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Behind the Bedroom Wall

by Laura E. Williams

Thirteen-year-old Korinna must decide whether to report her parents to her Hitler youth group when she discovers that they are hiding Jews in a secret space behind Korinna's bedroom wall.

Behind the Bedroom Wall

by Laura E. Williams

It's 1942. Thirteen-year-old Korinna Rehme is an active member of her local Jungmadel, a Nazi youth group, along with many of her friends. She believes that Hitler is helping Germany by instituting a program to deal with what he calls the "Jewish problem," a program that she witnesses as her Jewish neighbors are attacked and taken from their homes. Korinna's parents, however, are members of a secret underground group providing a means of escape to the Jews of their city. Korinna is shocked to discover that they are hiding a refugee family behind the wall of her bedroom. But as she comes to know the family, her sympathies begin to turn. When someone tips off the Gestapo, loyalties are put to the test and Korinna must decide what she really believes and whom she really trusts. Filled with adventure, Behind the Bedroom Wall helps readers understand the forces that drove so many to turn on their neighbors and the courage that allowed some to resist.

The Can Man

by Laura E. Williams Craig Orback

Tim's birthday is just a week away, and more than anything he wants a skateboard. But money is tight, and Tim knows his family cannot afford to buy him a board.<P> As Tim ponders how he might earn money for a skateboard, he hears The Can Man down the street collecting empty soft drink cans. The clang of the cans in the homeless man's cart gives Tim an idea. He will collect cans too, and cash them in for the redemption money. By the end of the week, Tim has almost reached his goal--until a couple of chance encounters with The Can Man change everything.<P> Told with honesty and respect, this timely story shines a perceptive light on current social concerns. Readers will be encouraged to think beyond themselves and celebrate the simple acts of kindness and sharing that make a difference in people's lives.

The Mystery of the Bad Luck Curse

by Laura E. Williams

A terrible crime committed long ago in Mystic, Maine, resulted in a ghost haunting the area. When a team of archaeologists arrive, things start to happen. Twins Jen and Zeke must uncover the secrets of the old legend before the curse turns deadly.

Mystic Lighthouse Mysteries: The Mystery of Dead Man's Curve

by Laura E. Williams

Dead Man's Curve has caused many terrible accidents on the road to the old lighthouse--but this time, it was not an accident.

Mystic Lighthouse Mysteries: The Mystery of the Dark Lighthouse

by Laura E. Williams

Twins Jen and Zeke have always known the old lighthouse is haunted. Now they have proof. Something very strange is going on at the Mystic Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast.

Mystic Lighthouse Mysteries: The Mystery of the Missing Tiger

by Laura E. Williams

The Circus has come to Mystic, Maine! But on the day of the famous Siberian tiger's first big performance, it mysteriously disappears! After other things start to go terribly wrong at the circus, it's clear that someone is behind it all!

Mystic Lighthouse Mysteries: The Mystery of the Phantom Ship

by Laura E. Williams

One night when Zeke is practicing with his sailing team, he spots a huge ship right in the middle of the Poseidon's Triangle. He blinks, and it is gone.

Slant

by Laura E. Williams

Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a Korean-American adoptee, is tired of being called "slant" and "gook," and longs to have plastic surgery on her eyes. But when her father finds out about her wish -- and a long-kept secret about her mother's death is revealed -- Lauren starts to question some of her own assumptions.

Slant

by Laura E. Williams

Thirteen-year-old Lauren, a Korean American adoptee, is best friends with the prettiest - and tallest - girl in the school, Julie, who has an endless amount of confidence. Lauren, on the other hand, has been saving for years to pay for a special eye surgery that will deepen the crease of her eyelids. It's not that she wants to look like everyone else in her suburban Connecticut school; she'd just be happy if kids stopped calling her "slant" and "gook." Up until now she's been able to ignore the insults, but when the cutest boy in her class calls her "slant," she realizes she needs to do something about her "nickname." When she convinces her reluctant father to consent to the eye operation, Lauren suddenly finds herself faced with a challenge: should she get the operation that might make her more confident and popular, or can she find that confidence within herself? Laura Williams' sensitive, beautifully written story offers a powerful lesson to young readers whose self-esteem depends too much on how they look.

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