Ireland in the 1840s is in the grip of a terrible famine. When their father and mother go missing in a desperate search for food, the three O'Driscoll children are left to fend for themselves. Their only hope is to find the great-aunts they have heard about in their mother's stories. Join siblings Eily, Michael, and Peggy on their incredible journey as they overcome tragedy, famine, and poverty to make their way in a dangerous new world.
Author Marita Conlon-McKenna brings to life as never before the Great Famine of 1840's Ireland. Winner of many awards and accolades, this all-time classic historical fiction book is moving, historically true, and fictionally vivid.
Hudson Taylor was a teenager when God told him to go to China. Though he was alone, broke and critically ill, he hung on to that goal and to the God who was sending him. Would God be enough? Danger and adventure abound in this true story of a man who dared to risk all he had and place his trust in God. Interest level: junior high age through adult; age 13 and up
The year is 1912, and Emily Watson has every reason to hope that she will complete her 8th-grade education and enter one of the occupations newly opened to women-clerk, nurse, maybe even teacher. That is, until her father's letters abruptly stop and her family is thrown into poverty. The 12-year-old is forced to seek employment in a sweatshop, snipping garment threads for four dollars a week. At the dingy, overcrowded Acme Garment Factory, Emily Watson stands for eleven hours a day clipping threads from blouses. Every time the boss passes, he shouts at her to snip faster. But if Emily snips too fast, she could ruin the garment and be docked pay. If she works too slowly, she will be fired. She desperately needs this job. Without the four dollars a week it brings, her family will starve. When a reporter arrives, determined to expose the terrible conditions in the factory, Emily finds herself caught between the desperate immigrant girls with whom she works and the hope of change. Emily's fictional experiences are interwoven with non-fiction sections describing family life in a slum, the fight to improve social conditions, the plight of working children then and now, and much more. Rarely seen archival photos accompany this story of the past as only Barbara Greenwood can tell it.
This is a true story, set as a series of reminiscences, about a Norwegian immigrant family living in San Francisco in the early 1900s. The stories center around the author's mother, "Mama" - whose character is revealed through favorite family stories in an enjoyable way with plenty of good humor. Mama is shrewd yet completely selfless, has a wonderful grasp of human nature, sees the good in everyone, is quiet yet stubborn, and knows how to get things done in spite of insurmountable odds! Looking through Mama's eyes at the interesting characters that come into her life is an experience in itself. This is an encouraging book about a remarkable woman who sees life's possibilities in unique ways.
In the fall of 1914, safe behind palace walls, Katya Ivanova sees St. Petersburg as a magical place. The daughter of a lady-in-waiting to Empress Alexandra, Katya spends all her time with the Grand Duchesses making Russian Tsar Nikolai II and his royal family feel like her own. But outside the palace, a terrible war is sweeping through Europe, and Russia is beginning to crumble under the weight of a growing revolution. Now, as Katya's once-certain future begins to dissolve, she must seek to understand what is happening to her beloved country and, for the first time in her life, take charge of her own destiny. As the world outside begins to enter the palace walls, Katya's life--along with that of all nobility--changes forever.
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
As improbable as it seemed, Gladys Aylward was certain God had called her to China as a missionary. But at the age of twenty-seven, she was dismissed from missionary training school for failing her Bible class. Without formal education or a missionary organization to back her, Gladys raised her own finances for the overland trip that would bring her to the country and people that God had etched so deeply on her heart...China! What follows is an amazing adventure of faith and determination. Gladys Aylward, a housemaid from England, dared to trust God in the face of dire and seemingly hopeless circumstances. Her life is one of the truly great missionary stories of our era.
Politics don't matter to 5-year-old Anita Dittman. She only knows that her Aryan father is abandoning her, her Jewish mother, and her sister, Hella. Young Anita Dittman's world crumbles as Hitler rises to power in Germany, but because she's a Christian and only half-Jewish, Anita feels sure she and her family are safe from the final solution. She couldn't have been more wrong. Amid Hitler's persecution, they're forced to leave everything they cherish---including each other. Follow Anita's struggle against Nazi persecution and watch her grow in her relationship with God through the worst of times. Based on a true story of shattered dreams, the nightmare of Nazi Germany, and God's faithfulness, this young adult historical fiction book is one you're sure to remember long after the final page.
