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 1200 BC

Hittite WarriorHittite Warrior
Joanne Williamson
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Uriah the Hittite has found refuge from the Greeks in the Canaanite city of Tyre. Now the decision by Jotham, the Hebrew, to save a child from being sacrificed to Moloch forces Uriah to choose life over reverence of Tyre's fearsome god. The three escape to the hill country of Judea, where Deborah and Barak are mustering the Hebrews to fight the Canaanites. This meticulously researched novel is set in the time of the Judges, and incorporates Biblical facts with a gripping story, set against the wide background of ancient civilizations.
     

 

 445 BC

Victory on the Walls: A Story of NehemiahVictory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah
Frieda Clark Hyman
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Though born in Jerusalem, 13-year-old Bani has been raised in Susa, the city of the Persian king Artaxerxes. But now his uncle Nehemiah wants to return to ruined and troubled Jerusalem---and Bani is given a part to play that will change his life forever! A fictionalized retelling of a turning point in history. Ages 10 and up. 182 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
     

 

 200 BC

Archimedes and the Door of ScienceArchimedes and the Door of Science
Jeanne Bendick
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Imagine a biography, a study of mathematical and scientific concepts, and an overview of the culture of ancient Greece---all rolled into one! Students will love reading this personal account of Archimedes---one of the greatest minds of the ancient world. They'll discover, like Archimedes, the excitement of ideas and learning! Simple illustrations enhance the accessible text. Ages 10 and up. 142 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
     

 

 62 AD

The Ides of AprilThe Ides of April
Mary Ray
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Murder by one slave in a Roman household meant death for the other slaves. When Senator Caius Pomponius is found stabbed, the seventeen-year-old secretary Hylas manages to escape arrest. In a desperate attempt to save his mother and fellow slaves, he is unexpectedly helped by Varro, a secret Christan, through whom he enlists the help of Camillus, a young tribune. Camillus soon finds himself reluctantly picking a dangerous way through the political plots of Nero's Rome to discover the real murderer. Recommended for ages 14 and up, 165 pages.
     

 

 70 AD

Beyond the Desert GateBeyond the Desert Gate
Mary Ray
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Travel back to first-century Palestine and experience the drama of life after Christ's resurrection! In this sequel to The Ides of April, young Philo befriends a mysterious man that his father rescues in the desert. Why was the man left to die by the Romans? And why can't he remember his past? Ages 14 and up.
     

 

 129 AD

Galen and the Gateway to MedicineGalen and the Gateway to Medicine
Jeanne Bendick
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Gladiator medic, bold traveler, and personal physician to emperors, Galen lived an adventurous life in 2nd-century Rome---and became the greatest doctor in history! Weaving compelling biography with a fascinating account of ancient medicine and culture, Bendick introduces your kids to the surgeon and scientist who would become the standard medical authority for 1,300 years. Ages 10 and up. 131 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
     

 

 Late 400s

Between the Forest and the HillsBetween the Forest and the Hills
Ann Lawrence
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* In Iscium, an isolated Roman town in ancient Britain, officials keep a low profile to avoid neighboring barbarians. When young Falx runs away and finds a lost girl, a merchant returns them to the terrified townsfolk. He presents a bizarre plan involving two talking ravens---and life's never the same for anybody! 247 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
     

 

 500s AD

Beowulf the WarriorBeowulf the Warrior
Ian Serraillier
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Beowulf is one of the world's oldest classics, and is the oldest epic in the English language. Retold in more modern prose, this translation brings the memorable adventures of the hero to life. FRom his rescuing of Hrothgar the Dane to his victory over Grendel and his saving the Geats from the horror of the dragon. 64 pages, softcover.
     

 

 597 AD

Augustine Came to Kent, Living History LibraryAugustine Came to Kent, Living History Library
Barbara Willard
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Barbara Willard has beautifully combined history and the Christian faith in this book. With a true storyteller's instinct, she has interwoven historical facts with an absorbing fictitious tale in such a way that eager readers will take delight in, and learn from, the great adventure of St. Augustine's mission to the land of the Angles (later England). The story centers on young Wolf who has journeyed many difficult miles from Rome to the land of his birth. He witnesses the historic meeting between the Saxon King of Kent and the man who would be known as St. Augustine of Canterbury. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
     

 

 700s AD

Son of Charlemagne, Living History LibrarySon of Charlemagne, Living History Library
Barbara Willard
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This telling of Charlemagne's life is told through the view of one of Charlemagne's sons, Carl. The story gives a more personal insight into the family and private life of one of the most important people in founding the Holy Roman Empire. Through Carl's tale of struggling with the honor of being named his father's heir over the eldest son, Pepin, readers can find insight into the founding of Christendom. Barbara Willard, softcover, 183 pages.
     

