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Jim’s restless older brother Reuben is always chasing a new scheme to make money in America of the 1890’s. But fourteen-year-old Jim determines to find a way to stay on the Arkansas prairie. Moving to the prairie years ago had been Reuben’s first venture to make his fortune. The land was advertised...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
Judith Lankester
Judith Lankester, 15 years old, and raised in the luxury of her grandmother’s Virginia plantation, has made the arduous journey with her widowed mother and her seven sisters to the home of her grandparents in Indiana. Though her mother, Charity, had married away from the Quaker lifestyle, she had...Read more
Ten-year-old Kaatje’s lively but impulsive nature catapults her into various mishaps and is a source of annoyance to her older brother, Karel. Leaving their neat Netherlands' home and dressed up in traditional Dutch costumes, she and Karel travel down the local canal with the rest of their...Read more
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
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
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
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
The year is 1774 and Nathanael Greene is a born-and-raised, peace-loving Quaker, running his family's forge and expected to take his place as an important member of the Society of Friends, just as his father before him. But as the tensions between the colonists and the British increase, Greene...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