Summit High School: Mrs. Knoll’s Project on American Thought

The Immigrant Experience | African American Experience | The American Revolution
Asian American Experience | Hispanic American Experience | The Great Depression | Nature/Environment
Westward Expansion | The Civil War | 9/11 | WWII | Vietnam Era

The Immigrant Experience

Cover Image The Secret Side of Empty
Andreu, Maria E., author.

M.T. is a high-achieving high school student, who hiding the fact that she's an undocumented immigrant in the United States

Cover Image Ask Me no Questions
Budhos, Marina Tamar.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2006.

Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.

Cover Image Tell Us We're Home
Budhos, Marina Tamar.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.

Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl's mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.

Cover Image The Tyrant's Daughter
Carleson, J. C.

Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father's regime, and her mother and brother's ways of adjusting.

Cover Image My Antonia
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
Mattituck, N.Y. : Aeonian Press, [1987?], c1918.

The struggles endured by a family of immigrant pioneers and the small community that surrounds them on the unsettled Nebraska plains.

Cover Image House of Sand and Fog
Dubus, Andre, 1959-
New York : W.W. Norton, c1999.

Cover Image The Good Braider
Farish, Terry.
New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2012.

Follows Viola as she survives brutality in war-torn Sudan, makes a perilous journey, lives as a refugee in Egypt, and finally reaches Portland, Maine, where her quest for freedom and security is hampered by memories of past horrors and the traditions her mother and other Sudanese adults hold dear. Includes historical facts and a map of Sudan.

Cover Image The Red Umbrella
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz, 1969-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

In 1961 after Castro has come to power in Cuba, fourteen-year-old Lucia and her seven-year-old brother are sent to the United States when her parents, who are not in favor of the new regime, fear that the children will be taken away from them as others have been.

Cover Image Born Confused
Desai Hidier, Tanuja.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2002.

Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful, manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage and the boy she likes.

Cover Image Paper Daughter
Ingold, Jeanette.
Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.

When her father, a respected journalist in Seattle, is killed in a hit-and-run accident, Maggie Chen, a high school intern at her father's newspaper, searches for clues to the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death, an investigation that forces her to confront her ethnicity and a family she never knew. Includes historical notes on Chinese immigration to the United States, "paper sons," and the Exclusion Era laws.

Cover Image The Namesake
Lahiri, Jhumpa.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world -- conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. The Namesake brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.

Cover Image Illegal
Restrepo, Bettina.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2011.

Nora, a fifteen-year-old Mexican girl, faces the challenges of being an illegal immigrant in Texas when she and her mother cross the border in search of Nora's father.

Cover Image The Jungle
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2001.

1906 best-seller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair. Published privately by Sinclair in 1906 after commercial publishers rejected the manuscript, It quickly became a best-seller, arousing public sentiment and resulting in such Federal legislation as the Pure Food and Drug Act.

Cover Image Denied, Detained, Deported : Stories From the Dark Side of American Immigration
Bausum, Ann.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2009.

Cover Image Becoming Americans : Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing
New York, NY : Library of America : Distributed to the trade by Penguin Group, c2009.

Comprised mostly of memoirs with some fiction, this volume gathers selections from the writings of 85 immigrants from 45 countries that illustrate the changing views of immigrants in the United States.

Cover Image Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
Dumas, Firoozeh.

An autobiography of growing up as an Iranian-American describes the author's family's 1971 move from Iran to Southern California, the members of her diverse family, and their struggle with culture shock.

Cover Image Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
McCourt, Frank.
New York : Scribner, c1996.

Cover Image Enrique's Journey : The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
Nazario, Sonia.

Documents the journey of a Honduran teen who braved hardship and peril to reunite with his mother after she was forced to leave him behind and seek migratory work in the United States.

African American Experience

Cover Image Come August, Come Freedom : The Bellows, the Gallows, and the Black General Gabriel
Amateau, Gigi, 1964-
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012.

Imagines the childhood and youth of "Prosser's Gabriel", a courageous and intelligent blacksmith in post-Revolutionary Richmond, Virginia, who roused thousands of African-Americans slaves like himself to rebel.

Cover Image Chains : Seeds of America
Anderson, Laurie Halse.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008.

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Cover Image The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. 1 The Pox Party
Anderson, M. T.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2006.

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Cover Image Go Tell it On the Mountain
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
New York : The Modern Library, 1995.

Cover Image Your Blues Ain't Like Mine
Campbell, Bebe Moore, 1950-2006.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1993.

Cover Image Fire From the Rock
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, c2007.

In 1957, Sylvia Patterson's life--that of a normal African American teenager--is disrupted by the impending integration of Little Rock's Central High when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school. Includes author's note and related websites.

Cover Image Cy in Chains
Dudley, David L.

In the post-Civil War South, a seventeen-year-old African American boy, accused of a crime, is living in a labor camp where brutality, near starvation, humiliation, and rape are commonplace.

Cover Image Invisible Man
Ellison, Ralph.
New York : Modern Library, 1994.

