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  1. 3.7 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    Fourteen-year-old Samantha Byrd is an excellent shot—she’s even better than her brother at providing food for her family. Although the winds of war are blowing in Virginia, she knows that she could only ever use her skill for hunting—not for hurting another person. When the Revolutionary War finally begins, her brother is captured, and Samantha sets off to rescue him. But when she comes face to face with the enemy, will she still stand by her principles, or will she pull the trigger?

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    An Eye for an Eye

    3.7 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 7.0 hrs • 1/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Mel, Bev, and Brandon—the Left Behinds—are at it again. When the iTime app on their phones sends them to Washington, DC, in 1863, they find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Civil War. They sit in on a séance with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and are shown every inch of the White House by Tad, the youngest Lincoln. When they drop in on the president himself, Abe Lincoln, he is preoccupied with the fateful battle at Gettysburg, which is just under way. The kids receive their marching orders—they must somehow travel to Gettysburg from DC, make sure what’s supposed to happen does happen, save the Union, and be home in time for dinner. No biggie. After all, it’s only the entire future of the country at stake. This sequel to The iPhone That Saved George Washington includes an author’s note and information on Civil War reenactments and living history sites around the nation.

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  3. 6.3 hrs • 9/30/2015 • Unabridged

    Deerfield, Massachusetts, late February, 1704. Although the town is surrounded by a twelve-foot-high wall and soldiers stand guard, Mercy Carter doesn’t feel completely safe. Deerfield is one of the most remote settlements in the English colonies, and Indian raids are a constant threat. When the raid does come, the colony is overwhelmed. Mercy and the rest of the townspeople are forced to march three hundred miles north through bitter cold into Canada. Adopted into Indian families or sold to French Canadians, the people of Deerfield vow to never forget their home. But they are treated well, and as time passes, they are no longer sure where home is. Caroline B. Cooney, the bestselling author of such titles as The Face on the Milk Carton and Whatever Happened to Janie?, bases this powerful tale on real-life events and people.

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    The Ransom of Mercy Carter

    6.3 hrs • 9/30/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 3.3 hrs • 9/14/2015 • Unabridged

    In this colonial adventure tale, set on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border in 1768, Everett Shinn is enlisted in a search for two runaway indentured servants. Eager for adventure and to become a hero by capturing the runaways himself, twelve-year-old Peter York, Shinn’s adopted son, volunteers to join the search. Peter assumes that the runaways are swarthy ruffians. When he discovers, however, that they are mistreated children seeking freedom in Pennsylvania, Peter’s purpose turns from capturing them to helping them escape. Will Shinn, a devout Quaker of few words, foil Peter’s plans, or will the young man receive help from an unexpected source? Narrator Jeff Woodman captures all the danger and excitement of this tightly-plotted suspense tale, and keeps the book moving as rapidly as the flooded Delaware River.

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    Night Journeys

    By Avi
    Read by Jeff Woodman
    3.3 hrs • 9/14/15 • Unabridged
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  5. 4.2 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Clumsy, diffident Dick Mount and clever Maggie Gordon live in isolated clearings in New York’s Mohawk Valley. Both just sixteen, they are young and inexperienced—and unprepared for the tragedies that will befall them. When Dick’s brothers are killed by marauding Indians in the fall of 1777, and Maggie’s father falls desperately ill, they must turn to each other to face the perils of the time. Based on the true story of the Mount boys who were killed by Indians, Wilderness Clearing is a rousing story well told by Newbery Medal winner Walter D. Edmonds.

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    Wilderness Clearing

    4.2 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.7 hrs • 9/1/2015 • Unabridged

    In 1756, New York State was still a British colony, and the French and the Indians were constant threats to young Edward and his family. When his father was called away to watch for a raid from the north, only Edward was left to protect Mama and little Trudy. His father had shown him how to use the huge matchlock gun, an old Spanish gun that was twice as long as he was, but would Edward be able to handle it if trouble actually came? Originally published in 1941, The Matchlock Gun is a timeless classic.

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    The Matchlock Gun

    0.7 hrs • 9/1/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.4 hrs • 6/29/2015 • Unabridged

    The arrival of the Pilgrims in the New World is chronicled in this dramatic reenactment of their daily activities during those first trying years in the colony they called Plimoth.

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    The Pilgrims of Plimoth

    0.4 hrs • 6/29/15 • Unabridged
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    8.2 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    Percy Jackson fans will embrace this humorous time travel adventure—the first in a series—about an iPhone malfunction that sends three kids back to 1776 in time to rescue George Washington.  On Christmas Day, Mel finds General George Washington lying dead as a doornail in a stable. But Mel knows that George Washington must cross the Delaware river, or the course of American history will be changed forever.  Could Mel’s iPhone have sent him back in time to 1776? And can Mel and his schoolmates, know-it-all Bev and laid-back Brandon, come to the rescue? Perhaps, with a little help from two colonial kids and Benjamin Franklin himself.  Debut novelist David Potter cleverly combines time travel, humor, and American history in this fast-paced adventure.

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    The iPhone That Saved George Washington

    8.2 hrs • 1/6/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 2.5 hrs • 5/14/2014 • Unabridged

    Anikwa and James, twelve years old in 1812, spend their days fishing, trapping, and exploring together in the forests of the Indiana Territory. To Anikwa and his family, members of the Miami tribe, this land has been home for centuries. As traders, James’ family has ties to the Miami community as well as to the American soldiers in the fort. Now tensions are rising—the British and American armies prepare to meet at Fort Wayne for a crucial battle, and Native Americans from surrounding tribes gather in Kekionga to protect their homeland. After trading stops and precious commodities, like salt, are withheld, the fort comes under siege and war ravages the land. James and Anikwa, like everyone around them, must decide where their deepest loyalties lie. Can their families—and their friendship—survive? In Salt, Printz Honor author Helen Frost offers a compelling look at a difficult time in history.

