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Whether twelve-year-old Erik is running through the forest above the Swedish coast or camping with his friends, he is looking for an opportunity to snap the perfect photograph. When a thrush's call lures Erik off the route of a cross-country race, he finds himself down on the shoreline next to the...Read more
Ten-year-old Kaatje’s lively but impulsive nature catapults her into various mishaps and is a source of annoyance to her older brother, Karel. Leaving their neat Netherlands' home and dressed up in traditional Dutch costumes, she and Karel travel down the local canal with the rest of their...Read more
Eleven-year-old Arne can't wait to be old enough to travel from his small Norwegian fishing village to far-away places like his older brother, Gustav. Not only does Gustav make seafaring journeys up the fjord, but he will soon sail to South America on the steamship Stjerne, or Star. The Stjerne is...Read more
Apprenticed to his uncle Joris Hessels, a respected Netherlands cloth-merchant, 14-year-old Steven finds himself plagued by worry for his future. He frets that his status as a penniless orphan undercuts his prospects for entering the wealthy world of commerce and its links to the glamorous life of...Read more
On a wintry day a few weeks before Christmas, orphans Peter and Trudi arrive on their great aunt's doorstep hoping to find a home for the winter and a merry holiday with Tante Maria. But their aunt can barely support herself, much less care for two children and, while some of the Swiss townspeople...Read more
More than anything else, Michel wants to get his grand'maman a donkey for Christmas. Though short of money, he has plenty of courage and determination. Amidst the mountainous country of southeastern France, Michel finds himself delivering bread, herding goats, and making business deals. For all his...Read more
The Franciscan friars, led by the intrepid Father Junipero Serra, have arrived in California to bring the Gospel message to the Indian tribes. One life that is changed forever is that of the tribeless boy, Aptos. Touched by the deep love Father Serra shows to all he meets, Aptos soon becomes eager...Read more
Raised by a wise Philadelphia banker-papa and a loving, devout step-mother, Katharine Drexel is uniquely equipped to confront a distressing failing within the century-old nation of the United States. In the 1880’s, the lack of educational opportunities for Native and Black Americans is appalling,...Read more
The Door of Hope: The Story of Katherine Drexel
Raised by a wise Philadelphia banker-papa and a loving, devout step-mother, Katharine Drexel is uniquely equipped to confront a distressing failing within the century-old nation of the United States. In the 1880’s, the lack of educational opportunities for Native and Black Americans is appalling,...Read more
Margaret Haughery: Bread Woman of New Orleans
In 1836, after the death of her husband and child, Irish-born Margaret Haughery (Haw-er-y) finds herself alone and penniless in a strange city—New Orleans. It is after she obtains work as a hotel laundress right next door to where the Sisters of Charity take in orphans that Margaret’s life takes on...Read more