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When a practical joke on the class outcast goes awry and leaves the boy dead, the jokesters are remorseful. Soon, however, all of the "in" group teens begin receiving threatening notes from the dead boy. Then, one by one, the popular kids are killed and all the evidence points directly to the dead boy -- or his embittered ghost.
After witnessing a murder, Julia is forced to keep quiet--until she receives a message from the dead boy and realizes she's in even more danger than she suspected Julia reluctantly joins her cousin Nikki and her friends for a night of partying. Climbing into the hills, they spot Heath, a strange guy from school, and they chase him into a dilapidated cabin. Julia watches, horrified, as Nikki's friends set fire to the old building and wait for Heath to run out in terror. He never appears, and the cabin burns to the ground.Julia knows she must go to the police. But Nikki and her friends threaten to kill Julia if she tells anybody what happened. But then Julia receives the note that changes everything: "You tried to kill me. For that you will die."
According to Roger, Brad Garth, the bully, 'eats little kids for breakfast.' Brad beats up on kids and makes life miserable. Find out how the Tree House Kids solve the bully problem.
Convinced that the fatal accident she witnessed at the basketball game was not accidental, thirteen-year-old Chelsey, a paraplegic, and her unusual friend Jack join forces to prove it was a deliberate murder.
An International Reading Association Children's Choice: When high school student Holly Baldwin is murdered, her friends decide to consult a Ouija board--with disastrous consequencesWhen her classmates throw a party soon after the brutal murder of their friend Holly, Jessica can't believe they could be so insensitive. But the festivities turn dark when several girls sitting at a Ouija board receive a frightening message about Holly's death--and a warning. Nothing can prepare Jessica for the horror that follows.
Last year, Jerry Flack was a dork. So this year, at a new school in a new town, he's decided to start a new life altogether -- as a Cool Kid. He's been preparing all summer: studying teen magazines, acquiring hair gel, and distressing his jeans. Things get off to a good start, and before you know it, Jerry's in, Rollerblading with the pros. But soon, Jerry finds himself tangled up in a complicated web of lies; and what's more, he's battling a terrible urge to put his glasses back on, join the science team, build a hovercraft, and, worst of all, date Brenda, a 100% geek. Does he really want to be a dork in disguise forever? Carol Gorman perfectly captures the horror and hilarity of the middle-school social scene in this fast-paced and funny take on what it really means to be yourself.
At his new school, Jerry Flack is determined to stop being a dork and start being a cool guy--but does this science nerd really have what it takes to be popular? Jerry Flack is starting middle school in a new town where no one knows him and he can be anybody he wants. Jerry has a plan: He is finally going to be cool. But that turns out to be easier said than done. As his lies begin to pile up, Jerry knows he's going to slip up soon, and everyone will see him for who he really is.Can Jerry keep the act going? Or is it possible that a dork can actually be . . . well, cool?
Jerry Flack can't forget that last year he was a dork. But this year, in a new town, at a new school, things have gotten better. His social life isn't quite as embarrassing as it once was. In fact, he feels almost normal. That is, until he thinks about running for class president. At first it seems like a great idea -- being in the Student government might even be cool. But before Jerry can even decide to run, he discovers that he already has an opponent: someone willing to do almost anything to get Jerry not to run -- someone who wants to convince the whole class that no one wants a dork for president. Is it worth the risk of running for class president if it means a return to the depths of dorkdom?
Can geeky Jerry Flack win the election for class president, running against the most popular boy around? For the first time in his life, Jerry Flack is OK with being a dork. He has fun new friends, he's on the school science team, and he even has a girlfriend. Everything is going great--until his friends convince him to run for class president against Gabe Marshall, the most popular guy in school. How can Jerry compete, especially when Gabe is doing all he can to embarrass him and show the whole school what a dork Jerry really is?He is determined to ignore Gabe's pranks and focus on the upcoming election. But as Gabe's tricks get more dangerous--and more humiliating--Jerry has a choice to make: He can get even with Gabe, or he can prove to the school that being a dork doesn't mean he isn't cool.
