The Tiber River begins in the Apennine Mountains in Central Italy. It carries a lot of mud and silt, which constantly blocks its mouth. It floods often, providing fertile land for agriculture and burying cities. It has also been a dumping ground for executed criminals. Learn fun facts about the Tiber River in this 15-minute book. Reading level: 6.9
Antarctica is a frozen continent at the southernmost point of our planet. Where the land meets the ocean, huge ice shelves and icebergs flow onto the sea.
Antarctica is so cold that the snow never melts. It has built up over thousands of years to create ice sheets that are over 2.5 miles (four kilometres) thick, burying an active volcanic land that was once roamed by dinosaurs.
The Volga River is the longest river in Europe. It is entirely in Russia and has no natural access to any open seas. It starts in a swamp in a small ridge, flowing through prehistoric lake beds on a course that separates the mountains of the Russian Uplands from the flat European Plain before dropping below sea level to enter the inland Caspian Sea. Find out some fun facts in this 15-minute book.
Theodore Roosevelt lived a full and adventurous life. He was encouraged by his parents in all his interests and encouraged his own children in theirs. The world – and the White House – would certainly have been a different place without them. From strange animals in the White House to a wife that was never mentioned, amaze your family and friends with these fun facts. Reading Level: 7.2 Ages 8+
When winning isn’t an option, the only thing you can do is survive.
After the Betelgeuse catastrophe, Commander John Madison is first officer of a cargo ship, transporting supplies throughout the colonies.
An invasion strikes from outside the galaxy and Madison is sent to the front lines to scout. Unable to do nothing, he will strike to protect those he cares about - no matter the consequences.
Theodore Roosevelt was a writer, soldier, hunter, naturalist and politician. He loved nature and the environment, and wanted to improve the lives of Americans.
After the assassination of President McKinley, he became the 26th and youngest President of the United States. Find out more about this legendary president in this 15-minute children's biography. Ages 9 and up. Reading Level: 7.2
Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst was an intelligent and ambitious girl. She first met her cousin Karl Peter Ulrich when she was ten. She didn’t like him. The scheming of others saw her life turned around. A new name and country and an unhappy marriage lead to Karl "Peter" on the Russian throne. Catherine soon overthrew him. Ruling Russia for 34 years, she became known as Catherine the Great. RL: 6.9
Wu Zetian was an intelligent and ambitious woman. She married Emperor Gaizong of the Tang Dynasty and became Empress. But Wu wasn’t satisfied. She wanted to rule in her own right. She was determined to become Emperor of China and killed anyone who stood in her way – even her own children. Find out more about this legendary ruler in this 15-minute children's biography. Ages 10+. Reading Level: 6.8
Johnny Appleseed is one of the most loved characters in American folk history and the official folk hero of Massachusetts. He is often shown wandering barefoot, wearing a shirt and pants, and with a tin hat on his head. A kind, nature-loving man who wandered across the frontier scattering apple seeds wherever he went.
Like most legends, there is a mixture of myth and truth. This is the true story.
Courtney and her class are visiting the museum to view the exhibit on Ancient Egypt. A quick trip to the bathroom leads to a mystery when they come out to find the museum empty. Where has everyone gone? What is happening? When their tour guide steps away to find out, she doesn't return! Can Courtney figure out what is going on? Read this tenth book in the exciting Courtney Case Mystery Series.
The Sahara is a land of extremes. It is the largest hot desert on Earth where the sand can reach a whopping 176 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius). It is also a land of mountains, plains – and snow. It is a constantly changing landscape with winds that blast dust halfway around the planet. amaze your family and friends with these fun facts. Ages 8 and up. Reading Level: 6.9
Courtney is doing an experiment when a knock sounds at her door. It is Nick and Andie. Someone has stolen the money their grandmother sent them in a Christmas Card! Can Courtney find the thief? What will happen when her own Christmas card arrives in the post? Will her money be gone too?
Read this 9th book in the exciting Courtney Case Mystery Series to see if Courtney can solve the case. RL: 3.8
Suddenly Courtney has another case, but this time the thief strikes closer to home. Courtney's mother left her garden gloves on the front porch and now they are gone.
