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Charles Collier thinks that he can see eyes that peer out from the walls of his new house, so he comes to the Case busters to see if they can find out if his new house is really haunted.
The new kid in school has a poltergeist problem, and only the Casebusters can helpEverybody in Redoaks knows the old Everhart mansion is haunted. For years now, lights have flickered around the abandoned property at night, scaring away any local family who might be tempted to buy it. But when the Colliers move in from out of town, they don't know any better. For Brian and Sean's new friend Charles, bedtime is about to get spooky. Lucky for Charles, Sean and Brian are the Casebusters--expert detectives who have handled ghosts before. The phantoms inside Charles's house won't leave easily, though. And Brian and Sean are going to have to come up with something clever, quickly--or else Charles may never get a good night's sleep again.
A $10,000 reward for a missing mummy lures cousins Jeff and Debbie into an old mansion. But a raging snow storm forces them to spend the night -- and an evil ancient spirit might not let them see the dawn.
. . . There had been a loud, insistent knock at our door, and Megan ran to answer it. Ma and I were right behind her as she opened the door to a woman who was as dark and wrinkled as a walnut shell. Greasy strands of hair hung over her eyes. "A gypsy," I heard Ma mutter under her breath. From under her shawl the woman stretched out a clawlike hand, palm up. "Some coins for a poor old lady?" she whined. Ma said firmly, "I'm sorry, but we have nothing for you. " She had started to close the door, but the woman snatched Megan's wrist. She poked a long and dirty finger into Megan's palm. "Ohhh," she sighed. "What have we here? Could it be that this child is a bad-luck penny?" "None of that now!" Ma snapped. "Be on your way with that foolishness!" Megan, whimpering with fear, tried to pull her hand away, but the gypsy's fingers dug into her wrist. The old woman thrust her face close to Megan's and muttered, "Bad luck will be with you and yours all the days of your life." Shy Megan Kelly truly believes she is to blame for her family's misfortune. She'll never forget the day a gypsygrabbed her palm and read it, announcing that Megan was a "bad-luck penny" who would always bring trouble to those around her. Megan is happy when a loving young couple living in the rugged Kansas territory adopt her. But during the first trying months, a blizzard, a pack of prairie wolves, and an armed fugitive are just some of the disasters the family must face. Megan is certain the gypsy's curse is real. With the help of her new family, can Megan find a way to overcome her fear and superstition? 'This exciting and touching novel projects an aura of historical reality!' -School Library Journal "Young teens who suffer from a lack of self-esteem can relate to this story!'-Voice of Youth Advocates WINNER OF THE WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA GOLDEN SPUR AWARD
Because Sean and Matt have been playing pranks on the school computers, they are in trouble when someone else creates real mischief with the technology.
When an Internet prank turns serious, Sean becomes the main suspectBored in computer class, Sean Quinn and his friend Matt decide to liven things up with a little computer prank. But the laughs stop quickly when they accidentally hurt a younger student's feelings, earning themselves a quick trip to the principal's office. That night, Sean receives an anonymous email praising him for the prank, and promising to avenge his punishment by causing trouble at the school. The next day, a virus wreaks havoc with the school computers, and the principal suspects Sean of being the mastermind! To keep himself out of trouble, Sean asks his brother Brian to help him find the hacker behind the anonymous email. Catching criminals in the real world is tough enough, but when a crook decides to hide behind the computer screen, it will take every trick in the Casebusters' arsenal to bring this cyber-thug to real-world justice.
Andrea didn't want to accompany her aunt and a group of privileged people on a boat trip to the Bahamas to look at a valuable artifact. But she's stuck there now, and angry when she realizes that this is a stolen artifact. All the adults want to own it, but Andrea knows it should be returned to the Peruvian government. Then the object disappears... and someone is found murdered. Who will be next?
The year 1775 is an explosive one -- both for the colony of Virginia and 11-year-old John Nicholas's family. The tensions are rising between England and the colonies, and Virginians disagree on how to act. Like many, John's father, Robert Carter Nicholas, hopes to find a peaceful solution, but John's older brother George and his company of the Williamsburg militia think Virginians need to fight for their rights. John feels caught in the middle between the two people he admires most. Can they both be right?
The soldier quickly glanced inside the buggy. "You haven't got traveling bags with you, so I take it you don't plan to stay long." "That's right. Just today." "I'd caution you not to return after dark. There's no telling who you might run into on these back roads." From the corner of her eye Peg shot a quick glance at the soldier with the beard, who was still looking at the reticule. Union Army or not, I'd hate to run into this one anywhere! Peg thought. "You may proceed," the sergeant said. Miss Hennessey smiled again, picked up the reins, and clucked to the horse. The soldiers rode past them with a great clatter, stirring up clouds of dust that caused Peg to cough. The moment they were out of hearing Peg asked, "Why did you say that I was your daughter?" "Not now." Miss Hennessey's voice was low and quick. "What do you mean, not now? I-" "Hush!" To Peg's amazement Miss Hennessey pulled a small handgun from her reticule and tucked it on the seat under her skirt. In a low voice she said, "Whatever may happen next, don't be afraid." It's the autumn of 1863, and as the Civil War rages, a stranger named Violet Hennessey seeks refuge with the Kelly family. Eleven-year-old Peg Kelly is thrilled because Violet treats her like a young woman, not a child. On the run from Confederate raiders, Violet has information that may save the Union. But she can't deliver her message unless she undertakes a dangerous journey, and she needs Peg's help. Peg and her brother Danny are determined to be courageous for the sake of the Union, but what price will they pay for their heroism? "The tension and danger are palpable... readers won't be able to put this one down, as the suspense builds steadily to a dramatic but startling conclusion that may require a hanky or two."-Booklist
With a robot's help, two children search for a relative who has been kidnapped by the king on the planet Astarr and accused of making secret war weapons.
