Nine-year-old Noah disrupts the school when his wish comes true and he becomes small and his miniature toy men come to life.
After finding the magic powder again, Noah and his friend Nate shrink to the size of Noah's miniature toy men and have an exciting adventure.
Lucy and Glory are orphaned sisters with no real place to call home. Only their memories of a beautiful doll named Morning Glory brighten their bleak lives. When a fever sweeps through the workhouse where the girls live, they flee to the London.
Now in paperback! In this companion novel to Dear Levi, told in letters,11-year-old Levi helps a young African American in a harrowing flight for freedom along the Underground Railroad.
In 1853, in letters to his older brother, eleven-year-old Levi describes his adventures in the Pennsylvania countryside with his black friend Jupiter and his experiences with the Underground Railroad.
In 1851, Austin Ives joins a wagon train headed for California. As he makes his way across the country, Austin writes home to his brother Levi, describing life on the rugged Overland Trail.
When Marty Belucci chooses to write to Napoleon for a class project, his grandfather tells him how to get the letter delivered. His classmates are stunned when Marty receives a return message.
Tyler and Freckle are amazed when they see a buidling rise up and disappear before their eyes. When it reappears, they learn the true identity of the owner and travel back in time.
Bumps the dragon starts off the school year with fiery excitement! When the kings son gets his clothes muddy Sir Ben the knight must go to school in his place. Beastly Bumps, the local dragon, decides to join Sir Ben and see just what goes on in school. Find out what kind of fireworks happen when a brave knight and a fierce dragon face their first day of school!
Award-winning author Elvira Woodruff has written a harrowing novel about an eleven-year-old orphan boy on a stormy sea -- and the charming daredevil who befriends him in England in 1695. When a storm brings down his father's boat, Digory Beale is forced to leave home to discover his fate. For if Digory has been orphaned, he can never go home again. On his journey, Digory becomes the apprentice to Henry Winstanly, whose life's obsession is to save sailors' lives. Digory must face his fears of the sea to help Henry bring candles to the lighthouse he's built on a killer reef. But who could have known the force of a monster storm heading their way? In this poignant page-turner, Digory comes to understand the many facets of courage -- and what it means to be a true hero.
Through encounters with Hessian soldiers, revolutionaries, and even George Washington himself, Matthew, Quentin, Hooter, Tony, and Katie watch history unfold before their eyes as they see first-hand the grim realities of war and learn the cost of their freedom.
This historic time-travel fantasy is a riveting sequel to a bestselling classic. Ten-year-old Matt Carlton and six friends are accidentally swept back in time--to Boston in 1776! The British now occupy the city, and redcoat guards are everywhere! While the boys are being held captive by a den of Patriot spies, the girls have been taken in by a wealthy Tory family. The pox is rampant; danger lies around every corner--and there's no hope for returning home to their own time. How will these seven children survive? Readers will relish the nonstop action and humorous dialogue in this riveting sequel to Woodruff's bestselling novel, GEORGE WASHINGTON'S SOCKS.
A carefree autumn night takes a dangerous turn when six fifth-grade friends and a seven-year-old little sister find themselves mysteriously swept back in time to 1776--to the British occupation of Boston! The girls are taken in by a family of redcoat loyalists while the boys are recruited as patriot spies. As the children become embroiled in opposite sides of the war, they learn first-hand how ideological differences tore friends and families apart. Sprinkled with just enough humor, Elvira Woodruff has crafted an action-packed, highly dramatic sequel to her most popular book, George Washington's Socks.
Fourth-grader Jack Carlton is miserable: His family is moving across the country and he might never see Iowa or his best friend again.
Vacationing on a farm in West Virginia near the haunted glass factory where crazy old Irwin Loop used to make marbles, eleven-year-old Jenna decides to use the place to shock her mute younger brother into talking.
The ancient mummy that Andrew encounters on a class trip to the museum seems to have special powers and makes him amazingly gifted.
In the early 1900s, two cousins leave their Russian shtetl with the rest of their family to come to America, hopeful that they will all pass the dreaded inspection at Ellis Island.
During a school trip to Ellis Island, Dominick Cantori, a ten-year-old foster child, travels back in time to 1908 Italy and accompanies two young emigrants to America.
