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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
Star of the Mohawk:Kateri Tekakwitha
In the 1600s, New France was the arena for both violent upheaval and powerful change. On one hand, longtime enmity between the Mohawk nation of the Iroquois and the Algonquins of New France fuels aggressive competition for the fur trade with Europeans. On the other hand, many Algonquins, as well as...Read more
The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menendez
Pedro Menéndez of Aviles is an unfamiliar name to many Americans—and yet in 1565 this remarkable man founded St. Augustine, the oldest continually-inhabited city in North America. Growing up in Asturia, Spain, the young Pedro becomes a master at handling boats, with an instinctive knowledge of the...Read more