At first Courtney doesn't think she has a case, but then other things turn up missing. There doesn't seem to be a pattern. Who is stealing them, and why? Read this eighth book in the exciting Courtney Case Mystery Series. RL: 3.1
William McKinley was a religious man who wanted to be a Methodist minister. He fought in the Civil War as a teenager, then became a lawyer and politician. He won the 1896 election and was the 25th President of the U. S. Six months into his second Presidency, he was shot and killed. Find out more about this man and why he always wore a carnation in this 15-minute children's biography. RL:6.9
A number of items have gone missing from the neighborhood. Courtney Case, Australian girl detective is on the case. First Mack cannot find his A-Man…AGAIN! Then it is Liesel's beads, a hair ribbon, and other items. None of the items has any real value. So who is stealing them, and why? What do the items have in common? Could that be the clue that leads to finding the thief? Reading level 3.5
Grover Cleveland was an honest, hardworking man who always tried to do his best. He fought against corruption in local, state and Federal Governments. He won, lost and won elections to become the 22nd and 24th Presidents of the United States. He is the only President to serve two non-consecutive terms.Find out more about this twice elected president in this 15-minute bio. Reading level: 6.9.
Uranus is a planet with a mini solar system of rings and moons. Many of the moons formed with the planet. Some of them were captured later on. Some of the moons shepherd the rings and keep them from drifting apart. Other moons contribute to the rings and may have even created them. There are at least 27 moons orbiting Uranus. Find out more about them in this fun 15-Minute Book. Reading level: 6.9
Our sun is one of billions in our galaxy, and our galaxy is one of billions in the universe. Our galaxy is called The Milky Way Galaxy. It is about 120,000 light years across with a halo extending hundreds of thousands of lights years beyond it. With stars that are 13 billion years old, The Milky Way Galaxy is one of the oldest galaxies in the universe. Learn more in this 15-minute book. RL: 7.2
Courtney Case, the Australian detective solves the case of what happened to a football that was kicked on the school yard. It went up to the roof, but now it isn't there! The ball is nowhere to be found. How can Courtney figure out what happened to the football, or did it really escape into the Bermuda Triangle? Read this sixth book in the exciting Courtney Case Mystery Series. RL: 3.2
Often called “the roof of the world” the Himalayas are the highest mountain range on Earth. They have over 100 peaks that are 4.5 miles (7 kilometres) high and have jet stream winds blasting at up to 200 miles (322 kilometres) per hour. The Himalayas are a snow-capped wonder of beauty, wildlife and mystery. Find out more about this magnificent mountain range. Reading level: 7.1
William the Conqueror built a fortress along the River Thames where he could maintain control of London and watch any invaders coming along the river. The fortress became The Tower of London. Over the years, it has been added to and destroyed. It has been a palace, zoo, Museum, Royal Mint, observatory, prison, and a place of execution and murder. Reading level: 6.9
Alexander the Great was a Greek ruler. He conquered many lands. He also built or named 17 cities Alexandria – after himself. One of these cities is in Egypt, 20 miles west of the Nile. In this a massive, ancient lighthouse was built. The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Amaze your family and friends with these fun facts about the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
When Meg's teacher tells his class about the poor children in Africa, Meg wants to help. But how?
In a world with so many large problems, this story shows how one child can make a difference.
A picture book for younger readers.
Shah Jahan of the Mughal Empire in India had several wives. His favorite was Mumtaz Mahal. She was always with him, traveling all over the Empire. When she died, Jahan was devastated. He designed and built a mausoleum to house her body. He called it the Taj Mahal. Find out more about this amazing monument and surprise your friends with these fun facts in this 15-minute book. Reading Level: 6.9
Lightning has terrified people for thousands of years with huge dark storm clouds, rumbling and lighting up. There were flashes of light striking the ground, causing fire and destruction with a roar loud enough to think the heavens were exploding. Today, we know a thunderstorm does not mean the world is about to end. Even so, it is a powerful event of nature. Find out more in this short book. RL:6
Louis Pasteur was a scientist. When he tried to convince the medical establishment that germs caused disease, he was laughed at. Louis never accepted defeat. He discovered how to kill germs in liquids in a process we call “pasteurization”. He developed vaccines and encouraged the use of antiseptics and disinfectants.
