The futility of war

Jane Fagan | 20 October 2014
The life of a young girl in Hiroshima during WWII.

The Little Refugee

Clare Cannon | 19 February 2012
Anh's true story is an outstanding one to share with young readers.

The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn

Clare Cannon | 23 January 2012
What happens if a well known character decides to tell his author's story?

I, Juan de Pareja

Clare Cannon | 11 June 2011
A sensitive fictional account of the life of Juan de Pareja, slave of the painter Velaszquez.

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Jennifer Minicus | 10 January 2011
This dramatized biography brings to life the challenges of navigation in the 18th century.

The True Saint Nicholas

Jennifer Minicus | 06 December 2010
Who is the real Santa Claus?

Amos Fortune, Free Man

Jennifer Minicus | 16 September 2010
In this biography of an African slave, Yates demonstrates that to forgive can sometimes be human as well as divine.

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