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Subject: Need a suggestion for a pre-1800 novel
Date Posted: 10/17/2007 9:25 AM ET
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As part of her 8th grade Georgia History class, my daughter is required to read a novel set prior to 1800. As best I can tell the locale doesn't have to be Georgia but it'd probably be good if it took place somewhere in the South. Rachel's an excellent reader so the writing doesn't have to be at the 9-12 y.o. level.

Any suggestions? Has Eugenia Price written anything set in the era?

Thanks for your help


Date Posted: 10/17/2007 12:37 PM ET
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Jimmy Carter wrote an excellent Historical Fiction about Georgia during the Civil War called The Hornet's Nest  Although, as a mom, I can't honestly say if it was appropriate for an 8th grader, as I wasn't reading it with that 'eye'.

How about the story of Mary Jemison? I remember reading it when I was young.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 12:53 PM ET
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Johnny Tremaine?     http://www.amazon.com/Johnny-Tremain-Esther-Forbes/dp/0440442508/ref=pd_bbs_2/105-5829309-6734846?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1192639913&sr=1-2


I recall reading it in 7th or 8th grade and the book has staye with me all these many, MANY years later.

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 2:17 PM ET
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I would suggest that you look into any of the follwing books by historical fiction author AnnRinaldi ( no relation to me)

She has written many wonderful books for grades 5 and up and here is a  list of those that would fit the time before 1800

Taking Liberty The Story Of Oney Judge, George Washington's Runaway Slave

The Secret of Sarah Revere

Or Give me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Family

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley

Finishing Becca: A Story About Peggy Shippen and Benedict Arnold

The Fifth of march: A Story of the Boston Massacre

A Ride into Morning: The Story of Tempe Wick

A Break with Charity: A Story of the Salem Witch Trials


another good book about witches is Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth Speare ( Newbery award Winner)

Date Posted: 10/17/2007 5:01 PM ET
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I read your question earlier this morning and spent most of the morning with it in the back of my head. I would reccomend The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  It was one of my favorites as a child, and is still an often re-read book on my permanent bookshelf. Whatever book your daughter chooses, please post it here! I'm really interested to know what she chooses!

Date Posted: 10/18/2007 4:42 PM ET
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Thanks so much, everyone! You've all been so helpful. I've ordered four books from your suggestions...she should have plenty to choose from!