Adventure and Discovery

Breaker

An undersea adventure

Annemarie Allan

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Tom and Beth are unhappy when they move to North Berwick and find themselves facing a rainy, windswept beach, a house that’s falling apart, and a school full of strangers.

When Tom and Beth meet Professor Macblain and his weird and wonderful inventions, little do they know that he has a secret—he is a thief and has stolen the one thing that can save the Firth of Forth from environmental catastrophe.

Breaker is a madcap adventure that unfolds in a funny and fast-paced tale of disasters waiting to happen.

(Ages 8–12)

Annemarie Allan is the author of the award winning novel, Hox.

Hox

Annemarie Allan

Hox is winner of the Kelpies Prize for 2007

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Faced with a cold Saturday afternoon and being stuck at the Institute for Animal Research, Robbie is angry and frustrated at yet another weekend ruined by his father’s job. Then a disturbing encounter in the animal house thrusts him into a perilous journey through the stunning but inhospitable landscape of a Highland winter—alone, except for two enigmatic traveling companions.

Robbie’s world implodes as he tries to make sense of a hostile environment, his old life slowly unravels, and a shocking realization emerges.

(Ages 9-12)

Magnus Fin Series Set - Includes All 3 Books

Janis Mackay

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Ocean Quest
Moonlight Mission
Selkie Secret
Ocean Quest
Moonlight Mission
Selkie Secret
 

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Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

Ages 8-12

Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

Janis Mackay

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There has always been something unusual about Magnus Fin, a school misfit. On his eleventh birthday Magnus throws a message in a bottle out to sea, wishing for a best friend and to become more courageous—and he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Magnus discovers that he is half selkie—part seal, part human—and his selkie family urgently need his help. The false king, a hideous evil monster, has sent Neptune to sleep and the oceans are dying. Magnus must wake Neptune in order to save the oceans and his selkie family.

Can Magnus find the courage he seeks and save his new-found family from the evil force threatening all the ocean’s creatures? And will he find the friend he has always dreamed of?

The winner of the Kelpies Prize 2009.

Ages 8-12

Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

Janis Mackay

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On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he was half selkie—part human and part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater.

When Magnus Fin discovers his initials scratched into the rocks by the shore and finds dead seals washed up on the beach, he knows his selkie family needs his help, and he dives down beneath the waves to find out more.

The great seal sickness has struck and his grandmother Miranda is dangerously ill. But Magnus Fin is sure there’s another reason for their affliction. He sets out to reveal the truth, with just his moonstone, his last baby tooth and some seaweed from Neptune’s garden for luck. Little does he know that his best friend Tarkin, who cannot swim, is determined to join him on this perilous mission.

This is the exciting sequel to Kelpie Prize-winning Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest.

(Ages 8–12)

Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

Janis Mackay

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On his eleventh birthday, schoolchild Magnus Fin discovered that he is half selkie—part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater.

When a rusty metal chest is flung ashore in a storm, Magnus Fin decides to investigate. However, he injures his hand on the strange box, and his sealskin starts to show through. His teacher realizes that there's something very unusual about Magnus Fin—and rumors start to spread.

Deep in the ocean, the great sea god Neptune has problems of his own. The treasures of wisdom have been stolen, and his memory and powers are fading fast. Could his missing treasure be inside the chest that has washed ashore? Magnus Fin is the only one who can find out and restore order under the sea...but a young journalist is investigating the rumors about “fish people.” Can Magnus Fin complete his mission before the selkie secret is revealed and his selkie family is forced to leave the bay forever?

(Ages 8-12)

Sticks Across the Chimney

A Story of Denmark

Nora Burglon

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When young Siri, Erik, and their widowed mother buy a deserted farm with an ancient Viking grave mound on the land, they have no idea of the challenges and adventures that await them.  First they must use their wits and humor to survive without money, as well as deal with superstitious townspe0ple.  Later they participate in mysterious and exciting events that lead to the opening of the mound and the discovery of unbelievably ancient Viking treasures.

The interweaving of an exciting mystery and the adventures of surviving on the farm with tales of Danish Viking life and lore is irresistible to both children and adults. Brought back for all of us after too many years out of print, this is a book to welcome warmly back into our homes, classrooms and hearts!

Sticks across the Chimney is a wonderful addition to any child's library and an exceptional book to offer 4th graders during the Nordic myths blocks of the Waldorf curriculum.

The Gate Swings In

A Story of Sweden

Nora Burglon

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The Gate Swings In is a lovely companion to Burglon's Sticks Across the Chimney. I love the ruggedness and ingenuity of the characters in this story - there is a warm self-discipline and love of the land that shines through the story in evocative, inspiring ways that are sure to move young hearts in wholesome directions.

