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The Glen Hazard boys—Dale Gillow, Vester Lane, and Sadler Jones—return from a camping trip with Vester’s older brother Chadburn to find the Lane family uprooted from their home on Red Hill. Vester and Chad’s sister, Thelma, left alone at the house, had been run off by Government men who promised to...Read more
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
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
Recently voted into the Union, the Kansas Territory of 1855 has the power to decide whether it will be "free" or "slave." Webb Morse's father, unwilling to simply donate to the cause of freedom, uproots his family from their comfortable Boston home to fight from the center of the Free State...Read more
Thirteen-year-old Lars Olsen experiences Dakota Territory’s harsh living conditions in the 1880’s, with its summers’ sweeping prairie fires and winters’ bone-chilling blizzards. But he also believes in the land’s potential of being good farm country. As drought causes a second year’s loss of wheat...Read more
Mark Wallace’s livelihood, crew, and life are in peril as his mailboat, the Alaskan, heads for churning waters funneling between rocky shores—with a disabled engine. Discovering sabotage, Mark repairs the Diesel in time to right their course and score one more victory in his three-year war against...Read more
It’s going to be “the biggest hoss race in the world!” Homesteaders are set to race on horseback, in gigs and wagons, and even by train to stake their claim in the Cherokee Strip, the last bit of Oklahoma Territory opened for settlement in 1893. Nearly one hundred thousand settlers will...Read more
Sixteen-year-old Lon Cope wants to be like his father, Jess, working among the mining engineers exploring and developing the huge Alaska Territory of the 1920's. When Jess Cope, as superintendent, is blamed for the Board of Directors’ shutdown of a gold mine, the mine is branded “Cope’s Swindle.”...Read more
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
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