Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Not so Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis - ESSENTIAL

Landis, Matthew The Not so Boring Letters of Private Nobody, 298 pages. Dial (Penguin), 2018. $17. Language: G: (0 swears, 0 'f'); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.


Oliver knows more about the Civil War than just about anybody - including teachers. So he was excited that his class would be doing a project on a Civil War person - but . . . He had to work with a partner - Ella Berry who seems to fail everything, and he didn't get to pick his person, she drew Private Raymond Stone, who didn't even die in battle or get to fire even one shot. ARGH! Now, they are spending their weekends combing through primary sources at the Historical Society, filming scenes for their presentation, and maybe becoming friends. 

This was a great book! I love the connection between primary sources and research, the lessons about dealing with disappointment, learning to be nice, and what makes a person important were well developed and delivered. I have already recommended this book to 2 English teachers, a history teacher and several middle school boys. I think girls will like it, too. This author knows 7th graders. 

Lisa Librarian

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