Hillary doesn't believe all the mean things she hears about Sara-Kate. Sure, she wears weird clothes and she lives in a dumpy house, but if Sara-Kate's as bad as everyone says, how could she take such good care of the elf village in her backyard? She and Hillary spend hours fixing the tiny stick houses and the miniature Ferris wheel so the elves won't move away. But as Hillary is drawn further into Sara-Kate's world, she learns there are other mysteries besides the elves. Why doesn't anyone ever see Sara-Kate's mother? And why isn't anyone allowed in her house?
Will Hillary uncover the secret of the elf village in Sara-Kate's backyard?No fourth grader trusts Sara-Kate Connolly. Her boots are dirty, her clothes are weird, and she's so maladjusted that the school had to hold her back a grade. But Hillary is her next-door neighbor, and can't say no when the unusual loner invites her over to play. In Sara-Kate's overgrown backyard, Hillary will find proof of a world of magic--the kind that can only blossom between true friends. Among the rusted car parts and wild plants, a miniature village has sprung up. It has tiny houses made from string, sticks, and maple leaves; a well with a bottlecap for a bucket; and even a little playground with a Popsicle-stick Ferris wheel. But there's absolutely no sign of who built this miniature world. To Sara-Kate, the answer is clear--only elves could be responsible for something so enchanted. As she and Hillary watch for their elusive new friends, they learn that friendship, like magic, springs up where you least expect it. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When their best friend changes drastically, the Investigators suspect extraterrestrial troubleGeorgina and Poco should not be climbing an apple tree in the dark. But Poco, who talks to animals, has recently developed a serious crush on a robin, and she gets worried when the bird doesn't return to his nest one night. Poco convinces her friend to come with her to check on the nest, and while they're peering through the tree branches, they see strange glowing objects in the sky. The array of lights can only mean one thing: aliens. The next morning, Poco's robin returns and, more importantly, so does Angela. Angela had been the girls' best friend before moving to Mexico a year ago, but she comes back totally changed. Before, she was short, chatty, and imaginative. Now she is tall, sullen, and cold. When Georgina reminds her of their former club, the Investigators of the Unknown, Angela shrugs her off. Paco and Georgina realize that the aliens have claimed their first victim, and they will have to move fast to save their friend. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
The War At Home Fear permeates the Rhode Island coastal town where Robert, his mother, and sister are living out the war with his paternal grandparents: Fear of Nazi submarines offshore. Fear of Abel Hoffman, a German artist living outside of town.
When Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body in an evening suit washed up on the shore, they are certain it has to do with smuggling liquor. It is spring 1929, Prohibition is in full swing, and many in their community are involved. Soon the boys, along with Jeddy's strong-willed sister, Marina, are drawn in, suspected by rival bootlegging gangs of taking something crucial off the dead man. Then Ruben meets the daring captain of the "Black Duck", the most elusive smuggling craft of them all, and it isn't long before he's keeping dangerous company. Inspired by very real accounts of the "Black Duck", a legendary rum-running boat that worked the New England shores during the era, Newbery Honor winner Janet Taylor Lisle has produced a colorful, original work of historical fiction.
It is spring 1929, and Prohibition is in full swing. So when Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body washed up on the shore of their small coastal Rhode Island town, they are sure it has something to do with smuggling liquor. Soon the boys, along with Jeddy's strongwilled sister, Marina, are drawn in, suspected by rival bootlegging gangs of taking something crucial off the dead man. Then Ruben meets the daring captain of the Black Duck, the most elusive smuggling craft of them all, and it isn't long before he's caught in a war between two of the most dangerous prohibition gangs.
About Joelle's life before she was found as a scrawny five-year-old, there isn't a lot known. But when her weird classmate, Carlos, tells her she looks like a girl in an old painting of Narragansett Indians, Joelle is surprised by a flicker of recognition. Carlos leads her to the ancient "Crying Rocks", where the howling winds are thought to be the spirit voices of children long ago flung to a early death. The terrible story draws Joelle into the downdraft of her own memory.
