Tag Archives: California

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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Twelve ‘Shoe Books’ by Noel Streatfeild (1936 – 1972)

How many of us finally learned how to pronounce “Streatfeild” while watching You’ve Got Mail?? Noel Steatfield was a actress before becoming one of the most popular British children’s authors of her day!  Among her best-loved titles are her twelve Shoe … Continue reading

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Blue Willow by Doris Gates (1940)

Janey’s family used to own a home and land in Texas, but then the Great Depression descended on the country and they, like so many, lost everything.  Father is now an itinerant farm worker moving the family frequently as he … Continue reading

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4 Adventure Books for Teens by Jack London (1902 – 1906)

Winter weather is right around the corner — maybe you’ve already turned that corner — and it’s time to bring out the books that will keep your kids reading long into the evening, curled up on the couch or hiding … Continue reading

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By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (1963)

By the Great Horn Spoon is a rollicking piece of historical fiction set during the California Gold Rush in the mid 1800s.  Jack and Praiseworthy, the family butler, are stowaways on a ship sailing from Boston to San Francisco around … Continue reading

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