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Tales of Young Americans

Pivotal moments in our nation's history are seen through the eyes of fictional young heroes whose courage and quick thinking will inspire all children.

Cover: A Book for Black-Eyed Susan

A Book for Black-Eyed Susan

When ten-year-old Cora and her family leave their home in Missouri, their hearts are filled with the hopes and dreams of a bright future gleaming with promise and opportunity. But the journey… More »

 
Cover: Friend on Freedom River

Friend on Freedom River

In 1850 the Detroit River was a major track along the Underground Railroad -- the last step to freedom. The journey across the river was dangerous, especially in winter and especially for a… More »

 
Cover: Junkman's Daughter

Junkman's Daughter

Even before they immigrate to America, Hanna and her family dream of the new life they will have there. "You will see, Hanna," Papa said. "There are streets of gold." But when they arrive… More »

 
Cover: Lily's Victory Garden

Lily's Victory Garden

When Lily learns about a lottery for land plots to grow Victory Gardens, she tries to apply. But when the garden club president tells her she's too young to participate, Lily refuses to give… More »

 
Cover: Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five Mile Poem

Mackinac Bridge: The Story of the Five Mile Poem

Set in the late 1950s, this is the moving story of a young boy whose father operates a ferryboat between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas. As young Mark witnesses the building of the new… More »

 
Cover: Minnow and Rose: An Oregon Trail Story

Minnow and Rose: An Oregon Trail Story

In the mid-1800s thousands of pioneers crossed the western plains of the United States using the 2,000-mile pathway called the Oregon Trail. Minnow and her family live in one of the many… More »

 
Cover: Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America

Paper Son: Lee's Journey to America

In 1926, 12-year-old Fu Lee lives with his grandparents in a small village in China. He lives with his grandparents because his parents are dead. It is a difficult life but made easier by the… More »

 
Cover: Pappy's Handkerchief

Pappy's Handkerchief

Young Moses and his family are barely scraping by. He helps his father in their fish stall selling each day's catch to passersby but times are hard in 1889 Baltimore. It's difficult to… More »

 
Cover: Rebekkah's Journey: A World War II Refugee Story

Rebekkah's Journey: A World War II Refugee Story

In 1944 a vacant army base in upstate New York became the temporary home of over 900 men, women and children who had fled Europe towards the end of World War II. With little more than the… More »

 
New Cover: Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade: A Thanksgiving Story

Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade: A Thanksgiving Story

In 1918 a deadly influenza epidemic was sweeping across America. The pandemic ravaged families, leaving thousands of children as orphans. But in the tenement apartments of New York City's… More »