The central character is Minda, an inspiring young heroine. Together with her intelligent, crafty goat, she goes out to earn enough money for her winter schooling. Throughout her efforts, she has frequent talks with a wise Tomte (Swedish farm elf/gnome - see The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox) and shows herself to have the fortitude to move ahead in the midst of all kinds of struggles and hardships. At each turn, friendship and love of the land and animals open paths and inspire new directions.

Very highly recommended - especially good in conjunction with the Waldorf Grade 4 curriculum, but wonderful for children of all ages at other times, too.

Worry Week

Anne Lindbergh

Pictures by Kevin Hawkes

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There are twelve long months in every year, but we spend only one of them in Maine. As far as I'm concerned, that means that eleven-twelfths of my life are wasted. Alice is too absent-minded to care much where she is, but Minnow agrees. Only July is real for me and Minnow, because July is the month we spend on North Haven Island.

So begins eleven-year-old Allegra Sloane, and true to her form, when her parents are forced to cut their one month in Maine short, she contrives a plan with her sisters to enable them to stay on the island alone instead of returning to steamy old Boston.

At first, everything proceeds according to plan: the girls slip away from their parents (and avoid a visit to stuffy Aunt Edna!), and the promis of freedom beckons brightly. Unfortunately, their plan has a few holes in it. when the girls return to the cottage, they find it emptied of food. Allegra realizes it's up to her to provide for her impractical sisters. The bookish Alice (age 13) is more interested in reading Nancy Drew stories and declaiming Shakespeare, and Minnow (aka Edith, age 7)is preoccupied with gluing seashells to every canister in the house.

Forced to fend for themselves, the girls learn to live off the land, gathering berries and chanterelles in the woods and mussels from the shore. Allegra learns perhaps the most important lesson: parenting can be very stressful.

In the course of all their other adventures, they discover a "treasure" that binds them closer to their family and to New England's literary heritage.

Anne Lindbergh was a wonderful writer -- The Worry Week is another shining example of her warm heart and masterful skill as a storyteller. It is sure to be loved by girls ages 9 and older.

Quest for Kelpie

Frances Mary Hendry

Winner of the first BBC “Quest for a Kelpie” prize.

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Winner of the first BBC “Quest for a Kelpie” prize.

It is 1745, and young Jeannie Main is a tough fisher lass in Nairn in northeast Scotland, where she lives a simple, quiet life—until a gypsy warns her of a greater fate than she ever dreamed. Jeannie Main, a poor working girl, would decide the fate of two kings.

As she tries to come to terms with her destiny, Jeannie is plunged into adventure and danger that could determine the future of her country. One final test remains—risking her life by riding the Kelpie, the most feared monster in all of Scotland.

Quest for a Kelpie is a fast-moving, thrilling story that takes place at a crucial moment in Scotland's history.

(Ages 9-12)

 

The Witches' Mark

Donald Lightwood

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Superstitious anglers; corrupt, feudal property owners; starving tenants—and an old lady who talks to the birds and animals and who is branded as a witch by the local villagers.

When fifteen-year-old Murdo befriends Old Pheemie, he discovers the hard way that the seventeenth-century East Neuk of Fife is not a good place to be if you are associated with anyone thought to be a witch.

Caught up in matters beyond their control, Murdo and his friend Alex find themselves in a race against time to save Pheemie before Silas Pow, the witch hunter, arrives to find her witches’ mark.

This is a gripping tale set against a backdrop of witch trials, superstition, and smuggling.

(Ages 9–12)

Claude and Medea

The Hellburn Dogs

Zoe Weil

Winner of the 2008 Gold Moonbeam Award for juvenile fiction!

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Claude and Medea aren't expecting an odd substitute teacher to change their lives. Nor are they anticipating the dangerous adventure in store for them. They seem like normal kids. But are they?

Claude has famous parents and sticks to the rules. Medea's got a scholarship to a fancy private school and can't get in trouble. How is it that they are thrown together, trying to outsmart Manhattan criminals? And why do they care so much about the weird Ms. Rattlebee? Find out what makes this unlikely pair begin to view the world differently, and to risk everything.

Riveting reading for ages 9 and above.

Flash the Sheepdog

Kathleen Fidler

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When I was young, I think I must have read every single dog story available, from the classics like Lassie Come Home to modern stories like Champion Dog, Prince Tom and much more. I loved dogs then and now and think there is indeed something very special about the bonds human beings and dogs can form, and about the nature of the various breeds. Fascinating stuff, great for growing up on.

