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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
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
Red Sea Rescue
It is the ambition of 14-year-old Ibrahim to be a lighthouse-keeper just like his father, Abdul Hussein. Lighthouse Island, where he and his family live, is in a group of tiny islands in the Red Sea, some forty miles off the coast of Egypt. Ibrahim and his younger sister, Saa-la, are used to this...Read more
Old Sam, Dakota Trotter
Re-releasing the first Old Sam story from our previous edition! homesteading in the Dakota Territory of the 1880's would not have been the same for 10-year-old Johnny Scott and his younger brother, Lee, if they'd had to do it without Old Sam. Years before, a sudden, crippling accident had left Sam...Read more
Nacar, The White Deer
A deep friendship springs up between a boy, who had lost his voice and his mother at the same tragic moment, and an ailing albino deer sent from China as a gift to the King of Spain. It is Lalo’s task to nurture the sick deer back to health in the mountains of Mexico so that he will be well enough...Read more
Mystery of the Hidden Face
It is 1963 and neither 11-year-old Jenny Lane nor her older brother, Jerry, had even been born at the time of the division of Germany after WW II. Yet when they unexpectedly become friends with a young, refugee artist from East Germany they feel some of the chill of that tragic split between the...Read more
“Here is one set aside for greatness!” With these prophetic words did Pope Leo IV anoint the four-year-old Prince Alfred, youngest son of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex in England. Deeply influenced from childhood by his brother Ethelred and their wise tutor Bishop Swithin, Alfred became both a scholar...Read more
Prisoners in the Snow
There is more than frost in the air one early spring day in the Austrian Alps. Twelve-year-old twins Toni and Trudi are shoveling a path from their mountain farm to the road—through what they hope is the year’s last snowfall—when they see a red airplane beating away against the blue sky. Suddenly,...Read more
The Cottage at Bantry Bay
This book, written in 1938, offers a vivid picture of an Ireland that has all but disappeared. The O'Sullivan family invite the reader to share their many homely adventures. Michael and Brigid brave the wilds and gypsies on an errand for their injured father and come home with a new friend; twins...Read more