Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates: Complete and Unabridged (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1993 - Fiction - 256 pages
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From glistening ice roads to frozen canals, in a wonderland where even the richest nobles thrill to the gliding joys of winter, everyone is awaiting the fabulous race to win the magnificent Silver Skates --

Except Hans Brinker and his sister Gretel. For the Brinkers are desperately poor, friendless; with a father felled by a crippling head wound, Mother and the children must battle simply to survive. And while Hans and Gretel are strong, fast, disciplined, and loyal...on hand-crafted wooden skates, they can't complete against trained rich kids with fine steel blades...

But sometimes...sometimes...good people are given a chance. Sometimes strangers do care. And sometimes a family's love and loyalty can struggle against even the cruelest twists of fate...

Sometimes...

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Contents

1 Hans and Gretel
1
2 Holland
4
3 The Silver Skates
12
4 Hans and Gretel Find a Friend
16
5 Shadows in the Home
22
6 Sunbeams
28
7 Hans Has His Way
31
8 Introducing Jacob Poot and His Cousin
35
26 The Palace and the Wood
130
27 The Merchant Prince and the SisterPrincess
132
28 Through the Hague
143
29 A Day of Rest
149
30 Homeward Bound
151
31 Boys and Girls
154
32 The Crisis
159
33 Gretel and Hilda
165

9 The Festival of Saint Nicholas
40
10 What the Boys Saw and Did in Amsterdam
47
11 Big Manias and Little Oddities
55
12 On the Way to Haarlem
61
13 A Catastrophe
64
14 Hans
67
15 Homes
72
16 Haarlem the Boys Hear Voices
77
17 The Man with Four Heads
82
18 Friends in Need
87
19 On the Canal
93
20 Jacob Poot Changes the Plan
98
21 Mynheer Kleef and His Bill of Fare
104
22 The Red Lion Becomes Dangerous
107
23 Before the Court
117
24 The Beleaguered Cities
120
25 Leyden
125
34 The Awakening
170
35 Bones and Tongues
173
36 A New Alarm
176
37 The Fathers Return
180
38 The Thousand Guilders
184
39 Glimpses
188
40 Looking for Work
191
41 The Fairy Godmother
195
42 The Mysterious Watch
200
43 A Discovery
207
44 The Race
213
45 Joy in the Cottage
227
46 Mysterious Disappearance Thomas Higgs
233
47 Broad Sunshine
236
48 Conclusion
240
Afterword
243
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About the author (1993)

Mary Elizabeth Mapes Dodge was born in New York in 1831. Her Grandmother was Dutch, and Mary Elizabeth grew up in the center of a strong and properous family. She died in 1905 after a long illness but Hans Brinker lives on.

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