The barn was never going to be the biggest in Oregon Territory. There was a chance, however, it could mean the most. After all, Ben and his older sister and brother, Nettie and Harrison, built it themselves. They felled the trees, split them into logs, piled stones for foundations, hoisted the walls, and roofed them over. Ben insisted they get no help. The barn, he said, was to be their gift for Father, who lay sick and silent as a cave on his bed in their one-room house, or in the wheel-barrow propped up like some corn-husk doll. Ben thought Father should see the progress of the barn. For hadn't the man agreed, with a flick of his eyes, that a barn would make him well? Avi's story is set in 1855, but as a tribute to hope and resourcefulness it is timeless. Bookshare has at least 20 books by Avi. Some are sad, and some are funny, Some set in the present and some in the past, and some are for younger kids and others for older kids and teens. Check them out by searching Avi in the Bookshare library.
Avi's suspense-filled, seafaring adventure gets a bold new package! It's 1851. Fifteen-year-old Maura O'Connell and her twelve-year-old brother Patrick are about to set sail on an epic voyage to America to flee the brutal poverty of Ireland and to be reunited with their father. Eleven-year-old Laurence Kirkle, the son of an English lord, runs away from home to escape his cruel older brother and start a new life in a new world. All three children face nothing but obstacles along the way--from stolen money to con men to hunger and fatigue. It seems that none of them will get out of the port city of Liverpool until fate brings them together. Avi's masterful plot-spinning skills create an adventure filled with unexpected twists and turns.
Avi's suspenseful seafaring adventure ESCAPE FROM HOME continues in INTO THE STORM. Fifteen-year-old Maura and twelve-year-old Patrick O'Connell are finally free from the impoverished conditions of their small Irish village. Though they've made it onto the ship to America, there's still a treacherous journey ahead of them. In the storage hold, ten-year-old Laurence Kirkle struggles to survive and stay hidden as the ship's crew searches for stowaways to throw overboard. All three children are in search of a better world and a new home. But will they find what they're looking for in America? Once again, Avi skillfully creates an edge-of-your-seat adventure brimming with action and heart.
From Publishers Weekly: Devotees of historical novels will quickly become absorbed in this drama set in 19th-century England, about the misadventures of an Irish peasant and the young son of an English lord who cross paths before boarding a ship bound for America. The biting irony present in Avi's contemporary novels (Nothing but the Truth; City of Light, City of Dark) surfaces here in portrayals of the sharp contrasts between the upper and lower classes. Although the plot does tend to meander (the emigrants do not actually set sail until the last few pages), the author provides so many enticing side attractions in the form of unsavory villains and extraordinary twists of fate that readers will stay hooked. Full of tongue-in-cheek contrivances, this voluminous, Dickensian-style novel offers surprises around every corner. Fittingly, the book ends in medias res, so readers must await the September '96 publication of the second, and final, installment, Lord Kirkle's Money, to discover the destinies of Patrick and Laurence, the two unlikely traveling companions. Ages 11-14. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc
From Publishers Weekly It is no small feat replicating the narrative style, character types and intricate plotting of a 19th-century serial novel, but Avi continues to accomplish the task with panache in Book Two of his ongoing saga about a family of poor Irish immigrants and the runaway son of an English lord. Just as good as its predecessor, The Escape from Home (Children's Forecasts, Apr. 1), this story begins where that book left off. Siblings Patrick and Maura O'Connell, aboard the Robert Peel on their way to meet their father in the U.S., are sharing cramped quarters with hundreds of other travelers. Lord Laurence Kirkle, robbed of his fortune, is a stowaway, while his two enemies, Mr. Clemspool and Mr. Grout, enjoy the comforts of first class accommodation. The stew of trouble that begins to simmer on ship comes to full boil when Patrick, Maura and Laurence finally set foot on land and discover just what kind of opportunity awaits them in America. Poverty, wretched working conditions, anti-Irish sentiments and news of Mr. O'Connell's death are only a few of the obstacles crossing the youngsters' paths. The future holds some promise for the characters by the time this book ends, but plenty of loose ends remain to whet appetites for another installment. Adventure lovers should not be intimidated by the thickness of this volume. Its short chapters full of clever narrative hooks and fast-paced adventure will keep most readers on the edge of their seats. Ages 11-14. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"... people did not understand magic properly. Magic was not to change things. No, magic was a way of keeping things the way they were." At least, that's what Maggie believes at the start of a month-long vacation with her father. But why is he acting so strangely, making secretive phone calls and giving way to angry outbursts? And why does Maggie's stepmother turn to her for help? Then, in the marsh, there is the majestic, solitary heron that so captivates Maggie. It appears to have a magic all its own. But someone else, Maggie discovers, has been watching the heron. And this person wishes to kill it. As Maggie struggles to find a way to save her father and the heron, she begins to sense a connection between all these events. Knowing proves not enough; Maggie must share this new kind of magic, a magic she can only receive right from the great blue heron itself.
