paint the wind

Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

Paint the Wind starts out in California, but quickly moves to Wyoming. In an interview, Pam Ryan said that she took hundreds of private horseback riding lessons and went on 2 extended research rides on horseback in Wyoming in preparation for writing this book.  11-year old Maya has lived with her bitter, controlling and very

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Hero Two Doors Down

The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

The Hero Two Doors Down is a “fictionalized” true story written by Sharon Robinson, daughter of the legendary Jackie Robinson, based on her family’s friendship with their Jewish neighbors. Instead of writing a strictly non-fiction book for children, she “fictionalizes” it by adding conversations and thoughts she was not privy to. This allows her story to “come alive” for

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roll of thunder hear my cry by mildred taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor

Mildred Taylor’s award winning book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, was written in 1976 and has been reissued many times since then. This book was the 1st full length novel in the Logan Family Saga following the novella Song of the Trees. There have been a total of 9 books in this series which

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ivy takes care by rosemary wells

Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells

It took a bit of looking to find children’s historical fiction on audio that was set in Nevada! Ivy’s summer adventures give readers a close-up look at some of the unique animals and terrain of Nevada and is a perfect summer read for elementary-aged children. Ivy and her best friend Annie live near Carson City,

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ghetto cowboy by g neri

Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri

Although Ghetto Cowboy is set in the present, there’s a lot of history here. This fast-paced story is set among today’s urban horsemen of North Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Riding Club, whose history and traditions date back to the black cowboys of the 1800s. Ghetto Cowboy is being made into a film which will star Idris

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out of left field

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages

Out of Left Field is a work of love dedicated to the unsung heroes and history of women’s baseball. If you’re a baseball fan, this book is definitely for you. But here’s the thing: if you, like me, have no interest in baseball or women’s baseball, or for that matter, no interest in sports at

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