Flash is a book I would have loved at that time, a terrific story that combines all sorts of knowledge about dogs, sheep, farms and life itself. I so enjoy knowing that children in our day can be introduced to the joys of rambling along the hillside with a good dog at one's side.

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Tom Stokes is an orphan. His sister is going to America to get married—but where can he go? They remember an uncle and aunt they scarcely know living in the borders of Scotland. After the city bustle of London, Tom finds his uncle's farm barren and lonely. How can he adjust to such a life? Help comes in the form of a sheepdog puppy, and his loneliness is quickly forgotten as Tom realizes the dog is his to love and train—maybe to be a champion!

And so begins his adventurous and challenging life on the hill farm with his new friend Elspeth and sheepdog Flash. Then his sister writes that Tom can come and live with her in America, and he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life...

(Ages 6-9)

Chill

Alex Nye

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He stared up at the dark mass of the house. Then he thought he saw movement in the library window to the right of the drawing room. A shadow moving, backwards and forwards ... then it was gone.

Samuel is trapped by huge snow drifts in an old, remote house. And that’s not the only thing causing a cold shiver to creep down his spine. He feels like the ghostly figure in the locked library has a message ... but who is it for?

Fiona lives in the big house, but will that help the two of them to break the curse on her family? As the ice sets in, they uncover a centuries-old tale of betrayal and revenge.

Set on bleak Sheriffmuir near Stirling in England, this is a spooky tale of the past returning to haunt the present.

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The Underground City

Anne Forbes

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On the eve of his return to Scotland, Lewis Grant is dared to spend the night at a haunted desert oasis. Even the Bedouin refuse to visit Al Antara at night, knowing that a mighty djinn lives there. But this doesn't worry Lewis, who promptly rises to the bait.

Things do not go according to plan, however, and Lewis's arrival in Edinburgh is accompanied by a series of events that defy explanation. Set against the backdrop of the spooky Mary King’s Close, Neil and Clara Maclean find themselves embroiled with ghosts, super heroes, and bank robbers, not to mention the Christmas pantomime.

Will the MacArthurs get back from their holiday in time to avert disaster? Enjoy a third outing for them and their dragon, as monsters and mayhem return in a breathtaking tale of magic and nightmare.

(Ages 8-12)

The Swiss Family Robinson

Johann D Wyss

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Here's a story that can bring an element of adventure and fantasy to the "house building" theme of the Waldorf third grade. Between the ninth year (age 8) and about age 10, children experience a sense of uncertainty when they look about the world. A lot is changing for them, and one of the biggest changes is that they now feel separated from the world in a way that is new to them.

The themes of the Waldorf third grade answer that uncertainty by focusing first on the Old Testament stories of wandering in the desert followed by the entry into the Promised Land and the ultimate "house building," that of the Temple in Jerusalem. Then, house building and farming become more concrete and personal within the theme: often, actually houses are built, garden plots tended and books such as Farmer Boy are read.

It is somewhere during or after this second half of the year that a book like Swiss Family Robinson can be a real treat. Here is a family who is shipwrecked and must start from scratch with no one but themselves on a desert island. Their resourcefulness and adventures are just the ticket for any child during this time. I can remember nearly devouring the book when I was about nine - I must have read it three or four times that year. Even the parts that are a bit far-fetched (how did Mother manage to put everything they'd need into that one bag, anyway?) make perfect sense to a child (after all, doesn't God always provide?), and the characters are all admirable and vigorous.

This is another favorite from my own childhood - I hope your children enjoy it as much.

Captains Courageous

Rudyard Kipling

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Rudyard Kipling was, in my opinion, one of the best writers to ever wield a pen in English. His prose is almost like poetry, yet so filled with life that never once does his writing become more interesting than the story it tells. All his books, stories and poems are truly the stuff of greatness, and Captains Courageous is no exception.

We open with a spoiled rich boy being swept off the deck of a luxury ocean liner and into the sea. Luckily, young Harvey Cheyne is rescued by a passing fishing vessel.

As it turns out, his apparent misfortune in tumbling from a life of pampered luxury into the humble company of a fishing schooner becomes a blessing. Compelled by the captain to earn his keep, Harvey loses his affectations as he learns the rewards of an honest day's labor amid the gruff and hearty companionship of the crewmen. They teach him to be worth his salt as they fish the waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

This is Kipling's only novel to unfold in an American setting, and, like his others, it is packed with his humor and sense of adventure.