 

 800s

Beorn the ProudBeorn the Proud
Madeleine Polland
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The coast of Ireland in the 9th century is the prey of Viking marauders. Young Ness has been taken captive by Beorn, on his first raiding trip with his father's band of warriors. She must accompany them as they make their way back to Denmark, and so experiences the dangerous tensions and misfortunes that threaten the entire fleet.
     

 

 1010

The Story of Rolf and the Viking BowThe Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
Allen French
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After Hiarandi is unjustly slain, his sixteen-year-old son Rolf is made outlaw by the same murderous neighbors. Rolf flees Iceland with his faithful cousin Frodi, only to be enslaved in the Orkneys by proud Grani. However, when the marauding baresarks arrive, master and slave alike must fight for their lives-and Rolf is the only man who can string the mighty Viking bow. Allen French's tale of Iceland told in the classic saga form, is an exciting story of Christian versus pagan values, forgiveness versus pride. The way Rolf comes to terms with his enemies in the face of injustice creates a suspenseful, thought-provoking book dificult to put down. By the author of "The Red Keep". Ages 10 and up.
     

 

 1100's

Red Falcons of TremoineRed Falcons of Tremoine
Hendry Peart
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In turbulent 12th-century England, 15-year-old Leo has been kept in the dark about his parentage. But after the heir to the house of Wardlock is killed in the Crusades, it's revealed that Leo is heir not only to Wardlock but also to its fierce rival---the house of Tremoine! In seeking out his heritage, will Leo live out love and forgiveness as he's been taught? 256 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
     

 

 1164

If All the Swords in EnglandIf All the Swords in England
Barbara Willard
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It is the year 1170. The long-standing battle of wills between Archbishop Thomas Becket and King Henry II has come to a climax. The twins Edmund and Simon, one in the service of the Archbishop and the other a page of the King, witness the dramatic events leading up to the infamous cathedral slaying. Ages 10 and up.
     

 

 

 1171

The Hidden Treasure of GlastonThe Hidden Treasure of Glaston
Eleanore M. Jewett
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Amidst great mystery, Hugh is left in the care of Glastonbury Abbey by his father who must flee to England too swiftly to be burdened by a crippled son. Ashamed of his physical weakness, yet possessed of a stout heart, Hugh finds that life at the abbey is surprisingly full in this year 1171, in the turbulent days of King Henry II. Hugh, his friend Dickon and their strange friend, the mad Bleheris uncover a treasure trove, and with it a deeper mystery of the sort that could only occur in Glastonbury where Joseph of Arimithea was said to have lived out his last years. Before all is done, more is resolved than Hugh could ever have hoped. Recommended for ages 10 and up. A 1947 Newbery Honor book.
     

 

 

 1280

Big John's Secret, Living History LibraryBig John's Secret, Living History Library
Eleanore M. Jewett
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When 16-year-old John reaches the Holy Land during the Fifth Crusade, he hasn't come to fight. He's searching for his father. The lonely boy is drawn to a little friar who's on a quest of his own---to convert the Saracens to Christ. Will God use Brother Francis to help John achieve his heart's desire? 207 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
     

 

 1360

Door to the North: A Saga of 14th Century AmericaDoor to the North: A Saga of 14th Century America
Elizabeth Coatsworth
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In 1360 AD, King Magnus Eirikson rules over a united Sweden and Norway-a Christian Scandinavia. When a rumor reaches the king that the colonies in Greenland have fallen back into pagan ritual, along with an alarming report that the inhabitants of the Western Settlement have mysteriously disappeared, Magnus entrusts Paul Knutson to make contact with Greenland and to verify the truth of these stories. Among these men are Olav Sigurdsson-a young man sailing to prove his bravery to the king and to reclaim his father's lost honor-and Eirik the Laplander, deeply loyal to Olav's family, but a pagan viewed with suspicion by the other Christian Scandinavians.

Upon confirming the disappearance of a whole settlement, Paul and his party follow a sparse trail of clues south across the seas toward "Vinland"-convinced that some of the colonists may still be alive.

245 pages, softcover. Ages 11 & up. RL 5.7.
     


 

 1587

Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal, Living History LibraryRed Hugh, Prince of Donegal, Living History Library
Robert T. Reilly
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It's 1587 and Queen Elizabeth seeks to bring all of Ireland under her iron rule. Only the queen of clan O'Donnell and her carefree son stand in the way. But when he's betrayed and held hostage in Birmingham Tower, young prince Hugh must grow up fast. Can he escape in time to strike a blow for Irish liberty? 202 pages, softcover.
     

