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Review: Home is Beyond the Mountains by Celia Barker Lottridge

Nine-year- old Samira and her family flee their Persian village when the Turks invade at the end of World War 1.  After travelling through deserts and over mountains, facing hardship and unimaginable tragedy, she finally arrives in Baqubah, alone.  Anna, a girl her own age, reaches out to her and they move from camp to […]

Review: The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers by Pat Hancock

Over the years, our favorite introduction to Canadian prime ministers has been Pat Hancock’s colorful overview, The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers.  It is geared toward middle schoolers but is also useful as a quick review of Canadian history facts for high school students. The book covers Canada’s first 21 prime ministers, from Sir […]

Review: Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Rebecca and Flora Hawes, sisters in the late 1800’s, are always in search of adventure, especially Rebecca who, filled with an insatiable longing for more than school and high society, drags Flora along.  As teens they sneak away from school, their Paris hotel, and the safe parts of their own city, filled with youthful heedlessness […]

Review: I Was a Spy! by Marthe McKenna

Unable to resist the book list at the back of the excellent World War 1 novel High as the Heavens, I requested I Was a Spy! by Marthe McKenna via interlibrary loan.  When it arrived I took the afternoon off, and I’m in good company; Sir Winston Churchill stayed up until 4 AM to finish […]

Resources for Luther and the Reformation

As I paged through piles of books while preparing this article, I was reminded that there is one resource each of the reformers would have placed at the top of a Reformation resource list, the Bible.  All treasured it, all based their lives on it, and some died for it.  Obviously, you cannot truly understand […]

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