Cover Image Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hurston, Zora Neale.
New York : HarperCollins, 2000.

An African-American woman searches for a fulfilling relationship through two loveless marriages and finally finds it in the person of Tea Cake, an itinerant laborer and gambler.

Cover Image Beloved
Morrison, Toni.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1987.

The story of Sethe, an escaped slave in post-Civil War Ohio, Paul D. who shares the stories of captivity and freedom, and the apparition of Beloved who "has come from the 'place over there' to claim retribution for what she lost and for what was taken from her.

Cover Image Monster
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers, c1999.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Cover Image Boy21
Quick, Matthew, 1973-
New York : Little, Brown, 2012.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

Cover Image Push : A Novel
Sapphire, 1950-

A self-portrait of a black teenage girl, big, fat, unloved, with a father who rapes her and a jealous mother who screams abuse. For Precious, as she is called, hope appears when a courageous teacher, a young black woman, bullies, cajoles and inspires her to learn to read. By the author of American Dreams.

Cover Image Flygirl
Smith, Sherri L.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009.

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Cover Image Zero Fade
Terry, Chris L., author.

"Thirteen-year-old Kevin Phifer has a lot to worry about. His uncle Paul is coming out, Tyrell the bully throws lit Black 'n' Milds at him, Demetric at school has the best last-year-fly-gear and Aisha's attention, girls prefer his nerdy friend David, his sister Laura is suddenly ignoring him, Mama is dating, and to top it off...he's grounded"--Page [4] of cover.

Cover Image The Color Purple
Walker, Alice, 1944-
Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, Inc., 2003, 1982.

The color purple is the story of two sisters--one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life--Cover.

Cover Image On the Come Up : A Novel, Based On a True Story
Weyer, Hannah.

"Willful, outspoken, and precariously naive, thirteen-year-old AnnMarie Walker dreams of a world beyond Far Rockaway, where the sway of the neighborhood keeps her tied to old ideas about success. Then one day, while attending a high school for pregnant girls, she comes across a flyer advertising movie auditions in Manhattan for an independent film. Astonishingly, improbably, and four months before she's due to give birth--she lands a lead role. For a time, AnnMarie soars, acting for the camera, flying to the Sundance Film Festival, seeing her face on screen. But when the movie closes and the realities of her life set in, AnnMarie's grit and determination are the only tools left to keep her moving forward. Told with humor, zest, and remarkable compassion, On The Come Up is an addictive read about heroism in the face of adversity. It is based on a true story"-- Provided by publisher.

Cover Image Native Son
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960.
New York : HarperPerennial, 1998.

Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written -- in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America.

Cover Image The Other Wes Moore : One Name, Two Fates
Moore, Wes, 1978-
New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2010.

Two kids with the same name were born blocks apart in the same decaying city within a few years of each other. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, army officer, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

The American Revolution

Cover Image Chains : Seeds of America
Anderson, Laurie Halse.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2008.

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Cover Image The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation. 1 The Pox Party
Anderson, M. T.
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2006.

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Cover Image The Spy : A Tale of the Neutral Ground
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851.
New York : Penguin Books, 1997.

Cover Image The Fort : A Novel of the Revolutionary War
Cornwell, Bernard.
New York : Harper, c2010.

After the British establish a fort on the Penobscot River, the Massachusetts patriots--among them General Peleg Wadsworth and Colonel Paul Revere--mount an expedition to oust the redcoats.

Cover Image April Morning
Fast, Howard.
New York Madison Park Press 1961

On April 19th, 1775, Adam Cooper, signed the muster role of the Lexington militia. This is the story of the next 24 hours of his life--the story of the birth of a man, a nation, and a way of life.

Cover Image King's Mountain : A Ballad Novel
McCrumb, Sharyn, 1948-

"John Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution, he was too busy fighting Indians in the Carolinas and taming the wilderness. But when an arrogant British officer threatened his settlement--promising to burn the farms and kill families--the war became personal. That arrogant officer is Patrick Ferguson of the British Army--who is both charmingly antagonistic and surprisingly endearing. Inventor of the Ferguson rifle, and the devoted lover to his mistress, Virginia Sal, Patrick becomes a delightful anti-hero under McCrumb's watchful eye. Through varying perspectives, King's Mountain is an elegant saga of the Carolina Overmountain Men--the militia organized by Sevier (who would later become the first governor of Tennessee) and their victory in 1780 against the Tories in a battle that Thomas Jefferson later called, "The turning point of the American Revolution." Peppered with lore and the authentic heart of the people in McCrumb's classic Ballads, this is an epic book that will build on the success of The Ballad of Tom Dooley and her recent return to the New York Times bestseller list. Featuring the American Revolution, this a huge draw to readers old and new, and special to McCrumb who can trace her lineage to the character John Sevier"-- Pr

Cover Image Rise to Rebellion
Shaara, Jeff, 1952- rda

More than a powerful portrait of the people and purpose of the American Revolution, "Rise to Rebellion" is a fictionalized account of history's most pivotal events: The Boston Tea Party, the battle of Concord, and of Bunker Hill. The author of the bestselling "Gods and Generals" and "The Last Full Measure" reveals with new immediacy how philosophers became fighters and how a scattered group of colonies became the United States of America.

