How much trouble can two third graders and one pint-sized alien get into? Plenty, as well as plenty of slapstick fun! It's just an ordinary school day when third-graders Lexie and J. P. see an unusual sign on the bulletin board.
Complete with new beginnings and the promise of happy endings, the Howard Books Spring 2013 Fiction eSampler has an array of debut authors and perennial favorites for you to try out and enjoy. Step back in time with our historical fiction, fall in love with our inspirational romance, and enjoy our contemporary stories. If you would like to learn more about any of our authors or the titles featured, please visit us at HowardBooksOnline.com, follow @Howard_Books, or like us at Facebook.com/HowardBooks and sign up to receive our free monthly e-newsletter to stay informed of all of Howard's fiction releases. With chapter excerpts from the following Spring 2014 new releases: Sinners and the Sea by Rebecca Kanner Friend Me by John Faubion The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki The Thief by Stephanie Landsem Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo The Shepherd's Song by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury Fearless Hope by Serena Miller Sing for Me by Karen Halvorsen Schreck Fair Play by Deaanne Gist Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt Visit HowardBooksOnline.com for more on these and other authors.
George is faced with the task of training his new puppy Lucky.
At summer camp, Willie is king of the knock-knock jokes. That is, until he is challenged by Crow, who claims to be the best at everything. So the campers decide to have a contest, and soon the jokes are flying fast and furious. Who will be the new knock-knock king?
If Willie will change into clean clothes while at summer camp, he may find the joke book which Crow has hidden from him.
While secretly building a roller coaster in the woods, twelve-year-old Hart tries to come to terms with his parents' divorce and his mother's new relationship with a television weatherman.
Concerned that his television and video habits have gotten out of hand, Cody's parents send him to Camp Bear where he learns to experience real life rather than virtual reality.
Nine-year-old Cody receives a valentine from a secret admirer and tries to find out the person's identity.
Twelve-year-old Booker Jones turns to his writing once again to deal with the stress of his parents' decision to vacation together, leaving family and laundry behind.
Kelly Sparks is the undisputed gadget champ at Danville School. Then Albert Einstein Jones, an alumnus of Young Inventor's Camp, joins her class. Kelly could give up the gadget crown gracefully -but she'd much rather let the spitballs and smelly goo fly! .
MEET THE GADGET WHIZ.. Kelly Sparks has forty-three inventions to her credit -- and she's only in third grade! Just name a problem, and in no time Kelly will come up with a gadget to solve it. But when Albert Einstein Jones walks into Kelly's class, he becomes Kelly's stickiest problem yet! Albert's been to Young Inventor's Camp, and he's determined to prove who the real gadget whiz is. This is sure to be a mastermind fight to the finish!
Third-grader Cody dreads going to a new school when his family moves, so he decides to reinvent himself, hoping his new classmates will be impressed.
When Robbie York is marked as a target by a bully at school, he decides that the only way to survive the third grade is by being cool.
It's not easy to seem cool when the whole class knows you wear superhero underwear and your mom still kisses you goodbye at the bus stop. But Robbie York has a plan. 1) Get rid of the name Robbie. 2) Get jeans. 3)Avoid bullies like Bo Haney. If only it were that simple!
George's father calls the kennel when Lucky attacks visiting great-aunt Octavia's sheepskin coat, and George tries valiantly to retrieve the playful puppy in time for Christmas.
Lucky the dog tries to regain his spot as left fielder on his master's losing baseball team after a new coach arrives and banishes Lucky from the ball park.
Thinking his owner has deserted him, Lucky escapes from the kennel, and it is up to George, stuck at baseball camp in the middle of nowhere, to find his beloved dog.
Marty Malone is great at math, but finds out that he needs more than just math to tackle third-grade problems like PE and making friends.
'My Hero' to Be Chosen: Eight finalists will compete tonight for the title My Hero. The winner will wear the coveted gold Hero medal. These brave and courageous dogs will each appear with their nominator who will tell their story. There's Smiley, who fought a giant bull. Bear used his giant paws to save the life of another dog. Munchkin warned a gardener of a poisonous snake about to strike. Old Dog helped find people buried under rubble after a tornado. Buster pulled a baby carriage out of the path of a careening truck. Blue, who had never been known to bark, used his voice to bring help to his wounded master. Dopey's constant barking saved the life of a baby left in a sweltering car. Little Bit brought love and companionship to a nursing home resident. Each story is told in the unique, sometimes humorous, but always Compelling voice of the person whose life was changed by the heroic action of a very extraordinary dog. Betsy Byars and her daughters Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers have joined forces to create dog stories full of adventure and suspense. Loren Long's paintings capture the heroic dignity of each of the dogs and heighten the drama of their special stories.
When fourth graders Evie and Megan start the Pet Patrol to solve animal problems, they soon have their hands full taking care of an army of homeless puppies.
Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . As she loses consciousness from her injuries, she wonders if she's done enough with her life. When a lonely dry-cleaning employee finds Kate's humble, handwritten copy of the psalm, it begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people. From a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing with her family to Turkey, to a Kenyan runner about to begin the Rome Invitational Marathon, the power of the ancient words begins to take shape in various ways, drawing us into these stories inexplicably linked by the passing of the psalm from one recipient to the next. Eventually, Kate's paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God moves and changes lives through even our smallest actions.ith beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews's The Butterfly Effect, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.
The students in Mr. Magro's class submit stories for the SOS File about their biggest emergencies, and then they read them aloud for extra credit.
Nine-year-old Cody Michaels is bound for stardom in the third grade talent show just as soon as he figures out his talent.
A note traveled across the classroom. From Evie, to Will, to James, to Doug, to Tiffie, toward Megan. Urgent! was written across the outside of the note.
Middle school student and aspiring author Booker Jones is evicted from his bedroom when his grandfather moves in, creating problems both at home and at school.
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