After a diagnosis of diabetes, Ralph needed a warm climate and sunshine—but he also needed to make a living for himself.

Shaking the Nickel Bush

When Ralph got in trouble in Boston, he was sent to live with his grandfather in Maine, and found himself in one of the hardest situations he had ever experienced.

The Fields of Home

John D tells story after story about how his brother Tom, the Great Brain, swindled him and every other boy in town.

The Great Brain Series

After moving to Boston when they had to leave Colorado, Ralph’s mother and the family have to find a way to make a living for themselves, and make a home.

Mary Emma and Company

Ralph spent the summer working on a ranch in Colorado as a cowhand, learning many lessons for life.

The Home Ranch

After the father of the Moody family died, Ralph, his mother, and his brothers and sisters all had to work together to survive.

Man of the Family

Jemmy is very tired of being the prince’s whipping boy, and wants to go back to his life as a ratcatcher—but when the prince runs away and takes Jemmy along, they both have to use their wits to survive!

The Whipping Boy

Synopsis: Ralph’s father’s wisdom guides the family through one disaster after another, making their years on a ranch in Colorado the best years of their lives.

Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers

Synopsis: When Daddy breaks his leg and spends the entire summer mending, Andrew must learn patience.

Daddy on the Mend

After Simon finishes third grade for the fourth time, his teacher advises him to strike out and find his place in the world.

The Great Turkey Walk

Greg’s main focus in life is to make money—but then Maura butts in to his money-making scheme with her own ideas!

Lunch Money

This series of four books tells the wonderful, true story of a boy who rode the orphan trains with his siblings in the early 1900s.

Beyond the Orphan Train series

As three brothers grow up in a small town in Utah around 1900, the middle brother uses his great brain to make a profit for himself in every way possible.

The Great Brain

When he helps rescue a runt piglet, Pablo wants to own it—can he earn the money to buy it for himself?

A Pig for Pablo

When the war comes to his backyard, and his friend is killed in front of him, can Heinrich ever forgive his enemy?

A Drop of Mercy

After he loses his job and home, an orphan boy heads north to join the Yukon Gold Rush.

A Tale of Gold