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With my eyes closed and Alex's core friends all around me, it was like I'd become my big sister, or something just as good. And so who cared if they were calling it Alex's party? One thing I knew: it would be remembered as mine.Alex has it all--brains, beauty, popularity, and a dangerously hot boyfriend. Her little sister Thea wants it all, and she's stepped up her game to get it. Even if it means spinning the truth to win the attention she deserves. Even if it means uncovering a shocking secret her older sister never wanted to share. Even if it means crying wolf.Told in the alternating voices of Alex and Thea, Adele Griffin's mesmerizing new novel is the story of a sibling rivalry on speed.
Delia's new friend is not what she seems<P> Each day of Delia's first week of high school, her parents ask her the same question: Did you make any friends today? Finally, the answer is yes. Her name is Amandine, and she is the most exciting person in town. An artist, a dancer, and a teller of tall tales, she has enough charm to make Delia forget her loneliness. Like Delia, Amandine is an outsider--a city girl with too much personality for a small town.. Delia notices something strange about her friend from the start. Everything she says is a little bit too wild to be true. When the exaggerations get more serious, Delia finds it's too late to escape. Amandine has chosen Delia--and if Delia isn't careful, the vengeful, dangerous Amandine will set her life on fire. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When a family shatters, can it be rebuilt? Ever since they've been on their own, life has been tough for Ben and his mother. Though they love each other, their life together has been a series of bitter fights and standoffs. But when his mother marries Lyle, at last Ben finds a missing puzzle piece. Ben's new stepfather is an easygoing charmer, and he and Ben grow close. Things aren't as smooth with Ben's new stepbrother, Dustin. Surly, distant, self-destructive, and forever grieving for his lost mother, Dustin holds everyone at arm's length. As their newly formed family struggles to fit together, Dustin suffers a serious diving accident. From tragedy emerges the chance for Ben to finally confront his distant mother, and maybe even make peace with his elusive stepbrother. This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
Be afraid, be very afraid of Terrifying Tales, the sixth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading. Eleven masters of suspense--Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia--have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories with illustrations by Gris Grimly, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends' pants off. Compiled and edited by kid-lit madman Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales is a creepy-fun read (if you're brave enough, that is).
Uncommonly smart, uncommonly strange, Hannah is determined to become a success<P> In the one-room schoolhouse at Chadds Ford, Hannah Bennett is a sensation. She is a whiz at math--so adept that she teaches the other students--but in reading, she is a flop. Give her a piece of poetry and she can tell you how many As, how many Es, how many Rs there are in it--but she cannot read a word. Her talent is amazing, but in this small town during the Great Depression, people think that girls will only use math for household budgeting.<P> All at once, everything changes for Hannah when she is invited to study math in the big city of Philadelphia. This illiterate farm girl will undertake the adventure of a lifetime, in hopes of winning a university scholarship. As long as she stays true to herself, there is nothing--not reading, writing, or the city of Philadelphia--that is beyond Hannah's reach.<P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It's a fun and dangerous thrill at first, but Raye hadn't counted on falling for Julian herself--and igniting Ella's rage. As Raye works to reconcile the temptress Elizabeth with her real-life self, Ella serves up her own revenge, creating an online smear campaign of nasty rumors and trashy photographs. Suddenly notorious, Raye has to find a way out of the web of deceit that she's helped to build, and back to the relationships that matter. Adele Griffin's riveting novel explores the issues of generation Facebook: the desire to be someone else, real versus online friends, and the pitfalls and fallouts of posting your personal life online for all the world to judge.
A family of friendly vegetarian vampires stars in this funny story for middle-grade readers. Being vegan vampires in New York City makes life complicated for siblings Maddy, Lexie and Hudson Livingstone. And this summer, things seem to be taking a turn for the worse for Maddy. She's been having a hard time making friends, and now she might be losing the one she thought was guaranteed her sister. Then her brother hears the scary news that the leader of the Knavehearts "the most vicious pure-blood vampires" is in town seeking an heir. Could the Knave be after one of the Livingstones? And if it is, will unpopular Maddy be able to find anyone willing to help them face it? Adele Griffin's follow-up to Vampire Island is a thoroughly entertaining spin on vampire lore that will make readers laugh out loud.