Cover Image Glory, Passion, and Principle : The Story of Eight Remarkable Women At the Core of the American Revolution
Bohrer, Melissa Lukeman.
New York : Atria Books, c2003.

Profiles eight American women who made significant contributions to the American Revolution, from sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington, who rode twice as far as Paul Revere to alert patriots; to Deborah Samson, who posed as a man to fight as a Continental Army soldier; to Phyllis Wheatley, a slave and first-published African-American author.

Cover Image 1776
McCullough, David G.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2005.

Based on extensive research in both American and British archives, 1776 is the story of Americans in the ranks, men of every shape, size, and color, farmers, schoolteachers, shoemakers, no-accounts, and mere boys turned soldiers. And it is the story of the British commander, William Howe, and his highly disciplined redcoats who looked on their rebel foes with contempt and fought with a valor too little known. But it is the American commander-in-chief who stands foremost -- Washington, who had never before led an army in battle.

Cover Image American Heroes : Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America
Morgan, Edmund Sears.
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.

Reexamines the lives of bona-fide American heroes such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and reevaluates the legacies of religious figures such as Anne Hutchinson, whose trial for heresy and banishment riveted the colonies in 1637, and unknown martyrs such as Mary Easty and Giles Cory, executed for practicing witchcraft.

Cover Image Daily Life During the American Revolution
Volo, Dorothy Denneen, 1949-
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.

Asian American Experience

Cover Image Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet : A Novel
Ford, Jamie.

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

Cover Image Snow Falling On Cedars
Guterson, David.
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1994.

In Washington State, the trial of Kabuo Miyomoto, a Japanese-American fisherman accused of murdering another fisherman, Carl Heine. The prosecution charges the murder was committed as revenge for the Heine family taking Miyomoto's land at the outbreak of World War II and the novel traces the different reaction of the white and yellow communities.

Cover Image Girl in Translation
Kwok, Jean.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2010.

When eleven-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to America, they speak little English and own nothing but debt. They arrive in New York hopeful for a better life, but find instead a squalid Brooklyn apartment and a life of backbreaking labor in a Chinatown sweatshop. Unable to accept this as her future, Kim decides to use her "talent for school" to earn a place for herself and her mother in their adopted country.

Cover Image Native Speaker
Lee, Chang-rae.
New York : Riverhead Books, c1995.

Cover Image Wait for Me
Na, An, 1972-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2006.

As her senior year in high school approaches, Mina yearns to find her own path in life but working at the family business, taking care of her little sister, and dealing with her mother's impossible expectations are as stifling as the southern California heat, until she falls in love with a man who offers a way out.

Cover Image When the Emperor Was Divine : A Novel
Otsuka, Julie, 1962-
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2002.

On a sunny day in Berkeley, California, in 1942, a woman sees a sign in a post office window, returns to her house, and matter-of-factly begins to pack her family's possessions. Like thousands of other Japanese Americans they have been reclassified, virtually overnight, as enemy aliens and are about to be uprooted from their home and sent to a dusty internment camp in the Utah desert. In this ... novel, [the author] tells their story from five lawlessly realized points of view and conveys the exact emotional texture of their experience: the thin-walled barracks and barbed-wire fences, the omnipresent fear and loneliness, the unheralded feats of heroism.-Back cover.

Cover Image Eyes of the Emperor
Salisbury, Graham.
New York : Wendy Lamb Books, 2005.

Following orders from the United States Army, several young Japanese American men train K-9 units to hunt Asians during World War II.

Cover Image The Joy Luck Club
Tan, Amy.
New York : Putnam's, c1989.

In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades.

Cover Image Money Boy
Yee, Paul.
Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2011.

Young immigrant Ray Liu is struggling to adjust to North American life. When his father discovers Ray has been cruising gay websites, the teen is kicked out of the family home. He heads to downtown Toronto, where the harsh reality of street life hits him.

Cover Image The Chinese in America : A Narrative History
Chang, Iris.
New York : Viking, 2003.

Iris Chang, the daughter of second-wave Chinese immigrants, has written a narrative that encompasses the entire history of one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day. Chang takes a fresh look at what it means to be an American and draws a complex portrait of the many accomplishments of the Chinese in their adopted country, from building the transcontinental railroad to major scientific and technological advances. A sensitive, deeply moving story of individuals whose lives have shaped and been shaped by this history, The Chinese in America is a saga of raw human tenacity and a testament to the determination of a people to forge an identity and destiny in a strange land.

Cover Image The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down : A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
Fadiman, Anne, 1953-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Cover Image Fresh Off the Boat : A Memoir
Huang, Eddie, 1982-
New York : Spiegel & Grau, c2013.