Tunnell brings to life a little-known post-World War II story. What started as a single pilot's car tour of bombed-out Berlin turned into an international campaign to help lighten the suffering of the children of West Berlin. The time was 1948, and the Soviet Union had closed all land access to the isolated Free World sectors of West Berlin in an attempt to starve the people into accepting Communist rule. On an impulse, a C-54 cargo pilot, Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen, shared the only two sticks of gum he had with a group of about 30 children. What started as a somewhat clandestine candy-dropping operation by Halvorsen and his buddies eventually became a USAF-sanctioned operation. As the airlift of food and fuel continued for almost two years, tons of candy were dropped (using tiny parachutes) for the children who waited in the flight path below. The text is liberally illustrated with black-and-white photos, copies of letters, and a diagram of how the flight patterns worked. The book concludes with extensive biographical, historical, and author's notes. This is a real treat - a World War II title with a happy ending.
David's entire twelve-year life has been spent in a prison camp in Eastern Europe. He knows nothing of the outside world. But when he is given the chance to escape, he seizes it. With his vengeful enemies hot on his heels, David struggles to cope in this strange new world, where his only resources are a compass, a few crusts of bread, his two aching feet, and some vague advice to seek refuge in Denmark. Is that enough to survive? David's extraordinary odyssey is dramatically chronicled in this classic story about the meaning of freedom and the power of hope.
Using his signature clear prose, Freedman draws on personal stories and historical accounts to provide a dramatic overview of how the 381-day resistance to segregated bussing in Montgomery spearheaded the civil rights movement. As you read, you'll experience what it was like to be there… on the bus and on the street. Along with eloquent accounts of legendary heroes like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, stories of other important activists like Jo Ann Robinson and teenager Claudette Colvin are also included. Readers will find beautifully reproduced black-and-white photos on every two-page spread, including famous pictures as well as a few not often seen. Freedman also provides fully documented chapter notes and an excellent bibliographic essay.
Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstresses who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit. To the engineers who created a special heat shield to protect the capsule during its fiery reentry. It belongs to the flight directors, camera designers, software experts, suit testers, telescope crew, aerospace technicians, photo developers, engineers, and navigators.
Gathering direct quotes from some of these folks who worked behind the scenes, Catherine Thimmesh reveals their very human worries and concerns. Culling NASA transcripts, national archives, and stunning NASA photos from Apollo 11, she captures not only the sheer magnitude of this feat but also the dedication, ingenuity, and perseverance of the greatest team ever-the team that worked to first put man on that great gray rock in the sky.
Natasha Vins finds herself caught in a country determined to bully her into denying the existence of God and embracing the State as her head. As a young, school-aged girl, she receives pressure from her teachers to give her unquestioning allegiance to the Soviet State. Since Natasha's father is a leader in the underground church, anti-Christian sentiments dog her family's life as well. When Natasha's father is forced to spend time in hiding and in prison, Natasha looks to her beloved grandmother for spiritual guidance, but in her teens Natasha reaches a spiritual crossroads. In a homeland that demands that she embrace communistic ideals and deny God, will she follow Christ into a life of poverty and hardship, or will she renounce her parents' Christ for the opportunities and open doors which higher education has to offer?
Agnes and her family lived in Macedonia in eastern Europe. As a child, Agnes eagerly read letters by missionaries from faraway places. She especially enjoyed the letters from Calcutta, India.
Eventually Agnes arrived in Calcutta where she taught young, well-to-do girls who knew her as Sister Teresa. Unsatisfied, Teresa searched for her calling in life. One day she decided to work with "the poorest of the poor." When she conducted her first class in a public park, only five street children attended. Despite the hardships, she stayed with the work. She knew that God had sent her to care for these people who had no one else to love them.
