Dickory Dock by L.T. Meade

Author: L.T. Meade (Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith)
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,901 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.6
LoC Category: PZ

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Added to site: 2007.06.27
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Genres: Young Readers, Fiction and Literature

up the clock.

‘She said it,’ repeated Flossy, coming up close to her brother, and fixing her anxious eyes on the baby. ‘She said that our Dickory was to go to the workhouse.’

‘Well then, she shan’t!’ said Peter. ‘I know nothing about workhouses, but I expect they are very nasty places, and Dickory shan’t go there!’

Then he sat silent, his arm round the little child, who looked up at him and then back at Flossy, and then smiled in that wonderfully pathetic way she had.

‘Look here, Flossy,’ said Peter, ‘if you are quite certain sure that mother said the workhouse, that she didn’t say nothing about Dickory Dock being put to sleep in another room, or maybe down in the kitchen–if you are quite positive about the workhouse, Flossy, why, I know what I’ll do.’

‘She did say the workhouse,’ answered Flossy; ‘I heard her with my own ears, and Mr Martin said it was a stream measure. I don’t know what he meant by that, but I do know that mother said the workhouse, and that she has got t

The Little Colonel’s Knight Comes Riding by Annie Fellows Johnston

Author: Annie Fellows Johnston
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 69,219 / 196 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.3
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 1,244
Added to site: 2013.06.28
mnybks.net#: 31508
Genre: Young Readers

hat as they parted. He rode on rapidly towards the post-office, wondering if they would find the girlish, white-clad figure still perched on the ladder, up among the roses, with the sun making an aureole of her shining hair. He had never seen such hair. “Sandalphon, the angel of glory”–but the quotation broke off with a laugh. Her name was Gay, and it was a looking glass that she was carrying up the ladder. “Well, she’s an original little thing,” he mused, “and if she lives up to her name the Lindsey Cabin will be just as lively a social centre as if the Van Allen girls had possession.”

The encounter with Alex had delayed the girls but a moment or two, still they walked on faster than ever to make up the lost time.

“What do you suppose we’ll find her doing?” queried Lloyd.

“Something unexpected, I’ll be bound,” was the answer. “Will you ever forget that first time we saw her, when she came out to play the violin at the Freshman reception? Such a pretty white dress, and that rapt, uplift

Dick, Marjorie and Fidge by George Edward Farrow

Author: George Edward Farrow
Language: English
Wordcount: 42,312 / 133 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.8
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 471
Added to site: 2007.11.19
mnybks.net#: 19096
Genres: Young Readers, Fiction and Literature

portance would be terribly angry, and perhaps would—-“

What the conclusion of the sentence was to have been the children never knew, for at that moment there was a loud clattering noise in the passage leading from the cave, and a moment afterwards four extraordinary figures came in sight.

They were mounted upon ostriches, and one of them, more richly caparisoned than the others, had a kind of canopy attached to his trappings, beneath which sat a stern-faced little man with an elaborate turban and head-dress. He wore also a very curious collar, from which depended a large gold ornament of curious design. He carried in one hand a long pipe, and with the other guided his strange steed.

[Illustration: “What do you know about the Dodo?”]

The others of the party, who were evidently his attendants, each carried a banner emblazoned with mysterious signs and characters.

The silver bells attached to the head of the ostrich, and on the top of the canopy over the grandee, tinkled merr

The Little Colonel’s House Party by Annie Fellows Johnston

Author: Annie Fellows Johnston
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 58,912 / 169 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.3
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Little Colonel

Downloads: 643
Added to site: 2005.05.07
mnybks.net#: 10282
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genre: Young Readers

t the cuckoo is the most careless bird in the world about the way it builds its nest. They weave a few twigs and sticks togethah just in any kind of way, and nevah mind a bit if their poah little young ones fall out of the nest. They seem to think that any kind of home is good enough, and that is the kind of a home that Elizabeth Lewis has. She is a poah little orphan, and is livin’ on a farm up Green Rivah. Mother is her godmothah. That’s why she is named Elizabeth Lloyd. Mrs. Lewis was an old school friend of mothah’s, too, and she wants Joyce and Elizabeth and me to be as deah friends as she and Emily Ware and Joyce Lewis were, she says. That’s why she invited them.”

“And you don’t know anything about this one?” questioned Rob.

“Not a thing. I shouldn’t be su’prised if she’s mighty countrified, for the farm is several miles from a railroad, and the people she lives with don’t think of anything but work, yeah in and yeah out.”

