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The Challengers is one of Grace's intriguing books about children left to fend for themselves.

From the J.B. Lippincott Co. jacket flap:

Phyllis held the candle high above her head. The cellar lay below her in an inky pool of shadow. Ouside a cold rain swept down in torrents. Her sister, pretty Melissa, was out in it looking for work. Her mother, too, was away visiting her sick husband at the hospital. Soon Bob and Rosalie would be back from school. There was no food and their landlady had callously left them without heat. So Phyllis built a fire herself and almost lost the cuckoo clock with its precious secret to the wrathful Mrs. Barkus.

Mrs. Hill has written a splended new story of the five Challenger children who met their plight with fine courage, which carried them through Steve's accident and Melissa's harrowing adventures, until that day when a lawyer knocked at the door and delivered a strange message.

2017 GLH "M" Reading List

We're reading all of the books beginning with "M" this year, arranged in chronological order with our usual "bonus books" for the winter.

January:
1908 - Marcia Schuyler (Bonus: read the next book in the trilogy - Phoebe Deane)

February:
1912 - The Mystery of Mary (Bonus: for a GLH similar in style, read 1914's The Best "M"an)

March:
1914 - The Man of the Desert (Bonus: read the connected book, A Voice in the Wilderness)

April:
1915 - Miranda (final book in the Marcia Schuyler trilogy)

May:
1933 - Matched Pearls

June:
1936 - Mystery Flowers

July:
1938 - Marigold

August:
1938 - Maris

September:
1938 - The Minister's Son - (look for it in the paperback "The Honeymoon House" published by Tyndale/Living Books in 1984 -  ISBN 0-8423-1366-4, and read the rest of the 1930's short stories, if you like)

October:
1944 - More Than Conqueror (Bonus: read the connected book, By Way of the Silverthorns)

November:
1948 - Mary Arden

December:
1949 Miss Lavinia's Call (which happens to include four Christmas stories!)