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Level 0

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
A Boy Called SlowBruchac, Joseph1998LE
MG
Age of Revolutions1831North AmericaUnited StatesSitting Bull
Indigenous Americans
NFPB
Linnea in Monet's GardenBjork, Christina1985LE
MG
Industrial Age1880EuropeFranceMonetFPB
CB
Audrey of the OutbackAldrin, Buzz2008LEModern Age1930AustraliaAustraliaAustralian OutbackFCB
The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain ForestCherry, Lynne1990LEModern Age1990South AmericaBrazilAmazon Rain ForestFPB
Snow in JerusalemDa Costa, Deborah2008LEModern Age2000Middle EastIsraelJerusalem LifeFPB
Africa Is Not a CountryKnight, Margy Burns2002LEModern Age2000AfricaVariousAfrican ContinentNFPB
Sophie Scott Goes SouthLester, Alison2012LEModern Age2005AntarcticaVariousExplorersFPB
Malala’s Magic PencilYousafzai, Malala2018LEModern Age2007Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFPB

Level 1

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
HieroglyphsMilton, Joyce2000LEEarly Civilization3200 BCE-400 CEAfricaEgyptHieroglyphsNFPB
The Golden BullCowley, Marjorie2008MGEarly Civilization3000 BCEWestern AsiaMiddle EastMesopotamiaFCB
Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy)Zeman, Ludmila1998LEEarly Civilization2500 BCEWestern AsiaMiddle EastMesopotamia
Gilgamesh
M
F
PB
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 2Pope Osborne, Mary2010MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1Pope Osborne, Mary2010MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
The Librarian Who Measured the EarthLasky, Kathryn1994LEClassical Age276-194 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematics
Eratosthenes
NF
Bio
PB
Pompeii... Buried Alive!Kunhardt, Edith1987LEClassical Age79EuropeItalyVolcano
Natural Disasters
NFER
Roman DiaryPlatt, Richard2009MGClassical Age107EuropeItaly
Greece
Roman SlavesFCB
Mulan: Before the SwordLin, Grace2020MG
UMG
Early Civilization400AsiaChinaMulan
Han Dynasty
Mythology
FCB
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles DarwinLasky, Kathryn2009MGAge of Revolutions1809-1882EuropeGreat BritainEvolution
Charles Darwin
NF
Bio
N
Reaching for the MoonAldrin, Buzz2005LE
MG
Modern Age1930-1969North AmericaUnited StatesSpace
Moon Landing
Buzz Aldrin
Space Race
NFPB
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of KenyaNapoli, Donna Jo2010LEModern Age1977AfricaKenyaEnvironmentFPB
Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper BeltCarson, Mary Kay2020MGModern Age2015North AmericaUnited StatesSpace
Pluto
NFPB

Level 2

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
A Tail of CamelotLeung, Julie2016MG
UMG
Early Medieval400EuropeGreat BritainArthurian LegendsM
F
CB
The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern WorldBarnard, Bryn2011MG
UMG
Early Medieval622-750Middle EastVariousIslamic HistoryNFCB
Chengli and the Silk Road CaravanKang, Hildi2011MGEarly Medieval630AsiaChinaTang DynastyFCB
Brush of the GodsLook, Lenore2013LEEarly Medieval689-758AsiaChinaTang Dynasty
Wu Daozi
NF
B
PB
Odd and the Frost GiantsGaiman, Neil2008MGHigh Middle Ages800ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsF
M
PB
CB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Viking ExplorerLangley, Andrew2001LE
MG
High Middle Ages800Scandinavia
North America
NorwayVikingsNFPB
Genghis Khan The Bravest Warrior Who Bridged East and WestJian, Li2016LEHigh Middle Ages1158-1227AsiaChinaGenghis Khan
Mongols
NF
Bio
PB
The Mad Wolf's DaughterMagras, Diane2018MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1210EuropeScotlandScottish History
Medieval Scotland
FCB
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!Schlitz, Laura Amy2007MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1255EuropeGreat BritainMedieval LifeFCB
Castle DiaryPlatt, Richard1999MGHigh Middle Ages1285EuropeGreat BritainCastles
Medieval Life
FCB
The Making of a KnightO'Brien, Patrick1998LERenaissance1400-1425EuropeGreat BritainKnightsNFPB
The ApprenticeLlorente, Pilar Molina1989MGRenaissance1400-1500EuropeItalyArt HistoryFCB
Bard of AvonStanley, Diane
Vennema, Peter
2015UMGRenaissance1558-1616EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
PB
The Shakespeare StealerBlackwood, Gary1998MG
UMG
Renaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareFCB

