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      AussieHomeschool Closing Down   11/14/2019

      All good things must come to an end and AussieHomeschool is no different. It is with much sadness yet even more necessity that this must be so.   As of Sunday evening, 17/11/2019 the Discussion Forums will close. The Classifieds, for now although not indeterminate, will continue as is.       Why is this happening now? In all honesty, it probably should have happened many years ago but I created this forum, which originally a homeschool classifieds forum for Aussies, about 20 years or so ago. I, along with others for whom I am gratefully indebted to, have spent many, many hours sweating, laughing, praying, crying, writing, apologising, pleading and speaking about this wonderful place. In this day and age of Social Media, along with our ages and therefore differernt stages of life, it is simply not viable in any way for it to continue. You may think differently and that's okay - you honestly have to have lived through some of the dramas and learning opportunities that we all have to truly appreciate why we have the standards that we do - they were borne out of necessity and not undertaken lightly. Much blood, sweat and tears have been spilt over this place. Even more friendships, learning, debate, love, prayer and great times have been had becuase of AussieHomeschool. No one could ever be more thankful for it than I.

      I understand you may feel frustration or even anger and for that I apologise, I feel you. But now it is YOUR time to go out and spread the word of home education and its benefits. Share YOUR story, tell those you know and don't know about homeschooling and what is has done for your family.   On behalf of John (my long suffering and patient husband), myself and the ENTIRE moderating team over the many years - I THANK YOU and WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST IN ALL YOUR ENDEAVOURS.   God Bless, Susan (HomeGrownKids /  AussieHomeschool)


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Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your support, it has helped immensely. You will never know how much,

(I cannot tell you everything) but God bless you all...We pray God showers your hearts and homes with Grace and Blessings!


Thank you once again,

God Bless you




The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare pb ec $4…


Grandmother Oma by Ilse Kleberger hb wdj gc $3… Grandmother Oma is a kid's dream... she roller skates, fights off mad bulls with her umbrella, and she knows that animals speak (with their ears and tails and noses!) . Looked down upon by her grownup son and other adults, she keeps her love of life, and retorts intelligently: " 'Greeks liked swinging- not only their children, but also their priests and priestesses who used swings at their religious ceremonies'. This silenced the schoolmaster..." A lesson for life... enjoy it and be yourself whatever your age. Don't grow old gracefully, grow old with pizzaz! Ages 7++


Grandmother Oma & the Green Caravan by else Kleberger hb wdj gc $3… sequel to grandma Oma…Ages 7++


Secrets in the Attic by Meg Braga pb gc $2….This is No. 1 of the Wendy and William books for children who are just beginning chapter books. when William and Wendy help to turn out the attic of their house, they find many interesting things; the goldfish bowl that makes William an ‘assernot’ is one of them, and it reminds Mummy of a story about the fish who lost his tail.  Ages 8+


Sir Walter Scott Ivanhoe hb gc $2…Ivanhoe (1819) was the first of Scott's novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and the love of Rowena and becomes involved in the struggle between Richard Coeur de Lion and his Norman brother John. The gripping narrative is structured by a series of conflicts: Saxon versus Norman, Christian versus Jew, men versus women, played out against Scott's unflinching moral realism. Ages 12+


Diana takes a Chance by Catherine Christian hb wdj gc $2…Diana Tremaine, living with her mother at their lovely home, Grey Ladies, is a spoiled young person. She has everything she wants, and takes it for granted. Then circumstances change; the old house has to be sold; her mother marries again and goes with her husband to Australia, leaving Diana for the time being in charge of a small half-brother and sister.Ages 12+


Rhodesian Adventure by Mollie Chappell hb wdj gc $2…This is a story of an English family lifting their roots and embarking on the great adventure of beginning a new life in a new country-Rhodesia. The author writing is fresh and vivid her genuine understanding and portrayal of teenage girls will not fail to charm modern readers who like their heroines to be as completely 2oth century! Ages 10+


Clarence Takes a Vacation by Patricia Glauber pb gc $2…Brian and Sis are amazed. Their Dog Clarence has just looked at Me. Webster's Cookie box and said Quite Plainly, "Cookies"! Clarence has already saved a boy from a sand cave-in, and caught a huge, record-breaking fish. Now he's actually talking! What Next? Here is Clarence at his best--in a new fun-tastic, Cape Cod vacation adventure. Ages 7+


The New Golden Land Anthology edited by Judith Elkin pb gc $2…A lively collection of traditional tales and more modern stories, many of them comical. Excellent! All ages.


