On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness





Nine years ago, the free land of Skree was conquered by the Fangs of Gnag the Nameless. The people of Skree were still free – as long as they were in their homes by midnight, didn’t have weapons, didn’t complain when neighbors disappeared …

Then little Leeli kicks a Fang to protect her dog Nugget. One event leads to another, Fangs are in turmoil and the whole family is on the run.

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness



Escape from Communist Heaven





In communist Vietnam, fifteen-year-old Viet has survived the labor camp and been promoted to the self-motivation camp:

“Sunday was our only break in the monotony of digging, eating and sleeping. There was nothing else to do, so I spent every Sunday in the library reading the communist books. As I read, I felt bad for the people who thought they were sacrificing their lives so our country could have equality. I thought how worthless they would feel if they knew how communism had divided the people even further, allowing some people to act like gods and making others slaves.”



Escape from Communist Heaven by Dennis W. Dunivan

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D.A.




Theodora didn’t apply to the Space Academy. In fact, she stunned the entire school when she asked the recruiter why anybody in their right mind would want to go. Then how does she end up with a cadet appointment and on her way into space?

D.A. by Connie Willis

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Swallows and Amazons





John, Susan, Titty and Roger receive permission to camp as the crew of the “Swallow” on the island they can see from the headland. Exploration and adventures follow, culminating in a glorious alliance with the crew of “Amazon” in an attack on Captain Flint’s houseboat.


Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

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The Origami Master





When Shima discovered the small warbler was folding the beautiful origami animals, he put it in a birdcage so he could watch its art. But the warbler will only apply its skill to escape captivity.


The Origami Master by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

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Rinkitink in Oz





Marauders have swept across the island kingdom of Pingaree, destroying, pillaging and capturing all the people for slaves. Except Prince Inga and the visiting King Rinkitink. Determined to rescue his parents and the people of Pingaree from slavery, Prince Inga sets off, with his visitor in tow.

Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum

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The Apple and the Arrow





This is the tale of the Swiss desire for freedom from Austrian rule in 1291, and what happened when William Tell refused to bow to the duke’s hat.


The Apple and the Arrow by Mary and Conrad Buff

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Space Station Rat




Once Rat experiences sunshine, she knows she must be free. But her escape lands her on a space station. How can Rat survive there and remain free?

Space Station Rat by Michael J. Daley

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The Toothpaste Millionaire





Rufus has an idea – to sell simple toothpaste for a fair price with a modest profit. He makes money, creates jobs, and helps others make money. As Kate’s father said, “Rufus’s only crime was cutting through a lot of red tape. He should be an example to the whole country.”


The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

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Trouble for Trumpets





Grumpets are never happy “unless they are laying their paws on things that belong to others.” Which means the Trumpets must defend against invasion and their land “turning slowly into a cold, dark waste of Grumpets.”


Trouble for Trumpets by Peter Dallas-Smith

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