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Living History Library by Bethlehem Books

The Living History Library Series by Bethlehem Books is a PreTeen & Teen Christian Action & Adventure series for ages 8-14! The books are more a collection than a series - with each book being a licensed republishing of hard to find popular Christian stories. Homeschoolers, Language Arts Teachers and parents of kids will love each of story.

John Treegate's Musket (Living History Library) by Leonard Wibberley
John Treegate's Musket (Living History Library)
By Leonard Wibberley
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It is 1769, ten years since America’s colonial militia had joined with the British regular army and defeated the French for dominion of Canada. The current of feeling about what it means to be loyal to the King has changed. While many colonists are angry about England’s unjust taxation, wealthy merchant John Treegate remains fiercely loyal and certain that an agreement can be reached between the colonies and their mother country. Deciding to travel to England to appeal to the government there means leaving his motherless, eleven-year-old son Peter on his own, apprenticed to one of Treegate’s friends, a manufacturer of barrel staves. Peter’s new master is not severe, but the senior apprentice is a vicious bully and worse. A chain of events leads to trouble for Peter—involving murder, shipwreck, loss of memory, adoption by a strange and bitter Scotsman, until finally he is reunited with his father on the eve of America’s battle for independence. First title in the acclaimed Treegate Series.
Archimedes and the Door of Science  by Jeanne Bendick
Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library)
By Jeanne Bendick
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Imagine a biography, a study of mathematical and scientific concepts, and an overview of the culture of ancient Greece---all rolled into one! Students will love reading this personal account of Archimedes---one of the greatest minds of the ancient world. They'll discover, like Archimedes, the excitement of ideas and learning! Simple illustrations enhance the accessible text. Ages 10 and up. 142 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
Augustine Came to Kent (Living History Library) by Barbara Willard
Augustine Came to Kent (Living History Library)
By Barbara Willard
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It is the year 597 and Pope Gregory is sending a select number of his monks, led by Fr. Augustine, to re-evangelize England. Young Wolf, born in that land but raised in Rome, accompanies his father, Wolfstan, who goes as a guide and interpreter. Though the King of Kent's wife is a Christian, the missionaries from Rome do not know whether they will be welcomed, tolerated or martyred. In a story full of adventure, Wolf meets Fritha, a Saxon girl whose life and destiny are soon closely bound up with his own. Events, significant in the history of Christianity, are vividly brought to life by this veteran writer of historical fiction.
Becky Landers: Frontier Warrior (Living History Library) by Constance Lindsay Skinner
Becky Landers: Frontier Warrior (Living History Library)
By Constance Lindsay Skinner
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In the year 1778, the War for Independence rages, and Becky Landers of Maybrook, Kentucky forms a plan to join the audacious George Rogers Clark on his dangerous mission, bringing gunpowder to capture the British forts of Kaskaskia and Vmcennes. She hopes to track down her brother, taken the year before by Indians. Naturally, she will meet every form of resistance to such an outrageous initiative from a 15-year-old girl. In this vivid and well-researched frontier novel, the historic figures of Daniel Boone, Clark, Sam Kenton, the Frenchman De Quindre, the Indian Black Fish and others interweave with Becky's adventures in as colorful a manner as their remarkable personalities deserve.
Beowulf the Warrior (Living History Library) by Ian Serraillier
Beowulf the Warrior (Living History Library)
By Ian Serraillier
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"Beowulf the Warrior is an outstanding modern version of the oldest epic in the English language. Ian Serraillier has retold in verse the story of the hero Beowulf and his three memorable exploits--first, his rescuing of Hrothgar the Dane from the ravages of monstrous Grendel; next, his victory over Grendel's strange and horrible mother; and finally, in Beowulf's old age, his saving of his own people, the Geats, from the horrors of a dragon at the cost of his life. Beowulf's heroism and noble heart communicate to any modern listener.
Big John's Secret (Living History Library) by Eleanore M. Jewett
Big John's Secret (Living History Library)
By Eleanore M. Jewett
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There is a mystery woven into Big John's young life that he must solve. Raised during the strife-filled days of the reign of King John of England, in a rude peasant village by "Old Marm", John understands that injustice has been done his family and that Old Marm is preparing him one day to reclaim his name and family honor. He must avenge his unknown father! But Old Marm dies, and he is left without a clue to his name. In the next years John's unusual size and strength (and the knowledge he has gained of letters and of the art of healing) earn him a place as page to an earl organizing the 5th Crusade. In the Holy Land John searches for a father he hopes is living still. Amidst battle, capture and setbacks, John, now a squire to a Knight Hospitaller, encounters Francis of Assisi, who had come to the Holy Land just at this time to preach the Gospel to the Saracens. As John perseveres, Francis helps to bring about the final outcome. Ages 10 and up.
Enemy Brothers  by Constance Savery
Enemy Brothers (Living History Library)
By Constance Savery
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British airman Dym Ingleford is convinced that the young German prisioner, Max Eckermann, is his brother Anthony who was kidnapped years before. Raised in the Nazi ideology, Tony has by chance tumbled into British hands. Dym has brought him back, at least temporarily, to the family he neither remembers nor will acknowledge as his own. As Tony keeps attempting to escape, his stubborn anger is whittled away by the patient kindness he finds at the White Priority. Then, just as he is resigning himself to the English family, a new chance suddenly opens for him to return home--to Germany!

