America's War Heroes

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For Grades 6 - 8

America’s War Heroes: Notable Lives from History is a fun and engaging reader for students or anyone with a love for American history. Explore the lives and accomplishments of 10 remarkable heroes from the American War for Independence, The War of 1812, The Civil War, World War 1, and World War 2. These fascinating stories incorporate well for students in grades 6-8 in many areas of study including history, language arts, vocabulary words and definitions, and cultural insights.

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What a Character! Notable Lives from History Series

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SKU M342-1
Manufacturer Master Books
Weight (in lbs) 1.00
Title America's War Heroes
Series What A Character! Notable Lives from History
ISBN 13 9781683443421
Contributors Marilyn Boyer
Binding Paperback
Page Count 128
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 7 x 9

America’s War Heroes: Notable Lives from History offers you a fantastic way to give your 6th – 8th grade level students reading practice. Student’s will enjoy the full color illustrations, maps, war stories, and easy-to-find vocabulary worlds and definitions. Exciting for anyone who enjoys American history, this reader features the life stories and accomplishments of 10 notable war heroes from the American War of Independence, The War of 1812, The Civil War, World War 1 and World War 2 including:

  • Ethan Allen
  • Daniel Morgan
  • Francis Marion
  • John Paul Jones
  • Stephen Decatur
  • David Farragut
  • John Mosby
  • Sergeant York
  • Jake Deshazer
  • Desmond Doss

Your students will be inspired by the remarkable accounts of these heroes to apply their God-given talents and opportunities to impact their generation and possibly change the world!

America’s War Heroes is part of the What a Character! Series which can be used alongside Master Books curriculum for reading practice or to dive deeper on topics that are of special interest to the students. The stories incorporate well with history, language arts, vocabulary words and definitions, as well as science, innovation, and cultural insights.


Table of Contents

  • The American War of Independence
    • 1. Ethan Allen and His Green Mountain Boys
    • 2. Daniel Morgan and His Sharpshooters
    • 3. Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox
    • 4. John Paul Jones, "I Have Not Yet Begun to Fight"
  • The War of 1812
    • 5. Stephen Decatur and the Pirates
    • 6. David Farragut — Boy at Sea
  • The Civil War
    • 7. Mosby — The Gray Ghost of the Confederacy
  • World War I
    • 8. Sergeant York — Unlikely Hero
  • World War II
    • 9. Jake Deshazer — From Prisoner to Preacher
    • 10. Desmond Doss — The Unarmed Hero
  • Glossary
  • Corresponding Curriculum
  • Endnotes
So helpful!
Review by Lara
This is a great addition to add on with your SS lessons for the student and teacher. We really enjoy having this for additional info on our subjects for several grade levels
Excellent book for boys who are hesitant to read
Review by Jacinda (Morning Basket Books)
Some of our kids are natural bookworms; others need a little more encouragement to read.

I know a book must be exceptionally interesting if I catch them completely engrossed in the story of their own accord.

Such was the case with Marilyn Boyer's new book, "America's War Heroes," and our 12 year old son, who ate it up the second it arrived in the mail.

Although the layout of the book looks somewhat textbookish, with vocabulary words and definitions denoted in the margins, the biographical sketches themselves read very much like a living book, intertwining fact and narrative to draw the reader into the story.

My personal favorite story was of Sergeant Jacob Deshazer, who, once with a goal of taking revenge upon the Japanese for the attacks on Pearl Harbor, wound up captured and tortured beyond anything we could ever imagine, and then, by a miracle of grace, returned to the place of his imprisonment with a new heart, love and forgiveness for the people he once hated, and witnessed the salvation of his former prison guards.

These are the kind of lives I want our children to be acquainted with and aspire to.

Ten such stories featuring influential, visionary men of character (Ethan Allen, Daniel Morgan, Francis Marion, John Paul Jones, Stephen Decatur, David Farragut, John Mosby, Sergeant York, Jake Deshazer, and Desmond Doss) are included in America's War Heroes.

