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Hillary Siegal and her footloose parents love their life on the road. To Hillary, each move is an escape from becoming one of the "sleepwalkers" she's seen at all of the seventeen schools she's attended. But then the Siegals land in Ashwater, California. And this time, they're staying put. Seventh grade isn't going to be a typical year for Hillary. What can she do if she can't run?
Cheating on a geography midterm is only the beginning. It seemed simple enough&150they were given the answers from last year's test and they used them. But Sarah and her friends got caught, and what was done without much thought leads to greater and greater consequences. Now they are facing punishment at school, tension at home, and no one is sure how or when it will end.
Maya: "Candace was popular, and she'd picked me. Suddenly that made me popular too. Renee, Darcy, and Briana were part of the package. And now? Now that Candace had decided I was no longer worthy, did any of them give me another thought?" Renee: "It didn't feel right. When Darcy called to invite me to her sleep-over and told me she wasn't inviting Maya it gave me a stomachache." Darcy: "I had to prove where my loyalties lay. I had to show Candace and the others whose side I was on." Briana: "We always, always laughed at Candace's games, no matter what. I thought they were tests, like walking on hot coals or something." Candace: "They'd fall over themselves to show how well they understood me--trying to prove that they felt just as I did. My mom would say that I was lucky to be so important to my friends." Five friends ruled by popular, fascinating, dangerous Candace. Maya is the first to find out who her real friends are in this funny, fast-paced, and perceptive novel set in the war zone of middle-school cliques.
A Hanukkah to remember - finally! Marla Feinstein, the only Jewish kid in her fourth-grade class, knows what this holiday season will be like. While everyone else is decorating trees and hanging stockings, she'll be forgetting to light the candles and staring at a big plastic dreidel. But when Marla decides to learn what the Hanukkah traditions are really about, things change fast. Soon she's got her family turning latkes into Hanukkah Performance Art and doing a wild hora. And by the end of this funny and heartwarming novel, the Festival of Lights is the biggest party in town!
Whether she's swimming in the waves or splash-crashin on her surf board, there's no place ten-year-old Kailey loves more than the ocean. She and her best friend, Tess, feel totally lucky when they find out a resort-mall-movie multiplex is "Coming Soon!" to their beach. TWELVE movie theaters. Cool shops. Maybe even bathrooms! Then Kailey learns the whole truth: developers plan to haul away the rocky tide pools to make a smooth, sandy beach for tourists. Messing with a whole tide-pool universe is just plain NOT OK. Kailey's got a great idea, but she's never tried anything like it before. If she can believe in herself and make it work, there might be hope for the tide pools yet.
A TIMELY, WARMHEARTED NOVEL ABOUT LIFE IN HARD ECONOMIC TIMES.<P> Jacki's ninth-grade teacher is always going on about the unemployment index and the recession, but nothing sinks in until her mom is laid off and everything seems to cost more than they can afford. <P> Acclaimed author Amy Goldman Koss delivers a warm hearted and timely tale about the things we lose and the insights we gain.
This is the story of the diagnosis, hospitalization and treatment of a 15-year-old girl who learns she has lymphoma. The treatment is described in excruciating detail. Izzy has a sense of humor, which lightens the story somewhat, and fortunately she is one of the 88 per cent who survives. There is mild swearing and "bad" language common among today's teenagers, understandable especially in one going through what Izzy goes through. Her life and interests outside the hospitalization are also told.
Mitzi's mother is trying desperately to quit smoking, and her withdrawal symptoms are driving the whole family crazy. But Mitzi has more to worry about than Mom's mood swings. She's got to find a way to get Mike Humphrey, her mad crush, to beam his ultra- smile in her direction. And her best friend, Birdy, is too busy getting chummy with a popular girl named Roxy to help. So when Mitzi tells Mike a huge lie about her mother's condition just to get his attention, she has no one to blame but herself for the trouble that follows.
Here is the engaging, funny story of a boy caught in the juggling act of life with divorced parents. Every summer John flies to Los Angeles for his annual visit with Dad. But one week a year sure isn't a lot of time for father/son bonding, particularly when your father is a workaholic who always schedules more meetings with clients than outings with his one-and-only son. Not to mention the embarrassing fact that Dad always has a new girlfriend hanging around. In the past it's been near impossible to grab some quality time with his father, but this summer John refuses to give up without a fight. He's sick of feeling like a stranger in "Dadland."
Gwen intends to spend the summer playing softball and hanging out with her cousin/best friend Jess. But the town newspaper strike throws all her plans upside down. As the union-versus-management tensions escalate, ripping the town in two, so do the tensions within Gwen's softball team and even within her own family. Uncle Dave is management; Dad is union. And once the battle lines have been drawn, they're almost impossible to erase. But Gwen insists on trying. After all, everything depends on it.
Zinny Weston has been Ava's best friend since the moment they met. There's only one problem: Ava's house is like a zoo, and Zinny's idea of a pet is a fur coat. When the Westons get a fishpond in their backyard, Ava hopes Zinny might finally be turning into an animal lover. Then a raccoon starts eating the fish, and soon the rumors start flying. What did Mrs. Weston do to eliminate her raccoon trouble? Who ratted on her to the Animal Protection Agency? Drawn into a nasty battle with Zinny over who did what, Ava wonders: Can they ever be friends again? Talented first novelist Amy Goldman Koss blends sensitivity and humor in this thought-provoking and often hilarious novel about animal rights and friendship.
A delightful collection of poems which answer such questions as: "Do Islands float?" and "Why do birds fly?" A creative way to sneak some sound science into young minds. A scan-quality braille version should be quite readable.
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