Polansky, Dan. The Vietnam War (Profiles #5)
1 February 2013, Scholastic Paperbacks
E ARC provided by Netgalley.com
This Profiles series by Scholastic is fascinating. I had never heard of Ngo Dinh Diem, for example, and this book gives an overview of his life and leadership, up to his assassination. This also included Kennedy (whom I never really connected with Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh, Lyndon B. Johnson, William Westmoreland, and Henry Kissinger. Each person gets about 20 pages, describing not only his life, but his involvement with Vietnam. Each person got a different border color, and the layout and pictures were very attractive. It struck me that this would be an excellent book for Common Core purposes. Easily digestible bits on nonfiction that could go along with, for example, Chris Lynch's Vietnam series. The pages fit perfectly on the iPad and didn't have the slow loading time that some books have had. My one objection is that this series is published in paperback and there doesn't even seem to be a prebind available. Very frustrating, especially since the other books in this series are appealing as well.
Along with The Civil War and World War II, there are also the books Tech Titans, Peace Warriors and Civil Champions.
I did have one former boy tell me that while he would read just about anything on any military conflict, biographies were not high on the list, lacking as they tend to be in depictions of violence and bloodshed. While this might still be true of my young war mongers, I'm betting that most of mine will read any book with the name of the war on it so prominently.
Sherman, M. Zachary. Bloodlines: Heart of War
1 February 2013
E ARC from Netgalley.com
Good news for fans of this series! Instead of buying all seven pricey books (which are super short), you can get them all in one volume! This would make a great present for boys who love to read about war, and is fantastic in libraries because the stories are in order.
From the Publisher: This
compilation of seven previously published works, edited to form a
single narrative, follows the Donovans through four generations of
American wars, from World War II to the War in Afghanistan.
It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and What Are You Reading? day at Teach Mentor Texts.
Both sites have lots of links to reviews about books that are great for
the 4th through 8th grader. It's also Nonfiction Monday, hosted this week at Shelf-Employed.