Level 3

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Where Is the Taj Mahal?Hoobler, Dorothy
Hoobler, Thomas
2017MGRenaissance1592-1666AsiaIndiaTaj MahalNFCB
A Lion to Guard UsBulla, Clyde Robert1981MGEnlightenment1609-1613North AmericaUnited StatesColonial America
Jamestown
FCB
Mayflower 1620Arenstam, Peter, Kemp, John, and O'Neill Grace, Catherine2007MG
UMG
Enlightenment1620North AmericaUnited StatesMayflower
Colonial America
NFPB
Out of Many WatersGreene, Jacqueline2002UMGEnlightenment1654EuropePortugalPortuguese Inquisition
Sea Travel
FN
You Wouldn't Want to be in the Great Fire of LondonPipe, Jim2016LE
MG
Enlightenment1666EuropeEnglandGreat Fire of London
Fires
NFPB
The Ghost in the Tokaido InnHoobler, Dorothy
Hoobler, Thomasy
2005MGAge of Revolutions1735AsiaJapanSamuraiFPB
The Ravenmaster's SecretWoodruff, Elvira2005MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1735EuropeGreat BritainTower of LondonFCB
The Matchlock GunEdmonds, Walter D.1941MGAge of Revolutions1756North AmericaUnited States13 ColoniesFCB
StowawayRabin, Staton2002UMGAge of Revolutions1768-1771South PacificNoneExplorers
Sea Travel
FN
Sophia's War: A Tale of the RevolutionAvi2013MGAge of Revolutions1776North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionFCB
The Story of Marie CurieKatz, Susan B.2020MGIndustrial Age1867-1934Europe
North America
Poland
United States
Chemistry
Women in Science
NFCB
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909Carson, Mary Kay2013LEModern Age1909North AmericaUnited StatesClara Lemlich
Labor Strike
NFPB

Level 4

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Maggie's DoorReilly Giff, Patricia2005UMGIndustrial Age1850-1859Europe
North America
Ireland
United States
ImmigrationFN
Commodore Perry in the Land of the ShogunBlumberg, Rhoda2003UMGIndustrial Age1852-1854AsiaJapanTradeNFPB
Bull RunFleischman, Paul1995MGIndustrial Age1861North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarFCB
Last of the NameParry, Rosanne2019UMG
YA
Industrial Age1863North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Irish Immigration
NYC Draft Riots
FCB
RodzinaCushman, Karen2003MG
UMG
Industrial Age1881North AmericaUnited StatesWestward Expansion
Orphan Trains
FCB
Angel on the SquareWhelan, Gloria2001UMGModern Age1913-1918RussiaRussiaRussian RevolutionFCB
The Singing TreeSeredy, Kate1939MGModern Age1914-1918EuropeHungaryWWI
Hungary
FCB
Lines of CourageNielsen, Jennifer A.2022UMGModern Age1914-1918EuropevariousWWIFCB
The Button WarAvi2018UMGModern Age1914EuropePolandWWIFCB
Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.?Levinson, Cynthia2008MGModern Age1929-1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil Rights
Martin Luther King, Jr.
NFCB
The Water HorseKing-Smith, Dick2007MGModern Age1930-1939EuropeScotlandFolk TalesHFCB
When My Name Was KeokoPark, Linda Sue2002UMGModern Age1940-1945AsiaKoreaWWIIFCB
AhimsaKelkar, Supriya2017MGModern Age1942AsiaIndiaIndia
Gandhi
Indian Freedom Movement
FCB
Sadako and the Thousand Paper CranesCoerr, Eleanor1977MGModern Age1943-1955AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
FCB
Journey To Jo'Burg: A South African StoryNaidoo, Beverley1985MGModern Age1980AfricaSouth AfricaApartheidFCB
Shooting KabulSenzai, N. H.2011UMGModern Age2000-2001North America
Middle East
United States
Afghanistan
9/11FN