A great book for Grade 5 and up.

Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson

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This is a classic adventure novel, perhaps even the classic adventure novel. Set in the year 1751, Kidnapped centers around David Balfour, a young Scotsman orphaned by the death of his father. Betrayed by his uncle, the young hero is shanghaied and headed for bondage in the New World, until a swashbuckling highlander comes to his rescue. Stirring, suspenseful; considered by Stevenson to be his best fiction.

Grade 6 and up.

 

Five Children and It

E. Nesbit

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"It" is a Psammead, an ancient, ugly and irritable sand fairy the children find one day in a gravel pit. It grants them a wish a day, lasting until sunset. But they soon learn it is very hard to think of really sensible wishes, and each one gets them into unexpected difficulties. Magic, the children find, can be as awkward as it is enticing.

This was a favorite of our children - I hope your children enjoy it as much!

The Story of the Amulet

E. Nesbit

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The Story of the Amulet is the delightful sequel to Five Children and It. Sometime after their adventures with the Psammead (the ancient sand fairy they found while digging for treasure), the children chance upon him again -- held captive in a pet store where they owner had mistaken him for an exotic breed of dog!

Of course there's a rescue, followed by astonishing adventure. The extraordinary creature leads them to an amulet -- or rather, half an amulet, which has the power to take them back anywhere in time to search for the other half. The complete amulet can give them their hearts' desires . . . as if they didn't have enough on their hands already!

One of Nesbit's very best books - a family favorite.

The Enchanted Castle

E. Nesbit

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E. Nesbit wrote children's books that are among the best available. In this story of magical fantasy with real-life complications (you'll discover that real-life complications are a persistent theme in all her stories - and a delightful one), Gerald, Cathy, and Jimmy wake a beautiful princess from her hundred-year sleep in an enchanted garden. It's really only Mabel, the housekeeper's niece - but the garden really is enchanted, and the ring she slips on really is magic! The children find that it takes magic to get everything sorted out - whether in the magical world or the ordinary one! Great reading for the whole family - especially children ages 7 and older.

 

The Book of Dragons

E.S. Nesbit

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The Book of Dragons unleashes an exciting flock of mysterious, wild, and unpredictable creatures. Here you will meet a dragon who flies out of an enchanted book and swallows an entire soccer team; two children who try to wake St. George while dragons of all shapes and sizes descend on England; and wicked Prince Tiresome, who trades half his kingdom with a pigkeeper to catch a raging dragon. This volume contains some of E. S. Nesbit's best stories and all of the original illustrations by H. R. Miller. Deliciously exciting for children ages 7 and up as a read-to; ages 9 and above to read by themselves.

The Chaos Clock

Gill Arbuthnott

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“What do you mean, we are the keys?” Kate asked incredulously.
“From time to time, certain people are born whose fate it is to aid or thwart the attempts of Chaos to destroy time. You and David are two such people. Look!”
As he spoke, the room turned misty around them.

Kate and David are eleven years old and best friends—playing football and doing their museum project together. But in Edinburgh, where they live, time is coming unstuck and the past is breaking loose. Old Mr Flowerdew needs their help in the war between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, which is centered around the mysterious Millennium Clock at the Royal Museum.

Can Kate use her grandmother’s golden necklace to restrain the power of Chaos, and will David be able to help the Guardians, even if it means losing his mother all over again?

Ages 9-12

For more information, visit The Chaos Website, for fans of The Chaos Clock and The Chaos Quest. It includes exclusive bonus information about characters, free downloads, and the chance to meet Gill Arbuthnott.

Chaos Quest

Gill Arbuthnott

Sequel to The Chaos Clock

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It is eighteen months after the events of The Chaos Clock, and Kate and David are now at secondary school in Edinburgh. David is struggling to come to terms with his new stepmother, and Kate is being expected to take more responsibility for her younger brother.

But time never stands still for long. They soon become involved in a race to prevent the Lords of Chaos from tricking Erda, the Stardreamer, into losing her power. Even with help from Morgan the Hunter, can they prevent the barriers between times being blown away forever?

Desperate Journey

Kathleen Fidler

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The Desperate Journey tells the story of the Highland Clearances as they affect one small family. The Murrays are forced to load their possessions onto a cart and travel across Scotland to Glasgow. Here the children have to work in a mill and live in overcrowded and dirty lodgings. The family are offered the chance to join an emigrant ship bound for Hudson Bay in Canada, and make a perilous journey into a new life in the Red River Colony.

