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A Dangerous Promise Nixon, Joan Lowery 1994 In this fifth book in the Orphan Train Adventures, the oldest son goes to fight in the Civil War as a drummer boy. However, he finds out far more than…
A Family Apart Nixon, Joan Lowery 1987 A family of six children is sent west on an "Orphan Train". Although the children have escaped poverty and in the case of the oldest brother arrest, they face an…
A Little Princess Burnett, Frances Hodgson 1905 Young Sara Crew is sent to boarding school after her mother dies, and soon makes many friends among her schoolmates and the servants of the house. However, life takes a…
A Nurse in the Yukon Wilson, Amy 1965 In this autobiography, nurse Amy Wilson recalls the stories of how she went into the Yukon to become a nurse for the natives living there. A very good picture of…
A Place to Belong Nixon, Joan Lowery 1988 After being sent west on an "orphan train", a brother and sister face mystery, conflict, sadness, and joy in their new home. The fourth book in the Orphan Train Adventures.
A View Junkie’s Guide to Dayhiking Colorado Whiting, Anne 2014 Anne Whiting, an experienced hiker, takes you on a journey of some of the best hikes Colorado has to offer, all of which can be accessed on a dayhike. Many…
A View Junkie’s Peak Identification Guide Whiting, Anne 2015 Anne Whiting’s second book on hiking Colorado identifies the peaks surrounding mountains that she’s climbed and describes in her first book, A View Junkie’s Guide to Dayhiking Colorado. A very…
All Creatures Great and Small Herriot, James 1972 Originally published in Great Britain as If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1972). This is the first book in the James Herriot series.…
All the Children Were Sent Away Garrigue, Sheila 1976 Eight-year-old Sara Warren, a British girl, is being evacuated from England to Canada during World War II. Because the friend that she is travelling with does not approve of the…
All Things Bright and Beautiful Herriot, James 1974 Originally published in Great Brittan as Let Sleeping Vets Lie (1973) and Vet in Harness (1974). This is the second book in the James Herriot series. This book continues the…
All Things Wise and Wonderful Herriot, James 1977 Originally published in Great Brittan as Vets Might Fly (1976) and Vet in a Spin (1977). The third in the James Herriot series. This book is mainly his recollections of…
Around the World in 80 Days Vern, Jules 1873 Philieas Fog has taken a bet that he can travel around the world in less than 80 days. So, he and his personal valet set out, encountering incredible adventures, from…
Arthur and the Great Detective Coren, Alan 1979 Arthur the boy detective is back, this time crossing the Atlantic Ocean with the famed detective Sherlock Holmes. The two great minds must work together to solve a series of…
Arthur the Kid Coren, Alan 1978 A boy detective turns an outlaw gang upside down, and changes their lives forever.
Arthur’s Last Stand Coren, Alan 1979 In another hilarious adventure, Arthur the boy detective is called upon to help defend an army's fort—a task that looks hopeless.
Baby Island Brink, Carol Ryrie 1937 Two sisters, Mary and Jean, are on a ship headed for Australia to meet their father. When the ship sinks, they must heroically and optimistically survive on a desert island…
Basil and the Lost Colony Titus, Eve 1964 Basil and his biographer, Doctor Dawson, go in search of a legendary colony of Swiss mice.
Basil and the Pygmy Cats Titus, Eve 1971 Basil and Doctor Dawson go in search of legendary cats that are said to be the size of mice.
Basil and the Wild West Titus, Eve 1982 Basil and Doctor Dawson visit the Wild West after their trip to Mexico. Here they encounter a stampede, bandits, and a strange creature that is scaring away guest from an…
Basil in Mexico Titus, Eve 1976 Basil and Doctor Dawson investigate the disappearance of a famous painting, The Mousa Lisa.
Basil of Baker Street Titus, Eve 1958 Two girls are mouse napped and Basil, the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes, is called on the case.
Big Red Kjelgaard, Jim 1945 A young man who has been raised in the woods, far from civilization, is hired to train the dog of his dreams which is owned by a rich man with…
Big Six Ransome, Arthur 1940 In this light-hearted mystery romp, the D's are surrounded in a real-life mystery that mirrors the pulp-fiction mystery book that Dorothea is attempting to write. The young Sherlock Holmes and…
Blue Bay Mystery Warner, Gertrude Chandler 1961 There is something mysterious about the island that the Aldens are visiting. They are determined to find out who or what is on the island with them.
