Europe

High in the Samnium Mountains of southern Italy, Chloé, daughter of a Roman patrician and his Greek wife, lives as a slave. The mysterious and tragic story of Chloé's birth is told and retold to her by her fellow-slave Melissa, who served her mother and now cares for the young Chloé. But hatred for...Read more
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
Wailing sirens and clanging church bells awaken Dirk, Klaas and the rest of the Van Rossem family. The brothers stumble out of bed into knee deep water and hear the cry all Hollanders dread: “Dike gave way! Dike gave way! Get to your attics!” Diving from the attic window, 17-year-old Klaas braves...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 Lost Baron
Martin, son of Sir Anselm of the Hollow, risks his life in more ways than one in this fast-paced story of Cornwall in the year 1200. King Richard is dead and John is king, a ruler ever ready for more money in his treasury whether it comes there honestly or not. When the Baron Eric mysteriously...Read more
The Lion of Poland: The Story of Paderewski
Ignace Jan Paderewski was born in Poland in November, 1860. At his death in 1940, he was honored by burial in the Arlington Cemetery. As a boy, young Ignace saw repeated Polish rebellions against the controlling foreign powers fail. He determines that the way to help Poland become free and united...Read more
Casimir Pulaski is most remembered as the dashing Polish cavalry officer who aids the United States’ fight for independence with daring feats of courage and strategy. As a child, already a gifted horseman, he learns from his father Joseph Pulaski, a statesman and landowner, what it means to stand...Read more