Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.)

Modern Era (1700-1950 A.D.)

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
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
The Wonderful Day
A hot July day with thunderheads, and a violent storm to come; a day with hidden heaviness for Uncle Joseph, who fears he may lose Five Bushel Farm; a secretly anxious day for Andrew, who goes with Sally to meet their old friend Pierre; a day in which Sally and Andrew will race courageously against...Read more
After one adventurous, but fairly safe voyage, Aunt Nannie reluctantly allows Sally to sail away again, this time into the Mediterranean Sea—and right into the clutches of the Barbary Coast pirates. Taken captive, Sally is exposed to a way of life very different from the protected one she has known...Read more
Jamberoo Road
Five years ago, in 1825, Missabella and her ten orphans—the “Switherby Pilgrims”—had voyaged from England to New South Wales, in primitive Australia. By dint of tough pioneering work they had turned their coastal land grant into a true, if rustic, home. Missabella, now, is determined to provide for...Read more
Bonnie and Debbie’s desire to get rich causes them to respond to a sure-thing magazine advertisement. They are soon embarked upon an ambitious summer of selling “up and down the river.” Not that circumstances end quite in the way they had imagined! In a surprising flurry of trading, the girls...Read more
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey
Twelve-year-old Chico Filippo, whose own donkeys were confiscated years before by the German army, can't stay away from the newly set up American Remount Depot. Here, in the last months of World War II in Italy, thousands of supply mules and donkeys are processed and sent on to the fierce mountain...Read more