 

 

 

 

 

 1790s

Away Goes Sally, Sally Series #1Away Goes Sally, Sally Series #1
Elizabeth Coatsworth
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Historical fiction for readers age 8 and up introduces Sally, in her extended family setting, with strife about whether to resettle in Maine. A clever plan is launched that involves a winter saga into the unknown, with Sally and her lovable family will enjoy to the hilt. Filled with early American detail set in the era shortly before the War of 1812. 118 pages.
     

 

 
The Fair American, Sally Series #3The Fair American, Sally Series #3
Elizabeth Coatsworth
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In this third book in the Sally series, Five Bushel Farm is prospering on one side of the Atlantic Ocean, but there is turmoil and destruction on its other side. When Sally sails with Andrew and her Aunt Debbie, to France on the Fair American, she is unexpectedly drawn into the sorrows of a land at war with itself.

Pierre, son of an aristocrat killed in the French Revolution, fleeing with his former servant Jean, makes these difficulties suddenly and dangerously personal to Sally and those sailing to Fair American. Like the young United States from which she comes, Sally is faced with new challenges and new opportunities. The author's poetry and the illustrations of Caldecott Honor Award - winning Helen Sewell lend additional grace to this buoyant tale. 160 pages, softcover. Ages 8-up.
     


 
The White Horse, Sally Series #4The White Horse, Sally Series #4
Elizabeth Coatsworth
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After the adventurous, but fairly safe voyage on the Fair American, Aunt Nannie reluctantly allows Sally to sail away again with Captain Patterson and Andrew. This time they sail into the Mediterranean Sea--and right into the clutches of the Barbary Coast pirates.

Taken captive in Morocco, Sally is exposed to a way of life very different from the protected one she has known. Her resiliency as well as her courage are sorely tried; Sally proves her mettle in an extraordinary opportunity that falls her way...and neither she nor those she encounters in the Sultan's palace will ever be quite the same again. Recommended for ages 8 and up.


     

 
The Wonderful Day: The Sally Series #5The Wonderful Day: The Sally Series #5
Elizabeth Coatsworth
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A hot July day with thunderheads, and a violent storm to come; a day with hidden heaviness for Uncle Joseph, who fears he may lose Five Bushel Farm; a secretly anxious day for Andrew, who goes with Sally to meet their old friend Pierre; a day in which Sally and Andrew will race courageously against danger and face many troubles--yet with all this it is still a wonderful day! In this last novel in the Sally Series we glimpse a bit of Sally's future, resting on her own good sense and buoyant heart. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
     

 

 1825

Jamberoo RoadJamberoo Road
Eleanor Spence
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The "Switherby Pilgrims," consisting of Missabella and her ten orphans, are settling down in their new home of New South Wales, Australia. They have forged their new home in the rough wilderness of primitive Australia with the help of a young aboriginal boy named Cammy, and now it is Missabella's goal to provide for the future for all of her wards. Cassie and Luke set off to work, and they end up triggering a chain of reactions that will affect the rest of their family. Eleanor Spence, softcover, 184 pages.
     

 

 1800s: Early

The Letzenstein Chronicles #2: Following the PhoenixThe Letzenstein Chronicles #2: Following the Phoenix
Meriol Trevor
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Rafael Le Marre, introduced in the first of the Letzenstein Chronicles, collects--through unexpected circumstances--three companions whom he leads on an adventurous journey from Paris to the heart of Letzenstein. The Revolution of February, 1848, has erupted in Paris. Paul and Christie, both English, and Jeanne d'Estel of Valmay each have concerns of their own to pursue. But when the generous-hearted Rafael is arrested by political enemies, harrowing days follow. Will the proverbial "Phoenix" (which figures on the Le Marre family crest) arise again from the ashes? Important truths of character come to light, and Rafael's stature emerges, even while his life hangs in the balance. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
     

 

 1820's

The Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian BushThe Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian Bush
Eleanor Spence
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Miss Arabella Braithewaite of Switherby knows there is no future for the ten orphans--a remarkable mix of genteel and working class children--she has gathered together these years of England's grim factory growth in the early 1820s. Her plan, outrageous in the eyes of mot, is to take the children to Australia to take up a land grant. Thus, one day the townsfolk gather to watch a line of departing "pilgrims" lead by the fearless "Missabella."

