Books We Read: Queen Anne’s War and William Penn

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This week, we studied dissenters in America and the Age of Reason.

Next week, we’re looking at colonists and the Native Americans.  Look for that post next Friday!

(Again, this isn’t a comprehensive list of our resources… just some of the extra reading we enjoyed.)

Queen Anne’s War, JoAnn A. Grote (Historical Fiction, Grades 4-6)

Phillip from book #4 (last week’s read) was the great-grandfather of Will and Beth in Queen Anne’s War.  The children live in Boston during the war of 1710.  I love the fact that these books address character issues in such an honest, true-to-biblical-principles way.  I’m really glad we chose to supplement our literature with this series.  Since there are 48 of them, they’ll last us through next year as well!  Anyway, the Smith family suffers through the war, with one of their own leaving to fight, and the English soldiers raiding (politely) their food stores for the winter.  When their family member dies, the realities of war hit home.

This is book #5 in The American Adventure series – 48 consecutive books from Barbour.  Though the series is out of print, it was produced in the late 1990′s, and there are still lots of copies floating around.  I got most of mine in a large lot on eBay.  When I’m looking for a series, that’s my favorite way to buy, as it really lowers the cost of shipping (per book).

Freedom Seeker: A Story about William Penn, Gwyneth Swain  (Biography, Grades 3-5)

This is an interesting biography focusing on Penn’s life before he came to America.  The focus is his relationship with his father, his conversion to the Quaker religion, and his persecution for his faith.  The government William Penn formed in Pennsylvania allowed freedom for all religions, and was the basis of much of our current government.  Penn is an important figure in American history, and this was a nice introduction.

1 Timothy  and 2 Timothy (The Bible!)

I wasn’t really sure how handing the boys a Bible and having them read 2 chapters a day would go.  I’m liking it.  They’re learning to develop a daily Bible-reading habit, and they’re really thinking about what they read.  We’ve had some fascinating conversations; sometimes weeks after they’ve read a particular passage.  God’s working on their hearts.  How great is that?

What did your family read last week?

~ Danika Cooley

Danika Cooley is a freelance children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr., Pockets, Devozine, Keys for Kids, and Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters.  

This post is linked to Holy Spirit-led Homeschooling and Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers’ Weekly Wrap-Up.


  1. says

    Those look like great books! My daughter has a reading schedule in the back of her Bible that she’s been following, such an important skill to learn, reading straight from the Word. We’ve been reading a few things: Miracle on Maple Hill, Usborne’s True War Stories (I and II WW’s), and the Hobbit. :)

    • says


      The books you all are reading sound great as well! I can remember my mom reading The Hobbit to me … I made a huge map on that computer paper with the holes on the side…

      Reading the Bible for themselves is SO important. I absolutely agree with you.

      ~ Danika

  2. says

    Those sound like interesting books. We are studying American history next year, so I am looking out for all kinds of good recommendations! Do you have a reading list you are working from to find good fiction and biographies, or do you just explore/research on your own to find good ones for your family?

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