I recently read a great historical fiction book that would work well as a read-aloud.
One minute, middle-schoolers Hannah, Jackie, and Nick
are exploring an old cave, and the next they find themselves whisked through
time to Texas, circa 1840. In this sixth book of the “Journey to” series, the
teens find themselves in the middle of a war between the Comanche Indians and
Texas Rangers. Hannah and Jackie are captured by the Comanche, who treat them
as enemies. There only hope is to use Hannah’s magic ring that allows her to
speak and understand the language of anyone she meets and convince the Comanche
that she has powerful “puha”, or magic. Nick finds himself on the other side of
the war, befriended by William “Bigfoot” Wallace, one of Texas’s most famous
rangers. Will they find each other before someone gets seriously hurt? Will
they ever make it back to their own time? It’s going to take a miracle! Teachers
will find the historical facts tucked into the book useful to explore primary
sources such as paintings, engravings, and maps of the Battle of Plum Creek.
The book also begins with a mini biographical section on the major historical
characters and a timeline of the events that occurred during this battle.
I love it when a read-aloud ties in with other subjects! How about you?