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100 Easy Ways to Get Your Kids Reading: A Busy Mom's Guide

by Kathleen Duey Jacob Dubi

Part how-to, part scrapbook, this parenting guide helps turn the grueling task of learning to read into an everyday pleasure. Taking into account a family's busy schedule, these activities and suggestions make reading fun whenever and wherever--turning short car trips and even breakfasts into opportunities to read. Parents are encouraged to create a reader-friendly environment at home by setting aside space for a reading comfort zone and time for a family reading group, and incorporating professional storytelling tips that make each read-aloud experience one no child wants to miss. Scrapbook and journal space transforms this parenting tool into a cherished keepsake by allowing parents to track their child's progress, record favorite books, and note accomplishments.

Alexia Ellery Finsdale: San Francisco, 1905 (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

In San Francisco near the beginning of the twentieth century, Alexia faces a moral dilemma when her con man father tries to cheat the widow who has been like a mother to Alexia.

Amelina Carrett: Bayou Grand Coeur, Louisiana, 1870 (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

Bayou Grand Coeur, Louisiana, 1863. I wonder if the Confederates think of this war as their own? Or the Yankees? Who would want a war to be their own? Amelina is frightened. She is used to being alone while her Nonc Alain is away trading, but now Yankee soldiers are so close that she can sometimes hear the rumble of gunfire. Just because her close-knit Cajun community has for the most part been uninvolved in the war doesn't mean Nonc Alain's farm would be spared if the Yankees swept through the area. When Amelina makes a startling discovery that challenges everything she's been told about the Yankees, she is forced to make her own decision about what is right and what is wrong. Can she find the courage to face the danger that her decision brings?

Anisett Lundberg: California, 1851 (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

California 1851: Anisett and her mother and younger brother struggle to make a meager living by providing meals for miners in rough gold camps. Anisett resents the harshness of her life and her mother's favoritism toward her brother, so, when she finds a small chunk of gold while fetching water from the creek, she keeps the discovery to herself.

Bonita (Spirit of the Cimarron)

by Kathleen Duey

Adventure, drama, wild horses running free. The American West is brought to life through the eyes of the horses who were there in a new program of books inspired by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the new film coming May 2002 from DreamWorks. Bonita is a pampered riding horse in San Antonio when the Mexican War for Independence breaks out. Torn from her beloved mistress, Bonita is forced into a life of hardship. But new found strength enables her to escape from her captors and find a new life of freedom.

Castle Avamir

by Omar Rayyan Kathleen Duey

It has been a long, hard winter, and the Gypsies are glad to be leaving Lord Levin's mountains for the sunny plains of Lord Kaybale's lands. But that means time is running out for Heart. The old stories say that Castle Avamir is higher than the clouds, deep in a valley, under the stars, and over the moon. It makes no sense -- but if Heart can't solve the riddle, she might never find a safe haven for her beloved unicorns.

Celou Sudden Shout: Idaho, 1826 (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

In 1827 in Idaho twelve-year-old Celou Sudden Shout, who is half-French and half-Shoshone, attempts to rescue her mother and two younger brothers from the Crow warriors who kidnapped them.

Earthquake: San Francisco, 1906 (Survival!)

by Kathleen Duey Karen A. Bale

When two young strangers meet by chance on the day of the San Francisco earthquake, they struggle to survive the terror of crumbling buildings, fire, looting, and chaos.

Emma Eileen Grove (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

Twelve-year-old Emma receives unexpected friendship from a Black roustabout and a Union soldier during an explosion on the steamboat Sultana in 1865.

Emma Eileen Grove: Mississippi, 1865 (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

Twelve-year-old Emma receives unexpected friendship from a Black roustabout and a Union soldier during an explosion on the steamboat Sultana in 1865.

Esperanza (Spirit of the Cimarron)

by Kathleen Duey

Adventure, drama, wild horses running free. The American West is brought to life through the eyes of the horses who were there in a new program of books inspired by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the new film coming May 2002 from DreamWorks. Strider is a wild mustang born to freedom in the Cimarron Valley. When a drought hits the valley, Strider sets out to find the horses a new place to live. But on the way, danger strikes, and Strider must make the ultimate sacrifice for the herd.

Fire

by Kathleen Duey Karen A. Bale

Can two kids survive the flames of the great Chicago Fire of 1871? Find out in this riveting historical fiction, part of the Survivor series.Nate Copper and his best friend Ryan love to sneak out at night to watch firefighters battle the blazes that have plagued Chicago all through the dry, windy summer of 1871. Wealthy Julie Flynn, suffocated by her overprotective parents, can't imagine adventures like Nate's--and he's definitely not a boy she would ever be friends with. But fate and fire throw Nate and Julie together on the dark and dangerous streets of Chicago, and in the chaos of the crowds, Julie is kidnapped. Nate has to try to figure out a way to free her before the wind-driven flames spreading across the city cut off their only chance of escape. Will Nate and Julie be able to survive?

