Category: Children

Cory Doctorow – Little Brother

This chapter is dedicated to BakkaPhoenix Books in Toronto, Canada. Bakka is the oldest science fiction bookstore in the world, and it made me the mutant I am today. I wandered in for the first time around the age of 10 and asked for some recommendations. Tanya Huf (yes, the Tanya Huf , but she […]

Clara Dillingham Pierson – Among the Meadow People

AS the warm August days came, Mr. Yellow Butterfly wriggled and pushed in his snug little green chrysalis and wished he could get out to see the world. He remembered the days when he was a hairy little Caterpillar, crawling slowly over grass and leaves, and he remembered how beautiful the sky and all the […]

Whitefoot the Wood Mouse – Thornton W. Burgess

In all his short life Whitefoot the Wood Mouse never had spent such a happy winter. Whitefoot is one of those wise little people who never allow unpleasant things of the past to spoil their present happiness, and who never borrow trouble from the future. Whitefoot believes in getting the most from the present. The […]

What Katy Did Next – Susan Coolidge

The September sun was glinting cheerfully into a pretty bedroom furnished with blue. It danced on the glossy hair and bright eyes of two girls, who sat together hemming ruffles for a white muslin dress. The half-finished skirt of the dress lay on the bed; and as each crisp ruffle was completed, the girls added […]

What Katy Did at School – Susan Coolidge

It was just after that happy visit of which I told at the end of “What Katy Did,” that Elsie and John made their famous excursion to Conic Section; an excursion which neither of them ever forgot, and about which the family teased them for a long time afterward. The summer had been cool; but, […]

What Katy Did – Susan Coolidge

I was sitting in the meadows one day, not long ago, at a place where there was a small brook. It was a hot day. The sky was very blue, and white clouds, like great swans, went floating over it to and fro. Just opposite me was a clump of green rushes, with dark velvety […]

Waterloo Days; The narrative of an Englishwoman resident at Brussels in June (1888) – Charlotte Annie Waldie Eaton

On Saturday, the 10th of June, 1815, my brother, my sister, and myself, sailed from the pier of Ramsgate at three in the afternoon, in company with Sir Neil Campbell, the celebrated Knight of Elba, Major Wylie, of the Royal Fusiliers, extra aide-de-camp to the Duke of Wellington, a Mr. N., an English merchant; together […]

Twinkle and Chubbins; Their Astonishing Adventures in Nature-Fairyland – L. Frank Baum

“THERE’S a woodchuck over on the side hill that is eating my clover,” said Twinkle’s father, who was a farmer. “Why don’t you set a trap for it?” asked Twinkle’s mother. “I believe I will,” answered the man. So, when the midday dinner was over, the farmer went to the barn and got a steel […]

True Stories of History and Biography – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grandfather had been sitting in his old arm-chair, all that pleasant afternoon, while the children were pursuing their various sports, far off or near at hand. Sometimes you would have said, “Grandfather is asleep;” but still, even when his eyes were closed, his thoughts were with the young people, playing among the flowers and shrubbery […]

Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders or, The Underground Search for the Idol of Gold – Victor Appleton

Tom Swift, who had been slowly looking through the pages of a magazine, in the contents of which he seemed to be deeply interested, turned the final folio, ruffled the sheets back again to look at a certain map and drawing, and then, slapping the book down on a table before him, with a noise […]

Tom Swift in the City of Gold; Or, Marvelous Adventures Underground – Victor Appleton

“Letter for you, Tom Swift.” “Ah, thanks, Mr. Wilson. This is the first mail I’ve had this week. You’ve been neglecting me,” and the young inventor took the missive which the Shopton postman handed to him over the gate, against which Tom was leaning one fine, warm Spring day. “Well, I get around as often […]

Tom Swift in the Caves of Ice, or, the Wreck of the Airship – Victor Appleton

“Well, Massa Tom, am yo’ gwine out in yo’ flyin’ machine ag’in to-day?” “Yes, Rad, I think I will take a little flight. Perhaps I’ll go over to Waterford, and call on Mr. Damon. I haven’t seen very much of him, since we got back from our hunt after the diamond-makers.” “Take a run clear […]

Tom Swift in Captivity, Or, A Daring Escape By Airship – Victor Appleton

Tom Swift closed the book of adventures he had been reading, tossed it on the table, and got up. Then he yawned. “What’s the matter?” asked his chum, Ned Newton, who was deep in another volume. “Oh, I thought this was going to be something exciting,” replied Tom, motioning toward the book he had discarded. […]

Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X – Victor Appleton

“TOM, we’re having a problem with the gyro-stabilizer,” said Mark Faber, gray-haired president of the Faber Electronics Company. “Hope you can find out what’s wrong.” The eighteen-year-old inventor accepted the challenge with a smile. “I’ll be glad to try, sir,” he replied. Bud Barclay, a dark-haired young flier and Tom Swift Jr.’s closest friend, chuckled. […]

Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung – Victor Appleton

Tense, excited men gazed spaceward from the ships and planes of the South Atlantic task force. Other watchers waited breathlessly in the control room of the ship Recoverer. Among these was Tom Swift Jr. “How close to earth is our Jupiter probe missile?” Bud Barclay asked Tom excitedly. The lanky blond youth beside him, in […]

Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera or, Thrilling Adventures while taking Moving Pictures – Victor Appleton

“Some one to see you, Mr. Tom.” It was Koku, or August, as he was sometimes called, the new giant servant of Tom Swift, who made this announcement to the young inventor. “Who is it, Koku?” inquired Tom, looking up from his work-bench in the machine shop, where he was busy over a part of […]

Tom Swift and His Wireless Message; Or, The Castaways of Earthquake Island – Victor Appleton

Tom Swift stepped from the door of the machine shop, where he was at work making some adjustments to the motor of his airship, and glanced down the road. He saw a cloud of dust, which effectually concealed whatever was causing it. “Some one must be in a hurry this morning,” the lad remarked, “Looks […]

Tom Swift and His War Tank; Or, Doing His Bit for Uncle Sam – Victor Appleton

Ceasing his restless walk up and down the room, Tom Swift strode to the window and gazed across the field toward the many buildings, where machines were turning out the products evolved from the brains of his father and himself. There was a worried look on the face of the young inventor, and he seemed […]

Tom Swift and His Undersea Search; Or, the Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic – Victor Appleton

“Tom, this is certainly wonderful reading! Over a hundred million dollars’ worth of silver at the bottom of the ocean! More than two hundred million dollars in gold! To say nothing of fifty millions in copper, ten millions in—” “Say, hold on there, Ned! Hold on! Where do you get that stuff; as the boys […]

Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat; Or, Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure – Victor Appleton

There was a rushing, whizzing, throbbing noise in the air. A great body, like that of some immense bird, sailed along, casting a grotesque shadow on the ground below. An elderly man, who was seated on the porch of a large house, started to his feet in alarm. “Gracious goodness! What was that, Mrs. Baggert?” […]


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