Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Getting Started with BF Modern American and World History....

We are in our sixth week of the 2015-2016 school year.  I want to share a little bit about our Beautiful Feet Modern American and World History study.  The guide itself is much more aesthetically pleasing than the brown cover, comb bound guides of the past.  Initially, I was a bit worried about the spine cracking.  However, it seems to lay flat and so far has hung together well.  The color images, historic artwork, and short author biographies are a wonderful addition!

I'm using the study with a 5th and 6th grader.  I will be reading all the books aloud because up to this point, we have studied history as a family combining Riley and Ruben.  This is our sixth and final year of our first history rotation, which makes BF Modern American and World History the perfect fit, covering the Civil War to Modern Times.

In the beginning, the study was a bit of a struggle because we were starting cold in the middle of A Child's First Book of American History.  When Lesson 1 began with assigning four chapters from A Child's First..., plus two chapters of Across Five Aprils, which were approx. 20 pages each, I was overwhelmed!  This was a couple hours worth of reading!  I knew then and there it would have to be split up.

Eventually, we worked through A Child's First and started reading one chapter of Across Five Aprils during our scheduled school time and one at bedtime.  This worked much better, especially since Across Five Aprils is such a fabulous book!  I didn't want to cut it or save it for later.  The kids were constantly begging for more!  It was truly one of the best books I've read in some time.

Anyway, following Across Five Aprils, we read The Perilous Road.  Both book are coming of age stories set during the Civil War.  However, Across Five Aprils is set in Southern Illinois and The Perilous Road is set in Tennessee.  Each protagonist is for a different side of the war, one being a Confederate and the other being for the Union. The Perilous Road is a much easier read, but, it's still a realistic telling of life during that time.

In addition to reading, we are notebooking.  I have pulled in notebooking pages from Home School in the Woods' Time Travelers CD-Rom, The Civil War.  I have also printed pages from various Dover Coloring Books and The American Civil War History Pockets.  Riley and Ruben enjoy notebooking and pre-printed pages are easier for Ruben since there's more coloring and not as much writing involved.  Due to dyslexia, much of his comprehension work is done through oral narration and discussion, but the notebook gives a place for copywork and is a nice momentous portfolio to look back on.  I'm including photos of misc. notebook pages completed so far.

Overall the BF Modern American and World History study is going great!  We are just starting Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass.  I plan to continue giving updates regarding this study every 4-6 weeks throughout the school year.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Perilous Road...

The Perilous Road by William O. Steele is the story of young Chris Brabson, a boy living in Tennessee at the time of the Civil War.  Chris hates the Yankees and can't understand why his brother Jethro decides to fight on the Union side.  Eventually, Chris spies for the Confederates only to later find out Jethro is a part of the wagon train that's going to be ambushed.  The story takes a major turn when Chris tries to find Jethro and warn him of the upcoming raid, hoping to save his life. Chris gets caught in a horrific battle and soon realizes that nothing is clear cut in war.

Steele's coming of age story was a hit here on the home front.   Ruben was begging for more.  The Perilous Road was the second book we read for our Beautiful Feet Modern American and World History study, following Across Five Aprils.   It is also on the Sonlight and TruthQuest History list.

Below is Ruben's essay on how Chris's attitude changed toward the Yankees over the course of the story...

The Perilous Road
By Ruben
October 5, 2015

    Chris hated the Yankees because he thought they were arrogant and snotty.  The Yankees took Chris’ buckskin shirt and stole the food that he worked hard for.  His brother Jethro joined up with the Yankees and Chris didn’t like that. 
     Chris told his friend, Silas, to get the Rebs.  The Feds were camped in the valley. Chris was feeling bad that his brother may get killed in the valley because he was a wagoneer.  He didn’t know his brother was still in training for a few months.  So, he was going to go to the valley where the Feds were camped to find Jethro and tell him that the Rebs were coming so that he could escape. 
     When Chris went to the Fed’s camp, he met some guys that were talking around the campfire and singing.  One of them bought him some gingersnaps.  One of them gave him an apple.  Chris fell asleep and one of the wagoneers laid him in his wagon. 
     Then the Rebs came and the wagoneer tried to escape, but the wagon he was in tipped over because he was going too fast across a rutted and bumpy field.  Chris escaped into the woods.  He tripped over the leg of the soldier that had bought him the gingersnaps.  The soldier was now dead, lying in the weeds.  He found the soldier that gave him the apple with a wound in his chest.  Chris asked him if he needed anything and he said he wanted water.  Chris found an empty coffee pot and he went to a spring and filled it with water.  He took it to the soldier. 
     Through it all, Chris realized that a lot of the Yankees were just like him.  They liked to hunt and farm.  They had families. 

