A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

E.L. Konigsburg is best known for her wonderful book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  She also wrote one of our family’s favorite books, A View from Saturday.  Now, I have to tell you about another of her books, A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver. This book focuses on the historical figure of Eleanor of Aquitaine.  Eleanor was the wife to two different kings and a mother to two others.  In the pages of history...

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Lizzy Bennet’s Diary

Lizzy Bennet’s Diary

Marcia Williams has created a fun companion to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in Lizzy Bennet’s Diary. Williams follows the storyline of Pride and Prejudice closely, including illustrations and small details of life not included in the book – like the fancy buttonholes Elizabeth is embroidering on a new waistcoat for her father. She also includes the “letters” Elizabeth receives from various correspondents,...

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Black Horses for the King

Black Horses for the King

Galwyn Varianus is down on his luck.  His father is dead and his fortune gone, so Galwyn must apprentice to his uncle, a boat captain.  He hates life at sea, but seeing no other option, does his best to fit in and work hard. Then, his uncle agrees to take on passengers – passengers who will change Galwyn’s life forever. Lord Artos (who will become King Arthur) is looking for horses.  Big horses, which can carry fully armored...

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The Kite that Bridged Two Nations

The Kite that Bridged Two Nations

Can a kite really bridge two nations?  Homan Walsh wonders the same thing.  But Homan loves to fly kites, so when he finds out about a contest for kite flyers, he is ready to compete. The winner will receive $10 and the honor of determining the place to build a bridge between the U.S. and Canada near Niagara Falls. Based on a true story, The Kite that Bridged Two Nations by Alexis O’Neill tells the story of the bridge from Homan’s...

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