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Independent Reading

EASY
Churchill and the British
by John Bradley. Aladdin Books, 1990
vThe life and accomplishments of Winston Churchill, focusing on his role as Prime Minister during World War II.
Germany: The Reunification of a Nation
by John Bradley. Gloucester Press, 1991
An account of Germany's role in two world wars, its division into two countries, and the significance of a reunited country.
Hilde and the Children of the Holocaust
by David Adler. Holiday House, 1994
A biographical picture book account of two children, one in Germany and one in Czechoslovakia, who are victims of the Holocaust.
Two Short and One Long
by Nina Ring Aamundsen. Houghton Mifflin, 1990
Two Norwegian boys must come to terms with the meaning of friendship and prejudice when an Afghan boy and his family move into the neighborhood.
War Boy: A Country Childhood
by Michael Foreman. Little, Brown & Co., 1989
The author uses engaging narrative and eloquent illustration to retell his own wartime childhood experiences in an English village on the Suffolk coast.
AVERAGE
After the Dancing Days
by Margaret Rostkowski. Harper Collins, 1986
When Annie's doctor father returns home from World War I, Annie thinks the war is over - until her father begins working with the wounded and Annie learns the true meaning of war.
Child of the Warsaw Ghetto
by David Adler. Holiday House, 1995
A sensitive entry-level account of the Warsaw Ghetto as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
The Commonwealth of Independent States
by Mary Jane Behrends Clark. The Millbrook Press, 1992
A look at the eleven countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union, including challenges they face since declaring independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
France: Enchantment of the World
by Thelma Palmer. Regensteiner Publications, 1994
An introduction to the history, geography, climate, economy, culture and major cities of France.
Henry
by Nina Bawden. Lothrup, Lee & Shepard, 1988
Evacuated from London during World War II, a young girl and her family settle on a Welsh farm and try to cope with the loss of their home and their concern for their father, who is still fighting the war.
The Upstairs Room
by Johanna Reiss. Harper Collins, 1972
When the Nazis invade Holland, ten-year-old Annie and her sister must leave their parents to hide.
CHALLENGING
Escape from Warsaw
by Ian Serrailler. Scholastic, Inc., 1972
When Nazi storm troopers arrest their mother, three Polish children embark on a dangerous journey.
The Kingdom by the Sea
by Robert Westall. Methuen Children's, 1991
When 12-year-old Harry mistakenly believes his family has been killed, he sets out on an incredible journey of survival.
Shadow of a Bull
by Maia Wojciechowska. Atheneum, 1964
Eleven-year-old Manolo has to make a decision: follow in his famous father's shadow, or follow his own heart. Newbery winner.
The Wild Children
by Felice Holman. Puffin Books, 1983
A gripping adventure survival story about a 12-year-old boy left orphaned and homeless after the Russian Revolution.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Czechoslovakia
by Virginia Haviland. Little, Brown & Co., 1966
A collection of well-chosen, carefully researched folktales from Czechoslovakia.
Zlatch the Goat and Other Stories
by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Harper Collins, 1966
Seven middle-European Jewish folktales as told by the renowned writer.
REFERENCE BOOKS
The Netherlands
by Stev Ozer. Chelsea House, 1990
An accessible, well-illustrated account of the history, geography, society, and economy, and culture of the Netherlands.
The Reunification of Germany
by Diane Yancey. Lucent Book, 1994
An up-to-date, readable account of the economic, political, and social impact of the reunification of Germany.