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Robert E. Lee: Young Confederate (Childhood of Famous Americans)  


By Helen Albee Monsell.  Aladdin.

A biography focusing on the childhood of the man who turned down the field command of the United States Army and became the leader of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion  


By Samantha Seiple.  Scholastic Reference.

Few know the story of the Japanese invasion of Alaska during World War II--until now.GHOSTS IN THE FOG is the first narrative nonfiction book for young adults to tell the riveting story of how the Japanese invaded and occupied the Aleutian Islands in Alaska during World War II. This fascinating little-known piece of American history is told from the point of view of the American civilians who were captured and taken prisoner, along with the American and Japanese soldiers who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of hand-to-hand combat during the war. Complete with more than 80 photographs throughout and first person accounts of this extraordinary event, GHOSTS IN THE FOG is sure to become a must-read for anyone interested in World War II and a perfect tie-in for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter (Life of Faith, A: Kathleen McKenzie Series)  


By Tracy Leininger Craven.  Zonderkidz.

It should be a happy New Year for Kathleen McKenzie, but 1930 is off to a tumultuous start since her family was forced to move in with relatives on a primitive farm in Ohio due to the stock market crash of 1929. Now separated from her ailing best friend and unsure if she will be able to compete in the nation-wide spelling bee, twelve-year-old Kathleen McKenzie begins to wonder if her life will ever be the same again.

Water, Water Everywhere (Sluggers)  


By Phil Bildner.  Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

In over their heads?THE YEAR IS 1899, and the Travelin' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ol' U.S. of A., trying to raise money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt.Griffith has a run-in with the Chancellor and learns that the baseball isn't the only item the infamous industrialist is after. Even more mysteriously, the Chancellor claims to have something that the Paynes want.And Ruby. Where in the world has she vanished to? Does her disappearance have anything to do with the Chancellor's threats? Or is there some other plan in play?And finally, Graham makes a heartfelt birthday wish and somehow gets exactly what he asks for. But questions still remain: Was it real? Can it possibly be true? Or is it all just a dream?If they don't watch out, Griffith, Ruby, Graham, and the Travelin' Nine may find themselves in deep water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes!.

Jedi Quest - Path to Truth (Star Wars)  


By Jude Watson.  Scholastic Paperbacks; First Edition edition.

[Editor's Note: The following is a combined review with STAR WARS JEDI QUEST: The Way of the Apprentice.]--These first two installments in the Jedi Quest series follow young Anakin Skywalker and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as Anakin begins his apprenticeship. The books are repetitive and somewhat long on exposition, but the audio productions help overcome these defects. Jonathan Davis's readings are superb. His clear voice seems made for narration, and he does excellent imitations of the voices various actors have given the characters in the Star Wars films. Add to this John Watson's familiar score and the judicious use of humming light sabers, roaring engines, and other sound effects, and you have a winning selection for young fans. A.F. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Magic in the Outfield  


By Loren Long.  Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

Griffith, Graham, and Ruby's father passed away in the war. And now they must join their mother and their father's wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin' Nine, on a tour of America to raise money. No one will tell the kids why the team needs money so badly. Their only clue is a baseball with a hole the size of an acorn in it that their Uncle Owen gave to them the night of their father's funeral. They know very little about its significance except that their father made it with his own two hands and carried it with him throughout the war. And when all three kids hold the ball, strange things begin to happen...

Millie's Remarkable Journey (Life of Faith, A: Millie Keith Series)  


By Martha Finley.  Zonderkidz.

The A Life of Faith: Millie Keith novels follow the exciting life and times of Millie Keith, a girl of strong Christian faith growing up on the Indiana frontier in the mid-1800s. Adapted from Martha Finley's 1876 sequel to the popular Elsie Dinsmore novels, these revised and updated, modern-language books introduce readers to yet another delightful Christian heroine.

Mystery Pups: Dognapped!  


By Jodie Mellor.  Simon & Schuster UK.

It’s the start of the summer holidays and Megan and Lauren go to the Magic Mountain Rescue Center to bring home two of the cutest, most adorable puppies in the world. With their friend, Caitlin, and her toy dog, Daisy, they start a Puppy Club. But when they hang the Puppy Club medallions on their pups, something mysterious happens-a sudden, dizzying whirl of light whizzes them to Sleuth City and Daisy comes to life! Spotting a headline about a missing pooch, the three doggy detectives are soon on the trail of a dognapper-and it’s all the girls can do to keep up!

Louisiana's Song (Maggie Valley Novels)  


By Kerry Madden.  Viking Juvenile.

Livy Two is happy that Daddy is finally out of his coma, but the befuddled man who comes home is not the daddy the Weems family once knew. He forgets their names, he wanders off—he won’t even touch his beloved banjo. Set in Appalachia in 1963, this heartwarming, and heart-wrenching, follow-up to Gentle’s Holler is narrated by the irrepressible Livy Two, and traces the ups and downs of her large mountain family. Shy and awkward 11-year-old Louise (Louisiana) becomes the reluctant hero as she develops a talent for painting, takes care of Daddy, and shows a surprised Livy Two that sometimes the quietest sibling turns out to be the strongest.

Horsin' Around  


By Loren Long.  Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

The year is 1899, and the Travelin' Nine are crisscrossing the good ol' U.S. of A., raising money to pay off the Payne family's big-league debt!As the team heads into the River City, Griffith is beginning to realize that there's more at risk than meets the eye, something beyond the need to raise money -- something involving the ball that could put his entire family in danger.Ruby is eager to help solve the mystery of the ball and plans on keeping her eyes and ears wide open and writing everything down. She knows the answer is out there. All she has to do is see the things that others don't. And figure out what those things mean.Then there's Graham, who usually only thinks about how to get more time on the baseball field. Even he's beginning to notice that there are strange and shady characters at just about every turn.


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