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Ann of the Wild Rose Inn is a heartwarming story about finding true love and almost losing it. Roger is the British sailor Ann loved but couldn't have for the sake of her family. Will everything work out for her?
Jennifer Armstrong's two masterful novels about Mary Mehan are now together in one volume. Set against the pivotal events of the American Civil War,The Dreams of Mairhe Mehandepicts an Irish immigrant girl and her family, struggling to find their place in a country at war with itself. In a starred review,Kirkus Reviewssaid, "Armstrong mixes vision and reality with breathtaking virtuosity, salting Mairhe's narrative with poetic turns of phrase, snatches of song, story, and history. " Mary Mehan Awaketakes up Mary's story after the war when, much like the broken country, Mary must begin a journey of emotional and physical renewal. Of this book,The Horn Book Magazinesaid, "The story unfolds effortlessly and richly. It's TheSecret Gardenfor an older audience, with friendship and nature gratifyingly providing healing and wholeness. " This new Readers' Circle edition includes an interview with the author discussing her ideas about how history is remembered and recorded, and the obligations and opportunities of the historical novelist.
A lyrical novel about a day in the life of a young pioneer girl growing up on the Dakota prairie is now available in a Knopf Paperback edition. This widely praised and beautifully crafted tale deftly evokes the vast expanse of the American West, the hardships faced by pioneer families, and the strong bonds of family and community.
A teenage girl in the Massachusetts Colony discovers she must suppress the religion and healing arts she learned as a child in Scotland in order to conform to Puritan society.
Struggling with financial difficulties due to the Prohibition and her brother's wish to make the inn into a speakeasy, Claire MacKenzie is drawn into a mystery regarding the murder of the town drunk and fears her brother may be involved.
A haunting novel that weaves together its narrator's dreams, Irish legend, and the pivotal events of the American Civil War, "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan", portrays a family of Irish immigrants struggling to find its identity in the new world, and a nation struggling to be born anew out of the carnage of war. Mairhe Mehan is sixteen, a resident of Swampoodle, Washington D.C.'s Irish slum. Here brother Mike, a laborer building the new dome of the U.S. Capitol, suddenly enlists as a volunteer in the Union Army, leaving Mairhe with her father, an ailing old man whose heart is in the Ireland he has left behind. Terrified for her brother's life and alone in a Washington filled with the fighting's chaotic overflow, Mairhe confronts her own choice between Ireland and America as the Civil War heads toward its defining moment at the Battle of Gettysburg.
In 1855 in Galveston, Texas, ten-year-old Gretel and her two spoiled, complaining sisters all hope to be accepted as a companion to Frau Dimpel, the richest German lady in town.
Hilary pulled her bike up alongside the paddock at Stanton Hill fifteen minutes later. "Skyline, Gulliver, Coronado . . . ," she said under her breath as she looked at the horses in the paddock. She blinked. Jet wasn't with the others. Jet wasn't in the paddock at all!
An utterly amazing, true, first-person account of one girlÂ's experience in wartime. Irene Gut Opdyke was a Catholic Polish nursing student when WWII broke out. She soon became mired in the horrors of central Europe as, at various times, a partisan, a refugee, a housekeeper to the Nazis and, over all, as a heroine. She singlehandedly saved the lives of at least 16 Jewish people from the Holocaust. Now living in America and aged 77, Irene, with the help of a respected historical novelist, has told her story with all the power and passion that such a remarkable history can inspire.
