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      1. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
        Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
        Jean Latham
        Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Trade Paperback
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        5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews

      Readers today are still fascinated by Nat, an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor's world--Salem in the early days, when tall-mastered ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn't have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by "log, lead, and lookout." Nat's long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the "Sailor's Bible"), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.

      Jean Lee Latham chronicles Nat's journey, from his modest beginnings as a ship chandler's apprentice, to his first sea voyage, to his rigorous self-education, to the triumphs of his fine-tuned mastery of navigation--even in the midst of monsoons or pea-soup fog. When Nat Bowditch had mastered the secrets of navigation for himself, he realized that he could explain it so clearly that he could easily teach others what he had learned. In turn, Jean Lee Latham has brought Nat's amazing discoveries and accomplishments to life for generations of readers. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The 1956 Newbery Medal Winner.

      1. The Bronze Bow, Paperback
        The Bronze Bow, Paperback
        Elizabeth George Speare
        Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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        5 Stars Out Of 5 8 Reviews

      After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions form the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel joins the brutal raids of an outlaw band living in the hills outside his village. Though his grandmother's death slows his plans by forcing him to move home to care for his sister, he continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boy guerrillas in spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.

      In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans. Devoid of tenderness and forgiveness, headstrong Daniel is also heedless of the loyalty of his friend Joel; the love of Joel's sister, Malthace; and the needs of his own disturbed sister, Leah, dragging them down his destructive path toward disaster.

      Elisabeth George Speare won the 1962 Newbery Medal for this magnificent novel of Daniel's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love. Booklist called it "a dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will be long remembered." Recommended for ages 9 and up. The 1962 Newbery Medal winner.

      1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, Softcover
        The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, Softcover
        C.S. Lewis
        HarperCollins / 1994 / Trade Paperback
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        4 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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      One of Lewis's most thrilling Narnia tales! Follow two runaway children---escaped slave boy Shasta and his friend, Aravis---on a magical journey under moonlit desert skies. Will anyone realize they're fleeing on talking horses? Can they reach Narnia---and freedom---before they're caught? And who is the golden lion they keep seeing? 241 pages, softcover from HarperTrophy.