6. The Dream Hunters, by Steven M. Hamrick. A fair disclosure- this was written by a friend of mine, so this may not be as impartial as usual. The idea behind this historical fiction work, which I know was many years in the making, is an interesting one. The story centers on Roger Douglas, a young man who finds himself facing both the Creek Wars and the War of 1812, two historic periods that tend to get short shrift in the schools and in publications. Roger, half Scottish and half Muscogee, is looking to inherit his late father's trade -- exchanging goods with the Native Americans and white Americans. However, the brewing wars alter his plans in more ways than he can foresee. It's a lengthy book, but well-paced; it kept me reading and I got through it in a couple of weeks.Some of the dialogue and Roger's thoughts/conversation with his deceased father come across as a bit stilted early on, but things smooth out as the book progresses. The 400+ pages might daunt a younger reader but I can see a grade school teacher reading a chapter or two of this in class, in connection with this era in history. There are some battles of course, but there's nothing gratuitous. Hamrick's book touches on issues such as rascism and the cost of war, but the overall light tone won't make these topics too intimidating. I would recommend it for fourth grade and older.
Currently reading: Hidden Like Anne Frank, by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis.