Interesting history books for middle school readers include “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia,” “Profiles In Courage,” and “Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust.” “The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia” by Cathleen Fleming is an absorbing and illustrative account that depicts the excesses of imperial Europe and how the oppression of the masses brought down one of Europe’s most powerful and enduring political dynasties.
“Profiles In Courage” by John F. Kennedy details the late president’s admiration of the heroic and brave actions of eight U.S. senators who stood up for what they believed was right in the face of adverse reactions from the public and their peers. It is an excellent description of leaders who eschewed popularity, re-election and party favoritism in favor of allowing conscience and principle dictate their actions.
“Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust“ by Doreen Rappaport details the bravery and heroic efforts of people who resisted unjust persecution and helped those in need before and during World War II and the horrors endured by these people. It shows how political demagoguery led to an entire nation acting without a conscience in modern times while the rest of the world remained unable or unwilling to prevent it.