Back In Time Reader
Two miserable presidents: everything your schoolbooks didn't tell you about the Civil War by Steve Sheinkin ; illustrated by Tim Robinson — Seriously, put this book on hold, because you'll want it as soon as I return it. Loved this book about the Civil War (we're still in the midst of its 150th anniversary, by the way). Sheinkin manages to hit all the high points I remember learning about, while also filling in much more interesting details. He adds personal information about the more famous folks involved in the war in addition to telling stories about ordinary people. I'm really digging this author, who also wrote Bomb, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, and others (seriously - none of these should show available in the library catalog - check them out now).
Bomb: the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Will Sparrow's road by Karen Cushman — I couldn't get into Will's character until about halfway through the book, when he started to open himself up to some of the other characters. I typically really enjoy Cushman's novels, and this one was fine, but was lacking some of the spice or polish of her other stories.
Catherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman — This is my favorite of Karen Cushman's books - the diary of a medieval young girl who is being arranged into marriage. Catherine has plenty of personality, and the history comes through in her diary entries much more smoothly than it does in Will's tale.