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Struggle at Soltuna, Anckarsvard, Karin
1 Anckarsvard, Karin
Struggle at Soltuna
New York: Harcourt, Brace & World (1968) First American Edition Rocker, Fermin 
8vo Blue cloth. 156pp with illustrations from line drawings by Fermin Rocker. Translated from the Swedish by Annabelle MacMillan. Set in Sweden in the early years of the 20th century, this is the story of a doctor's son and his friendship with a boy from a poor family during a period of great social change. Fine in lightly soiled, spine darkened dustjacket. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Thunder on the Sierra (SIGNED), Balmes, Kathy
2 Balmes, Kathy
Thunder on the Sierra (SIGNED)
New York: Silver Moon Press (2001) Stated First Edition Catapano, Vicki 
8vo Color illustrated boards. 89pp with several full-page illustrations from drawings by Vicki Catapano plus endpaper maps. "In 1852, recently orphaned, thirteen-year-old Mateo becomes an "arriero," or mule driver, bringing supplies to California gold miners, and searching for the notorious bandit (Joaquin Murieta) who stole his horse." Signed and inscribed to the title page by Kathy Balmes. A title in the Adventures in America series. Near Fine. No dustjacket, apparently as issued. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Crimson Shawl: The Story of a Girl from Acadia, Choate, Florence & Curtis, Elizabeth
3 Choate, Florence & Curtis, Elizabeth
The Crimson Shawl: The Story of a Girl from Acadia
New York: Frederick A. Stokes (1941) First Edition 
8vo Navy cloth gilt. 211pp illustrated by the authors with eight full-page line drawings and with smaller drawings within the text. Fictionalized account of two real Acadian families who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts after the French and Indian War. Bookplate to upper paste-down, spine lightly spotted else Very Good. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Bread-and-Butter Journey, Colver, Anne
4 Colver, Anne
Bread-and-Butter Journey
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston (1970) Stated First Edition Williams, Garth 
8vo Decorated boards. 101pp. Illustrated with drawings by Garth Williams. Sequel to "Bread-and-Butter Indian." The young pioneer heroine was the author's ancestor, the material for these stories drawn from her family's journals. Here Barbara Baum and her mother and brother set off with another family to a new homestead in western Pennsylvania. Neat name to ffep else Fine in Very Good+ dustjacket, lightly frayed, price-clipped. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (SIGNED), Cushman, Karen
5 Cushman, Karen
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (SIGNED)
New York: Clarion Books (1996) First Edition 
8vo Cloth. 195pp. Lucy's funny, poignant story is set against the backdrop of a rough-and-tumble California mining settlement in the mid-1800's. Signed and inscribed to the half-title by this Newbery Award-winning author, "All the best, Karen Cushman." Fine in price-clipped dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Elin's Amerika, de Angeli, Marguerite
6 de Angeli, Marguerite
Elin's Amerika
Garden City: Doubleday (1941) 
Squarish 8vo. Decorated red cloth. 96pp with color title page, eleven full page color illustrations and several smaller, plus black & white illustrations and map of New Sweden on the upper endpapers by Marguerite de Angeli. Set in 1648, this is the story of little Elin Sigstedt, who was lonely in her new home on the banks of the Delaware and wished there were some other little girls to play with in New Sweden. Near Fine. Dustjacket with edge wear and long closed tear to upper panel (archival repair on verso). 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Thee, Hannah!, de Angeli, Marguerite
7 de Angeli, Marguerite
Thee, Hannah!
Garden City: Doubleday (1940) 
Oblong 8vo. Blue cloth. [88]pp with Marguerite de Angeli's color and black & white illustrations throughout. An early printing. The story of Hannah, a little Quaker girl with a longing for finery, is set in Philadelphia just before the Civil War. Mrs. de Angeli dedicated this book "In Memory of Dear Aunt Hannah." Corners and spine ends show light wear else Very Good in chipped and worn dustjacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Robin's Country, Furlong, Monica
8 Furlong, Monica
Robin's Country
New York: Knopf (1995) First Edition 
8vo Cloth backed boards. 139pp. A mute orphan boy runs away from his cruel master and eventually joins Robin Hood and his followers. Very Good+ in dustjacket. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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The Tree in the Trail, Holling, Holling Clancy
9 Holling, Holling Clancy
The Tree in the Trail
Boston: Houghton Mifflin (1942) 
4to Decorated green cloth. An early printing. [72]pp illustrated by the author with pictorial endpapers, a full-page color litho on the recto of every page, and smaller, detailed black & white drawings surrounding the text. The story of a cottonwood tree which began to grow on the Great Plains in 1610 and was finally brought to earth by lightening in 1834. It is also the story of the Indians and the other people who interacted with the tree. Slight darkening to endpapers, small address label to upper pastedown else Near Fine. Dustjacket lightly worn and frayed, chipped at spine ends and corners, with slight soil to lower panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Boy Without a Name, Lively, Penelope
10 Lively, Penelope
Boy Without a Name
Berkeley: Parnassus Press (1975) Dalton, Ann 
8vo Publisher's reinforced gold cloth. 45pp with four color illustrations and many drawings by Ann Dalton. In the days of Charles Stuart, a foundling boy without a name enters a village in the Cotswalds. Penelope Lively is a Carnegie Medal winner. Very Good+ Dustjacket is worn and torn, lightly chipped. 