Enemy Brothers written in the early years of World War II, gives an inside view of the confusion war brings and of the triumph of the human spirit in the midst of it. Ages 10 and up.

Flight into Spring  by Bianca Bradbury
Flight into Spring (Living History Library)
By Bianca Bradbury
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"Sally Day's heard from her beau," Gene said, grinning. Sally Day took a candle and went up to her room to open the precious envelope.
Charles's writing was even and steady. There had been some fighting around Harper's Ferry, he said, but the men were full of hope that the war could not drag on much longer. He didn't say anything personal in the letter; there wasn't a single loving world, He signed himself, "your friend, Charles Horne."
Disappointment clouded Sally Day's face. Then she thought, "Maybe he just doesn't know how to write a love letter. Maybe he can't let himself go and say what he wants to. Papa says Yankees are different from Southern folks."

Just how different, Sally Day Hammond soon finds out when the War Between the Sates ends and the two marry. Yankee Charles Horne brings his merry-hearted southern wife home to a Connecticut farm and to his undemonstrative family. Amidst the sober in-laws, tensions rise between the bride and groom. But Sally Day has mettle and Charles has determination; in the desperate honesty of this young couple's conflict, both young hearts may yet stretch and truly meld. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine  by Jeanne Bendick
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine (Living History Library)
By Jeanne Bendick
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We know about Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. But we owe nearly as much to Galen, a physician born in 129 A.D. at the height of the Roman Empire. Galen's acute diagnoses of patients, botanical wisdom, and studies of physiology were recorded in numerous books, handed down through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Not least, Galen passed on the medical tradition of respect for life. In this fascinating biography for young people, Jeanne Bendick brings Galen's Roman world to life with the clarity, humor, and outstanding content we enjoyed in Archimedes and the Door to Science. An excellent addition to the home, school and to libraries.
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah by Joanne Williamson
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah (Living History Library)
By Joanne Williamson
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A never-before published tale by the author of the best-selling Hittite Warrior, carries the reader back to Ancient Egypt and biblical Jerusalem. It is 701 B.C--rule of the Kushite dynasty in ancient Egypt. Young Prince Taharka, a very minor royal son, succeeds unexpectedly to the throne of Kush and Egypt--a "divine" rulership. It's not long, however, before a treacherous plot pushes him into sudden exile and into the hands of Amos, an emissary of King Hezekiah seeking help against the Assyrians. Posing as a medical assistant, Taharka journeys with Amos to Judea where he encounters two kings in conflict. His true identity suddenly uncovered, he must choose with whom he will fight--the mighty Assyrian, Sennacherib, promising alliance or Hezekiah, the Jew who trusts in Yahweh. A novel inspired by research on the historical King Taharka and his period.
Hittite Warrior (Living History Library) by Joanne Williamson
Hittite Warrior (Living History Library)
By Joanne Williamson
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Judea has always been the crossroads and battlefield of contending nations. It is no less so in this biblical time of the Judges. Uriah Tarhund's Hittite home is destroyed by invading Greeks. His dying father tells him to go south to seek a Canaanite named Sisera. "He will help you. For my sake...." Uriah is plunged into the tumult of an uneasy Judea. When he saves a young boy from being sacrificed to Moloch, he is given succor for a time by the Hebrews. Later, he finds Sisera and joins him in war against these same people. When the Canaanites are defeated, the young Hittite has the opportunity to come to peace with himself, the Hebrew people and their God.
If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket by Barbara Willard
If All the Swords in England: A Story of Thomas Becket (Living History Library)
By Barbara Willard
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Young Simon, recently and tragically orphaned, becomes a scribe in the following of the exiled Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The uncertainty of the tumultuous years leading to the infamous cathedral slaying is heightened by Simon's separation from his twin Edmund, who is in the service of King Henry II. With an expert pen Barbara Willard deftly recounts events leading to the bishop's martyrdom in 1170.
Jamberoo Road (Living History Library) by Eleanor Spence
Jamberoo Road (Living History Library)
By Eleanor Spence
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The "Switherby Pilgrims," consisting of Missabella and her ten orphans, are settling down in their new home of New South Wales, Australia. They have forged their new home in the rough wilderness of primitive Australia with the help of a young aboriginal boy named Cammy, and now it is Missabella's goal to provide for the future for all of her wards. Cassie and Luke set off to work, and they end up triggering a chain of reactions that will affect the rest of their family. Eleanor Spence, softcover, 184 pages.
Madeleine Takes Command  by Ethel C. Brill
Madeleine Takes Command (Living History Library)
By Ethel C. Brill
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Madeleine Verchere's story is based on a true account of colonial French Canada of the 1690's. Harassed by Iroquois, the Verchere family's fort must keep a continual guard. 14-year-old Madeleine is left alone with two younger brothers and few others when the Indians attack. We follow the brave and determined stratagems of Madeleine and her small circle. Madeleine's youthful leadership, especially of her brothers, will win the reader's admiration.
Old Sam: Dakota Trotter (Living History Library) by Taylor Don Alonzo
Old Sam: Dakota Trotter (Living History Library)
By Taylor Don Alonzo
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Re-releasing the first Old Sam story from our previous Budget Book Edition Originally published in 1955 as Old Sam, Thoroughbred Trotter.

