Teen and Young Adult Books
By: George Alfred Henty (1832-1902)
True to the Old Flag
This book tells the story of the American war of Independence from the side of the British. The old flag mentioned in the title is the flag of England. This is a book for young readers, but - as a good book should be - everybody can enjoy it".
One Of The 28th - a Tale of Waterloo
A tale of Victorian-style romance, maritime battles and even the penultimate Napoleanic battle - Waterloo. (Introduction by Mike Harris)
On the Irrawaddy, A Story of the First Burmese War(1897)
With the exception of the terrible retreat from Afghanistan, none of England's many little wars have been so fatal--in proportion to the number of those engaged--as our first expedition to Burma. It was undertaken without any due comprehension of the difficulties to be encountered, from the effects of climate and the deficiency of transport; the power, and still more the obstinacy and arrogance of the court of Ava were altogether underrated; and it was considered that our possession of her ports would assuredly bring the enemy, who had wantonly forced the struggle upon us, to submission...
Through Russian Snows
There are few campaigns that, either in point of the immense scale upon which it was undertaken, the completeness of its failure, or the enormous loss of life entailed, appeal to the imagination in so great a degree as that of Napoleon against Russia. Fortunately, we have in the narratives of Sir Robert Wilson, British commissioner with the Russian army, and of Count Segur, who was upon Napoleon's staff, minute descriptions of the events as seen by eye-witnesses, and besides these the campaign has been treated fully by various military writers...
Through the Fray
Ned Sankey is a quick-tempered, strong-willed boy during the Luddite riots in Yorkshire. The happy times at the beginning of the story are soon marred by the death of his father. From there things only get worse. When things take a turn for the worst, how will he respond?
By: L. T. Meade (1854-1914)
|Polly A New-Fashioned Girl|
|Sue, A Little Heroine|
|A Girl in Ten Thousand|
|Red Rose and Tiger Lily or, In a Wider World|
|A Little Mother to the Others|
|A World of Girls The Story of a School|
|A Modern Tomboy A Story for Girls|
|Betty Vivian A Story of Haddo Court School|
|Girls of the Forest|
|A Young Mutineer|
|The School Queens|
|A Bunch of Cherries A Story of Cherry Court School|
|The Children of Wilton Chase|
By: Miss Mulock (1826-1887)
The Little Lame Prince
Paralyzed in an accident while a baby, young Prince Dolor is imprisoned in a lonely tower by his usurping uncle. He is visited by his mysterious godmother who provides him with magical gifts, including a traveling cloak that allows him to fly across the land. He uses his gifts to return to his rightful place on the throne. Also included are several short stories by the author also featuring princes. (Chapters 12-15)
By: Susan Coolidge (1835-1905)
What Katy Did at School
The continuing story of Katy Carr, recounting the time she spent at boarding school with her sister Clover.
|Nine Little Goslings|
Little Country Girl
Candace makes the first long trip of her young life alone. Everything is new, from the ocean views, to the fashionable people she encounters; from the museum-like home, to the unfamiliar cousins. How will she adapt to the new experiences and will she overcome the homesickness she feels? Will she adapt her country ways and enter society, or be an embarrassment to her fine relations? Etiquette and style can be learned; but kindness, common sense and a loving heart are inbred.
"Imagination is like a sail, as Mr. Joyce had said that evening; but sails are good and useful things sometimes, and carry their owners over deep waters and dark waves, which else might dampen, and drench, and drown." Twelve year old Isabella Bright is endowed with just such an imagination and spends her time amusing herself and her friends with stories. Will her imagination be called upon to help her navigate tempestuous seas?
By: George Manville Fenn (1831-1909)
Joe Carstairs is a boy on a farm in Australia. His father is a keen naturalist who, some years before had set off for New Guinea in search of specimens, and never been heard of again. Joe is old enough to mount a search expedition, and takes with him a local doctor and an aboriginal worker on his farm. They find themselves joined by a stowaway, Jimmy, whose father is a squatter (farmer) nearby, together with his dog, Gyp.This team sets off, arrive in New Guinea, hire some more porters, and travel guided by some sixth sense straight to where Mr...
