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Tom and Jack are twins. They have been raised with an older slave boy to take care of them. On their ninth birthday, Aaron, their slave friend and babysitter is removed from their company and told not to have anything to do with them again. Tom is devastated by the loss of his friend. Jack seems completely unaffected. Tom thinks of the slaves as people. Jack thinks of them as property. When they become adults they fight on opposite sides in the civil war.
Eleven-year-old Martin goes through a typical phase of growing up-feeling misunderstood. Martin knows something must change, and gradually he comes to realize some of the changes must begin in him.
In his old age, Cezanne Pinto recalls his youth as a slave on a Virginia plantation and his escape to a new life in the North.
Edward is in fifth grade and still doesn't have a dog because his parents say he hasn't learned to be responsible. Then, his uncle Josh, who travels around, never keeping a job for long, comes to visit bringing a smart, lovable, young collie Argess he rescued in the Grand Canyon. Edward admires his uncle who is so easy to like and wishes he could go adventuring with him when school lets out for the summer. Meanwhile Edward is running scared from the bully next door. Through being left, being lost, and being picked up by the police, Edward begins to understand the difference between love that just is, and responsible love you can depend on. Though just a dog, Argess is responsible. She has good manners in the house, follows instructions, and runs right along beside Edward's bike. Argess is loving. She licks Edward's face and stands up for him against the big, bully, Martin. Will Edward, who abandons his messy room and forgets errands, learn responsible love in time to make Argess his own?
Franny wants to spend time with her best friend, Simone, outside of school, but she has a lot of responsibilities and worries at home. Simone understands, most of the time. A Newbery Honor Book.
Morgan, Julie, and Ned Connor and their father Dan live in New York City. A poor family, they constantly have to move from one building to another to make ends meet. Morgan, the oldest at sixteen, cares for the rest of the family, escaping sometimes from her many responsibilities by daydreaming of a mysterious boy she might meet one day. When the family moves this time, however, Morgan meets a young man, Tom Miller, not realizing that she will fall in love with him. This novel follows the slow groth of Morgan and Tom's friendship and also looks at the two younger children, Ned and Julie, and at Dan's hard and frustrating life. He is an intelligent and poetically inclined man who works in a subway station. Written in the 1950's, this story is somewhat grittier and less lighthearted than many others of its day, but it also has hope and some optimism. A second book, The Day and the Way We Met, follows this one.
When Thomas's great-aunt Linzy writes that she is coming to Chicago for a visit, Grandfather and Thomas have a sinking feeling. Linzy has no use at all for baseball and fishing. Her sport is cleaning--anything and everything in sight. It's going to be a long summer.
Khafre, Pharaoh of Egypt, ruler of the world, walked with his vizier in the royal gardens, under the blossoming fig trees, beside the reflecting pools.