On a new continent, and after a daunting ocean voyage, the challenges begin. To the orphans it becomes a life-giving adventure, even when serious unexpected threats must be overcome. Australian author Eleanor Spence, writing with keen personal insight, sketches each child and adult's engagement with the new land and its people and with one another. From their courage we glimpse the futures of this unlikely band beginning to emerge with hope and personal dignity. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


     

 

 

 1830s

They Loved to LaughThey Loved to Laugh
Kathryn Worth
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Johanathan came up first. He looked down at Martitia with irrepressible amusement lurking in his hazel eyes. "So little are you, Martitia. So little and so solemn. If you would only laugh back at us maybe we'd let you alone. Can't you learn to laugh too?" He leaned over and picked her up lightly. "Come, Martitia, I'll carry you across the stream". He walked out surely on the log, with Martitia held in his easy grasp. She felt secure at last. Then, right in the middle of the stream, Jonathan jumped over into the creek with her! It was as sudden as that. One minute she was held securely and dry and safe in Jonathan's arms on the log. Next minute she was scrambling and pawing in the waters of the creek. Martitia wondered, wildly, if moccasins and leeches and lizards were feeding on her already. Blind with water, she struggled toward the bank of the creek. Slipping and weeping, she reached the edge. She stood there a minute, her muslin dress dankly dripping. Then without a backward look at her tormentors she fled weeping up the path in the direction of home. "Will She Learn to Laugh?" Recommended for ages 12 and up.
     

 

 

 

 

 1890s

The Wide HorizonThe Wide Horizon
Loula Grace Erdman
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Over five years have passed since the Pierce family moved into the Texas Panhandle. They have learned to overcome, and even to love the oddities the land presents with its weather and unusual neighbors. 15-year-old Katie, gentle and artistic, is eager to return to East Texas to be schooled in all the finer things that this pioneer country lacks. Then an accident to Grandmother reverses everything! Katie, to her own surprise, finds herself volunteering to stay home to feed and care for Papa, the boys and Carolyn on the farm, while Mama makes an eastward journey to care for her mother. During the next few months, timid Katie encounters one distressful situation after another, from humiliating cooking disasters, to tough boys at school, to a battle with a blizzard. Despite fears and setbacks, she resolves to do whatever is needed. As Katie's confidence grows, so does her interaction with family and new and old friends deepen-all against the picturesque backdrop of homesteading life in the Texas Panhandle during the late 1800's.
     

 

 

 
Schoolhouse In The Woods, Fairchild Family Series #2Schoolhouse In The Woods, Fairchild Family Series #2
Rebecca Caudill
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The Fairchild family is here again and this time, Bonnie is old enough to begin the great adventure - School! We join her in excruciating anticipation of the first day, when Bonnie will wear her new dress, carry a first reader and slate, and - displaying nonchalance as she braves the swinging bridge - enter into the mysteries of schoolroom learning and playground rites in a woodland setting of the early 1900s. Bonnie's older brother and three sisters, her various classmates and Miss Cora, her teacher, add their liveliness to an eventful season of learning - on every front - in the Kentucky Hills. Rebecca Caudill's unfailing insights into a child's heart are enhanced by Decie Merwin's skillful drawings. Ages 8 and up.
     

 
Up and Down the River, Fairchild Family Series #3Up and Down the River, Fairchild Family Series #3
Rebecca Caudill
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Bonnie and Debbie's desire to get rich causes them to respond to a sure-thing magazine advertisement. They are soon embarked upon an ambitious summer of selling "up and down the river." Not that circumstances end quite in the way they had imagined! In a surprising flurry of trading, the girls somehow accumulate wealth in the form of unexpected friends, assorted animals, and unforeseen situations, even as their collection of dimes and dollars seem always to be slipping through their hands. Bonnie and Debbie Fairchild occupy center stage in this story of a summer season in the lovely hills of Kentucky of the early 1900's. Paperback, 160 pages. Ages 8-up.
     

 
Schoolroom in the Parlor, Fairchild Family Series #4Schoolroom in the Parlor, Fairchild Family Series #4
Rebecca Caudill
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School in the Kentucky hills goes from August to the last Friday before Christmas. After that the snows are too high, and later, the thawing rivers too full, for the Fairchild children to make it safely to the little schoolhouse in the woods. Now that Althy is fourteen, father proposes that she teach the younger children, through these long winter months, in the parlor. Althy quickly rises to the occasion, while Bonnie, Debby, Emily and Chris, with varying degrees of enthusiasm, accept the novel plan. There will be a host of efforts, diversions, and enjoyment, as well as growing respect for Althy and renewed purpose for Bonnie, before this fourth Fairchild family story draws the series to its satisfying close. Paperback, 150 pages.
     