By: George Fenn (1831-1909)
Young Robin Hood
Ever wonder how Robin Hood became Robin Hood? Well, now you can read how a young boy was molded into the famous hero who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor". This imaginative story gives zesty details into the development and growth of the famous Robin Hood
By: George Manville Fenn (1831-1909)
|Our Soldier Boy|
|Brave and True Short stories for children by G. M. Fenn and Others|
|Off to the Wilds Being the Adventures of Two Brothers|
|Fix Bay'nets The Regiment in the Hills|
|The Silver Canyon A Tale of the Western Plains|
|The Powder Monkey|
|The Dingo Boys The Squatters of Wallaby Range|
|Dick o' the Fens A Tale of the Great East Swamp|
|The Adventures of Don Lavington Nolens Volens|
|The King's Sons|
In California settlers are trying to make a living working as fruit-growers. Problems with blights and insects mean that the crops are failing. A prospector arrives and tells stories of ancient cities where there is a lot of gold. He then dies. Some of the settlers decide to go and search for the gold. They have long distances to travel and meet many challenges along the way. They eventually reach one of these cities and find evidence that it has been abandoned by invaders hundreds or thousands of years ago...
|Glyn Severn's Schooldays|
|Blue Jackets The Log of the Teaser|
|Quicksilver The Boy With No Skid To His Wheel|
|A Young Hero|
|The Little Skipper A Son of a Sailor|
|Devon Boys A Tale of the North Shore|
|The Black Bar|
|A Dash from Diamond City|
Cutlass and Cudgel
Based around the crew of cutter HMS White Hawk, this is a tale of smuggling in the early 19th century off the coast of Wessex. The midshipman of the cutter is taken hostage by the smugglers and is befriended by a farm-boy, son of one of the smugglers. His friendship is rudely rebuffed, the midshipman eventually escapes and the farm-boy gets his long-held dream of becoming a seaman on an Excise vessel.
|Nic Revel A White Slave's Adventures in Alligator Land|
|Old Gold The Cruise of the "Jason" Brig|
|Cormorant Crag A Tale of the Smuggling Days|
|To Win or to Die A Tale of the Klondike Gold Craze|
|Middy and Ensign|
|Hunting the Skipper The Cruise of the "Seafowl" Sloop|
|The New Forest Spy|
|Nat the Naturalist A Boy's Adventures in the Eastern Seas|
|The Ocean Cat's Paw The Story of a Strange Cruise|
|The Golden Magnet|
|In the Mahdi's Grasp|
|Mother Carey's Chicken Her Voyage to the Unknown Isle|
|Crown and Sceptre A West Country Story|
|Hollowdell Grange Holiday Hours in a Country Home|
|Sappers and Miners The Flood beneath the Sea|
|The Crystal Hunters A Boy's Adventures in the Higher Alps|
|Marcus: the Young Centurion|
|In the King's Name The Cruise of the "Kestrel"|
|First in the Field A Story of New South Wales|
|Gil the Gunner The Youngest Officer in the East|
|In Honour's Cause A Tale of the Days of George the First|
|To The West|
|The Weathercock Being the Adventures of a Boy with a Bias|
|Brownsmith's Boy A Romance in a Garden|
|Three Boys or the Chiefs of the Clan Mackhai|
|Mass' George A Boy's Adventures in the Old Savannah|
|Patience Wins War in the Works|
|The Rajah of Dah|
|Syd Belton The Boy who would not go to Sea|
|Fitz the Filibuster|
|Featherland How the Birds lived at Greenlawn|
|Through Forest and Stream The Quest of the Quetzal|
|Rob Harlow's Adventures A Story of the Grand Chaco|
|Fire Island Being the Adventures of Uncertain Naturalists in an Unknown Track|
|A Life's Eclipse|
|The Lost Middy Being the Secret of the Smugglers' Gap|
|A Terrible Coward|
|Will of the Mill|
By: William Shuler Harris (b. 1865)
Life in a Thousand Worlds
A jolly romp, which could be perhaps be described as Gulliver’s Travels Through Our Solar System and Beyond, as written by a great admirer of C. S. Lewis, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, after one too many mugs of cocoa. Includes some thought on alien philosophies and how to apply them to moral and social problems here on Planet Earth.