In 1902 sixteen-year-old Kristin travels with her family from Sweden to a new life in Minnesota, where she finds herself frustrated by the restrictions placed on what girls of her age are expected or allowed to do.
Russian immigrant Rebekah Levinsky hopes desperately that her dream will come true in America. On the difficult ocean journey to the "land of opportunity" she meets two other girls--Kristin Swensen from Sweden and Rose Carney from Ireland. The three quickly become friends as they share their visions of the future and endure life on the overcrowded ship. Once they reach Ellis Island the girls must separate and Rebekah and her family settle in New York on the Lower East Side. Instead of finding streets paved with gold, they slave seven days a week in a sweatshop. Will Rebekah find the courage to conquer the odds and find happiness in the United States of America?
Rose Carney, a young girl from Ireland, befriends Rebecca, from Russia, and Kristen, from Sweden, during the long journey to America. They part ways at Ellis Island and Rose continues onto a new life in Chicago.
Describes the exploration of the land beneath the sea and what it has revealed about the topography of this vast hidden area. Also discusses how these discoveries help us better understand the earth upon which we live.
THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Cody doesn't like Texas. He and his mom were only supposed to spend the summer there, helping out his grandmother. But Cody's grandmother is sick and needs them to stay. Now he's the new kid at the local middle school and all his friends are back in California. You'd think Cody's cousin Hayden would show him the ropes. Not only is Hayden in the same grade, he lives next door. But Hayden doesn't want anything to do with Cody. Cody's luck begins to change when he befriends Officer Ramsey, a policeman and aspiring stand-up comic. Officer Ramsey appreciates Cody's jokes so much, he pays Cody for the material! But it's no laughing matter when a crime is committed at school and Cody becomes a suspect. Cody is going to need more than jokes to solve this mystery--and clear his name.From the Hardcover edition.
While staying at a dude ranch, Brian and Sean investigate the theft of a prize racehorse.
While on vacation at a dude ranch, the Casebusters chase a horse thiefSean and Brian Quinn can't think of anywhere cooler than the Austin Dude Ranch. Although neither has ever ridden a horse, they're positive that playing cowboy is going to become their favorite pastime. But before they can learn to rope and ride, they're going to have to practice their other favorite hobby: solving mysteries. A racehorse has been stolen from the neighboring farm, and the ranch's owners think that their horses may be the next to disappear. To find the missing pony, Brian and Sean will have to confront something even more scary than horse thieves: the ghost of the crazy old gold prospector who is said to haunt a nearby abandoned mine. Whether the culprit is living or dead, Brian and Sean must catch him faster than they can say, "Giddy-up!"
Ten-year-old Lucy, an orphan who wants a little sister more than anything, finds a very special one in the less-than-perfect family which she joins.
Happy living with her Texas grandmother and looking forward to celebrating a family Christmas, thirteen-year-old Maggie is devastated when she is summoned by her movie-director father to spend Christmas with him and her very young stepmother in California.
A defensive twelve-year-old gets to understand her dad, a busy Hollywood director planning to remarry, after she's sent away for the summer to live in her grandmother's house.
For Grades 2 - 4. From the Book Jacket: In a hushed voice Magnolia Possum read the magic spell. Dirty socks and ginger beer, Icky, sticky, disappear! With an "Abracadabra!" Magnolia pointed at poor Bernard Beaver and - poof! - he was gone. Magnolia Possum's Grandma has bought a dusty old magic book from Mrs. Fox's store. But alas, when they go to look for the solutions to the magic tricks, the last pages are missing! Where could they be? And how will Magnolia ever make Bernard Beaver appear again? In this funny beginning reader, children will delight in Magnolia's antics and silly escapades as she finds herself in a predicament with no easy answers. But that's not all. Not only has Mr. Beaver vanished in thin air, but Magnolia gets herself into just as crazy a plight! Joan Lowery nixon was born in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She is the author of over fifty books, including Bigfoot Makes a Movie and Danger in Dinosaur Valley. Two of her books, The Seance and The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, received the Edgar Allan Poe Award for the best children's mystery of the year. She and her husband Hershell, a geologist, live in Houston. They have four children. linda bucholtz-ross was born in Kelowna, British Columbia. She received her B.F.A. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and has published several books in Canada. She has attended workshops at the School of Visual Arts under Milton Glaser, and at Pratt Institute. She and her husband Gerald, a research scientist, live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with their young son Alexander. They are all avid sailors.
The author recalls events from her childhood that contributed to her development as a writer.
In Virginia, two years before the start of the American Revolution, Maria worries that her mother will lose her contract to publish official reports of the British government because she prints anti-British articles in their family-run newspaper.
Muffie displays her imagination in four episodes that take place on her mother's birthday.
Jenny Jakes and her mother, a famous mystery writer, travel to San Antonio to see their cousin, Arnold Harmony, who's made his fortune in the chocolate business. Harmony, an eccentric millionaire, wants his will read publicly before he dies; since everyone wants a piece of the pie, this announcement causes quite a stir. When Harmony's son is murdered just before the reading, Jenny's mother decides to spring into action as a real-life detective. But Jenny's mother doesn't have a clue about solving a real crime, so it's up to Jenny to use her wits, not only to save her mother's reputation, but also to keep herself from being killed. From the Paperback edition.
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