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Evie and the Wonderful Kangaroo (1955)

Evie’s pet kangaroo is named Cookie. She is very neat and polite.

Author(s): Irmengarde Eberle
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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The Four-Story Mistake (1942)

The four Melendy children move to an old house in the country which sports a cupola atop its three stories.

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Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Illustrator(s): Elizabeth Enright

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Gone-Away Lake (1957)

Portia and her cousin Julian discover an abandoned summer colony on the shores of a gone-away lake.

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1958

Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Illustrator(s): Joe Krush, Beth Krush

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The Sea is All Around (1940)

Mab has been living with her aunt Sarah in Iowa. Now she is going to live with Aunt Belinda on Nantucket Island.

Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Illustrator(s): Elizabeth Enright

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Then There Were Five (1944)

The four Melendys meet Mark, and then there are five.

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Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Illustrator(s): Elizabeth Enright

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Thimble Summer (1938)

Garnet lives on a farm in Wisconsin and has adventures all summer long.

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1939

Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Illustrator(s): Elizabeth Enright

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Jackanapes (1883)

A young British orphan grows up to be a Captain in a cavalry regiment and gives his life for his friend on the field of battle. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Juliana Ewing
Illustrator(s): Randolph Caldecott

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Lob Lie-by-the-Fire (1885)

John Broom is found under a bush as a baby and adopted by two maiden ladies. After running away to sea he at last returns home. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Juliana Ewing
Illustrator(s): Randolph Caldecott

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The Black Stallion (1941)

Shipwrecked off the coast of North Africa, Alec Ramsay tames a wild black stallion and brings him home to America.

 

1942

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Keith Ward

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The Island Stallion (1948)

When Steve Duncan is asked to go on an archeological search on a remote Caribbean island, he never imagines the stallion he will find there. But the giant horse is unapproachable, showing nothing but fear and fury toward people. When the stallion gets caught in quicksand, can Steve get close enough to save the wild horse?

1948

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): Keith Ward

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The Amateur Gentleman (1913)

Barnabas Barty comes into the possession of a vast fortune and determines to use it to become a gentleman. He must first knock his father down, although as respectfully as may be. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Jeffery Farnol
Illustrator(s): Herman Pfeifer

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Hidden Trapezes (1950)

Orphaned when his trapeze artist parents are killed, Rob wants nothing more than to be a flyer. But his uncle Ted wants him to have a normal life and takes him to stay with Mrs. Fatima, who runs a boarding house for circus performers.

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Author(s): Edward Fenton
Illustrator(s): Reisie Lonette

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The Nine Questions (1959)

Willie sets out to seek his fortune with his watch, his feather cap, a silver whistle and a feather bag. Along his journey he learns the answers to the nine questions which will allow him to find his father and assume his rightful place in the kingdom.

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Author(s): Edward Fenton
Illustrator(s): Walter Hodges

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Angus and the Cat (1931)

Angus the terrier has to share his home with a new cat who eats Angus’s food and sits in his favorite places. How will they ever get along?

Author(s): Marjorie Flack
Illustrator(s): Marjorie Flack

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Angus and the Ducks (1930)

When a very curious young terrier named Angus sees that the door is open, he decides to go exploring. Little does he know what neighbors await him!

Author(s): Marjorie Flack
Illustrator(s): Marjorie Flack

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Angus Lost (1932)

Always curious, Angus runs away from his house to seek new adventures. But will he make it back home?

Author(s): Marjorie Flack
Illustrator(s): Marjorie Flack

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The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (1939)

Cottontail is only a little country bunny, but she is wise, kind, swift and clever and so the Grandfather bunny chooses her as one of the five Easter Bunnies.

Author(s): DuBose Heyward
Illustrator(s): Marjorie Flack

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Johnny Tremain: A Novel for Old and Young (1943)

When Johnny’s hand injury prevents him working as a silversmith’s apprentice, he joins the American rebels as a messenger.

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1944

Author(s): Esther Forbes
Illustrator(s): Lynd Ward

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Autumn Term (1948)

Twins Nicola and Lawrie Marlow join their four older sisters at Kingscote School.

Author(s): Antonia Forest
Illustrator(s): Marjorie Owens

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Run Away Home (1982)

The Marlows help a young boy return to his father, but it requires a dangerous sea voyage.

Author(s): Antonia Forest
Illustrator(s): Roger Phillips

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