Homesteading in the Dakota Territory of the 1880's would not have been the same for 10-year-old Johnny Scott and his younger brother, Lee, if they'd had to do it without Old Sam. Years before, a sudden, crippling accident had left Sam, a thoroughbred trotter on his way to championship, in the Scott family pastureto die or to recover. By default, the Scott family inherits the lamed horse that no one else wants. But Mr. Scott soon discovers Old Sam's uncanny and invaluable ability to do any task a larger, stronger farm horse can do. His awkward appearance and hidden talents proceed to cause both hilarity and ongoing excitement for these two boys caught up in the fast-changing world of the American Midwest.

Peter Treegate's War (Living History Library) by
Peter Treegate's War (Living History Library)
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Peter Treegate’s War, second in the Treegate Series, begins by picking up both the course of the American War for Independence and the ongoing, more personal, clash of divided loyalty for 16-year-old Peter. His father, John Treegate, and his foster father, the Maclaren of Spey, jealous and distrustful of each other, and worlds apart in thought and philosophy, are each making what seem to be impossible and irreconcilable demands of Peter. The resultant struggle, with Peter striving to be true to both men while also trying to discern and be faithful to his own calling, is colorfully played out across the slow, chaotic course of the war with the redcoats, in which the reader is shown both the cruelty and the decency to be found on both sides. For Peter there  will be capture, imprisonment, and near escapes, as well as a significant unraveling of a mystery which began many years before in Scotland at the 1745 Battle of Culloden.
Red Falcons Of Tremoine by Hendry Peart
Red Falcons Of Tremoine (Living History Library)
By Hendry Peart
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In turbulent 12th-century England, 15-year-old Leo has been kept in the dark about his parentage. But after the heir to the house of Wardlock is killed in the Crusades, it's revealed that Leo is heir not only to Wardlock but also to its fierce rival---the house of Tremoine! In seeking out his heritage, will Leo live out love and forgiveness as he's been taught? 256 pages, softcover from Bethlehem Books.
Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal (Living History Library) by Robert T. Reilly
Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal (Living History Library)
By Robert T. Reilly
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It's 1587 and Queen Elizabeth seeks to bring all of Ireland under her iron rule. Only the queen of clan O'Donnell and her carefree son stand in the way. But when he's betrayed and held hostage in Birmingham Tower, young prince Hugh must grow up fast. Can he escape in time to strike a blow for Irish liberty? 202 pages, softcover.
Shadow Hawk (Living History Library) by Andre Norton
Shadow Hawk (Living History Library)
By Andre Norton
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Rahotep is more than a simple captain of the Nubian Desert Scouts�he is heir to the Nome of the Striking Hawk, which, with all of Egypt, has been under the harsh rule of the Hyksos. Accused of a crime he didn't commit and driven out of Nubia by the ascension of his scheming half-brother to the throne of Viceroy, Rahotep flees north to Thebes, accompanied only by a loyal band of Nubian archers. Here he takes refuge in the court of the Pharaoh Sekenenre III, who is determined to free Egypt. Treachery, this time at the hands of murderous and power-hunger priests, throws Rahotep into a cell, deep beneath the Temple of Anubis. He must escape, not only to prove his innocence, but also to join in a mission and a battle upon which hangs the freedom of Egypt from the rule of the invaders. "A thrilling tale of intrigue and war in ancient Egypt, skillfully and vividly narrated."
Son of Charlemagne (Living History Library) by Barbara Willard
Son of Charlemagne (Living History Library)
By Barbara Willard
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The year is 781 A.D. King Charles of the Franks is crossing the Alps with his family and court on a journey to meet with Pope Hadrian. One frosty night he speaks to his young son Carl of his plans for the future. "When we come to Rome you will know that I am naming you my heir. One day you will rule over all my lands...." But the King already had an heir, Pepin the Hunchback, mockingly called Gobbo. Was he to be dispossessed? Yet Carl sees that Charlemagne is determined to do what he feels is best to serve God and Europe. "Save me, O Lord from my own arrogance!" was a prayer the King spoke often. "But strengthen me in arrogance for Thy sake!" The story of the great Emperor Charlemagne and his son Carl will stir the minds and imaginations of young people, while they discover the grand dimensions of western Europe's foundation. Age 10-up
