Conor Broekhart was born to fly.
It is the 1890s, and Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy’s idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor intervenes, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines into the prison walls. The months turn into years, but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.
Conor Broekhart was born to fly.
“What happened this afternoon is too terrible to write…Please, God, let Will live. And please, God, forgive me.”
Cassie’s journal opens her dramatic story and that of her older brother Will, as they are both forced to reexamine their lives after a farm accident leaves Will without a leg — and without hope.
After a winter of healing, Will knows his future must be away from the farm that he loves. He and Cassie go to stay with their older sister and her husband in the nearby town of Wiscasset. There, with the excitement of Maine’s new statehood as a backdrop, Will finds that being disabled can be a social handicap as well as physical one. But with hard work he can win respect — and find exciting possibilities for his future.
Living in town opens Cassie’s eyes too. She sees Will considering career options not open to her, and she wonders if she can be fulfilled by keeping a house and a family. Are there other possibilities for a young woman in 1820? As Cassie watches Will make his life decisions, she struggles to find her own place in the world.
From the author of Stopping to Home and Seaward Born comes this remarkable story of hardship, determination, and the joy of finding the right path in life.
Steve is happy living on his wheat farm where he has everything he could need. If he doesn’t have something he can visit the village to trade his wheat. But on one village visit he finds there’s been a devastating Zombie siege, so, to protect himself and the remaining villagers Steve must go on a quest to mine for forty diamonds to craft into a diamond sword to shield the village from the Zombies.
On his quest he meets a trio of treasure hunters who are eager to join Steve on his quest. Facing treacherous mining conditions, a thunderstorm and attacks from hostile mobs, these four friends soon begin to question if it’s better to be a single player than a multiplayer.
Will Steve find the diamonds? Should he trust his new friends or will they help his quest? And will he get back in time to save the villagers?
Meet Action Movie Kid, whose adventures began on YouTube and continue in his first book, a thrilling tale of the heroic acts and daring deeds that fill his day and follow him to bedtime—and beyond!
James may look like a regular boy, but in his imagination he is Action Movie Kid, defender of his own tiny universe. Monsters, aliens, and robots are no match for James’s super strength and infinite cleverness. Though his superpowers sometimes get him into trouble—especially when others can’t see the dangerous foes that prowl the school yard, and his home—you can always rely on Action Movie Kid to save the day, even if he does need his parents’ help from time to time.
Indefatigable orphan Freckles faces some fairly steep obstacles: in addition to having no family, no name, and no knowledge of his own history, the young man has also lived his whole life without a right hand. Will his scrappy attitude and can-do spirit allow him to overcome these challenges and find love, material success and happiness?
A boy and his friends must find a way to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony is attacked in this gritty action-adventure novel, which School Library Journal called “a solid survival story.”
In space. Underground. And out of time.
Christopher Nichols and his family live on a new planet, Perses, as colonists of Melming Mining’s Great Mission to save the earth. Dozens of families like Christopher’s have relocated, too, like his best friend Elena Rosales.
A communications blackout with Earth hits, and all of Perses is on its own for three months. It’s okay, though, because the colonists have prepared, stockpiling food and resources to survive. But they never prepared for an attack.
Landers, as the attackers are called, obliterate the colony to steal the metal and raw ore. Now in a race against time, Christopher, along with a small group of survivors, are forced into the maze of mining tunnels. The kids run. They hide. But can they survive?
“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
A horse never knows what his next adventure will be. . . .
When Black Beauty is a young colt, he is surrounded by gentle care and comfort. As he is sold to a series of owners, including a squire, an earl, and a cab driver, he discovers that while some people are kind, others are equally as cruel. This is a horse’s story of strength and spirit, as shown through his own eyes.