Mardie’s Adventures by Astrid Lindgren pb gc $2… Author of Children of the Noisy Village, Mardie and her small sister Lisbet, live in a big red house by a river, and they find themselves, all too frequently, in funny and sometimes precarious situations : like the day Lisbet gets a pea stuck in her nose and on the way to the doctor, Mardie and Lisbet get into a fight with two very rude and tough sisters ; or the day Mardie decides to parachute from the woodshed roof with an umbrella ; and the time a "boy called Richard" at her school gets so conveniently blamed for all her accidents and madcap behaviour!” Ages 8-12


Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad pb gc $3…

Adventures of Tim Rabbit by Alison Uttley b ec $3….

Beautiful Joe Autobiography of a Dog  by Marshall Saunders hb wdj gc $2…


The Quest for Freedom series ; The Making of European Civilisation Old World Heritage spiral bound $5…


A Second Springtime by Gordon Cooper hb wdj gc $4…In the 1860's eleven-year-old Hester, who has lived in an English orphanage all her life, is adopted by a settler family in Nova Scotia. Ages 9-13


Hester’s Summer by Gordon Cooper hb wdj gc $4… life could be very hard in Canada in 1880. Hester’s first-year-work at the hospital was often difficult, though rewarding as well. There was, for example, the Red Indian woman brought to the ward, utterly bewildered at what was happening to her. There were the victims of mining disaster. But there were pleasures too in Hester’s life at Milford- friends made outside it, and all activities of a pioneer town. Ages 9-13


Small Boat Adventures edited by Michael Brown hb wdj gc $3….this is a rich collection, in which great classic writers of the sea-Conrad, Melville, Slocum-canbe found alongside such superb modern counterparts as C.S.Forester, Hilaire Belloc and jan de Hartog. There is a witty account of Jack London, John Kennedy’s courage, and a taste of one of the greatest spy stories in which Erskine Childers brilliantly exploits his knowledge of navigation. The book opens with Shackleton’s own account of his incredible voyage in an open boat, and closes on a note of high excitement as Hilaire Belloc tackles the hazards of Bardsey Race.Vivid illustrations add extra dimension to the stories and are based, wherever possible, on careful research. 


When Jays Fy to Barbmo Margaret Balderson hb wdj $4….The German invasion of Norway in 1940 brings tragedy to the life of teen-aged Ingeborg and at the same time reveals the carefully guarded secret of her heritage.The story is narrated by 14 year old Ingeborg and set on a remote island off the coast of Norway during WW2. The part of the story, where Ingeborg spends the 'Dark Time' - the long winter alone following the death or capture of members of her family very harrowing indeed. Surviving war, finding one's identity and place in the world, loss, growing up - the themes are profound and universal. It's a beautiful book that doesn't deserve obscurity. Age 12+


The Swirtherby Pilgrims by Eleanor Spence hb wdj $6…Miss Arabella Braithewaite of Switherby knows there is no future for the ten orphans a remarkable mix of genteel and working class children she has gathered together in these years of England's grim factory growth in the early 1820s. Her plan, quite outrageous in the eyes of most, is to take the children to Australia to take up a land grant. Thus, one day the townsfolk gather to watch a line of departing pilgrims led by the fearless Missabella. On a new continent, and after a daunting ocean voyage, the challenges begin. To the orphans it becomes a life-giving adventure, even when serious unexpected threats must be overcome. Australian author Eleanor Spence, writing with keen personal insight, sketches each child and adults engagement with the new land and its people and with one another. From their courage we glimpse the futures of this unlikely band beginning to emerge with hope and personal dignity. Ages 10+


