Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.)

Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.)

As the American Revolution rages, fourteen-year-old Will Hawkins returns from school in Staunton to find his “Over-Mountain” home of Watauga, North Carolina, interspersed with traitorous Tories and raiding Indians. The rest of the North Carolinians have proved indifferent to their Over-Mountain...Read more
The Glen Hazard boys—Dale Gillow, Vester Lane, and Sadler Jones—return from a camping trip with Vester’s older brother Chadburn to find the Lane family uprooted from their home on Red Hill. Vester and Chad’s sister, Thelma, left alone at the house, had been run off by Government men who promised to...Read more
Ludwig van Beethoven, born to a loving mother but a lazy and erratic father, finds solace in his paternal grandfather’s gentle attention. His grandfather takes little Ludwig for walks, plays tunes on the piano, and sings him folk songs. After his grandfather dies, Ludwig’s life is harsher,...Read more
Joseph Haydn—a boy willing to skip recess to hear his teacher play violin—leaves home at age six to pursue proper music training. He travels to Vienna at age eight to be educated in the cathedral’s choir. While training there, Joseph indulges in his other great love: pranks. At thirteen he is an...Read more
In the musical Mozart family, little Wolfgang is known for his energy, riddles, and original ditties. Then his father discovers he can play a minuet at age three, write a clavier concerto solo at age five and a symphony at age eight. Wolfgang’s father travels Europe introducing his son and daughter...Read more
When Jason Potter’s older brother Eph heads off to join the Ohio militia under General Harrison’s command, Jason goes with him. It is the fall of 1812, and General Harrison is preparing to lead his men in a campaign against the combined forces of Chief Tecumseh and British General Proctor in the...Read more
Recently voted into the Union, the Kansas Territory of 1855 has the power to decide whether it will be "free" or "slave." Webb Morse's father, unwilling to simply donate to the cause of freedom, uproots his family from their comfortable Boston home to fight from the center of the Free State...Read more
Jim’s restless older brother Reuben is always chasing a new scheme to make money in America of the 1890’s. But fourteen-year-old Jim determines to find a way to stay on the Arkansas prairie. Moving to the prairie years ago had been Reuben’s first venture to make his fortune. The land was advertised...Read more
The year is 1774 and Nathanael Greene is a born-and-raised, peace-loving Quaker, running his family's forge and expected to take his place as an important member of the Society of Friends, just as his father before him. But as the tensions between the colonists and the British increase, Greene...Read more
Thirteen-year-old Lars Olsen experiences Dakota Territory’s harsh living conditions in the 1880’s, with its summers’ sweeping prairie fires and winters’ bone-chilling blizzards. But he also believes in the land’s potential of being good farm country. As drought causes a second year’s loss of wheat...Read more