New Release! The Dragon and The Raven by G. A. Henty



After months of planning, I am absolutely thrilled to announce the release of the first title in Professor Mom's® Historical Homeschooling Series!

I fell in love with George Alfred Henty's books a few years ago, when I stumbled on "The Dragon and The Raven" as I was putting together reading lists for our medieval times study.  Since then, the boys and I have read many of these terrific works of juvenile fiction.  Henty has such a knack for bringing history to life while integrating a personal, character-building story that appeals to all ages in a manner that is truly timeless.

What is a Henty book?

Henty wrote his books with an eye on giving boys something to aspire to.  He used history as the medium for lessons in honor, courage, and humility.  By weaving the lives of his fictional characters into the lives of historical greats, readers get a glimpse into the past, while developing a keen sense of who they want to be in the future.

Some of the best features of his books involve the portrayal of family relations, and respect for the wisdom of others.  He makes the reader mindful of how our culture has distorted what family was intended to be by showing us a better path.

I have kept this edition faithful to the original text, which some readers may find challenging at first.  After a few pages, though, the rich language and vibrant mental pictures that Henty draws compensate for the more 'old-fashioned' writing style. 

Why am I republishing this work?

Some books were simply not meant to be lost to the sands of time.  With the derth of quality reading material currently on the market for young people, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get these works into the hands of other homeschoolers.  My goal was to create a series that was affordable and accessible, so that Henty, and other authors of his caliber, can be an easy and beloved addition to any homeschool family's library.

What will be included in Professor Mom's® Historical Homeschooling Series?

I am already working on the next title, which will be another Henty book, this time set during the American Revolution.  "True to the Old Flag" will be an interesting addition to any homeschool history program because it respectfully tells the story from the British perspective. 

Other titles will be added to the series based on three criteria:

  • Historical significance and richness
  • Character building potential, and
  • Literary quality

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How do we order?

To celebrate the launch of the Historical Homeschooling Series, "The Dragon and The Raven" is on sale for only $9.99!  Simply click here to go directly to "The Dragon and The Raven" page in the Professor Mom store.  (Professor Dad will be standing by to help fulfill orders; I think he is more excited than I am.  He loves what Henty teaches the kids!)

As for online purchasing, security is a huge deal, so I have protected the store with an SSL certificate.  Currently, the Professor Mom store takes only PayPal, however, if we get enough feedback from y'all, we will work on adding a Visa/Mastercard option as well!  (And, you can always use your Visa or Mastercard through your PayPal account.)

One more thing…

As many of you are already aware, we have been working on a site redesign.  I It is prettier than it was, but we are still tweaking some areas. 

As always, if you have feedback or there are topics which you'd like me to cover in more depth, just drop me a comment, a tweet or an email.  I love hearing from you ladies… you bring a smile to my face every day!

New things, fresh things… can't you just feel spring in the air!



  1. This is really great; our boys are so neglected compared to our girls. Here in Australia, the gap in mainstream schools is widening so fast that our future men are suffering terribly. Thanks again, just started digging in your blog, I’m loving it so far!

  2. November 20, 2011

    read this book with my daughter who is 10 and we had a hard time putting it down. She is studying the Middle Ages this year in school and this story brought that time period to life. Not only did we learn about the historical events of the time of King Alfred and the Vikings, but we enjoyed reading about the culture of the 9th century. We have read other books by Henty and we were not disappointed with this one. There is something here for everyone, adventure, battles, romance, friendship, etc.

  3. November 24, 2011

    Henty is a wonderful author. I have read this book dozens of times and it is always fresh. The scenes are vivid, the plot is involving, and the characters are marvellous!


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