Danger Along the Ohio by Patricia Willis hb wdj ec $5…Traveling down the Ohio River in 1793, Amos, Clara, and Jonathan are separated from their father during a brutal Indian attack. The three children are swept down the river, and must make their way back through the wilderness in the direction of the Marietta settlement, hoping to find their father there. Their plight becomes still more dramatic -- and dangerous -- when Amos rescues a wounded Indian boy from the river. Though the boy mistrusts them and his condition slows them down, Amos refuses to leave him behind to die. Now more than ever, it seems they'll never make it back to their father and to safety. This is a wonderful book for the young readers out there. The idea of a family traveling west on a riverboat on the Ohio River in 1783 is just captivating. As an author, it must have been a delight to write. Ages 10-14


The Getting With Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson hb $2…Laura is sent to a private girls' school in Melbourne for her education. Her mother is adamant that this will happen even though they struggle financially. She believes it is the best way:"To a State school, I've always said it, my children shall never go - not if I have to beg the money to send them elsewhere."The Getting of Wisdom was published in 1910 and we still have this kind of conversation about private versus public education today.Certainly this will be a very fine school story, and an engaging and believable tale of one girl’s life at school. Ages 13++


The Three Brothers of Ur by J.G. Fyson hb wdj ec $4…This is a historical novel of Mesopotamia ca. 2000 B.C., namely the period of the Third Dynasty of Ur, which city is the situs of the novel. Fyson's book is pitched at the level of, say, a bright ten-year old, in language, tone, and narrative perspective (the main characters are children or teenagers), but it does not stint on historical facts, or use ancient Mesopotamia as merely a canvas for adventure and romance somewhere long ago and far away. A story of the three sons of Teresh, a wealthy merchant of 4000 years ago in the city of Ur, with most interest on the youngest son who often gets himself into mischief. Excellent historical fiction, with lots of educational description, good character development, and a multi-stranded plot. The characters and setting are made appealing for young readers. 

This book is an excellent resource for understanding what family life, education, clothing, travel, trade, and living arrangements might have been like during ancient times. These will be absolutely perfect additions to your homeschool curriculum when you ever cover the ancients great for Ages 11 +.


Thursday’s Child by Noel Streatfeild hb wdj gc $5…


Baroola and Us by Audrey Oldfield hb wdj ec $5…Baroola is no ordinary place, at least as far as the McKillops are concerned.  Of course, if you took any family from Sydney and put them on a farm at Baroola they'd find it a bit strange at first, and the McKillops were no exception.  But who would have thought a pig could get sunburn? Still, when Dad decided to buy the farm and move the whole family to Baroola at least everyone was willing to learn.  Not that it was always easy.  But it was exciting, what with the kids at school, and the fair, and the animals.  Not to mention the flood.  It will be a long time before they forget that in Baroola.  in the end they did learn.  Not everything of course, but enough to know that they belonged in Baroola.’ All Ages.


Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes pb ec $5…


God’s Madcap The Story of Amy Carmichael by Nancy E. Robbins hb wdj ec $7


The Children of the House by Brian Fairfax-Lucy and Philippa Pearce pb gc $4…Set before the first First World War, this book tells the story of Tom, Laura, Hugh, and Margaret, whose home is the great house, Charlecote, set in the Warwickshire countryside. Despite their privileged background, the children are not always happy - their parents are stern and Tom is sent away to boarding school. But when the holidays come, everything changes and the four of them have many adventures together in the vast grounds of the house. Ages 10+


The Sailor Who Captured the Sea A Story of the Book of Kells by Deborah Nourse Lattimore pb ec $7… A sailor continues the work of others in creating the illuminated Book of Kells. Beautiful illustrations. Great way to introduce art with Middle Ages and  world cultures. All ages.


