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Addie Across the Prairie (Addie, Book 1)

by Laurie Lawlor

Addie's family is traveling by wagon to homestead on the vast Dakota Territory, and Addie soon learns that she has the pioneer spirit.

Addie's Dakota Winter (Addie, Book 2)

by Laurie Lawlor

Addie knew she had been a coward and a liar. Those awful boys were going to break Tilla's arms, and it was all Addie's fault. Would Tilla ever forgive her? In 1883, Addie Mills and her family traveled to Dakota and began a new way of life. Now school is starting, and more than anything, Addie wants a best friend. But how can she be friends with Tilla Bergstrom who is loud and rude and makes up stories? Some bullies, a blizzard, and a terrible loss help Addie understand the real meaning of friendship. Readers will also enjoy ADDIE ACROSS THE PRAIRIE, by Laurie Lawlor, which tells about Addie's first months as a Dakota pioneer.

Addie's Long Summer (Addie, Book 3)

by Laurie Lawlor

The third title in a fun, historical series finds Addie, whom The Horn Book calls "a strong, likable heroine", waiting for a visit from her two cousins. But since the proper older girls are more concerned about not getting dirty than having fun, it looks like it's going to be a long, boring summer.

Adventure on the Wilderness Road 1775 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

Everyone warns of Indian ambushes as Elizabeth Pogue, her nine-year-old sister, Martha, and their family begin the dangerous trip on foot to Daniel Boone's new settlement in Kentucky But the only thing bothering Elizabeth is her bratty younger sister, Martha -- until she disappears. Then, without thinking, Elizabeth races into the savage wilderness to find the sister she tried not to love. . . .

The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue

by Laurie Lawlor

An amateur horror show scares no one except its creators until a frightful actor appears on the scene.

Come Away with Me

by Laurie Lawlor

In 1910 Wisconsin, Madeline is about to run away with the gypsies until her father buys the town's first car.

Crossing the Colorado Rockies 1864 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

Wagon West! As the Civil War rages, the Hitchcocks head west to Pike's Peak. They've left their Pennsylvania home far behind as they ascend the Rocky Mountains, certain they'll find gold! Thirteen-year-old Eda keeps a secret journal as they travel through hostile Ute country and finally find shelter in a broken-down cabin. With scant food and only howling wolves for company, everything seems strange and frightening until Eda's seventeen-year-old sister Belle gets a job teaching, and Eda and her oldest sister Lucy meet an unusual but friendly family of actors. Eda and her sisters are beginning to settle in when Pa decides the family should return home. But as they travel down out of the high country, they meet with near-tragedy and are forced to stay in rough-and-tumble Denver. Here, penniless and freezing, they're herded into a tent city with nothing left of their former lives but a few clothes and tattered memories. That's when she meets an "enemy" who teaches her the most important lesson she'll ever learn. . . .

Dead Reckoning: A Pirate Voyage with Captain Drake

by Laurie Lawlor

After the death of his foster father, young Emmet is invited by a previously unknown cousin, explorer Francis Drake, to be a servant aboard the "Pelican" for a trading expedition. Emmet soon learns how a thirst for wealth can turn men into monsters--including himself.

Down the Rio Grande 1829 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

When sixteen-year-old Rosita's father brings home a rich old suitor for her, she's determined to flee. And she does. She races away in her wedding finery, carrying only her violin, and is taken aboard a ship as musician and cook.

Exploring the Chicago World's Fair 1893 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

Dora Pomeroy must keep watch over her sisters against the dazzling backdrop of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

George on His Own (Addie, Book 4)

by Laurie Lawlor

Addie's twelve-year-old brother, George, doesn't think anyone appreciates his musical talent, and when his father threatens to sell his trombone, George decides to run away from the family's prairie home.

Gold in the Hills

by Laurie Lawlor

From the award-winning author of the "Heartland" series comes this story of a plucky girl in the 1870's Rockies.

He Will Go Fearless

by Laurie Lawlor

Immediately following the Civil War, Billy, a fifteen-year-old runaway, sets out for the gold fields of Virginia City in treacherous Montana Territory. Good fortune for Billy is not so much about finding gold, though, as it is about finding his father. Finding the truth. Before crossing the Missouri River to embark on his journey, two cunning travelers commandeer Billy's life savings of twenty-nine dollars and two bits and convince him to join them as ox-drivers on a team headed with supply wagons for Montana. At first, being paid to make the trip doesn't sound half bad to Billy -- but he quickly discovers that truth never comes cheaply. The arduous journey tests him for all he's worth. Across miles of arid plains, wild rivers, and steep mountains, Billy struggles to tame his unruly oxen and his own dangerous passions. He must find his place among unlikely traveling companions on a trek through hostile country that conceals Chief Red Cloud's warriors as well as armed highwaymen. Billy's rite of passage challenges everything he knows about survival and loss, reconciliation and discovery. In this vivid historical novel inspired by the real diaries of photographer William Henry Jackson, award-winning author Laurie Lawlor takes readers on a sweeping quest through the perilous old West.

