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A young Mayan girl's quest for the family she was stolen from. She was little and quick and pretty. Her mother nicknamed her Colibriacute; Spanish for "Hummingbird." At age four she was kidnapped, torn from her parents on a crowded bus in Guatemala City. Since then she's traveled with "Uncle," the ex-soldier and wandering beggar who has renamed her Rosa. Uncle has always told Rosa that he searched for her parents but had no success. There's almost no chance Rosa will ever find them - but Rosa still remembers and longs for them. When she was young, Uncle consulted fortune-tellers who told him that Rosa would bring him luck - a treasure big enough to last him all his life. So he's kept her with him. Together, they have traveled from town to town in the highlands of Guatemala, scraping out a living, hoping to find the treasure. Eight years have passed, and Rosa has turned twelve. No treasure has been found, and Uncle has almost given up hope. When he turns angry and desperate, danger threatens Rosa from all sides - but especially from Uncle himself.
Sometimes it's the little things that are really big, Gloria learns when her mom sends her to the grocery store for an onion. Because of the onion, she meets Dr. Grace Street, an astronaut. But how is she supposed to understand Dr. Street's advice that the big things are often not as big as they seem? Especially since it's only the beginning of fourth grade and already Gloria has enormous teacher troubles! The Dragon of Doom, a.k.a. Mrs. Yardley, doesn't seem to like Gloria, or anyone else for that matter-except for Billy Watkins, the class bully. Things go from bad to worse when Billy gets the whole class in trouble. Then a surprise visit from Dr. Street reminds Gloria that she knows how to rise above her difficulties. In this sincere and funny follow-up to Glorias Way, Gloria learns that a little self-confidence can help her accomplish big things.
By the author of The Secret Life of Amanda K Woods and The Stories Julian Tells In six spirited stories, Gloria has a confrontation with a loquacious parrot; helps Julian and Huey train their dog and cure him of his squirrel obsession; faces her fear of fractions; and learns that some promises shouldn't be kept, some bets aren't fair, and, most important, you cant put a measuring stick to friendship. Ann Cameron's stories about brothers Huey and Julian have captured the hearts of millions of readers, and Julian's best friend, Gloria, has joined them on every adventure. Now Gloria gets to have her own adventures, with Julian and Huey along for the ride! Presenting truly lovable characters engaged in situations that are immediate and fresh, these stories are perfect for reading aloud or alone.
"If Julian has not already won readers' hearts with his [earlier] exploits, he will here when he tries to find out his father's secret dream for a birthday present. Surprised at hearing his father mumble 'two snakes,' Julian duly catches and presents them, only to discover that snakes are his father's recurring nightmare. Cameron's style is elegantly smooth and the characters come alive through easy dialogue and involving action."--Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. From the Hardcover edition.
Secret agents Julian, Huey, and Gloria are already heroes. They have rescued a dog and saved a toddler from drowning. But what they really want is to nab a real-live bank robber. Just when it looks like they might catch the crook, the police chief steps in. The supersleuths find that they're the ones who are in trouble--with a capital T!From the Trade Paperback edition.
Secret agents Julian, Huey, and Gloria are already heroes. They have rescued a dog and saved a toddler from drowning. But what they really want is to nab a real-live bank robber. Just when it looks like they might catch the crook, the police chief steps in. The super sleuths find that they're the ones who are in trouble--with a capital T!
Bicycles-shiny, whizzing, wobbly bicycles-scare Julian more than lions or tigers. But how can he tell that to his best friend, Gloria? She can already ride with no hands. So instead of telling the truth, Julian makes up a little fib. And he almost gets away with it-until his fib backfires and Julian finds himself in the biggest, most confounding fix ever.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography, published in 1789, was a bestseller in its own time. Cameron has modernized and shortened it while remaining true to the spirit of the original. It's a gripping story of adventure, betrayal, cruelty, and courage. In searing scenes, Equiano describes the savagery of his capture, the appalling conditions on the slave ship, the auction, and the forced labor. . . . Kids will read this young man's story on their own; it will also enrich curriculum units on history and on writing.From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Reflecting incidents true to children (making a bet with a friend, sending a message in a bottle, attempting to be brave), these stories are the sort that will make children ask for more."--School Library Journal,starred review From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him about the importance of standing up for himself. Juan tells this bittersweet story, which reads smoothly and powerfully on several levels, with warmth and dignity."--Booklist. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Growing up with his grandmother in a small Central American town, seven-year-old Juan discovers the value of hard work, the joy of learning, and the location of the most beautiful place in the world.
From the day Amanda Woods traded right hands with Lyle Leveridge, she knew things were going to change for her. There are some things in life you just can't change, like who your parents are or the way your sister treats you, but she is determined to change what she can. To begin with, she's not going to be just plain Amanda Woods anymore, she's going to be Amanda K. Woods-someone who is proud and strong and sure of herself. Amanda K. Woods is discovering that the person other people think she is and the person she really is are different people. She doesn't quite want to be herself, an eleven-year-old girl who her mother thinks is "average," but then she doesn't want to be like her mother, whose expectations are always high and mighty. She feels closest to her father, but doesn't quite want to be like him, either. She certainly doesn't want to be like her older sister, Margaret, even though her mother thinks Margaret's perfect in almost every way. There is more to Amanda than anyone else can see, and there are things about Amanda that Amanda herself doesn't even know yet. - With the help of a new friend and the borrowed right hand of an old one, Amanda begins to find the secret person who lives inside herself.
Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend--specifically, a cat. Spunky can't imagine anything worse than having to share his family, especially Huey and Julian, with the snobby Balinese Fiona. But when headstrong Fiona keeps getting into trouble and it's up to Spunky tosave her, he is astonished to find that being her protector has given his life new purpose and meaning.
It isn't easy being Julian's younger brother. When Huey has bad dreams, Julian says it's no big deal. When Huey orders trout in a restaurant and it comes to the table whole with an eye looking straight up at him, Julian reminds Huey he'd better eat it all. And when Huey wants to study animal tracks with Julian and his friend Gloria, Julian tells him he's too young. But he's not a little kid. He's six years old and he's an adventurer, a chef, a tracker, a scout--and much more! Set in large type with wide margins, these five short, funny, and satisfying stories have all the originality and sparkle of the Julian books with a fresh new voice.
Julian is a quick fibber and a wishful thinker. And he is great at telling stories. He can make people--especially his younger brother, Huey--believe just about anything. Like the story about the cats that come in the mail. Or the fig leaves that make you grow tall if you eat them off the tree. But some stories can lead to a heap of trouble, and that's exactly where Julian and Huey end up! [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for grades 2-3 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
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