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The Melendy Quartet by Elizabeth Enright (1941 – 1951)

I love a series that follows clever, talented and maybe a little down-on-their-luck siblings.  Especially when those siblings have great imaginations and aren’t particularly aware how clever (or poor) they are! It was fun to discover that Elizabeth Enright was … Continue reading

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Three Famous Novels by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1886 – 1911)

Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than 30 novels, but Little Lord Fontleroy, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, all three written for children,  are by far her best known and loved.  Although each story is unique, you will see … Continue reading

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The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney (2005)

Eban McAllister loves geography and recently earned a book from his teacher detailing the Seven Wonders of the World.  It’s 1923 and Eban lives in the the tiny, rural town of Sassafras Springs, Missouri. For a young boy with a heart … Continue reading

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General Butterfingers by John Reynolds Gardiner (1986)

Walter’s mother runs a small boarding house taking care of three elderly men.  But they’re not just anyone, they are all World War 2 army heroes!  Decades ago these men belonged to an elite military group known as the Spitzers, … Continue reading

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The Borrowed House by Hilda van Stockum (1975)

Janna is an enthusiastic member of Hitler’s Youth, and she’s proud of the new ideas and military victories Adolf Hitler has brought to Germany.  Janna’s parents are famous German actors who have even been praised by Herr Hitler himself!  Janna’s … Continue reading

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Julie of the Wolves Trilogy by Jean Craighead George (1972 – 1997)

Julie of the Wolves, Middle Grade Reading Level, 176 pages, published in 1972.  Newbery Medal Winner.  Julie is an Eskimo girl who runs away from her village only to become lost in the wilderness.  By carefully observing a wild wolf … Continue reading

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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

Kate DiCamillo is one of only six authors to win the Newbery Medal TWICE.  Although her very popular book, Because of Winn-Dixie, didn’t win the Medal, it is a Newbery Honor Book and well worth reading! Opal and her father … Continue reading

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