Tragedy at sea leads to mystery and suspense
At age fifteen, Adam must take control of his family's business in 17th century Amsterdam.
Children defend the sanctity of human life
Two teens protect a child from being used as a pawn in wartime.
Fighting the war at home
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.
Master of disguises
Max's reputation for solving mysteries grows.
Witness to murder
Can twelve-year-old Smith uncover the murderers' motives before becoming the next victim?
Can a twelve year old save the day?
The real hero of fairy tales
Angels among us
Vero discovers he is not really human.
The boy who never grew up
How did Peter get to Neverland?
A must-read for young and not-so-young adults
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.
Best seller presents heavy topics with optimism
Author with Guinness World Record for highest number of consecutive best-selling adult novels writes worthwhile children's book.
An anticipated sequel is released
Kitto's disability does not prevent him from becoming a hero.
War pits brother against brother
An award winning book about the American Civil War.
A Medieval Trilogy
An unpredictable plot and endearing protagonist make this trilogy an engaging "must read".
The Gift of Disability
If only we could see, as this author does, with the eyes of the heart.
In Defence of Fantasy
Many people tell me they don't have time for fantasy. They prefer to keep their mind in the 'real world'.
The Brotherband Chronicles
Hal is the classic underdog-come-good.
The Trumpeter of Krakow
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.
The 100 Cupboards Series
I do not usually enjoy creepy stories, but
Adam of the Road
Life in thirteenth century England comes alive in this Newbery Medal winner.
Video Review: Holiday Reading for Teens and Young Adults
Entertaining summer (or winter) reading for the holidays.
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