Excerpt from The Hill of Adventure She had spent only two days in Ely, the little town planted beside Broken Bow Creek, in the foot-hills of the Rocky Mountains. At first she had thought that the village, with its scattered box-like houses and dusty, shadeless street, was disappointingly unlike the West of the pictures-books and the movies. The antics of her new horse, however, were disturbingly like what she had witnessed in Wild West shows. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
This is a story about early Colonial Life that follows Master Simon and his family to the end of the revolutionary war. Two of the main characters in the story are Simon and his daughter Margaret. Simon and his daughter are Puritans but they approach the way they live their lives and the way they view God differently than their neighbors. Simon’s heart is not as prejudiced as his neighbors or as narrow minded in his view of God. When those in need come to his door he accepts them without question in spite of the judgment of his neighbors, and his family is blessed for it.
“The Pirate of Jasper Peak” is a little more toward the juvenile in that its hero is a tenderfoot of sixteen; but it is not written in the salad style of the usual “boy’s book”. Hugh Arnold is too young for college or war-service, and when his father goes over with the Medical Corps, he sets out to visit some friends at a little mountain town in Minnesota. When he gets there, the friends have vanished, lost in the mountains. There is a bad man in the neighborhood (see title) who is supposed to have had something to do with their disappearance, but there is no telling. The villagers, chiefly well-meaning Swedes, are thrifty and industrious people, but their little holdings of land near the village are barren, and their road to fertile lands beyond is blocked by the ferocious “pirate”, who will let nobody settle near his domain….
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A pair of teens visiting their wealthy cousin in a sleepy seaside town stumble upon a family mystery in this suspenseful Newbery Honor Book. Oliver and Janet sense immediately that something's wrong with Cousin Jasper, who barely acknowledges their arrival and remains strangely nervous and preoccupied. The brother and sister soon realize that the trouble is not confined to their cousin's house; conflict is brewing all over the hills and farms of Medford Valley. Oliver and Janet form a friendship with a mysterious local beekeeper and his daughter. The beekeeper tells the children tales of the region's past as well as incidents from the lives of their ancestors ? stories that help them piece together the scattered clues to the secret behind their cousin's depression and the discord that plagues the community. Armed with their new discoveries, Oliver and Janet attempt to overcome three generations of jealousy and greed with honor and integrity.