The author is the thirty-year-old proprietor of Baohaus, the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night, and one of the food world's brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, he wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. He grew up in theme-park America, on a could-be-anywhere cul-de-sac in suburban Orlando, Florida raised by a wild family of FOB ("fresh off the boat") hustlers and hysterics from Taiwan. While his father improbably launched a series of successful seafood and steak restaurants, the author burned his way through American culture, defying every "model minority" stereotype along the way. He obsessed over football, fought the all-American boys who called him a chink, partied like a gremlin, sold drugs with his crew, and idolized Tupac. His anchor through it all was food, from making Southern ribs with the Haitian cooks in his dad's restaurant to preparing traditional meals in his mother's kitchen to haunting the midnight markets of Taipei when he was shipped off to the homeland. After misadventures as an unlikely lawyer, street

Cover Image Stubborn Twig : Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese American Family
Kessler, Lauren.
Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, c2008.

Cover Image The Woman Warrior : Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Kingston, Maxine Hong.
New York : Knopf : distributed by Random House, 1976.

Cover Image On Gold Mountain : The 100-Year Odyssey of a Chinese-American Family
See, Lisa.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.

Hispanic American Experience

Cover Image How the García Girls Lost Their Accents
Alvarez, Julia.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2010.

In the 1960s, political tension forces the García family away from Santo Domingo and towards the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. But Mami and Papi are more traditional, and they have far more difficulty adjusting to their new country. Making matters worse, the girls--frequently embarrassed by their parents--find ways to rebel against them.

Cover Image Bless Me, Ultima : A Novel
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Berkeley, Calif. : Tonatiuh International, c1972.

Ultima, a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic, comes to Antonio Marez's New Mexico family when he is six years old, and she helps him discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past.

Cover Image The House On Mango Street
Cisneros, Sandra.
New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, [1997], c1994.

Cover Image Mexican Whiteboy
de la Peña, Matt
New York : Delacorte Press, c2008.

Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.

Cover Image The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Díaz, Junot, 1968-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.

Cover Image Cuba 15
Osa, Nancy.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2003.

Violet Paz, a Chicago high school student, reluctantly prepares for her upcoming "quince," a Spanish nickname for the celebration of an Hispanic girl's fifteenth birthday.

Cover Image Illegal
Restrepo, Bettina.
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, c2011.

Nora, a fifteen-year-old Mexican girl, faces the challenges of being an illegal immigrant in Texas when she and her mother cross the border in search of Nora's father.

Cover Image A Good Long Way
Saldaña, René.
Houston, Tex. : Pinata Books, 2010.

Three Mexican American teenagers in a small-town in Texas struggle with difficulties at home and at school as they try to attain the elusive status of adulthood.

Cover Image Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.
New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, c2012.

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Cover Image The Last Summer of the Death Warriors
Stork, Francisco X.
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010.

Seventeen-year-old Pancho is bent on avenging the senseless death of his sister, but after he meets D.Q, who is dying of cancer, and Marisol, one of D.Q.'s caregivers, both boys find their lives changed by their interactions.

Cover Image Tortilla Flat
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
New York : Penguin Books, 1997.

In the shabby district called Tortilla Flat above Monterey, California lives a gang whose exploits compare to those of King Arthur's knights.

Cover Image Don't Call Me Hero
Villareal, Ray.
Houston, TX : Piñata Books, 2011.

Ninth-grader Rawly Sanchez's life is hard--his brother is in prison, he works at his mother's restaurant to help make ends meet, he is failing algebra, and the girl he has a crush on does not know he exists--but when his dramatic and impulsive rescue of a wealthy celebrity from a flooded creek makes him famous, he does not know what to think about his newfound popularity.

Cover Image The Brothers Torres
Voorhees, Coert.
New York, N.Y. : Hyperion, 2008.

Sophomore Frankie finally finds the courage to ask his long-term friend, Julianne, to the Homecoming dance, which ultimately leads to a face-off between a tough senior whose family owns most of their small, New Mexico town, and Frankie's soccer-star older brother and his gang-member friends.

The Great Depression

Cover Image Palisades Park
Brennert, Alan.

Growing up in the 1930s, there is no more magical place than Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey--especially for seven-year-old Antoinette and her brother, Jack. Toni helps her parents, Eddie and Adele, at the stand where they sell homemake French fries. There is also the lure of the world's biggest saltwater pool, complete with divers whose astonishing stunts inspire Toni, despite her mother's insistence that girls can't be high divers. Then the world intrudes: There's the Great Depression, and Pearl Harbor, which hits home in ways that will split the family apart.

Cover Image Water for Elephants : A Novel
Gruen, Sara.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 2006.

A novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932. When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, grifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.--From publisher description.

Cover Image No Promises in the Wind
Hunt, Irene.
New York : Berkley Books, 1993.

Cover Image To Kill a Mockingbird
Lee, Harper.
New York, NY : Harper & Row, 1960.

A tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, Scout, as her father, Atticus Finch -- a crusading local lawyer-- risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Cover Image The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000, c1967.

As they each attempt to overcome their loneliness, an adolescent girl, a boisterous reformer, and a Negro patriarch all look to Singer, a deaf mute, for some answer to what they want from life. Set in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s.

Cover Image The Road From Gap Creek : A Novel
Morgan, Robert, 1944-

Seen through the eyes of the youngest daughter, Annie, the Richards family faces triumph and hardships during the Great Depression and World War II.

Cover Image The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
New York : Penguin Books, 2002.

The story of one Oklahoma family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity

Cover Image Half Broke Horses : A True-Life Novel
Walls, Jeannette.
New York : Scribner, 2009.

Cover Image Dragon Road
Yep, Laurence, 1948-
New York, NY : HarperCollins, c2008.

In 1939, unable to find regular jobs because of the Great Depression, long-time friends Cal Chin and Barney Young tour the country as members of a Chinese American basketball team.

Cover Image Let Us Now Praise Famous Men : Three Tenant Families
Agee, James, 1909-1955.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1988], c1960.

Cover Image Down & Out in the Great Depression : Letters From the Forgotten Man
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2008.

Cover Image The Worst Hard Time : The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Egan, Timothy.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c2006.

Cover Image A Secret Gift : How One Man's Kindness--And a Trove of Letters--Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression
Gup, Ted, 1950-
New York : Penguin Press, 2010.

The author's grandfather, Sam Stone, placed an ad in the Canton, OH, newspaper shortly before Christmas in 1933, offering cash gifts to seventy-five families in distress. Readers were asked to send letters describing their hardships to a benefactor calling himself Mr. B. Virdot. The author investigates a suitcase full of letters responding to these ads as he learns more about his grandfather's hidden past as well as the suffering and triumphs of strangers during the Great Depression. -- From publisher's description.

Cover Image Little Heathens : Hard Times and High Spirits On an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Kalish, Mildred Armstrong.
New York : Bantam Books, 2007.

Cover Image Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940 : How Americans Lived Through the "Roaring Twenties" and the Great Depression
Kyvig, David E.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, c2004.

Publisher description: The twenties and thirties witnessed dramatic changes in American life: increasing urbanization, technological innovation, cultural upheaval, and economic disaster. In this book, the prize-winning historian David Kyvig describes everyday life in these decades, when automobiles and home electricity became commonplace, when radio and the movies became broadly popular. The details of work life, domestic life, and leisure activities make engrossing reading and bring the era clearly into focus.

Cover Image Hard Times : An Oral History of the Great Depression
Terkel, Studs, 1912-
New York : New Press, 2000, c1986.

Cover Image Riding the Rails : Teenagers On the Move During the Great Depression
Uys, Errol Lincoln.
New York : Routledge, 2003.

Through letters and photographs, profiles teenagers who hopped the freight trains during the Great Depression in order to find adventure, seek employment, or escape poverty.

Cover Image The Great Depression : America in the 1930S
Watkins, T. H. (Tom H.), 1936-
Boston : Little, Brown, c1993.


Cover Image Desert Solitaire : A Season in the Wilderness
Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Cover Image Silent Spring
Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2002, c1962.

Rarely does a single book alter the course of history, but Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did exactly that. The outcry that followed its publication in 1962 forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land and water. Carson's passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement.

Cover Image Pilgrim At Tinker Creek.
Dillard, Annie.
New York, Harper's Magazine Press [1974]

Cover Image Hot, Flat, and Crowded : Why we Need a Green Revolution-- and How it Can Renew America
Friedman, Thomas L.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008.

Friedman's bestseller "The World Is Flat" has helped millions of readers to see globalization in a new way. Now the author brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy.

Cover Image Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life
Kingsolver, Barbara.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007.

Cover Image A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There
Leopold, Aldo, 1886-1948.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1987, c1949.

Cover Image Arctic Dreams
Lopez, Barry Holstun, 1945-

An account of the history, ecology, and mystique of the arctic region. The author offers a thorough examination of this obscure world, its terrain, its wildlife, its history of Eskimo natives and intrepid explorers who have arrived on their icy shores. But what turns this marvelous work of natural history into a breathtaking study of profound originality is his unique meditation on how the landscape can shape our imagination, desires, and dreams. Its prose as hauntingly pure as the land it describes, and is nothing less than an indelible classic of modern literature.

Cover Image Wild Things : Adventures of a Grassroots Environmentalist
Matrazzo, Donna.
New York : iUniverse, c2008.

Cover Image Renewable : The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy
Shere, Jeremy.

An entertaining and informative guide to where renewable energy has been, where it is today, and where it's heading.

Cover Image Walden
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
London : CRW Pub., 2004.

In July 1845, Henry David Thoreau built a small cottage in the woods near Walden Pond, Massachusetts. During the two years spend there, he began to write 'Walden', his most important work, a chronicle of his communion with nature that became one of the most influential books in Western literature.