IRENE GUT WAS just 17 in 1939, when the Germans and Russians devoured her native Poland. Just a girl, really. But a girl who saw evil and chose to defy it."No matter how many Holocaust stories one has read, this one is a must, for its impact is so powerful."--School Library Journal, StarredA Book Sense Top Ten PickA Publisher's Weekly Choice of the Year's Best Books A Booklist Editors Choice
Irene Gut was just seventeen in 1939, when the Germans and the Russians divided and devoured her native Poland. In an instant her life would be transformed--distilled to flight, capture, escape, and hiding. After being rounded up outside of church one Sunday, Irene was put to work for the German Army. Her blond hair, her blue eyes, her youth--these bought her the relatively safe job of kitchen helper and waitress in an officer's dining room. But behind this Aryan mask, Irene began to wage her own war. She picked up snatches of conversation along with the Nazi's dirty dishes and passed the information to Jews in the ghetto. She raided the German Warenhaus for food and blankets. She smuggled Jews from the work camp into the forest. And , when she was made the housekeeper for a Nazi Major, she managed to hide twelve people in the basement of his home and to keep them safe there until the Germans' defeat. Irene Gut Opdyke has received many honors for her actions: Israel's Medal of Honor, recognition from the Vatican, a permanent place in the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. But this memoir, masterfully written by Jennifer Armstrong, strips away the laudatory titles--Holocaust Rescuer, Righteous Gentile--and reveals the woman herself. Just a girl, really. A girl who saw evil around her and chose to defy it. A girl who proves that the actions of one good person can make a difference; that the will to protect is every bit as powerful as the will to destroy. Ms. Opdyke began to share her story only recently--after hearing the holocaust denounced as a hoax, or propaganda. She now travels the country, speaking about her experiences. Her favorite audience is young people--people who are now the same age she was when the war began. These are the people who are now the same age she was when the war began. These are the people Irene most hopes to empower with the message that each of us can, and must, decide for ourselves what is good and what is evil, and behave accordingly.
Cory put her hands to her face. She was covered with layers of gauze, and she tore at it, layer after layer shedding in her hands as she hurried onward. The rocks in the path were bones and grinning skulls. This was what she had been stumbling over, and what her dress had been catching on. Panicked, she looked up. Five years after a deadly plague killed all the Grown-ups, the world's population has nearly vanished. Civilization is gone, and the children who outlived their parents have mostly perished of hunger or disease. But ten children survived, and have forged a new family, a new life, and together traveled up the coast of Florida, searching for answers. To their shock, they've found a group of adults, the only Grown-ups they've seen for years, living in an abandoned shopping mall. The Grown-ups seem delighted to see the children, and welcome them to the brave new world they've made for themselves -- a place with comforts the family had forgotten: cupcakes, clean clothes, adults to depend on. But something is terribly wrong. This friendly community is not what it appears. Can they find out the truth -- before it's too late? In this second book of the "Fire-us Trilogy", Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher return to the post-apocalyptic world they created in "The Kindling", as the family searches for the dark truth at the heart of the Fire-us.
After a virus destroys most of the world's adult population, a band of children travels in search of an explanation for the dark mystery that forms the heart of their existence.
It is the year 2007. The world has been wiped out by a deadly plague that killed all the adults. Without them, children perished of hunger and disease. No more people, no more electricity, no more civilization -- just mildewed houses, overgrown yards, and abandoned cars. Yet on a highway strip outside a small town in Florida, the words "We're Still Here" are painted in letters big enough to be seen from an airplane -- although no planes ever cross the empty sky. Miraculously, seven children have survived among the ruins. They cannot remember their names, their families, or much else from the Before Time. But they have forged a new family, with new names: Mommy, Hunter, Teacher, Action Figure, Teddy Bear, Baby, and Doll. They must face each day with enough hope to endure and the strength to realize that there may be nothing out there worth living for. Then one day, a new kid shows up on their doorstep and changes everything. He invites them to join him on a dangerous journey to Washington, to find a man called President if he's still alive -- and seek the answers to the mystery at the heart of the Fire-us. In this first book of the Fire-us Trilogy, Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher weave a compelling post-apocalyptic tale, luring readers into a world that is inventive enough to intrigue, yet true enough to believe.
A spirited young girl does not want to leave her home in Norway to go to live in Minnesota, but aboard ship on the way to America, she proves why she is called "Lili the Brave."