     Chris eventually got back to his cabin.  His dad and Silas had been looking for him.  Chris told his father everything he had done.  Chris was relieved to hear that his brother was safe and the battle had nothing to do with him.  Chris no longer hated the Yankees.  

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Archimedes and the Door of Science....

We recently finished reading Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick as part of the Beautiful Feet History of Science program.  Bendick's biography is chock full of science and mathematical ideas that could easily be the spine of a science study in and of itself. As Bendick explains Archimedes contributions to physics, astronomy, and mathematics, the reader begins to see how important he was not only in history, but today, in modern times as well.  In addition to the biographical information, there is experiments for the reader to perform.  Bendick's illustrations aid the text.  Archimedes and the Door of Science is also a suggested book for Sonlight Core G and Ambleside Online Year 6.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Findings: Morning Basket with Pam Barnhill & Brandy Vencel, Banning Negativity, Carole Joy Seid...

This week, I listened to Pam Barnhill's Morning Basket podcast with Brandy Vencel.   I have gleaned from both of these gals and found that our Circle Time/Morning Basket is a combination of both.

Speaking of Brandy, did you see she and Mystie Winckler are hosting a free webinar on how to work your homeschool plan?  It's next Friday.   Click the image to sign up.  If you can't make it, they'll send you a replay link afterward to watch at your leisure. 


I like the banned words idea in The Vocabulary of Vision by Heidi White.  I have one who constantly "hates" everything.  I think I may try to employ this tactic.

I also listened to Pam Barnhill and Carole Joy Seid last weekend while I was updating our sale book lists.  I appreciate Carole Joy's love of living books. 

It's hard to believe it's October already!  We had our first frost here on Drywood Creek this week, which seemed a bit late this year.  School is progressing, though we got a little off schedule this week due to extra business.  Aside from book learning, we had lots of life skills going on :)

Did you see the lunar eclipse last Sunday night?  Riley and Ruben laid wrapped in blankets under the stars, until falling asleep around 11:00 p.m.  It was quite spectacular and made for a wonderful nature study!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Starting a Socratic Book Club: Wind in the Willows...

I mentioned in a couple of previous posts starting a Socratic Book Club for 5th & 6th graders.  We've joined book clubs before, but usually it ends being more social than thought provoking or academic.  There was often times a snack or lunch, brief book discussion, possibly a craft, and then time to play.  The discussion usually centered around comprehension sorts of questions and trying to pull from each child what they thought about the book and whether they liked it or not.  I wanted something different, something more so I started researching.

A few years back, I found Teaching the Classics by Adam and Missy Andrews.  After skimming the syllabus and watching the DVD's, I knew I was on to something.  From there, I started networking.  I listened to podcasts including interviews with Adam Andrews and Lawrence Goldstone.  I put out feelers among our local homeschool groups as to whether or not there was other interest in this sort of book group.  This past summer, I also read Deconstructing Penguins by Goldstone and felt convicted that now was the time to act. 

Because Riley and Ruben are 5th and 6th grade, I thought this was a good age group to start with.  After a little behind the scenes planning, our group was formed.  From there, the rest was history as they say.  We have nine students with a mix of boys and girls.  Actually to my surprise, the boys outnumber the girls 2 to 1.  I guess I had some weird stereotype in mind that girls were more likely readers.

Anyway, we met last week for the first time and it was great!  We studied Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.  Each student is assigned to read the entire book before our group meets.  Being our first meeting, it started a little slow, but gained momentum as we went along.  We met for one hour, discussing literary elements such as setting, characters, conflict, plot, and theme.  Many of these ideas were new to the students, but they seemed to grasp them quickly.

Wind in the Willows was a good book to start with.  The language is very rich.  The characters have depth.  Their human like qualities make for great discussion, yet because they're animals, they appeal to children.   I was also fortunate enough to borrow Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows, A Socratic Discussion with the Classics Club, a DVD course by Adam and Missy Andrews, in which Adam Andrews leads a group of young people in a Socratic discussion of the book.  This was very helpful to glean from a model in action prior to leading the group.  The DVD is actually nearly two hours and Andrews' discussion gets quite in depth as obviously his students have met and held Socratic discussions before.  However, because our group only meets for one hour and because it was our first meeting, I tweaked and shortened the content to start with basics.

