Author: Kathy Maxwell

The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh
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The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh

In 1707, Sarah Noble’s family lived in Westfield, Massachusetts.  When John Noble purchases a tract of land in New Milford, Connecticut, he takes eight-year-old Sarah with him.  Mrs. Noble stays in Westfield with the younger children.  The journey to New Milford takes many days.  Sometimes they sleep with other settlers, and other times, in the…

Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede
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Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede

A princess, who doesn’t want to be the type of princess that gets rescued by a knight in shining armor, chooses her own path in life.  That path leads her, first, to a dragon king and, then, to the king of an enchanted forest who struggles to keep the forest’s magic safe from scheming wizards….

Muggie Maggie, by Beverly Cleary
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Muggie Maggie, by Beverly Cleary

Maggie Schultz’s third grade classmates are excited about learning cursive, but Maggie decides that she doesn’t want to have any part of it.  The first day, her teacher compares cursive writing to a rollercoaster.  While the other students are practicing loops and curves, Maggie draws rollercoasters all over her paper.  At home, she studies her…

Banner in the Sky, by James Ramsey Ullman
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Banner in the Sky, by James Ramsey Ullman

Josef Matt died trying to conquer the Citadel. After Josef’s death, Frau Matt vows that her son will never set foot on the mountain.  Sixteen-year-old Rudi Matt works at the Beau Site Hotel.  Frau Matt hopes her son will find his job so fulfilling that he has no interest in climbing the dangerous mountain.  Not…

Babe the Gallant Pig, by Dick King-Smith
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Babe the Gallant Pig, by Dick King-Smith

Farmer Hogget guesses a small piglet’s exact weight and wins the pig.  At first, the piglet’s future is that of most any fine pig, pork chops and bacon, but then an extraordinary thing happens.  The piglet becomes good friends with Farmer Hogget’s sheepdog, Fly.  In fact, the dog becomes the little pig’s foster mother.  She…