Sun Slower Sun Faster (Living History Library) by Meriol Trevor
Sun Slower Sun Faster (Living History Library)
By Meriol Trevor
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This is an adventurous story with a differenceit is soon after World War II, but Cecil (short for Cecilia) and her cousin, Rickie, are thrown into a series of adventures that have little to do with the England that they know. Inexplicably, they, and sometimes their eccentric and interesting tutor, Dominic, find themselves in another time-usually right in the middle of a dramatic, if not harrowing, moment. Every dip into time takes them farther back and each time they experience another chapter of the Church's history and teachings. At once fun and frightening, these escapades into the past take on deeper and deeper significance. Each of these three-Cecil, Rickie, Dominic-are faced with things from their own pasts which touch deeply upon who they are in the present and who they will choose to be in the uncertain but tantalizing future. They have much to sort out, as history-especially the history of the Christian Faith-comes unexpectedly alive. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone.
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston (Living History Library) by Eleanore M. Jewett
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston (Living History Library)
By Eleanore M. Jewett
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Amidst great mystery, Hugh is left in the care of Glastonbury Abbey by his father who must flee to England too swiftly to be burdened by a crippled son. Ashamed of his physical weakness, yet possessed of a stout heart, Hugh finds that life at the abbey is surprisingly full in this year 1171, in the turbulent days of King Henry II. Hugh, his friend Dickon and their strange friend, the mad Bleheris uncover a treasure trove, and with it a deeper mystery of the sort that could only occur in Glastonbury where Joseph of Arimithea was said to have lived out his last years. Before all is done, more is resolved than Hugh could ever have hoped. Recommended for ages 10 and up. A 1947 Newbery Honor book.
The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library) by Benjamin Wiker
The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library)
By Benjamin Wiker
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Author Benjamin Wiker leads the reader on a delightful and absorbing journey through the ages, on the trail of the elements of the Periodic Table as we know them today. He introduces the young reader to people like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, and many others, all incredibly diverse in personality and approach, who have laid the groundwork for a search that is still unfolding to this day. The first part of Wiker's witty and solidly instructive presentation is most suitable to middle school age, while the later chapters are designed for ages 12-13 and up, with a final chapter somewhat more advanced.
The Reb and the Redcoats  by Constance Savery
The Reb and the Redcoats (Living History Library)
By Constance Savery
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In an interesting turnabout, the Revolutionary War is seen through the eyes of a British family to whom an American prisoner of war has been entrusted. Technically the young prisoner is in Uncle Lawrence's custody, but the children soon forge a forbidden friendship with him after he nearly dies in an attempted escape. He becomes the Reb and they, his Redcoats. But when they learn of some events leading to his coming to Europe, even Uncle Lawrence, embittered by the unjust death of a friend in America, thaws toward him--but this doesn't stop the Reb from scheming to escape. Constance Savery deftly weaves themes of trust and forgiveness into an interesting plot with likeable characters.
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey  by Maureen Daly
The Small War of Sergeant Donkey (Living History Library)
By Maureen Daly
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Donkeys by the hundreds! Twelve-year-old Chico Filippo, whose own donkeys were confiscated years before by the German army, can't stay away from the newly set up American Remount Depot. Here, in the last months of World War II in Italy, thousands of supply mules and donkeys are processed and sent onto the fierce mountain fighting in the Apennines. One of the handlers introduces Chico to a small courageous animal the boy names Sergeant Donkey. Drawn into friendship and then into unexpected danger, Chico must demonstrate his own simple courage. More than an animal or war story, this short book has a depth of truth about people of different ages and nationalities who still share a common love of the land and of human dignity.

