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Ludwig van Beethoven, born to a loving mother but a lazy and erratic father, finds solace in his paternal grandfather’s gentle attention. His grandfather takes little Ludwig for walks, plays tunes on the piano, and sings him folk songs. After his grandfather dies, Ludwig’s life is harsher,...Read more
Joseph Haydn—a boy willing to skip recess to hear his teacher play violin—leaves home at age six to pursue proper music training. He travels to Vienna at age eight to be educated in the cathedral’s choir. While training there, Joseph indulges in his other great love: pranks. At thirteen he is an...Read more
In the musical Mozart family, little Wolfgang is known for his energy, riddles, and original ditties. Then his father discovers he can play a minuet at age three, write a clavier concerto solo at age five and a symphony at age eight. Wolfgang’s father travels Europe introducing his son and daughter...Read more
The Sea Tiger: The Story of Pedro Menendez
Pedro Menéndez of Aviles is an unfamiliar name to many Americans—and yet in 1565 this remarkable man founded St. Augustine, the oldest continually-inhabited city in North America. Growing up in Asturia, Spain, the young Pedro becomes a master at handling boats, with an instinctive knowledge of the...Read more
Penelope Ellen
Lively, copper-curled Penelope Ellen Purvis has bravely but sadly waved goodbye to her beloved father and mother. Captain Purvis of the sailing ship Mercator has taken his wife on board with him and they will be gone a whole year. Penny is to stay in the New England town of Newburyport, where she...Read more
Tabitha Mary
A terrifying prospect lies on the horizon of a small orphan girl named Tabitha. Having been well-taught by two older Quaker ladies to be useful— and thrifty and sober and self-denying—Tabitha Mary is about to be taken in by a distant cousin and his wife notorious for their miserly ways. Happily, Mr...Read more
Fear in the Forest
There was only one way to make Ohio territory safe for the settlers, and that was to defeat the Indians. In the early 1790’s, both General Harmar and General St. Clair’s troops had tried and tragically failed, and now fear was running rampant along the Ohio Territory frontier. This nightmare...Read more
The Mystery of the Periodic Table
Leads the reader on a delightful and absorbing journey through the ages, on the trail of the elements of the Periodic Table as we know them today. He introduces the young reader to people like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, and many others, all incredibly diverse in...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
One Week of Danger
“Are they going to kill us?” Jem asked Dave. He had reason to be afraid. The two 12-year-olds had been able to warn their village of the Shawnee raid, only to be captured themselves by the warriors. It is the year 1788, and the boys, who had journeyed to Kentucky from Virginia with their families...Read more