• The Diary of a Young Girl

    by Anne Frank Year Published: 1952

    Students read an excerpt of a dramatization of this book in class ("In Hiding"). It is the diary of a young Jewish girl hiding in a secret room in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation in the 1930s.

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  • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

    by Mildred D. Taylor Year Published: 1976

    Students read an excerpt of this novel in class known as "Cassie's Fight". It is the fourth book in a series about the discrimination and injustice experienced by an African American family in 1930s Mississippi.

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  • Bud, Not Buddy

    by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: 1999 Historica; Fiction

    This is another novel that we read an excerpt from in class. Set during the Great Depression, it is the story of a ten-year-old orphan named Bud struggling to find his place in the world.

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  • Return to Sender

    by Julia Alvarez Year Published: 2009

    Yet another book that we read an excerpt from in class this year. It tackles topics such as immigration, family, friendship, and fair trade all in a way that is understandable for a middle schooler. 

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