Mick Sullivan likes reading thrillers, daydreaming about Tabitha Slater, and teasing his archenemy, Boot Quinn. Boot Quinn likes playing his guitar, daydreaming about Tabitha Slater, and punching his adversary, Mick Sullivan. The two eighth graders are rivals in every way, and with two fights in the first week of school, they've set the stage for a yearlong showdown. That is, until a new principal arrives on the scene and forces Mick and Boot to spend an hour and a half each day playing games together. Two enemies, one small room, and no adult supervision-- battle lines are bound to be crossed. As the wins and losses are tallied, the boys find themselves fighting for their classmates' attention, a cute girl's affection, and their own fathers' respect. But how far are they willing to go to win? And who are they really fighting? There's only one way to find out. Game on.
An International Reading Association Young Adult Choice: When a night in a graveyard with her friends turns fatal, Kelly knows it's up to her to find the killer--before the killer finds herNew to town, Kelly reluctantly agrees when her friends challenge her to spend the night in a graveyard with them. But she can't shake the feeling that someone is watching them through the mist. Her friends laugh off her suspicions--until she stumbles on a body covered in blood.As she begins to piece together the puzzle, Kelly realizes that the murderer may have killed before. Can Kelly and her new friend Miles solve the case before the killer strikes again?
Malcolm stood on the curb as if he were frozen to the spot. The limo surged to life and, running the red light, roared off down the road. "What was that all about?" I asked him. "Who was in the limo?" "Jennifer Smith," he said. "Those guys in the limo kidnapped her!" Amy didn't want this job to begin with, but since it was her father's biggest client who needed a sitter, she didn't have much choice. Now she's stuck with Malcolm, a nerdy know-it-all with a knack for telling whoppers. When he claims that Jennifer-the- Jerk, his bratty classmate, has been kidnapped, Amy is skeptical. But Malcolm also has a knack for blackmail. With a not-too-subtle hint about the boy she has a crush on, he persuades Amy to investigate. It still looks as if Malcolm is crying wolf--until they find the ransom note. Could Malcolm's story be true? Amy wonders. And if it is, will anyone believe them?
When the boy Amy is babysitting swears he witnessed a kidnapping, Amy isn't sure whether she should believe his crazy storyThirteen-year-old Amy Whipple is forced to babysit the son of her dad's most important client, and she is prepared for a boring weekend with a boring eight-year-old. On a trip to the park, Malcolm runs ahead, and when Amy catches up with him, he swears he has just seen the kidnapping of Jennifer Smith from his class. Malcolm is famous for making up stories, and Amy doesn't believe him . . . until they find the ransom note.In this wild, hilarious adventure, it's up to Amy and Malcolm to rescue Jennifer--even though she's a total jerk!
Elizabeth "Lizard" Flanagan couldn't care less about the contest to model in the Spring Pines Fashion Show. Tomboy Lizard can't understand why anyone would want to parade around in front of a bunch of staring strangers -- especially in a dress. So when someone secretly enters her in the contest and she's chosen as a finalist, it's a nightmare come true! Is there any way out? Or is Lizard Flanagan destined to be the first hiccuping supermodel in history? In this fast and funny sequel to "The Miraculous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan" (an ABA Pick of the Lists), veteran author Carol Gorman shows how a spunky tomboy can conquer her fears and take the fashion world by storm!
Lizard Flanagan is stunned when she is chosen as a model for the local fashion show--this tomboy in a dress has her work cut out for herWhen Lizard Flanagan finds out about a trip to Wrigley Field to see the Chicago Cubs play--for only fifty dollars--she is thrilled. It's her big chance to see her favorite team in action! But how is she supposed to come up with fifty dollars before the trip?Lizard couldn't care less about the local teen fashion show at the mall, and when she is unexpectedly chosen to be one of the models, she's horrified. Parading around in a dress in front of other people is just not something she's willing to do. Lizard is determined to quit the fashion show . . . until she learns that the winner will receive a prize of one hundred dollars, which would be more than enough to go see the Cubs.In this fun sequel to The Miraculous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan, Lizard has to face her fears and show the fashion world that a tomboy can rock the catwalk too.