Ages 9 and up.

The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow  by Allen French
The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (Living History Library)
By Allen French
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Rolf, son of Hiarandi the Unlucky, is a character who exemplifies the effect of Christ's teachings upon the Icelandic people during their heroic age. The book is set in Iceland in the days when Christianity has come to the island though the old customs still linger. Hiarandi, at the urging of his wife, does an unprecedented thing: he lights a signal fire on a dangerous point of his land, thereby challenging the accepted custom which places lucrative salvage at higher value than the saving of life. However, the life that is saved that night causes his own death and the unjust outlawing of his son Rolf. Rolf's response to this injustice creates a suspense-ful, thought-provoking tale difficult to put down.
The Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian Bush  by Eleanor Spence
The Switherby Pilgrims: A Tale of the Australian Bush (Living History Library)
By Eleanor Spence
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Miss Arabella Braithewaite of Switherby knows there is no future for the ten orphans--a remarkable mix of genteel and working class children--she has gathered together these years of England's grim factory growth in the early 1820s. Her plan, outrageous in the eyes of mot, is to take the children to Australia to take up a land grant. Thus, one day the townsfolk gather to watch a line of departing "pilgrims" lead by the fearless "Missabella."

On a new continent, and after a daunting ocean voyage, the challenges begin. To the orphans it becomes a life-giving adventure, even when serious unexpected threats must be overcome. Australian author Eleanor Spence, writing with keen personal insight, sketches each child and adult's engagement with the new land and its people and with one another. From their courage we glimpse the futures of this unlikely band beginning to emerge with hope and personal dignity. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

The Winged Watchman (Living History Library) by Hilda Van Stockum
The Winged Watchman (Living History Library)
By Hilda Van Stockum
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This acclaimed story of World War II is rich in suspense, characterization, plot and spiritual truth. Every element of occupied Holland is united in a story of courage and hope: a hidden Jewish child, an "underdiver," a downed RAF pilot, an imaginative, daring underground hero, and the small things of family life which surprisingly carry on in the midst of oppression. The Verhagen family who live in the old windmill called the Winged Watchman are a memorable set of individuals whose lives powerfully demonstrate the resilience of those who suffer but do not lose faith. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah (Living History Library) by Frieda C. Hyman
Victory on the Walls: A Story of Nehemiah (Living History Library)
By Frieda C. Hyman
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Thirteen-year-old Bani, though born in Jerusalem, has lived from infancy with his uncle in beautiful Susa, the city of the Persian King Artaxerxes. Now, his Uncle Nehemiah wants to leave his position of high honor as Cupbearer to the King to return to Jerusalem, a city in ruins and beset by every kind of trouble! Nehemiah's request of the king, permission to return to help his own people, could so easily—in an empire riddled with political intrigue—be misconstrued as treasonous scheming. Bani himself is given an unexpected part to play, the outcome of which is to forever change his life. Seen through the eyes of Bani, this novel dramatizes a turning-point of history, in 445 BC, when—through confrontation and daring risks—Judaism was re-established in the Promised Land, and purified for her unfolding mission.



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