Level 5

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First PeopleYellowhorn, Eldon
Lowinger, Kathy
2017UMG
YA
Prehistory100,000 BCE-1491 CENorth AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous AmericansNF
OV
CB
Invincible MicrobeMurphy, Jim2012UMG
YA
Age of Revolutions10,000 BCE-2009 CENorth America
Europe
United StatesPlagues
Tuberculosis
NFCB
Children of the LonghouseBruchac, Joseph1996MGRenaissance1491North AmericaUnited StatesEarly America
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
Morning GirlDorris, Michael1992MGRenaissance1492North AmericaBahamasEarly America
Indigenous Americans
FCB
Blood on the RiverCarbone, Elisa2006UMGEnlightenment1606-1610North AmericaUnited StatesJamestown
Colonial America
FCB
1607: A New Look at JamestownLange, Karen2007MG
UMG
Enlightenment1607North AmericaUnited StatesJamestown
Colonial America
NFPB
1621: A New Look at ThanksgivingO'Neill Grace, Catherine
Bruchac, Margaret M.
2001MG
UMG
Enlightenment1621North AmericaUnited StatesThanksgiving
Colonial America
NFPB
In the Shadow of LibertyDavis, Kenneth C.2019MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1705-1850North AmericaUnited StatesSlaveryNF
Bio
CB
Ben and MeFritz, Jean1988MGAge of Revolutions1706-1790North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Revolution
Benjamin Franklin
FPB
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave PoetLasky, Kathryn2017MGAge of Revolutions1753-1784North AmericaUnited StatesPhillis Wheatley
Slavery
NF
Bio
ER
The Winter PeopleBruchac, Joseph2004MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1759North AmericaUnited StatesAbenaki Nation
Indigenous Americans
FCB
King George: What Was His Problem?Sheinkin, Steve2005UMG
YA
Age of Revolutions1775-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Revolution
King George III
NFCB
Toliver's SecretBrady, Esther Wood1976MGAge of Revolutions1775-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionFCB
Black Heroes of the American RevolutionDavis, Burke1992UMG
MG
Age of Revolutions1775-1783North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionNFCB
ChainsAnderson, Laurie Halse2008UMGAge of Revolutions1776North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionFCB
Shh! We're Writing the ConstitutionFritz, Jean1997MGAge of Revolutions1787North AmericaUnited StatesConstitutional ConventionNF
Bio
PB
Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward ExpansionSheinkin, Steve2015YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1803-1890North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFB
Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret ChildrenBrubaker Bradley, Kimberly2016UMG
YA
Age of Revolutions1806-1826North AmericaUnited StatesThomas Jefferson
Slavery
FCB
Stone River CrossingTingle, Tim2019MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1808North AmericaUnited StatesChoctaw Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
The White House is BurningSutcliffe, Jane2020MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1814North AmericaUnited StatesWar of 1812FCB
How I Became A GhostTingle, Tim2015MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1830North AmericaUnited StatesTrail of Tears
Indigenous Americans
FCB
The Birchbark HouseErdrich, Louise2002MG
UMG
Industrial Age1847North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
Plagues
F
OV
CB
LyddiePatterson, Katherine1995UMGIndustrial Age1843-1846North AmericaUnited StatesMill GirlsFCB
The Game of SilenceErdrich, Louise2005MG
UMG
Industrial Age1850North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
Eliza's Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad DiaryNolen, Jerdine2017MGIndustrial Age1854North AmericaUnited StatesUnderground Railroad
Escaped Slaves
FCB
Elijah of BuxtonCurtis, Christopher Paul2009UMGIndustrial Age1860North AmericaUnited States
Canada
Slavery
Underground Railroad
FCB
El DeafoBell, Cece2014MG
UMG
Modern Age1970North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Life
Disabilities
NF
B
GN