There was an accident. Ember knows at least that much. She was driving. The car was totaled. Eight months later, Ember feels broken. She can't even remember the six weeks of her life leading up to the accident. Where was she going? Who was she with? And what happened during those six weeks that her friends and family won't talk about? In the wake of her critically praised young adult psychological thrillers, Tighter and All You Never Wanted, National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin has created another triumph in this unflinching story of loss and recovery that Booklist called "exquisite" in a starred review.From the Hardcover edition.
Irene's got big dreams-someday she's going to own an exclusive salon in L. A. It's a good thing she has dreams, since her reality is a nightmare. She's just been fired from her mom's beauty salon for her tear-jerking shampooing technique and is forced to take the only other job she can find-babysitting. Now she's stuck at the beach entertaining kids while everyone else is having a glamorous summer. Will she ever get a life? Then Irene meets Starla, a mindbogglingly beautiful lifeguard, whose diva attitude, dangerous obsessions, male admirers, and fiery blog hold enough real-life drama and romance to fill a book. Suddenly Irene finds that the countdown to real life is over and her fate is in her own hands.
In a house full of dark memories, two sisters try to escape the past<P> Holland Shepard is a responsible teenager who spends her life trying to keep her feelings inside. Her sister Geneva is the opposite--a bundle of nerves who dreads sentimentality, but suffers so acutely from nervous disorders that a ride in an elevator is enough to send her into a fit. The girls are like summer and fall--close, yet utterly distinct--but in their parents' house, they are growing up almost as ghosts. Because this home belongs to John, Kevin, and Elizabeth--Holland and Geneva's siblings, who died before the girls were born. Burdened by grief, their parents cannot bond with the daughters who replaced their original family, and so it is left to Holland to look out for herself and her sister. When a mysterious artist comes to paint a mural in their house, the girls get a glimpse into their family's past and a chance to find themselves a place in its future. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
For Gray, being a member of the Lucky Seven might not be so lucky<P> They're called the Lucky Seven. The most popular girls in sixth grade, they are the envy of everyone else in the school, and Caitlin Donnelley is their queen. Gray is the shyest member of the group, the most fragile, and the easiest for the others to pick on. Last year, she was nearly ejected from the Seven, and since then nothing has been as important as clinging to her status in the group--not even her mother's ongoing battle with cancer. Caitlin throws a sleepover for her birthday, and when Gray goes to the kitchen for a glass of juice, she disappears without a trace. To find Gray and keep her alive, the girls will have to put their differences aside and work together. But some of them have secrets they're not telling--and for this particular gang of girls, being nice does not come naturally. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
A ghost will find his way home. Jennie Lovell's life is the very picture of love and loss. First she is orphaned and forced to live at the mercy of her stingy, indifferent relatives. Then her fianc falls on the battlefield, leaving her heartbroken and alone. Jennie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, but is haunted by a mysterious figure that refuses to let her bury the past. When Jennie forms an unlikely alliance with a spirit photographer, she begins to uncover secrets about the man she thought she loved. With her sanity on edge and her life in the balance, can Jennie expose the chilling truth before someone-or something-stops her?Against the brutal, vivid backdrop of the American Civil War, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted and death is not always the end. Praise for Picture the Dead"A tour de force, a remarkable feat of visual and verbal storytelling, as playful as it is serious, as haunting as it is delightful. "-Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize -winning novelist"Love story, mystery, ghost story. . . Picture theDead is a gripping, gorgeously graphic novel about a girl who risks everything. . . Jennie's voice and the pictures she shows us bring this swift, wonderfully chilling story to life. "-Kit Reed, author of The Night Children"I loved Picture the Dead. Eerie, romantic, moody, and immersive. A beautifully illustrated gothic delight!"-Holly Black, New YorkTimes bestselling author of Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
