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 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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Lost in the Barrens





Awasin and Jamie become stranded in the Canadian arctic as winter arrives. Their skills and ingenuity, plus hard work and some good luck, help them survive in the Barrens.


Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat

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Kensuke’s Kingdom





Michael can’t remember how he reached the island after being lost at sea. Eventually, the island’s permanent resident, Kensuke, takes Michael under his wing and shows him how to live there.


Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

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Journey to the River Sea





Maia has traveled from England to live with relatives along the Amazon. Miss Minton (the governess) observes as Maia struggles with the nasty behavior of the twins, Beatrice and Gwendolyn.

“Might one ask what’s the matter with you?” asked the governess when they were alone. “And please don’t say ‘Nothing.’ I hate wasting time.”

So Maia told her. If she had expected sympathy she was very disappointed. “Really, Maia, you make me tired. Why don’t you use your intelligence instead of your emotions?”

A heretical concept when our society is encouraged to solve problems with emotion.


Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

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Blueberry Mountain





Buck Evans has been taking care of the small family farm in the Poconos ever since his father was crippled. Picking and selling wild blueberries each summer adds welcome income. When Buck learns of cultivated berries, which sell for much more, he and a friend begin developing a blueberry plantation on the farm.


Blueberry Mountain by Stephen W. Meader

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Under the Hawthorn Tree





Eily, Michael and Peggy are evicted from their cottage while Mother is away trying to locate Father. Determined not to go to the workhouse, the siblings spend weeks walking across a decimated Ireland during the Famine to reach two great-aunts in a distant town.


Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna

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Nim’s Island





Nim lives on the most beautiful island in the world with her father, Jack. When Jack’s three-day science trip turns into a two week absence, Nim takes care of their home while he struggles to return.


Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase





Bonnie has grown up with every luxury. All that changes when Miss Slighcarp takes control of the Willoughby estate and sends Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia to an orphan’s workhouse. With Simon’s help, Bonnie and Sylvia escape and eventually begin to unravel the dastardly plot.


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

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Hills End





The isolated Australian lumber town of Hills End is destroyed by a violent storm while the residents are en route a neighboring town picnic. Seven youngsters who stayed behind must deal with the wreckage until help can arrive.


Hills End by Ivan Southall

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