In a compelling sequel to the highly praised "The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan", Mairhe, who has now taken the name Mary, leaves Washington, D.C., to take a position as a domestic servant in upstate New York. The Civil War has ended. Mary's brother, Mike, has been killed at Gettysburg, her father has returned home to Ireland, and, after two years of nursing wounded and dying soldiers in the capital's hospitals, Mary is emotionally exhausted and physically defeated. But in her new life on the shores of Lake Ontario, Mary finds renewal and her senses gradually re-awaken. Each of the novel's five sections focuses on a different sense -- as Mary learns to assist explorer and naturalist Jasper Dorsett in photographing birds, she begins to see things with a photographer's eye; as she falls in love with Dorsett's stable hand, a veteran left deaf by the war, she learns to describe the sounds she hears for him; and so forth, through the renewal of smell, taste, and touch. This challenging and poetic young adult novel concludes Mary's story with a mixture of sparkling language, thematic richness, and emotional depth.
Nine-year-old Patrick promises his buddies that his baseball hero will come to their playground in Hell's Kitchen, bat for him, and chase the Copperheads out.
Mathew B. Brady was already a famous photographer by the time the Civil War began. But the war gave Brady something else: The chance to make a RECORD OF A WAR -- this war -- in a way that had never been done before: WITH TRUE-TO-LIFE PICTURES INSTEAD OF JUST WORDS. He hired field photographers to travel with the troops, equipped them with cameras and wagons filled with supplies, and sent them out with the directive to make a visual record of the war and to show people scenes they could have only read about before. The pictures the field photographers sent back were HAUNTING, BEAUTIFUL, DEVASTATING, AND TOTALLY UNFORGETTABLE. And thousands of them included the notation "Photo by Brady." Though Brady didn't actually take the photographs, he was the genius behind them. His vision and foresight gave the country images that not only touched the people at the time, but have gone on to leave an indelible mark on the collective memory of this country. And the name of Mathew Brady will always be remembered with them. In Photo By Brady, Jennifer Armstrong tells the story of the Civil War as seen through the lenses of its recorders. It is a moving and elegant look at the brutal and deadly time.
As bullets ring and bombs are dropped, children watch--mostly from the sidelines, but occasionally in the direct line of fire. Unaware of the political issues or power struggles behind the battle, all they know are the human, emotional consequences of this thing called war. This collection examines all of war's implications for young people--from those caught in the line of fire to the children of the veterans of wars long past. Critically acclaimed author Jennifer Armstrong brings together 12 powerful voices in young people's literature to explore the realities of war from a child's perspective. The settings vary widely--the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, an attempted coup in Venezuela, the American Civil War, crisis in the Middle East--but the effects are largely the same. In war, no life is ever left untouched. In war, lives are shattered.
As bullets ring out and bombs are dropped, children watch from the sidelines, but occasionally in the direct line of fire. Unaware of the political or power struggles behind the battle, all they know are the consequences of this thing called war. A dozen short stories on the effect of war on children.
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.
In 1855 two thirteen-year-old girls, one white and one black, run away from a southern farm and make the difficult journey north to freedom, living to recount their story forty-one years later to two similar young girls.
Four girls who run a pet-sitting agency have a chimp as a customer who is learning sign language.
The Dear Mr. President series brings history alive through fictitious correspondence between a president and a young person. These thought-provoking letters provide valuable insights into important moments in American history through their portrayal of issues from other times. Although the letters are imagined, they are all based upon meticulous historical research. To capture each president's personality and the voice of the youth of each time period, the authors draw on definitive books, firsthand interviews, and other reliable sources. Elegantly designed in two colors, the books include primary source material, reproductions of actual letters, a presidential biography, U.S. postal history, timelines, and an index. The interactive Web footnotes throughout the books are a unique feature of the Dear Mr. President series. These footnotes point readers to the series Web page at winslowpress.com for further information on a particular topic. This invaluable Web page encourages individual exploration, expertly guiding visitors through the vast resources of the Internet. There they will find primary source materials, links, historical sites, interactive games, and activities.
"Four score and seven years ago..." So begins one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States -- Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Given on a cold November day, it wasn't much of a speech, really -- just a few remarks. Not meant to be remembered. But these few remarks have been remembered. Why? What was the true meaning behind them? Where did they come from? Why is it so important that we never forget what President Lincoln said on that cold November day?
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