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Something strange and wonderful has appeared in Sara-Kate's junky and overgrown yard - a tiny delicate village built of sticks and leaves. A Newbery Honor book.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
A hard-bitten group of mangy highway cats is changed forever after the mysterious arrival of three kittens.
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.
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.
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.
Walter's parents were killed in an accident. Although he doesn't mention his father, he talks about his mother often. Is she trying to contact him?
Excerpts of six Newbery award-winning authors' books. Newberys are awarded for quality writing for children and adolescents. The stories excerpted here range from a stowaway's tale to the story of a girl who makes no attempt to slot herself into her new school's conformist culture to the story of a boy who receives a time travel-capable bicycle.
No one agrees on the truth about the mysterious violin teacher, Renee Fichet, until she herself tells the definitive story of her life and brings together all the differing views people have of her.
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