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In sparkling prose, the author retells Book One of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene for young readers. Celebrating the lost age of knights and chivalry, the story follows the young Redcrosse Knight as he faces a series of trials that will bring him to the final task laid upon him by the Fairy...Read more
Betsy's Up-And-Down Year
This is the fifth and final book in the Latsch Valley Farm series, recounting the lives of four generations of a Polish-American extended family, living in neighbouring homesteads in Wisconsin. A sequel to Willow Wind Farm, we follow Betsy Korb, now aged eight going on nine, as she learns the...Read more
Galewood Crossing
Just before warmhearted tomboy Tildy and her family—Mr. and Mrs. Gale, two older brothers and two older sisters and young Tommy—leave their home in Ohio for a tiny new settlement in the wilds of Wisconsin, Grandma says: “Lots of times, Tildy, things won’t seem very cheerful—they’ll seem pretty hard...Read more
For Texas and Freedom
In this second of three stories in his series about the westward growth of the United States, E. H. Staffelbach picks up the tale of Pierre Garonne as he and his friends enter the fight to wrest Texas from the threat of a Mexican takeover by the dictator Santa Anna. Though born in New Orleans of...Read more
First Farm in the Valley
Six-year-old Anna Pellowski’s older siblings, Jacob, Franciszek, Barney, Mary and Pauline are exposed to English at school, but only Polish is spoken at home. The younger children—Anna, Julian, Anton barely know a word of their new country’s language, but then neither do many of their neighbors...Read more
The Kitchen Madonna
Marta is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night. Marta is always there; and the children, sensing...Read more
Bonnie and Debbie’s desire to get rich causes them to respond to a sure-thing magazine advertisement. They are soon embarked upon an ambitious summer of selling “up and down the river.” Not that circumstances end quite in the way they had imagined! In a surprising flurry of trading, the girls...Read more
Happy Little Family
It is a good thing that mothers understand what no one else seems to when you are the youngest child in the family, and are finally four years old. Bonnie is more than ready to join her older sisters and brother in the many adventures she sees come their way, whether it be sliding along the ice,...Read more
“Here is one set aside for greatness!” With these prophetic words did Pope Leo IV anoint the four-year-old Prince Alfred, youngest son of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex in England. Deeply influenced from childhood by his brother Ethelred and their wise tutor Bishop Swithin, Alfred became both a scholar...Read more
One Week of Danger
“Are they going to kill us?” Jem asked Dave. He had reason to be afraid. The two 12-year-olds had been able to warn their village of the Shawnee raid, only to be captured themselves by the warriors. It is the year 1788, and the boys, who had journeyed to Kentucky from Virginia with their families...Read more