By: Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897)
Tartarin of Tarascon
It tells the burlesque adventures of Tartarin, a local hero of Tarascon, a small town in southern France, whose invented adventures and reputation as a swashbuckler finally force him to travel to a very prosaic Algiers in search of lions. Instead of finding a romantic, mysterious Oriental fantasy land, he finds a sordid world suspended between Europe and the Middle East. And worst of all, there are no lions left.
By: Isabella Alden (1841- 1930)
Four Girls at Chautauqua
Authored by Isabella M. Alden under the pen name “Pansy.” First in the Chautauqua Girls series. Four friends – spoiled, quirky Ruth; fun-loving and mischievous Eurie; poor, independent and brainy Marion; and meek, approval-seeking Flossy – attend Chautauqua on a lark, and their lives are changed forever. (Chautauqua is an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day.)
By: P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)
The Girl on the Boat
Also published as "Three Men and a Maid". The maid of the title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight. All four find themselves on an ocean liner headed for England together, along with a capable young woman called Jane Hubbard who is smitten with Eustace, and typically Wodehousian romantic shenanigans ensue. (Introduction by wikipedia)
|The Gold Bat|
By: Augusta Huiell Seaman (1879-1950)
The Dragon's Secret
Sixteen year old Leslie Crane has come to the New Jersey shore as a companion to ailing Aunt Marcia, whose doctor has sent her there for a some quiet rest and recuperation. While the beach is lovely in October, Leslie quickly finds herself getting lonely with no one her own age to talk to. Little does she realize that she will not only soon make a new friend, but that they will both end up in the midst of a puzzling mystery centered around the closed up bungalow next door. Augusta Huiell Seaman is the author of over 40 historical fiction and mystery novels for older children most of which are currently out of print. The Dragon’s Secret was originally published in 1921.
By: Laura Lee Hope
The Story of a Stuffed Elephant
The Story of a Stuffed Elephant is… well, the story of a Stuffed Elephant and the little boy who owns him, and his sister, and all their adventures. A delightful children’s book by the author of The Bobbsey Twins series.
The Moving Picture Girls
Ruth and Alice DeVere and their father Hosmer struggle to make ends meet in New York City – times are hard, even for a talented actor like Mr. DeVere. Just as he successfully auditions for a new play, an old voice affliction renders him terribly hoarse and he loses the role. Despite voice rest and medical treatment, Mr. DeVere’s voice fails to improve, and it is impossible to find theatre work. A friend and neighbour in their apartment building suggests that Mr. DeVere tries acting in the moving pictures (which being silent, would not need him to speak at all) but Mr...
By: Laura Lee Hope and Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930)
The Bobbsey Twins or Merry Days Indoors and Out
The Bobbsey Twins are the principal characters of what was, for many years, the Stratemeyer Syndicate's longest-running series of children's novels, penned under the pseudonym Laura Lee Hope. The first of 72 books was published in 1904, the last in 1979. The books related the adventures of the children of the middle-class Bobbsey family, which included two sets of fraternal twins: Bert and Nan, who were 12 years old, and Flossie and Freddie, who were six.
By: Laura Lee Hope
The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore
In this third volume of the “Bobbsey Twin Series”, the twins – Nan and Bert and Freddie and Flossie – go with their family to visit relatives at the seashore. Excitement and adventure are sure to abound!