Bound for Oregon Van Leeuwen, Jean 1994 A girl and her family travels west to Oregon, fighting hunger, Indians, sickness, and loss along the way. Based on a true story, the author weaves a story of love…
Buffalo Arthur Coren, Alan 1978 This time, Arthur, a boy detective, takes on cattle rustlers, in response to a newspaper advertisement.
Cabin on Trouble Creek Van Leeuwen, Jean 2004 Daniel and his brother Will and their Pa have built a cabin along Trouble Creek in unsettled Ohio. Now Pa has left Daniel and Will, ages 11 and 9, for…
Cam Janson and the Barking Treasure Mystery Alder, David A. 1999 A young detective and her friend investigate the crime of a stolen dog.
Cam Janson and the Birthday Mystery Alder, David A. 2000 A young detective and her friend investigate a crime of stolen luggage.
Cam Janson and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery Alder, David A. 1993 A young detective and her friend investigate mysterious happenings at a neighbor's house.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of Flight 54 Alder, David A. 1992 A young detective and her friend investigate a case of stolen luggage.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of the Babe Ruth Baseball Alder, David A. 1982 A young detective and her friend investigate the theft of a baseball signed by Babe Ruth.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of the Circus Clown Alder, David A. 1983 A young detective and her friend investigate reports of stolen items with their Aunt Molly.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones Alder, David A. 1981 A young detective and her friend investigate a case of a missing dinosaur bone that no one knows is missing.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of the of the Gold Coins Alder, David A. 1982 A young detective and her friend investigate a crime of stolen golden coins.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper Alder, David A. 1986 A young detective and her friend investigate a crime of a stolen pop-corn popper.
Cam Janson and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds Alder, David A. 1980 The young detective Cam Janson and her friend Eric Shelton investigate a crime of stolen diamonds with Eric’s baby brother. Can they find the thieves and alert the police in…
Cam Janson and the Scary Snake Mystery Alder, David A. 1997 When her mother's camcorder is stolen, a young detective and her friend try to discern the motive of an unlikely theft.
Cam Janson and the Triceratops Pops Mystery Alder, David A. 1995 A young detective and her friend investigate a crime of stolen CD's.
Caught in the Act Nixon, Joan Lowery 1988 The second book in the Orphan Train Adventures. One of the boys is sent to live with a mysterious family. Although part of the series, I do not recommend this…
Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride Selden, George 1981 In “Chester Cricket’s Pigeon Ride” Chester Cricket, the cricket from Cricket in Times Square is homesick for the country, particularly after his friend Mario takes him to the planetarium. Chester…
Chip, the Dam Builder Kjelgaard, Jim 1950 Chip, an old beaver, has to flee from his pond when poachers blow out his dam. The book documents his journey to a new home, and how Chip and his…
Circus Shoes Streatfield, Noel 1938 Orphaned brother and sister facing separation in different orphanages run away to join their unknown uncle who is a circus clown. It's a story of working hard for a reasonable…
Coot Club Ransome, Arthur 1934 The D's spend a holiday on the Norfolk Broads of England where an upper-class boy is leading a bird-protection society which gets them all into trouble with the "Hullabaloos", a…
Fair Wind to Virginia Meigs, Cornelia 1955 The year is 1773 and Hal and Peggy Morrow are being whisked from their homeland in England to Virginia, a land they have only heard stories about. Their father has…
Forest Patrol Kjelgaard, Jim 1941 A young forest ranger encounters a variety of challenges in his first year of duty, including a wild fire, poachers, and unwelcoming townspeople.