Level 6

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
This Land Is Our LandBarrett Osborne, Linda2016MG
UMG
Age of Revolutions1800-1965North AmericaUnited StatesImmigrationNFB
Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About Westward ExpansionSheinkin, Steve2015YA
UMG
Age of Revolutions1803-1890North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFB
Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and SurrenderMarshall III, Joseph2017MG
UMG
Industrial Age1822-1909North AmericaUnited StatesLakota Nation
Indigenous Americans
NF
OV
PB
The Underground AbductorHale, Nathan2014MG
UMG
Industrial Age1849-1860North AmericaUnited StatesHarriet Tubman
Underground Railroad
Escaped Slaves
NF
Bio
GN
Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil WarSheinkin, Steve2015YA
UMG
Industrial Age1856-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAbraham Lincoln
American Civil War
NFB
In the Footsteps of Crazy HorseMarshall III, Joseph2015MG
UMG
Industrial Age1860-1877North AmericaUnited StatesLakota Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
March Towards The ThunderBruchac, Joseph2009UMGIndustrial Age1864North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil War
Abenaki Nation
FN
ChickadeeErdrich, Louise2013MG
UMG
Industrial Age1866North AmericaUnited StatesOjibwe Nation
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
Dragon's GateYep, Lawrence1993UMGIndustrial Age1867North AmericaUnited States
China
Transcontinental Railroad
Chinese Immigration
F
OV
N
Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to FreedomMacy, Sue2017MG
UMG
Industrial Age1876-1902North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Bicycles
FPB
Prairie LotusPark, Linda Sue2020MG
UMG
Industrial Age1880Dakota TerritoryUnited StatesPrairie LifeFCB
The Prairie ThiefWiley, Melissa2013MG
UMG
Industrial Age1880-1889North AmericaUnited StatesPrairie LifeHFCB
Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's RightsKops, Deborah2017UMG
YA
Industrial Age1885-1920North AmericaUnited StatesWomen's Suffrage
Voting
NF
Bio
B
Chasing SecretsCholdenko, Gennifer2016UMGModern Age1900North AmericaUnited StatesAnti-Chinese Immigration
Gilded Age
FN
Silver People: Voices from the Panama CanalEngle, Margarita2016MG
UMG
Modern Age1906-1914Central AmericaPanamaPanama CanalFN
Hattie Big SkyLarson, Kirby2006UMG
YA
Modern Age1917-1918North AmericaUnited StatesWWI
Westward Expansion
FCB
Fred Korematsu Speaks UpAtkins, Laura
Yogi, Stan
2017MG
UMG
Modern Age1919-2005North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
Bio
CB
Letters From RifkaHesse, Karen2009MG
UMG
Modern Age1919-1920North AmericaUnited StatesJewish ImmigrationFCB
Out of the DustKaren Hesse1998MGModern Age1930–1936North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Dust Bowl
FCB
The Great American Dust BowlBrown, Don2017UMG
YA
Modern Age1930–1936North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Dust Bowl
NFGN
Esperanza RisingMuñoz Ryan, Pam2002UMGModern Age1930North AmericaMexico
United States
Mexican Immigration
Great Depression
FCB
Stella by StarlightDraper, Sharon M.2015UMGModern Age1932North AmericaUnited StatesGreat Depression
Segregation
FCB
Farewell to ManzanarHouston, Jeanne Wakatsuki1973YA
A
Modern Age1942-1945North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Japanese Internment
NF
Bio
OV
B
Finding LangstonCline-Ransome, Lesa2018MGModern Age1946North AmericaUnited StatesGreat MigrationFCB
90 Miles to HavanaFlores-Galbis, Enrique2011UMGModern Age1960-1969Carribean
North America
Cuba
United States
ImmigrationFCB
One Crazy SummerWilliams-Garcia, Rita2010MG
UMG
Modern Age1968North AmericaUnited StatesCivil RightsFCB
When You Reach MeStead, Rebecca2009MG
UMG
Modern Age1979North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Life
Time Travel
HFN

