Teen and Young Adult Books
By: J. Walker McSpadden (1874-1960)
Robin Hood is a heroic outlaw in English folklore. A highly skilled archer and swordsman, he is known for "robbing from the rich and giving to the poor", assisted by a group of fellow outlaws known as his "Merry Men". Traditionally Robin Hood and his men are depicted wearing Lincoln green clothes. The origin of the legend is claimed by some to have stemmed from actual outlaws, or from ballads or tales of outlaws.
Boys' Book of Famous Soldiers
These 12 stories give a personal portrait of twelve famous soldiers from the past two centuries. Each story explores the early life of the solder —to trace his career up from boyhood through the formative years. Such data serves to explain the great soldier of later years. Summary compiled from the preface of the book. (Summary by philchenevert)
By: Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825-1894)
|The Pirate City An Algerine Tale|
|Away in the Wilderness|
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...
|The Big Otter|
|Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished A Tale of City Arab Life and Adventure|
|The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast|
|The Norsemen in the West|
|The Buffalo Runners A Tale of the Red River Plains|
|The Battery and the Boiler Adventures in Laying of Submarine Electric Cables|
|The Rover of the Andes A Tale of Adventure on South America|
|The Golden Dream Adventures in the Far West|
“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...
|Under the Waves Diving in Deep Waters|
|The Lonely Island The Refuge of the Mutineers|
|Digging for Gold Adventures in California|
|The Red Eric|
|The Fugitives The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar|
|The Eagle Cliff|
|The Young Fur Traders|
|Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines|
|The Prairie Chief|
|The Walrus Hunters A Romance of the Realms of Ice|
|The Giant of the North Pokings Round the Pole|
|In the Track of the Troops|
|Blue Lights Hot Work in the Soudan|
Charlie to the Rescue
Charlie Brooke is always rescuing others, and sometimes even himself! His latest rescue, though, could turn out to be fatal...
|Lost in the Forest Wandering Will's Adventures in South America|
|Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader|
|Over the Rocky Mountains Wandering Will in the Land of the Redskin|
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...
|Rivers of Ice|
|The Coxswain's Bride also, Jack Frost and Sons; and, A Double Rescue|
|The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|
|The Life of a Ship|
|Life in the Red Brigade London Fire Brigade|
|Hunting the Lions|
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".
|Fighting the Whales|
|The Thorogood Family|
|The Settler and the Savage|
|The Young Fur Traders|
|Red Rooney The Last of the Crew|
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?
|The Hot Swamp|
|The Crew of the Water Wagtail|
|The Young Trawler|
|Erling the Bold|
|Chasing the Sun|
|Blown to Bits The Lonely Man of Rakata, the Malay Archipelago|
|Freaks on the Fells Three Months' Rustication|
|The Red Man's Revenge A Tale of The Red River Flood|
|The World of Ice|
|Fighting the Flames|
|Shifting Winds A Tough Yarn|
|Hunted and Harried|
|The Battle and the Breeze|
|Fort Desolation Red Indians and Fur Traders of Rupert's Land|
|Sunk at Sea|
|Wrecked but not Ruined|
|Fighting the Whales|
|Saved by the Lifeboat|
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...
|The Story of the Rock|
|Jeff Benson, or the Young Coastguardsman|
|The Wild Man of the West A Tale of the Rocky Mountains|
By: Johnny Gruelle (1880-1938)
Raggedy Andy Stories
Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.
By: Ontario Ministry of Education
The Ontario Readers Third Book
The Ontario Readers is a school book first published in 1909, by the Ontario Ministry of Education, containing short excerpts of literary works, both stories and poems, geared to grade-school age children.
By: Thomas Archer
Miss Grantley's Girls, and the Stories She Told Them
The author Thomas Archer lived 1830 – 1893; he wrote several juvenile stories, and this book: Miss Grantley’s Girls – And the Stories She Told Them, was published in 1886. It is a book in 7 chapters. Miss Grantley is a teacher and works as a governess, and she after some coaxing tells somewhat romantic stories to “her” girls. In the first chapter it says: “There was nothing romantic in Miss Grantley’s appearance, and yet she was the sort of person that you could not help looking at again and again if you once saw her...
By: Alfred Elwes (1819-1888)
The Adventures of a Dog, and a Good Dog Too
This fictional work is written in 1st person by the dog himself. It's a cute story of the adventures in the life of a noble dog who is appropriately named, Job. The canine society in which he lives is an interesting parallel to human society.
|The Adventures of a Bear And a Great Bear too|
By: James Driscoll
The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service
The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service is a boys adventure story set in WWI – Three College Chums join the military and face the perils of spies, submarines and enemy soldiers in the trenches of embattled Europe. An engaging story set in a period where good guys wore white hats, bad guys wore black hats and every chapter ends with a cliffhanger so you have to come back for more!
By: Horatio Alger, Jr. (1832-1899)
A Cousin's Conspiracy
Ernest Ray is a young boy who sets out to reclaim the inheritance that was unjustly with held from his father and given to a cousin. (Introduction by Abigail Rasmussen)
By: Horatio Alger (1832-1899)
|The Cash Boy|
|Do and Dare — a Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune|
|Paul Prescott's Charge|
|Frank and Fearless or The Fortunes of Jasper Kent|
|The Young Miner or Tom Nelson in California|
|Slow and Sure The Story of Paul Hoffman the Young Street-Merchant|
|Ben's Nugget A Boy's Search For Fortune|
|Tom, The Bootblack or, The Road to Success|
|The Tin Box and What it Contained|
|Randy of the River The Adventures of a Young Deckhand|
By: Susan Warner (1819-1885)
|The Carpenter's Daughter|
|The End of a Coil|
Fleda Ringan is an 11 year old orphan who lives with her grandfather in Queechy, Vermont. After a tragic incident, Fleda has to live with her aunt in Paris, Mrs. Rossiter. She travels to Paris under the care of young Mr. Carleton and his mother, a rich Englishwomen. Every young man who meets Fleda loves her, but she adores only Mr. Carleton. Once Fleda's aunt Mrs. Rossiter looses all her money, they return to America where Fleda learns to farm and cook to support her family. Mr. Carleton is always around to help out but never utters a word about love to Fleda.