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Human Odyssey Volume 3 Reading List


Notes: She did not read any of the historical fiction. The books marked ** are the ones that were particularly enjoyed. The first two marked books from the World War II section were difficult, at times, to read, but provoked very good discussions. (7th grade). There are many, many more possibilities, but these books were available at our library. You may find others :)


Pre-World War 1


Historical fiction


The Night Journey by Kathryn Lasky ( Tsarist Russia)

Broken Song by Kathryn Lasky (sequel to above)

Parade of Shadows by Gloria Whelan (British girl in Turkey)


World War I


Historical fiction


Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Iaian Lawrence (Britain)

Remember the Lusitania by Diana Preston (1915)




The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman

In Flanders Field: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield (combination of nonfiction and picture book/illustrated poem)


Great Depression


Historical Fiction


Young Fu of the Upper Yangtzee by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (Newberry; 1920s China)

The Miner's Daughter by Gretchen Moran Laskos (West Virginia)

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (California)

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (Newberry)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor (Newberry; Mississippi)




Six Days in October by Karen Blumenthal (1929)

**Years of Dust:The Story of the Dust Bowl by Albert Marrin


World War II


Historical Fiction


Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr (autobiographical)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Denmark 1943)

When My Name Was Keoko New ; ocKorea)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (YA; Germany)




**Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport (Incredibly powerful when paired with following book;read corresponding chapters alternately if possible to see the stories of teens and children on both sides of the conflict; told partly in first-person accounts)

**Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Remember Pearl Harbor: Japanese and American Survivors Tell their Stories by Thomas Allen (National Geographic)

Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne W. Houston (CA internment camp; memoir)

Dear Miss Breed by Joanne Oppenheim (CA internment camps; artifacts and letters between a librarian and her former child/teen patrons plus historical details; author interviewed the now-grown children; much more engaging that the previous book)

**Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (excellent narrative nonfiction; she read it all in one sitting because she was so fascinated by the details)

Remember D-Day: The Plan, the Invasion, Survivor Stories by Ronald Drez (National Geographic)



Post War, 1946-1980




10,000 Days of Thunder by Phillip Caputo (Vietnam)

**Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh (this book caused a month-long detour into the history of the space race!)

Red Scarf Girl by Ji Li Jiang (autobiographical; Chinese Cultural Revolution)


1980s and Later


Historical Fiction


Forbidden City by William Bell (Tianamen)

Broken Memory: A Novel of Rwanda by Elizabeth Combres (written for grades 6-9; 1994)


Graphic Novel


Persepolis (and sequel) by Marjane Stampi (Iran; 1979-1983)




**When the Wall Came Down: The Berlin Wall and the Fall of Communism by Serge Schmemann (Berlin 1989; written by a NY Times correspondent who covered East Germany and was there when the wall began to fall; covers the area from the division of Germany after World War II until 1989ish; contains archival information from the NY Times during that time period)

The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights edited by Minky Warden (adult; includes Arab Spring)

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