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Independent Reading

EASY
Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves
by Peter & Connie Roop. Beech Tree Paperback, 1992
Ahyoka helps her father Sequoyah create the Cherokee alphabet.
Black Heroes of the Wild West
by Ruth Pelz. Open Hand Publishing, 1990
Short vignettes of fascinating African Americans during the Wild West.
Cowboy
by David Murdoch. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1993
Brimming with beautiful photographs detailing a cowboy's clothing.
Nettie's Trip South
by Ann Turner. MacMillan Publishing, 1987
A moving story of a young girl's reaction to seeing enslaved people.
Pioneers
by Martin Sandler. Harper Collins, 1994
This book's photographs and illustrations transport reader's back to the Old West.
Susanna of the Alamo
by John Jakes. Harcourt Brace, 1986
True story of a woman who survived the Alamo.
AVERAGE
Andrew Jackson
by Margaret L. Colt. Houghton Mifflin, 1965
A well researched story of the President known as the man of the people.
The California Gold Rush
by Mary McNeer. Landmark Books, 1950
True stories of the California gold rush.
Carlota
by Scott O'Dell. Houghton Mifflin, 1977
The story of a young woman's struggle with her identity during the war with Mexico.
Cherokee Chief: The Life of John Ross
by Electa Clark. Crowell, 1970
Story of John Ross, the famous Cherokee chief, and the Cherokee removal.
Mr. Blue Jeans: A Story About Levi Strauss
by Maryann N. Weidt. Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1990
The true story of how a poor Jewish immigrant became famous.
Sojouner Truth and the Struggle for Freedom
by Edward Beecher Claflin. Barron's, 1987
The astounding life of a woman who fought for the rights of African Americans and women.
CHALLENGING
Buffalo Gals: Women of the Old West
by Brandon Marie Miller. Lerner Publications, 1995
A lively account of the many non-traditional jobs women did in the Old West.
Dragon's Gate
by Laurence Yep. Harper Collins, 1993
A young boy flees China to join his uncle working on the railroads.
A Family Apart
by Joan Nixon. Bantam, 1987
A struggling mother sends her children out west on an orphan train.
Frederick Douglass: The Black Lion
by Patricia and Frederick McKissack. Children's Press, 1987
The story of a brilliant slave who became a great African American leader.
Getting There: Frontier Travel Without Power
by Suzanne Hilton. The Westminster Press, 1980
An account of what it was like to travel without engines.
Lyddie
by Katherine Patterson. Lodestar Books, 1991
A young girl seeks a better life working in a mill.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
A Place to Belong
by Joan Lowery Nixon. Bantam Books, 1989
Sent west on an orphan train, the children fear they will be separated from their new family.
The Defenders
by Ann McGovern. Scholastic, Inc., 1970
The stories of great Native American leaders.
What the Dickens
by Jane Louise Curry. Puffin Books, 1991
A mystery set on a canal boat in 1842.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Atlas of Westward Expansion
by Alan Wexler. Facts on File, Inc., 1995
An overview of the West, including the Pony Express and wagon trains.
Engines of Change: The American Industrial Revolution
by Brooke Hindle & Steven Lubar. Smithsonian, 1986
An excellent source for topics related to the Industrial Revolution.
Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey
by Gerda Lerner. Schuken Book, 1982
True stories that depict women on the wagon trains west.