Great Northern? Ransome, Arthur 1947 Based on the wild coast of Scotland, book twelve centers around a desperate race to thwart the efforts of an insidious egg collector threatening the survival of a pair of…
Harriet Tubman, Conductor on the Underground Railroad Petry, Ann 1955 A well-written account that follows the life of Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who used her new-found freedom to help other slaves travel north. The book does a good job…
Henry Reed’s Baby Sitting Service Robertson, Keith 1966 Henry is back in the Princeton area and his market research has shown babysitting to be the only job he can find clients for. The children and mishaps he encounters…
Henry Reed’s Big Show Robertson, Keith 1970 Henry and Midge decide to produce a play. With unexpected results ranging from a rock band with a broken down car to Midge being given a horse, they find hilarious…
Henry Reed’s Journey Robertson, Keith 1963 Henry meets his Princeton friend Midge on the west coast and drives, along with her family, across the United States back home to New Jersey. From the Grand Canyon to…
Henry Reed’s Think Tank Robertson, Keith 1986 Henry is stranded in the Princeton area for the summer with his aunt and uncle. While he is there, he and his friend Midge decide to create a think tank…
Henry Reed, Inc. Robertson, Keith 1958 First in the Henry Reed series. Henry, a boy who's grown up overseas, visits his childless Aunt and Uncle in Princeton, NJ, and starts his own research business with humorous…
Hind’s Feet on High Places Hurnard, Hannah 1970 A brilliant allegory of the yearning of God's children to be led to new heights of His presence, His love, and His victory. This book can be enjoyed by children…
Imprisoned in the Golden City Jackson, Dave and Neta 1993 A semi-fictional account of two young Burmese girls who, because of their mentally insane mother, and their Christian father who is receiving threats from Buddhist relatives must go and live…
Incredible Mission Leboucher, Fernande 1969 In the fall of 1942, Fernande Leboucher and her Jewish husband were trying to escape Nazi-occupied France. After several false-starts, her husband was arrested and Fernande sought out the help…
Jenny Goes to Sea Averill, Esther 1957 Jenny Linsky and her two adopted brothers go with their master on a ship around the globe, making new friends and seeing faraway places. Some elements of this book are…
Journey to the River Sea Ibbotson, Eva 2001 Brilliantly told, Journey to the River Sea is the story of young Maia, who is sent from her boarding school in England to live with her snobbish relatives on the…
Keeping Secrets Nixon, Joan Lowery 1995 A refugee woman, driven away from her home by the Civil War, comes to town, and comes to live with a young girl, who once came west on an "orphan…
Ken Bails Out Miller, Basil 1942 Teen-age Ken is flying with a pilot when the plane crashes, forcing the two of them to bail out of the airplane. Ken is then challenged to get himself and…
Missee Lee Ransome, Arthur 1941 While sailing around the world with Capt. Flint, the Swallows and Amazon's are shipwrecked off the coast of pre-communist China in book number ten. They are "rescued" by a Cambridge-educated…
Mountains of Spices Hurnard, Hannah 1983 A sequel to Hind's Feet on High Places, the heroine now travels between the difficulties in her village of Much-Trembling to the High Places where she is instructed by the…
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Atwater, Richard and Florence 1938 A painter who corresponds with a famous South Pole explorer receives the unexpected gift of a set of penguins. Already unable to feed his family, Mr. Popper must contrive a…
Partners in Crime Christie, Agatha 1929 In the second book of the Tommy and Tuppence series, the two adventurers find themselves in the midst of international espionage as they run a small detective agency. A set…
Peter Duck Ransome, Arthur 1932 The Swallows and Amazons race a notorious treasure pillager to the Caribbean with Nancy and Peggy's uncle, "Capt. Flint". There's disagreements to whether this book or Swallowdale is the second…
Pigeon Post Ransome, Arthur 1936 In their sixth adventure the S, A's, and D's" are prospecting for gold in an attempt to keep Capt. Flint from going to sea again. As prospectors they explore old…
Prince Caspian : The Return to Narnia Lewis, C. S. 1951 Young Prince Caspian must claim his throne from his evil uncle with the help of the talking animals of Old Narnia and the ancient kings and queens Peter, Susan, Edmund,…
Secret Water Ransome, Arthur 1939 "Adventure" may not quite be the right genre for the eighth Swallows and Amazons book. Written in the backdrop of WW2, the Swallows are determined to complete their father's (British…
Surprise Island Warner, Gertrude Chandler 1949 The Aldan children camp on an island for the summer. This is the second book in the Boxcar Children series, but except for reading The Boxcar Children first, it doesn't…
Swallowdale Ransome, Arthur 1931 Land-bound by the wreck of their ship, the Swallows spend part of a summer in the hills around the Lake District. Not the best in the series in our opinion.…
Swallows and Amazons Ransome, Arthur 1930 Siblings, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger are vacationing on an island in the English Lake District and find themselves under attack by local "pirate" sisters, Nancy and Peggy. Quality children's…
The Alligator Case Du Bois, William Pene 1965 In typical du Bois style, this hilarious romp takes a young detective all over his hometown chasing down crooks who wear alligator suits.
