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This story is about Sarah Revere, the thirteen year old daughter of the famous Paul Revere. She has to cope with the family tension when her father is riding to other towns to warn them or spread news. She knew more than most about the revolution, and she was very scared of the power of the secrets she had.
Filled with intrigue and surprises, The Pharaoh’s Secret includes Marissa Moss’s original illustrations throughout. The novel skillfully weaves history with a personal story full of heartache and family tensions that will entice and enthrall readers. When Talibah and her younger brother, Adom, accompany their father, an academic, to his homeland of modern Egypt on his research assignment, they become involved in a mystery surrounding an ancient, lost pharaoh-a rare queen ruler
Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson
The Industrial Revolution was a turbulent time for America. As the Industrial Revolution churned forward change was forced upon many families. In Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson we see the impact through the eyes of 12 year old Emily. Her father is a carriage maker at a time when “horseless carriages” are beginning to replace using horses as transportation.
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A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Joey Dowdel and his sister Mary Alice are first shipped off to visit their Grandma Dowdel in the summer of 1929. Being City Kids from Chicago, they are none too pleased to be packed off to the boonies for a visit with a grandmother they hadn’t seen since they were “tykes”. But Grandma Dowdel is no ordinary Grandma, and these two kids learn to always expect the unexpected.
The book Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman takes place in medieval England in 1290. Birdy is the 14 year old daughter of an English country knight who is very inventive and humorous. This journal describes her adventures throughout a year of her daily life and her efforts to get rid of any male suitor that her father wants her to marry.
The Secret Garden, tells an inspirational tale of transformation and empowerment. Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned to dim prospects in a gloomy English manor – her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects may be dimmer than hers. But when Mary finds the key to a Secret Garden, the magical powers of transformation fall within her reach.
This ingenious fantasy centers on Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” and Faintly Macabre.