Summary by Hyperion Books for Children: THE BOOK WITHOUT WORDS is a volume of blank parchment pages-or so it might seem. But for a green-eyed reader filled with great desire, it may reveal the dark magic of Northumbria, including the forgotten arts of making gold and achieving immortality. For generations its magic has been protected from those who would exploit it. But on a terrible day of death and destruction, the Book Without Words falls into the hands of a desperate boy. Seventy-three years later, that boy, Thorston, is an old man on the brink of realizing his dangerous dream-when he falls down, dead. Now his servant, Sybil, and his magical talking raven, Odo, must face their fate. With their master gone, will they be evicted into the cold, decaying streets of Fulworth to fend for themselves? Or can they somehow unlock the secrets of the Book Without Words? Sybil and Odo soon learn that nothing is as it appears to be: secrets are not secrets, gold is not gold. Most important of all, their master's death and their own lives are not certain. Set in early medieval England and rich with mystery and atmosphere, this is a thought-provoking fable about life and death, greed and betrayal, magic and secrets.
Five wishes can save a suffering kingdom--but at a high price to 12-year-old Morwenna, who is responsible for granting them. A sensitively written tale which poses philosophical questions about selfishness, selflessness, and the terrible burden of what first appears to be wonderful gifts.
Following the Revolution, an eleven-year-old boy becomes the captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own "nation," supported by piracy, on a remote part of the New Jersey coast.
Alone in his apartment during Christmas vacation, 11-year-old Eric finds himself caught in a battle between a strange exterminator and the rat he wants to kill.
As a newsboy on the streets of 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks Geless has a hard enough time evading the grasp of the Plug Ugly gang, whose sinister boss wants to control all the newsies on the Lower East Side. But now Maks is burdened with a new challenge: proving the innocence of his sister, Emma--in just four days. While Emma's confined to the city jail for allegedly stealing a watch at the glamorous new Waldorf Hotel, Maks teams up with Willa, a strange but loyal girl who lives alone in an alley, and Bartleby Donck, an eccentric lawyer (among other employments), to do some urgently needed detective work. The vividly described sights and sounds of tenement New York--and Avi's trademark plot twists and turns--thrust the reader alongside Maks as he confronts a world teeming with wealth and crime and struggles against powerful forces that threaten new immigrants and the fabric of family love.forces threatening new immigrants and the fabric of family love.
Branded as traitors by the king's authorities, Crispin and his guardian, Bear, flee to coastal towns in fourteenth-century England, where they perform a musical juggling act and bond as a family after befriending a disfigured girl.
Set in the 14th century, this is the story of a 13-year-old boy's flight across England. A Newbery Award Winner.
As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear's teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom. After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ever, wandering the desolate French countryside, where they don't speak the language and know no one. The only hope they cling to is that somehow they can reach Iceland, where Bear had said there were no kings or lords, and where they can live in freedom. Crispin is determined to fulfill this dream, both for himself and to honor Bear's memory. But the road to liberty is filled with danger, betrayal, and loss. Crispin must decide for himself what freedom really means-and how high a price he is willing to pay for it.
Sixteen-year-old John Proud discovers his family's dark secret--in 1854 an ancestral namesake confessed to being a demon. Now John finds himself battling his ancestor who is trying to use John for an evil purpose.
