Orphaned 12-year-old Elspeth Monro lives with her Scottish immigrant grandparents in North Carolina. The brewing American Revolution feels very far away to Elspeth and her Scottish neighbors -- until someone tries to force them to join the Revolutionary War.
The daring adventures of best friends Teresa Kretzer and Savilla Miller have earned them the title of "the bravest girls in Sharpsburg" -- and the admiration of Teresa's shy younger sister, Bethie. But when the Civil War looms, the girls become political enemies. Teresa is a staunch Unionist; Savilla, a Secessionist. Tensions escalate as the Confederate army marches into Maryland in September 1862. The question of which flag to display and how, the fear for the lives of loved ones on both sides, and the daily dangers facing the girls all culminate in the confrontation between Confederate and Union armies along Antietam Creek. Each girl most confront challenges which test everything she believes in. In the end, Teresa, Savilla, and Bethie all learn new definitions of courage as they struggle with issues of love, loss, and friendship amidst the horror of the Battle of Antietam Creek.
Molly still does her patriotic duty to help America win World War II, but in the spring of 1945 she's weary and troubled. Dad is home safe, but he seems different now. And someone is sneaking into the backyard shed and messing with the scrap she's collecting for a wartime drive. Is the intruder her classmate, her own brother-- or a prowler in the night?
KIT lands a summer job with her local newspaper.. As she noses around the zoo gathering facts for a kids' column, Kit stumbles into some strange monkey business. Her reporter's instincts tell her that she's onto something worth investigating--and she's determined to get the story!
When Jamie Carswell joins the 14th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment fighting in Vicksburg, Mississippi, he finds his cousin Althea living there, trying to make peace with her past and keep her family safe during the Union's siege.
When her father goes off to join the Yankee troops, fourteen-year-old Hannah fears her family will be torn apart by the Civil War. But nothing prepares her for her mother's sudden death. Hannah now finds herself responsible for keeping the young family together in a world where even her best friend, Ben, sympathizes with the Confederacy. On a long and dangerous journey from Cumberland Mountain to Nashville, Tennessee, in search of their only living relative, Hannah and her brother and sisters come to realize the true meaning of family and hope. This is a beautifully crafted novel about the tragedy of war and the power of love even in the toughest of times.
Having moved to North Carolina with her mother and sister following her parents' divorce, fifteen-year-old Tanya tries to ignore her anger at her family while also making some unexpected connections with her Scottish heritage.
While visiting her Aunt Millie in Mountain Hollow, KY, in 1934, Kit helps a visiting professor with her research--but someone is making trouble. Kit decides to find out who, even if it means venturing into Lonesome Hollow in the dark of night.
In the weeks preceding the Battle of Antietam Creek, 1862, Solomon Hargreave, along with the rest of the newly formed 8th New York Cavalry Regiment, had to adjust to life in the army. The appointment of a Southern-born colonel to their unit, and rumors of a Confederate army advance, did not ease their adjustment. While riding in Maryland, Solomon rescues a lock-keeper's daughter, Mahalia, from drowning in the Potomac River. As Solomon comes to know Mahalia and her family, he quickly learns how tangled politics and family relationships can be in that troubled border state. Mahalia's brother is the notorious leader of a band of Rebel partisans, and Solomon's colonel wants him to learn more about the family. While Solomon pursues that mission, with results that threaten his friendship with Mahalia, the Confederate noose tightens around Harpers Ferry. Only a daring plan can save the regiment. Can Solomon trust his colonel? Can he trust his own military ability? And can he trust Mahalia with his heart? This,is a memorable tale of loyalty and adventure, based on a true story.
Kirsten Larson has been living on the Minnesota frontier for only a few weeks when her neighbor and friend, Erik Sandahl, disappears. Erik had promised to help the Larsons at harvest time--and he owes Uncle Olav money. Has Erik run out on his promises? Everyone seems to think so--except Kirsten. Can she figure out what's happened to her friend? Takes place in 1854.
Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery: In 1732, a twelve-year-old girl of Ojibwe and French heritage must clear her father of a stealing charge--or risk being separated from him forever<P> Suzette Choudoir always looks forward to summer, when her family leaves the Ojibwe people's winter camp and returns to the summer gathering place on La Pointe Island. This year her papa, a French fur trader, hopes to win a trappers' competition. If he does, he can remain with his family year-round, instead of paddling away to far-off Montreal in autumn. When someone steals a bale of valuable furs, however, suspicion falls on Papa.<P> Determined to find the real thief, Suzette gathers clues and tries to track down the missing furs. But it will take all of her courage to clear her father's name. If she can't, her family will be forced to leave La Pointe Island in disgrace, and Suzette--a black-haired, blue-eyed girl of mixed cultural heritage--may never find a true home.
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