I’m pretty good at remembering all the books I read in all grades at school, but it just occurred to me that we read one in fifth grade that I don’t remember the title of.
It was about American pioneers, I think. The one incident that stands out in my memory is that they run out of coffee, and the mother gets a terrible headache without it. She tries to roast dandelion roots to make “coffee” with but it doesn’t help. Finally they come across someone who has some.
All I know about the book besides that is murky: it was the 1990-1991 school year, the teacher was a man and all the other books he chose had male protagonists (and I think the POV character in this story was the son).