Dressed in a simple white sari, with a blue border and a safety pin holding a cross at her left shoulder, Teresa became a familiar sight in the slum streets of Calcutta. She not only helped the poor but became one of them. She told the girls she trained, "We will pattern our lives after their poverty. We are poor by choice. We want to be poor like Christ, who, being rich, chose to be born and live and work among the poor."
Few people have won the admiration of the world as fully as Teresa of Calcutta. Her story is full of twists and turns, unexpected good fortune, and heartrending decisions. But most of all, her life is alive with the joy of Christian service!
The Great Irish Famine of 1845-51 was caused by the repeated failure of the potato crop, Ireland's staple food. It devastated the population, causing one million people to starve to death and forcing another million to emigrate to America and Australia. This is the story of one family that is forever changed as a result of the famine. Esty's childhood world is shattered when her father is killed defending starving Irish peasants. Suddenly forced to leave home and work as a maid, it is only the dream of gold and a better life in Australia that keeps her going. With stubborn determination, she gets her family to the goldfields of Ballarat. There, harsh conditions, deceit, and rebellion threaten to thwart them… but nothing is going to destroy Esty's dream. This gripping adventure story by an award-winning Irish writer tells a timeless tale of hope and courage.
Do you ever think big things for God? Born into a wealthy family and endowed with a large inheritance after the death of his father, Henry Parsons Crowell had many opportunities to try his hand at business, a passion that suited him well. His shrewd business sense eventually brought him to the top of the oatmeal business, and to the potential for even greater wealth, if only he would compromise his values. But Crowell was a man of integrity and compassion. Read this compelling story of a man who, in his youth, struggled with a debilitating and life threatening illness. A man who survived the loss of two wives, faced opposition in almost every venture he engaged upon, and who through it all thought big things for God. Whether it was in his home-based Bible studies, his business lunches with great leaders, his work to rid the city of Chicago of debauchery, or his contributions to the Moody Bible Institute, Henry Parsons Crowell was a man who above all sought to share Christ with those around him. See how the vows Crowell made as a young man to give glory to God through his stewardship came to fruition in this inspiring biography of one of the faithful men of God.
With his older brother gone to fight in the Great War, and his father prone to sudden rages, 14-year-old Stanley devotes himself to taking care of the family's greyhound and puppies. Until the morning Stanley wakes to find the puppies gone.
Determined to find his brother, Stanley runs away to join an increasingly desperate army. Assigned to the experimental War Dog School, Stanley is given a problematic Great Dane named Bones to train. Against all odds, the pair excels, and Stanley is sent to France.
But in Soldier Dog by Sam Angus, the war in France is larger and more brutal than Stanley ever imagined. How can one young boy survive World War I and find his brother with only a dog to help?
Hattie has been moved from family member to family member so often she calls herself "Hattie Here-and-There." So when a land-claim is passed to her from her late uncle, she jumps at the chance to prove up on her own claim and finally have a home where she belongs. Living under the big sky for a year, Hattie struggles to complete the terms of the claim-adding 480 rods of fence, and cultivating 1/8th of her claim (forty acres). She gets a load of help and companionship from her "neighbors" Perilee Mueller and her German husband Karl. However, as WWII continues, all Germans come under suspicion of a local "council of defense" patriotism force, and Hattie must face even more trials as she keeps loyal to her friends while attempting to keep her claim secure. Loosely based upon the author's grandmother's experiences homesteading in Montana, this New York Times bestseller will keep readers engaged until the very end.
This is a biography of the Scottish missionary and runner who won a gold medal in the 1924 Olympics and went on to do missionary work in China. Eric Liddell's refusal to run on Sunday in the Olympic 100-meter race had stunned the world. Now his incredible victory in the 400-meter race further strengthened his belief in God's promise, "He who honors Me, I will honor." Years later, Eric would be tested far beyond mere physical ability as a missionary to China. His character, perseverance, and endurance are a challenging example for all who would obey the call to bring the gospel to the nations.
Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, the fabulous fortune that Americans had built in stocks plunged with a fervor never seen before. At first, the drop seemed like a mistake, a mere glitch in the system. But as the decline gathered steam, so did the destruction. Over twenty-five billion dollars in individual wealth was lost, vanished. Here, "Wall Street Journal" bureau chief Karen Blumenthal chronicles the six-day period that brought the country to its knees, from fascinating tales of key stock-market players, like Michael J. Meehan, an immigrant who started his career hustling cigars outside theaters and helped convince thousands to gamble their hard-earned money as never before, to riveting accounts of the power struggles between Wall Street and Washington, to poignant stories from those who lost their savings -- and more -- to the allure of stocks and the power of greed. For readers living in an era of stock-market fascination, this engrossing account explains stock-market fundamentals while bringing to life the darkest days of the mammoth crash of 1929.
A young German boy recounts the fate of his best friend, a Jew, during the Nazi regime in this tragic story of a Jewish boy in Germany during the 1930s. His best friend thought Friedrich was lucky. His family had a good home and enough money, and in Germany in the early 1930s, many were unemployed. But when Hitler came to power, things began to change. Friedrich was expelled from school, and then his mother died and his father was deported… for Friedrich was Jewish. This book is one that shows in compelling fashion how sentiments in Germany gradually shifted toward hatred and persecution of the Jewish people. It demonstrates that the changes did not all occur at once, showing why many Germans turned a blind-eye to the happenings around them and why the Jews were lulled into a sense that things couldn't possibly get any worse… until it was too late.
The call of duty takes Jim Yoder far away from his home, his nation, and his attractive friend Margo, thrusting him into mortal peril in Nazi Europe. Hailing from the Hoosier State and a Mennonite--pacifist--background, he's determined that despite the loss of human life, the European countries are worth defending with his life. At age nineteen, Jim becomes part of the 44th division stationed in England during World War II. When Jim's plane is shot down over enemy lines, to survive he must learn to trust the God that he used to disbelieve. Rife with historical detail and adventure, Gunner's Run brings both history and faith alive.
Drawing from her childhood experience, the author brings hope and humor to this fascinating story of a young girl growing up and fighting to survive during the Cultural Revolution in China. "The summer of 1972, before I turned nine, danger began knocking on doors all over China." Nine-year-old Ling has a very happy life. Her parents are both dedicated surgeons at the best hospital in Wuhan, and her father teaches her English as they listen to Voice of America every evening on the radio. But when one of Mao's political officers moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust and hatred, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors, and soon, for herself and her family. For the next four years, Ling will suffer more horrors than many people face in a lifetime. Will she be able to grow and blossom under the oppressive rule of Chairman Mao? Or will fighting to survive destroy her spirit--and her life?
Note: This book begins when Ling is very young and progresses as she grows older, so it begins very simply and becomes much more mature as you read. Each simple event in the first half of the book has new meaning in the last half of the book. As the connections come together, this story will linger in your heart and mind long after you have read the final page.
Told through unforgettable first-person accounts, photographs, and other primary sources, and published in association with the Library of Congress, this book is an overview of racial segregation and early civil rights efforts in the United States from the 1890s to 1954, a period known as the Jim Crow years. Multiple perspectives are examined as the book looks at the impact of legal segregation and discrimination on the day-to-day life of black and white Americans across the country. Osborne expertly guides readers through this turbulent time and enables them to better understand the struggles, the triumphs, and the courage it took to set things right.
This is an unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of war. Over a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War. This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like more than 40,000 other orphans, is Amerasian -- a mixed-race child -- with little future in Vietnam. Experience Long's struggle to survive in war-torn Vietnam, his dramatic escape to America as part of "Operation Babylift" during the last chaotic days before the fall of Saigon, and his life in the United States as "Matt," part of a loving Ohio family. Finally, join Long as a young doctor when he journeys back to Vietnam to reconcile his Vietnamese past with his American present. This compelling account provides a fascinating introduction to the war and the plight of children caught in the middle of it.