Helen Keller, Rebellious Spirit: The Life and Times of Helen Keller

by Laurie Lawlor

Recounting her mischievous nature, her little known romance, and her trials with her teacher and the public, this biography sheds new light on this extraordinary woman.

How to Survive Third Grade

by Laurie Lawlor

A satisfying, realistic story about a third-grade boy and his attempts to fit in and be liked at school.

Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook's Final Expedition

by Laurie Lawlor

When Captain James Cook set off on his third and final voyage in 1776, a crew of intrepid and perhaps naive men sailed with him, including a twenty-five-year-old American named John Ledyard. This riveting account based on Ledyard's journal brings dramatic events of that historic voyage to life, including the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands by Europeans, and the desperate attempts to find the Northwest Passage along the treacherous Alaskan coast. Maps, time line, biographies of the expedition's crew members, source notes, and index are included.

Muddy as a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes

by Laurie Lawlor

What is a simile? Pronounced sim-uh-lee, this figure of speech compares two different things, actions, descriptions, or feelings. Most similes are introduced by as or like. "As pretty as a new-laid egg." A simile can create a fresh, surprising description. A simile can even make us laugh when it sets up the opposite of an expected meaning. "As welcome as a polecat at a picnic."

Pacific Odyssey to California 1905 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

The sparkling beaches and palm trees seem like a dream to eleven-year-old Su-Na, a Korean immigrant whose family has journeyed to the island of Hawaii hoping to find fortune. While her father works long hours on a sugar cane plantation, Su-Na and her two younger sisters, Jae-Mi and Hi-Jong, get their first glimpse of an unfamiliar culture, taste new foods... and see firsthand the racism that prevails among the different Asian populations. Discouraged by their experiences in Hawaii, the family moves to California. All of them struggle with language barriers, poverty, and prejudice in their adopted homeland -- and the sisters soon find that their new American lifestyle often conflicts with their traditional Korean heritage. Growing up in both worlds, the girls begin to understand that America will not truly be a free country until all its people are considered equal.

The School at Crooked Creek

by Laurie Lawlor

Beansie loves his free and simple life with Ma, Pap, and his sister, Louisa, on their Indiana homestead. But now his parents want him to go to the new log cabin school, where he'll be cooped up inside all day. How will he and Louisa find their way to school and back? How will Beansie cope with rough boys such as Oliver Sweeny, who can outrun, outlick, and out-holler anybody? In this heartwarming and homespun chapter book set on the central Indiana frontier in the 1820s, a young boy finds his courage and his way.

Take to the Sky (Heartland Series #2)

by Laurie Lawlor

Hoping to raise money in order to build a plane and become famous sky divers, Madeline and Otto launch a series of disastrous money-making ventures and find a surprising way out of their predicament.

A Titanic Journey Across the Sea 1912 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

A Pocketful of Dreams. They were sisters yet strangers: realistic sixteen-year-old Alfreda Anderson and fanciful ten-year-old Erna, divided by hardship but united in the adventure of sailing to America. Alfreda dreamed of new beginnings, far from the drudgery of life with her aunt and uncle on a small island off the coast of Sweden, while Erna already missed her home and feared the journey to Chicago and the father they hadn't seen in years. Papa had sent tickets for Mother and their sick little brother, Karl, but only the girls would make the journey -- on the splendid new ship "Titanic. "

The Two Loves of Will Shakespeare

by Laurie Lawlor

Young William Shakespeare should be taking his glove-making apprenticeship much more seriously. However, carousing with his friends, carrying on with women, and sneaking off to see plays are all higher priorities for him. All this changes when Will's best friend, Richard, asks him to write and deliver sonnets to a young woman, pretending the love poems are from Richard. Once Will lays eyes on the exquisitely beautiful Anne Whateley, he is deeply in love. He wants more than anything to make himself into a man worthy of such a young woman. But entanglements with a certain Anne Hathaway, the discovery of an old prank, and his distracted nature all complicate matters for the future Bard of Avon. In this highly entertaining historical novel Laurie Lawlor imagines how there came to be two different marriage license applications taken out on consecutive dates in November of 1582 between eighteen-year-old William Shakespeare and two different women both named Anne.

Voyage to a Free Land 1630 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

Abigail Garrett and her older sister, Hannah, leave their home in England to board a ship bound for the New World and freedom from religious persecution. By the time they reach their destination, the two girls have weathered a difficult journey and become friends.

West Along the Wagon Road 1852 (American Sisters)

by Laurie Lawlor

Dashing and brave, tall and free Harriet "Duck" Scott was looking for adventure as the Scott family left Illinois for the faraway Oregon Territory. Then Mother died and Father became lost in a world of his own. It was up to Duck and her five sisters, three brothers, and nine hired hands to keep their wagon train together. But nothing could have prepared the Scott family for the dangers they would meet as they crossed the desert, the plains, and the mountains, and felt the heat, the hunger, and the thirst that wouldn't go away. Now Duck and her sisters have to find water and save their family, no matter what the risks!

Wind on the River: A Story of the Civil War

by Laurie Lawlor

Historical fiction about the Civil War, which helps students connect to their middle school social studies classes. Reading Level 5-8 Interest Level 6-8.

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