September 15: James Fenimore Cooper

On this date in 1789, American author, James Fenimore Cooper was born. Cooper authored over fifty books in his lifetime, but is best known for his adventure stories. Our collection includes The Last of the Mohicans (his most popular work) and Jack Tier (set in the Florida Keys).

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The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans is a novel that takes place during the French and Indian War following the adventures of Nathaniel “Natty” Bumppo and his two Mohican companions as they attempt to rescue the daughters of a British commander. Available from the ClipPix ETC website. Reading level: 11.0. Word count: 154,291.

Jack Tier, or the Florida Reef

Jack Tier, or the Florida Reef is a novel set on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas during the Mexican-American War. Available from the ClipPix ETC website. Reading level: 8.9. Word count: 190,098.