Short Stories

City boy meets country boy

Tim Golden | 05 June 2015
A series of short stories.

The legacy of a great author

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

A “Must Have” for Every Child’s Personal Library

Jennifer Minicus | 29 April 2013
An absolutely charming collection of stories from the woman who wrote the lyrics to "Morning Has Broken."

Mildred D. Taylor’s Short Stories

Jennifer Minicus | 24 June 2012
Mildred Talyor has written several books based on her family's history.

Stone Fox

Jennifer Minicus | 17 May 2012
Ten-year-old Willy is determined to care for his ailing grandfather.

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