Notable Social Studies Trade Books
for Young People
Social Education, May/June
National Council for the Social Studies
A Light in the Storm: The
Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin. Karen Hesse. Scholastic Inc.
Working in her father's lighthouse on an island off Delaware's coast in 1860-1861, fifteen-year old Amelia records in her diary how the Civil War is beginning to devastate her divided state.
No Man's Land: A Young Soldier's Story. Susan Bartoletti. Blue Sky/Scholastic Inc. 176 pp. Fourteen-year-old Thraser Magee joins the Okefinokee Rifles to overcome his feelings of cowardice. The many experiences and realities of the Civil War bring Thraser to new understandings about himself, his family, and courage.
Vicksburg: The Battle That
Won the Civil War. Mary Ann Fraser. Henry Holt. 104 pp. This is
a well-written and illustrated account of the battle that was the turningpoint
of the Civil War.