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Hello everyone,

listed here are a variety of great read aloud, historical fiction, and more....

thank you for looking

God bless

Teresa (Joseph's sister)

The Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory pb gc $8…Lucy, a rather spoiled almost-eleven-year-old, gets a very special birthday present from her grandmother. This gift, a star ruby ring, has been passed down for generations through Lucy's family. The evening before her birthday, Lucy accidentally discovers the magical secret of the ring:The secret of this Ruby Ring is that two wishes it can bring…..Twisting the ring and making her first wish, Lucy finds herself transported to a far away time, that of Ireland in 1885, a time of unrest, evictions, and boycotting. At first, Lucy is intrigued by Langley Castle and its inhabitants, but soon she misses her family and friends. When she decides to use her second wish to go home, Lucy discovers that the ring has disappeared.Can Lucy convince young Robert that she is from another age? Will he help her to retrieve the ruby ring, or will Lucy be trapped forever in a bygone age? A prize-winning space and time story written by an Irish author. A girl's wish on a magic ring sends her back in time to an Irish castle in 1885. In the course of the story I learned a lot about conditions in Ireland at that time (not pleasant) and about the life of servants and their masters in the great houses. An interesting, enjoyable read. Ages 12++

Mystery of the Marco Polo Ring by Robin Gottlieb hb wdj ec $7….A girl travels with her aunt, uncle and cousin to Venice, where they hope to find a missing great uncle. Following a tip received from an old woman, the girls find themselves in a mystery involving a ring and adventure..…great adventure, mystery story for Ages 12+

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt pb ec $7….The play opens with the great 16th-century intellectual Sir Thomas More chatting with young Richard Rich, extolling him to become a teacher rather than a politician so he won't be tempted by the bribery that comes with political office.Soon after this conversation, More is summoned by Cardinal Wolsey, the current Chancellor of England. Wolsey wants to discuss a matter of great importance: King Henry VIII's divorce. Henry had petitioned the Pope some time ago to marry his current wife, Catherine, but now he wants to petition him again to divorce her. More, being a good Catholic, seems to oppose this.A Man For All Seasons is the story of a man who essentially does not bow to others putting pressure on his beliefs in regards to politics, religion and one state Marriage (a marriage that Henry VIII argued semantically, was invalid). Whether we are meant to be that man for all seasons is a question for the reader or observer to consider. The key issue of importance appears to be that one should recognise what they can do to prevent disaster from striking. A Man for All Seasons dramatises the conflict between King Henry VIII and St. Thomas More. It depicts the confrontation between Church and state, theology and politics, absolute power and individual freedom. Throughout the play St. Thomas More's eloquence and endurance, his purity, saintliness and tenacity in the face of ever-growing threats to his beliefs and family, earn him status as one of modern drama's greatest tragic heroes. Excellent study for high school.

Battle For Destiny by Peter John Stephens hb wdj ec $10…A Welsh youth, imprisoned in a monastery and outcast from his lands, is befriended by countryman Harry Tudor whose allegiance he pledges through adventures that end on Bosworth Field in a battle that terminates the Wars of the Roses and puts Harry on the throne of England. Ages 12+

Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson pb *as new* $12…Set in 5th Century Ireland…An inspiring story of the young slave who became a national heroine. Set in the era of St. Patrick, this vivid novel, based on historical facts, will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God's will and the desire to save her family.Brigid must choose between freeing the mother she has longed for and spreading God's message of salvation across Ireland.Ages 12++

Whalers of the Midnight Sun: A story of modern whaling in the Antarctic by Alan Villiers hb wdj ec $10..…Whalers of the Midnight Sun (1934) is an adventure novel for children …The novel follows the adventures of a fleet of seven ships in a Norwegian whaling expedition near the South Pole. The main characters of the book are a group of young boys who sign on for the expedition in Hobart, Tasmania. The raw stuff of modern whaling hung on the story of ""Bloomin' Alfie"" who is a stowaway on the Pelagos, the first steel ship to try modern methods of whaling in the Antarctic. His boon companion is the penguin, Percy, a good comedy touch throughout. Superlatively good -- no demeaning of the subject by writing down -- no reason why it should not be enormously popular with all red-blooded boys and with a goodly number of their elders. Brutal, breath-taking, authentic; full of robust scones, likeable characters, blend of tragedy and comedy. Ages 13+

