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White – Trumpet of the swan

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Personal Author:

White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985.

Title:

The trumpet of the swan [by] E. B. White. Pictures by Edward Frascino.

Publication info:

New York : Harper Trophy Book, c1970.

Physical description:

210 p. : ill.

Summary:

Louis is a Trumpeter Swan who came into the world lacking a voice. When his father explained to him that he was different from other cygnets, Louis felt scared. His father, however, promised to help.

Sam Beaver, a boy who loved all wild things, took Louis to school, where he learned to read and write. This was a help, but it did not solve his major problem: he was in love with the beautiful swan, Serena, and she spurned him because he was defective. And that was when Louis’s father, the old cob, did a difficult thing – he put honor aside and stole a trumpet so his son would be able to woo his love.

Louis’s determination to become a trumpeter and pay off his father’s debt takes him far from the wilderness he loves. But he succeeds and wins the swan of his desiring.

Louis, a voiceless Trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet.

Subject term:

Trumpeter swan–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Swans–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Fantasy—Juvenile fiction.

ISBN:

064400484

Tags:

animals, birds, children, children’s, fantasy, juvenile fiction, kids, music, swans, young adult

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Wilder – These Happy Golden Years

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Personal Author:

Wilder, Laura Ingalls, 1867-1957.

Title:

These happy golden years / by Laura Ingalls Wilder ; illustrated by Garth Williams.

Publication info:

New York, HarperCollins, c1943.

Physical description:

289 p.: illus.

Summary:

Laura has her first experiences as a teacher, and is courted by Almanzo Wilder.

Subject term:

Frontier and pioneer life–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Families–Juvenile fiction.

Geographic term:

South Dakota–Juvenile fiction.

ISBN:

0064400085

Tags:

19th century, autobiography, biography, children, children’s, children’s literature, historical, historical fiction, history, Laura Ingalls Wilder  memoir, Newbery Honor, pioneers, young adult

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Whelan – That wild berries should grow

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Personal Author:

Whelan, Gloria.

Title:

That wild berries should grow : the diary of a summer / Gloria Whelan.

Publication info:

Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, c1994.

Physical description:

125 p..

Summary:

Elsa is a precocious fifth-grade girl who cannot imagine living anywhere but amid the hustle and bustle of busy downtown Detroit. Even in the midst of the Great Depression there are many exciting things to occupy her time. But when the prescription for a sudden illness includes spending the summer at her grandparents’ country cottage beside Lake Huron, Elsa must learn to find excitement in “empty” places. Discover with Elsa a summer full of simple yet new experiences: tending her own garden, fishing on the big lake, exploring a mysterious gully, making new friends, learning to walk barefoot, and picking wild berries. When Elsa returns to the big city at summer’s end, will her life ever be the same again?

Subject term:

Summer–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Nature—Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Friendship–Juvenile fiction.

ISBN:

080285091X

Tags:

children, country life, Detroit, family, friends, grandparents, Great Depression, historical fiction, Lake Huron, summer, vacation

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Taylor – Trouble with Tuck

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Personal Author:

Taylor, Theodore, 1921-2006.

Title:

The Trouble with Tuck / by Theodore Taylor.

Publication info:

New York : Avon Books, c.1981.

Physical description:

120 p.

Summary:

Helen adored her beautiful golden Labrador from the first moment he was placed in her arms, a squirming fat sausage of creamy yellow fur. As her best friend, Friar Tuck waited daily for Helen to come home from school and play. He guarded her through the long, scary hours of the dark night. Twice he even saved her life.

Now it’s Helen’s turn. No one can say exactly when Tuck began to go blind. Probably the light began to fail for him long before the day when he raced after some cats and crashed through the screen door, apparently never seeing it. But from that day on, Tuck’s trouble—and how to cope with it—becomes the focus of Helen’s life. Together they fight the chain that holds him and threatens to break his spirit, until Helen comes up with a solution so new, so daring,

Subject term:

Dogs—Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Guide dogs–Juvenile fiction.

ISBN:

0380627116

Tags:

animals, blindness, children’s, dog, friendship, guide dogs, juvenile, realistic fiction

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White – Tadpole

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Personal Author:

White, Ruth, 1942-

Title:

Tadpole / Ruth White.

Edition:

1st ed.

Publication info:

New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, c2003.

Physical description:

198 p.

Summary:

It’s the beginning of summer 1955, and though her family is struggling financially, Carolina’s mama still indulges her four daughters’ whims, like springing for all of them to get permanents. Each of her older sisters seems to have cut out a niche for herself, but Carolina Collins is still trying to find her own special place in life. The girls’ hardship is softened by the sudden appearance of their favorite cousin, Tadpole, a charismatic thirteen-year-old with a knack for guitar playing. Tad sees in Carolina a spirit and talent that no one has noticed before, and he predicts that she “is gonna surprise everybody one of these days.” The Collinses soon learn the real reason for Tad’s visit, however, and the weeks that follow are filled with dread that his abusive guardian will come and take him away.

Subject term:

Child abuse–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Orphans–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Cousins–Juvenile fiction.

Geographic term:

Kentucky–History–20th century–Juvenile fiction.

ISBN:

0374310025

Tags:

1950s, Appalachia, child abuse, children, family, family life, guitar ,historical fiction, Kentucky, music, orphans, talent, young adult

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Stahl – Tough choices for Roxie

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Personal author:

Stahl, Hilda

Title:

Tough Choices for Roxie:  Best Friends series, Book #9 / by Hilda Stahl.

Publication info:

Wheaton IL:  Crossway Books, c1993

Physical description:

158 p.

Summary:

Hannah was determined to help those around her. She would become friends with Stacia–why didn’t Stacia like her? She would solve a neighborhood mystery–who was vandalizing garages in the area, and why?

Competition over boys and a difficult new student threaten to break up the Best Friends, a group of girls who play, pray, and work together.

Subject term:

Friendship—Juvenile fiction .

Subject term:

Mystery and adventure—Juvenile fiction,

ISBN:

0891077111

Tags:

adventure, clubs, friendship, girls, mystery, rivalry

 

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Peterson – Spy Machine

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Personal Author:

Peterson, Esther Allen.

Title:

The spy machine / Esther Allen Peterson ; illustrated by Meredith Johnson.

Publication info:

Minneapolis : Augsburg, c1994.

Physical description:

72 p. : ill.

Series Statement:

(Ready, set, read! First chapter books)

Summary:

Alex always calls his little sister, Cassidy, dumb until she solves the mystery of Alex’s disappearing possessions.

Subject term:

Brothers and sisters–Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Mystery and adventure—Juvenile fiction.

Subject term:

Conduct of life–Juvenile fiction.

ISBN:

0806627190

Tags:

Children, brothers and sisters, family, mystery

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