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Letters to Horseface, being the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's journey to Italy 1769-1770 when he was a boy of fourteen, Monjo, F. N.
11 Monjo, F. N.
Letters to Horseface, being the story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's journey to Italy 1769-1770 when he was a boy of fourteen
New York: Viking (1975) Second Printing Bolognese, Don & Ellen Raphael 
8vo Orange cloth. 91pp with over 40 drawings done in the manner of an eighteenth-century sketchbook. A novel based on letters written to Mozart's sister, Nannerl (affectionately called Horseface). Mozart composed his first successful full-length opera in Milan at the age of fourteen. Fine in dustjacket with tiny chips at spine ends and corners. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Island of Ogres, Namioka, Lensey
12 Namioka, Lensey
Island of Ogres
New York: Harper & Row (1989) First Edition 
8vo Decorated red boards. 197pp. An unusual tale of intrigue, conspiracy, and romance set in 16th-century Japan. Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (two tiny nicks to lower panel). 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Carlota, O'Dell, Scott
13 O'Dell, Scott
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977 First Edition 
8vo Tan cloth. 153 pages. A young girl participates in the battle of San Pasqual in a story set against the backdrop of the last days of the Mexican War between the Californians and the Americans. The story is based in part on the life of Luisa Montero, who lived in Southern California near Mount Rubidoux. O'Dell is a native Californian and a winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for children's literature. Tiny tear to ffep and half-title else Very Good in frayed, price-clipped dustjacket. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Call Me Francis Tucket, Paulsen, Gary
14 Paulsen, Gary
Call Me Francis Tucket
New York Delacorte (1995) First Edition 
8vo Boards. 97pp. The continuing story of Francis Tucket in the American West. Paulsen is multi-award-winning author. Child's stamp to upper paste-down, a few dog-eared leaves else Very Good in dustjacket with light corner wear. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Sidney, Margaret
15 Sidney, Margaret
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
Boston: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1909 
8vo Blue cloth. 384pp. Frontis by Hermann Heyer. Probably issued in the 1930's. "One million, one hundred fifteen thousand copies printed." The twelve books about the five Pepper children and their widowed mother, written from 1881 to 1916, were, in their day, as popular as Wilder's Little House books. Sidney felt she'd finished with the Peppers after the fourth book but public clamor for more caused her to write another eight Pepper books. The first title in this classic American children's series. Fine in frayed and chipped dustjacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Luke's Quest, Snedeker, Caroline Dale
16 Snedeker, Caroline Dale
Luke's Quest
Garden City: Doubleday, 1947 Stated First Edition Unwin, Nora 
8vo Blue cloth. 208pp. Frontispiece by Nora Unwin. A fictionalized biography of Luke, "the most mysterious figure of the New Testament, "in the perilous days following the death of Christ when it was dangerous to be a Christian." Cloth slightly faded at edges, inscription ffep else Very Good. Dustjacket somewhat darkened with chipping along upper edge. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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Winter Danger, Steele, William O.
17 Steele, William O.
Winter Danger
New York: Harcourt, Brace (1954) Galdone, Paul 
8vo Decorated grey boards. 183pp illustrated with line drawings by Paul Galdone. Early printing. Caje Amis wants to live in a cabin like other folks, rather than traipse through the woods with his trapper father. Set in the Tennessee region of the 1780's. Paper darkening else Very Good+ Dustjacket with small chip near spine head, light edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Pangur Ban, Stolz, Mary
18 Stolz, Mary
Pangur Ban
New York: Harper & Row (1988) Stated First Edition Johnson, Pamela 
8vo Publisher's deep green reinforced binding. 182pp. The initial letter of each chapter is beautifully illuminated by Pamela Johnson. As Noel Perrin says in the jacket copy, this is Stolz's very best book, "...the most moving and the most deeply felt." One of the finest fictional interpretations of the well-known 9th century Irish poem. Small remainder mark to lower edges else Fine. Harpercrest seal remnants to lower panel of dustjacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Robin Hood's Arrow, Stone, Eugenia
19 Stone, Eugenia
Robin Hood's Arrow
Chicago: Wilcox & Follett (1948) First Edition Busoni, Rafaello 
8vo Green cloth. 161pp illustrated with line drawings. The author often played Robin Hood games as a child and remembered how Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn did also. From such thoughts came this book. Stone introduces a new hero to the tale, Dan o' the Mill, who is the younger brother of one of Robin's men. Cloth slightly faded at edges else Very Good+ Dustjacket lightly chipped and worn. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Bob and the Railroad, Tousey, Sanford
20 Tousey, Sanford
Bob and the Railroad
Garden City: Doubleday, Doran, 1941 Stated First Edition 
8vo Cloth-backed color pictorial boards. 53pp with the author's terrific black & white and color illustrations throughout. Set in 1869, this is an absorbing story written around the epoch-making first transcontinental railroad. Minor rubbing to edges else Fine in somewhat darkened dustjacket, lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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