By the way, if you ever read Wind in the Willows, I highly recommend the edition illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.  The illustrations are fabulous and really compliment the book.

Our book club will meet monthly from September through April, with the exception of December.  I have the following books scheduled...

September – Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
October – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
November – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
No December meeting
January – The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
February – Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen
March – Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
April – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

In starting this club, my goal was to get kids reading classic literature from a variety of genres.  I chose most of the books from Ambleside Online's Free Reading lists for Years 3-6.  These books as well as the club discussion is what makes up our reading curricula this 2015-2016 school year.  

Although, I don't have The Classics Club DVD to lead me through upcoming discussions, a friend borrowed me Reading Roadmaps, A Literary Scope & Sequence for K-12, also by Adam and Missy Andrews.  This handy resource lists over 200 titles, which are "summarized and cross-referenced with elements of fiction common to all stories".   There are different chapters/sections broke down by frequency of study.  For example, there's a Daily/Weekly Model, Monthly Model, Six Week Model, Quarterly Model, and Seasonal Model.  Each model contains a chart with book titles, plot summary, conflict, theme, aids/devices, and an alternate title.  Hopefully, this book, along with the list of Socratic questions provided in Teaching the Classics, will give me enough of an outline to lead the group. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Stop Teaching to the Test and Start Cultivating Affinities...

Principle 12: 

We, believing that the normal child has powers of mind which fit him to deal with all knowledge proper to him, give him a full and generous curriculum, taking care only that all knowledge offered to him is vital, that is, that facts are not presented without their informing ideas.  Out of this conception comes our principle that,– 

"Education is the Science of Relations"; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of--

"Those first-born affinities that fit our new existence to existing things."

Charlotte Mason's words are more relevant today than ever.  In this time of public school standardized state testing, it's important to be reminded that Education is the Science of Relations.  Although, apparently, teaching to the test is nothing new, as Charlotte opens Chapter X of A Philosophy of Education with these words...
Few things are more remiss in our schools than the curriculum which is supposed to be entirely at the options of the Head: but is it?  Most Secondary schools work towards examinations which more or less afford the privilege of entry to the Universities.  The standard to be reached is set by these and the Heads of schools hold themselves powerless.
Though Elementary schools no longer work with a view to examinations results yet as their best pupils try for scholarships admitting them to secondary school, they do come indirectly under the same limitations.  
....In both cases, the education we offer is too utilitarian, - an indirect training for the professions or for a craftsman's calling with efforts in the latter case to make a boy's education bear directly on his future work.  
Nearly one hundred years later, we have come full circle.  Common Core and standardized state testing currently rule the Heads of elementary public schools as well as secondary schools.  I spent six years on our local public school board.  One of the famous lines from administration when faced with the fact that Investigations Math is not working was, "We're training kids for future jobs that don't yet exist today"....what?!?!!  I think this mentality is exactly what Charlotte was referring to when she said, "Education, no doubt, falls under the economic law of supply and demand; but the demand should come from the children rather than from teachers and parents..." 

Don't be confused, a Charlotte Mason education is not child led or unschooling.  Rather, Charlotte advocated a broad and generous curriculum so that kids could develop their natural affinities.  She said, "...the unspoken demand of children is for a wide and very varied curriculum" and "They require a great variety of knowledge,  - about religion, the humanities, science, art; therefore, they should have a wide curriculum with a definite amount of reading set for each short period of study."  Her idea was to spread a feast before the child so they could take what they needed and leave the rest.

We also must be careful not to pick and choose for the child as she explains below...