Cover Image The Monkey Wrench Gang
Abbey, Edward, 1927-1989.
New York : Perennial Classics, 2000.

Cover Image Saving the Planet & Stuff
Gauthier, Gail, 1953-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2003.

After losing his summer job with his uncle, sixteen-year-old Michael agrees to go to work for an environmentalist magazine in Vermont run by friends of his grandparents.

Cover Image Life as we Knew it
Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
Orlando : Harcourt, c2006.

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Cover Image They Came From Below
Nelson, Blake, 1960-
New York : Tor, 2007.

While vacationing on Cape Cod, best friends Emily, age sixteen, and Reese, seventeen, meet Steve and Dave, who seem too good to be true, and whose presence turns out to be related to a dire threat of global pollution.

Cover Image Empty
Weyn, Suzanne.
[New York] : Scholastic Press, 2010.

When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.

Westward Expansion

Cover Image A Heart for Any Fate : Westward to Oregon, 1845
Crew, Linda.
Portland : Oregon Historical Society Press : Distributed by the University of Washington Press, c2005.

Follows headstrong, optimistic, seventeen-year-old Lovisa King and her pioneer family, three generations strong, as they make the arduous journey west with a wagon train along the Oregon Trail.

Cover Image The Sisters Brothers
deWitt, Patrick, 1975-
New York, NY : Ecco, c2011.

When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm's claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.

Cover Image Deadwood
Dexter, Pete.
New York Random House 1986

Cover Image The Water Seeker
Holt, Kimberly Willis.
New York : Henry Holt, c2010.

Traces the hard life, filled with losses, adversity, and adventure, of Amos, son of a trapper and dowser, from 1833 when his mother dies giving birth to him until 1859, when he himself has grown up and has a son of his own.

Cover Image True Grit : A Novel
Portis, Charles.
New York, Simon and Schuster, [1968].

With her papa's pistol tied to her saddlehorn and a supersized ration of audacity, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross sets out to avenge her father's murder.

Cover Image Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off & Other Lessons From the Lewis and Clark Trail
Tubbs, Stephenie Ambrose.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2008.

Cover Image Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee : An Indian History of the American West
Brown, Dee Alexander.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages. For this elegant thirtieth anniversary hardcover edition, Brown has contributed an incisive new preface. Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.

Cover Image Seduced By the West : Jefferson's America and the Lure of the Land Beyond the Mississippi
Carlson, Laurie M., 1952-
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2003.

Cover Image Fremont's Greatest Western Exploration : In Fremont's Own Words, with Modern Maps
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
Vancouver, Wash. : SET, c1999-

Cover Image The Donner Party : A Doomed Journey
McNeese, Tim.
New York : Chelsea House Publishers, c2009.

Cover Image Lions of the West : Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion
Morgan, Robert, 1944-
Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2011.

Traces the lives of 10 Americans who played significant roles in the country's westward expansion.

Cover Image The Perilous West : Seven Amazing Explorers and the Founding of the Oregon Trail
Morris, Larry E., 1951-

Cover Image Children's Voices From the Trail : Narratives of the Platte River Road
Palmer, Rosemary Gudmundson.
Spokane, Wash. : Arthur H. Clark Co., 2002.

Cover Image Astoria : John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire : A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Stark, Peter, 1954- author.

Documents the 1810 to 1813 expedition, financed by millionaire John Jacob Astor and encouraged by Thomas Jefferson, to establish Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Cover Image A Life Wild and Perilous : Mountain Men and the Paths to the Pacific
Utley, Robert Marshall, 1929-
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1997.

Cover Image Unfamiliar Fishes
Vowell, Sarah, 1969-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2011.

From the bestselling author of "The Wordy Shipmates" comes an examination of Hawaii's emblematic and exceptional history, retracing the impact of New England missionaries who began arriving in the early 1800s to remake the island paradise into a version of New England.

The Civil War

Cover Image March : A Novel
Brooks, Geraldine.
New York : Viking, 2005.

As the North reels under a series of unexpected defeats during the dark first year of the Civil War, one man leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. From Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic 'Little Women', Geraldine Brooks has taken the character of the absent father, Mr. March, who has gone off to war, leaving his wife and daughters to make do in mean times. From vibrant New England to the sensuous antebellum South, 'March' adds adult resonance to Alcott's optimistic children's novel.

Cover Image Black Angels
Brown, Linda Beatrice, 1939-
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Young Readers Group, c2009.

Three Southern children, two black and one white, escape from their homes during the horrors of the Civil War and, after meeting in the woods, gradually come to rely on each other as they make their way slowly north, enduring hunger, fear, sickness, and constant danger, before arriving in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

Cover Image The Spymistress
Chiaverini, Jennifer.

Pledging her loyalty to the North at the risk of her life when her native Virginia secedes, Quaker-educated aristocrat Elizabeth Van Lew uses her innate skills for gathering military intelligence to help construct the Richmond underground and orchestrate escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison.

