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The Sign Above the Door
List Price -$14.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - William W. Canfield
Bibliographic Data - 307 pages


Young Prince Martiesen is ruler of the land of Goshen in Egypt, where the Hebrews live. Eight plagues have already come upon Egypt, and now Martiesen has been forced by Pharaoh to further increase the burden of the Hebrews. Martiesen, however, is in love with the beautiful Hebrew maiden, Elisheba, whom Egyptian law forbids him to marry. As the nation despairs, the other nobles turn to Martiesen for leadership, but before he can decide what to do, Elisheba is kidnapped by the evil Peshala and terrifying darkness falls over the land. An exciting tale woven around the events of the plagues in Egypt and the Exodus told from the Egyptian perspective! It provides a good look at life in Egypt during this time period.

Herodotus and the Road to History
List Price - $13.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Jeanne Bendick
Bibliographic Data - 79 pages


Best-selling author Jeanne Bendick takes us for another informative-and amusing-journey into places and events of long ago. Herodotus and the Road to History, written in the first person, details the investigative journeys of Herodotus as he takes a ship from Greece and voyages to the limits of his own ancient world. His persistence, amidst disbelief and ridicule, in the self-appointed task of recording his discoveries as "histories" (the Greek word meaning "inquiry"), means that today we can still follow his expeditions into the wonder and mystery of Syria, Persia, Egypt and the "barbaric" north. Jeanne Bendick's lucid text, humorous illustrations and helpful maps entertain and instruct as they open the way for readers young and old to once again join Herodotus…on the road to history.

Word to Caesar
List Price - $14.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Geoffrey Trease
Bibliographic Data - 276 pages


Jump into this story, set in Imperial Rome. Paul, left an orphan by the uprising of the tribes in Britain, travels across the empire to seek an audience with the new emperor, Hadrian, in order to help his friend Severus. Along the way he meets up with the villains who are trying to stop him, a famous charioteer who helps him, apathetic solicitors who won't help him, and finally the Emperor.

At every step of his adventure, he remains loyal, demonstrates courage and prudence, and does not give up even when it seems impossible. Paul's journey provides an exciting glimpse of many places in the Roman Empire at the time of Emperor Hadrian.

This is a reprint of an edition printed in Canada especially for use in schools. So at the end of each chapter there are comprehension, discussion, and language questions.

Big John's Secret
List Price - $12.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Eleanor M. Jewett
Bibliographic Data - 207 pages


Mystery surrounds the young peasant boy known as Big John. Raised during the strife-filled days of the reign of King John of England, his life is one day changed when a knight says, in passing, "You remind me of someone-someone I once knew and loved." It is from "Old Marm," the herb woman that John understands that injustice has been done his family. Though never telling him the family name lest he unwittingly betray himself, she does all she can to prepare him to one day reclaim his name and family honor. Then Old Marm dies, and John is left without a clue to his identity. In the next years John's unusual size and strength, and the knowledge he has gained of letters and of the art of healing, earn him a place as page to an earl organizing the 5th Crusade. In the Holy Land, John searches for a father he hopes is living still. Amidst battle, capture and setbacks, John-now a squire to a Knight Hospitaller-encounters Francis of Assisi, who had come to the Holy Land just at this time to preach the Gospel to the Saracens. It is another meeting that changes the course of Big John's life. John's journeys provide an enthralling glimpse of life in England and the Middle East during the time of the Crusades.

A Silk Road Pilgrimage: Discovering the Church of the East
List Price - $12.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Richard and Jewel Showalter
Bibliographic Data - 119 pages


The Silk Road is a loose network of trade routes from China to Bulgaria. In 2007, Richard and Jewel Showalter traveled this ancient highway and visited with missionaries, church leaders, pastors, and ordinary people of the Church of the East, gaining an impression of Christianity little known to the West. In this book they share glimpses of their journey across Asia and invite readers to explore the historical landscape that was, in their words, endlessly thrilling, sobering, and beckoning.

