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Review: The Magna Charta by James Daugherty

June 15, 1215, one of the most significant days in English history, saw wicked King John sullenly sign the Magna Charta, acknowledging freedom of the people and restraining his own power. How did this all come about?  How was such an evil king persuaded to restrict his own power? James Daugherty, award-winning author of the […]

Review: Journey Through the Night by Anne de Vries

When I started to read Journey Through the Night to my youngest daughters, they expected to be bored.  However, by the third paragraph one of them jumped up.  “What!  John does judo?”  The other one was interested by the next page.  As the story moved on, they begged for chapter after chapter.  Once, when I […]

Review: The Secret of Willow Castle by Lyn Cook

Eleven-year-old Henrietta Macpherson cannot seem to do anything right.  Her loving but stern father  is so disappointed in her wilful response to the beautiful gift from cousin John Alex  that he puts it aside until Henrietta is older and also forbids her to attend the skating party in John Alex’s honor. He calmly points out […]

Review: Michael Faraday and the Dynamo by Mabel Miller

Without the discoveries of Michael Faraday, one of the greatest scientists of all time, our lives would be unrecognizable.  In fact, our civilization is firmly based on the concepts he discovered about electricity and other matters. Yet this great man, one of Einstein’s three heroes (the others were Newton and Maxwell), began life as a […]

Reading Week

“Tomorrow Reading Week starts,”  Miss 12 sighed happily Sunday night.  Reading Week, an annual tradition, is one of the joys of our homeschool.  We long for it, dream of it, plan for it, and now, finally, it is here. With over 200 books expected from inter-branch loan in our huge city-wide library system, our house will be awash in […]

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