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Margaret Haughery: Bread Woman of New Orleans
In 1836, after the death of her husband and child, Irish-born Margaret Haughery (Haw-er-y) finds herself alone and penniless in a strange city—New Orleans. It is after she obtains work as a hotel laundress right next door to where the Sisters of Charity take in orphans that Margaret’s life takes on...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
High in the Samnium Mountains of southern Italy, Chloé, daughter of a Roman patrician and his Greek wife, lives as a slave. The mysterious and tragic story of Chloé's birth is told and retold to her by her fellow-slave Melissa, who served her mother and now cares for the young Chloé. But hatred for...Read more
The Hedge School
It is perilous to be a Catholic in the Ireland of 1735, and almost more than can be borne for fifteen-year-old Padraic Fitzbrian. Nearly 100 years before, Lord Protector Cromwell of England had put down the Irish rebellion—confiscating lands, killing priests, outlawing the Mass and prohibiting...Read more
The Ranch of the Golden Flowers
Kansas ingenuity and determination meets Spanish grace and benevolence in this story of Old California in the years just before the Gold Rush of 1849. The wagon which has carried sixteen-year-old Lank and his younger sister Tess across the plains, mountains and desert, through sickness, misery and...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
Wailing sirens and clanging church bells awaken Dirk, Klaas and the rest of the Van Rossem family. The brothers stumble out of bed into knee deep water and hear the cry all Hollanders dread: “Dike gave way! Dike gave way! Get to your attics!” Diving from the attic window, 17-year-old Klaas braves...Read more