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It's 1898, and Bucky can't wait to get to Alaska to find gold and adventure. But the journey is hard. Bucky, Pa, and Uncle Tanner must face deadly storms, numbing cold, and the Golden Stairs--a grueling six-hour nonstop trudge up the mountainside with heavy packs on their backs. Can Bucky make it? Bucky and his father, prospecting for gold in Alaska in 1898, must overcome storms, dangerous mountain trails, and wilderness predators before confronting the final challenge of human treachery.
Bucky and his father, prospecting for gold in Alaska in 1898, must overcome storms, dangerous mountain trails, and wilderness predators before confronting the final challenge of human treachery.
Fifth grader Jerry Johnson is a PK, meaning a prisoner's kid. Grace Elliot is a PK, meaning a preacher's kid. Can these two become friends? Can Jerry resist the temptation of shoplifting?
From the back of the book: Daydreaming. That's all Marianne does in class. Ever since her mother died she's lost interest in practically everything Even becoming a Fourth Grade Wizard doesn't seem special anymore. Marianne doesn't think she'll ever care the same way about anything again. Then things start looking brighter when she gets a puppy of her own to love. Now she doesn't have time to daydream anymore'
Will Elsie be able to accept her (beautiful!) new self? Elsie Edwards, star of Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade, is back! She's a whole lot thinner, but not much happier. Sure, she's got a lot of friends now; and she's going out with Craddoc, one of the cutest guys in the whole high school. But even though Elsie looks like "a thin Dolly Parton," she still can't quite believe that Craddoc really likes her. Her insecurity threatens to ruin their relationship. To make matters worse, Elsie's mother just won't realize that Elsie's growing up and doesn't need to be watched over all the time. It all adds up to make ninth grade a lot more trouble than Elsie had counted on.
Gretchen Griswald thinks everything about her best friend, Susan November, is neat. Her name, her red, curly hair, her cool clothes. Actually, most of the kids in Gretchen's class are so nice that the class is given a first year teacher, Ms. Cooper. She's not much on discipline. That is, until new kid Marybelle Jackson shaves off a good part of Susan's hair with a trimmer during class. Although Gretchen and her friends are angry with Marybelle, she continues to hang around them, insisting the incident was an accident. She also seems to know a lot about what's going on around school. When Susan suddenly gets ill, it's Marybelle who tells the group that she has hepatitis. With Susan out of school for several weeks, Gretchen feels lost--but Marybelle is anxious to be friends. She tells Gretchen that she saw Susan steal a pair of earrings at the mall. Susan says they belong to her sister, but Gretchen knows that she never lets Susan borrow her things. Whom should she believe? Then Susan and her family begin to treat Gretchen strangely, as though she's a criminal. Gretchen grows increasingly more confused and depressed. She believes she has lost Susan's friendship because of another lie. But what is it? Gretchen's brother says that liars eventually trap themselves in their own webs. With his help, Gretchen weaves a plan that will divulge the truth once and for all. In a surprising twist, the liar is cleverly exposed, but the outcome--and the feelings it inspire--are not what Gretchen and her friends expect in this unforgettable slice-of-life novel.
A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.
When fat Elsie Edwards walks into Jenny Sawyer's fifth grade class, she's the last person Jenny expects to be friendly with. Elsie is not only fat, she steals everyone's lunch money to buy candy. And when the book club money disappears, the whole class is punished. Nothing's fair! The teacher, Mrs. Hanson, is very strict. Fractions are impossible. And Jenny is assigned as Elsie's guide in school. Nothing's fair! But Elsie turns out to be a math genius. She helps Jenny learn fractions. Elsie's diet begins to work. Then Jenny and her friends discover that Elsie's fat really covers up a good friend. Nothing's fair-but some things are not as bad as they seem!
The award-winning national bestseller! When Elsie Edwards becomes the new girl in the fifth grade, nothing seems fair--but lots of things are fun. "Absolutely marvelous". --Parents' Choice.
"At seventeen, Elsie Edwards, once the fat girl of fifth grade, later slender but insecure in ninth grade, now has boyfriend problems that once would have seemed too good to be true."
Helen figures that she'll coast through sixth grade-until she comes face to face with her new teacher, Mrs. Lobb. Strict "Mrs. Blob" rules the class like a sergeant, and Helens' practical jokes make her crack down even more. It wouldn't be so bad if Helen got good grades-but the harder she works, the more she fails. Is Helen going to be stuck in sixth grade forever?
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