Call it Courage, by Armstrong Sperry

A young Polynesian boy, who has been afraid of the sea since his mother drowned and he almost did, when he was three, is stranded on an uninhabited island and must face his fears to survive.

Call it Courage

Listening for Lions, by Gloria Whelan

After Rachel’s parents die on the mission field in Africa from Spanish Influenza, Rachel is sent to England by scheming neighbors as their daughter, to try to influence an old man to do what they want him to.

Listening for Lions

A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sarah Crewe has always been a little princess—but when her father’s fortune is completely lost, can she still be a princess while living as a pauper?

A Little Princess

The School Story, by Andrew Clements

Natalie has written a story—but even with her best friend backing her, will she be able to get it published?

The School Story

Elsie Dinsmore

Elsie Dinsmore’s father has come home at last—but will he ever learn to share her values, and love her as a father ought to love his daughter?

Elsie Dinsmore

In Grandma's Attic

Mabel, along with her best friend Sarah Jane, gets into a lot of trouble and learns many valuable lessons in the late 1800s.

In Grandma’s Attic

The Apprentice

Arduino longs to become a painter—but once he becomes an apprentice, he realizes that his master is hiding a secret. Will he be able to uncover it—before his future as a painter is dashed forever?

The Apprentice

The Golden Goblet

Ranofer’s life has been all but easy—and with his life hanging in the balance, will he be able to reveal a terrible crime before it is too late?

The Golden Goblet

Nothing Else Matters

After the death, in Lebanon’s civil war, of her brother, and especially of her mother, Lamia holds on tightly to her hatred and desire for revenge.

Nothing Else Matters

Detectives in Togas

When the Xanthos school is broken into, and the teacher almost killed, the students must act quickly to find and expose the culprit—before Rufus is locked behind bars forever.

Detectives in Togas

Homesick

Jean longs to go home to America, but with the country in upheaval her dream may never be realized.

Homesick

Gooney Bird Greene

Gooney Bird tells stories—and teaches second graders about how to write their own good stories.

Gooney Bird Greene

A Place for Peter

Peter must earn his father’s trust, and he learns through that that doing the hard things is worth it in the end. 

A Place for Peter

Mountain Born

Peter, a sheep farmer’s son, raises a black lamb to be the leader of the flock—and learns what it means to be a leader and a follower at the same time. 

Mountain Born

Little Pear

Little Pear is a five-year-old Chinese boy who loves his family and longs for adventure—but what happens when that adventure carries him too far?

Little Pear

The Terrible Wave

Synopsis: When the dam bursts and hits Johnstown, will Megan and her family be able to get away from the flood in time?

The Terrible Wave

Number the Stars

Annemarie and her family must hide Ellen, a Jewish girl, from the Nazis—but can she find the strength and courage to stand up against the soldiers?

Number the Stars

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Kit Tyler, a new immigrant to the Connecticut Colony, has to learn to fit in with the Puritan’s ways—but she knows she’ll always feel trapped unless she can find a way to be herself.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Seventeenth Swap, by Eloise McGraw

Eric Greene’s friend Jimmy wants red cowboy boots—but can Eric earn enough money in time to buy them?

The Seventeenth Swap

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons

A retelling of an ancient Arab tale about a young woman who sets up shop in a distant city to help her impoverished family.

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons

Turn Homeward, Hannalee

A young captive in Indiana who came from the Confederate south longs to return home, but is it possible to travel such a distance safely—and keep her promise?

Turn Homeward Hannalee