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Heinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction

World War I

Why was the First World War so devastating, and how had Europe become so divided into armed camps? How did it affect people on both sides of the conflict, and why are its consequences still felt today? This book seeks to relate the overall events and chronology of the war and shows its impact on everyday lives.

Reading LevelGrades 7-8
Interest LevelGrades 6-10
Lexile Level1250L
ATOS Level9.3
AR Points3
AR Quiz #149430
Text TypeInformational Text
Text SubtypeCause & Effect
BrandHeinemann-Raintree Middle School Nonfiction
Page Dimensions6 3/8" x 9 1/4"
Page Count80
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $37.99 School/Library Price

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VOYA - Katie Mitchell

"The Living Through series details the chronology and chief players in several major wars. In World War I, Barber explains the European political powder keg of the late 1800s and the turn of the last century before telling of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The conflict’s origins are convoluted and messy, but Barber is able to provide a clear explanation. The Mexican-American War lays out a fascinating narrative of manifest destiny and western expansion. While the war was immensely popular with the American population, critics considered it the only war the United States has ever declared on a sovereign country with the idea of taking over their land. Students will be interested in the parallels between the immigration issues surrounding that war and the current debates about the same subject. Each book provides a “What Have We Learned” chapter which shows how the historical information affects current world diplomacy. The books provide overviews of the conflicts in a concise and easy-to-read format. Numerous sidebars and personal narratives add more content and will appeal to students. Many of the wars in the series are not covered in standard social studies curriculums, which may limit their use in the classroom; however, they are sure to be popular with fans of military history and would provide a strong source for reports or independent study." - VOYA

October 1, 2012

School Library Journal, "America to the Front" (Focus On: World War I) - Jennifer Prince, Youth Services Librarian at Buncombe County Public Libraries, N

"Vol. 60, No. 3; Page 59 Barber presents an excellent narrative that clearly and concisely lays out the causes and effects that made up the conflict, highlighting key people and policies throughout the book. Photographs, maps, charts, and other period ephemera complement the text." - School Library Journal, "America to the Front" (Focus On: World War I)

March 1, 2014


Library Media Connection - Tena Natale Litherland

"STAR REVIEW! With a sharp focus on issues and historical context, this series serves both student researchers and general readers alike. Remarkable for their clarity of framing complex issues and historical events, titles are complimented by strong layouts and eye-catching graphics. Archival photos, maps, sidebars, brief first person accounts, biographical sketches, and charts are skillfully arranged to enhance the text. These slender volumes are unusual for presenting multiple perspectives on key concepts and explaining the effect of war on civilians. Of particular note is “What Have We Learned?” which helps students see historical implications. Teachers and librarians will find the bibliography of books, documentaries, websites, and list of related topics useful for further research, teaching ideas, and collection development. Highly Recommended." - Library Media Connection

December 1, 2012


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

2014 YA Top 40

May 1, 2014

Nicola Barber

Nicola Barber

As well as writing about lost cities, Nicola Barber has  written books on the modern-day cities of Tokyo and Los Angeles. She has also written about many periods of history, from the Vikings to the Victorians. Nicola lives in North Wales.

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