In "The Singing Tree" by Kate Seredy, life changes drastically for Kate and Jancsi when Jancsi's father is called to
battle in World War I and the children are left in charge of the farm.
A charming story about an orphan who goes to live with her distant uncle only to solve a long family mystery.
Funny, memorable story of incorrigible children who discover the true meaning of Christmas. A simple, enchanting tale that has become one of America's favorite Christmas stories.
Incredible true story of a girl so inspired by the Bible that she determines to get a copy—whatever it takes! Timeless, unforgettable, and sure to inspire future generations.
The exciting story of a 16-year-old boy who is determined to conquer the last unconquered summit in the Alps — the very mountain on which his father died fifteen years before.
The story of a Danish family's role in subverting their Nazi oppressor's evil designs. This selection from our read-aloud books is a gripping, moving story.
Gripping poems and stunning illustrations make this anthology enjoyable and accessible. An inviting introduction to timeless poetry, it includes thoughtful introductions to each featured poet—from Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes.
A dramatic, suspenseful tale of Samuel Russell, a pacifist Quaker, and Stands Straight, an Abenaki Indian scouting for King George. In the summer of 1777, these two young boys share an encounter neither will ever forget. Thoughtful.
Alice, after witnessing her father's murder, flees and takes refuge with the choirboys of a large cathedral. Full of intrigue. A great story set in the Elizabethan era.
As a "mudlark," the orphan, Eel, spends his days in the River Thames, searching for odds and ends to sell. As if being an orphan isn't hard enough, Eel is hunted by Fisheye Bill Tyler, the nastiest man on the streets. Add in a secret that costs Eel four shillings a week to keep, and an outbreak of the "blue death," and you have the makings of engaging fiction for young adults.
Bradley. Newbery Honor. A daughter and son, raised by an abusive mother, go to live with a grieving woman in the country when the children of London are evacuated during WWII. There, all three try to recover from their inner wounds. Bits of the Battle of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, what it was like to catch spies, or live next to an air force base, along with an interesting, compelling plot. Excellent.
When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather's painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath! There's just one problem: Theo's grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen. With the help of some unusual new friends, she discovers a side of the city, and grandfather, she never knew.
When a precious ruby is stolen, Seikei is the only witness, and a famous samurai judge needs his help. Soon they are hot on the trail of the ruby — and an unforgettable adventure. A delightful Sherlock Holmes-style mystery.
From 1837 to 1838, thousands of Cherokee Indians were forced to march from their homelands in Georgia to live in exile in Arkansas. Fighting bitter cold and blazing heat with little food or water, one out of every four died. A sad, but moving account of the Trail of Tears.
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Parvana lives in a bombed-out apartment in Afghanistan. When her father is arrested by the Taliban, Parvana must become the breadwinner for her family. Set against the backdrop of war and religious fanaticism, Parvana's struggle to survive is sobering, yet uplifting.
Sookan lives through the brutal Japanese occupation and escapes North Korea during the Communist takeover. An eye-opening story of the human spirit in an unjust world. Sad, but unforgettable.
Jancsi, a Hungarian boy in the early 1900s, is overjoyed that his cousin is coming to spend the summer at his father's ranch on the Hungarian plains. Their summer proves more adventurous than he had hoped when headstrong Kate arrives. A joyous book.