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Join Duckling as She Discovers that Jesus's Grace Is at the Heart of Easter As it nears Easter, the forest friends eagerly await a special tradition: setting out Easter baskets that will be filled with special treats from the entire village. But Duckling is having a very rough week-she's upset her friends, forgot to run an errand for Mama, and left her schoolwork out in the rain. She's afraid her Easter basket will be left empty this year! An Easter Basket Filled with Love is the follow-up to the heartwarming storybooks A Birthday Party for Jesus, Everyone Is Invited to Christmas, and An Easter Gift from Jesus. This book will offer young children a fun, relatable story of forest friends who realize that overflowing grace is an important part of love, and that God gave us the ultimate gift of grace through Jesus.Show more
It's 1861, and although Mike Kelly is far younger than the legal age of 16, he and his best friend Todd secretly join up with the Second Kansas Infantry and become army drummer boys. Mike's dreams of glory end when he's wounded at the bloody Battle of Wilson's Creek and must begin a dangerous adventure behind enemy lines.Show more
The Civil War has officially ended, and Frances Mary Kelly's true love, Johnny, is back from the war. But to Frances's dismay, Johnny is hesitant to marry her. Attempting to ease her aching heart, Frances accepts an offer to go to New York City and escort a group of orphans out West to new homes. Along the way she must deal with a flood of painful memories and a threatening stranger. Will Frances be able to complete her mission...and return home to find out what her future will be?Show more
It's the autumn of 1863, and as the Civil War rages, a stranger named Violet seeks refuge with the Kelly family. Peg Kelly, 11, is thrilled-Violet treats her like an adult, not a child. Violet is fleeing Confederate raiders and has information that may save the Union. But she can't deliver her message unless she takes a dangerous journey.Show more
Shy Megan Kelly cannot forget the day a gypsy read her palm announcing to all that she would bring trouble to those around her. Afterward, trouble does follow her, until she takes the necessary steps to free herself from the burdens of fear, loneliness, and superstitionShow more
The Kellys traveled across the Atlantic Ocean looking for relief from Ireland's potato famine and a better life in America. For years, everything went well, until Tom Kelly became ill and died, leaving his wife to support their young children. Although she tried desperately to find employment, Mrs. Kelly could not sufficiently support her children and eventually had no choice but to send them west on the Orphan Train. Join in the fascinating adventures of the Kelly children as they settle into their new lives with new families in the West. Mike Kelly, almost twelve, is adopted by the Friedrichs, a German immigrant farm family living in Missouri. His new stepmother is kind, but his stepfather is very strict. And as for his stepbrother, Gunter, he's just a bully who finds countless ways to get Mike in deep trouble. Mike knows he has to make the best of his new life, but he begins to suspect that the Friedrichs are hiding something, and hevows to uncover their secret. Can Mike find a way to expose the truth without risking his own life?Show more
While out searching for food, fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl. Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family. But one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we're different, we're very much the same. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats.Show more
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. But Xan is in fact a good witch who rescues the children. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences...Show more
National Book Award finalist John Demos brings to life the compelling story of Eunice Williams, a Puritan girl who was captured and adopted by Native Americans In this riveting historical fiction narrative, National Book Award Finalist John Demos shares the story of a young Puritan girl and her life-changing experience with the Mohawk people. Inspired by Demos's award-winning novel The Unredeemed Captive, Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl will captivate a young audience, providing a Native American perspective rather than the Western one typically taught in the classroom. As the armed conflicts between the English colonies in North America and the French settlements raged in the 1700s, a young Puritan girl, Eunice Williams, is kidnapped by Mohawk people and taken to Canada. She is adopted into a new family, a new culture, and a new set of traditions that will define her life. As Eunice spends her days learning the Mohawk language and the roles of women and girls in the community, she gains a deeper understanding of her Mohawk family. Although her father and brother try to persuade Eunice to return to Massachusetts, she ultimately chooses to remain with her Mohawk family and settlement. Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl offers a compelling and rich lesson that is sure to enchant young readers and those who want to deepen their understanding of Native American history.Show more
When two intrepid friends can't agree on where to go, they set off on their own. But both realize exploring together would be more fun. Friends Garcia and Colette can't agree on where to go exploring. Garcia's determined to go outer space but Colette is certain the ocean would be much better, so they decide to head out on their own. Garcia builds a rocket while Colette builds a submarine. They each pack their gear and a lot of sandwiches and embark on their journeys. But when they arrive in space and deep under the sea, they realize both places are lonely without a friend. Luckily, when they get home, they find a compromise-a place full of stars and sand that they can enjoy together. Author bio: Hannah Barnaby has worked as a children's book editor, a bookseller, and a teacher of writing for children and young adults. She holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Her first novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris YA Debut Award nominee. She lives in Charlottesville, VA.Show more
This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. Seven and a Half Tons of Steel tells the story of what the Navy did with it. There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship's bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.Show more
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