The Windeatt Dictionary : Pre-Vatican Terms and Catholic Words from Mary Fabian Windeatt’s Saint Biographies plus Bonus 45 Catholic Book Report Ideas by Janet McKenzie pb *NEW* $18….In the 1940's and 1950's, Mary Fabyan Windeatt-"the storyteller of the saints"-wrote a series of twenty saint biographies for Catholic children of various ages. This series illustrates the beauty and depth of the Roman Catholic culture and doctrine as lived by each of these saints in the pre-Vatican II era. Use this dictionary to help you and your family understand more fully the vocabulary and practices of those-and our-times. Containing over 450 entries, this dictionary provides an easy reference to many unfamiliar Catholic words found in Mary Fabyan Windeatt's saint biography series. Many of these terms cannot be found in modern Catholic dictionaries. Use this concise resource to help research those hard-to-find expressions and terms. Test yourself by taking the short dictionary quiz. Expand your level of knowledge about many important Catholic traditions and customs. Begin today to improve your knowledge of Catholic prayers, practices, devotions, and religious orders! As a bonus, this dictionary also includes a book report resource for Catholic students listing forty-five suggested projects, including fourteen writing projects, ten creative hands-on projects, and twenty-one topics related specifically to saint biographies.Ages 7-Adult

Hiroshima by Laurence Yep pb gc $4….Describes the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, particularly as it affects Sachi, who becomes one of the Hiroshima Maidens.Laurence Yep is a favourite author for young adult material, and this novella is a good length and explains what occurred without going into traumatic details unsuitable for young people. seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Sachi. Based on the actual accounts of Hiroshima survivors. The emotional impact is explored in a manner appropriate for the upper elementary and middle school child, and the illustrations add interest. Highly recommended. Activities here for grades 3-5 & 6-8:



The Undergrounders by Bianca Bradbury  (author of Flight Into Spring by Bethlehem books) hb wdj ec $10…Historical fiction about the flight of slaves to Canada in the 1850's.  Ages 12+


The Big Tusker by Arthur Catherall hb wdj ec $7…A sixteen-year-old Thai boy is faced with the dilemma of subduing his elephant maddened with pain and rescuing his uncle trapped in a cave-in.  An incredible young adult book about adventures and far away lands. Forced to retrieve a cache of opium for some smugglers, Ba Thet's uncle Sing Noi is pinned under the rocks and, trying to free him, their elephant Poo Koon loses a tusk, exposing the nerve and driving him mad--from which issues a deluge of disasters such as you'd never believe, all intensified by the oncoming monsoons, and which fortunately you haven't time to question, so insistent is the pressure of impending doom. You might not be inclined to cavil anyhow: Mr. Catherall is firmly in control, and when Poo Koon, trapped up to the tip of his trunk in a flooded pit, suddenly breaks free of the mud and emerges. . . why, he knew it all the time: ""Like all elephants he was a natural swimmer. Nor was it a new thing for him to be entirely submerged. . . . More than once he had played a joke on Ba Thet and Sing Noi"" by walking on the bottom of the river. Ages 13+ 

The Word Spy ….Come and Discover the Secrets of the English Language… by Ursula Dubosarsky hb wdj *as new* $10….. A book for children about the history and quirks of the English language. It’s full of interesting details about language and history, clever word play and amusing illustrations. Dubosarsky's love of the English language and her ability to reach children comes through very well in this book. More guidebook than textbook, this fun and conversational little book will introduce many lovers of language to all the many sides of what makes language fun, from formation of alphabets to the use of codes to the linguistic reboot that technology is responsible for. The book includes the history of the English language and much of the quirky and amusing things that can be done with the language, like anagrams, palindromes, puns, and even spoonerisms. More importantly, it explains what they are, where they came from, and what some examples can be found. The illustrations and inserts aren't prominent or overwhelming (which is good in a book of its size: small but thick) and the author has even used a code to end each chapter which helps the reader to digest what that chapter contained; this code then reveals a message for the budding linguist to encourage continued use of what is learned. Here is a Lesson guide that will make your children on an amazing few weeks using this book as their language lesson, they will have, and learn so much!!!

Here are teacher the teacher lesson plans : http://www.scool.scholastic.com.au/schoolzone/toolkit/assets/pdfs/The_Word_Spy.pdf

Age 10++


The Return of the Word Spy ….A Funny Fantastic Voyage into Language, Grammar and Beyond hb wdj *as new* $10….From the beginning of time, the WORD SPY has been creeping down hallways, hiding in shadows and journeying through different lands to discover everything there is to know about the English language. In her first book, The Word Spy, she shared with us the secrets she'd learnt about English, from the first alphabet in 4000 BC right up to the tricks of modern texting. In The Return of the Word Spy she continues the fascinating journey through language, with chapters on language families, how we learn to speak, grammar and written forms of communication. In an accessible, engaging style, the WORD SPY explains the meaning of nouns, verbs, pronouns, 'dead' languages, word origins and other wordy wonders. Packed with cartoons, games, facts and puzzles, The Return of the Word Spy continues the WORD SPY's fascinating journey through the English language.

Second volume in this non-fiction language study for younger readers, but can be accessed by all ages is again readable, and engaging and has great exercises and interesting information. The style is great, and the substance is great. Dubosarsky is a real talent in both fiction and non-fiction writing.

