After her father dies at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sallie Randall and her mother move to Kansas, where Mrs. Randall takes a job as housekeeper and Sallie adjusts to life with a new family. Sallie finds a new friend and they become almost like sisters. Just like most friends, they struggle to remember what friendship really means at times.
Lena Martini and her family are among the many people who left their homes in Europe in search of a better life in America. Their story represents what most immigrants encountered on their journey.
This book presents the diary of Gertrud Schakat Tammen in which she recorded her experiences growing up in Germany during World War II and how her family lost their home and had to search for a new home and a new life.
Ben finds himself in charge as record floodwaters destroy Johnstown. This book is about a family who survives the Johnstown flood of 1889.
When Matt has to do a science project about recycling, he talks to his neighbor, Mr. Pizooti, an Italian immigrant called the "King of Recycling" because he is always coming up with new ways to reuse discarded objects.
Jeremy and his friend, called "Yankee Doodle" because of his love for fancy clothes, learn about the Sons of Liberty and the plans for the Boston Tea Party, in a story with facts on early Boston and the origins of the Revolution.
To escape his troubled life in 1717 Dublin, Richard Ellis is sent to live with relatives in the American colonies, but once the ship makes landfall in Massachusetts, he is sold as an indentured servant to pay his passage.
After his father becomes injured fighting off a robber, Josh and his family participate in a wild ride for land in the hopes of claiming a homestead and starting a new life - ten-year-old Josh takes his place in the Cherokee Strip Land Rush of 1893.
Arriving in Texas on an "orphan train," Hannah Green is taken in by a husband and wife who need help on their ranch, and Hannah begins to learn the skills necessary to be a veterinarian.
Sent west on an "orphan train" when their mother can no longer care for them, Emily and her brother, James, are separated in Omaha, but Emily is befriended by a hobo who helps her find her way back to Omaha to look for James.
A boy must find something special to write about for his class project. When he finally learns the history behind his grandfather's stories of WWII, what else will he learn about one of his new classmates?
Teenage soldiers Michael and Ralph find a woman's dress in the bushes while serving with the Continental Army and are concerned about spies, but when they and their new comrade, Hugh, face the British they have other worries.
Brady wants to do something to help the war effort after his brother is killed during the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor, but he feels pulled in two directions when his friend suspects his new neighbor, whom he has a crush on, of being a Nazi spy.
During World War II, Jack and his friends believe that his neighbor, Mr. Schmidt, is a German spy.
This book is about a Japanese American boy and his family, who were forced to live in internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This book tells the story of a young boy planned to be a preacher. When he is called to save a white girl living with an Indian tribe, he is surprised by what he learns.
Adam spends his first summer at a camp for the hearing-impaired and discovers a lot of new things he never thought possible.
The American Revolution is raging. Owen sees his father near death and wants to help. Find out what brave things he did to help out.
After his father is killed in the Civil War, Alex Kopsky travels to Michigan from the only home he has known in Massachusetts to start a new life with his new family. Alex travels on an orphan train and is chosen by a young couple, the O'Learys. He later learns that Mr. O'Leary paid to have someone else fight for him during the war.
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.
This fictionalized biography describes the life and athletic accomplishments of the track athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, and includes a brief history of the Olympic games.
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.
Kofi's mother sends him to America to live with his father's family, but Kofi feels betrayed and wonders if he will ever be happy again.
This book is about an Indian girl who comes to America and how she deals with being different.
Li Ming and his father are lured to America after hearing about the wealth to be found in California.