Ali and the Golden Eagle

Wayne Grover met the real-life Ali in the mid-1970’s when he was in Saudi Arabia for his job. A lifelong mountain climber, he wanted to explore the deep rifts he’d heard about along the western edge of the Arabian desert. As he explored, he came upon a remote village deep in a rift larger than... Continue Reading →

Detectives in Togas

Coronavirus quarantine has me revisiting old friends. I pulled a box of books from the storage unit and my daughter went through it, looking for familiar faces she wanted to re-read. She can’t read them all at once, so I grabbed a few I wanted to read again from her stack. Detectives in Togas by... Continue Reading →

Turtle in Paradise

When Turtle’s mom gets a maid position with a woman who doesn’t like children, her mom sends her to her aunt’s house in Key West. In the middle of the Great Depression, you do what you have to do to get by. Turtle’s aunt and cousins aren’t thrilled to see her. And she isn’t thrilled... Continue Reading →

The Thing About Jellyfish

Do you need a good sobfest? Read The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. Suzy has decided to stop talking. Something really bad happened the last time she talked to her good friend, so she’s not saying anything. Not to her mom. Not to her dad. Not to her brother. Not at school. Then her... Continue Reading →

The Beduins’ Gazelle

Halima and Atiyah were pledged to each other at birth. Growing up together allowed their love to grow as their tribe traveled the desert. Then Atiyah is torn from his tribe and Halima to study at the great university in Fez. He misses the freedom and challenges of life in the desert, and he misses... Continue Reading →

Parallel Journeys

A German Jew. A fanatic member of the Hitler Youth. Both were victims of the Nazi party - one more obvious than the other. Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer, with Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck, tell the stories of these two young people, born just miles apart. Helen Waterford managed to escape Nazi Germany for... Continue Reading →

Mary, Bloody Mary

Fascination with the Tudors of English royalty seems to be the rage these days, but most books and TV shows are not appropriate for younger readers. Thankfully, author Carolyn Meyer also has an interest in the Tudors and has written books for young adult readers. Mary, Bloody Mary is about Queen Mary Tudor of England... Continue Reading →

The Bronze Bow

Daniel witnessed the crucifixion of his father, and ever since he has passionately pursued driving the Roman legions from his homeland of Israel. He joins a band of outlaws, living in caves and robbing caravans. His grandmother's death forces him to leave the outlaws to care for his sister, but does not quench his desire... Continue Reading →

The Great and Terrible Quest

Trad is an orphan living with his grandfather, who ignores him most of the time. One day, Trad is out on the moors, and finds a wounded knight. Somehow, Trad realizes he needs to hide the knight from his grandfather, which he manages to do. But as the knight recovers, he feels compelled to complete... Continue Reading →

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