As a nation teeters on the brink, Lane struggles to hold herself--and her family--together <P> In 1977 Panama, there is no greater issue than the ownership of the famous canal. Completed by the Americans in 1914, it has been under the control of the US Army ever since, and Panama wants it back. For the thousands of Americans who live in the slender strip of land known as the Canal Zone, the Canal is more than a political issue--it is their entire life. Lane Beck has been a lifelong "military brat," but she is not cut out for her father's latest tour of duty on a Panamanian army base. Bookish and timid, she lives in fear that the fragile political treaty might break, and chaos will ensue. She is afraid her family might erupt, as well--she is constantly anxious about her reckless, unpredictable brother, and haunted by a tragedy in her family's past. Change is coming to the Canal Zone, and Lane will do whatever it takes to make sure the people she loves survive. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When life in his house becomes intolerable, Rock considers revolution<P> It's two a.m., it's snowing, and the Kindle boys are working on the roof. This is just another in a long string of interrupted nights--early morning wake-up calls that their father uses to teach endurance, discipline, and a respect for authority. He is a tough man, unforgiving and quick to anger, and the boys express their fear of him in different ways. Cliff is rebellious, while Rock escapes into Revolutionary War history, and struggles to understand where his loyalties lie. When the boys' friend Liza decides to run away from her abusive stepfather, Rock and Cliff help her escape. As life in the Kindle house becomes unbearable, Rock wonders if he should run away as well. But would leaving be an act of treason? <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
Danny lives in her mother's world of make-believe, but all she wants is the truth<P> Dandelion Finzimer's mother has always wanted to get her daughter on the stage. Mrs. Finzimer is an actress--aspiring, anyway--who makes a living teaching and doing commercials, but lives for the applause she earns as a member of the Bellmont Players. Danny has no talent for acting--she couldn't even play Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker--but whether she realizes it or not, she's part of a play. Because no matter how tough things get, Danny's mom is always acting happy, telling subtly shifting stories, and doing her best to put a smile on her daughter's face. This used to be OK, but Danny is in ninth grade now, and high school is a time to face the truth. She has questions about her father, who left when she was a baby, and her paternal grandparents, who live less than an hour away. Getting answers will mean acting serious, and for this quirky young woman, that will be the performance of a lifetime. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple's tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl--and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie's connection to the couple so intense? What really happened last summer at Little Bly? As the secrets of the house wrap tighter and tighter around her, Jamie must navigate the increasingly blurred divide between the worlds of the living and the dead. Brilliantly plotted, with startling twists, here is a thrilling page-turner from the award-winning Adele Griffin.From the Hardcover edition.
For fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Girl, Interrupted, and A.S. King, National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won't let her go.From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone's subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best--including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics--and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison's life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.--Adele GriffinFrom the Hardcover edition.
Lexie might be the first vampire ever to run for ninth-grade class president, but she's determined to make dreamy Dylan notice her, even if it means running against perfect, popular Mina. And things would be going pretty well, if it weren't for those annoying pixie houseguests! Blix and Mitzi are wreaking backwards-speaking, house-pinkifying havoc, and now they want Lexie to run a smear campaign against Mina. But how will all this dirty campaigning affect Lexie, when she's trying to shed her evil vampire nature and become human?
From a National Book Award finalist comes a lively new spin on the classic vampire tale. <P> When old-world dangers threaten a race of fruit bat hybrids, where can they run to? New York City, of course! And that's where we meet the Livingstone kids - Lexie, Hudson, and - Maddy?trying to blend their "vampireness" with the regular people of the city. Unfortunately, their vampire traits keep complicating things. Lexie's super speed, amazing strength, and poetry-quoting habit embarrass her in front of classmates - and her secret crush. Hudson can fly and is determined to save the planet, but with a vocabulary from the wrong century, he doesn't quite fit in. And then there's Maddy, who has a hard time sticking to her vegetarian diet, and an even harder time convincing her siblings that their new neighbors are vampires. With all these challenges, will Lexie, Hudson, and Maddy ever be able to navigate the normal world?
As children, sisters Jane and Lily were inseparable. But as Lily grew up, older sister Jane wanted to forever stay in the makebelieve worlds they had created when they were young. For Jane, the line between fantasy and reality had always been blurred. Then tragedy strikes, and Lily is forced to take on the role of the big sister. But will she be able to carry on and live her life in real time when Jane is forever stuck in a world that is different from reality? With two voices and a haunting narrative, Adele Griffin tells a tale of two sisters whose bond is so strong that it ties them together even after death.
