Pollyanna

Eleanor Porter Pollyanna At first, eleven-year-old Pollyanna is not very welcome in her aunt’s house. But the orphan has a formula for happiness: she finds something to be happy about in everything. The girl wins people’s hearts and discovers the secret of her dour...

Nobody’s Boy (or: Alone in the World)

Hector Malot Nobody’s Boy (or: Alone in the World) Original Title: Sans famille Rémi spends about seven happy years with Mother Barberin.  When he is eight years old, Father Barberin comes home. An accicent at work left him incapacitated and so he is not happy to see...

Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables Anne of Green Gables is considered a classic children’s novel, but is loved by adults and children alike. Anne Shirley is an orphan who is taken in by two unmarried, childless siblings, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, who run...

Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George Julie of the Wolves An Inuit girl flees into the wildness because she is being forcibly married. To survive, she must try to join a pack of wolves. And in order to be accepted, she observes the wolves for days to learn their behavior. Animal...

Heidi

Johanna SpyriHeidi There are a few notable aspects to this book: The moving description of nature, especially the mountain world of the Swiss alps – the “Alm”. The character portraits and the way in which the different characters relate to one another, coming from...