In this gripping story of adventure, Randy (who is diabetic) and Mark (who is unsuccessful at everything) are forced to take a canoe trip. Their Grandfathers did it; their fathers did it; their brothers did it. Although they would rather stay at the resort, neither has the courage to back out. On the lake, the beauty and freedom of it all overwhelms them, and they begin to want this trip--especially the fishing. At the height of their enjoyment, tragedies strike, and their adventure becomes a fight for survival. Told from Mark's point of view, the story takes readers down into the slimiest of muck and up into the heights of heroism.
"The fascinating story of a ferocious three-day battle, among the bloodiest ever fought on US soil. Six months before Gettysburg, there was Stones River, near Nashville, in which 44,000 Union troops and 37,700 Confederates hammered away at each other, savagely and unremittingly, and yet so indecisively that at the end, both sides could claim victory. . . . Carter's theme--war is hell--is familiar enough, yet ever fresh when rendered, as it is here, with the kind of creative force that amounts to a sense of mission. Buffs will love it. "--Kirkus Reviews(starred) "Monumentally ambitious. . . . For a depiction of war, this is as good as it gets. "-Publishers Weekly(starred) "Carter brings not only Stones River, but also all Civil War conflict to life in a manner that no novelist since Josepeh Pennell has done. . . . It's a wonderful book all the way around. "--Peter Cozzens, author ofNo Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones River "Bright Starry Bannertransports me into the thick of the Stones River campaign and enables me to see the tragic battle and its personalities in a new and dramatic way. Bravo!"--David J. Eicher, author ofThe Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War WithBright Starry Banner, Alden R. Carter adds an invaluable chapter to the war's legend, presenting not only a great battle, but also the terror and courage of the men who fought it. Alden R. Carter's nine novels and 20 nonfiction titles have won numerous honors, including six ALA Best Book awards.
A young boy of mixed parentage comes to terms with his own identity through his relationship with a fierce dog alleged to be half wolf.
Dustin, the popular hero of Big Brother Dustin, is in second grade now. Today, Dave and Skippy are coming to his school for a big assembly! Lucky Dustin has the scoop on Dave and Skippy because his dad went to school with Dave. The excitement builds as Dustin, who happens to have Down syndrome, and his classmates follow their regular school day. Teachers wisely use Dave and Skippy as examples in math problems and language arts activities. Just who are Dave and Skippy? Readers will find out when Dustin finally gets called out of class to help greet the special visitors!
A young girl describes what it is like to live with asthma, how this condition affects the body, some of the things that trigger an attack, and what can be done to avoid problems.
In this first-person narrative, nine-year-old Natalie explains what Type I diabetes is and what she has to do in order to keep herself well. Natalie's family helps her manage her diabetes, too. With her mom, she plans and makes meals and snacks that keep her blood sugar levels stable. With her dad, she checks over "Philomena," her diabetes kit, and prepares to give herself shots one day by injecting a needle into an orange. Her sister, Kelsey, helps, too -- by staying up with Natalie when her blood sugar is low or taking all her Halloween candy! They also practice what to do if Natalie needs emergency help. With the support of her family, her doctor, and her dietitian, Natalie is able to manage her diabetes and continue to do all the things she loves.
When his mom is arrested for a hit-and-run accident, sixteen-year-old Carl is sent to live with straight-laced, clean-living relatives. All Carl wants to do is run away. But it's not that easy to run from people who really care.
Carl knows he?s playing with fire every time he fixes up a stolen car stereo to resell. But he needs the money; how else is he going to get away from his boozing mom and her endless parade of ?classy guys?? Then one night his mother?s drinking gets out of control and Carl?s plan to get himself a decent life takes a nosedive. Sent to live with distant relatives far away from the life he has always known, Carl is faced with a decision: run away and stick with The Plan, or come up with a new one . . . fast. ?A strong central character . . . a well-placed, believable plot.? ?School Library Journal, starred review ?Carl?s . . . turnabout is convincing enough to sustain the story?s power.? ?Booklist, starred review
Fifteen-year-old Andy, fed up with his alcoholic father and annoying older brother, leaves their northern Wisconsin cabin on his version of a walkabout, leaving his medications to combat depression, anxiety, and delusions behind.
Sixteen-year-old Steve's adjustment to high school is made more difficult by the unpopularity of his strict father, a biology teacher known as Toad.
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