From the Foreword by Steve Moore:
"In this carefully documented book, the Showalters shed light on God's work in the east, both in history as well as today. You will be encouraged and informed as you journey with them through trade routes of the ancient Silk Road, celebrating acts of the Holy Spirit as evidenced in the testimonies of God's faithfulness."

Where Am I? The Story of Maps and Navigation
List Price - $14.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - A.G. Smith
Bibliographic Data - 89 pages with detailed black and white illustrations


This is the fascinating story of how people began to chart the physical world and their place in it. Richly illustrated with meticulous drawings, it takes readers on a journey through the history of maps and navigation. From Babylonia to Scandinavia, North America to China, Greece to Polynesia, ingenious methods and inventions will delight all those who marvel at man's spirit of adventure and his ties to home. This interesting book includes answers to questions like the following: If you want to find your place on earth, where must you look? Who were the first ancient mapmakers? What is the Chinese South-pointing Carriage? How did Christianity influence mapmaking? And many more ...

The Captive
List Price - $25.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Christoph von Schmid/Lamplighter Theatre
Bibliographic Data - 2 CD Audio Drama


Kidnapped by Algerian pirates, teenaged Anselmo finds himself on a merciless slave ship heading to the auction block in Africa. Having escaped the cruelty of his first master and the death grip of the desert, Anselmo is taken captive by a new master, where he finds mercy as well as condemnation. This dramatic rendition will whisk you into a world where the clash between Islam and Christianity brings certain destruction and death. But everything changes when Anselmo begins teaching the words of Jesus, as his life speaks louder than his words. Note: The audio drama is quite different from the actual book by the same name. We have chosen to schedule the audio drama for its ability to bring the geography and cultures in this time period to life.

God Spoke Tibetan
List Price - $11.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Allan Maberly
Bibliographic Data - 150 pages


This is the true story of the men, who gave the Bible to the people of remote forbidden Tibet, in the language of the Tibetans. Starting with the sudden death of the Dalai Lama in the thousand-room palace of Lhasa, the story moves into Kashmir as a government official accused of murder escapes for his life. This fugitive, settling in a "Shangri-la" valley of Kashmir, helps launch the first attempts to translate the Bible. But the task proves formidable beyond anyone's imagination, as a sequence of heartbreaking setbacks block the translators' efforts. Not only are there language barriers, but also war and revolution, a Himalayan thunderstorm, the heat of India's plains, and a roaring avalanche from a mountain cliff.

The setting for this improbable, but well-documented narrative is an exotic land surrounded by the world's highest mountains. It is a country where people practice Buddhism heavily mixed with demon worship; where, until the Chinese invasion, a succession of Dalai Lamas were both worshiped and assassinated. The translation of the Bible hardly sounds like an exciting event, but you will be entertained and inspired with the power of the Word of life as you read this story! The Bible truly is a book that "is quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword."

The King's Fifth
List Price - $7.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Scott O'Dell
Bibliographic Data - 272 pages


This is the story of conquistadors during the 1540's, who lived for adventure, treasure, and fame. They traveled far and wide to gain riches, giving a fifth of all they found to their king. Esteban de Sandoval, a mapmaker, is to stand trial before the royal audiencia to decide if he is guilty or innocent of withholding the king's fifth he has supposedly hidden. The year is 1541 and the place is the Fortress of Juan de Ulua, near Vera Cruz, New Spain (Mexico). Esteban records his adventures in the Land of Cibola on paper his jailer has supplied. The jailer has talked Esteban into making a map of where he has hidden the treasure.

Esteban was a cartographer, or mapmaker, on a ship on the coast of South America. Their ship was to rendezvous with another to make a search for the Cities of Gold. One of the officers aboard the ship decided to mutiny, and strike out to search for the cities, in hopes of collecting even more gold and fame. He talked Esteban into accompanying him, along with some others.

