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Review: Henry Hudson by Ronald Syme

What a moving biography Syme has written of the tragic explorer Henry Hudson!  This story for middle school children, the best I have read about Hudson, is unusual for this age range.  Very few children’s biographies attempt to present a person’s complex character in the way Syme did in this book.  For that reason, Henry […]

Review: And Tomorrow the Stars: The Story of John Cabot by Kay Hill

Young Giovanni Caboto of Genoa cared for nothing but boats, but he was sent off to Venice to live with his uncle, a wealthy spice merchant.   There, together with his new friend Michiele, he studied at the monastery and was especially fascinated by geography and exploration.   When he got into trouble he was thrilled with […]

Review: Pilgrimage by Lynn Austin

I know Lynn Austin as the wonderful author of several books, several of which I have reviewed. Well, in this book, Pilgrimage:  My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked, I really got to know the author herself.  I also learned about myself as well as about our God.   What more […]

Review: Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Once again, and probably for the last time, I read Carry On, Mr. Bowditch aloud to my children.  It’s one of my top 50 children’s books for many reasons, not the least of which is the brilliantly-written story. Little Nat Bowditch is part of a seafaring family that has hit upon hard times, but he […]

Review: Canal Boy by Marion Greene

Waiting in Colonel By’s office, sixteen year old Sean O’Dare was mesmerized by the wondrously-carved matched pistols in a box on the desk.  Colonel By took a long time to arrive, held up on Rideau Canal business most likely, for he was in charge of the huge project of building a canal from Bytown (now […]

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