Bertie and May by Bertha Stemm Norton and Andre Norton hb wdj ec $6…The autobiography of Bertie (Bertha Stemm Norton) and her sister May, who grew up in Ohio in the 1880’s.. Bertie (as in Bertha Stemm Norton) and May are the enormously companionable sisters that figure in this period story of life in the Ohio countryside and then in the Ohio town of Loudenville before the turn of the century. That they were real people is the something-special.their move from a mill-house (Pa ran the mill) to the overwhelmingly urbane town. This story is moving, in a nice, nostalgic way. Ages 9-12


The Young Life of Pope John Paul II by Claire Jordan Mohan pb ec $6…Describes the young life of Karol Cardinal Wojtyla of Poland, focusing on his boyhood years. Also details the influences of politics, history, and religion that led to his great achievements. An introduction to the life of Pope John Paul II begins on October 16, 1978, the day he was chosen to be the new pope; it then turns to examine his childhood. Short, fictionalised chapters flash back to the major events of young Karol Wojtyla's life in Poland--his mother's death when he was nine years old, his older brother's death three years later, his experiences in Poland during World War II, and then his father's death. He is depicted as a fun-loving and talented boy whose faith remained strong even in hard times. This backward look ends with his decision to become a priest, and then the book returns to the pope's current work. Black-and-white drawings are interspersed throughout. Chronology; map of Poland; glossary; quotations; further reading. Ages 10-12


Roller Stakes by Ruth Swayer hb wdj gc $5….A Newbery Medal Winner!

Growing up in a well-to-do family with strict rules and routines can be tough for a ten-year-old girl who only wants to roller skate. But when Lucinda Wyman's parents go overseas on a trip to Italy and leave her behind in the care of Miss Peters and Miss Nettie in New York City, she suddenly gets all the freedom she wants! Lucinda zips around New York on her roller skates, meeting tons of new friends and having new adventures every day. But Lucinda has no idea what new experiences the city will show her.... Some of which will change her life forever.Wonderful historical detail in a story about a free spirit whose faithful roller skates lead her to friendships all over New York City. Unlike the high status seeking aunts and cousins she visits once a week, Lucinda makes friends with ragpickers, violinists, exotic foreign ladies, fruit sellers, policemen and more. I loved reading Roller Skates, and still keep it treasured on my bookshelf…Ages 10-14


Longtime Passing by Hesba Brinsmead hb wdj ec $4….Australian children’s story based on country life during the 1940’s.

Longtime: that was the place in the Blue Mountains of Australia, in the heart of the Candlebark Country, where the Truelance family built their home.

Edwin, the father, built the house himself, to an original and slightly lopsided design. Letty, the mother, planted a garden; and the five Truelance children had a world of rain-forest and bushland to explore. But they worked, too: they did correspondence lessons at the kitchen table, they lifted the turnip crop, and helped in the sawmill.

The story, as told by Teddy, the youngest of the family, is based on the author's own childhood. Vital and sad and funny, it is a story of a happy family and a vanished corner of Australia. Ages 11-14


Twyfold Hall  or Rosa’s Christmas Party by Charles Bruce hb wdj $3…a very well written story of the slums, giving a good picture of poor children without being too sordid. Little Rosa and her grandfather are terribly poor, but in spite of that , generous to other unfortunates. All ends happily for Rosa as she deserves….Ages 11-14


Stella and Her Uncle A Story for Girls by Mrs Herbert Martin hb ec $3….Can anything be imagined more dreary than a damp and foggy late afternoon in the end of October in London streets. So it begins. The story of a gifted musician who overcomes hardship. Ages 11-14


Billabong Riders  by Mary Grant Bruce hb  ec (1952 edition) $10…The Billabong folk ride again - this time in wild country, droving cattle overland from the North. This is a story of good horses and dogs, their owners; and of a boy who found among them a new chance in life. 

This is one of a series of books set in the Australian bush, recounting the adventures of the Linton family living on a station called "Billabong". The saga stretches from 1910 to 1942, with the tumult of the period reflected in these incident-packed books. 


Southern Rainbow by Phyllis Piddington hb ec $10….set between 1837 to 1840 in the first settlements of South Australia. from the moment the Popple Family land on the hot beach in South Australia, with their unsuitable clothes and piles of baggage, they find that a settler’s life is full of problems, surprises and adventures. It’s hard work, but never dull-especially for the children. Ages 8-12. (we loved this story, I think my mum has read it  aloud at least 4 times in the 26 years of our homeschool journey!


