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Winner of a Newbery Honor, an exciting ancient Egyptian mystery!<P><P> Ranofer wants only one thing in the world: to be a master goldsmith like his beloved father was. But how can he when he is all but imprisoned by his evil half brother, Gebu? Ranofer knows the only way he can escape Gebu's abuse is by changing his destiny. But can a poor boy with no skills survive on the cutthroat streets of ancient Thebes? Then Ranofer finds a priceless golden goblet in Gebu's room and he knows his luck--and his destiny--are about to change.
Greensleeves is a 310 page romantic coming-of-age novel for teens and adults first published in 1968 and written by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, author of the Newbery Honor novels The Moor Child, The Golden Goblet, and Moccasin Trail. During the summer before she begins college, the clever and independent-minded Shannon Lightley, the first person narrator, persuades her uncle to let her go on an adventure in which she plays the role of a spy in order to expose what she suspects is a conspiracy to fraudulently exploit a cryptically worded will. In the process, she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious young man who has a generous heart, who is as brilliant as she is, and who has scholarly ambitions equal to hers. At the end, she must make a decision about her future, to follow love or to pursue freedom and the promise of life.
By age nine, Joel has mastered all the tricks in his magic kit. Now he wants to do real magic. When he accidentally summons up a real wizard, he has the chance. How Joel learns that his own magic is the best kind, and eventually gets rid of the overzealous Merlini, makes a wonderfully wacky comedy for aspiring young tricksters.
Mara is a proud and beautiful slave girl who yearns for freedom. But her escape from her cruel master only places her at the mercy of not one, but two rival masters who each support contenders to the throne of Egypt-and who would kill Mara instantly if they suspected her role as double spy. Although distrustful of both at first, Mara begins to believe in one of them, Sheftu, and his plan to restore Thutmose III to the throne. And as her belief grows stronger, Mara finds herself, against her will, falling in love with him. But before she can reveal that love and pledge her aid to Sheftu, her duplicity is discovered, and a battle ensues in which both Mara's life and the fate of Egypt are at stake.
Master Cornhill is a 200 page novel first published in 1973 and written by the acclaimed writer for children and adults Eloise Jarvis McGraw, author of The Newbery Honor novel The Moorchild. The summary by Atheneum reads as follows: Before the Great Plague swept London in 1665, eleven-year-old foundling Michael Cornhill had led a sheltered, happy life with his foster family and seldom wondered about the parents he had never known. Sent hastily from the city when his foster mother succumbed to the dread plague, Michael survived; but eight months later when he returned, all his family and friends had perished. Homeless and penniless, he brooded now about his unknown origins and worried about his future. Two new friends made life possible for him-Tom Godfrey, a carefree young man who sang ballads on street corners for a living, and Susanna, a sturdily independent girl who kept house for an old Dutch map-maker. Though Michael liked helping Tom sell ballads, he knew-and Susanna often reminded him-that this was not really the way to spend the rest of his life. Then another disaster struck the ancient city. A fierce conflagration, known to history as the Great Fire of London, swept everything before it in a gigantic holocaust. How Michael and Tom struggled through it, attempting to reach Susanna and the old map-maker, and how Michael found the direction his life should eventually take, make up the concluding section of this absorbing story, brimming with authentic detail and swift in its dramatic conclusion. For its fascinating portrait of England in a time of crisis no less than for its powerful narrative and compelling story of friendship and courage, this is a book of lasting value.
Description by Reilly and Lee Publishing: When Robin Brown of Cherryburg, Oregon, climbed on a scarlet merry-go-round horse at a carnival, he never dreamed he and his horse would go cantering right off to Oz. Nor could Fess, the pageboy, foresee, when he awoke that morning in the little Munchkin kingdom of Halidom, that before night he would discover a National Disaster and set off on a perilous Quest with Prince Gules, to save the kingdom. As for Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion, how could they guess that their simple trip to order Easter eggs would turn into a search for magic treasure? Yet all these things happened, and all these astonished travelers-plus a Steed, a Flitter- mouse, and a Unicorn-eventually wound up as companions, in the most exciting and curious adventures of their lives. A thrilling new story of wit and courage, danger and fun, lovable and fearsome characters in the wonderful Land of Oz.
Jim Keath has lived for 6 years as a Crow Indian when he learns that his siblings are journeying west to take up land.<P><P> Newbery Medal Honor book
Margaret K McElderry books' description: Thirteen-year-old Scott and his younger sister Melinda expected new-school problems but not the baffling, peculiar events of their first weeks on the Oregon farm their great-grandfather had left their mother. They had always heard talk of his "Money Room" but never a hint of where - or what-it was. Now, with no friends yet and their mother absorbed in her new job, they were determined to find whatever treasure the old house held. Spurred on by a passage from an old diary and the startling contents of a tin box they found in the attic, Scott and Lindy plunged into a deepening mystery, one that soon had them wondering uneasily who else was trying to find the Money Room, and what would happen if he got there first. This highly entertaining adventure by the author of A Really 'Weird Summer, which won the Mystery Writers of America 1978 "Edgar" award for "the best juvenile mystery of the year," reflects a warm family feeling, a fine sense of place, and a sure narrative gift.
Margaret K. McElderry Books' description: They never discussed the divorce, the Anderson children. Twelve-year-old Nels, the oldest, knew it was on Stevie's mind, but he wondered if Jenny and Rory, the two youngest, even grasped what was going on while the four of them put in the lonesome days at the strange old Inn that was home to their great-aunt and uncle. It was exile to them, with no friends, no swimming, no parents-not even yelling, fighting parents. Maybe never two parents again, Nels kept thinking. Then one morning he discovered a long-unused room, glimpsed a mysterious image in a mirror, and found his way into a secret world so secure and happy that the miserable real world Stevie and the others still lived in faded around him. But surely his secret world was real, too? And Alan, his mischievous, puzzling new friend? "What do I mean by 'real'?" Nels finally asked himself desperately-and there came a day of terror when he was driven to find the answer. This sensitively told story of a boy's flight from reality under severe stress is distinguished by its remarkable understanding of children, its skillful characterization and its unusual approach to the contemporary scene.
The trouble with nine-year-old Jacob--one trouble--was that he was hard to find when you wanted him. He was also hard to talk to, and gave strange answers to what seemed simple questions. But Andy Peterson, who saw him first, and later his twin sister, Kat, gradually became convinced that Jacob's real trouble was far greater than they'd supposed, and infinitely harder to cope with. When Andy rashly promised Jacob he'd cope, it became the twins' problem too. They were already busy helping their mother, Dodie, run her feckless brother's Hidden Creek Lodge in the Cascade foothills. And just when they were learning to drive Mr. Buckle's Belgian horses, Jacob's trouble took over their summer. Eventually it involved everybody--including the county sheriff's office. Mr. Buckle and the Sweet family tried to help; Mr. Len Harper, the egg-man, hindered every way he could; and the little mountain town of Harper's Mill split into wrangling factions. The way in which the twins, with Dodie's help, reached a strange and shocking solution to the riddle of Jacob will hold young readers to the last word of this unusual story, with its strong characterizations of the highly unidentical twins and the unforgettable Jacob. The author, Eloise McGraw, has also written the Newbery Honor novel The Moorchild, two additional Newbery Honor novels, and many other beloved children's novels.
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