• A Day that Changed America: The Alamo

    by Shelley Tanaka Year Published: 2003

    Surrounded, outnumbered, but filled with more courage than fear they held their ground for 12 days. Then, as morning dawned on March 6, 1836, they fell giving the Texas cause a deeper, fuller, passionate reason to rise. It is in such stories as the Alamo that defeat is more accurately viewed as victory.

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  • A Good Boy and a Brave Soldier

    by Mary Margaret McAllen Amberson, Year Published: 2006

    John Christopher Columbus Hill, nearly fourteen years of age, leaves home with his father and brother to join the 1842 Texas expedition to Mier, Tamaulipas, Mexico, an ambitious undertaking intended to end question over the independence of Texas. He is subsequently captured and adopted by President Antonio López de Santa Anna through a negotiation that netted the release from Mexican custody of his father and brother.

    This unfolding of history, entertwined with an egaging story, offers a unique angle to a well known Texas defeat. From the ashes of a disappointing moment arises an adventure to keep the reader attentive.

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  • A Line in the Sand: The Diary of Lucinda Lawrence

    by Sherry Garland Year Published: 1998 Non-Fiction

    For her 12th birthday Lucinda Lawrence receives a diary. In its pages she describes the hardships that her own family, along with others, endure in the fight for Texas freedom.

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  • Come Juneteenth

    by Ann Rinaldi Year Published: 2009 Fiction
    Fear of what might happen drives their conduct, but the tragedy they hoped to avoid is precisely what they incurred. Failing to tell their slaves of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation leads to a tragic end.
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  • Dark Water Rising

    by Marian Hale Year Published: 2006 Fiction

    Through the story of Seth and his family the reader is afforded the emotional roller coaster of the unexpected, the life-changing, the devastating. A historical fiction that does more than allude to history it invites the daring mind to imagine events close enough to feel, see, and touch. 

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  • Fahrenheit 451

    by Ray Bradbury Year Published: 1953 Fiction

    A dystopian society where firemen start fires rather that extinguish them and books are not the gateway to a well informed society, but the enemy of simplicity and order. Guy Montag finds himself spiraling into trouble as he begins to question the value of burning books and promoting nothingness.

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  • Isaac's Storm

    by Erik Larson Year Published: 1999

    Isaac Cline, chief weatherman for Texas and stationed in Galveston, believed no storm could drastically unsettle the enviornment of the island. He was wrong. Galveston was irreparably harmed. Cline suffered great loss. Isaac's Storm offers a narrative disaster, disappointment and drastic change for the island and the human story there.

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  • Night

    by Elie Wiesel Year Published: 1960 Non-Fiction
    After 10 years of silence Wiesel began to write of His experience in the Holocaust. First appearing in Yiddish and titled Un di Velt Hot Geshvign (And the World Remained Silent), later in French, La Nuit, and finally in English as Night. His impact on the world, through providing a lenses into the tragic historic drama, is distinct and compelling.
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  • Texas History Textbook

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    For students, their credentials use their student id:

    Login: AlvinISD_<student id>   (ie: AlvinISD_110239 )

    Pass: <first initial><last initial><student id>  (ie: jd110239 )  <- All Lower Case

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  • The Giver

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: 1993 Fiction

    The Giver is a dystopian novel that follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. As the story progresses the problems of trying to unnaturally control society become apparent.

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  • The Outsiders

    by S.E. Hinton Year Published: 1967 Fiction

    The story is about a 14-year-old boy by the name of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggle with right and wrong in society. Hinto was 15 when she began the novel and was 17 when it was published. The creation of the work itself, along with its popularity, stands as a clear indicator of what young people filled with passion and willing to apply their talent to productive work can accomplish.

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  • Under a Standstill Moon

    by Ann Howard Creel Year Published: 2005

    Echo is born in  a lucky month when  the moon  stood still. Married  to  a high priest, learning the secrets of the stars and planets and watching the disslution of her ancient civilization, the Anasazi, etches the fabric of this story. The mystic and simplistic nature of its narrative stream captivates the mind of the reader who is often preoccupied with tales offering more sophisticated visual images. The unfolding plot invites the reader to discover the depth of despair and hope of what might be. 

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  • Weekend in September

    by John Edward Weems Year Published: 1980

    John Edward Weems account of the Galveston hurricane of 1900, originally written in 1957, gives a stunning description of the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history. Through his words the readers walks through a weekend that rocked worlds and changed lives.

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