Cover Image The Red Badge of Courage
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900.
London : Puffin, 2009.

In the spring of 1863, as he faces battle for the first time at Chancellorsville, Virginia, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.

Cover Image Across Five Aprils
Hunt, Irene.
New York : Berkley Books, 1986, c1964.

Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

Cover Image Rifles for Watie.
Keith, Harold, 1903-1998.
New York : Crowell, [1957]

Jeff Bussey, a young Union volunteer, is sent to spy on Confederate Cherokee raiders.

Cover Image A Soldier's Secret : The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero
Moss, Marissa.
New York : Amulet Books, 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Sarah masquerades as a man during the Civil War, serving as a nurse on the battlefield and a spy for the Union Army, escaping from the Confederates, and falling in love with one of her fellow soldiers. Based on the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds.

Cover Image The Killer Angels : A Novel
Shaara, Michael.
New York : Ballantine Books, 1996.

Cover Image Manassas : A Novel of the War
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c2000.

Cover Image Cold Mountain
Frazier, Charles, 1950-
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c1997.

The impact of the Civil War on lovers. Inman is not the man he used to be, as wounded in battle he slowly makes his way home to North Carolina. His sweetheart, Ada, too has changed, no longer a flighty belle but a hard-working farm woman. Will love be the same?

Cover Image The Horrors of Andersonville : Life and Death Inside a Civil War Prison
Gourley, Catherine, 1950-
Minneapolis : Twenty-First Century Books, c2010.

This fact-based book documents Andersonville, a Civil War prison camp in Georgia, where thousands of Union prisoners died in the last fourteen months of the war. The text contains profanity and graphic descriptions of violence.

Cover Image Patriots in Disguise : Women Warriors of the Civil War
Hall, Richard, 1930-
New York : Paragon House, 1993.

Cover Image Lincoln : How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America
Holzer, Harold.

"Explores Abraham Lincoln's life, his evolving personal and political beliefs about slavery, and his genius that led to ending the Civil War, re-uniting the country, and ensuring passage of the 13th Amendment that ended slavery in America"--Provided by publisher.

Cover Image Confederates in the Attic : Dispatches From the Unfinished Civil War
Horwitz, Tony, 1958-
New York : Pantheon Books, c1998.

Cover Image All for the Union : The Civil War Diary and Letters of Elisha Hunt Rhodes
Rhodes, Elisha Hunt, 1842-1917.
New York : Vintage Books, 1992.

The journal of a Union soldier describes battles and events.

Cover Image Eye of the Storm : A Civil War Odyssey
Sneden, Robert Knox, 1832-1918.
New York : Free Press, c2000.

Cover Image Secret Missions of the Civil War : First-Hand Accounts By Men and Women Who Risked Their Lives in Underground Activities for the North and the South
Stern, Philip Van Doren, 1900-
New York : Bonanza Books : distributed by Outlet Book Co., 1990.


Cover Image Falling Man : A Novel
DeLillo, Don.
New York : Scribner, c2007.

Cover Image Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Foer, Jonathan Safran, 1977-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, and pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Cover Image Love Is the Higher Law
Levithan, David.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Three New York City teens express their reactions to the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and its impact on their lives and the world.

Cover Image The Submission
Waldman, Amy, 1969-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2011.

"When a Muslim architect wins a blind contest to design a Ground Zero Memorial, a city of eleven million people takes notice. Waldman, a former bureau chief for the New York Times, explores a diversity of viewpoints around this fictional event, bringing in politicians, businessmen, journalists, activists, and normal people whose lives--whether by happenstance, choice, or even due to their country of origin--get caught up in the controversy"--Amazon Best Book of the Month.

Cover Image Out of the Blue : The Story of September 11, 2001, From Jihad to Ground Zero
Bernstein, Richard, 1944-
New York : Times Books, c2002.

Following the lives of heroes, victims, and terrorists, "New York Times" journalist Bernstein weaves a complex tale of a multitude of lives colliding in conflagration on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001.

Cover Image Gone, Gone, Gone
Moskowitz, Hannah.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2012.

Struggling with the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and sniper shootings throughout the Washington, D.C. area, Craig and Lio consider a romantic relationship that is complicated by Craig's ex-boyfriend, Lio's broken family, and the death of Lio's brother.

Cover Image 102 Minutes : The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
Dwyer, Jim, 1957-
New York : Times Books, 2005.

Cover Image The Woman Who Wasn't There : The True Story of an Incredible Deception
Fisher, Robin Gaby.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012.

Cover Image Longitudes and Attitudes : Exploring the World After September 11
Friedman, Thomas L.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002.

Cover Image Firehouse
Halberstam, David.
New York : Hyperion, c2002.

Cover Image Among the Heroes : The Story of United Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back
Longman, Jere.
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.


Cover Image Dream When You're Feeling Blue : A Novel
Berg, Elizabeth.
New York : Random House, 2007.