Level 7

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Well of SacrificeEboch, Chris1999UMG
YA
High Middle Ages800-899Central AmericaGuatemalaMayansNFCB
I Rode a Horse of Milk White JadeWilson, Diane Lee2010UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1300-1399AsiaChinaMongoliaFCB
Journey to the River SeaIbbotson, Eva2001MGModern Age1910Amazon RiverBrazilAmazon RiverFCB
Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a RaftHeyerdahl, Thor1950YAModern Age1947Pacific OceanUnited StatesOcean TravelNFB
While I Was AwayBrown, Waka T.2021MG
UMG
Modern Age1984AsiaJapanJapanese CultureFCB
A Long Walk To WaterPark, Linda Sue2011MG
UMG
Modern Age1985-2009AfricaSudanSudanese Civil WarFCB
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The TalibanYousafzai, Malala2015YAModern Age2012Middle EastPakistanEducation
Women's Rights
NFN

Level 8

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Golden GobletJarvis McGraw, Eloise1961UMG
YA
Early Civilization1400 BCEAfricaEgyptAncient EgyptFN
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient WorldBendick, Jeanne2010UMG
YA
Classical Age356-323 BCEEuropeGreeceMacedonia
Alexander the Great
NF
Bio
CB
The Sand-ReckonerBradshaw, Gillian2001YA
A
Classical Age287-212 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematicsFN
Archimedes and the Door of ScienceBendick, Jeanne1995UMGClassical Age287-212 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematicsNF
Bio
CB
The Middle Ages: A Graphic HistoryJanega, Eleanor2021YA
A
Early Medieval
High Middle Ages
476-1500EuropeVariousMedieval LifeNFGN
The Second Mrs. GiocondaKonigsburg, E.L.1998UMG
YA
Renaissance1450-1459EuropeItalyLeonardo da VinciFCB
Shakespeare: His Work & His WorldRosen, Michael
Ingpen, Robert
2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1558-1616EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
PB
Along Came GalileoJeanne Bendick, Jeanne1999MG
UMG
Renaissance1564-1642EuropeItalyGalileoNF
Bio
CB
A Parcel of PatternsPaton Walsh, Jill1992YA
A
Enlightenment1665-1666EuropeGreat BritainPlagues
Bubonic Plague
FN
LongitudeSobel, Dava2007YA
A
Age of Revolutions1715-1776EuropeGreat BritainSea TravelNF
Bio
N
Carry On, Mr. BowditchLatham, Jean Lee1955UMGAge of Revolutions1773-1838North AmericaUnited StatesNathaniel Bowditch
Sea Travel
F
Bio
CB
The True Adventures of Charley DarwinMeyer, Carolyn2011UMG
YA
Age of Revolutions1809-1882EuropeGreat BritainEvolution
Charles Darwin
F
Bio
N
Bomb: The Race to Build --and Steal-- the World's Most Dangerous WeaponSheinkin, Steve2018YAModern Age1938North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Atomic Bomb
NFB
West with Giraffes: A NovelRutledge, Lynda2018YAModern Age1938North AmericaUnited StatesGreat DepressionNFB
Code TalkerBruchac, Joseph2006UMGModern Age1942-1954North AmericaUnited StatesWWII
Navajo Nation
Indigenous Americans
FN