In a forgotten small town, one girl and a hundred cats are about to do something spectacularApplesap is a small town smack dab in the middle of New York state, and beyond that geographical oddity, there isn't much special about it. It has a dress shop, a run-down movie theater, and two old-fashioned drug stores: Jiggs' and the Super Queen. But nobody goes to Jiggs'. The roof is leaky, the seats are sticky, and the flies have built a kingdom around the soda fountain. Worst of all are the cats--hundreds of strays who wander in off the street to make the store their home. Jiggs' is a place for creatures who want to hide from the world, and so it is perfect for Melba. A shy young girl who's too timid to talk to other children, Melba makes Jiggs' her home-away-from-home. As the old store nears bankruptcy, Melba comes up with a wild plan that will save the pharmacy, make Applesap famous, and change her life forever. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When twelve-year-old Amber accidentally triggers a war between humans and a community of squirrels, she finds out how similar the two species can be.
War is coming, and it will take two very unusual friends to avert a showdown in the town of ForestUpper Forest is the kingdom of an ancient clan of squirrels. For years they have lived and died in the trees, building an elaborate civilization high above the earth. Since man came to Forest, the trees have been thinned, but there are still enough thick groves where the squirrels can run from branch to branch, going days without touching the ground. To avoid people, their natural enemies, the squirrels make their homes higher than any human can climb--or so they think. But they haven't met Amber Padgett. Swift, bright, and fearless, Amber has never fit in among humans. When she pokes her head into Upper Forest, she begins an unlikely friendship with a squirrel named Woodbine. As this mismatched pair grows close, the worlds of Upper and Lower Forest collide. But Amber's father, and other people in town, think the squirrels are pests and try to get rid of them. Which will triumph: friendship or war? This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
While searching for her fairy godmother, a young girl uncovers a world of magic It starts with chocolates. Dreaming of a box of chocolates that never empties, Angela writes a letter to her fairy godmother asking for one. To her surprise, the fairy writes back! A letter appears on her mantelpiece from "Pilaria of the Kingdom of the Faeries," written on ancient parchment with purple ink, and covered in a gold dust that vanishes as soon as it flies into the air. Is this really a letter from the land of magic? And if so, what does it mean? Angela and her two best friends begin investigating the mystery, searching Angela's house for clues. But out of the blue, more letters appear on Angela's mantelpiece. Pilaria is lonesome, and as curious about the girls' world as they are about her kingdom. What they learn from their correspondence with this enchanting godmother will change everything they know--about magic and reality--forever. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When nine-year-old Angela and her friends begin investigating the letters she has received from her fairy godmother, it helps take Angela's mind off her strained relationship with her father.
The citizens of Dimpole rally together to save an historic oak tree from being cut down.
An ancient oak tree has seen glory and tragedy--but nothing quite as spectacular as the showdown that's brewing For nearly a thousand years, the Dimpole Oak has towered over this small East Coast town, witnessing the passage of history: duels and revolution, lovers' trysts and traitors' hangings, victory parades and midnight conspiracies. The farmer who owns the land beneath the tree likes to tell stories of the murders and witch trials that took place in its shade. Local children play on the oak's great roots and dig for buried treasure. The townsfolk plan a Dimpole Oak Day to celebrate their landmark. Meanwhile, far away in India, a swami has a holy vision of the oak, and begins a journey to find it. Back in Dimpole, two boys take inspiration from the blackguards and pirates of the old farmer's tales, and challenge a local bully to a confrontation under the oak. As all these plots and plans converge, the mighty oak stands ready to witness another grand event. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
A hard-bitten group of mangy highway cats is changed forever after the mysterious arrival of three kittens.
When three kittens are thrown off the back of a truck, none of the highway cats knows what to make of them. They seem to have an appeal?an energy, even?that Khalia Koo, Jolly Roger, and the rest of the mangy, feral cats don?t understand. But there are bigger issues to figure out when the bulldozers start coming, threatening to demolish their homes as well as several historical landmarks. Can three little kittens be the answer to saving the town? .
