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Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"--or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama. "A fast-moving historical novel that introduces an importa... View more info
By: "Brooke, Peggy"
Tree longs to escape the orphanage and find a real home for himself and his younger brother. But when his chance finally comes, "There's just room for one," says Delton Gunderson, who is looking for a boy to help work his North Dakota farm. If the Gundersons like Tree's work, they might adopt him. If they don't, back he goes. "I promise," Tree tells his brother, Acorn, "if I don't come back, I'll send for you." But no matter what he does, Tree just can't seem to ple... View more info
Publisher: American Girl,
Uncle Gard and Aunt Cornelia's NYC brownstone is being expanded to make more room for Samantha and the three O'Malley sisters. While the renovation is underway, the family moves to an apartment on the top floor of Ravenscourt, a fashionable new 13-story "apartment-hotel." Samantha is excited about their luxurious new digs--until she learns there's a terrible curse on the building's owner, Horace Raven From the day Samantha and Nellie arrive at Ravenscourt, one thing aft... View more info
Amanda Freebold doesn't know what to do. Her father left three years ago for the new colony of Jamestown, in America, thousands of miles away. All Amanda has to remember him by is a little brass lion's head he gave his family to guard them while he is gone. Now her mother has just died, leaving Amanda to take care of her younger brother and sister.As head of the family, Amanda finally decides to take her brother and sister to America to find Father. The ocean cross... View more info
By: "Carbone, Elisa"
"Inspired by a true story, the riveting novel of a young slave girl's harrowing escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad." The moment Ann Maria Weems was born, her freedom was stolen from her. Like her family and the other slaves on the farm, Ann works from sunup to sundown and obeys the orders of her master. Then one day, Ann's family -- the only joy she knows -- is gone. Just 12 years old, Ann is overcome by grief, struggling to get through each day. And her o... View more info
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks,
Laura Eastman returns to New York after living in the South with relatives for four years to discover that her brother and father are part of the Underground Railroad, helping fugitive slaves to escape to Canada. When a friend brings a runaway slave, Martin, to the house while her father and stepmother are away, Laura must decide what she believes -- and whether she should help Martin escape. View more info
By: "Conrad, Pam"
"All I want to find is one dinosaur," Daniel was saying. "And I'll find it right here. Like I do all my fossils." Wandering through the Natural History Museum with her grandchildren, Julia Creath feels the presence of her dead brother, Daniel, she remembers a time when fossil fever hit everyone, old and young -- a time when people would kill for those old bones under the ground. Julia becomes the Nebraska farm girl she once was, as she weaves together the story of the... View more info