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Reading Level: Grades 3-5
Interest Level: Grades 4-7


Page Count: 32
Trim Size: 7″ x 9″
Dewey Range: 940-990
Series Lexile®: 770-890
Series F&P: T-Z
Correlation with National Curriculum:
CCSS RI 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 7; RI 5.1, 2, 3, 4; RI 6.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7; RI 7.1, 3, 4
NCSS 2, 3, 9


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Major Battles in US History

Major Battles in US History gives readers an up-close look at key battles throughout the history of the country. Each book offers engaging anecdotes from the battle before expanding to cover the battle’s historical context, decisive moments, and lasting impacts. Without overwhelming readers, these books offer insightful windows into the battles and wars that have shaped the United States and the world.

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School Library Connection, October 1, 2017

Major Battles in US History

“This straightforward yet information-rich series will help students and teachers better understand how the US was shaped through these battles.” — School Library Connections

School Library Journal/Series Made Simple, April 2017

Major Battles in US History

Designed with the beginning chapter book crowd in mind, this series tackles complex subject matter in a way that is compelling and accessible. Each title starts with a “Battle Preview,” which is an easy-to-follow time line. There is an amazing amount of information in each volume’s four chapters, but the authors make it manageable with succinct writing, and opposing viewpoints are provided. For instance, in Little Bighorn, Duffield addresses the reasons why both the U.S. government and the Lakota Indians believed in the validity of their claims on the land. While the focus is on the trappings of battles (weapons, strategy, etc.), there are descriptions about how the battles affected civilians. The maps show only that which is absolutely necessary to understand the location of the battle. The illustrations are effective complements to the text. VERDICT A high-interest topic is presented in an attractive, accessible package. Military-minded kids will love this series.

Booklist, March 2017

Major Battles in US History

For better or worse, war has shaped America. These volumes in the Major Battles in US History series take readers step-by-step into well- and lesser-known conflicts. They begin with a visual overview, including a time line, map of troop movements, and chart of facts, such as leaders and the number of soldiers killed. The books then delve into the battle’s decisive moments, its conclusion, and its impact on history. Gettysburg is a day-by-day account of this hard and bloody battle, which pitted famous Confederate and Union generals against one another. Inchon explains how Korea was split into two countries and North Korea invaded South Korea, in addition to presenting General Douglas MacArthur’s calculated sea battle to recapture South Korea. Little Bighorn gives background information on clashes between settlers and Native Americans and illegal actions by the U.S. government before depicting U.S. soldiers’ hostile attack on Lakota Indians. San Juan Hill describes how the U.S. became involved in Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain as well as Theodore Roosevelt’s stint as a Rough Rider and contributions by all-black regiments known as “buffalo soldiers.” Enhanced with archival photos from the battle, each volume also includes reproductions, maps, and other visuals. This action-packed series is a great supplement to classrooms and for budding history buffs. —Angela Leeper

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