Level 9

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Raptor RedBakker, Robert T.1996YA
A
Prehistory120,000,000 BCENorth AmericaUnited StatesUtahraptor
Cretaceous Period
Dinosaurs
FN
The KinDickinson, Peter1998MG
YA
Prehistory200,000 BCEAfricaVariousStone Age
Ancient Africa
FN
The Clan of the Cave BearAuel, Jean M.1980YA
A
Prehistory18,000 BCESouthern EuropeVariousIce AgeFN

Level 10

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Gilgamesh the KingSilverberg, Robert1984YA
A
Early Civilization2500 BCEWestern AsiaMiddle EastMesopotamia
Gilgamesh
F
M
N
The Woman Who Would Be KingCooney, Kara2014YA
A
Early Civilization1508-1458 BCEAfricaEgyptHatshepsutNFN
Mara, Daughter of the NileJarvis McGraw, Eloise1953UMG
YA
Early Civilization1478-1458 BCEAfricaEgyptHatshepsutFN
The Song of AchillesMiller, Madeline2012YA
A
Classical Age1200 BCEEuropeGreeceAchilles
LGBTQ+
MN
Mother of the Believers: A Novel of the Birth of IslamPasha, Kamran2009YA
A
Early Medieval613-678Middle EastIraqIslamic HistoryFN
Norse MythologyGaiman, Neil2017YA
A
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMN
1066 The Year of the ConquestHowarth, David1977YA
A
High Middle Ages1066EuropeGreat BritainNorman InvasionNFB
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy DogGidwitz, Adam2016UMGHigh Middle Ages1242EuropeFranceMedieval LifeHFCB
A Distant MirrorTuchman, Barbara W.1978YA
A
High Middle Ages1300-1399EuropeVariousMedieval LifeNFB

Level 11

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Tudor TutorAlexander, Barb2015YA
A
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNF
Bio
B
The Gold EatersWright, Ronald2015YARenaissance1532-1541Western South AmericaPeruSpanish Conquistadors
Inca Empire
FN
Queen's Own FoolYolen, Jane
Harris, Robert J.
2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Shakespeare: The World as StageBryson, Bill2016YA
A
Renaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
CB
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and LoveSobel, Dava2011YA
A
Enlightenment1600-1634EuropeItalyGalileo
Scientists
NF
Bio
N
The Lost King of FranceCadbury, Deborah2002YA
A
Age of Revolutions1758-1794EuropeFranceFrench RevolutionNF
Bio
B
Rebel QueenMoran, Michelle2015YA
A
Industrial Age1840–1919AsiaIndia
Great Britain
Queen LakshmiFN
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial AfricaHochschild, Adam1999YA
A
Industrial Age1885-1908AfricaBelgium
Congo
Congo Free State
Leopold II
NF
Bio
N
The Last Days of NightMoore, Graham2016YA
A
Industrial Age1888-1896North AmericaUnited StatesTechnology
Thomas Edison
George Westinghouse
Nikolas Tesla
Gilded Age
FN
Like Water on StoneWalrath, Dana2015UMG
YA
Modern Age1914-1915EuropeArmeniaArmenian GenocideFN
The War to End All WarsFreedman, Russell2013UMG
YA
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWINFPB
CB
All Quiet on the Western FrontRemarque, Erich Maria1929YA
A
Modern Age1914-1918EuropeVariousWWIFN
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining WomenMoore, Kate2017YA
A
Modern Age1917-1938North AmericaUnited StatesToxicologyNF
Bio
N
NightWiesel, Elie1958YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeRomaniaHolocaust
Auschwitz
NF
Bio
N
The Librarian of AuschwitzIturbe, Antonio2012YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropePolandHolocaust
Auschwitz
F
Bio
N
The Boys Who Challenged HitlerHoose, Phillip2015YA
A
Modern Age1940-1945EuropeDenmarkWWII
German Occupation
NFN
Barefoot Gen 1Nakazawa, Keiji2004YA
A
Modern Age1945AsiaJapanWWII
Hiroshima
F
OV
GN
HiroshimaYep, Lawrence1995UMGModern Age1945AsiaJapanHiroshimaF
OV
CB
Revolution is Not a Dinner PartyCompestine, Ying Chang2009MG
UMG
Modern Age1966-1976AsiaChinaCultural RevolutionFCB
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North KoreaDemick, Barbara2009YA
A
Modern Age1993-2008AsiaNorth KoreaEscaping North KoreaNF
Bio
B

