Describes the everyday life of the Aztecs, covering such topics as food and clothing, religion, criminal justice, art and music, and language.
Offers young readers a look at four magical stories from the "Arabian Nights" and Scandinavia.
Offers young readers a look at the powers of fate and how they effect human lives as seen in a Greek myth and in stories by Saki, Frank R. Stockton, Anton Chekhov, and Guy de Maupassant.
Extend cultural boundaries with this collection of fantastic folktales and legends from Latin America.
Offers young readers a look at traditional stories that reveal what people from ancient Germany, Iceland, China, India, and Egypt thought was the right way to behave.
Includes The First Country Wolf, The Rainmakers, The Cricket, The Girl in Green, The Hardwork Mountains, and The Divided Daughter.
Rifle barrels pointed at the family as they stepped into the open. Tilly cowered behind her father. "We're headed for St. Augustine," Kwaku explained. The men lowered their guns. "Where are you from?" one of them asked. "Are you runaways?" "Please let us go on our way," Catbird begged. "Get in the wagon," the man said. "These men are armed," Kwaku said quietly. "We must do as we are told." When everyone was aboard, the wagon rumbled on down the road. They were headed away from St. Augustine and their chance for freedom.
Fern learns why the Native Americans are forcing people from their farms and does what she can to help.
Having finished his education at Blackstone School, Red Fox writes letters to his friend, Ellen, who is traveling in Europe, as he prepares to return to his family on the Nebraska plains.
While working together on a school report about the 1960s, Aleesa and Kenneth are transported to March 1968, where they suddenly realize that the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. is only days away.
African American twin brothers, one a slave on a Virginia plantation and one a free man in Pennsylvania, are reunited after years of separation when they accompany soldiers on opposing sides of the Civil War.
After Carlos and his family move from the Dominican Republic to Chicago, Carlos finds himself missing his old friends and country, but a meeting with his hero, Sammy Sosa, changes his life forever.
Cassie, who is spending the summer with her aunt while her parents go through a divorce, becomes friends with Joey, a boy in a wheelchair who lives nearby with his grandmother.
Tall-Shadow, a young Navajo boy, faces adverse dangers when he confronts the Big Cat, a lion who is feared by the tribe. Tall Shadow also struggles with his desire to adopt the white man's ways and his father's wish to maintain their culture.
As Three Willows spoke, she rose. She brought a bundle to the tiny fire. She untied the straps that held it. Then she unrolled the buffalo robe. It was large, soft and carefully tanned. Red Fox peered through the dim light of the tipi. He could see colorful drawings painted on the smooth side of the robe. Red Fox reached out to touch one scene. It was a man on horseback. He was racing across the prairie. Red Fox could almost feel the movement of the horse under the rider as they raced. That's your father, whispered Three Willows.
A young Indian boy attends a school for Native Americans and is caught between the traditions of his people and the new ways of the white man. He is determined to get an education in order to return home and help his Native American people.
Caroline learns the meaning of freedom while struggling to maintain the family cotton plantation during the Civil War.
Doreen, a young Gypsy girl, struggles with both her own prejudices and those of others when she becomes separated from her family and is cared for by two sisters who insist she attend school regularly.
"I walked across the room and opened the small door. The sound stopped as I peered in. All I could see were some old magazines and a book. As I watched, the book moved! I was scared and wanted to run, but my feet seemed nailed to the floor. I finally reached out and picked up the book and blew dust from it. I felt someone or something next to me once more."
While spending the summer on his grandparents' Texas cotton farm, Michael sees a teenage boy on the other side of the Rio Grande in Mexico. He starts to write letters to Javier, and then helps him cross the river to come into the United States.
During his summer in Hawaii, Kimo repeatedly visits a secret and forbidden beach, ignoring several frightening warning signs. Who is threatening him and why?
Kodi runs away from his boarding school after learning that his mare has been sold to a brutal rancher. His reunion with his brother resolves all his conflicts, and the two return to live and start a school on the reservation where they were born.
After being adopted by Michael's family and moving from Mexico to Dallas, Javier tries to adapt to life in the United States but realizes he misses his old life in Vera Cruz, Mexico.
When the secret that Patrick can't read comes to light, he begins to conquer his learning disability using his imagination and interest in race cars.
After having left Russia to live in freedom in Latvia, Sasha finds his adopted country increasing under threat of invasion from Hitler's growing war machine.