They had reached the post-office by this time, and Rob held out his hand

A Little Maid of Province Town by Alice Turner Curtis

Author: Alice Turner Curtis
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 40,426 / 117 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.6
LoC Category: PZ

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Added to site: 2008.08.13
mnybks.net#: 21697
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: History, Fiction and Literature, Young Readers

ion she longed to ask Mrs. Stoddard, yet almost feared to ask. As they reached the summit of the hill and turned for a look at the beautiful harbor she gained courage and spoke:

“Mistress Stoddard, will you please to tell me what a ‘spy’ is?”

“A spy? and why do you wish to know, Anne?” responded her friend; “who has been talking to you of spies?”

“Is it an ill-seeming word?” questioned the child anxiously. “The Cary children did call it after me yesterday when I went to the spring.”

“Did they that!” exclaimed Mrs. Stoddard angrily, “and what reply did you make, Anne?”

The little girl shook her head. “I said nothing. I knew not what they might mean. Does it mean an orphan child, Mistress Stoddard?” and the little girl lifted her dark eyes appealingly.

“I will tell you its meaning, Anne, and then you will see that it has naught to do with little girls. A ‘spy’ is like this: Suppose some one should wish to know if I kept my house in order, and what I gave the captain for

Der Trotzkopf by Emmy von Rhoden

Author: Emmy von Rhoden
Published: 1886
Language: German
Wordcount: 78,893 / 267 pg
LoC Category: PT

Downloads: 2,171
Added to site: 2010.02.18
mnybks.net#: 26707
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: Fiction and Literature, Young Readers

quo; rief Herr Macket ganz erschreckt.

»Verbrochen!« wiederholte lächelnd der Prediger. »Nein, nein, das hat sie nicht! Aber muß denn ein Kind erst etwas Böses gethan haben, um in ein Institut zu kommen? Es ist doch keine Strafanstalt. Hören Sie mich ruhig an, lieber Freund,« fuhr er besänftigend fort und legte die Hand auf Mackets Schulter, als er sah, daß dieser heftig auffahren wollte. »Sie wissen, wie ich Ilse liebe, und wissen auch, daß ich nur das Beste für sie im Auge habe; nun wohl, ich habe reiflich überlegt und bin zu dem Resultate gekommen, daß Sie, Ihre Frau und ich nicht Macht genug besitzen, sie zu erziehen. Sie trotzt uns allen dreien, was soll daraus werden? Sie hat soeben ein glänzendes Beispiel ihrer widerspenstigen Natur gegeben.«

Der Oberamtmann trommelte auf dem Tische. »Das war eine Ungezogenheit, die ich bestrafen werde,« sagte er. »Etwas Schlimmes kann ich nich

Defending the Island by James Otis

A story of the Franco-Indian troubles and how the Island of Mount Desert was defended. Useful as supplementary reading to American history study.

Author: James Otis (James Otis Kaler)
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 26,133 / 80 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.9
LoC Category: PS

Downloads: 707
Added to site: 2010.12.03
mnybks.net#: 29808
Origin: gutenberg.org

Genres: History, Fiction and Literature, Young Readers

that possibly another body of savages was on Mount Desert, counting on coming up through the thicket when the attack was begun.

However, as he said to himself a moment later, after struggling manfully against this new fear which assailed him, that was a matter which could not be guarded against, other than as the general defences were strengthened, and it stood him in hand to think of work rather than all which might happen.

“Remember, I’m to take my place with you and Luke,” Susan insisted, and the lad, knowing she could be depended upon to use a musket nearly as well as himself, replied:

“So you shall, Sue; I promise to call on you as I would on Luke. Here is the first timber,” he added, as he struck the finishing blows to the sharpened end of the log. “Drag it inside to the weakest place in the fence, and take good care that you don’t go where any one on the harbor island can see you.”

Aided by Mary and Ellen, the stout-hearted girl set about the task of carrying the heavy log,

Dick the Bank Boy by Frank V. Webster

Author: Frank V. Webster
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,058 / 139 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.7
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 787
Added to site: 2006.08.04
mnybks.net#: 14597
Genres: Young Readers, Fiction and Literature

rything else fails can I try that,” he explained. “You see one can’t depend on the fish to do their part of the contract. Some days they refuse to bite at all, and then other days are stormy. But I’ve got several ideas that I’m bound to try out, and I’m going to start to-morrow.”

That was all he said, for Dick never liked to boast in advance of what he expected to accomplish, having learned from sad experience that very often a snag is apt to sink the craft freighted with hopes, and when least expected.

He busied himself setting the table, while his mother lighted the lamp and prepared to serve their frugal meal.

It was a time of year when very little came in from the small garden that lay back of the house, and which they took care of in common, Dick doing all the hard work and his mother some of the weeding; later on they expected that the proceeds from this patch would provide many a good meal, should the weather smile upon their united efforts.

Being naturally a boy who looked