Since my 8th graders are starting with Revolutionary War and the Constitution, I want to do a novel study relating to that. Right now, I am debating between My Brother Sam is Dead or Chains. I have more boys than girls and they are high, but reluctant readers. I would think this means I should read My Brother Sam is Dead but I am having trouble getting through it. Chains seems much more interesting. What do you all think I should teach? Or is there an even better book I am missing?