Brooklyn, NY, 1943: Howie's pop is in the merchant marine, dodging Nazi U-boat wolf packs on the brutal North Atlantic sea. Denny, Howie's best friend, has a father in the Eighth Army, battling Nazi General Rommel in North Africa. Every day the boys face reminders of war - scary headlines, blackouts, scrap collections, war-stamp drives. During the week, they depend on Miss Rolanda Gossim, their teacher, to keep their minds off their worries. She may be strict, but she's kind and a lot prettier than any movie pinup. When Howie discovers she is about to be fired, he needs to find out why, and - with the help of Denny and the rest of their class - he makes plans to keep her on the job. Award-winning author Avi has spun a tale that could have taken, place anywhere in wartime America. It is rich with authentic Brooklyn voices and memories of the early 1940s - days when unexpected, even shocking events took place without warning; days when no matter what happened, you could explain it all with "Don't you know there's a war on?'
During the summer of 1875, a seven-year-old girl is sent to live with her wealthy uncle and becomes involved in a very suspicious bank robbery.
To young Elizabeth Mawes and Robert Linnly, runaway indentured servants, Easton Township means hope after a long and terrifying journey northward. With jobs, security, and freedom so near, Elizabeth is suffering from a fever caused by a festering arm wound. She can go no farther. She can't even keep her eyes open. Desperate to save her, Robert asks for help from a gentle but destitute mad hermit woman and seeks employment from a man he feels he can trust. Life is perilous for these children in mid 18th century Pennsylvania. Robert faces danger and hardship at every turn and he and those around him make moral choices which reflect American culture of 250 years ago. As usual the characters and action in Avi's gripping story make it impossible to put the book down until the end.
Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So with his new friend Edward the ant, Avon sets out on a journey to find the excitement his life has been missing. This modern fable is filled with funny--and profound--insights about the meaning of things . . . great and small.
Feeling neglected on his birthday, Ereth, the cantankerous old porcupine, sets out looking for his favorite treat and instead finds himself acting as "mother" to three young fox kits.
Jonathan, 13, knows he's ready to fight the British. He can handle a gun. He yearns to don a uniform and battle for glory, just like his brother and cousin. So on this day when the tavern bell tolls, calling men to arms, Jonathan doesn't ask his father's permission. He simply goes. And to his joy, he's accepted. In the next 24 hours, Jonathan learns what it means to fight, and to be a soldier. He also learns what it's like to meet death face to face. It's a lesson he will never forget...
It's 1635, and Mary and her family live in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where Mary's father, Roger Williams, is on trial for preaching what was then considered radical ideas about freedom and equality. When Roger is found guilty, he must escape and travel into the wilderness, where his only hope will be to find his friends the Narragansett Indians. Avi's account of how Roger Williams founded Providence, Rhode Island, is vividly brought to life by James Watling's evocative pictures.
This children's book is a wonderfully told tale narrated from the unique perspective of dogs. The exciting, touching story revolves around the dogs and people of Steamboat and their encounter with a wolf. McKinley is happily caring for his human pup, Jack, and the dogs in his pack in town when a wolf arrives hoping to lure dogs to join her family of wolves which has become too small. Jack wants to sneak away to live in the wild with the wolf, an abused Greyhound is trying to flee from her cruel master, and an Irish Setter wants to prove he should be pack leader by tracking the wolf so the townspeople who fear her can shoot her. McKinley is kept busy protecting the greyhound, preventing Jack from trying to join the wolf in the midst of a snowstorm, and helping the wounded wolf escape to the safety of the wilderness. All the while, he wonders if he'd rather run wild or remain loyal to humans. At the end of the story there are discussion questions and suggested activities as well as a list of recommended books by Avi. You will find these books and more than a dozen other books by Avi in the Bookshare collection.
When his father is killed fighting for the Union in the War Between the States, thirteen-year-old Tom Carroll must take a job to help support his family. He manages to find work at a bustling ironworks in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where dozens of men are frantically pounding together the strangest ship Tom has ever seen. A ship made of iron. Tom becomes assistant to the ship's inventor, a gruff, boastful man named Captain John Ericsson. He soon learns that the Union army has very important plans for this iron ship called the Monitor. It is supposed to fight the Confederate "sea monster"--another ironclad--the Merrimac. But Ericsson is practically the only person who believes the Monitor will float. Everyone else calls it "Ericsson's Folly" or "the iron coffin." Meanwhile, Tom's position as Ericsson's assistant has made him a target of Confederate spies, who offer him money for information about the ship. Tom finds himself caught between two certain dangers: an encounter with murderous spies and a battle at sea in an iron coffin.
An outcast eight-year-old boy, orphaned by the Civil War, is taken in by the owner of a traveling medicine show and, despite the doubts of others, years later he confirms the man's faith in him.
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