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Riddle of Penncroft Farm
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Lars Olafson's move to a farm near Valley Forge brings him friendship with the ghost of an 18th century ancestor, who recounts for him his adventures in that part of Pennsylvania during the American Revolution. Part of the Great Episodes series.
Date read: 4/13/2009
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Charlotte Parkhurst was orphaned as a toddler when her family's team of horses were frightened in a thunderstorm and their wagon went over a cliff. She survived the crash, as did the horses who watched over her until neighbors found her. She spent most of her young life in an orphanage for boys. She worked in the kitchen, but her true love was the stable and her beloved horses. She disguised herself as a boy and ran away at the age of twelve. She found work as a stable boy and her amazing way with animals soon helped her advance to become the most trusted stagecoach driver in the country. She eventually made her way to California to become the first woman to vote in any United States Federal Election, even though she did so registered as 'Charley' Parkhurst. Riding Freedom is a fictional account of the true story of Charlotte 'Charley' Parkhurst, the most fearless stage coach driver in the country.
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award Nominee 2012
Date read: 3/22/2011
Riding the Flume
Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
The year is 1894 and the Connor Lumber Company is systematically logging all the giant Sequoia trees in Connor's Basin. Sixteen-year-old Francie's father owns the only inn in Connorsville and he owes his livelihood to the logging industry. Still Francie is not sure that it is right to cut down a tree that was alive when Jesus Christ walked the earth. Then she finds a note from her sister Carrie, who died six years before. The note and her sister's hidden diary lead her to the oldest living tree in the world. Can Francie save it before the logging company cuts it down? Should she?
Date read: 12/20/2011
Rifles for Watie
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Sixteen-year-old Jeff, already a combat veteran in the Union Army, is captured by the rebel troops of General Stand Watie, a Cherokee Indian, and forced to become one of his scouts. This book won the Newbery Medal in 1958.
Date read: 4/12/2009
Roanoke: The Lost Colony
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
In 1587, a group of brave English men, women, and children set off to make a new colony in America. This was the first attempt by families, not soldiers, to tame the new world. The colonists were ill-prepared to settle the wild land. They didn't have enough supplies to build the houses, or grow the crops they would need. It was decided that John White would return to England to gather everything they would need to make their colony successful. Unfortunately, on the way back to America, John's ship was attacked, and the supplies were stolen. He was not able to return to Roanoke until 1590. Upon his arrival, he was dismayed to find the colony deserted. No one knows what happened to the people left in Roanoke which is a mystery from history.
Date read: 4/14/2009
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