Author: Kathy Maxwell

Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O’Dell
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Sing Down the Moon, by Scott O’Dell

When spring waters flow into the river, and everything in Canyon de Chelly comes alive, Bright Morning wants to shout for joy.  She restrains herself because such joyous emotions anger the gods.  Her brother was killed by lightning because of his pride over killing a six-point buck.  With the return of the grass, Bright Morning…

After the  Dancing Days, by Margaret Rostkowski
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After the Dancing Days, by Margaret Rostkowski

Dr. Metcalf served as a doctor in the field hospitals during World War 1.  After the war, he returns to Kansas and goes to work at St. John’s Hospital where he continues to treat wounded soldiers.  Mrs. Metcalf, haunted by her brother’s death in the trenches of France, wants to forget all about the war….

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards
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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards

One day Ben, Tom and Lindy Potter go to the zoo.  As they discuss the unusual animals, a strange little man interrupts and asks if they’ve ever seen a Whangdoodle.  Of course, they have not.  That night, Tom looks in the dictionary and learns that Whangdoodles are mythical creatures.   A few days later, while trick-or-treating,…

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Koningsburg
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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Koningsburg

Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, an eccentric old woman who sits in her mansion researching anything that peaks her interest, writes about Claudia and Jamie Kincaid’s adventure in a letter to her solicitor, Saxonberg, who just happens to be Claudia and Jamie’s grandfather.  Mrs. Frankweiler tells their story just as they told it to her.  …