Hope lends beauty to even the bleakest tale

Clare Cannon | 10 May 2013
This remarkable story teaches history, humanity and hope. Why did I avoid it for so long?!


Jennifer Minicus | 08 April 2013
A story from the Civil War.

The Stamp Collector

Jennifer Minicus | 20 February 2013
A simple book with a profound message.

The Winged Watchman

Margaret Hannon | 16 June 2012
A story of patriotism, faith and family.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose

Jennifer Minicus | 02 April 2012
Sasha longs to become a member of Stalin's Young Pioneers.

Small Acts of Amazing Courage

Clare Cannon | 02 January 2012
One of those little books that is well worth reading.

The Bronze Bow

Jennifer Minicus | 22 April 2011
Daniel, age eighteen, learns that only love is strong enough to conquer hatred.

I am David

Jennifer Minicus | 21 November 2010
The human spirit overcomes many challenges in this moving novel.

The Drinking Gourd

Jennifer Minicus | 26 October 2010
This easy reader tells the story of the Underground Railroad through the eyes of a young boy.

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