After gold is discovered in California in 1849, a boy and his father leave their Massachusetts home to prospect for gold in the hills outside of Sacramento.
Relates the building of the transcontinental railroad from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California, in the mid-nineteenth century through the story of three Irish workers who laid tracks for the Central Pacific Railroad.
Patty's family join the Donners on their shortcut and become trapped during a long, horrible winter.
Ty and Gabe hear yelling and screaming and someone very bad laughing in apartment A-13.
Big Ben helps the Kooties Club members with their science projects.
The members of the Kooties Club try to figure out who is leaving the "I Love Elvis" signs throughout the neighborhood.
The Koots decide to spy on Mr. Dodge to find the answers to unexplained questions about his blindness, state of health, and family situation.
After his father dies, John Alexander and his mother are forced to become indentured servants to pay off debts, but find their luck changes after Mrs. Alexander invents a new method for grinding corn.
While on an airplane en route from his home in Nigeria to New Orleans, Louisiana, to start a new life with his father, Kofi dreams he is a slave in nineteenth-century America.
Gerald braves the blizzard of 1888 to find a drugstore to get medicine for his little sister.
A young girl and her father, prospering in their new life in Texas, join the volunteers at the Alamo to fight against the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna.
Provides factual information about the natural history of the bobcat through the fictional story of a young bobcat named Rudy.
Little Eagle raises a baby buffalo as a pet and friend until he realizes what friendship means.
In 1870 sixteen-year-old Rose Witherspoon leaves home to become a teacher in Iowa.
Li Ming and his father are lured to America after hearing about the wealth to be found in California.
Simon is the first pup in a litter of four. Follow his adventures as he learns to survive in the wild.
David's grandmother raised him with songs about freedom, and when he is old enough he leaves the plantation where he is a slave to make his way north to Canada with the help of the Underground Railroad.
Returning home after his violin recital, wealthy Philip Thorpe and his father become separated during the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, and Philip tries to find his way home.
In 1777 Massachusetts, after his parents are killed because of their loyalty to Great Britain, eleven-year-old Timothy is taken in by a parson and his wife.
An eighteenth-century schoolteacher encounters resistance from the community when she allows a former slave to join the children in her class.
Kelly is excited to learn that a new family is moving next door with a boy his age, but when he meets his new neighbor Alex, he is surprised to see him in a wheelchair.
Discusses the physical characteristics, life cycle, survival skills, and natural defenses of giant lizards.
Moses, an African-American slave boy, tells the story of his friendship with the son of the farm's master during the Revolutionary War.
After learning that her father is the wealthy Master Mason, Mary, a slave, tries to gain her freedom.
Ten-year-old Pepa and her family face many challenges when they leave their home in Mexico to find work in the United States.