A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
Henry Brown copes with slavery by singing, but after his wife and children are sold away he is left with only his freedom song, which gives him strength when friends put him in a box and mail him to a free state.
“Rusty, a conscientious sixth grader, observes a German shepherd chained to a tree with no water, food or shelter. He begins bringing food and water every day until he notices that the dog has been injured. He decides to rescue the dog after a ghost dog appears in his bedroom. Rusty tries to take care of the situation himself, but eventually has to get all of the adults in his life involved. A great chapter book, for dog lovers, that introduces the importance of animal rescue organizations.”
Recommended by: Kimberly Andersen, West Indianapolis Branch
If you know The Mysterious Benedict Society then you’ve already met Reynie (brilliant), Sticky (everything he sees, hears or reads…sticks), Kate (with her bucket of tools) and tiny, brilliant Constance. The children have been pulled together by their mentor and benefactor Mr. Nicholas Benedict, to use their considerable talents to follow clues, solve puzzles and figure out codes to keep bad guys in check. But where did Mr. Benedict himself come from? Why does he feel compelled to take on the world’s evils be assembling a brilliant group of kids? He could recruit Navy Seals or Marines, but no, he chooses kids. Why is that?
This book begins the answer to that question as you learn what Mr. Benedict’s childhood was like and how he became such an expert on, well, everything!
Smarts, friend loyalty, a mystery – it’s all there, just like in the other Mysterious Benedict Society Adventures. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Stewart has gone back in time 40-50 years to show us the early life of Nicholas Benedict, the quirky genius who started the MBS. Nicholas is a nine-year old orphan, being shuttled to orphanages and foster homes, when he arrives at the orphanage of Rothschild’s End, known as “The Manor.” Nicholas is already a genius, with a tremendous reading speed and an eidetic memory, able to remember anything he reads. He is also undersized and has narcolepsy, meaning he is apt to fall asleep at particularly inconvenient moments. He has never had a friend and understands nothing about the dynamics of a family. The orphanage is in serious financial trouble, in danger of closing, and has several bullies and a staff severely deficient in the knowledge of how to take care of children. Just surviving is going to be a challenge for Nicholas; but there is the rumor of a missing Rothschild treasure to spur him on.
This is clever, can’t-put-it-down writing, with interesting characters and several nice twists at the end. You could easily start with this one in the series or start with “The Mysterious Benedict Society.”
After setting off from the island where he has been leading a solitary existence, thirteen-year-old Martin discovers a village with other children who have been living similarly without any adults, since the grown-ups have all been spirited away. Author: Aaron Starmer
“Martin lives on a lonely island with his eccentric father, who insists on staying apart from society to work on his “machine”. Martin has very little contact with other people, not even with the summer visitors to the island, knowing about the rest of the world only from books.
One day Martin’s father goes off to get the last part for the machine and never returns. When the summer people don’t return either, Martin rows to the mainland and discovers that everyone in the world has disappeared, except for about 30 children. These children from all over the United States have mysteriously found their way to a town they have named Xibalba. There they build a small attempt at community while trying to figure out where everyone went. Things get much stranger after Martin arrives.
This is a tense, gripping novel, in the tradition of other child-centered societies like Lord of the Flies and Ender’s Game, flavored by a Stephen King-like eeriness, but with original characters and twists. Questions are answered by the end, but not in ways that readers will predict. 5th-8th grade level.”
Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.
“This special book will transport young readers into the 1903 camping trip President Teddy Roosevelt took to the Yosemite wilderness. With the world famous naturalist, John Muir as his guide, they saw the giant Sequoia trees, camped on a mountaintop and even played in the snow that fell one night. It inspired Teddy Roosevelt to push Congress to pass laws that eventually created our national parks. The story and illustrations blend perfectly to capture the exuberance and passion of two great Americans for saving the wilderness of America and a joy to read.”