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A group of kids decide to correct the unresolved issues in their neighborhood. It's all fun at first, but then they discover there are more problems than they thought. Their activities get noted by the wrong people. The way out of these problems could be terrible for one of them.
Maggie, living with her grandmother in Houston, joins the drama club at school, wins a part in a play, begins to make friends, and learns to deal with feelings of loneliness, being in love, and having an unusual family life and background.
Ann McKenzie loves living in Williamsburg. All of her family and friends are nearby, and there's always something exciting happening in the colonial capital. Now that she's 9 years old, it's time for Ann to start acting like a proper young woman, learning how to knit, to cook, and to manage a household. She prefers assisting her father, Dr. McKenzie, with his patients and working in his apothecary. Ann knows it's unheard of for a woman to be a doctor. But there must be some way for her to care for people in the way her father does.
Amateur detectives Susan and Mike figure out the identity of a mysterious clown on April Fools' Day.
Brian and Sean investigate a series of suspicious accidents at a theater waiting to be torn down.
The Casebusters investigate accidents at an abandoned theater--where a ghost is the chief suspect!Ever since the new mall opened on the other side of Redoaks, the area around the historic Culbertson Theater has been abandoned. But when a local developer wants to bulldoze the area and turn it into a shopping center, someone inside the theater decides to take matters into his own hands--hands that may be alive or dead. After a sandbag falls on a building inspector's shoulder--the latest in a string of suspicious accidents--kid detectives Brian and Sean Quinn decide to investigate. Sean's friend Sam suspects it is the work of the ghost of Horatio Hamilton, an actor who died in the theater decades before, but Miss Beezly--the strange old woman who runs the theater--says that Horatio's ghost is too polite for such misbehavior. Someone is pulling these dangerous pranks, and Brian and Sean better find out fast--in case the next sandbag falls on a detective!
While covering the recent rash of burglaries in town for the local news station, Brian and Sean realize that if they reveal the thief, they may lose a friend.
While working on a local TV news show, Brian gets the scoop of a lifetimeBrian Quinn signed up for journalism class expecting an easy A. But as he quickly finds out, there's nothing simple about reporting the news. Brian is nervous when his teacher asks him to appear on That's News 2 Me--a local news program run by children--but he goes along with it, hoping for a chance to hang out with Estella, the class's star student. But when he starts reporting his story, this kid reporter stumbles on a very grown-up crime. A burglar has been raiding Redoaks, breaking into houses and making off with expensive electronic equipment. And when Brian tries to report on the High-Tech Burglar, his producer tells him to stay away from the story. But when a clue to the burglar's identity falls into his lap, Brian is faced with a tough decision. Should he disobey the producer and break the news to the world, or let a criminal go free?
Exciting escapades follow Shirley's attempts to make an apple pie for Claude until one day an orphan boy makes a pie that wins him Claude's favor.
Brian and Sean investigate the disappearance of seven-year-old Lester Hopper and track him down in the haunted pirate caves.
When a spoiled kid disappears, the Casebusters go spelunking with a pirate's ghostSean and Brian Quinn have never liked Lester Hopper. The seven-year-old is spoiled rotten, and looks down on every kid he knows--even the ones who are taller than him! But one night, Lester disappears and a ransom note warns the Hoppers not to contact the police. The Casebusters are going to need to solve their most serious mystery yet--a possible kidnapping. Before he disappeared, Lester was diagnosed with a lung infection, and he needs to take his medicine again soon or he'll get very sick indeed. But was Lester kidnapped, or did he run away? Whatever the answer, all the clues point to one destination: the town's oldest cave, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a dead pirate. To save Lester, Brian and Sean will have to match wits with a swashbuckler who's been dead for centuries.
David finds all sorts of missing items other people but cannot locate his own possessions.
After having been a slave on Carter's Grove plantation near Williamsburg, Virginia, since childhood, Caesar finally finds a way to plan his own future.
