"Bud, Not Buddy" would be a great book to introduce the students to the life of a African American back in the 1930s. Even though the events are heartbreaking, it is a part of our history and every child must know what African Americans went through to gain their freedom. Let's read this after we having discussed in detail the historical events and then let's have a written reflection on the book and the historical events. It is a great historical marker but also a good book to incorporate reflection journals. This book would be most appropriate for a 5th grade class.