Heroic Girls

Do children still read Anne Frank?

Jocelyne Freundorfer | 02 December 2015
21st century students react to this well-known story.

A determined young patriot saves West Point

Jennifer Minicus | 22 May 2015
Sophia's patriotism is put to the test.

Children defend the sanctity of human life

Tim Golden | 15 May 2015
Two teens protect a child from being used as a pawn in wartime.

Kidnapped by slave traders

Jennifer Minicus | 08 March 2015
A ninth century Irish princess is taken by Russian sailors.

True confessions

Jennifer Minicus | 02 March 2015
Thirteen-year-old girl turns mutineer.

The boy who never grew up

Jennifer Minicus | 07 July 2014
How did Peter get to Neverland?

A must-read for young and not-so-young adults

Jennifer Minicus | 10 June 2014
Nazi Germany seen from an original perspective.

The “weaker sex”?

Jennifer Minicus | 08 April 2014
Abbie Deal discovers the adventure hidden in ordinary life.

Royal family disappears

Jennifer Minicus | 01 February 2014
Only a magical castle can find them.

The legacy of a great author

Jane Fagan | 24 July 2013
A wonderful message for children and adults alike.

A book that builds character

Kathleen Pacious | 21 July 2013
A well-told, gentle and beautiful story that traces growth to maturity.

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?!

In Defence of Fantasy

Clare Cannon | 26 April 2013
Many people tell me they don't have time for fantasy. They prefer to keep their mind in the 'real world'.

Historical Fiction for Teens

Clare Cannon | 09 April 2013
A series that puts heart into history.


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

My childhood correspondence with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Olga Marlin | 23 February 2013
Writing about Laura Ingalls Wilder is, for me, like writing about an intimate friend.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Jennifer Minicus | 07 January 2013
An engaging story about true happiness.

The Icarus Project

Jennifer Minicus | 20 November 2012
Does scientific inquiry trump human rights?

The Trumpeter of Krakow

Jennifer Minicus | 17 November 2012
Everyone admires a young, courageous hero.

Palace of Stone (Princess Academy #2)

Clare Cannon | 12 October 2012
An outstanding sequel to Princess Academy which takes Miri’s exploration of the meaning of life, education, friendship and love to a whole new level.

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