Education is the Science of Relations. - We consider that education is the science of relations, or, more fully, that education considers what relations are proper to human being, and in what ways these several relations can best be established; that a human being comes into the world with capacity for many relations; and that we, for our part, have two chief concerns - first, to put him in the way of forming these relations by presenting the right idea at the right time, and by forming the right habit upon the right idea; and, secondly, by not getting in the way and so preventing the establishment of the very relations we seek to form.  (Vol. 3 School Education, p. 65-66)

A Captain Idea for us,––Education is the Science of Relations.––A child should be brought up to have relations of force with earth and water, should run and ride, swim and skate, lift and carry; should know texture, and work in material; should know by name, and where and how they live at any rate, the things of the earth about him, its birds and beasts and creeping things, its herbs and trees; should be in touch with the literature, art and thought of the past and the present.  I do not mean that he should know all these things; but he should feel, when he reads of it in the newspapers, the thrill which stirred the Cretan peasants when the frescoes in the palace of King Minos were disclosed to the labour of their spades. He should feel the thrill, not from mere contiguity, but because he has with the past the relationship of living pulsing thought; and, if blood be thicker than water, thought is more quickening than blood. He must have a living relationship with the present, its historic movement, its science, literature, art, social needs and aspirations. In fact, he must have a wide outlook, intimate relations all round; and force, virtue, must pass out of him, whether of hand, will, or sympathy, wherever he touches. This is no impossible programme. Indeed it can be pretty well filled in by the time an intelligent boy or girl has reached the age of thirteen or fourteen; for it depends, not upon how much is learned, but upon how things are learned.
A Wider Curriculum.––Give children a wide range of subjects, with the end in view of establishing in each case some one or more of the relations I have indicated. Let them learn from first-hand sources of information––really good books, the best going, on the subject they are engaged upon. Let them get at the books themselves, and do not let them be flooded with a warm diluent at the lips of their teacher. The teacher's business is to indicate, stimulate, direct and constrain to the acquirement of knowledge, but by no means to be the fountain-head and source of all knowledge in his or her own person. The less parents and teachers talk-in and expound their rations of knowledge and thought to the children they are educating, the better for the children. Peptonised food for a healthy stomach does not tend to a vigorous digestion. Children must be allowed to ruminate, must be left alone with their own thoughts. They will ask for help if they want it.
We may not Choose or Reject Subjects.––You will see at a glance, with this Captain Idea of establishing relationships as a guide, the unwisdom of choosing or rejecting this or that subject, as being more or less useful or necessary in view of a child's future. We decide, for example, that Tommy, who is eight, need not waste his time over the Latin Grammar. We intend him for commercial or scientific pursuits,––what good will it be to him? But we do not know how much we are shutting out from Tommy's range of thought besides the Latin Grammar. He has to translate, for example,––'Pueri formosos equos vident.' He is a ruminant animal, and has been told something about that strong Roman people whose speech is now brought before him. How their boys catch hold of him! How he gloats over their horses! The Latin Grammar is not mere words to Tommy, or rather Tommy knows, as we have forgotten, that the epithet 'mere' is the very last to apply to words. Of course it is only now and then that a notion catches the small boy, but when it does catch, it works wonders, and does more for his education than years of grind.
Let us try, however imperfectly, to make education a science of relationships––in other words, try in one subject or another to let the children work upon living ideas. In this field small efforts are honoured with great rewards, and we perceive that the education we are giving exceeds all that we intended or imagined. (Vol. 3, School Education, p. 161-163)
Charlotte further cautions us in different areas of her writing about confusing this principle in the Herbartian sense or unit study approach.
We do not use this phrase [Education is the Science of Relations} in the Herbartian sense, that things or thoughts are related to each other and that teachers must be careful to pack the right things, in together, so that, having got into the pupil's brain, each may fasten on its kind, and, together, make a strong clique or apperception mass. (Vol. 3, School Education, p. 217)
Once again, Charlotte relieves the educator from being the fountain head of all knowledge.  Also, when we teach to the test or try to teach toward a trade, I believe we are standing in the way of the unique plan our Creator has for each individual child.  Instead we should teach from a variety of subjects and the best living books letting children cultivate their affinities. 
We may not even make choice between science and the 'humanities.'  Our part it seems to me is to give a child a vital hold upon as many as possible of those wide relationships proper to him....Because the relationships a child is born to are very various, the knowledge we offer him must be various too.  (Vol. 3, A Philosophy of Education, p. 157)
We talked at length in our monthly CM Book Study group about affinities, which ones we're developing right now and which ones we've neglected.  Every year I try to add subjects to expose our children to a varied curriculum.  This year, I've added things like church history, missionary study, composer study, and Plutarch.  Some of it is trial and error, but the key is to keep trying because you never know which affinity your child will develop. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Books for Sale: Literature & Poetry, Living Books....

