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The By Kids for Kids Series

The By Kids for Kids Series by Victoria L. Smith

Victoria L. Smith is a gifted children’s author who has published numerous works in a variety of children’s genres.

The By Kids for Kids Series ebooks are available to read on Kindle, Nook, iPhone, iPad, and more.  Number of pages is approximate.

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Book 1

Ellanora Brown

Ellanora faces the trials thrown in her path by The Great Depression. How will a girl of 12 make her way? Read this first book in a series of stories written to entertain and to intrigue. Ellanora will capture your fancy and your heart.

(63 pages)

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Oregon Girl-- Adventures of Saphrena

Book 2

Oregon Girl: Adventures of Saphrena

In this heartwarming story of difficulty and triumph, Saphrena embraces a new culture with courage and respect. Saphrena will charm you with her spritely personality and loving spirit.

(90 pages)

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Book 3

California Girl: Adventures During World War I

Cameron works her way through jams and joys, and never loses her grasp on what is important.

(82 pages)

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Book 4

Only 7

Amelia’s mother passes away when she is seven years old. Her father, Mr. Justus turns into a depressed, taciturn man. He remarries quickly, and sends Amelia away continually; however, he keeps his two step-sons and four children at home. Amelia works hard to triumph over the grievous details of death, but will she succeed? Will she be able to help her father, too?

(112 pages)

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Book 5

Charlie Enslow’s father works away from home on the great railroad.  His family receives regular monthly checks from him to support themselves.  When the money suddenly stops, and no word from Mr. Enslow is received, Charlie and his family must make sacrifices.

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Thinking of Traveling West?




1.  Receive free or inexpensive fertile land.

2.  Get a chance for a new start.

3.  Live on the great wild frontier, with nobody around.

4.  Lots of hunting game for food.

5.  Maybe start a town in your name.

6.  Discover previously unseen valleys and wonders.

7.  Get away from the city and pollution.

8.  Remove yourself from the enforcement of law and (legal) government.

9.  Soothe your itchy feet for a little while.


  1. It is a dangerous journey and often results in the death of one or more of each party.
  2. You would leave family (often forever) and friends behind.
  3. You would have to work very hard on a farm or land plot.
  4. You would live alone, often, miles from any neighbor.
  5. You would be put in danger of wild animals.
  6. You would not have good medical care in case of emergency.
  7. You would not know the news of the East anywhere near to the time when it happened.
  8. You would not have things like books, cloth, metals, and other items nearby for purchase or use.
  9. You would not be able to attend church.

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The Effect of Transportation on People in History




My grandmother had been my favorite person all the years of my life.  When I was twelve, we had to move to California, and leave her behind in Delaware.  I thought I would die.  I prayed I would see her again, but it was a far fetched dream.  My mother and I cried as we boarded a train for San Francisco with Father and my older brother.

All of my brother’s friends were there in Delaware.  He choked back an angry scowl.  He was fifteen, and very angry with Father for forcing him to come to California with the family.  My brother had argued many times in a loud voice that he was old enough to stay, that he wanted to stay.

I didn’t argue.  I knew it would be useless.  My father would be getting a better job.  Mother said I would like California.

Once in San Francisco, following a sixty hour train ride, we moved into a hotel room where we would stay until we found a home to rent or buy.  Immediately after unpacking, I sat down to write a letter to my grandmother.  I would tell her of the train ride, what California was like, and how I was doing.

A year passed.  I regularly heard from Grandmother, and she always sent a letter back.  One day I realized it had been weeks since I had had a letter from my grandmother.  I returned home from school to find a tearstained telegram from Delaware in Mother’s hands.

“Mother?  What is that telegram about?”  I asked quietly, fearing I knew.

“Grandmother.  She is ill and dying.”

I was silent.

“How I wish we could see her and say goodbye!”  Mother wailed, bursting into fresh tears.

I set my jaw.  My mother and I would see Grandmother again.  We would use my allowance money I had been saving for train tickets all the way to Delaware.

“Mother.  We will.  You and me.  We’ll take a train with my allowance money to see Grandmother.”

Together we went to the train station after leaving a note for Father telling him we would be back in about a week.  The train fares were high, and mother had to use some of our food money for the trip there.  We didn’t know how we would get back.

I was anxious during the ride.  The train wheels chugged saying ‘I can’t go faster. I can’t go faster’.  After hours and hours, Mother and I flew off the train.  We were tired and sick of sitting, but we couldn’t rest.  We had to see Grandmother.  I didn’t look at my old house as we passed it in a coach, I only wanted Grandmother.

The coach pulled up outside the house, and before it had stopped I was out and halfway up the walkway.

Mother shouted for me to wait.  I didn’t.  I burst into the house and ran to my Grandmothers bed.

“Grandmother!  Grandmother!  Mother and I have come!”  I yelled.

There was the doctor.  He shook his head.  I didn’t understand.

I went to the bedside and shook my grandmother, “Grandmother!”  I felt her face, it was cold.  I laid my hand on her chest.  She had no heartbeat.

Mother came into the room.

The doctor said, “I’m sorry.  She passed away about thirty minutes ago.”

I screamed.  We had been thirty minutes too late!  Thirty minutes!  If the train had gone a little faster, we would have made it!  Sixty hours on a train and were thirty minutes too late!  We left the room, as the doctor also left.                 

I screamed and cried.  Mother wept silently.  I couldn’t believe what had happened. 

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Report on: A Christmas Carol


A Christmas Carol

                A Christmas Carol was written many decades ago by Charles Dickens.  Most everyone has heard of this book or of this author.  A Christmas Carol has been put to stage and made into a musical, along with a number of live action and cartoon movies.

The main character in this story is a man named Ebenezer Scrooge.  He is an old miser with a love only for money.  In the story, he is haunted by four ghosts.   The first ghost is Scrooge’s seven years dead partner, Jacob Marley.  Marley tells Scrooge of the Spirits to come.  Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas past, a small white being, who shows Scrooge his past.  The Ghost of Christmas Present, a jolly old fellow, shows Scrooge his nephew, having a happy party, and other events.  The Ghost of Christmas Future, a black cloaked Phantom, terrifies Scrooge by showing him what will occur after his death.

Scrooge learns that he must be kind and good-hearted if he wishes to escape his horrifying future.  In the end, Scrooge’s heart is turned around along with his life.  He gives gifts to the poor and in need.  He raises his struggling clerk’s salary, to insure that the clerk can care for his large family of eight.

Scrooge became a completely changed man, thanks to the visits of those four ghosts, who showed him what would happen if the future went unaltered.

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