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Written in 1917, Wilbur Gordy’s biography of Abraham Lincoln brings to life one of the great men of history. The biography is not fictionalized; it sticks to factual information and stories, but it is presented in a way that makes history interesting and meaningful. As the book travels through the life of Abraham Lincoln, from boyhood on up, valuable lessons are taught about wisdom, kindness, honesty, hard work, love of learning, and persevering through trials. (204 pages)
Fourteen-year-old Keith Burton is going blind, but he does not know it at first. He thinks his father bought him a poorly printed copy of Treasure Island that has words printed with wavy lines. A great terror seizes Keith when he discovers that he is losing his eyesight and realizes that his bright future has suddenly changed. First published in 1919 by the author of Pollyanna, Dawn tells the moving story of Keith’s struggle to find happiness and the dedication of those who so nobly sacrifice and persist in helping him. The well-developed, beloved characters in this deep, insightful book will make you laugh and maybe even cry. (This book was known in England as Keith’s Dark Tower.) (268 pages)
Brad and his father paddle up the river to land they have just purchased in the wilds of Maine. After building a simple cabin and starting a garden, Brad’s father leaves to get the rest of his family. Brad is brave and industrious while his father is gone, but the young teenager starts to worry when he sees signs of Indians passing through the area. Things, however, go terribly wrong for Brad, and it appears his father may never return. Will he need the help of the Indians to survive? Based loosely on a true experience, this exciting book shows how two very different teenage boys, both who think they are superior to the other, learn important life lessons about respect, tolerance, humility, brotherhood, hard work, and appreciation. (140 pages)
The adventures of three Arctic explorers—Fridtjof Nansen, Robert Edwin Peary, and Matthew A. Henson—are told in this compilation of biographical and autobiographical stories. These fascinating and inspiring accounts are packed with excitement and educational value. Why will the explorers die if they eat the snow when they are thirsty? Why was it sometimes necessary to blow up the ice to save their lives? What explorer lost all of his toes except for one due to frostbite? (147 pages) (Note: The Good and the Beautiful will not be releasing an Audible version of this book.)
David was raised in an isolated mountain cabin by a devoted father who taught David to love beauty, nature, and music. When David’s father becomes seriously ill, he decides to take David to relatives that the boy has never met. But partway into the journey, his father dies. David does not know the names of his relatives or even the name of his father, which his father had a reason for not telling him. This story is not just about what happens to David, but also what happens to all those who enter his life after this tragic event. (198 pages)
Little Joe’s family has been saving money for a long time, and they are finally able to follow their dream of buying a 40-acre farm. As the only African American family in the rural town in the mid 1900s, they face challenges, but they face them with a kindness and optimism that changes the hearts of those around them. (90 pages)
The Great Death-Defying
Signor Joseph Dobbinelli
Most Daring Animal Trainer in the World, the sign reads, and Sr. Dobbinelli is in need of a good, stout winter barn for his circus animals. Clay and his family have just the barn in Connecticut, but do they have what it takes to care for lions and tigers?
In this delightful tale of adventure and family life on the farm, Clay is in for some lessons on responsibility and wild animal training.
Ernie Brett never could have guessed what surprises lay in store for his family when his father moves them from the shanty mining camp of Skillet Gulch over the hills to Nugget to settle on a new ranch. Set in the high Rocky Mountains of Colorado Territory during the gold rush years, this novel explores some of the risks, hardships, joys, and pastimes of the era. Through hard work and ingenuity, Ernie and Papa are able to provide for the family and improve the farm. When tragedy strikes, will the Bretts have the courage to stay on their beloved ranch? (86 pages)
Things are not easy for Jared Austin, but with hard work and indomitable perseverance, he turns his life into something beautiful, just like the walls that he stencils. This historical fiction novel features fascinating character development, an engaging and unpredictable plot, and wonderful insights into life in New England during the early 1800s, including the “frozen year” of 1816. Elizabeth Yates has woven in moving messages of kindness, gratitude to God, faith, appreciation of nature, hard work, love of learning, self-improvement, optimism, humility, long-suffering, and patience. (164 pages)
Becky and her family leave their farmland in the Ozarks to join nearly 100,000 people in a race for homesteads during the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. With a fast horse named Sprinter, Becky’s family hopes to get some of the best land, but unexpected events threaten their dreams. Interesting characters, an exciting plot, and feel-good messages all come together in this wonderful historical fiction book. (144 pages)
CAPTURED by Romans in the forests of Gaul, Madoc is sold as a slave to a Roman centurion stationed in Judea. Though he is not a hard master, Madoc is determined to escape and find his mother. However, the story takes a turn when Madoc and his master meet followers of Jesus and hear about the new way of living he taught. This story is not only engaging and packed with great messages, but it also teaches about the historical time period and the growing influence of the early Christian faith. (177 pages)
John Greenleaf Whittier worked tirelessly on his father’s farm, making sure he finished the day’s work before allowing himself to pen the lines of poetry that filled his mind. Eventually, though a difficult choice, John Greenleaf Whittier risked his budding career as a successful poet, editor, and politician—and his life—to join the unpopular anti-slavery movement. As difficult as the decision was, Whittier knew that “the right must win and that duty must be done at all costs.” He dedicated the majority of his life to fighting slavery, and as a result, he lived in poverty most of his life and struggled to care for those he loved. Little did he know the poetry and legacy he left behind would touch the lives of thousands of people for decades after his death. (89 pages) (Note: The Good and the Beautiful will not be creating an Audible version of this book.)
The Story of Marco is a beautiful tale of triumph over trials. The town of Gaylordville is relieved when a gypsy camp that had been in their hills for weeks finally breaks camp and leaves. Scarcely had Gaylordville drawn its long breath of relief, however, when it suddenly awoke to the fact that its troubles were by no means over—the gypsies were not gone, after all. There still remained a sick woman and a nine-year-old boy, Marco. When Marco’s mother dies in the hills, his only companion is his beloved violin. The story follows Marco’s journey to find his place in life and his sister, who had traveled on with the gypsy camp but then disappeared. Despite his struggles, Marco is able to discover goodness and beauty in the world and find true love in a most unexpected way.
Helen Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life, is not only fascinating and inspiring, but it also includes wonderful description, an elevated vocabulary, and deep insights into life. Accompanying this autobiography is a beautifully written biography, The Touch of Magic, about Helen Keller’s teacher, Annie Sullivan. As a destitute, misbehaving orphan who is going blind, Annie experiences and overcomes the extreme trials in her life, which prepare her for the great work she does with Helen Keller.
Booker T. Washington’s story begins in a Virginia slave hut and ends with worldwide recognition and a life of incredible accomplishments. In this fascinating autobiography, Booker T. Washington tells his own story with skillfull, engaging writing. Not only does the book give insights into a remarkable man, but it also shares profound messages about persistence, education, hard work, humility, strength, service, and sacrifice. (201 pages) (Note: The Good and the Beautiful will not be offering Kindle or Audible versions of this title.)
Fourteen-year-old Zeke and his family leave the Plymouth colonly to build a new life in the wilds of Connecticut. When Zeke and his younger sister are captured by Pequots, Zeke wonders if his new Mohegan friend, Nemox, will prove loyal. Follow the adventures of Zeke, his Native American friend, and the fisher-cat that they find in the forest.