Cover Image The Postmistress
Blake, Sarah, 1960-
New York : Amy Einhorn Books, c2010.

In London covering the Blitz with Edward R. Murrow, Frankie Bard meets a Cape Cod doctor in a shelter and promises that she'll deliver a letter for him when she finally returns to the United States. Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, "The Postmistress" is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women--and of two countries torn apart by war.

Cover Image Caleb's Wars
Dudley, David L.
New York : Clarion Books, 2011.

Fifteen-year-old Caleb's courageous commitment to justice grows as he faces a power struggle with his father, fights to keep both his temper and self-respect in dealing with whites, and puzzles over the German prisoners of war brought to his rural Georgia community during World War II.

Cover Image Catch-22 : A Novel
Heller, Joseph.
New York : Simon & Schuster, [1994].

Set on a tiny Mediterranean island during World War II, this comic novel recounts the amazing adventures of the 256th bombing squadron and its lead bombardier, Captain Yossarian.

Cover Image The Right Fight
Lynch, Chris, 1962- author.

When the draft board calls on the eve of World War II, Roman leaves behind a career in minor-league baseball to join the army, and finds himself driving a tank in the North African campaign.

Cover Image Flygirl
Smith, Sherri L.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009.

During World War II, a light-skinned African American girl "passes" for white in order to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

Cover Image Band of Brothers : E Company, 506Th Regiment, 101St Airborne From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
Ambrose, Stephen E.
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2001.

Cover Image Citizen Soldiers : The U.S. Army From the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945
Ambrose, Stephen E.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, c1997.

Cover Image The American Home Front, 1941-1942
Cooke, Alistair, 1908-2004.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Cooke, a newly naturalized citizen, set out to see his country as it was undergoing a monumental change. He wanted to "see what the war had done to people, to the towns I might go through, to some jobs and crops, to stretches of landscape I loved and had seen at peace; and to let significance fall where it might." Working throughout the war, Cooke finished the manuscript as the atomic bomb was being dropped on Hiroshima. His publisher at the time thought there would be little interest in books on the war, and so it was stuffed in a closet for almost sixty years, until shortly before Cooke's death. Meanwhile, he had become one of the most widely read chroniclers of America, and his record of a lost country are captivating.--From publisher description.

Cover Image Haven : The Dramatic Story of 1000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America
Gruber, Ruth, 1911-
New York : Times Books/Random House, c2000.

Cover Image Unbroken : A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Hillenbrand, Laura.
New York : Random House, c2010.

On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

Cover Image Farewell to Manzanar : A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2002.

Cover Image Fighting for America : Black Soldiers-- the Unsung Heroes of World War II
Moore, Christopher Paul, 1952-
New York : One World/Ballantine Books, c2005.

Cover Image Home Front Girl : A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America
Morrison, Joan.
Chicago : Chicago Review Press, c2013.

Cover Image Dear Miss Breed : True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference
Oppenheim, Joanne.
New York : Scholastic Nonfiction, 2006.

Cover Image Defending Baltimore against Enemy Attack : A Boyhood Year During World War II
Osgood, Charles.
New York : Hyperion, c2004.

Cover Image Ghosts in the Fog : The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion
Seiple, Samantha.
New York : Scholastic, 2011.

Cover Image The War : An Intimate History, 1941-1945
Ward, Geoffrey C.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

As companion to his PBS series airing in September 2007, "The War" focuses on the citizens of four towns--Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama, following more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Maps and hundreds of photographs enrich this compelling, unflinching narrative.

Vietnam Era

Cover Image All the Broken Pieces ; a Novel in Verse
Burg, Ann E.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2009.

Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind and, now, in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

Cover Image The Quiet American
Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.
New York : Penguin Books, 2004.

Cover Image Battle Fatigue
Kurlansky, Mark.
New York : Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011.

Joel Bloom chronicles his life experiences during the 1960's which eventually lead him to oppose the war in Vietnam and to flee to Canada rather than be forced to kill Vietnamese.

Cover Image I Pledge Allegiance
Lynch, Chris, 1962-
New York : Scholastic, c2011.

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

Cover Image Fallen Angels
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
New York : Scholastic, [2008], c1988.

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

Cover Image The Things They Carried : A Work of Fiction
O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. These men carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated Bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried images of a nightmarish war that haunts our history and echoes into our present

Cover Image Going After Cacciato
O'Brien, Tim, 1946-
New York : Broadway Books, 1999.

Cover Image The Lotus Eaters
Soli, Tatjana.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2010.

A novel that follows an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men.

Cover Image 10,000 Days of Thunder : A History of the Vietnam War
Caputo, Philip.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005.

Cover Image Voices From Vietnam
Denenberg, Barry.
New York, NY : Scholastic, 1995.

Cover Image Dispatches
Herr, Michael, 1940-
New York : Everyman's Library/Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.

Cover Image Rock 'N' Roll Soldier
Kohler, Dean Ellis.
New York : HarperTeen, 2009.

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