Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (keep the kleenex handy)
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (adventure! romance!)
and (thanks, Mom) The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (same author as Charlotte's Web). We adore The Trumpet of the Swan.
We just started Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink. I'll let you know what we think- so far we like it.
Just one more: I read this first- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and loved it! I am trying to get Dave to read it, but meanwhile the boys have read and enjoyed it too.
Let's start with Sadie: her pensive little gaze out the window. So typical of a dog or child, "no, mom, I will not look at you for the picture." Her little tucked under paws. Her floofy hair :) Her entitlement to the comfiest spot in the room.
Then the kids: a rare and beautiful moment of sibling harmony and contentment as they paint their pots....thank You, God, for this moment of beauty and peace! Thank You! Help me to remember it and to take each other moment (beautiful or not) and be just as thankful.