Flood: Mississippi, 1927 (Survival!)

by Kathleen Duey Karen A. Bale

When the raging Mississippi threatens their secret cache of hard-earned nickels and pennies, Molly and her white friend Garrett risk their lives to retrieve the money.

Following Magic

by Sandara Tang Kathleen Duey

Faerie princess Alida and Gavin, the human boy who helped her escape from Lord Dunraven's castle, are desperate to find Alida's family, now living in a hidden place where the banished faerie community has resettled. Alida and Gavin's friendship grows stronger as they face cold and rain and the constant threat of Lord Dunraven's guards. But now that Alida's escape has put the fragile peace between Lord Dunraven and the faeries in jeopardy, will her family welcome her back?

Forest Fire: Hinckley, Minnesota, 1894 (Survival!)

by Kathleen Duey Karen A. Bale

In 1894, Daniel and Carrie fight to survive as an uncontrollable forest fire threatens to destroy their small Minnesota mill town.

Francesca Vigilucci: Washington, D. C., 1913 (American Diaries)

by Kathleen Duey

The suffragists are all over the newspapers these days. Father fumes and frets about it and Mother soothes him, saying it will never be put into law. Everything is changing for women in 1913. The Washington Post is full of headlines about the suffragists. More women are working to support themselves. The nearly 100-year battle for women's right to vote is coming closer to victory. Francesca Vigilucci's father rages about it; her mother avoids the topic altogether. Francesca only knows she doesn't want the future her parents have planned for her, a life of privilege and good works as the obedient wife to a successful man. The only person who seems to understand is Laura, a cleaning girl in the Vigilucci household. Then a prominent suffragist, in town for the White House picket line and a suffragist parade, comes to one of Mother's charity luncheons. Francesca finds the courage to admit her secret dream of becoming a reporter -- but how can she ever persuade her parents?

The Full Moon

by Kathleen Duey Sandara Tang

In simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions, the final book in a four-book chapter book series, a companion to The Unicorn's Secret. The faeries have returned to their beloved meadow near the village of Ash Grove. Winter is coming and they are working hard to prepare for the storms--and to stay hidden. Alida saved the villagers' crops from Lord Dunraven's greed, but now the people of Ash Grove know that the faeries have returned. Will they tell Lord Dunraven's guards? The faeries live in fear of being discovered and Alida wants desperately to find a way to make her family safer. Then a frightening accident in the woods outside Ash Grove brings even more danger, and an opportunity for Alida to forge a friendship that could change the faeries' lives forever. The risk is terrible--Alida can only follow her heart.

Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang #1

by Kathleen Duey

Katie Rose is dreaming of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken Mustang. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness. When Katie learns that the Stevenses plan to join the expansion West without her or the Mustang she decides to go on her own.

Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang #2

by Kathleen Duey

Katie Rose dreams of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken Mustang. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness. When Katie learns that the Stevenses plan to join the expansion she makes a decision to go on her own with Mustang.

Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang #3

by Kathleen Duey

Katie Rose dreams of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Then Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken mustang. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness. When the Stevens' plan to join the expansion West, without her or the mustang, she makes a desperate decision to go on her own, taking her mustang.

Hoofbeats: Katie and the Mustang #4

by Kathleen Duey

Katie continues westward with the Kylers to search for land. Katie's worst fears are confirmed in that her uncle is not there. She realizes that she cannot keep the mustang at home anymore. Left with no family and without the mustang to rely on, Katie must find her own way.

Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare #1

by Kathleen Duey

The spirit of Connemara shines in four exciting novels about a girl and a foal during the time of the Norman invasion. In Book One, Lara, the kind-hearted daughter of a cattle baron, tends to her family's herd in the Irish highlands, where she rescues an orphaned foal. In a heated battle, both are kidnapped by a warring clan. In Book Two, as the foal matures, Lara becomes a competent horsewoman and decides to search for her family, only to find that her homeland has been destroyed. Book Three finds Lara back with the clan. Recognized for her great skills, she is traded, along with the horse, to Norman invaders. In Book Four, the series concludes as Lara finds purpose in training nuns to breed horses.

Hoofbeats: Lara and the Moon-colored Filly #2

by Kathleen Duey

Captured by members of another Irish clan, Lara continues to protect the young filly, Dannsair, and ponders how they might escape together.

Hoofbeats: Lara and the Moon-colored Filly #4

by Kathleen Duey

Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth.

Hoofbeats: Lara at Athenry Castle #3

by Kathleen Duey

Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. Her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. She finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Childless milk-cow helps her. A rival clan captures them both.

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