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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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Across Five Aprils
Irene Hunt
Written by Irene Hunt in 1964. With the men in the family in both the Union and Confederate Armies, ten-year-old Jethro runs the farm and comes to have serious doubts about the war between brothers.
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Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892. A collection of Sherlock Holmes mystery adventures includes ''A Scandal in Bohemia,'' ''The Red-Headed League,'' and ''The Adventure of the Speckled Band.''
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Beany Malone
Lenora Mattingly Weber
Original Year of Publication 1948. Beany, sixteen is instructed by her father to “look after” the Malone family when he travels to Arizona to convalesce following a case of pneumonia. With protective loyalty, Beany attempts to shield her family from pain and disappointment by locking up their hearts from potential threats. Beany is forced to evaluate what is important in her life and the lives of her family.
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Cheaper by the Dozen
Frank B. Gilbreth
Written by Frank B. and Ernestine Gilbreth in 1948. The twelve Gilbreth children are unforgettable as they grow up under the direction of their famous efficiency-expert parents.
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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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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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Little Men
Louisa May Alcott
Written by Louisa May Alcott in 1871. Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer's school for boys is a place of light, warmth, comfort and delights, where self-knowledge and self-control are acquired along with book learning.
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