Again here are lesson plans using this book: 


Age 10++

The Three R’s At Home by Howard & Susan Richman pb ec $10….Susan and Howard Richman are wonderful people. Their adventure in home schooling has enriched the community and this book reveals their methods. Un-schooling/ Natural Learning is not the only school of thought in home schooling, although it has much to offer. The beauty of home school is freedom to choose what works best for each pupil and family. End quote from the book: "We have found that these approaches have worked positively with our own children. ... We hope ... that you'll find this adventure of learning with your kids to be worth the taking, and worth giving it your best." Encouragement, real help from a successful home school family. A valuable addition to your home school library. From the authors….”Chapters two, three, four, and five are about children's reading. They are arranged chronologically, beginning from when children first begin to listen to books that are read to them, and moving until they begin to read fluently to themselves. Chapters six, seven, and eight describe some of the informal and formal ways our children have learned writing and arithmetic. Chapters nine, ten, and eleven discuss some of the structures of homeschooling including achievement tests, curriculums, and the structure of the homeschooling day. Chapter twelve summarises what we have learned about what works within our home. At the end of the book we have included Jesse's fifth grade curriculum as an appendix.” A lovely read whether you agree or not, it is written with such gentleness and hope….sometimes mums need a refreshing change or just a refreshing read to help them to continue, the hard but beautiful journey they have undertaken to nurture their children’s earning….


Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom pb gc $10…She trusted her immense intuition and generous heart--and published the most. Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, was arguably the single most creative force for innovation in children's book publishing in the United States during the twentieth century. Considered an editor of maverick temperament and taste, her unorthodox vision helped create such classics as Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and The Giving Tree.  Leonard S. Marcus has culled an exceptional collection of letters from the HarperCollins archives. The letters included here are representative of the brilliant correspondence that was instrumental in the creation of some of the most beloved books in the world today. Full of wit and humour, they are immensely entertaining, thought-provoking, and moving in their revelation of the devotion and high-voltage intellect of an incomparably gifted editor, mentor, and publishing visionary. Stuart Little. Charlotte's Web. The Runaway Bunny. Little House in the Big Woods. Bedtime for Frances. Where the Wild Things Are. A Kiss for Little Bear. It's Like This, Cat. Freaky Friday. Harriet the Spy. It's hard to imagine that a single individual was involved in the publication of so many beloved childhood classics, but Ursula Nordstrom was such a woman. As director of Harper Publishing's children's department from 1940 to 1973, she was friend and mentor to some of the most creative writers and artists of the day. This compilation of her personal correspondence, published 10 years after her death, is a fascinating excursion into the world of children's publishing through the life of one of its most brilliant and influential editors.Anyone who enjoys or is curious about the creative process of book writing - or anything really - will love this book. 

Catch Me A Rainbow : The Franciscan Journey by Lester Bach, OFM Cap. Spiral bound ec $15…This is a great book and a terrific guide to following the ways of Saint Francis of Assisi in your daily life, as it says inside its pages “Think it through. Realise how precious is the gift of your commitment. Every day begun with praise and ending with thanks with a middle that is a Gospel lifestyle.” This can be a great help for anyone who wants to live the Gospel life…Each chapter focuses on scripture, the CCC, the spiritual life as St. Francis lived it all immersed into being more Christ-like… A half hour each morning, (or whenever you find time with Our Lord), will certainly help you begin to live as people faithful to the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis…..some chapters include; conversion; exploring the call; listening to Scripture; Here I am lord; family life; Seventy times Seven(forgiveness); prayer, praise and blessing; and many more (24 chapters) - toy the time Christmas comes along you will be prepared to welcome Him into your heart and truly live the life He has called you to! Recommended for Adults, high schoolers and anyone open to a relationship with Christ! 

The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life by Agostino Bono pb gc $3… The Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life" is an accessible study aid for adult catechesis and religious education in preparation for the Holy Year 2000. Or for daily reminders of your faith. High school/adult.

The Nuns Go East by Jonathan Routh hb wdj gc $5…Routh's crinkly pictures take on a chopstick-tossed look (from a Blue Willowy bridge scene to a vaguely Japanese waterfall) for the latest vacation adventure of his seven coyly conceived and glibly depicted sisters, who ""do have eyes and noses and mouths but I am very bad at drawing them."" Here the nuns foil the attempt of ""a notorious gang of Miniature Japanese Gardeners who are Up to No Good"" to kidnap Miao, the pet dragon of an Eastern Gentleman who uses him to heat the ovens of his Pizza Parlour. The nuns' methods of chasing the nefarious gardeners away -- first, hitting them across the shoulders and ""bottoms"" with cushions from Miao's back, then throwing pizza pies in their faces -- fits fight in with the projection of nuns as cute. A hilarious, fun picture book! All ages.

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