It's 1735. Forrest Harper's life inside the Tower of London consists of three ways to pass the time: chores, chores, and more chores. His only friends are the spirited ravens he tends with his father. So when vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest can't wait to prove his courage by standing guard. If only Forrest's prisoner hadn't turned out to be a noble and daring girl named Maddy. And if only Maddy wasn't about to be executed...
Ten-year-old Nick lives above the funeral home run by his strict uncle, but he dreams of becoming a truck driver like his dead father.
"One day this child shall hold the very heart of our family in the palm of her hand," predicts Granny on the day Darcy Heart O'Hara is born in a cottage on Derry Lane, in the town of Pobble O'Keefe, in County Kerry, Ireland.Darcy grows up to be a noticer, delighting in the small beauties all around her: a dew-covered spider web, castles in the clouds, a shiny wooden rosary bead. Life is simple but sweet in Pobble O'Keefe, with her family gathered round the hearth in the evenings while Granddad's voice fills the small room with stories. But in 1845, a blight strikes the land, the potatoes turn rotten, and Darcy and her family must leave Ireland forever. How will Darcy ever find a way to to bring the small beauties of home across the sea to America? Elvira Woodruff's story of emigration, heartbreak, and hope is vividly illustrated with the warm, evocative oil paintings of Adam Rex.
Darcy Heart O'Hara is one of the many children who live in the cottages of Derry Lane, in the Irish townland of Pobble O'Keefe, in the year 1845. She's one of the many children who gather at the hearth to listen to Granddad's hushed voice as he spins tales of moonlit glens and fairy queens. But Darcy is special. She's a noticer. Wherever she goes, Darcy recognizes the precious things around her: a tiny flower, a butterfly wing, a spiderweb covered in sparkling dew. Even as the potatoes are rotting and the money is dwindling, Darcy can't help but gaze at the golden buttercups in the field. But when Darcy's family can no longer pay the rent, they're forced to leave Pobble O'Keefe forever. And soon, it's up to Darcy to find a way to bring the small beauties of home across the wide ocean to America. From author Elvira Woodruff and illustrator Adam Rex comes a touching story of courage, family, emigration, and one young girl's gift for noticing--and sharing--the small beauties of the world.
From the book Jacket: When aspiring scientist Nelly Brown shares a beach cottage with her grandmother one summer, she is thrilled to discover an old chemistry set in the basement. Equipped with bottles and beakers, test tubes and chemicals, it also has instructions for mixing up magic formulas. Each child using the set can make a wish that will come true. Nelly, who loves her 70-year-old grandmother more than anyone else in world, decides to mix up a formula for making her young. Little does she realize that she'll meet Grandma at age 30, 15, 10, 6, 4, 2 and finally as an infant. Horrified that her grandmother might shrink into nothing, Nelly calls on her cousin Ben to help reverse the effects of the formula. But is he able to help? And will Nelly ever see Grandma as a 70-year-old again? ELVIRA WOODRUFF has worked as both a children's librarian and a storyteller. She is also the author of one other novel, Awfully Short for the Fourth Grade, and a picture book, Tubtime. She lives in Martins Creek, Pennsylvania, with her two sons, Noah and Jess. KATHERINE COVILLE has illustrated both picture books and middle-grade fiction. The mother of three children, she lives in Syracuse, New York.
To Knit or Not to Knit is a unique Dear Abby/mini-knitting essay collection, offering humorous tales of triumph and terror on the needles, with a witty nod to the famous and infamous throughout history.As Mrs. Wicks happily quotes everyone from William Shakespeare to Beatrix Potter, she adds her own wit and wisdom to answer a variety of questions on knitting ranging from, Is there a quick fix for dropped stitches? to My boyfriend says my passion for knitting is stronger than my passion for him--what should I do?A number of Mrs. Wicks' own patterns are sprinkled throughout, along with her sound advice for stitches dropped and love gone wrong. Ever the optimist, she advises her readers to pick up their needles, dust off their hearts, and cast on without looking back.Knitter and non-knitters alike will enjoy this literary look at life lessons offered through a wooly lens, from Pablo Narudo's poem "Ode to My Socks" (hand knit of course), to Ogden Nash's witty words on the frustration of being married to a knitter,To Knit or Not to Knit is a quirky, enjoyable read, making it the perfect gift for the passionate knitter and thoughtful reader alike.
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