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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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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The Shadow of Fomor





The Fomoiri are poised to enslave the Middle Kingdom despite the best efforts of the Danaan. Confronted with a conflict and beings from Irish legends, Rick and Moira struggle through challenges as they try to help each other.

The Shadow of Fomor by Tom McGowen

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When I Left My Village





The villagers hear of other Ethiopian Jews being beaten, sold as slaves and murdered. Father decides they will try to reach Israel, where they can be free. And so begins a long, dangerous journey to Sudan, because it is rumored that people are being taken to Israel from the refugee camps.


When I Left My Village by Maxine Rose Schur

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Perloo the Bold





Before Jolaine dies, she chooses Perloo the Unwilling to follow her as leader. She requires Perloo to “promise to maintain and enlarge the freedoms of all Montmers.” Before this can be announced, Berwig takes control, declares an emergency, and suspends all freedoms and liberties. What can Perloo do?

Perloo the Bold by Avi

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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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A Cat of a Different Color





Mr. Hoytie used to be a tax collector. Then he saw the potential for power and riches as a politician and won election for mayor of Felicity-by-the-Lake with smiles and free sweets. The villagers have been cowed into submission when Ulwazzer returns from his wanderings and lends a paw to set things right.

A Cat of a Different Color by Steven Bauer

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Igraine the Brave



With Pimpernel Castle under siege by Osmund the Greedy, the Sorrowing Knight declaims:
“The rules of honor are these: Protect the weak. Never covet what belongs to someone else. Use your strength and skill in arms only in honorable competition. Never, never break the word you have given. And do not strive for power for power’s sake.”

How do our politicians rate by this standard? They endeavor to make the weak defenseless, foment envy and covetousness, deceitfully distort and manipulate discourse, lie and break promises, and seek power for power’s sake. It is clear in stories that characters wanting unlimited power are a danger. Yet in real life, so many are willing to give unlimited power to government.

Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

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Norby, the Mixed-up Robot





In which Jeff Wells meets the robot Norby, and they take on Ing the Ingrate (who aims to conquer the solar system).


Norby, the Mixed-up Robot by Janet and Isaac Asimov

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