Divided Decade Collection

Civil War Historical Fiction
Middle Grade

Series nominated for the 2012 Great Michigan Read.
Awarded two Readers’ Favorite 5 Star Seals (The Candle Star and Blood of Pioneers).

The Divided Decade Collection includes three stand alone stories that view the American Civil War through three different lenses. They can be read out of order or read alone, depending on the theme that most interests the reader (or most closely relates to a classroom curriculum). All three have been highly acclaimed by teachers and home schoolers. Each has lesson plans and additional resources available.

thecandlestar_cover-original-no-dd-awardThe Candle Star

Lexile score: 800L

After a moment of high spirits—a tantrum, her mother called it—Emily is sent from the plantation to her inn-keeping uncle in Detroit. There she meets Malachi, the son of freed slaves, who challenges everything she’s grown up believing. With plenty of bumps and humor, their abrasive relationship develops into respect, then friendship. But when Emily stumbles upon two runaways hidden in her uncle’s barn, she finds that old ways die hard. And Mr. Burrows, the charming Southern slave catcher, is lodged in the hotel.

Now an audiobook.


BloodOfPioneers_no_DD seal.jpgBlood of Pioneers

Lexile score: 780L

Hannah craves excitement, but all local adventures dried up long ago, when her parents unpacked their wagon on the Michigan frontier. Then war breaks out and her father and brother leave to fight the Confederacy. Hannah is left at home chaffing under the boredom of never-ending chores—until the farm is threatened.

The one place she longs to leave suddenly becomes the one place she’ll do anything to save.




BeneathTheSlashings_cover original no DDBeneath the Slashings

Lexile score: 740L

(Slashings–n. Broken branches, shattered trunks, and other debris left on the ground after lumbering:The slashings lay strewn about like casualties of war, cold, gray and skeletal.)

Grace Nickerson’s life has been shattered by four years of war. She’s desperate to return to a sense of normalcy, but soon after her father returns, he sells the farm and drags the family to a lumber camp in Michigan’s northern wilderness. Living among the rough loggers is frightening enough, but then a series of accidents prove intentional. Who is sabotaging the camp, and why? Will the winter in the woods bring the healing Grace’s family needs? Or will it drive a wedge between Grace and her father?


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