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The adventure of two resourceful teens, their curmudgeon uncle, his mysterious butler, and Albrecht Durer It’s summer vacation, 1896.
Wick and his brother Miles are banished to Europe for the Grand Tour with rich and cantankerous Uncle Eustace, who is on a mission to purchase art for his mansion. When the millionaire’s mysterious valet, Jose Gregorio, vanishes, Wick and Miles set off on a high-flying chase across Italy and Germany. The brothers are in search of the missing valet and six curious woodcuts by Albrecht Durer, an art superstar of the Renaissance, which may hold clues to the servant’s disappearance. Unwittingly they become entangled in an international ring of conspirators whose love of Durer has been twisted to achieve evil goals. With quick wits and a little luck, Miles and Wick manage to survive medieval dungeons, proto-zeppelins, and intrigue to save the world from a dark force masquerading as a benign secret society.
Hard-hitting historical fiction
Ever since his father ran off two years before, fifteen-year-old Johnny Woods has struggled to help support his ma and five siblings, sacrificing his own schooling in the process. Still, there’s been hardly enough money each month to make the rent, and Johnny’s dream of a house in Brooklyn, away from the tenement slums, is out of reach.
Then Johnny discovers boxing. He is a natural-born fighter, with street smarts, determination, and an explosive uppercut. Although boxing is illegal in 1885 New York, Johnny powers his way through every obstacle, believing he has found the means to raise himself and his family out of poverty. But as he moves closer to his biggest fight yet, Johnny must reconcile his need to help his loved ones with a sharpening desire to achieve something outside the ring, starting with his education. In bringing to life Johnny’s struggle and ultimate success, Kathleen Karr offers readers a compelling portrait of an appealing young champion.
Yeeeeeee-haw! Git along, little…turkeys?
Big, brawny Simon Green, who’s just completed third grade (for the fourth time), may not be book smart, but he’s nobody’s fool. When it’s time to be done with school and make his way in the world, Simon hatches a plan that could earn him a bundle. He intends to herd a huge flock of bronze turkeysall the way from his home in eastern Missouri to the boomtown of Denver, where they’ll fetch a mighty price. In the year 1860, the hazards of such a trek are many—how does one shepherd the birds across a river, for instance?—but Simon is undaunted. Accompanied by a faithful drover, and eventually to be joined by two boon companions, he undertakes the biggest journey of his young life, in this high-spirited Wild Wild West adventure by an acclaimed author of historical fiction.