A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson

I highly recommend this book, and even more highly recommend reading by sunlight. In honor of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Jose, which wasn’t even on the radar when I started reading this book. In 1900 the worst recorded storm in the USA hit Galveston, Texas, a boom-town that was assured by the US Government … More Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson

The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh

I highly recommend reading this book in sunlight. Not before bedtime. It opens with American POW as slave-labor in a mining shaft, some die, but bodies have to be recorded properly so they get stacked up (right near the POW eating room) until the recording clerk comes around once a week. This sets the tone … More The Liberators: America’s Witnesses to the Holocaust by Michael Hirsh