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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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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Clancy’s Cabin





While Mom and Dad adjust to infant twins joining the household, Skip, Marina, and Timothy camp out in a near-by cabin and make some discoveries.


Clancy’s Cabin by Margaret Mahy

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Child of the Mountains





“Lydia, promise me. No matter what happens, never, ever forget who you be.”

Lydia keeps that promise to her mother through all the loss and pain, until she learns something that shakes her foundation. Then she learns who she is at another level entirely.


Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank

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The Crow-Girl





The grandmother knows she is dying and prepares the girl to manage on her own. Several days after burial, the girl begins a journey to neighboring settlements, experiencing cruelty and kindness. She returns home with new-found friends and they renew the tiny hamlet by the sea.


The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff

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Wagon Wheels





The three Muldie boys manage the Kansas dugout for three months while waiting to hear from their daddy. Following the map he sends, they walk 150 miles to meet him.


Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner

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