The Boxcar Children Warner, Gertrude Chandler 1942 In this first book in the Boxcar Children Series, four siblings live in a boxcar after their parents die. An easier reader. The first several books in the Boxcar Children's…
The Dragonfly Pool Ibbotson, Eva 2008 A young girl is sent to a progressive school, where she volunteers her classmates to go to a fictional European country to take part in a cultural festival. Here they…
The Fellowship of the Ring Tolkien, J. R. R. 1954 Frodo Baggins is given the task of destroying his Uncle Bilbo's ring before it is used to destroy Middle Earth. This first book in the series gives an account of…
The Horse and His Boy Lewis, C. S. 1954 A talking horse and a boy must journey through conspiracy and danger to reach freedom, only to find that they must rescue their new country from the enslavement that follows…
The Last Battle Lewis, C. S. 1956 When evil comes to Narnia, Jill and Eustace help fight the great last battle of Narnia, and Aslan leads his people to a glorious new paradise. The seventh and last…
The Lighthouse Family: The Eagle Rylant, Cynthia 2004 Near the lighthouse is a forest which intrigues young Whistler and Lila. They get permission to go exploring, but accidently lose their compass and get lost. Whistler and Lila make…
The Lighthouse Family: The Octopus Rylant, Cynthia 2005 While exploring, the lighthouse children find another friend for their family. This time it is an octopus who can change color and moods very quickly. The octopus finds the lighthouse…
The Lighthouse Family: The Storm Rylant Cynthia 2003 Pandora, a cat, is a lighthouse keeper, a job she enjoys although it is lonely. After saving a dog by the name of Seabold, the two live happily ever after…
The Lighthouse Family: The Turtle Rylant, Cynthia 2005 This time, Pandora, Seabold, Whistler, Lila, and Tiny find a great sea turtle who has come all the way to their lonely lighthouse and must be taken back to warmer…
The Lighthouse Family: The Whale Rylant Cynthia 2003 When Whistler and Lila hear the cries of a baby beluga whale who has lost his mother, the entire Lighthouse Family (along with a cormorant) work together to get the…
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Lewis, C. S. 1950 Four siblings suddenly find themselves in Narnia, a country ruled by a wicked queen where it is always winter. They soon learn that they are considered the answer to an…
The Magician’s Nephew Lewis, C. S. 1955 The Creation of Narnia is part of the adventure of boy and girl neighbors who find themselves tricked into other worlds by the boy's cowardly uncle. Book 2.
The Picts And The Martyrs: Or Not Welcome At All Ransome, Arthur 1943 The D's have come stay in the home of the Amazons, but the unexpected arrival of the A's very proper and intimidating great aunt changes all that and finds the…
The Return of the King Tolkien, J. R. R. 1955 In the concluding book in the series, Frodo comes within reach of the place where the ring can be destroyed. But by now the ring owns him. Will he still…
The Secret Adversary Christie, Agatha 1922 In the first book in Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence series, the two adventurers discover a mystery that will jeopardize England's freedom and liberty.
The Silver Chair Lewis, C. S. 1953 A miserable boy and a girl are transported to another world where they must take a long and terrifying journey to rescue a missing prince. Book 6. Note: The children…
The Swiss Family Robinson Wyss, Johann David 1812 In this adventuresome tale, a Swiss family is cast upon a desert island, where they learn to survive and thrive together in a happy community. Note: There have been many…
The Village that Slept De Ladebat, Monique Peyrouton 1963 Two children awake in unknown mountains with amnesia find themselves alone. After finding a baby, they fight to survive through the long, hard winter high up in the mountains. During…
The Voyage of the Dawn Tredder Lewis, C. S. 1952 Three children are swept into a painting for an incredible sea adventure. Two of them have been to Narnia before, but the other has been raised on rationalism and modern…
Two Collars Massi, Jerri 1988 Krea is a 7-year-old slave with a cruel master. When she becomes sick her master sells her to an old woman, and suddenly her world changes as she is thrust…
Two Towers Tolkien, J. R. R. 1954 In this second book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fellowship of the ring splits up and readers are carried from one group's experiences to another's.
We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea Ransome, Arthur 1937 The title tells it all. In book six, a few days of inland sailing turn into danger and adventure when the Swallows find themselves in an unmoored boat absent of…
Winter Holiday Ransome, Arthur 1933 An arctic expedition is formed by the Swallows, Amazons, and newcomers, "the D's". All is well until Nancy contracts mumps. Forth in the Swallows and Amazons series.