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Mother Teresa: Sister to the Poor (Women of Our Time)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

A biography emphasizing the early years of the nun who is world renowned for her work with the poor, sick, and uneducated in India and in other parts of the world.

The Mystery of the Blue Ring

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

Second-grader Dawn Bosco puts her mystery-solving skills to the test when her former best friend, Emily Arrow, loses her birthday ring Dawn Bosco and Emily Arrow used to be best friends, until Dawn took Emily's unicorn. Even though Dawn eventually gave it back, Emily still won't talk to her. When Emily's blue birthday ring goes missing after art class, the rest of the second grade accuses Dawn of stealing it. Dawn sets out to solve the mystery herself to prove she is innocent--and maybe get her best friend back. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Patricia Reilly Giff including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Nory Ryan's Song

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Nory Ryan's family has lived on Maidin Bay on the west coast of Ireland for generations, raising a pig and a few chickens, planting potatoes, getting by. Every year Nory's father goes away on a fishing boat and returns with the rent money for the English lord who owns their cottage and fields, the English lord bent upon forcing the Irish from their land so he can tumble the cottages and clear the fields for grazing. Times are never easy on Maidin Bay, but this year, a terrible blight attacks the potatoes. No crop means starvation. Twelve-year-old Nory must summon the courage and ingenuity to find food, to find hope, to find a way to help her family survive.From the Hardcover edition.

Number One Kid

by Patricia Reilly Giff

The author of the beloved Kids of the Polk Street School series introduces a new generation of readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center. I'M #1! That's what Mitchell McCabe's favorite T-shirt says. He'd like to be Number One at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, where there are lots of fun activities to choose from: swimming, nature walks, field trips, art, even homework help. And YAY-there's snack time! But Mitchell is worried. What if he's the only kid who doesn't get a prize on Prize Day? Luckily, Mitchell realizes he's a winner at something terrific. In this delightful new series, award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff introduces readers to a quirky, lovable group of kids, capturing all the excitement and surprises of new friends and after-school fun. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Pet Parade (Polk Street Special #8)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Richard "Beast" Best thinks that Pet Week will be a disaster. How can he bring his dog Kissie Poo to school? She's a great dog, but she's fat and has only three teeth left. His friends will laugh their heads off. Beast isn't the only one worried about what to bring. Everyone is trying to find the best pet. Matthew doesn't think his cat Barney is going to be good enough. Jill and Dawn are outside digging for something. Beast has got to think of something fast! Luckily Pet Week has all kinds of surprises for Beast and Matthew and all of Ms. Rooney's class. And, at the end, the Polk Street kids tell how to care for their favorite pets.

Pickle Puss

by Patricia Reilly Giff

It's August, and Emily has big plans at the library. She's going to read lots of books and tack a paper fish next to her name for each one. Then Dawn Bosco says she can read more books than Emily. Not only that, both Emily and Dawn want to keep Pickle Puss, a stray cat thay found. They decide that whoever reads the most books can keep cat.When Emily adds a fish for a book she read along time ago, she has one more fish than Dawn. She knows she's cheating, but she wants to keep the cat. What a pickle she's in.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Pictures of Hollis Woods

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Hollis Woods has been in so many foster homes she can hardly remember them all. She even runs away from the Regans, the one family who offers her a home.<P><P> When Hollis is sent to Josie, an elderly artist who is quirky and affectionate, she wants to stay. But Josie is growing more forgetful every day. If Social Services finds out, they'll take Hollis away and move Josie into a home. Well, Hollis Woods won't let anyone separate them. She's escaped the system before; this time, she plans to take Josie with her.<P> Yet behind all her plans, Hollis longs for her life with the Regans, fixing each moment of her time with them in pictures she'll never forget.<P> Newbery Honor book

The Polk Street Mysteries, Books 1-4

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

Second-grader Dawn Bosco must put her detective skills to the test in these four mysteries at the Polk Street SchoolThe Mystery of the Blue Ring Dawn Bosco and Emily Arrow used to be best friends, until Dawn took Emily's unicorn. Even though Dawn eventually gave it back, Emily still won't talk to her. When Emily's blue birthday ring goes missing after art class, the rest of the second grade accuses Dawn of stealing it. Dawn sets out to solve the mystery herself to prove she is innocent--and maybe get her best friend back. The Riddle of the Red PurseWhen Dawn finds a red purse on the playground after school one day, she knows she's also found a new mystery to solve. But after she puts up posters and makes an announcement on the loudspeaker, too many people are trying to claim the purse! The only clues are a shopping list, some money, and some dust that looks like cookie crumbs. Dawn will have to figure out the riddle of the purse's odd contents to find its rightful owner. The Secret at the Polk Street SchoolMs. Rooney's second-grade class is determined to win the school contest by putting on a surprise play. Dawn Bosco will play Little Red Riding Hood, and Jason Bazyk will be the Big Bad Wolf. But someone is trying to ruin everything. First, Dawn hears a scary voice backstage. Then, the wolf suit goes missing. Dawn has to get to the bottom of the mystery in order to save the play and win the prize. The Powder Puff PuzzleOne hot summer day, Dawn's cat, Powder Puff, jumps into an open car window. Before Dawn can catch up, the driver speeds off! Dawn is sad, but she knows she's a great detective. It's up to the Polka Dot Private Eye to track down the car, the driver, and Powder Puff.

