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A Journey to the New World
Remember Patience Whipple, called Mem, is a bit frightened at the thought of the New World her family is sailing to on the Mayflower. She hears tales of strange "feathered people" who will attack the settlers. But she has more immediate concerns - the dreadful Billington boys, who mercilessly tease Mem and her friend Hummy, the ever present seasickness, and the daily boredom during the long, tedious sea voyage. But once she arrives in the New World, thin...
Dancing Through Fire
Sylie Bertrand is a young girl who is studying to be a ballerina at the Paris Opera Ballet School in 1870. Due to poverty, her mother had to leave the ballet to marry years ago and now she is living through her hopes and dreams for Sylvie - if she could not become a famous ballerina, then Sylie must. Although Sylvie likes the ballet sometimes she wonders if she will ever have a life beyond her mother's dreams. Her older sister, Chantal, hated the way her...
Dreams in the Golden Country
Zipporah Feldman is a young Jew who has immigrated to the United States. She faces culture clash, the difficulties of helping her parents make ends meet, and struggling to overcome obstacles of being in a new environment. Through her diary entries the reader sees into the unique perspective of being a Jewish immigrant....
Guardians of Gahoole: The Burning
Soren Alba is a young barn owl living on an island in the middle of the Sea of Hoolemere. There, on that fairly small piece of land, an enormous tree sits. This is the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, home of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole. THe Guardians of Ga'Hoole are a band of noble owls who rise into the darkness each night to perform noble deeds, right all wrongs, vanquish the proud, & make strong the weak. Their greatest enemy, the Pure Ones, are led by Kludd, Sore...
Guardians of Gahoole: The Hatchling
Nyroc, son of the wicked Nyra, the mate of Kludd, is born on the night of a lunar eclipse. Kludd is dead now and the Tytonic Union of Pure Ones is reduced to a small band of survivors. Nyroc, the extraordinary hatchling, is their hope. Nyra has high expectations for her only son. She believes that it is Nyroc's destiny to be a king, the leader of the Pure Ones. She does her best to raise Nyroc to be like his father: brutal and merciless. However, ther...
Guardians of Gahoole: The Journey
Soren, Glyfie, Digger, and Twilight set their wings on the Great Gahoole Tree. They are determined to get there and find noble owls who will help them fight against evil forces such as St. Aggie's Academy. However, getting there will not be so easy. Marauding crows will mob them if they are not safely hidden away before daylight. Other owls will turn away from them and refuse them shelter, thinking that the band of owls are only a gang of misfit orph...
Guardians of Gahoole: The Outcast
Nyroc is an outcast. Owls fear him because he bears a striking resemblance of Nyra. He goes to the Forest of Ambala, where he meets the flying snakes and Mist, a white feathered owl. Slynella and the other flying snakes teach him his letters and Nyroc learns to read. When he finally learns to read, he decides to go to the Beyond the Beyond, a barren wasteland where hireclaws and volcanoes exist. He calls himself Coryn, which is his former name spelled ba...
Guardians of Gahoole: The Rescue
Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, Digger, and Eglantine band together to find the venerable Ezylryb. In doing so, they find themselves learning more about the owl's mysterious past. Ezylryb is actually the famous Lyze of the Northern Kingdoms, a fierce warrior as well as a devoted scholar. After the long War of the Ice Talons, he hung up his battle claws and retired to the Tree to educate young owls. Though age has weakened his physical body, Ezylryb's expanding ...
Guardians of Gahoole: The Shattering
Soren's sister, Eglantine, has fallen under a strange spell. She has vivid dreams of seeing her mum in the Beaks, though this is not possible because her mum is dead. Her best friend, Primrose, is worried about Eglantine's condition. She senses that although Eglantine's condition is worsening, she also feels that something inside her is weakening. Also, she is disturbed that Eglantine spends too much time with Ginger, another Barn Owl who once was a P...
Guardians of Gahoole: The Siege
Soren, Glyfie, Digger, and Twilight continue their life at the Tree. Their extremely intelligent but snooty friend, Otulissa, has begun researching on the strange powerful powers of the flecks, or bits of iron. She has begun to learn about higher magnetics, but Dewlap, one of the rybs at the tree, has forbidden anyone to read about higher magnetics, she thinks that the obscure branch of science is nothing but "dark magic." Meanwhile, the chaw of chaws...
Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles
The year is 1769; the place, Austria. The pressure is on thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia, youngest daughter of the Empress Maria Theresa, to excell so that she will be chosen to marry the future king of France. Antonia, as she is called, must learn French language, fashions, customs, and etiquette so that she can impress the king's messengers. She is given no time to act her age; when she does attempt to enjoy life as a girl should, she is severely punis...
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Soren, a Barn Owl (Tyto alba), is a young owlet who lives in a fir tree in the Tyto Forest with his mother, father, older brother (Kludd), and younger sister (Eglantine). One night when his parents are off hunting, his jealous brother, Kludd, shoves him off the nest. Soren falls to the ground reasonably unhurt but is completely helpless because he cannot fly. The blind snake, Mrs. Plithiver, the nestmaid who watches over the children and cleans the nest,...
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