A suspense novel set in the world of politics. With her father running for governor of Texas, Cary is determined to find out why she appears to be in danger. "Nixon is back doing the kind of book she does best... an inviting read." --Booklist
When the circus comes to town, a clown and his monkey get into troubleKid detectives Brian and Sean Quinn are on their way home when they see a clown causing a commotion outside the mall. The Star-Spangled Circus has just rolled into town, and Crackers the clown and his faithful monkey are there to promote it. But just as Sean is about to get a good look at the monkey, it escapes its collar and runs off, leading a frantic chase through the mall. and while the primate runs wild, someone uses the distraction to rob the stores. To the Quinn kids, it looks like this clown is pretty serious--about crime. But that night, the clown's son asks Brian and Sean to help him prove that his father wasn't even at the mall, and that the stores were robbed by an imposter. To get to the bottom of this big-top mystery, the Casebusters will learn that under their makeup, not all clowns are smiling.
The moonlight grew stronger, and soon Mr. Friedrich appeared again. In one hand he carried the lantern. In the other he held a shovel. He began to walk toward the hill. Suddenly, as though he were aware that someone was watching, he looked up at the house. Mike ducked so quickly that he banged his forehead against the windowsill. He crouched below the window, rubbing his aching head and hoping that Mr. Friedrich hadn't seen him. He waited for the sound of the back door closing Mike watched at the window until his eyes grew too heavy to keep open. He felt himself dozing and forced himself to stay awake. With the barn door open and Mr. Friedrich outside somewhere, Mike knew that whatever had taken place wasn't over. He forced back the worries and fears that tried to crowd into his mind, not allowing himself to guess at what had happened. The Orphan Train Quartet follows the story of the six Kelly children, whose widowed mother has sent them west from New York City in 1856 because she realizes she cannot give them the life they deserve. Mike Kelly, almost 12, is adopted by the Friedrichs, a German immigrant farm family living in Missouri. His new stepmother is kind but his stepfather is very strict. And as for their son, Gunter, he's just a bully who finds countless ways to get Mike in deep trouble. Mike knows he has no alternative but to try to make the best of his new life. When he begins to suspect that the Friedrichs are hiding something, however, he vows to uncover their secret. Can Mike find a way to expose the truth without risking his own life? "Plot is the story's strength... the lively course of events that keeps the pages turning!'- Booklist "Nixon leaves readers hungering for the next volume in the saga!'-The Book Report
The Thumbprint Mysteries series have been carefully written for young adults and adults at a particular reading level. Each book presents a suspense crime in which the reader must solve one or more mystery murders.Readers follow the clues and draw conclusions about the suspects and events, helped by the characters who are trying to solve the crimes. The mystery genre guarantees enjoyable reading. Teaching notes accompany the three different levels. These include, for each title, a pre-reading activity and synopsis of the plot, followed by vocabulary and skills work. An answer key is provided.
The Thumbprint Mysteries series have been carefully written for young adults and adults at a particular reading level. Each book presents a suspense crime in which the reader must solve one or more mystery murders. Readers follow the clues and draw conclusions about the suspects and events, helped by the characters who are trying to solve the crimes. The mystery genre guarantees enjoyable reading. Teaching notes accompany the three different levels. These include, for each title, a pre-reading activity and synopsis of the plot, followed by vocabulary and skills work. An answer key is provided.
"The Thumbprint Mysteries" series have been carefully written for young adults and adults at a particular reading level. Each book presents a suspense crime in which the reader must solve one or more mystery murders. Readers follow the clues and draw conclusions about the suspects and events, helped by the characters who are trying to solve the crimes. The mystery genre guarantees enjoyable reading. Teaching notes accompany the three different levels. These include, for each title, a pre-reading activity and synopsis of the plot, followed by vocabulary and skills work. An answer key is provided.