I'd highly recommend Marilyn Boyer's new book for boys aged 9 and up, especially hesitant readers, or as an aid in the study of American History.
A great introduction to war heros
Review by Laura
This book is a fantastic way to introduce your kids to people in history. It is so important to learn about the men who fought so hard for our freedom. There are 5 wars that have a quick description at the beginning of each section. Each person in this book has a short & easy to read story about their part in the war. Any words that might be a challenge to young readers are defined right on the page. The illustrations are fun & help kids stay engaged to the story. This book can be used for pure enjoyment or an add on to curriculum. A list of Master Books curriculum that would be good to use this book with is included.
Informational and Inspiring
Review by Dawn
This book is comprised of stories about multiple different heroes from a variety of wars beginning with the American Revolution. The stories are well-written and make for great read-alouds. We add one into our morning time routine and appreciate that they teach both history and character. The stories are only around ten pages per person, which makes them easy to read in one sitting. Students could also read them independently.
One of my favorite books!
Review by JoyfulMommy
From my eleven-year-old son: “This is one of my favorite books just to sit and read! The stories are so descriptive, I almost feel like I’m there in the battles! I especially liked reading about Jacob DeShazer and how he fought in a war with Japan, became a Christian while in prison there, and later went back to Japan as a missionary. I like the glossary and that the words are introduced one by one on the side of the page as I read the book. The illustrations make it seem more real, too. Highly recommend!”
Action Packed and Inspiring
Review by Michael
This is an excellent resource to learn about historical war heroes. I appreciate how the author takes time to share details about each person's life that may not otherwise be known. I also like how throughout each chapter as new terminology is introduced, there is a side bar that defines the words so one can stay engaged with the reading and not wonder what something means. The accounts shared are action packed and one can visualize the events taking place. Overall the stories told are inspiring for readers of all ages.
Excellent Resource!
Review by Rebecca
American War Heroes is an excellent book to have on your bookshelf at home! My kids love all things history, and I love that I can offer them a book that is age-appropriate.

Included in this book are brief overviews of the American Revolution, The War of 1812, the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Each war overview is followed by biographies about the notable men involved during that specific war or period. We loved the maps that are included showing the locations of each major battle along with the date it occurred.

I appreciate the vocabulary words that are given throughout this book. It can be used as a stand-alone to dig into the lives of these heroes OR you can incorporate it into your other studies by using the amazing resource at the end of the book that lists corresponding curriculum. We are going through America’s Story right now and I love that we will be able to use this book to dig deeper into the lives of the notable men included in this book.
We love this!
Review by Crystal
We are loving this book! It’s perfect for a morning basket or can be read alone by the student. The stories are relatively short but offer a great overview and interesting details about each war hero and the battles they were involved in. While reading, we all find fun facts that we want to share with others. I love how the author made the stories so informative, yet fun and interesting. The text is also broken up with sub headings, pictures, and definitions, making it easy to read. This is definitely something that we look forward to reading each day!
The ideal fun history reader
Review by Audrey525
The new series of readers, geared for 4th-8th grade are a welcome addition to the MasterBooks line up. We are always on the lookout for readers that are engaging and desirable for that age to want to pick up on their own! The “What a Character” readers certainly fit that description! There are vocabulary words built in and just the right amount of illustrations. Biographies add an element to history that makes the war stories so much more real. Hearing that a soldier was afraid and prayed in that moment is a point we can connect with and understand. I believe this element is so important to history lessons. I can imagine my kids re-reading these books many times, and they are a great series to be on every shelf! I will be collecting every one of them.
Engaging Stories
Review by Kathleen C
This book tells the stories of several heroes during the American Revoltion, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, and World War II. The stories are engaging, great to keep a young readers interest.
Included are many definitions throughout the stories with a glossary in the back of the book.
Also included are maps of the battles. The back of the book also contains a comparison chart for using these stories alongside other Master Books curriculum.
This is a great history resource for a young reader.

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