North America

The five Mitchell children are based on the author's own family. In the first of three books about their adventures, Daddy has just gone off to World War II. One of his final words to his daughter Joan is, No dogs! She would dearly love such a pet, but life is full and so many new friends-pets as...Read more
The Wonderful Day
A hot July day with thunderheads, and a violent storm to come; a day with hidden heaviness for Uncle Joseph, who fears he may lose Five Bushel Farm; a secretly anxious day for Andrew, who goes with Sally to meet their old friend Pierre; a day in which Sally and Andrew will race courageously against...Read more
Madeleine Takes Command
Madeleine Verchère's story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690's. Harassed by Iroquois, the Verchère family's fort must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the Indians attack. We follow the brave and...Read more
Long Rifle Vanguard
E.H.Staffelbach’s third book in this series concerned the pioneer expedition to Oregon of 1832. His second, using several of the same characters, concentrated on the struggle to bring Texas into the Union. In this third and final book he returns to Oregon: it is spring 1843 and preparations are...Read more
Gid Granger
World War II is reaching into the small, remote Vermont village of Gilead, and Eben Granger, oldest of the Granger offspring, is off to join the fight. With careful, specific instructions, Eben entrusts the care of the family farm, their mother and 15-year-old sister, Cissie, to Gid’s care. Though...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
The Frosty Filly
Frances D’Affrey, twelve years old, had been abruptly transplanted from England to New York City after the death of her father in World War II. Now, desperate to escape from Aunt Letitia, her unwilling and unloving guardian, she dresses in boy’s clothing and runs off in search of a friend of her...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
Fighting Coach
Dave Burnell is a coach in a tough spot. Hailed as the wave of the future just two short years before when he took over the struggling Sanborn College football team, success has proven to be far from easy. Finally, as his third year ends, a glimmer of hope has arisen among the Sanborn faithful as...Read more