The Powder Puff Puzzle

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

Powder Puff the cat might be gone forever, unless Dawn can piece together the puzzleOne hot summer day, Dawn Bosco's cat, Powder Puff, jumps into an open car window. Before Dawn can catch up, the driver speeds off!Dawn is sad, but she knows she's a great detective. It's up to the Polka Dot Private Eye to track down the car, the driver, and Powder Puff.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Patricia Reilly Giff including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

R My Name Is Rachel

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Rachel, Cassie, and Joey live in the city with their Pop, until Pop's search for work lands the family on a run down farm. Dreamy Rachel loves to read, and doesn't know much about the country. Times are hard there, too--the school and library are closed. When Pop gets work near Canada, he has to leave the children on the farm alone. For two months! But Rachel's the oldest, and she'll make sure they're all right. Somehow.From the Hardcover edition.

The Riddle of the Red Purse

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

Dawn Bosco uses math, logic, and her detective skills to return a red purse to its rightful owner When Dawn Bosco finds a red purse on the playground after school one day, she knows she's also found a new mystery to solve. But after she puts up posters and makes an announcement on the loudspeaker, too many people are trying to claim the purse! The only clues are a shopping list, some money, and some dust that looks like cookie crumbs. Dawn will have to figure out the riddle of the purse's odd contents to find its rightful owner. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Patricia Reilly Giff including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

The Secret at the Polk Street School

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

To help her class win the school contest, Dawn Bosco will have to find the person who is trying to ruin their play, Little Red Riding Hood Ms. Rooney's second-grade class is determined to win the school contest by putting on a surprise play. Dawn Bosco will play Little Red Riding Hood, and Jason Bazyk will be the Big Bad Wolf. But someone is trying to ruin everything. First, Dawn hears a scary voice backstage. Then, the wolf suit goes missing. Dawn has to get to the bottom of the mystery in order to save the play and win the prize. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Patricia Reilly Giff including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

Sky High

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Charlie has lots of ideas. Need something to go sky high? Ah-ha! The zinger-winger! Need to launch a cheese popper into soup? The amazing popper-upper! But the zinger-winger zings more than wings and the popper-upper plops. Charlie isn't allowed to invent for a week. Meanwhile, the afterschool invention fair is coming up. He needs time to make something special. Good thing he has his friends and Mr. Redfern, another inventor, to help him out.

Snaggle Doodles

by Patricia Reilly Giff

April is invention month. "We're going to make our own inventions," says Ms. Rooney, "and work together in groups."Though Emily Arrow knows it's important for each group to think, listen, and share, she still wishes she were the leader of her invention group. Linda Lorca, the bossy leader, can't get anyone to cooperate. "Snaggle doodles," Emily says. If the group doesn't come up with an idea soon, they'll be the worst group in the class.Meanwhile, Emily is also busy thinking of a wedding present for Ms. Vincent, the student teacher. The wedding is only a few days away. Emily has a lot to do. Can she and her group learn to work together in time?From the Trade Paperback edition.

Spectacular Stone Soup (New Kids at the Polk Street School #5)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Mrs. Zachary wants her class to be people-helpers and prepare a Spectacular Stone Soup. Stacy works hard to be helpful, but no one seems to notice.

Star Time

by Patricia Reilly Giff Alasdair Bright

In the fourth book in the Zigzag Kids series, it's showtime at the Zelda A. Zigzag Afternoon Center. Gina loves to sing and she's determined to be the star of the play. She's already told everybody she knows to come see her. But her friend Destiny wants to be the star, too!From the Hardcover edition.

Storyteller

by Patricia Reilly Giff

A story of the American Revolution from two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff. While staying with her aunt, Elizabeth finds something remarkable: a drawing. It hangs on the wall, a portrait of her ancestor, Eliza, known as Zee. She looks like Elizabeth. The girls' lives intertwine as Elizabeth's present-day story alternates with Zee's, which takes place during the American Revolution. Zee is dreamy, and hopeful for the future--until the Revolution tears apart her family and her community in upstate New York. Left on her own, she struggles to survive and to follow her father and brother into battle. Zee's story has been waiting to be rediscovered by the right person. As Elizabeth learns about Zee, and walks where Zee once walked and battles raged, the past becomes as vivid and real as the present. In this beautifully crafted, affecting novel from beloved author Patricia Reilly Giff, the lives of two girls reflect one another as each finds her own inner strengths.

