Melody and Marshall are cousins whose family is torn apart when Marshall's father enlists in the Confederate Army and Melody's father backs the Union cause. Marshall assists his father by acting as a spy while Melody helps her father. But will family loyalty override the allegiances of war when one of the cousins finds the other in distress?
Twelve-year-old Abbie and her family are finding the homesteader's life on the Nebraska plains harder than they ever imagined. Trying to save the money to buy a homestead, Papa is working in town and rarely comes home to visit. Abbie, her sister, two brothers, and their mother live out on their prairie farm, isolated from civilization. Abbie wishes for impossible things: that the family could live in town, that she could own a piano, could attend school, and have friends her own age. But then tragedy strikes and Abbie tortures herself with remorse, no longer sure that she and her family will find the courage and faith to survive.
With her mother dead and her father an alcoholic who disappears for days at a time, Gabrielle must assume responsibility for her younger brother Will and herself, barely making ends meet and afraid to put her trust in anyone.
Christmas is just around the corner, and Katie Potts can't seem to stop causing trouble at school. Even her best friend, Amelia, is mad at her! Daddy keeps telling her she's a good girl. But Katie wonders if he's right, and if Santa Claus will bring presents to someone like her.
Nine-year-old Emma O'Fallon finds herself in increasing difficulties as her complicated efforts to break up the growing attachment between Annie, the Irish nanny, and Bo, her boyfriend, cause chaos on a family camping trip and her own relationship with her best friend Luisa seems to be going from bad to worse.
Marmaduke is missing! Once again, Emma has forgotten to put her ferret back in his cage. And with four brothers and sisters and a poodle who chases Marmaduke around the house, Emma finds herself in the middle of this and other family dilemmas. If only she can prove to her parents that she's responsible, then maybe they'll let her join the traveling soccer team. When Annie, the new nanny, arrives, Emma feels she's found someone who's on her side. Annie's the coolest nanny ever, but will Mom and Daddy let her stay? Or will they fire her, as they have so many of the other nannies?
When Emma and her brothers and sisters want to get a kitten and another ferret, and Emma wants their nanny to be the chaperon on her soccer team trip instead of her mother, the children decide to go on strike to try to force their parents to meet their demands.
Emma loves the family's new Irish nanny. Annie's fun. She likes pets. She keeps secrets. She wears wonderful clothes. And she likes to play. Emma's sisters and brothers are also crazy about her, So when Annie announces that she's returning to Ireland for three weeks to see her sisters, the kids panic. What if Annie doesn't come back? What if their parents hire a new nanny, someone who doesn't like ferrets, or even worse, kids? Annie introduces them to a substitute nanny named Mrs. Potts. But the kids don't take to her. She's just not Annie. What a dilemma! Then Emma has a brainstorm... and the fun really begins!
After her mother dies, fourteen-year-old Amy Alden comes to live with her eccentric inventor father on a farm in Canada, and the two of them grow closer as they raise a group of young goslings and help them learn to migrate. Inspired by the story of Bill Lishman.
In this sequel to "Kevin Corbett Eats Flies," Bailey runs for class president hoping that popularity will secure her place in her current foster home.
Will Katie have a hard time this Easter holiday? Katie wants to carry a bunny to school just like Bianca. Will her father let her? Will her Easter dream come true?
Born in Northern Nevada in 1950, Black Cloud is a black-and-white mustang colt. He loves roaming free with the rest of his herd, playing with the other foals, and learning the ways of wild horses. But when humans intrude on this wandering life, Black Cloud's worled is changed forever. Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about mustangs and the history of the laws protecting them.From the Trade Paperback edition.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of hearing a horse's story . . . Independence, Missouri, 1846 Koda is a bay quarter horse with a white blaze. He loves to explore the countryside and run free with his human friend Jasmine nearby. But after Koda sets out with Jasmine's family on a long and dusty wagon train journey on the Oregon Trail, he finds out what is truly important to him. Here is Koda's story . . . in his own words. With moving and knowledgeable text and lovely black-and-white art throughout--both by real horse people--this is the perfect fit for all lovers of horses and history! From the Trade Paperback edition.
KT's friendship with her two best friends is threatened when KT is selected for the talented and gifted program at school.
Ever since his mom died, Kevin Corbett and his dad have been on the move. Now Kevin's found a place he really likes, and his dad want to move again.
Abandoned by their mother after the death of their father, three youngsters are determined to keep their situation a secret so that the authorities will not split them up and send them to foster homes.
When your dad's getting married and your Grandma's got a screw loose... it's good to have a friend who understands you. Even if he is a boy.
Katie is worried about Valentine's Day. Things are not going as expected. She has trouble at school and at home. But it's the thought that counts.
[From the inside book flap:] Getting into trouble is Alex's specialty. But for the first time in her life, she's trying not to. She wants to prove to her parents that she's grown-up--grown-up enough to baby-sit and make some money... to have her ears pierced. Alex also has another reason to act "responsible," as her parents refer to it--a special project for her science class. Each student has to take care of a pet over the weekend, around the clock, and write up a report. But Alex doesn't have a pet because her younger sister, Meg, is allergic to animals. So she decides to sneak over and "borrow" two cats from a snobby girl in her class. From what seems to Alex to be a small thing, chaos and trouble, trouble, trouble evolve. Before Alex knows what's happened, there are animals running loose in her house, Meg is sneezing, her parents are furious, and she's in big trouble... again. But along the way, she has learned something important: There's a lot more to growing up than she'd ever imagined. Readers will find Patricia Hermes's spunky heroine and funny action-packed story irresistible. RL 5
As she struggles to make ends meet while maintaining her family's dignity, eleven-year-old Genevieve faces the possibility of turning in a slave for the bounty.
In 1609 Jamestown Virginia, 9-year-old Elizabeth keeps a journal of her experiences in the New World.
Late in 1848, nine-year-old Joshua McCullough starts a second journal, this time recording events in Willamette Valley, Oregon Territory, as his family and others they met on the trail begin to get settled.
Historical fiction of a young girl's diary, in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1609.
Twelve-year-old Missy tries to learn more about her mother's odd behavior as she and her two friends share some secrets during a long, hot summer in Mississippi toward the end of World War II.
Everyone wanted to be Pocahontas. Mrs. Henry said everyone had to be on their best behavior for the program. Best behavior was grown-up talk for raising your hand instead of calling out in class, being on time for school, sitting up straight and tall, and not talking in line. Katie had been on her best behavior ever. Besides, she had an even better chance because she'd found her favorite lucky koala bear.
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