Lou and her best friend Benzer were hoping for a little excitement for the upcoming summer vacation, so when Lou overhears news that the city was trying to take her family's home away, she begins hatching a plan to get it declared an historical landmark. While digging around, Lou discovers a diary that belonged to a great-great grandparent that leads to clues about some missing Civil War era gold. If Lou and Benzer can find the gold, they may be able to save the house!
Last in a Long Line of Rebels (Lexile: 660; Interest Level: Grades 4-7) by Lisa Lewis Tyre brings history, especially family history, to life in this realistic fiction story that pulls strongly on ideas of knowing where our families have come from. It certainly belongs on the list as a 2017-2018 Indian Paintbrush Nominee. (288 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.