Woody's World is the story of a boy growing up during the Great Depression. Most of the chapters are based on true stories so your students will get a true feel for how families coped with losing everything when the banks crashed.
The digital copy of this book is free on Teachers Pay Teachers, but you can order paperback copies on amazon.com
I have also created an 8-week study guide for Middle School students divided by grouped chapters and has many different activities in each. Your work is done for one whole marking period if you choose to have your students read this book as part of your curriculum.
And don't worry about approval from the Board of Education - other boards have wholeheartedly backed this book and the activities.