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By: Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894)

The Golden Dream by Robert Michael Ballantyne The Golden Dream

A young Englishman struck by Gold Fever! He is desperate to travel to California and become part of the great gold rush. He journeys to this remote and unfamiliar place and there he discovers the true value of gold, humanity and God. The Golden Dream by RM Ballantyne is one of more than one hundred books written for young adults by this Scottish author. Published in 1861, the book follows the glorious tradition of Victorian adventure sagas which emerged from the great discoveries that were made during this time, as England began colonizing distant lands...

The Coral Island - A Tale of the Pacific Ocean by Robert Michael Ballantyne The Coral Island - A Tale of the Pacific Ocean

Ralph Rover is a traveler at heart, and has always dreamed of shipping out to the South Seas islands. He finally convinces his aging parents to let him go and find his way in the world. But the islands that Ralph finds are not as idyllic as in his dreams. Shipwrecked on a large, uninhabited island, Ralph and his fellow survivors, Jim and Peterkin, discover a world of hostile natives and villainous pirates. Danger, high adventure, and wonders of the sea greet them at every turn. When all seems lost, they find help from an unexpected source.

Fighting the Whales by Robert Michael Ballantyne Fighting the Whales

A fatherless boy joins the crew of a whaling ship in order to earn a living for himself and his mother. Beyond being a fascinating depiction of a now-alien time, occupation, and culture, it’s also a rousing adventure story. One is left with the impression that hunting and catching a whale in a sailing ship was akin to you or me being stalked, ambushed, and killed by a shoebox full of mice.

Fast in the Ice by Robert Michael Ballantyne Fast in the Ice

At the age of 16 Ballantyne went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. His rule in writing, being in every case, was to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described. In this book he details the lives of the crew as they must overwinter in the frozen north including their meetings with Eskimos and bears and their struggles with disease. This is a realistic account of what life was like for the explorers of the Arctic.

The Madman And The Pirate by Robert Michael Ballantyne The Madman And The Pirate

R. M. Ballantyne (April 24, 1825 – February 8, 1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer. Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. At the age of 16 he went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He returned to Scotland in 1847, and published his first book the following year, Hudson’s Bay: or, Life in the Wilds of North America. For some time he was employed by Messrs Constable, the publishers, but in 1856 he gave up business for the profession of literature, and began the series of adventure stories for the young with which his name is popularly associated.

The Dog Crusoe and His Master by Robert Michael Ballantyne The Dog Crusoe and His Master

This is a story of an adventure involving a young man, his dog, and two friends. Together they wander through the Western prairies on a mission to make peace between the “pale-faces” and the “Red men”. They face many perils and become heroes many times over. This wonderful story takes the characters (and the reader) on an action-packed journey through the Western prairies during the times when relations between the white man and the Natives were not always peaceful.

Black Ivory by Robert Michael Ballantyne Black Ivory

Although the book's title Black Ivory denotes dealing in the slave trade it is not our heroes who are doing it. At the very first chapter there is a shipwreck, which leaves the son of the charterer of the sinking ship, and a seaman friend of his, alone on the east coast of Africa, where Arab and Portuguese slave traders were still carrying out their evil trade, despite the great efforts of patrolling British warships to limit it and free the unfortunates whom they found being carried away in the Arab dhows...

My Doggie and I by Robert Michael Ballantyne My Doggie and I

This story surrounds a child waif, a young woman, a young gentleman doctor, and an elderly lady. This tale unfolds the story of a bond that brings these unlikely friends together and merges their separate paths of life into one common path. The bond is "Dumps", or "Pompey", the "doggie". With many twists, turns, and uncertainties, the ending may surprise the reader. All's well that ends well in this doggie "tail". (Introduction by Allyson Hester)

Book cover Man on the Ocean A Book about Boats and Ships
Book cover The Pirate City An Algerine Tale
Book cover The Cannibal Islands Captain Cook's Adventure in the South Seas
Book cover Away in the Wilderness
Book cover Gorilla Hunters

Ralph Rover is happily at home from his adventure on The Coral Island and wondering if he should settle down when he receives a visit from an eccentric stranger that won't give his name. This visit starts him on a string of adventures that find him getting charged by rhinoceroses, chased by African natives, and facing down a larger-than-life gorilla on his own. Of course, this is only the start of his adventure in to the land of the gorillas. Please note: this book has some words now considered derogatory, which are used in a generic way without any derogatory meaning...

Book cover The Big Otter
Book cover Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished A Tale of City Arab Life and Adventure
Book cover Hudson Bay
Book cover The Lifeboat
Book cover The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
Book cover The Norsemen in the West
Book cover The Buffalo Runners A Tale of the Red River Plains
Book cover The World of Ice
Book cover The Battery and the Boiler Adventures in Laying of Submarine Electric Cables
Book cover The Dog Crusoe and His Master A Story of Adventure in the Western Prairies
Book cover The Rover of the Andes A Tale of Adventure on South America
Book cover The Golden Dream Adventures in the Far West
Book cover Iron Horse

“Is that your bundle, sir?” repeated Mr Blunt a little louder. “Eh? yes, yes—all right,” replied Edwin, annoyed at the interruption, and thinking only of Emma Lee, to whom he turned, and went on—“Well, when Colonel Jones had scaled the first wall—” “Come, sir,” said Blunt, entering the carriage, and laying his hand on Edwin’s shoulder, “it’s not all right. This is another man’s property.” The youth turned round indignantly, and, with a flushed countenance, said, “What do you mean?” “I mean that you are travelling with another man’s property,” said Blunt, quietly pointing to the strapped rug...

