Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.)

Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.)

The Switherby Pilgrims
Miss Arabella Braithewaite of Switherby knows there is no future for the ten orphans—a remarkable mix of genteel and working class children—she has gathered together in these years of England’s grim factory growth in the early 1820s. Her plan, quite outrageous in the eyes of most, is to take the...Read more
The Fairchild family is here again and this time, Bonnie is old enough to begin the great adventure—School! We join Bonnie in the excruciating anticipation of the first day, when she will wear her new dress, carry a first reader and slate, and-displaying nonchalance as she braves the swinging...Read more
A Day On Skates
2007 Commemorative edition. With this 1935 Newbery Honor book, author/illustrator Hilda van Stockum made her debut into the world of children’s books. Within its pages she adroitly captures Dutch life as it was in the early part of this century. Twins Afke and Evert have a particularly...Read more
Francie On The Run
Young Francie O'Sullivan, from the Irish family we first met in The Cottage at Bantry Bay has had a successful operation in a Dublin hospital, but longs to return to his beloved family in County Cork. He heads out the hospital door, no permission asked, and finds a train-won't any train do? Francie...Read more
Happy Times in Noisy Village
Welcome to Noisy Village! Well, it's not really quite what it sounds. Lisa, who tells the story, lives on Middle Farm with her parents and two brothers, Karl and Bill. Britta and Anna live at North Farm and Olaf and Kerstin live at South Farm. It is because the houses are right next door to each...Read more
The Kitchen Madonna
Marta is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night. Marta is always there; and the children, sensing...Read more
Happy Little Family
It is a good thing that mothers understand what no one else seems to when you are the youngest child in the family, and are finally four years old. Bonnie is more than ready to join her older sisters and brother in the many adventures she sees come their way, whether it be sliding along the ice,...Read more
Schoolroom in the Parlor
School in the Kentucky hills goes from August to the last Friday before Christmas. After that the snows are too high, and later, the thawing rivers too full, for the Fairchild children, and their neighbors, the Wattersons, the Sawyers, and the Huffs to make it safely to the little school house in...Read more
The five Mitchell children are based on the author's own family. In the first of three books about their adventures, Daddy has just gone off to World War II. One of his final words to his daughter Joan is, No dogs! She would dearly love such a pet, but life is full and so many new friends-pets as...Read more
Philomena
It has long been the custom for every 12-year-old girl from Philomena’s village to go to the city to do “service” as housemaids—before coming home to be married. But Philomena’s aunt had gone and never returned. On her deathbed, Babushka instructs her little granddaughter to go to Prague and find...Read more