Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

Posted on: 11/24/2015 Back to all blog posts

This holiday season give your children the gift of the world. Use our novels to expand their horizons and take them beyond the familiar to other places and other times.

We are having a special weeklong sale of our best novels that feature experiences and parts of the world that your children will have few other ways to access. Now through December 2 these selected titles are only $5 each. (The ibook versions, if available, also have special pricing: $5.99 each.)

These novels may be good for their minds, but they are not medicine. We have chosen novels that are particularly entertaining and exciting. They are holiday gifts whose contents will not disappoint. You can trust these novels in terms of values and an absence of glorifying bad behavior and using bad language.


MEDIEVAL FRANCE

Girl at Arms: The Story of Joan of Arc

This is the well-known story of Joan of Arc—peasant girl, soldier, and miracle worker—through the eyes of Joan of Arc herself. Girl at Arms tells the story of what it must have been like to be her, defying family and tradition because she believes she has a calling to save France. “Outstanding and highly recommended” – Children’s Bookwatch

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Girl at Arms
julietta

Julietta

In medieval France in 1283, fourteen-year-old Julietta’s dream is to follow in the footsteps of her herbalist mother and learn about the tradition of healing. After she is left homeless when Jews are expelled from her village, she is separated from her mother to become the ward of master physician Brion. This novel offers young readers a glimpse of a fascinating but obscure era in Jewish history, the Middle Ages, with its customs, ethos, and folk beliefs.

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EARLY ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

Runaway Will

Readers follow sixteen-year-old William Shakespeare as he goes to London from Stratford, travels with gypsies, first learns to write plays, and falls in love. Runaway Will allows readers to accompany Will as he explores an adventure-filled but sometimes violent Elizabethan England.

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Runaway Will
A Will of Her Own

A Will of Her Own

During sixteenth-century London, a young man named Luke becomes friends with a young actor/playwright William Shakespeare. However, Luke is really fifteen-year-old Lucinda, who has disguised herself as a boy so she can act in a play. Luke and Will find themselves in a series of adventures that lead to the dangerous world of plots and assassinations in Elizabethan England.

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NATIVE AMERICAN CLIFF DWELLERS

The Flight of the Cliff Bird

Nearly 800 years ago, the ancestors of the Pueblo people lived in precarious cliff dwellings and worked the land. What life was like for them can only be imagined from the artifacts they left behind. This story follows Cliff Bird, a young orphaned girl who is skilled in pottery and basket-making and can run like the wind. High on the Colorado Plateau, Cliff Bird’s people are in danger from an attacking tribe, and Cliff Bird’s running ability is crucial to the survival of her village.

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The Flight of the Cliff Bird

CARIBBEAN PIRATES

Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum

Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum

When Kip finds a chest in his attic belonging to his ailing grandfather, he is transported to the eighteenth century. A crew of pirates fishes him out of the sea, and Kip learns how to serve and fight as a pirate.

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Sail to Caribee

It is 1702 in New York, and Jack Slate, a famous pirate, arrives at Jemmy’s father’s farm to ask him to join the crew of his ship. Thirteen-year-old Jemmy goes with them and learns how to be a sailor.

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Sail to Caribee

OTHER PERSPECTIVES ON WORLD WAR II

Only the Birds are Free

Only the Birds Are Free

Anna was born in the United States, but her Greek parents want to return to Greece and educate her and her brother in their language and culture. In 1940 with the growing dangers of World War II, Anna finds herself and her family trapped in Greece. Readers follow Anna through the constant threat of starvation, disease, and raids as she becomes active in the youth liberation movement and risks her life as a freedom fighter. This book is as gritty and compelling in its details as it is memorable in its overall arc.

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Hitler’s Willing Warrior

Henner Falk is seventeen and growing up in Germany in the late 1930s. He runs afoul of the Gestapo who briefly incarcerate him. To escape certain death in a concentration camp, he joins the Luftwaffe and hides in plain sight throughout the war, protected from the Gestapo by his commanding officers.

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Hitler's Willing Warrior
Nadia of the NIghtwitches

Nadia of the Nightwitches

The Nightwitches were Russian women pilots who flew 1920s-era open-cockpit biplanes in World War II. Their equipment was so obsolete that they could fly only at night when German fighters could not see them. Nadia was one of the pilots, and this is her story as she flies alongside her comrades during the course of the war.

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THE HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION OF 1956

We Have to Escape

During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, twelve-year-old Andras’s parents are arrested one night in their home in Budapest. During the brief interlude before the Russians completely re-established control, Andras and his family need to forge documents so that they can leave their shattered city for freedom in the west.

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We Have to Escape

THE CAMBODIAN GENOCIDE

Strangers in Black

Strangers in Black

Mok is only nine years old when the Khmer Rouge take control of Cambodia and force him and his family through trials of near starvation, disease, dislocation, and debasement. With incredible courage and luck, Mok survives one of the most barbaric episodes (now almost forgotten) in the last half of the twentieth century.

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AFRICA

The Weaver’s Scar

This is the story of Faustin, a schoolboy growing up in Rwanda in the early 1990s. The division between the Tutsis and Hutus leads to the massacre of Faustin’s family, and he flees with the help of an unlikely friend. The Weaver’s Scar is the first young adult novel written for an American audience that deals directly with the Rwandan genocide. It has won the Voya Top Shelf award for middle school readers and the Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multi-Cultural Literature for its power as a novel, as well as for the accuracy of its portrayal of the Rwandan situation.

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The Weaver's Scar
My Friend in Africa

My Friend in Africa

This is the story of a young African boy who is brought to Schweitzer’s clinic for an infection in his foot. There, he learns what it takes to become a doctor.  It is an uplifting story written and engagingly illustrated by a man who served as the dentist in Dr. Schweitzer’s hospital and who was an accomplished artist.

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The African Term

This story is told through the eyes of a Peace Corps volunteer who travels to Addis Ababa in 1962 to teach. At the center of this novel is the fragile relationship between the volunteer and one of students.  Conditions are difficult, trust is elusive, and Ethiopia is on the tragic path that led to its current dysfunctional situation.

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The African Term
The Spirit Walker

The Spirit Walker

An old elephant has survived a poacher’s bullet lodged close to his heart, but the wound is slowly killing him. Meanwhile, Teich is a sweaty, cigar-smoking poacher who carries a leg injury that was caused by the old elephant. Now the only thing Teich is after are the elephant’s tusks. As we have seen from the killing of Cecil the Lion, big game hunting and poaching remain issues in Africa.

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MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN/MUSLIM RELATIONS

Crusaders

Sixteen-year-old Robert was raised in a monastery, and in France in 1095, he is not sure if he wants to commit his life to God or be a knight. When Robert declares himself for God’s army, readers follow his journey to Cologne and the Holy Land, through battles and killings all the way to Constantinople.

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Crusaders
The Sword and the Cross

The Sword and the Cross

It is 975 when the vile Ervig kills seventeen-year-old Rodric ‘s parents, and he becomes the young Count of Valenta. Since Valenta is on the northern edge of the Muslim penetration into the Christian-held hands in Spain, Rodric must learn whom he can trust. Readers get an insight about relations between Christians and Muslims more than a millennium ago.

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