While staying at a resort hotel, Brian and Sean investigate the ongoing theft of expensive cuts of meat from the hotel's kitchen.
While on vacation in Oregon, Chris and Sean encounter a meat-locker mysteryPiney Point is one of the most beautiful places Sean and Brian Quinn have ever seen, but as far as Brian is concerned, it's not half as pretty as Jennifer Hicks. And getting to know the hotel manager's daughter while his younger brother goofs off in the pool sounds like the perfect vacation. But when a string of thefts upset Brian's new friend, vacation is over, and the Casebusters spring into action. Large amounts of expensive meat have been disappearing from the Piney Point kitchens, and Jennifer's dad can't figure out who's the thief. Could it be the bellhop? The chef? Or even the security manager? Brian and Sean had better figure it out quickly, or they'll end up just like the missing steaks--dead meat!
An old Irish legend says that horses talk at midnight on Christmas Eve, but when Susan and Mike stand watch at the local stable, they overhear robbers, not horses.
From the Book Jacket: As the children filed out of the room, Miss Hunter spoke quietly to Frances. "You got along with them nicely. I knew you would, you being a teacher." "I know how they feel," Frances said. "These poor little foundlings and waifs? Well, as best you can, I suppose." Frances didn't try to explain. She listened politely to Miss Hunter's advice about how to handle troublemakers, and how to arrange orderly visits to the small necessity in the railway car and to the privies at depot stops, and how to keep the boys from hanging out the train windows or climbing over the other passengers in the railway car. But Frances's mind went from child to child. No matter whether there'd been tears or smiles, each of them was facing a difficult journey. "I'll be fine, and so will the children," Frances assured Miss Hunter. She meant what she said with all her heart and tried to push away the doubts that kept repeating. Don't be so sure. You know as well as you know your own name, Frances Mary Kelly, that on this trip anything can happen. The Civil war is over and Johnny has come home. But to Frances's dismay, Johnny is hesitant to marry her. Attempting to ease her aching heart, Frances accepts an offer to go to New York City and escort a group of orphans out west to new homes. Along the way,she must deal with a flood of painful memories and a threatening stranger. Will Frances be able to complete her mission . . . and return home to find out what her future will be? "Contains sadness, love, danger, and suspense. Young readers . . . will not want to miss this installment." "Excellent historical fiction . . . Frances Mary and her young charges find adventure, fear, despair and love in this fast-moving story." -Book Report
It's 1861, and although Mike Kelly is far younger than the legal age of 16, he and his best friend Todd secretly join up with the Second Kansas Infantry and become army drummer boys. Mike's dreams of glory end when he's wounded at the bloody Battle of Wilson's Creek and must begin a dangerous adventure behind enemy lines.
Suddenly, with a great surge of loneliness, Mike pictured his mother and father and his brothers and sisters in the small room they had once shared in New York City before Da had died, before Mike had been arrested as a copper stealer. Mike had only been trying to help feed his family-he'd never expected his theft to divide the Kellys. if only the earning of money just for food and a place to live hadn't been so hard, Mike thought. If only Da hadn't died. "Da," Mike whispered, as he pictured his father's kind face. "Oh, Da, what should I do? What would you have me do?" He held his breath, hoping for an answer, but all he heard was the rat-a-tat of an imaginary drum. I know the drum calls, Mike told himself, and that's what counts, because Jeb says the army badly needs drummers. As he listened to the bugle's call and saw the flag held high, he burned with eagerness. He had to join the army! He had to! It's 1861, and although Mike Kelly is far younger than the legal age of sixteen, he dreams of fighting with the Union Army. Mike and his friend, Todd, secretly train to become drummer boys and join up with the Second Kansas Infantry. But Mike's dreams of glory end when he's wounded at the bloody Battle Wilson's Creek and must begin a dangerous adventure behind enemy lines. "Her characters are finely drawn and multifaceted, the plot is lively, and the deta: well chosen. This is history come to life -School Library Journal
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