Five Honest Guineas by Ronald Rose hb wdj gc $5…A story of children learning how to cope on the gold diggings of New South Wales in the 1850s.


Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden hb wdj gc $4…During World War II, Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to Wales and billeted with the fierce old shopkeeper Mr Evans and his mousy sister, Louise.

Unhappy in their new home, they are delighted to have the chance to visit fellow evacuee Albert Sandwich at Druid's Bottom, the strange household of Hepzibah Green, who knows mythical stories, and Mister Johnny, who speaks a language all his own. But then Carrie makes a mistake, which has terrible, unforeseen consequences.

Inspired by Nina Bawden's own experiences of living as an evacuee in a Welsh mining valley as a child, Carrie's War is now considered a modern classic. Funny, sad and thought-provoking, it provides young readers with an insight into some of the complexities and ambiguities of the adult world, albeit with a heartwarming, happy ending. Ages 10-14


Lady With a Lamp The Story of Florence Nightingale by Cyril Davey hb wdj gc $5…From the Stories of Faith and Fame series - stories of men and women who went all over the world with their Christian faith. For over a hundred years, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) has been more than a national heroine. Here drive and energy transformed the Scutari hospital, which led to the recognition of the nursing profession, and won her the title of the 'Lady with a Lamp'. Her famous story is one of faith as well as determination.


Florence Nightingale by Cecil Woodham-Smith hb wdj gc $4…Incredibly well-written, well organised, and obviously well researched. 

This is an excellent biography which is well-researched and gives a detailed picture of the life of the famous nurse. Who hasn't heard of Florence Nightingale? However, I had very little understanding of all that she had accomplished. She reminded me of Mother Teresa in her dedication and daring when it comes to helping the poor and suffering. You will learn a great deal about the subject and that is the true purpose of a biography. Ages 12+


No Beat of Drum by Hester Burton hb wdj gc $4…Jo and Dick Hinton are farm-labourers in the England of 1830. The introduction of machinery has led to a shortage of work so that many men and their families live a life of poverty and near starvation. Desperate men will take desperate measures and one night the men of Stanton St.Jude rise up in anger and despair against the tyranny of their masters. 

Recounts the fortunes of two youths and a girl convicted of minor crimes by the nineteenth-century English courts and sent to the island penal colony of Tasmania. Ages 13+


On Winter’s Wind by Patricia Hermes hb wdj ec $5…It has been two years since anyone has heard from Genevieve's sea captain father. She has almost accepted the probability that he is lost at sea, while her mother and younger sister, Leila, hold on to the hope that he will return. The strain of waiting and worrying has made their mother heartbroken….she sits and stares toward the harbour hardly noticing what is going on around her. Genevieve realises that she is the only one capable of saving the family financially. She decides to find work, an unheard of proposition for a girl of her social status in the mid-1800s, and convinces the proprietor of the general store to hire her. There she accidentally meets an escaped slave and learns that the store is a stop on the underground railroad. Her morals are sorely tested as a fugitive slave can be turned in to the authorities for a lot of money. There are no surprises in this story. Genevieve keeps her family from starving and does not report the slave, the kind neighbours make needed repairs to the house, and her father is rescued. 

The novel is still engrossing. Hermes provides a lot of action in numerous subplots as she explores various facets of Genevieve's life. Her character is extremely well developed as readers see the brave front she puts on, as well as her private worries as life gets harder and more complicated. Leila, too, is artfully portrayed. Great for ages 10+


The Seekers by Eilis Dillon hb wdj ec $5….Sixteen-year-old Edward sails with friends from England to the New World in 1632 and joins the colony founded by the Pilgrims at Plymouth, discovering the perils and hardships of colonial life. A smoothly written historical novel about teenagers who are among the first English settlers in the New World. Ages 10-14. 