Super Surprise

by Patricia Reilly Giff

This week the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center are being creative, and trying new things. But that's not so easy for Destiny. All of her ideas turn into disasters--until she finds out what a good poet she is. The sixth book in award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff's Zigzag Kids series captures all the excitement of new friends and after-school fun.

Today was a Terrible Day

by Patricia Reilly Giff

"Ronald's day goes from bad to worse--he drops his pencils, squirts water on Joy's dress, mistakenly eats Jimmy's sandwich, misses the ball during recess, loses his ice cream money, and drops Miss Tyler's plant... Giff cleverly saves Ronald's terrible day in a witty, satisfying way. Ronald's growing frustrations are wonderfully captured in the woebegone expressions and childlike stances that Natti effectively balances with happy scenes of success in her pictures which are described.

The Trail of the Screaming Teenager

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

A day at the beach turns into another mystery for the Polka Dot Private Eye to solve! Dawn Bosco is excited about her trip to the beach. With her Polka Dot Private Eye box and her grandmother's Marvelous Metal Finder, it's going to be a great day! There are teenagers at the beach, too. One of them loses her almost-diamond necklace, and she says it's been stolen. Can Dawn find the thief, or is the necklace gone forever? This ebook features an illustrated biography of Patricia Reilly Giff including rare photos from the author's personal collection.

The Valentine Star (Kids of Polk Street School #6)

by Patricia Reilly Giff Blanche Sims

It's time for everyone in Ms. Rooney's room to make cards for the Valentine box. Emily Arrow couldn't be happier when Dawn Bosco gives her some colored stars to decorate her cards. She plans to make a special one for Ms. Vincent, the new student teacher.<P><P> But things take a turn for the worse when Ms. Rooney asks Emily to be class monitor. Emily feels important sitting at the teacher's desk, until Sherri Dent leaves her seat without Emily's permission. Emily reports her. That's when Sherri tells Emily, "You'll be sorry." <P> Emily is really worried. What will Sherri do to get even?

Water Street

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Brooklyn, 1875: Bird Mallon lives on Water Street where you can see the huge towers of the bridge to Manhattan being built. Bird wants nothing more in life than to be brave enough to be a healer, like her mother, Nory, to help her sister Annie find love, and to convince her brother, Hughie, to stop fighting for money with his street gang. And of course, she wishes that a girl would move into the empty apartment upstairs so that she can have a new friend close by. But Thomas Neary and his Pop move in upstairs. Thomas who writes about his life in his journal--his father who spends each night at the Tavern down the street, the mother he wishes he had, and the Mallon family downstairs that he desperately wants to be a part of. Thomas, who has a secret that only Bird suspects, and who turns out to be the best friend Bird could ever have. From the Hardcover edition.

Wild Girl

by Patricia Reilly Giff

A contemporary and irresistible story from Patricia Reilly GiffLidie lives in Jales, Brazil, where she's free to ride, to be a wild girl, and to dream of going to live with her father and older brother, Rafael, in New York City. Finally Lidie is 12--time to leave Brazil for New York.Meanwhile, a filly is born and begins her journey to a new home. As Lidie's story unfolds, so does the filly's.Lidie's father runs a stable at a famous race track, and Rafael is training to be a jockey. As much as they want to make Lidie feel welcome, they still think of her as the little girl they left behind. They don't even know what a strong rider she is, and that she's determined to befriend and ride the wild filly her father has just bought: Wild Girl.From the Hardcover edition.

Willow Run

by Patricia Reilly Giff

1944 Meggie Dillon's life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be turned in because he's German, and people might think he's a spy. Is it true? Could Grandpa be taken away? Meggie's father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he'll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan, other kids like her whose parents have come here to do their part in the war. And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into battle, like Eddie, and how to keep hope alive on the home front.

Winter Sky

by Patricia Reilly Giff

Siria loves everyone at Pop's firehouse. And she loves the stars in the winter sky. Her mother, who died, named her after Sirius--the Dog Star, brightest in January. But starry nights can fill with flames, and Siria sneaks out to chase the firetrucks. If she's there, everyone will be safe. Still, Siria's not brave like Pop. Her best friend Douglas used to chase with her, and it wasn't so scary. But she did something wrong; they're not friends now. This winter, Siria must learn to be brave. Because she's got to fix things with Douglas; and when Pop is injured, she needs courage, and her friends, more than ever.

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