Find out more about this man who helped discover how to make foods safe. RL: 6.9
For thousands of years, many kingdoms have fought for control of the Rhine River. It changed hands many times and defined where countries would come to exist. From its beginning in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine has cut huge gorges, valleys and waterfalls. Its growing delta spreads across the low land before entering the North Sea. How much do you know about the Rhine? Ages 8 and up.
Space, aliens, solar events of a cataclysmic nature and some good guys and girls out to do the right thing - which backfires and snowballs out of control.
Commander John Madison intercepts a message about the fate of a nearby star and sets off to help. The worlds are at war. The legitimate ruler ousted, a military dictator in control and a rebel leader desperate to save his world from annihilation
Amelia Earhart thought a woman could do anything a man could. She encouraged women to follow their dreams. When Amelia first saw an airplane, she was not impressed. A few years later, she knew she had to fly. Amelia set many flying records. Her dream was to be the first person to fly around the world along the equator. In 1937, she set off on her dream. Learn more in this 15-minute bio for kids.
Gold was discovered in California in 1848. It seemed like California had everything. What they did not have was a fast way to communicate with the east. That was when the Pony Express was born. Find out some fun facts about this enterprise in this fun book. Reading level: 6.8
When we look at clouds in our sky, we can sometimes make out shapes. This can also happen with nebulas – clouds of dust and gas in space. There are two main types of nebulas; bright and dark. There are four types of bright nebulas; emission, reflection, planetary and supernova remnants. This book covers 14 strange and interesting nebulas in our galaxy. Reading Level: 6.9
We live on Earth. Earth is a planet. It spins, giving us day and night. It goes around the sun. Everything that goes around our sun is part of our solar system. There is gas, dust, ice and rocks. There are even other planets. This book will tell you a few things about the eight planets in our solar system. Let us see how much you know. How many questions can you answer? Reading level: 2.9
The Ganges River begins in an ice cave in the Himalayan Mountains. It flows through India and Bangladesh and enters the sea at the world’s largest delta. It supports over 400 million people and thousands of animal and plant species. It is sacred to the Hindu people and worshiped as a goddess. Many people wish to die near the Ganges. Many people do. Find out more in this 15-Minute book. RL: 6.9
The Great Wall of China is a man-made wonder, spanning thousands of miles. It spreads from the Pacific Ocean in the East to the Gobi Desert and beyond in the west. Much of it has stood for hundreds of years, with some portions over 2000 years old. The Great Wall stood as a wall of defense for many years, against the warring states to the north. Find out more in this short young adult book.
Courtney Case, the Australian detective solves the case of what happened to her this past Valentine's Day when she received a card from a secret admirer. Courtney's teacher assigned her students to make cards for Valentine's Day. On February 14th, she passed out cards to those kids who had received one. Every child got at least one. But the one Courtney got didn't have a name on it!
James Garfield had little early education, he worked to put himself through college before entering politics. When the Civil War started, he joined the Union Army. He won many battles and become a Major General. As a politician, he fought for civil rights, the abolition of slavery and an education system for African Americans. In March 1881 he became president. 200 days later he was dead. RL: 6.8
Maria Sklodowska was a Polish girl who wanted a proper education. She changed her name to and went to university in France. She met and married Pierre Curie and began to work with radioactivity. Marie Curie became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win two Nobel Prizes. Hers was a life filled with firsts. Find out more about this discoverer of radium in this short bio.
How much of America’s rainfall ends up in the Mississippi River? Which mountain range grew around the Danube River? Are there more kinds of fish in the Amazon or in the ocean? The Thames was once a tributary of what European river? What is the “Ghost City” of the Yangtze? Learn about the Amazon, Danube, Mississippi, Nile, Yangtze, Thames, and Murray rivers in this set of 15-minute books. RL: 6.9
Saturn has seven rings and 62 moons. The rings orbit Saturn, creating shadow bands and rain on the planet. Most of the moons are outside the rings. A few moons are within and between the rings. Some of these tiny moons create and control the rings. They create gaps within and between the rings. They create fascinating structures and phenomena. Find out more in this short book.
Our galaxy contains about 200 billion stars. Astronomers believed that some of these stars must have solar systems with planets. They went looking – and found some. They call these planets extrasolar planets or exoplanets. Here are some fun facts about them. Ages 8 and up. Reading level: 6.9
All measurements in American and metric.