One Is One by Barbara Leonie Picard pb gc $6…In 14th-century England, Stephen de Beauville dreams of becoming a knight—not a promising ambition for a contemplative boy with a talent for drawing. Quiet and solitary, Stephen must endure the bitter torments of his brothers and cousins until he finds his first true friend; through that friendship Stephen gains courage to endure the lack of kindness in his life. But believing that Stephen will never possess the valour to be a knight, his father abruptly sends him away to spend the rest of his life in a monastery.Barbara Leonie Picard skilfully weaves the engaging story of Stephen in the realistic setting of 14th century Medieval England. Ages 10 +


The Nun’s Story by Katherine Hulme hb gc $6…The lead character of the book, Sister Luke (pre-convent name Gabrielle Van Der Mal), finds her faith tested in Africa where she finds herself at odds with headstrong Dr. Fortunati, operator of a remote Congo hospital, with whom she gradually builds respect, and again during World War II, when she is ordered not to take sides. Ultimately, Sister Luke is forced to decide whether to remain in the convent or return to the outside world.

Gabrielle/Sister Luke is stretched between her desire to be faithful to the rule of her congregation and her desire to be a nurse. As a nun she must remove all vestiges of "Gabrielle Van Der Mal" and sublimate herself into the devoted bride of Christ. As a nun there is no room for her personal desires and aspirations. Ultimately, the conflict between her devotion to the Church and the nursing profession, juxtaposed with her passionate Belgian patriotism and her love of her father (killed by Nazi fighter planes while treating wounded) bring her to an impasse, which serves as the dénouement of the novel. 


Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes hb wdj gc $3…One of the classics of English children's literature, and one of the earliest books written specifically for boys, this novel's steady popularity has given it an influence well beyond the upper middle-class world that it describes. It tells a story central to an understanding of Victorian life, but its freshness helps to distinguish it from the narrow schoolboy adventures that it later inspired. Ages 10++


Sebastion Bach The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler and Sybil Deucher hb f-gc $5…


Millie by Bessie Holland Heck hb wdj gc $6…Sturdy covered wagons carry Millie and her family with all their worldly good to still another home, this one in the Kiamichi mountains of Oklahoma. The farm selected is perfect -- excellent hunting for Dad and Charles and a pleasant house with a yard full of pets for Mama, Ruth and Millie. From summer through spring Millie becomes accustomed to the new surrounding and finds the joys of a day at the creek, purchases elegant high button shoes, experiences the excitement of a two-week revival meeting, learns the delights of new baby pets in the spring, and has a special Christmas with a surprise Santa Claus. Best of all Millie emerges a real person for the reader who shares her seriousness about going to school and passing fourth grade and her sadness when the time comes for them to move on because of Papa Holliway's understandable wanderlust. Unpretentious, earthy prose accompanies the whole spectacle of post-pioneer America with Millie representing the new values of this new age, and the simplicity, so often absent in books of this kind, emphasises the security and camaraderie that is the root of the Holliways' family life. Outstanding. Ages 10+


How The Finnegans Saved the Ship by Jackie French pb ec $7


Pioneers of Science and Discovery Louis Pasteur and Micribiology by HI Winner hb wdj gc $4…



Emerald Ballad Series

Song of The Silent Harp by B.J. Hoff #1..pb ec $4…The story of The Hunger, the Irish famine of the 1800's. The author has accomplished an amazing and detailed research of the famine in Ireland. The book is laden with the visual horrors of the famine, the hopelessness, the slow dying from starvation, the indifference of the landowners, and the entitled belief of some of the English that the Irish were simply of no account and less than human.The first in The Emerald Ballad series drops one right into the middle of the Kavenaugh family tragedy of starvation, love, hate, hopelessness, and an enduring though often broken faith. Ages 17-adult


Heart of the Lonely Exile by B.J. Hoff  #2 pb ec $4…From the small Irish town of Killala to the towering skyscrapers of New York, this series follows two Irish families, the Kavanghs and the Fitzgeralds, whether holding firm to their faith during Ireland's darkest days or trusting God with new lives in America. Ages 17-Adult