As they traveled, they encountered all kinds of dangers from nature and from the natives. They asked the people they came across for gold, but to the natives, it was not important. As they traveled on toward the Cities of Gold, their lust for gold gained a tighter and tighter grip upon them. At the beginning, Esteban marveled at the way the desire for gold had warped others, but later on, he ceased to care for others, and was willing to sacrifice whatever and whoever came between him and the riches his soul so greedily craved.

The story is told from Esteban's prison cell. The chapters alternate with Esteban recalling his journey through South America, and his recording what is happening in the prison. He says his indictment is true; he did discover treasure, and he did not give the king his fifth. His prosecutors and jailor are not so much concerned with the king's fifth, however. They want to know where the treasure is, so they can find it. Note: Students in the Extension range of our guides may have read this story as part of the Extension Package in Resurrection to Reformation. If your student has already read this particular title, you may either choose to reread it in coordination with the Geography guide's plans or you may wish to instead listen to the audio version.

In the Days of Drake
List Price - $6.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - J.S. Fletcher
Bibliographic Data - 141 pages


This story is set in the 1580's, during the time of Sir Francis Drake and the feud between Spain and England over who would rule the seas. It is the story of a boy who was kidnapped and sold into slavery by his younger cousin, in a quest to control the family inheritance and lands. When the boy manages to escape prior to reaching his destination in Vera Cruz, he has many thrilling adventures as an English lad in the hostile, Spanish countryside. Read to discover whether the boy will ever make his way back home. He might even have a chance encounter with the famous Sir Francis Drake!

Wilfred Grenfell
List Price - $9.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Janet & Geoff Benge
Bibliographic Data - 190 pages


The icy Arctic cold stabbed at Wilfred's fingers and toes. A howling wind was pushing the ice pan he was stranded on out to sea -- and with it hope of rescue. His clothes, soaked when his dogsled fell through the ice, were now frozen. Lying near his sled dog for warmth, Wilfred fought off sleep, knowing he might never wake up.

Adventurous Wilfred Grenfell was no stranger to danger. As a new Christian, this English doctor ministered to fishermen on the deadly North Sea. And when he heard about the appalling poverty and injustice across the ocean in Newfoundland, he went to work among the desperately poor fishing communities of the wild, remote Labrador coast.

There, Dr. Grenfell pioneered life-saving hospitals, schools, orphanages, and fishermen's co-ops as he shared the hope of the gospel with people whose lives had offered only despair. For good reason, everyone from heads of state to destitute children revered Sir Wilfred Grenfell for his kindness and courage. This book provides an up-close look at the geography and culture of Newfoundland and the Labrador coast.

Florence Young
List Price - $9.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Janet & Geoff Benge
Bibliographic Data - 183 pages


Once timid and unsure of her own salvation, New Zealander Florence Young rose to her calling and became a fearless and faithful witness for Jesus Christ. Eventually serving in Australia, the remote Solomon Islands and, for a season, in China during the deadly Boxer Rebellion, Florence began her service close to home.

This one woman's mission to the Solomon Islanders, or Kanakas, working on her family's Australian plantation soon expanded to their home islands. There, as Florence and others helped Kanaka believers reach out to villages steeped in cannibalism and revenge killings, thousands of people were transformed by the love of God. This book provides a terrific window into life in New Zealand, Australia, China, and the Solomon Islands!

List Price - $16.00 (Add to Cart)
Author - Dava Sobel
Bibliographic Data - 175 pages with a full-color insert in the center


Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, which opens a new window on our world.

Kisses from Katie
List Price - $15.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Katie Davis with Beth Clark
Bibliographic Data - 271 pages


Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.

Katie's story invites readers on a journey of radical love down the red dirt roads of Uganda. You'll laugh and cry with Katie as she follows Jesus into the impossible, and finds joy and beauty beneath the dust. Katie and her children delight in saying yes to the people God places in front of them and challenge readers to do the same, changing the world one person at a time. Note: This book is highly recommended for girls, and our Economy Package provides an alternate option for boys.