This is the fourth book in the exciting Courtney Case Mystery Series. Courtney is woken up on a Saturday morning and asked to solve the case of the missing A-man. Did Mack's sister Liesel take his A-man toy, or did something else happen to it? Ages 7 - 10. Reading level 3.0
Thomas Jefferson was a lawyer and farmer. He was wrote the Declaration of Independence and went on to become the third President of the US. Find out more about our third president and how he helped found the United States. Ages 10 and up. Reading Level: 7.5
John Adams was a farmer and lawyer. He was one of the Founding Fathers who pushed for Independence. He helped write and sign the Declaration of Independence and became America’s second President. But there are no memorials to John Adams in Washington. He is the Forgotten Founding Father. Find out more about our second president and how he helped found the United States.
Jack is trapped in the dying world of Drac; a world of magic, dragons, and evil doings. The Talisman, which stores the elemental virtues of the races and keeps the world in balance, has gone. A prophecy has been set in motion and will be fulfilled, one way or the other.
While travelling the lands in search of the elements, Jack realises the true nature of the evil that is destroying the World.
Richard Plantagenet, King of England, was a brave soldier and a great Crusader. He won many battles against the Muslims in the Holy Land. He earned the name “Lionheart”, but he was not a good king. He didn’t like England. He spent about six months there during his ten year reign. He sold the country’s lands to the highest bidder to raise money for the Crusades. Learn more in this short biography.
In this final part of the adventure, Jack finds the last two elements to complete The Talisman. As he and his friends begin to heal the World, Septis takes and gains control of The Talisman.
To stop her destroying the World, they must enter the dragon’s domain and climb a mountain of bad magic to reach her castle at the top. With their virtues fading fast, Jack finds he must confront Septis alone.
Jack is trapped in the fantasy world of Drac; a world of magic, dragons, and evil doings. The world is dying. The Talisman, which stores the elemental virtues of the races and keeps the world in balance, has gone. A prophecy is in motion and will be fulfilled.
In the second part of his adventure, Jack meets the arrogant Diamonds, discovers why the World is dying and comes face to face with Septis.
Ben Franklin was a writer, scientist, inventor and political leader. He was one of the Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the U.S. He organized the first lending library and volunteer fire department. He established universities and hospitals. He also flew a kite in a thunderstorm to show that lightning was electricity. Learn more in this short bio
“Don’t you see? That’s why you are here.”
Jack shook his head. “No, I don’t see.”
“Then I’ll prove it... Where’s my Book. Bring The Book!” the King ordered.
A boy, a crystal and a world out of balance.
Jack becomes trapped in the fantasy world of Drac; a world of magic, dragons and evil doings. The world is dying, The Talisman has gone and a prophecy will be fulfilled - one way or the other.
The Hudson River was once thought to be a northwest passage that joined to the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, a canal system opened up the center of America to settlement. The Hudson has spectacular valleys and dangerous waters. Land shifts have changed the course of the river. Much of the natural beauty of the land is now under the ocean. Learn more in this fun 15-minute book.
on April 26, 2014
An intriguing story that holds together all the way through. It has horror, with an element of mystery and personal growth.
My kids really liked the fact that, as annoying as Marty could be, Andy will still do anything it takes to protect his little brother.
on May 18, 2014
An entertaining collection. A dash of imagination coupled with a dash of reality.
There are some rich descriptive details that give a feel of atmosphere. I particularly liked the reverse assumptions, such as if there is a footprint in the sand, it must be Friday.
on June 02, 2014
This is a very personal and emotionally individual book. What you get out of it will reflect on who and what you are.
The four star ranking is not meant as a personal recommendation or endorsement. It's there to encourage everyone to have a look at this book and judge it on its merits and value to you.
It's free, so you've got nothing to lose.
on March 04, 2016
Quite enjoyed this. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it is what it says: paranormal romance. It's easy to read, there is some good character development and some lovely descriptions.
When I got to Melinda "laid out like a buffet", I thought she was going to be dinner!
Under the Big Top
on May 16, 2017
This story is quite dark and is more suited to the top end of its age group - around 11-12 year olds.
It's well written, holds interest throughout and has lots of gruesome bits. Not just for the kids, I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.