Land of a Thousand Dreams by B. J. Hoff #3 pb gc $4…Poet Morgan Fitzgerald establishes a school in famine-ravaged Ireland, while in America, his friends Michael and Nora encounter poverty, political corruption, and racial tension. This series is great. The bittersweet saga is full of Christian faith, love, and the idea of where home lies. The characters are fully drawn and are mostly likeable, and the plots are amazing. Adults


Sons of an Ancient Glory by B. J. Hoff  #4 pb gc $4…Another great story by B.J. Hoff continuing the stories of three friends from Ireland, Nora Whittaker, Morgan Fitzgerald, and Michael Burke. While there was a lot of pain and poverty, there was also love and Heavenly riches to be had.  If you enjoy clean, historical romance with some strength, this is the book/series for you. 


Dawn of the Golden Promises by B. J. Hoff #5 pb gc $4…Hoff's award-winning Emerald Ballad series continues as the sweeping Irish immigrant saga enters the turbulent and tragic 1850s. In a realistic portrait of famine-ravaged Ireland and pre-Civil War America, Morgan Fitzgerald, Evan Whittaker, Annie, Finola, the rebellious Tierney, and other characters from from previous books return to weave another inspiring, adventurous story.



An Interactive Timeline of History Time Atlas by Robert Hegarty hb ec $8….Excellent interactive timeline for the youngest history buff. Well made with board like pages, the information that is included from the beginning of time to the future is very thorough while at the same time easy for young readers to understand. Ages 11-14


Mysterious Places The Master Builders by Philip Wilkinson and Michael Pollard illustrated by Robert Ingpen hb wdh ec $5….A guide to the world's ancient and enigmatic temples and monuments, which includes Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonehenge in England. It contains background details on how the sites were rediscovered, and location maps for each site. Excellent intro to archeology, for children. Includes Catal Huyuk, Stonehenge, Skara Brae, Troy, Biskupin, Copan, Chichen Itza, Pueblo Bonito, Tenochtitan, Machu Picchu. All ages


Juanita and Our Lady of the Angels by Elizabeth Loch pb *as new* $7….Elizabeth Loch brings us the heartwarming and true story of Juanita, a simple Costa Rican Indian girl, and the mysterious "doll" which kept appearing on a rock near the forest stream. A wonderful story for both children and adults, this account of Costa Rica's national Madonna illustrates the great desire of the Mother of God to be near her children, regardless of their race or social position.



Illalong Children The Story of Banjo Paterson’s Childhood by A.B. (Bamjo) Paterson hb ec $10…..A.B. Paterson's childhood reminiscences, which were written in old age for his granddaughters. A delightful record of growing up in the Australian bush during the closing years of the nineteenth century. Ages 9-14



Jesus and His Times edited by Kaari Ward hb ec $5… Experience the everyday life in the bustling world that Jesus knew, and visit its holy places. Includes many colour illustrations throughout. 



Robert louis Stevenson Finding Treasure Island by Angelica Shirley Carpenter & Jean Shirley hb wdj gc $5…These informative and inspiring biographies will give young readers a look at the lives of some of the world's most influential people in history.This is an excellent, excellent biography of Robert Louis Stevenson. Shelved in juvenile biography but there’s nothing juvenile about it; the authors delve into Stevenson’s politics, his exploits as a young adult, and his family troubles. With a collection of rare and intriguing photographs, illuminating use of primary sources, and an extensive bibliography.


Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry pb ec $6..... In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. Best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock to reveal the wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters, from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and fearless Peter. Page after page of riveting adventures take readers of all ages on a voyage from a filthy, crime-ridden port in old England across the turbulent sea. Aboard the Neverland is a trunk that hold the “greatest treasure on earth” —but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous? 

Roiling waves and raging storms; skullduggery and pirate treachery provide the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing breakers eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island—where the action really heats up. 

This impossible-to-put-down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey—fraught with danger yet filled with mystical and magical moments.This is a fantastic backstory to Peter Pan. Ages 10+


Cassell’s Thesaurus edited by Betty Kirkpatrick hb gc $2…


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