Queen Sheba's Ring
List Price - $10.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - H. Rider Haggard
Bibliographic Data - 298 pages


This is a classic adventure tale of three Englishmen who decide to travel to the remote African interior in order to help an embattled monarch who claims to be a descendant of the Queen of Sheba. Along the way they encounter dangerous lions, stores of treasure, treachery, and hardship. During their epic mission, as these men encounter far more danger and hardships then they thought possible, they also discover their need for courage, friendship, and kind providence. Note: This novel is recommended for boy's ages 13 on up, and our Economy Package provides an alternate option for girls.

Mystery in the Frozen Lands
List Price - $12.95 (Add to Cart)
Author - Martyn Godfrey
Bibliographic Data - 134 pages


In 1845 Sir John Franklin and his crew, in the stout ships "Erebus" and "Terror", fortified against ice and provisioned for a three years' journey, set off into the Arctic in an attempt to be the first to sail the North West Passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific. They were never seen again.

Twelve years later 14-year-old Peter Griffin joins the crew of the tiny steam yacht "Fox" on an expedition to discover their fate. Peter resolutely endures the close quarters on board ship, the cold and the dark, and the dangers of the forbidding Arctic landscape. As they travel further and further from home they find strange fragments, traces of men who have traveled before them. Soon they make discoveries that suggest the terrible fate suffered by Franklin and his men.

Based on historical accounts, this novel offers one boy's perspective of one the greatest of all Canadian disasters.

Sir Ernest Shackleton
List Price - $18.98 (Add to Cart)
Author - Your Story Hour
Bibliographic Data - 3 CD Set (two-sided), Audio Drama


In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the "Endurance" bound for the South Pole. His goal was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away, the "Endurance" was trapped in ice and eventually crushed. For months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice floes in one of the most savage regions of the world, before they were finally able to set foot on Elephant Island (in the middle of nowhere). Eventually, Shackleton and two other men set sail in one of the ship's lifeboats, tackling the world's worst seas to accomplish a saving miracle for the men waiting on Elephant Island. How Shackleton got all of his men out, without the loss of a single life, is at the heart of this magnificent true-life adventure tale. This is a six-part audio drama of Shackleton's epic adventure.

Note: I spent countless hours reading books about Shackleton and found that each book I read had issues too difficult to overcome. Either there was too much language, or too many adult themes, or too many graphic descriptions, or too much dense language! However, Shackleton is a man with whom students should definitely be familiar. When I listened to this audio drama, I discovered that it included the important events from all of the books I'd read about Shackleton's journey and did so in a way that made Shackleton and his men come to life! Even though this audio drama begins in a manner designed to interest a much younger audience, if you listen past the introduction of each episode, you will find yourself drawn into the story even as a teenage (or an adult listener). So, don't be put off by the beginning, or you will miss joining Shackleton for an adventure that you will never forget! I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning, just to finish listening!

Around the World in 80 Days
List Price - $4.99 (Add to Cart)
Author - Jules Verne
Bibliographic Data - 304 pages


Phileas Fogg is a man of habit, a Victorian gentleman who follows the same routine every day--until one ill-fated evening at the Reform Club; he rashly accepts a wager that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days. Thus begins a hair-raising dash across the continents, in which Fogg's obsession with his timetable is confounded his French manservant, Passepartout's ability of getting into scrapes! In a suspenseful race against time, the pair travels by train, steamship, sailboat, sledge, and even elephant, as they overcome storms, kidnappings, natural disasters, Sioux attacks, and the dogged Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard -- who believes that Fogg has robbed the Bank of England. Jules Verne's story of adventure has gripped audiences since its publication and remains hugely popular, combining exploration, adventure, and a thrilling race against time. Will Phileas and Passepartout arrive on time and win their extraordinary wager? Either way, you will enjoy sharing their journey as you join in their travels and see the world!