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Counting on Grace

release date: Dec 18, 2008
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Counting on Grace
1910. Pownal, Vermont. At 12, Grace and her best friend Arthur must leave school and go to work as a “doffers” on their mothers’ looms in the mill. Grace’s mother is the best worker, fast and powerful, and Grace desperately wants to help her. But she’s left handed and doffing is a right-handed job. Grace’s every mistake costs her mother, and the family. She only feels capable on Sundays, when she and Arthur receive special lessons from their teacher. Together they write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board about underage children working in Pownal. A few weeks later a man with a camera shows up. It is the famous reformer Lewis Hine, undercover, collecting evidence for the Child Labor Board. Grace’s brief acquaintance with Hine and the photos he takes of her are a gift that changes her sense of herself, her future, and her family’s future.

The Castle in the Attic

release date: May 15, 2012
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The Castle in the Attic
Ten-year-old William receives a wooden model of a medieval castle as a gift. It has everything he could possibly want, right down to a miniature drawbridge, a portcullis and a silver knight. In this enthralling story that weaves the everyday problems of growing up with magic and fantasy, the castle introduces William to an adventure involving magic, a ferocious dragon, a wicked wizard, and his own personal quest, where courage will finally triumph over fear.

The Battle for the Castle

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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The Battle for the Castle
Twelve-year-old William uses the magic token to return, through the toy castle in his attic, to the medieval land of Sir Simon, which is now menaced by a skeleton ship bearing a plague of ravenous rats.

Halloween Hats

release date: Sep 01, 2002
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Halloween Hats
A rhyming celebration of hats, featuring all sorts of head-toppers that help create costumes for the Halloween parade.

The Castle in the Attic

release date: Jan 01, 1994
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The Castle in the Attic
A gift of a toy castle, complete with silver knight, introduces William to an adventure involving magic and a personal quest.

The Mercy Seat

release date: Feb 07, 2019
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The Mercy Seat
As another baking hot day dawns over Louisiana in 1943, a young black man wakes in a town jail to the final hours of his life: at midnight, eighteen-year-old Willie Jones will be executed by electric chair for raping a white girl - a crime some believe he did not commit. In a tale taut with mounting tension, the day unfolds hour by hour from nine points of view: Willie himself, knowing what really happened and grappling with what it means to die; his father, desperately trying to reach home with a tombstone for his son before it's too late to see him one last time; the lawyer, haunted by being forced to seek the death penalty against his convictions, his wife, who believes Willie to be innocent, and their 12-year-old son, determined to get as close as possible to the action regardless of the dangers; the priest assigned to Willie in jail; the prisoner entrusted with driving the executioner and his travelling electric chair to the place of execution; and the mother whose only son is fighting in the Far East, bent on befriending her black neighbours. In this exceptionally powerful novel, Elizabeth Winthrop explores matters of justice, racism and the death penalty in a fresh, subtle and profoundly affecting way. Her kaleidoscopic narrative allows us to inhabit the lives of her characters and see them for what they are - complex individuals, making fateful choices we might not condone, but can understand.

Elizabeth Winthrop

release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Elizabeth Winthrop
Profiles American children's author Elizabeth Winthrop. Includes biographical information, news items, details of upcoming events, and an interview with the author. Lists her books and provides access to a newsletter. Features a different quote every week and includes instructions for ordering out of print titles. Links to a message board.

Sledding

release date: Jan 01, 1989
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Sledding
Two young sledders bundle into their winter clothes and go down a snowy hill in a wild, whirling ride.

Shoes

release date: Feb 23, 1988
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Shoes
Here are ‘shoes to skate in, shoes to skip in, shoes to turn a double flip in ’ . . . all worn by four tousle-headed active young children. ‘Illustrations keep all the action with the skippers, divers, and doers. Story hour groups will be checking out each other’s footwear after hearing this rollicking rhyming paean to shoes.’ —SLJ. A Reading Rainbow Selection Children's Books of 1986 (Library of Congress)

A Very Noisy Girl

release date: Jan 01, 1991
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A Very Noisy Girl
Elizabeth's mother gets a respite from her very noisy girl when Elizabeth pretends to be a dog.
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