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A Way Through the Sea
Robert Elmer
For eleven-year-old Peter Andersen and his twin sister Elise, living in the city of Helsingor, Denmark during World War II means German soldiers in the streets, German patrol boats in the harbor, and German fighter planes in the sky. Everyone is nervous, especially their Jewish friend Henrik and his parents.
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Black Beauty
Anna Sewell
Written by Anna Sewell in 1877. As a fine horse goes from one master to another, readers learn the story of his life in nineteenth-century England.
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Cry of Courage
Lee Roddy
Gideon Tugwell is determined to escape the hard-scrabble farmer's life of his father and become a writer. But when war breaks out between the North and South and his older brother enlists, Gideon is left with even more farm chores and less time than ever to pursue his dreams.
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Dangerous Dreams
Jim Ware
This book introduces readers to Livy, a servant girl in Pontius Pilate's home who dreams of living free. Her mistress comes to her with disturbing dreams of a Jewish man with kind eyes. Will this be the key to Livy's freedom?
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Escape to Murray River
Robert Elmer
Twelve year old Patrick McWaid's world is turned upside down when his father is framed for a crime and sent on the last prison ship headed ''down under''. But leaving Dublin, Ireland, means leaving the only home they've ever known. And what will they do when they reach Australia?
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Escape Underground
Clint Kelly
This Kidwitness Tale is an action-packed adventure for kids. It follows fictional kids through real events from the New Testament. This particular adventure follows the death of Stephen and the church on the run from Saul. Written by a respected Christian author, this book helps kids get excited about reading the Bible on their own.
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Galen and Goliath
Lee Roddy
In this book a young boy tries to find love and guidance from someone who can help him become a man. Choosing to try to win the giant Goliath's approval, Galen sneaks into the Israelite camp and sets in motion events that will change his life forever.
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Island of the Blue Dolphins
Scott O'Dell
Written by Scott O'Dell in 1960. When her tribe migrates and leaves her behind, an Indian girl shows courage and self-reliance as she lives alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast. There is mention of Indian gods as well as some tragedy.
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Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868. The joys and sorrows of the four March sisters are chronicled as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.
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Message of the Mountain
Matilda Nordtvedt
The story begun in Secret of the Maple Tree and Song of the Brook continues, with emphasis on the adventures of John and his friend Marvin. Illustrates the need of salvation in the lives of young people. Soft cover, 30 chapters, 135 pages.
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