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The Adventures of the Red Tape Gang

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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.

And Maggie Makes Three

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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's Story, 1747

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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.

The April Fool Mystery

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Amateur detectives Susan and Mike figure out the identity of a mysterious clown on April Fools' Day.

Backstage with a Ghost

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Brian and Sean investigate a series of suspicious accidents at a theater waiting to be torn down.

Bait for a Burglar

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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.

Beats Me, Claude

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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.

Beware the Pirate Ghost

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Brian and Sean investigate the disappearance of seven-year-old Lester Hopper and track him down in the haunted pirate caves.

The Boy Who Could Find Anything

by Joan Lowery Nixon

David finds all sorts of missing items other people but cannot locate his own possessions.

Caesar's Story, 1759

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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 Candidate for Murder

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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

Caught In the Act (The Orphan Train Adventures #2)

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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

Champagne at Risk

by Joan Lowery Nixon Kathleen Nixon Brush

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.

Champagne at the Murder

by Joan Lowery Nixon Kathleen Nixon Brush

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.

Champagne with a Corpse (Thumbprint Mysteries)

by Joan Lowery Nixon Kathleen Nixon Brush

"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.

Check In to Danger

by Joan Lowery Nixon

While staying at a resort hotel, Brian and Sean investigate the ongoing theft of expensive cuts of meat from the hotel's kitchen.

The Christmas Eve Mystery

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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.

Circle of Love (The Orphan Train Adventures #7)

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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

A Dangerous Promise

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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.

A Dangerous Promise (The Orphan Train Adventures #5)`

by Joan Lowery Nixon

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

The Dark and Deadly Pool

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Liz enjoys her summer pool job at the glamorous Ridley Hotel. Until the night, a dark and lonely night, a ghastly shadow surges up from the pool. A face -- eyes wide, mouth gaping -- stares at Liz. A hand clutches at her sneaker.

David's Search (The Orphan Train Children #4)

by Joan Lowery Nixon

History comes alive in this entertaining and educational series for readers ages 7-11, written by the author of the Orphan Train Adventures. David Howard has been living on the streets of New York City so long he can barely remember his parents.

A Deadly Game of Magic

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Seeking shelter from a fierce Texas storm, four teens are trapped inside a strange house as unwitting players in a magician's evil games. The phone goes dead. A plaster head suddenly appears. A disembodied hand taps the mantel. Then the magic turns even more sinister, leading inevitably toward murder.

A Deadly Promise

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Sarah risks her life to clear her murdered father's name and expose big-time criminal activity in the lawless mining town of Leadville. Sequel to "High Trail to Danger."

Don't Scream

by Joan Lowery Nixon

Jess is curious about the new family next door. Especially Mark Malik, who's goodlooking and charming. Then Jess and her best friend, Lori, discover that there is a second new guy at school, and Jess thinks the school year is really looking up. But soon things don't seem right. A neighbor's cat disappears, and the next night Jess's own cat is missing. Now Jess is more than curious -- she's frightened. What she can't know is that there is a connection between these two new guys. One has been given a new identity by the Federal Witness Protection Program. The other is someone seeking revenge. Whom can Jess trust? Who will be the next victim?

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