The Case of the Deadly Desperados

P.K. Pinkerton is in deep trouble... in more ways than one.  He is at the bottom of a silver mine, trying to figure out a way to outwit Wittlin' Walt, the Very Bad Man after his inheritance. This is where we find P.K. at the beginning of The Case of the Deadly Desperados, by Caroline... Continue Reading →

Keeping Score

Maggie Fortini listens to every game her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers play, usually at the firehouse with her father’s former co-workers.  When Jim joins the firehouse, she is shocked to discover he is a huge fan of the Dodgers arch-rivals, the New York Giants.  She determines to never be his friend. But slowly, he wins her... Continue Reading →

Master Cornhill

Before the dreaded plague swept through London in 1665, Michael Cornhill lived a very happy life with his foster family.  But Master Cornhill by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is not a book about the plague. The story opens with Michael returning to London after spending a winter in the countryside to escape the plague.  But the... Continue Reading →

Brother Hugo and the Bear

The interesting title encouraged me to pick this book off the library shelves. "It befell that on the first day of Lent, Brother Hugo could not return his library book.  'I shall have to inform the Abbot of this, Brother Hugo,' said the librarian." That wonderful first sentence granted Brother Hugo and the Bear by... Continue Reading →

Queen of the Falls

Not very many people have braved riding Niagara Falls - what a fearful idea!  But some have done it, and survived.  Perhaps none as interesting as Annie Edson Taylor. In Queen of the Falls, Chris Van Allsburg tells Taylor's story - what gave her the idea to go over the falls, how she accomplished it,... Continue Reading →

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

If you or your child is studying the Middle Ages, you must get a copy of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz. In it, you'll read from nearly two dozen viewpoints about life in a medieval village - from the lord's nephew, to the begger, from the blacksmith's... Continue Reading →

Duke

Children and teens sometimes wrestle with the question of courage - what does it mean to be courageous? How can I have courage when I'm so scared? Hobie Hansen constantly asks himself those questions, especially since his dad is courageously fighting in World War II.  He finds great comfort in his dog Duke, who accompanies... Continue Reading →

Pearl

Children can have a hard time thinking of history in personal terms.  It happened so long ago, to strangers - it's hard to imagine they are real people. That's why I like Pearl by Debby Atwell so much.  Pearl traces the history of America from it's roots to the 1960's through the story of one... Continue Reading →

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