Anyone anywhere near Garden Street knows enough to stay away from the Night Riders. They're trouble, they're up to no good, they're just downright dangerous. But when they steal Archie's brother Oggie's prized possession, Archie has to get it back. After all, Archie is the man of the house since his parents separated. Luckily, Archie is a writer. Not only can he go after Oggie's favorite red wallet, but he can distract Oggie with his Mole People stories while he's doing it. Even so, it will still take all of Archie's determination and courage -- and unquestionably, his writer's wisdom -- to come out on top. "How I Became a Writer and Oggie Learned to Drive" is fast-paced, fun, adventure-filled, and gives witty insight into the process of writing.
Winner of Italy's 2006 Premio Andersen Award: A young writer's fantasy world becomes dangerously entangled with realityEleven-year-old Archie and his six-year-old brother, Oggie, are constantly going back and forth between their mother's home and the apartment that their father shares with his girlfriend. To distract Oggie from the turbulence of endlessly bouncing from "Saturn" to "Jupiter" and back again, Archie invents a fantastic story about the Mysterious Mole People. When Oggie's wallet is stolen by kids from a local gang, Archie tries to retrieve it and becomes increasingly ensnared in the gang's dangerous activities. Even worse, he soon finds that his fictitious mole story is merging with the darkness of real life in a very frightening way.
One of the world's greatest storytellers weaves together an unforgettable collection of animal tales, including how the camel got its hump, how the leopard got its spots, and how even a butterfly stamping his leg can change a man's life. Initially written for his own "best beloved," Just So Stories was published in 1902. It has been a favorite for the past century and is certain to be cherished by generations to come.
An old fisherman leads Eric down a whirlpool to an ancient and beautiful world in the core of the Earth.
On the unforgiving coast of Twill, a boy is sucked into a fantastic adventureThe country of Twill has a notoriously treacherous coastline: rough, rocky, and primed for shipwrecks and drownings. In the salt-scarred port town of Twickham, the locals are dependent on fishing. Everyone pitches in, devising new ways to catch fish and crabs without falling prey to the dangerous rocks and waves. Of all the fish that dart around their deadly shore, none is more prized than the lampfish, a glowing creature whose bones provide the hooks that sustain life on Twill. It takes a group of men to land a lampfish, but once in a lifetime, a hero comes along who can do it single-handed. And Eric wants to be the next champion. Eric, an orphan since infancy, has become mesmerized by the swirling Cantrip's Spout--a deadly whirlpool where he has recently spotted a colossal lampfish. Trying to catch that glowing beast will take him on a magnificent journey into the sea and beyond, deep into the darkest parts of himself. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
Poco is horrified when Angela's cat disappears while under her watch. Is magic involved?Together, Angela, Poco, and Georgina have investigated some peculiar happenings. They are just on the verge of a major magical breakthrough when Angela's father moves to Mexico, taking Angela and breaking up the trio of friends. As consolation, Angela gives Poco her cat, Juliette, to care for and talk to while she's gone. Talking to animals is Poco's special skill, but no words can stop Juliette from running into the street in front of a car. Though she survives the accident, Juliette vanishes, and it will take a miracle to find her. With the help of Walter Kew, a secretive boy in her class, and his Ouija board, Poco scans the neighborhood. When all mystical signs point to Miss Bone, the strange old spinster who's been taking care of Angela's house, Poco is quick to face her fears. She'll do anything for Angela--and for Juliette. This ebook features a personal history by Janet Taylor Lisle including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's own collection.
When Angela moves away for a year, her best friends Poco and Georgina and a mysterious classmate are convinced that the elderly Miss Bone, caretaker of Angela's house, is responsible for the inexplicable disappearance of her cat.
After their mother's death, Olivia and Nellie go to live with their great aunt, where they slowly bring her overgrown and weedy old garden back to life, enabling them to adjust to a new life as well.
Two grieving sisters resolve to break a spell cast by evil fairiesAfter the death of their mother, Olivia and Nellie are shipped off to their great-aunt's house for the summer. Nine-year-old Olivia is not excited about the trip--she has to keep one eye on kind but eccentric Aunt Minty and the other on her younger sister, Nellie, who's been behaving oddly. But the summer takes an interesting turn when Olivia discovers an old fairy tale: the story of a group of children who, at a garden tea party, are turned into flowers. The garden sounds an awful lot like the one at Aunt Minty's house--could the flower children be real? If Olivia and Nellie can only locate the old tea set from the story, they might be able to break the spell.