Category Archives: Fiction

A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner (1986)

Alice is on the run!  Her father has just been murdered and she has no where to go and no idea who she can trust.  She’s pretty sure her father’s killers were sent by Queen Elizabeth I.  Can she find … Continue reading

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The Lotus Caves by John Christopher (1969)

The Lotus Cave is another fun and exciting science fiction novel by British author, John Christopher — author of The Tripods series! Steve and Marty live with their parents in a colony on the moon inside a massive dome.  One … Continue reading

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Riding the Pony Express by Clyde Robert Bulla (1948)

In a day when you can call or text just about anyone on the planet instantaneously, it’s fascinating to remember that back in 1860-1861 the fastest delivery service on the planet was the Pony Express.  In an effort to connect … Continue reading

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Andy Buckram’s Tin Men by Carol Ryrie Brink (1966)

Have you ever googled a favorite author and discovered they’ve written TONS of other books you’ve never heard of??   I do this all the time, and it’s a wonderful way to find forgotten gems!  Happily with old libraries collections or … Continue reading

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Gone-Away Lake & Return to Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (1957 & 1961)

Portia and Foster Blake spend part of every summer with their favorite cousin, Julian Jarman.  But this summer, Julian’s parents have purchased a new house in the country and this brings all kinds of new possibilities! Imagine the children’s delight … Continue reading

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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (1961)

Mr Pierce, my 5th grade teacher,  read aloud to our class every day after lunch in our basement classroom at Garfield Elementary in Boise, Idaho.  It was a magical 30 minutes.  He probably read 8 books to us during that year, … Continue reading

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The Good Master by Kate Seredy (1935)

Kate is being sent by her father to live in the country with her Uncle Marton’s family.  They have been lead to believe that Kate is fragile and sickly.  In truth, she is spoiled and head-strong and her father hopes … Continue reading

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