Will jealousy tear the witch twins apart?<P> Aspiring witch Claire Bundkin has been Melody Malady's most devoted fan ever since the singing sensation was selling Sudsy Perfect Shampoo on TV. Since then, Melody's gotten her own show, her own recordings, and now her own movie--which is being shot on location in Claire's hometown, Philadelphia! When Claire gets a chance to meet Melody, she just about does a flip. And when Melody offers her a part in the movie, Claire knows her life is about to change forever. Claire's twin sister, Luna, isn't quite as excited about Claire's shot at the big time. It can get pretty ugly when sisters disagree, but these twins can be downright dangerous since they're witches-in-training. If they can't get their feelings--and their magic--under control, the Bundkin girls could conjure up some serious trouble. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
Can the witch twins rid Glenn Bly castle of its terrifying ghost?<P> Claire and Luna Bundkin are thrilled when they find out their grandparents have been invited to an all-seniors golf tournament in Scotland, and they want the twins to come along. Claire and Luna can't wait to set eyes on a real Scottish castle, with horses, armor, and tea at four o'clock. But this castle offers one amenity they weren't expecting--a ghost! Claire, Luna, and their grandmother are all witches, and Grandy is better at popping ghosts than any other five-star witch. Claire and Luna may only be one-and-a-half-star witches, but they're about to get a tutorial in ghost-busting that they'll never forget. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
At camp, the twins must catch a rebel witch<P> They may be twins, and they may both be witches, but Luna and Claire Bundkin could not have more different personalities. Claire is sporty, brash, and cannot wait for five weeks in the sun at Camp Bliss, where she just knows she's going to be crowned Camp Bliss Girl. But Luna is shy, awkward, and would rather spend the summer at home with her cats. To improve Luna's attitude, the twins' grandmother slips her a vial of thrice-distilled Marigold Zest, a pinch of which can make even the most reluctant spellcaster hungry for adventure. But when the vial disappears their first week at camp, and strange things start happening, Claire and Luna will have to stop the mischief maker--without breaking their promise to leave the spells at home! <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
A special four-in-one edition of bestselling author Adele Griffin's funny Witch Twins fantasy seriesIn Witch Twins, though identical on the outside, ten-year-old twins Claire and Luna Bundkin are as different on the inside as peaches and peanut butter. Claire is mischievous and Luna is a dreamer, but they do share a favorite hobby: witchcraft. Whether it's making breakfast or washing dishes, there's nothing a five-star witch can't accomplish with a wave of her pinkie finger. When Claire and Luna's father announces that he's getting remarried, the twins know they need to do something to stop the wedding. A spell might be the only way to save their dad, and they'll try anything. Even if magic usually lands them in a pot of trouble.In Witch Twins and Melody Malady, Claire Bundkin has been Melody Malady's most devoted fan ever since the singing sensation was selling Sudsy Perfect Shampoo on TV. When Claire gets a chance to meet Melody, she just about does a flip. And when Melody offers her a part in her upcoming movie, Claire knows her life is about to change forever. But Claire's twin sister, Luna, isn't quite as excited about Claire's shot at the big time. It can get pretty ugly whenever sisters disagree, but for these witches-in-training, it may be downright dangerous.In Witch Twins and the Ghost of Glenn Bly, Claire and Luna are thrilled when they find out their grandparents have been invited to an all-seniors golf tournament in Scotland, and they want the twins to come along. Claire and Luna can't wait to set eyes on a real Scottish castle, with horses, armor, and tea at four o'clock. But this castle offers one amenity they weren't expecting--a ghost!And in Witch Twins at Camp Bliss, Claire cannot wait for five weeks in the sun at Camp Bliss, where she just knows she's going to be crowned Camp Bliss Girl. But Luna is shy, awkward, and would rather spend the summer at home with her cats. To improve Luna's attitude, the twins' grandmother slips her a vial of thrice-distilled Marigold Zest, a pinch of which can make even the most reluctant spellcaster hungry for adventure. But when the vial disappears their first week at camp, and strange things start happening, Claire and Luna will have to stop the mischief maker--without breaking their promise to leave the spells at home!
Claire and Luna may be witches, but there's no easy spell to stop a wedding!<P> Though identical on the outside, ten-year-old twins Claire and Luna Bundkin are as different on the inside as peaches and peanut butter. Claire is mischievous and Luna is a dreamer, but they do share a favorite hobby: witchcraft. Whether it's making breakfast or washing dishes, there's nothing a five-star witch can't accomplish with a wave of her pinkie finger. But there are two strict rules: Don't tell Mom, and don't try any spells without Grandy--their magical grandmother--watching. When Claire and Luna's father announces that he's getting remarried to a loudmouthed Texas woman named Fluffy, the twins know they need to do something to stop the wedding. Fluffy wouldn't be a bad stepmother, but Claire and Luna know that she would lure their father to far-away Houston. A spell might be the only way to save their dad, and they'll try anything. Even if magic usually lands them in a pot of trouble. <P> This book features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
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