The spirit and resourcefulness of Davie and Kirsty shines through all their hardships as they witness the evictions and burning of the crofters' homes; endure the hardships of child labor in a Glasgow cotton mill; survive the Atlantic crossing on a disease-ridden ship; and witness bitter feuding among rival colonists.

Kathleen Fidler’s skill at bringing characters to life has enthralled generations of readers and will no doubt do so for many more years to come.

Ages 10-14

The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

Retold by Padraic Colum

Illustrated by Willy Pogany

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Master storyteller Padraic Colum beautifully captures the timeless adventure of Homer's Illiad and Odyssey as he weaves the ancient story afresh for young ears and hearts.

First, we follow Odysseus's son Telemachus into the hall of King Menelaus and Queen Helen, she whose face launched a thousand ships. From them we hear of the great battle that was the Trojan War, of the bravery of soldiers and princes on both sides of the walled city, and of the cleverness and craft of the Trojan Horse with which the Greeks won the war.

And then we learn how tragedy stuck Odysseus, how through a single act of disrespect to a powerful god, Odysseus was cast upon unfriendly seas and made to wander for 20 long years, as his wife Penelope struggled to postpone remarriage and his son searched in near-despair for a father he'd never known.

These adventures have woven themselves into the very fabric of our history and culture since they were first told over two thousand years ago -- and this book is a wonderful way to introduce children to them.

Buzzy and the River Rats

Book 1 - Buzzy Moves In

John Clarke Hoffman

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One morning in the summer of 1954 in the Catskill Mountain town of Delhi, NY, the Fancher family moved into a vacant house on Elm Street. Buzzy Fancher's arrival heralded the beginning of many adventures for the group of boys who rallied around him and called themselves the River Rats. Their adventures sometimes brought them face to face with the tough uptown Trucker gang, but most of all they experienced the excitement, friendships, mishaps and young romance of growing up in 1950's small-town America.

The subject matter is quite appropriate for children from about grades 3 through 6 or 7, depending in large part on the particular interests of the child. This is a great "first novel" for children reading fluidly at about 5th grade level or beyond. These stories are wholesome, interesting, and well-written; told by a teacher who lived them (or wished he had!). Highly recommended.

Buzzy and the River Rats

Book 2: Exploring the Town

John Clarke Hoffman

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It is the autumn of 1954 in the Catskill Mountain town of Delhi, NY. John Hoffman, Buzzy Fancher, and the other members of the River Rat Gang are in eighth grade at Delaware Academy. The excitement of Halloween is in the air. Their adventures begin with an elaborate prank involving an antique fire engine. Winter brings tobogganing and romance, spring an encounter with the tough uptown Trucker gang in Stutz's junkyard, and summer a raid on a girl scout camp out at the Pine Hill Reserve. These great stories capture the both excitement and the security of growing up in 1950s small-town America.

The subject matter is quite appropriate for children from about grades 3 through 6 or 7, depending in large part on the particular interests of the child. This is a great "first novel" for children reading fluidly at about 5th grade level or beyond. These stories are wholesome, interesting, and well-written; told by a teacher who lived them (or wished he had!). Highly recommended.

Buzzy and the River Rats

Book 3 Romance and Adventure

John Clarke Hoffman

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It is late in the summer of 1954 in the Catskill Mountain town of Delhi, NY. John Hoffman, Buzzy Fancher and the other members of the River Rat Gang are about to enter ninth grade at Delaware Academy. As a last summer adventure they explore the old Delaware Academy school building nd get more than they bargain for. Autumn finds the River Rats plotting to disrupt the high school Halloween party. Winter brings tobogganing and exploring an abandoned barn; spring, an encounter with the tough uptown Trucker gang in the old powdered milk factory.

The Buzzy stories are for all ages and capture the excitement, friendships, mishaps and young romance of growing up in the 1950's in small-town America.

A lovely continuation of the series!

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Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George

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This is a book that I first heard read on NPR, many, many years ago. I loved it then from beginning to end and think you will, also. It is about a young Eskimo girl, known to her village as Miyax. To her penpal friend in San Francisco, she is Julie. When Julie believes the village is no longer safe for her, she runs away, intending to walk to San Francisco and her friend's home. But she soon finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness, without food, without even a compass to guide her. Slowly she is accepted by a pack of Arctic wolves, and she grows to love them as though they were family. With their help, and drawing on her father's teachings, Miyax struggles day by day to survive. But the time comes when she must leave the wilderness and choose between the old ways and the new. Which will she choose? She is Miyax of the Eskimos - but Julie of the Wolves. For adventurous children ages 10 and up.