American Westward Settlement

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
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
Mark Wallace’s livelihood, crew, and life are in peril as his mailboat, the Alaskan, heads for churning waters funneling between rocky shores—with a disabled engine. Discovering sabotage, Mark repairs the Diesel in time to right their course and score one more victory in his three-year war against...Read more
It’s going to be “the biggest hoss race in the world!” Homesteaders are set to race on horseback, in gigs and wagons, and even by train to stake their claim in the Cherokee Strip, the last bit of Oklahoma Territory opened for settlement in 1893. Nearly one hundred thousand settlers will...Read more
Devastated by losses in both livestock and crops on the Kansas prairie in the late 1870's, Steve and his parents push farther west to Colorado for a fresh beginning. The raw nature of the landscape and wildlife—still untamed by developing trains and canals—captivates Steve. Yet the consequent lack...Read more
In this exciting sequel to Desperate Journey, Jonse and his new foster parents set out to make a home on the edge of the wilderness. Together with a group of hardy pioneers, they settle along the banks of the Big Sandy River in Kentucky. The settlers keep ever watchful vigilance against Indian...Read more
Orphaned by an Indian raid, twelve-year-old Jonse Deerfield now lives under the control of his harsh guardian, Roscoe Thurston, in the wild frontier country of Virginia. The possibility of escaping from Roscoe comes unexpectedly when two trappers, Silas and Ezra, save Jonse from two murderous...Read more
Black Robe Peacemaker: Pierre de Smet
In 1867 the President of the United States set up a commission of three generals to end the wars with the Sioux Indians for good—he hoped!—through a just treaty. Only one person in all the United States, the commissioners thought, just might be acceptable by the Sioux for parley: the priest-...Read more
Frontier Priest and Congressman: Father Gabriel Richard, S.S.
A heroic priest meets frontier Detroit: readers are assured of a colorful encounter. The priest is Father Gabriel Richard, who was born in France in the latter half of the 18th century and had experienced the many horrors of the French revolution. After his ordination as a Sulpician priest in 1791...Read more
Simon Brute and the Western Adventure
During France’s days of turmoil in the 1790s, thirteen-year-old Simon Bruté, helping hide priests from the guillotine, little imagines the path his ardent soul will travel. When the Reign of Terror calms down, Bruté goes to Paris; he wins honors at the College of Medicine. But now responding to a...Read more