Elementary schools are trying to expand their young reader's minds by exposing them to different kinds of books. No longer are students permitted to go to the library and take out whatever books look good. The school year is divided into different topics -- realistic fiction, non-fiction, historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction, among others. And kids are then told to find interesting books in that topic. Moreover, kids are tested for their reading level, and then assigned books based on their level. Students are told to use the "Scholastic Book Wizard" http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ to find books on their level.
While there are many realistic fiction books available in school and town libraries, there is always room for historical fiction books geared to young tweens between 2nd and 5th grade. The "I Survived" series of historical fiction is one such series. My daughter Amanda, read "I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944" and below is her review of this historical novel:
"This book really appealed to me. It could be because I enjoy historical-fiction, or it honestly was really enjoyable.
Lauren Tarshis tells the story of a Jewish family living during the Holocaust.
Eleven year old Max and his sister Zena are living in a rundown ghetto in Eastern Poland, and their dad has been taken away by the Nazis. They are living alone, eating whatever possible. Their only other family member, Aunt Hannah, is in the Resistance, fighting to do whatever they could.
One day, when they are running from soldiers, they found themselves saved by a farmer. They hide in his barn until the soldiers leave. In the barn they are reunited with their Aunt Hannah.
The rest of the story is about them fleeing soldiers, and recovering from a major injury Max receives. The short, convenient story really reveals the truth about life during the War.
This story is geared towards a mature 4th or 5th grader, however, it could be a good read for anyone above."
So if you are looking for a historical fiction series, one place to find books is Scholastic's "I survived series", which is geared to 7-10 year olds. This book will be available February 24, 2014.