Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are
so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, she
figures out that the green grasshoppers are easier to see against the yellow grass, so they are eaten before they can get any
larger. As Callie explores the natural world around her, she develops a close relationship with her grandfather, navigates the
dangers of living with six brothers, and comes up against just what it means to be a girl at the turn of the century.
Debut author Jacqueline Kelly deftly brings Callie and her family to life, capturing a year of growing up with unique sensitivity and a wry wit.
Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony,
America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.
But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows,
hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror
of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause. And he learns that he must go deep into
enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City. Woods Runner Gary Paulsen Junior Pau