The life Kamila Sidiqi had known changed overnight when the Taliban seized control of the city of Kabul. After receiving a teaching degree during the civil war--a rare achievement for any Afghan woman--Kamila was subsequently banned from school and confined to her home. When her father and brother were forced to flee the city, Kamila became the sole breadwinner for her five siblings. Armed only with grit and determination, she picked up a needle and thread and created a thriving business of her own.
Move beyond the headlines as you are transported to an Afghanistan you have never seen before. This is a story of war, but it is also a story of sisterhood and resilience in the face of despair. Kamila Sidiqi's journey will inspire you, but it will also change the way you think about the world.
This is the incredible true story of an unlikely entrepreneur who mobilized her community under the Taliban. Former ABC News reporter Gayle Tzemach Lemmon spent years on the ground reporting Kamila's story, and the result is an unusually intimate and unsanitized look at the daily lives of women in Afghanistan. These women are not victims; they are the glue that holds families together; they are the backbone and the heart of their nation.
Missionaries are illegal in China; yet God is calling Daniel's parents to move there and establish a house church. Daniel has a choice. He may either stay in America for his last year of high school or spend ten months in a country where he can only say the word "Christian" to trusted friends. Once in China, Daniel discovers that there is a fine line between being cautious and being ashamed of his faith, between disobeying man's law and upholding God's commands. As the strain of constant caution increases, Daniel wonders if being a missionary in China is really worth the risk.
Academically-rich and geared toward students at the high school / college level, history enthusiasts, and patriotic citizens, these 5 U.S. History DVDs bring America's story into perspective. These are NOT boring classroom lecture videos! They are visually-rich documentaries that use newsreel video and motion picture footage, archival photographs, illustrations of antiquity, and filmed reenactments to bring history to life. More than just an audiovisual tool, this series is also an excellent American History refresher course for those who have long been out of school.
Corresponding DVD segments are scheduled within the Appendix of Missions to Modern Marvels in coordination with the history readings in the guide to provide more in-depth coverage for older students. Using these DVD's, along with the rest of the Extension Pack, in conjunction with the other required books for Missions to Modern Marvels, raises the level of the history study to make it worthy of high school credit.
Publisher's Note: NTSC - All region DVD-R. Aspect Ratio 1.33:1. We employ the latest mass duplication process with the very best materials to ensure broad compatibility with a wide range of DVD players. However, some older units cannot play DVD-R discs very well. If your player was manufactured prior to 2002, check your owner's manual for DVD-R compatibility. For this reason, these DVDs are best viewed on players manufactured after 2002.
Good writers are made by reading good writing. This curriculum features excerpts from works of great literature, as students practice actual skills rather than abstract rules of writing. Grammar is focused upon within the context of writing as students follow in the footsteps of literary giants. This is part of a two-book series (Volume 1 was used in Creation to Christ).
Creative activities break the writing into manageable chunks and help students identify what makes a literary work "great". Students are encouraged to make writing more vivid and ultimately produce writing that models the genre of the literary passage. Guidelines for evaluating and grading writing, suggestions for adapting the curriculum for different learning styles, and student proofreading and writing guides are also valuable parts of the program. Each daily lesson takes only 20-30 minutes, is addressed to the student, and includes step-by-step guidance. The program includes all needed excerpts from the literature that it models so that teachers are not required to purchase additional material.
This curriculum is a genuine, incremental (step-by-step) program which requires minimal teacher involvement towards the goal of mastery of higher-level forms of writing. Missions to Modern Marvels schedules lessons from this guide twice weekly. For grades 6 -12 (but best suited for grades 7 on up in our opinion). View a pdf of part of the guide here.Topics covered include:
Note: We omit units 1 and 2 (free verse poetry and business letter) due to these topics being well-covered in Rod and Staff English. We also omit unit 8 (dramatic monologue) to keep the area of writing in balance, as a full level of Rod and Staff English is scheduled too, which also includes instruction in writing.
Includes free online access to video instruction!
Each lesson in the book has a corresponding video lesson taught by America's Math Teacher, Richard W. Fisher