Level 12

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
American Colonies: The Settling of North America, Vol. 1Taylor, Alan2001YAAge of Revolutions13000 BCE-1820 CENorth AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous Americans
Colonial America
NFB
S
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial DivideAnderson, Carol
Bolden, Tonya
2019UMG
YA
Renaissance1415-2020North AmericaUnited StatesRacismNF
OV
NF
The Witch of Blackbird PondSpeare, Elizabeth George1958UMG
YA
Enlightenment1687North AmericaUnited StatesWitch Trials
Colonial America
FN
The CrucibleMiller, Authur1953UMGEnlightenment1692-1693North AmericaUnited StatesWitch TrialsNFCB
Someone Knows My NameHill, Lawrence2007YA
A
Age of Revolutions1745-1802North America
Africa
Europe
United States
Canada
Sierra Leone
Great Britain
American RevolutionFN
1776McCullough, David2006YA
A
Age of Revolutions1776North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican RevolutionNFB
A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910Freeman, Joshua2012YAIndustrial Age1830-1910North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarNFB
The Gods of GothamFaye, Lyndsay2012YA
A
Industrial Age1845North AmericaUnited StatesNew York City
Irish Immigration
NYPD
FB
The Indifferent Stars AboveBrown, Daniel James2015YA
A
Industrial Age1846–1847North AmericaUnited StatesWestward ExpansionNFB
This Republic of SufferingFaust, Drew Gilpin2008YA
A
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesDeath
American Civil War
NFB
Little WomenAlcott, Louisa May1868UMG
YA
Industrial Age1861-1865North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican Civil WarFN
The Golem and the JinniWecker, Helene2013YA
A
Industrial Age1899North AmericaUnited StatesImmigrants
Gilded Age
Jewish History
HFN
The Color PurpleWalker, Alice1982YA
A
Modern Age1909-1949North AmericaUnited StatesAfrican American History
Jazz Age
LGBTQ+
FN
Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its LegacyMarrin, Albert2011UMG
YA
Modern Age1911North AmericaUnited StatesTriangle Shirtwaist Factory
Fires
Labor Reform
NFCB
American Empire: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, 1945-2000Freeman, Joshua2012YAModern Age1945-2000North AmericaUnited StatesAmerican EconomyNFB
The Hate U GiveThomas, Angie2017YA
A
Modern Age2017North AmericaUnited StatesBlack Lives MatterFN

Unit Studies

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
When the Whales WalkedDixon, Dougal2019LE
MG
Prehistory400,000,000-50,0000 BCEWorldVariousEvolutionNFPB
Maroo of the Winter CavesTurnbull, Ann1984MGPrehistory8,000 BCEEuropeFranceIce AgeFCB
World War II: The Definitive Visual HistoryDK2009YA
A
Modern Age1939-1945WorldVariousWWIINFB
The Book ThiefZusak, Markus2007YA
UMG
Modern Age1939-1945EuropeGermanyWWIIFN
The Devil's ArithmeticYolen, Jane1988UMG
YA
Modern Age1942EuropePolandHolocaustF
HF
CB
Year of Impossible GoodbyesSook Nyul Choi1991UMGModern Age1945AsiaKoreaKorean WarFN

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel
M = memoir