Book cover The Middy and the Moors An Algerine Story
Book cover Under the Waves Diving in Deep Waters
Book cover Ungava
Book cover The Lonely Island The Refuge of the Mutineers
Book cover Personal Reminiscences in Book Making and Some Short Stories
Book cover Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader A Tale of the Pacific
Book cover Digging for Gold Adventures in California
Book cover The Eagle Cliff
Book cover The Red Eric
Book cover The Fugitives The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar
Book cover The Young Fur Traders
Book cover Battles with the Sea
Book cover Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
Book cover The Prairie Chief
Book cover The Walrus Hunters A Romance of the Realms of Ice
Book cover The Giant of the North Pokings Round the Pole
Book cover The Garret and the Garden Or, Low Life High Up
Book cover The Ocean and its Wonders
Book cover Lost in the Forest Wandering Will's Adventures in South America
Book cover Over the Rocky Mountains Wandering Will in the Land of the Redskin
Book cover Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader
Book cover The Pioneers
Book cover Six Months at the Cape
Book cover In the Track of the Troops
Book cover Blue Lights Hot Work in the Soudan
Book cover Charlie to the Rescue

Charlie Brooke is always rescuing others, and sometimes even himself! His latest rescue, though, could turn out to be fatal...

Book cover Post Haste

In this book, Ballantyne weaves the story of Phillip Mayland and his friend, George Aspel with an interesting portrayal of the British Post Office as it existed in the 19th century. In the words of R. M. Ballantyne himself: "This tale is founded chiefly on facts furnished by the Postmaster-General’s Annual Reports, and gathered, during personal intercourse and investigation, at the General Post-Office of London and its Branches. It is intended to illustrate—not by any means to exhaust—the subject of postal work, communication, and incident throughout the Kingdom...

Book cover Rivers of Ice
Book cover The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands
Book cover The Life of a Ship
Book cover The Coxswain's Bride also, Jack Frost and Sons; and, A Double Rescue
Book cover Hunting the Lions
Book cover Island Queen

The story of Dominic, Otto and Pauline Rigonda, three siblings who are blown onto an island after being shipwrecked, and are later joined by the immigrant passengers and crew of a ship that is wrecked on the same island. When the question of government comes up, the little colony chooses a queen, and they work on improving the island for some time, despite internal dissensions, and an attack by savages. But eventually the colony encounters natural forces it cannot resist, and the queen and her family return to England, hopefully to live "happily ever after".

Book cover Life in the Red Brigade London Fire Brigade
Book cover Silver Lake
Book cover The Thorogood Family
Book cover Fighting the Whales
Book cover The Lighthouse
Book cover Handbook to the new Gold-fields
Book cover The Settler and the Savage
Book cover Red Rooney The Last of the Crew
Book cover Up in the Clouds Balloon Voyages
Book cover The Young Fur Traders
Book cover Jarwin and Cuffy

Jarwin is an English sailor who has been shipwrecked. He is stranded on a raft with only his dog Cuffy, and land is nowhere in sight. Their food and water is running out. What can Jarwin do to save his dog's (and his own) life?

Book cover Philosopher Jack
Book cover The Hot Swamp
Book cover Erling the Bold
Book cover Blown to Bits The Lonely Man of Rakata, the Malay Archipelago
Book cover The Crew of the Water Wagtail
Book cover The Young Trawler
Book cover Freaks on the Fells Three Months' Rustication
Book cover Chasing the Sun
Book cover Fighting the Flames
Book cover The Red Man's Revenge A Tale of The Red River Flood
Book cover The World of Ice
Book cover Hunted and Harried
Book cover The Battle and the Breeze
Book cover Shifting Winds A Tough Yarn
Book cover Fort Desolation Red Indians and Fur Traders of Rupert's Land
Book cover Sunk at Sea
Book cover Martin Rattler
Book cover Wrecked but not Ruined
Book cover Fighting the Whales
Book cover Martin Rattler
Book cover Saved by the Lifeboat
Book cover The Story of the Rock
Book cover Twice Bought

This story is set in the gold fields of Oregon, where Tom Brixton, and his best friend, Fred Westly, are digging gold to try to “make their pile”. Before leaving England, the steady and God-fearing Fred had promised Tom's mother that he would do his best to take care of his friend, but in spite of all his efforts, Tom had fallen in with bad companions and taken to gambling. He was convinced that he could make his fortune quicker by attempting to increase it at the dice or card table, and all his friend's attempts to make him see his errors were unavailing...

Book cover Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman
Book cover The Lively Poll A Tale of the North Sea
Book cover The Lighthouse
Book cover The Wild Man of the West A Tale of the Rocky Mountains

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