While preparing for his school's Shakespeare fundraiser, dorky Jerry Flack goes head to head with the school bullyJerry Flack's first order of business as the new sixth-grade class president? Raising money to help make Hawthorne Middle School the coolest, starting with an Elizabethan fundraising festival to coincide with the class reading of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. There's just one problem: As class president, Jerry is going to have to make a speech in front of everybody to kick off the event. What's worse, class bully Craig Fox will see to it that Jerry embarrasses himself during his big moment. What's a dorky class president to do?With a lot of hard work and a little bit of help from his best friends, Jerry is determined to make this event a success. Can he rise to the occasion and show Craig that the school's biggest dork can organize the coolest Shakespeare festival ever?
As she enters middle school, athletic eleven-year-old Lizard is dismayed to see her friends change into weird strangers and struggles with her own transition from tomboy to "girly-girl".
In her first year of middle school, tomboy Lizard Flanagan feels left out--her friends are growing up, but all Lizard wants is to stay the sameTwelve-year-old Lizard Flanagan can't believe it when her best friend, Mary Ann, wears a skirt on their first day of middle school. What happened to shorts and dirty sneakers? Suddenly Mary Ann is starting to look and talk like those girly girls she and Lizard always made fun of in elementary school. What's worse, all the sixth-grade girls are acting like they've caught some kind of terrible disease that makes them blush and giggle whenever a boy is around--and the boys are just as bad. All Lizard wants to do is throw around a football and hang out with her buddies, but something terrible has happened: They've all started "the Change," and they've left her behind!Lizard finds herself lost in a strange new world of tights, makeup, and middle school dances. Does maturity mean totally changing who she is? How can she grow up and still be herself?
Eleven-year-old Charlie Nebraska wants two things he can't get: to make the local Wildcats Baseball team and to have life to return to the way it was before his father died two years earlier in the Korean War. Then Charlie meets Luther Peale, a stranger who quietly and mysteriously arrives in the small town of Holden, Iowa, and sets up camp near the river. Luther is a former Negro Baseball League player, and Charlie loves baseball. The two strike up a friendship and Luther agrees to coach Charlie's fledgling neighborhood baseball team for a game against the Wildcats. But many of Holden's white residents are suspicious of Luther because of his skin color. And when Charlie inadvertently reveals a secret of Luther's, violence erupts in the town and both Luther and Charlie are drawn into serious danger. Authors Carol Gorman and Ron Findley have created two highly memorable, emotionally complex characters in this dramatic story that illustrates the meanings of friendship, prejudice, and heroism.
T.J. is off on another adventure when he Ms. Dougan tells him he's just about to fail sixth grade. Then he meets a pirate and things are really never the same again...
When his uncle invents a time machine that can summon people from the past, T.J. has his hands full with a seventeenth-century pirateT.J. O'Brien witnesses a break-in behind the library. But when he sees the burglar--a real, live pirate--he realizes he can't go to the police. They'd never believe him!He decides to talk it over with his eccentric uncle Ainsley. But when he arrives at Ainsley's house, he finds the pirate sitting on the floor, eating a chicken leg and watching TV. His uncle's new invention, a time machine, brought Captain Billy here from his life on the high seas. Billy has been getting into terrible trouble, picking pockets and burglarizing businesses, and the police are sure to catch up with him eventually. T.J. and Uncle Ainsley can't send the captain back to 1690 because the time machine is broken. And their biggest problem? Captain Billy has discovered game shows and Big Macs--he doesn't want to go home!
Juliet discovers that with kindness and Jesus' love, she can 'tame' Roberta, the angry and rude new student.
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