Ten-year-old Phoebe is thrilled when she accidentally becomes a novice witch but soon wonders if she will ever develop and control her powers.
Welcome to America Street, where every story is as vital and unique as the friends, neighbors, and relatives we encounter every day. Here are fourteen stories about young people told by some of America's best storytellers: Duane Big Eagle, Toni Cade Bambara, Robert Cormier, Langston Hughes, Gish Jen, Francisco Jimenez, Mary K. Mazotti, Nicholasa Mohr, Toshio Mori, Leslie Namioka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Grace Paley, Gary Soto, and Michele Wallace.
Abby is graduating from the fifth grade and plans to spend a quiet summer but gets disturbed by the arrival of a guest in her house.
Abby Hayes is starting fifth grade. Her supersibs, the perfect older twins and her genius little brother, have already proved their Hayes worthiness. This is going to be Abby's year... and she's going to record every moment of it!
Abby is excited when Grandma Emma invites her to visit over spring vacation. But there's a catch--Abby's cousin Cleo will be there, too. The girls don't get along at all. Will working together on a bookmaking project bring them closer together?
When Abby and her new friend, Hannah, take charge of a class project to assemble gift packages for underprivileged children, one thing after the next goes wrong. First their teacher, Mrs. Kantor, must leave school for a few weeks. The class is stuck with a mean substitute who won't let them work on their gift boxes. Then, after their kind principal intervenes and work on the class project resumes, Hannah's baby sister unintentionally destroys many of the gift boxes. Working as a team, Abby and Hannah think of a clever way to save the day, their budding friendship, and the class project.
Abby's sick of being the only Hayes with hand-me-downs. She wants some Rollerblades of her own! But first she'll have to earn some money, which isn't as easy as it sounds. Abby cat-sits and sells lemonade. She even searches sidewalks for spare change. She should have enough to buy the blades--but Abby can't stop spending her profits! Will she ever get the Rollerblades of her dreams?
Abby has lived in the same house for as long as she can remember. But now her parents have decided that they need to move...and their house is on the market before the kids have even digested the news! Abby feels safe and secure in her old neighborhood, where all her friends are nearby. She doesn't care that she'll soon have her own bathroom and a pool in her backyard. She doesn't even care that she'll get to stay in the same school. Abby doesn't want to move! Whatever happened to the Hayeses making decisions together? And why do they have to move so close to Brianna?
"I'll never change who I am," vows sixth-grader Abby Hayes. Most of the girls in her class have become aloof or boy-crazy over the summer. When Abby meets Simon, a seventh-grade saxophonist, she finds herself behaving the same way. How will she get Simon to notice her and still be true to herself?
Abby's starting sixth grade at last! She thinks she's ready for anything, until she makes a mortifying mistake on her very first day. Will Abby manage to make it better? Or will one mistake follow her through the rest of middle school?
It's summer, and Abby Hayes has nothing to do. So it's the perfect time to get a pet! Abby is sure she can handle the responsibility. But things don¹t go as she planned, and by the time she adopts a kitten, Abby's summer has taken a turn for the better. She has a new friend at camp and a contest to win. Can she keep up with her kitten, too?
The first day of school is always Mabel's moment to shine. Nobody's ever more prepared than she is! But this year, things are going to be different. Her little sister, Violet, is starting kindergarten right down the hall. Mabel's pretty sure she can keep Violet's magic under wraps on the way to school. But what will happen during the school day? And how will Mabel stay a straight-A student if she's always keeping one eye on her sister?
The chronicles of these two irrepressible sisters continue as utterly organized Mabel and utterly outrageous Violet go on a family trip. Mabel has been counting the days and checking her lists until she is reunited with her same-age cousins.
The family has gotten a piano that Mabel loves to play. When five-year-old Violet learns Mabel is going to play in a concert, she wants to join in.
When Ms. Bunder asks the class to write about their bedrooms, Abby realizes her room is boring--until she decides to paint it purple.
Abby's best friend will be gone for 3 months, and that's a long time. What will Abby do to keep herself from missing Jessica too much?
A young boy who is half-human and half-ox struggles to survive in a society where animals are hated and contact with them is prohibited.
Abby's class is putting on Peter Pan for the whole school. Abby wants a big part like Wendy or Captain Hook. But everyone else wants those parts, too. So Abby needs to stand out at the tryouts. Abby just hopes she has what it takes to be a star!
"Where will he sleep?" asks Brian's mother when he arrives home from the woods with an orange salamander.
The eleven tales in this haunting collection emphasize the uncanny occurrences of the paranormal world. In the title story, a sliver of glass embedded in a young girl's eye causes her to turn to ice from the inside out.
The book is about the friendship of Abby and Jessica. Abby finds that Jessica had changed a lot, but still they have a strong friendship bond.
Learn How To Write Like The Experts, From The Experts. Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers. After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice, accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer's block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.
Abby's having the ultimate bake sale, to raise money for attending a writing camp next summer. There's only one problem, it's against the rules to sell cookies at school. She's always been one of the good kids. Is she one of the bad ones now?
Abby's family is going camping. She is allowed to bring a friend. Her best friend, Jessica, has moved away. Abby decides to invite Hannah, a new girl in town. Then she starts to regret it. Could any new friendship stand a week away with the Hayeses?
Eight-year-old Mabel likes her room to be neat, her day to be planned, and her life to be organized. If only she could organize her younger sister. Five-year-old Violet is messy and out of control. And if that's not bad enough, their family discovers Violet has magical powers, in the first book of a brand-new series.
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