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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.
Amandine is a dancer, an actor, an artist. She is confident and charming and eccentric. Delia is insecure, overweight, the new girl in school. She is grateful to have Amandine as a friend. But Amandine lives in a world of her own imagination--a world both fascinating and disturbing. Eventually, Delia discovers that Amandine is always role-playing and telling compelling stories--it's not just fun and games. But when Delia tries to break away from Amandine's powerful orbit that she realizes just how dangerous these games can be.
Eleven-year-old Ben is not close to his older stepbrother Dustin. Ben's always had an easy relationship with Dustin's dad, Lyle, while Dustin prefers to remain outside touching distance. When Dustin is in a diving accident, Ben faces his long-absent mother and confronts Dustin, the elusive figure he's alternately worshiped and resented.
Thirteen-year-old Hannah Bennett loves her life in Chadds Ford. She goes to school, helps out with her family's dairy farm, jumps rope, and listens to favorite radio programs with her friends. Although she has difficulty reading, she does have one area of special talent: numbers. Her gift for math means that she does all of the invoicing for the farm, and helps out the younger students in their one-room schoolhouse. Best of all, Hannah enjoys a special relationship with Granddad McNaughton, who shares her passion for counting and calculating. He thinks of her gift as the key to a greater future elsewhere. 'You'll rust here,' he predicts. But Hannah can't imagine life anywhere else. Then Hannah is offered a rare opportunity for a country girl in 1934: to test for a scholarship to attend a private school in Philadelphia. Over her parents' objections, Hannah goes. But life in a big city is harder and lonelier than she'd ever imagined. Just when things seem at their worst, Hannah must somehow find the courage to decide what she values most. Acclaimed author Adele Griffin's first historical novel is a funny and poignant story of one girl's journey to her bravest self.
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.
Stuck babysitting during the summer while her friends take glamorous vacations, fourteen-year-old Irene learns some lessons about life after meeting a beautiful, yet troubled, girl.
The other Shepards died nearly twenty years ago, but eighth grader Holland Shepard and her younger sister, Geneva, are shadowed by other people's memories of their two brothers and sister. The enormity of their family's loss has limited the scope of the girls' own identity; "Whatever else we are", Holland reflects, "has been swallowed up by our haunting". Then Annie the painter arrives. She steps easily into their Greenwich Village home and, with insouciant charm, widens the sisters' perspective of themselves, their city, and the tragedy that has preceded them. It is Annie who gives them the courage to embark on a journey to make peace with their past, and to redefine themselves outside of grief and memories. But who is Annie, really, and why has she come to help them?
Everyone expects Caitlin's sleepover birthday party to be picture-perfect. She is one of the Lucky Seven, the group every sixth-grade girl wants to belong to. But those inside this enchanted circle know it's often less about feeling accepted and more about watching your step. Of the Seven, Gray is the quietest, the most vulnerable, the easiest target for the others. And tonight she disappears. As the girls search for Gray, some of them worry. Others have secrets they're not telling, even to the police. And as the truth gets harder to hide, new emotions erupt and friendships become shaky. The Lucky Seven is in danger of falling apart. And as for Gray, she's going to need to call on all of her wavering courage just to survive this turbulent night. Adele Griffin's powerful voice casts suspenseful shadows over an eerie night of seven girls struggling for control and wanting to belong.
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
Lane watches and worries over her younger brother, Charlie, who seems to act crazy all the time. And lately, news of unrest in the Panama Canal Zone -- the area around the army base where she lives -- makes her more anxious than ever.
A revolution is a complicated thing, Rock Kindle knows- especially when it happens in your own family. Rock wants to be loyal to his father, whose "life lessons" are often harsh, sometimes cruel. And he tries to be loyal to his mother, who retreats from the world more and more every day, whose weakness leaves Rock torn between anger and pity for her. So he's suspicious of his older brother, Cliff's, dark hints at escaping, rebelling against their father's tyranny. Why does Cliff need to start a revolution? Why can't they all just stay together as family? But when their friend, Liza, escapes from her own troubled situation, and as tensions escalate at home, Rock finds himself forced to take sides. He must sort out for himself whether he is a patriot- or a traitor. With unforgettable, sharply drawn characters and a taut, dramatic narrative, Adele Griffin's third novel draws us into the complexity of family relationships, offering no easy answers- only hope.
After living her life in her actress mother's world of make-believe, ninth-grader Dandelion comes to realize that it is better to face reality.
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.
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?
Siblings Maddy, Lexie, and Hudson Livingstone, who are vampire-fruit bat hybrids, struggle to adjust to living as humans in New York City while maintaining their individual vampire strengths.
Two teenaged sisters, separated by death but still connected, work through their feelings of loss over the closeness they shared as children that was later destroyed by one's mental illness, and finally make peace with each other.
One-star witches Claire and Luna may be identical twins, but on the inside, the sisters are as different as dogs and salamanders! When their five-star witch grandmother performs a new spell, the girls are transformed into their animal selves. Luna is delighted to be a puppy; Claire is horrified to discover she's a reptile!
When the ten-year-old witch twins head for summer camp, Claire is excited and Luna is reluctant, but things do not turn out quite the way either of them expects.
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