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    Salt

    2.5 hrs • 5/14/14 • Unabridged
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  10. 7.3 hrs • 12/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Twelve-year-old Mary Jemison took for granted her peaceful days on her family’s farm in eastern Pennsylvania. But on a spring day in 1758, something happened that changed her life forever. When a band of warriors invades the Jemisons’ house and takes the family captive, Mary is separated from her parents and siblings. She travels with the Indians to southern Ohio and later to a Seneca village on the Genesee River in what is now western New York. Mary’s new life is not easy. She misses her family terribly and is unaccustomed to Seneca ways. But even after her several unsuccessful attempts to run away, the Indians are kind to Mary and teach her many things about the earth, its plants, and its creatures. She develops deep bonds with the animals and even her captors. When Mary is finally given the chance to return to the world of white men, she struggles with her newfound feelings. Based on a true story, this is the unforgettable tale of the legendary “White Woman of the Genesee.”

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    Indian Captive by Lois Lenski

    Indian Captive

    7.3 hrs • 12/1/13 • Unabridged
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  11. 8.7 hrs • 8/27/2013 • Unabridged

    On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, the tomahawk his father crafted, and the amazing metal knife that his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man. But his triumphant return is crushed by the death of his entire village by disease. The rest of his life is shaped by interactions between his people and the new settlers. John Wakely is ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the native tribes. He is a minority in the settlements, though, as his fellow colonists are not as accepting as he. When John is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, he sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. Before long his friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger. The intertwining stories of Little Hawk and John Wakely are a fascinating tale of friendship that illuminates the history of our nation.

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    Ghost Hawk

    8.7 hrs • 8/27/13 • Unabridged
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    3.2 hrs • 6/1/2013 • Unabridged

    It is December 1681, and the words of Mr. Baggot, the tithingman, terrify young William. William is living a strange double life. By day he is a printer’s apprentice living in a white man’s house. By night, he is Weetasket of the Narraganset tribe who must risk Baggot’s wrath to search for his lost brother. Then comes the winter celebration of the Saturnalia—the ancient Roman holiday on which masters and slaves trade roles. Will William’s secrets be revealed? And what dark deeds of others will be brought to light on this fateful night?

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    Saturnalia by Paul Fleischman

    Saturnalia

    3.2 hrs • 6/1/13 • Unabridged
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  13. 4.0 hrs • 2/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Life for indentured servants in pioneer Virginia is hard. It is doubly hard for Richard Ayre, a London orphan who had been scooped off the streets as a child and sent to the Jamestown Colony. But a chance encounter with an Indian boy his own age gives him a friend, the first real friend he has had in years—until his master’s plan to raid an Indian village for corn turns Richard’s world upside down. Soon their friendship and loyalties will be put to the test.

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    The Corn Raid by James Lincoln Collier

    The Corn Raid

    4.0 hrs • 2/1/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 4.4 hrs • 12/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Justin Conkey was too young to fight in the Revolution of 1776, but now it is 1787 and he is fourteen. Justin is ready to fight, even if he has only his father’s old sword to protect him. But once on the battlefield, war is not what he expected. It is dangerous and frightening and nothing makes sense. Throughout a particularly bitter winter the young man is desperate to prove that he too can be a hero—not realizing that many times heroes turn out to be just ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events, who do what comes naturally to save others regardless of risk to themselves. Insisting on joining General Daniel Shays’ group of Regulators, he lies about his age and marches with the group throughout New England. But war puts friendships and political convictions to the test.

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    The Winter Hero

    4.4 hrs • 12/1/12 • Unabridged
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  15. 4.2 hrs • 12/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Fifteen-year-old Ben Buck and his family spent four years clearing the wilderness to build a new home in Pennsylvania. They fought the Indians and the British, and they made sacrifices most people wouldn’t have been strong enough to make, all so they could be independent and free. Now someone’s trying to take everything away from them—their land, their home, even Ben’s best friend, Joe. But the Bucks won’t give up without a fight, and Ben knows his family will have to win a war to stay free. But what he doesn’t know is that wars sometimes last a very long time. And even if you win in the end, you can lose almost everything along the way.

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    The Bloody Country

    4.2 hrs • 12/1/12 • Unabridged
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  16. 7.4 hrs • 9/25/2012 • Unabridged

    Lives hang in the balance in this gripping Revolutionary War adventure from a beloved Newbery medalist. In 1776 young Sophia Calderwood witnesses the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, which is newly occupied by the British army. Sophia is horrified by the event and resolves to do all she can to help the American cause. Recruited as a spy, she becomes a maid in the home of General Clinton, the supreme commander of the British forces in America. Through her work she becomes aware that someone in the American army might be switching sides, and she uncovers a plot that will grievously damage the Americans if it succeeds. But the identity of the would-be traitor is so shocking that no one believes her, and so Sophia decides to stop the treacherous plot herself, at great personal peril—she’s young, she’s a girl, and she’s running out of time. And if she fails, she’s facing an execution of her own. Master storyteller Avi shows exactly how personal politics can be in this riveting novel that is rich in historical detail and rife with action.

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    Sophia’s War

    7.4 hrs • 9/25/12 • Unabridged
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