 

 

 1930s

Francie on the Run, The O'Sullivan Family #2Francie on the Run, The O'Sullivan Family #2
Hilda van Stockum
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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 finds himself making a speedy tour in the opposite direction from home, around the Emerald Isle, a journey full of adventure, laughter, and endearing friendships for Francie and the reader. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
     

 

 

 1940s

Canadian SummerCanadian Summer
Hilda van Stockum
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Dutch-American storyteller Hilda Van Stockum provides us with another episode in the life of the Mitchell family, this time taking on life as it comes in a truly unforgettable Canadian summer.
     

 

 1940s

Friendly Gables SoftcoverFriendly Gables Softcover
Hilda van Stockum
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In this episode featuring Hilda Van Stockum's Mitchell family, the family grows with the birth of twins, requiring the services of a nurse, Miss Thorpe, who is in for a few surprises during her stay.
     

 

 

 

 WWII

The Winged Watchman, Living History LibraryThe Winged Watchman, Living History Library
Hilda van Stockum
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This acclaimed story of World War II is rich in suspense, characterization, plot and spiritual truth. Every element of occupied Holland is united in a story of courage and hope: a hidden Jewish child, an "underdiver," a downed RAF pilot, an imaginative, daring underground hero, and the small things of family life which surprisingly carry on in the midst of oppression. The Verhagen family who live in the old windmill called the Winged Watchman are a memorable set of individuals whose lives powerfully demonstrate the resilience of those who suffer but do not lose faith. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
     

 

 1940's late

That Girl of Pierre'sThat Girl of Pierre's
Robert Davis
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 1943-1990s

The Miracle of St. NicholasThe Miracle of St. Nicholas
Gloria Whelan
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On Christmas Eve young Alexi sweeps out the village church, which has been empty since soldiers closed it sixty years ago--and the church's treasures miraculously reappear by Christmas morning. This touching story about the endurance of faith in a Russian village is illustrated with icon-like egg tempera paintings that contrast past violence with current joy.
     

 

 

 1944

The Small War of Sergeant DonkeyThe Small War of Sergeant Donkey
Maureen Daly
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Donkeys by the hundreds! Twelve-year-old Chico Filippo, whose own donkeys were confiscated years before by the German army, can't stay away from the newly set up American Remount Depot. Here, in the last months of World War II in Italy, thousands of supply mules and donkeys are processed and sent onto the fierce mountain fighting in the Apennines. One of the handlers introduces Chico to a small courageous animal the boy names Sergeant Donkey. Drawn into friendship and then into unexpected danger, Chico must demonstrate his own simple courage. More than an animal or war story, this short book has a depth of truth about people of different ages and nationalities who still share a common love of the land and of human dignity.

Ages 9 and up.
     


 

 1950

The Strange IntruderThe Strange Intruder
Arthur Catherall
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When Sven sees that figure swept into the seas, he thinks instantly of his father who is the first mate on the schooner. He volunteers to go down the cliff in a desperate attempt to prevent the swimmer from being dashed against the rocks. But when he perilously reaches the bottom, Sven does not find either the hopeful or tragic ordeal he's expected; instead he is suddenly face to face with an intruder who will bring the whole island under a strange reign of terror in those last long-drawn-out hours of the storm.

A force ten gale; a damaged ship and crew in danger of smash-up on the rocks of its own island home; a handful of women, old men, and one 16-year-old boy, Sven, to rescue them--when it seems impossible for things to get any worse than they already are on the small Faroes island of Mykines, they do! Arthur Catherall skillfully weaves an authentic tale of courage and suspense. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.


     

 

 1950's

Alvin Fernald, Foreign TraderAlvin Fernald, Foreign Trader
Clifford B. Hicks
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Alvin Fernald's "Magnificent Brain" has a life of its own. In fact, somehow or other it has come up with the winning grand prize recipe in a candy-making contest-and no one, including Alvin, can figure out quite how it happened. Now, as guests of the Kitchenmate Appliance Company, Alvin, his friend Shoie, and his sister Daphne ("The Pest") take off for a whirlwind tour of Europe. Having just come to the edge of flunking a class in economics (Magnificent Brain, where were you?), Alvin is about to be given a practical-and perilous-lesson in international trade. Mystery, ingenuity-and, well bicycles-hilariously collide in this next book about Alvin by the former editor of Popular Mechanics Magazine, Clifford B. Hicks.
     

 

 

 

 

 

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