I am in the process of posting updated lists of the books we have for sale. Here is the most updated list of literature and poetry.  Some are picture books and some are chapter books.  I have tried to denote hardcovers.  I also used codes to show books used by particular homeschool publishers/curricula: 

SL – Sonlight
AO – Ambleside Online
SCM – Simply Charlotte Mason
BF – Beautiful Feet
WP – Winter Promise
VP – Veritas Press
MFW – My Father’s World

Don't forget to take a look at the Language Arts list for supplemental pieces to accompany your literature study.

Prices do not reflect shipping. I accept PayPal and ship media mail anywhere in the U.S.  Please send questions and requests through the contact form.  We own duplicate copies of most of these books and have read several.  Once I have your list, I will package and weigh books and send you a total price for payment.

Thanks so much for your consideration,

Misc. Chapter & Picture Books – Classics & Living Books

Raggedy Ann, A Thank You, Please, and I Love You Book by Norah Smaridge (hardcover) $1

Raggedy Ann and Rags (hardcover) $2

Sailing with the Wind by Thomas Locker (hardcover- fabulous illustrations) $3

Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (hardcover) FIAR Author BF $5

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham (FIAR author – hardcover) $3 each

Red Light, Green Light by Margaret Wise Brown FIAR author $3

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman FIAR author $3

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats FIAR author $3

The Boats on the River by Marjorie Flack FIAR author $4

Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelman FIAR author $2

The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski (1946 hardcover) $6

Bored - Nothing to Do! by Peter Spier $3

Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier (hardcover) $3

London Bridge is Falling Down by Peter Spier (hardcover) $3

McBroom Tells the Truth by Sid Fleischman (hardcover) $2

McBroom and the Great Race by Sid Fleischman (hardcover) $2

Febold Feboldson, The Fix-it Farmer by Carol Beach York $1

The Girl Who Helped Thunder – Folktales of the World retold by Bruchac (hardcover) $3

Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson – Educator Classic Library (1968 hardcover) SL Core 200 VP $3

Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan $2

More Perfect than the Moon by Patricia MacLachlan $2

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan (hardcover – gorgeous illustrations) $2

Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb by James Herriot (hardcover w/jacket) $4

Blossom Comes Home by James Herriot (hardcover w/jacket) $4

The Market Square Dog by James Herriot (hardcover) $4

The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola (hardcover) $3

Journey Cake, Ho! By Ruth Sawyer (1953 hardcover) $6

Cranberry Birthday by Wende & Harry Devlin (hardcover) $6

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman $2

The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous $2

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema $2

How a Book is Made by Aliki (hardcover) $3

Manners by Aliki (hardcover) $4

Snow Day by Betsy Maestro $1

Bedtime for Francis by Russell Hoban $1 each

A Bargain for Francis by Russell Hoban (hardcover) $1

The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet $3

The Wump World by Bill Peet (hardcover) $3

Mooncake by Frank Asch $2

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni $3

Father Bear Comes Home by Else Holmelund Minarik $2

Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna by Nancy White Carlstrom $1

Big Anthony and the Magic Ring by Tomie dePaola (hardcover) $3

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward (1952 hardcover) $3 each

My Friend Mac by Lynd Ward $4

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (hardcover) $4

April’s Kitten by Clare Turlay Newberry $3

The Little Goat by Judy Dunn $2

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag $3

Hans Brinker – or- The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge Troll Illustrated Classics $2

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and Other Farmyard Tales by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $5

The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) VP FIAR author $5 each

Peter Rabbit and Other Stories by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $5

The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse and Other Mouse Stories by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $5

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $2 each

The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $2 each

The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $2

The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $2

The Tale of Mr. Tod by Beatrix Potter (hardcover) FIAR author $2

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter FIAR author $2

The Iliad retold by Nick McCarty, illustrated by Victor Ambrus $4 each

The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer retold by Alfred Church (hardcover) $6

The Real Mother Goose SL $3

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Norway retold by Virginia Haviland (hardcover) $3

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Scotland retold by Virginia Haviland (hardcover) $3

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (hardcover) $4

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak $3

Once When I Was Scared by Helen Clare Pittman $2

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (hardcover) $3

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving retold and illustrated by Will Moses (hardcover) $4

The Golden Book of Poems for the Very Young selected by Louis Untermeyer (hardcover) $2

The Hopeful Trout and Other Limericks by John Ciardi SL 3/D $2

An Arkful of Animals selected by William Cole SL 3/D $2

Poetry for Young People Animal Poems $4

A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard AO $4 each

The Rooster Crows, A Book of American Rhymes and Jingles by Maud and Miska Petersham (hardcover) $4

