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Polly Kent Rides West
On April 5, 1849 a wagon train is ready to leave Rock Island, Illinois, heading for California in search of gold. Among these hopeful pioneers—but ostracized because the train will take no women—is a young woman from Wabash River, below Terre Haute, traveling alone with her own light wagon. Polly...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
Debbie Barnes, Trader
Though Debby Barnes rode, hunted, dressed and worked more like a boy than a 15-year-old girl, she never forgot her dead mother’s admonition to “never let yourself down,” and strove to live up to the family’s motto: “We live forever.” This meant speaking good English, watching over her frivolous...Read more
Arrow Messenger
After being ridiculed by other boys in his Mongolian village, Dashan, nearly fourteen years old, is anxiously considering his chances for entering warrior training. Just at that moment, a messenger racing through the settlement makes Dashan resolve that he will be not only a warrior but also an...Read more
The Lost Wagon
For years, Joe Tower has worked in servitude in the Missouri farm country—first for five years to his grudging father-in-law; then as a hired man working to save a little for his own place; and now in the 1850’s on a small farm owned more by the bank than by him. When he catches a glimpse of...Read more
Copper Country Adventure
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harlow is on his own and nearly penniless in a remote area on the shores of Lake Superior—territory that is just now, in 1846, being developed for its copper riches. After leaving his widowed mother behind in Maine, Steve and his Uncle Mark had set off on the slow journey by...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
Crazy Legs McBain
Hal McBain has always been the underdog. Growing up in the shadow of his cousin, star-athlete Lance McCabe, Hal and his widowed mother scraped along with the little they had—with occasional, grudging help from his wealthy uncle. Hal enters Buell College with a warning from that same uncle echoing...Read more
Backfield Twins
Neil and Ray Kilbourn are a familiar sight on the stately and storied campus of Bushnell College. They are also equally recognizable as Numbers 33 and 35 on the football field, carrying the ball and crashing aside would-be tacklers for the Pioneers. Affectionately known as the ‘Touchdown Twins,’...Read more
The Black Tiger
Man-killer—the unfavorable tag too often assigned by racing drivers and crews alike to an innovative car that has not yet been fully tested and tried on the hot asphalt of the race track. In the road race circuit of the western United States of the late 1950’s, there aren’t many such prototype cars...Read more