1989
A chronicle of the lives of the Conner brothers -- as traders, guides, interpreters, mill owners, and senators -- and their role in the development of Indiana.
The Bears of Blue River
by Charles Major. Indiana Press University, 1984.
The adventures of two young pioneer brothers exploring the Indiana woods in the early 19th century.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Red Pawns
by Leonard Wibberly. Farrar, Strauss 1973.
Compelling story about a young boy who follows his older brother on a trek through Native American territory and becomes involved in the battle of Prophetstown.
A Home in the Woods
by Howard Johnson. Indiana University Press, 1978.
An early Indiana resident discusses daily life in pioneer times, including building a cabin, clearing the land, spinning and weaving, agriculture, hunting, and schooling.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Making Thirteen Colonies
by Joy Hakim. Oxford University Press, 1993.
History of the United States from colonization to the eve of the Revolution told in a lively, engaging style.
The American Revolutionaries
by Milton Meltzer. Thomas Crowell, Jr., 1987.
Excerpts from journals, letters, and speeches show the viewpoints of a range of Americans of the time.