All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth SL $3

Poems of Childhood by Eugene Field (illustrated) $4

The Complete Poetical Works of James Whitcomb Riley (hardcover w/Mylar dust jacket) $3

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost & Untermeyer (hardcover) $4

Lorna Doone by R D Blackmore (hardcover) AO8 $3

William Holmes McGuffey, Schoolmaster to the Nation by Dolores P. Sullivan (hardcover) $1

McGuffey and His Readers by John H. Westerhoff III $1

Native Son by Richard Wright (hardcover) $3

Native Son by Richard Wright $2

The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis AO 4 $2 each

The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (hardcover) AO $2

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey $2 each

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck $2 each

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck $2

The Pearl by John Steinbeck $2

East of Eden by John Steinbeck $2

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer (hardcover) $3

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer $2

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson SL AO 4 $2

The Boxcar Children Snowbound Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner – Book 13 $2

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George SL Core 100 $3 each

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George SL Core 400 $3 each

Dragon’s Gate by Laurence Yep SL Core 100 $3

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep $3

The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep $2

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski (hardcover) SL 1/2/B/C TQ $5 each

Blue Ridge Billy by Lois Lenski $8

Cotton in my Sack by Lois Lenski $8

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggins TQ AO5 $3

Heidi by Johanna Spyri AO2 VP $3

Heidi Grows Up by Johanna Spyri $3

M. C. Higgins the Great by Virginia Hamilton $2

Civil Disobedience and Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau VP AO 12 $1

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola Old SL $2

All Alone by Claire Huchet Bishop $2

Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi $2

The Wreck of Ethie by Hilary Hyland $2

Li Lun, Lad of Courage by Carolyn Treffinger SL5/F $3

The Tough Winter by Robert Lawson $2

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson AO 4 $2

The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle by Hugh Lofting SL K/A $3

Freckles by Gene Stratton Porter AO 8 $3

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin SL 6/G $2 each

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall SL Core 200 $3

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (hardcover) SL 3/D $3 each

The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell (hardcover) $3

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain SL Core 400 VP AO $3

The Adventure of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain SL Core 100 VP AO $3

The Prince and the Pauper by by Mark Twain AO 5/6 $3 each

Mandie and the Secret tunnel #1 by Lois Gladys Leppard $2

Mandie and the Cherokee Legend #2 by Lois Gladys Leppard $2

Onion John by Joseph Krumgold $2

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – Puffin Classics Edition SL 7/H AO10 VP $3

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens SL 7/H AO10 VP $3

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens SL VP AO $3 each

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (hardcover) AO7 $2

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (hardcover) VP AO 9 $3

Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens AO 8 $3

Hard Times by Charles Dickens $2

Selected Tales and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe (hardcover) $3

Tales of Suspense by Edgar Allen Poe (hardcover) $3

Whose Promised Land? The Continuing Crisis Over Israel and Palestine by Colin Chapman $3

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Du Bois (hardcover) SL 2/C VP $3

Eddie’s Menagerie by Carolyn Haywood $2

Betsy’s Little Star by Carolyn Haywood $3

Back to School with Betsy by Carolyn Haywood (hardcover) $4

“B” is for Betsy by Carolyn Haywood (hardcover) $4

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit AO 2 $3

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson AO 4 VP $3

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson SL Core 200 AO 5 VP $3 each

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson SL Core 200 AO 10 VP $3

The Little Lame Prince by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik AO 3.5 $3

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson SL 7/H/W $3 each

Lord of the Flies by William Golding SL 530 AO 11/12 $3

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The Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer by Alfred Church (hardcover) $6

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Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan $2

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Incident at Hawk’s Hill by Allan W. Eckert $2

1984 by George Orwell VP $3

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Mystery in Little Tokyo by Frank Bonham (hardcover) $1

A Look of Eagles by Barbara Berry (hardcover) $1

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Four of a Kind by Patti Sherlock (hardcover) $1

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-       Big Red
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Remembered by Tamera Alexander $2

Too Long a Stranger by Janette Oke $2

Fatal Harvest by Catherine Palmer $2

The Perfect Life by Robin Lee Hatcher $2

Sister of Holmes County by Wanda Brunstetter – 3 in 1 hardcover $5

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-       The Quilter’s Daughter
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