How well do we know our best friends? They were the best of friends. Sixteen-year-old Buck Mendenhall first met Kate Lucas the summer before seventh grade. In eighth grade they made friends with the brilliant and wealthy newcomer, Trav Kirby. They didn't seem to need anyone else. Mostly they looked forward to the good times shared at Kate's house. It didn't matter if their classmates wondered about them; no one could unravel their binding ties. At least that's what they thought. When one of the trio finds the future too great a threat, the other two can only wonder: "How well did we know our best friend?" With humanity, wit, and a quiet intensity, Peck's novel depicts suicide as a turning point inward of the pressures in an alienated and violent society.
After being involved in the brittle superficial world of a beauty contest, a country girl appreciates even more the solid values of her Indiana farm life.
Tilly's mother takes in two mysterious young women, Delphine and Calinda. Is Calinda a slave to Delphine? Noah falls in love with Delphine and later runs away to war. Tilly and Delphine are sent after him. On the way, Tilly learns of Delphine's heritage.
The eccentric, forceful, big-hearted Grandma Dowdel is back in this new story set during Christmas of 1958. A new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel, and soon she will work her particular brand of charm on all of them.
In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Desperaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story of the tiny individuals who secretly live among us humans. Helena is the oldest of four mouse siblings who live in the walls of the Cranston estate. It is 1887 when the nouveau riche Cranstons decide to take a cruise ship to England in search of a husband for their awkward older daughter. The Cranston mice stow away in the luggage . . . and so begins the time of their lives, as they meet intriguing, cosmopolitan mice onboard and take it upon themselves to help the human Cranston daughters find love. They might just find perfect futures for themselves as well! Full of laughs, near-misses, and surprise, this is Richard Peck at his best and most playful.
From the Book jacket: Eighth-graders Barnie and Teresa are sick and tired of their troubled life at home. So with only four dollars between them, they hop a bus and head for Paradise Park. But Paradise Park turns out to be a huge suburban shopping mall-not quite what they were expecting. Four dollars doesn't last long and Barnie and Teresa get stuck in the mall. They spend their days and nights in the climate-controlled consumer paradise of a large department store. But just when they think they can live there unnoticed forever, they find that even Paradise Park has its secrets. Even in the dead of night, they are not alone.... "[Peck] pokes fun, exposes hypocrisy, and treats with refreshing humor subjects too often talked to death. It's not a pretty place Mr. Peck shows us, but he makes us laugh at ourselves and wonder what is going on in the marketplaces of our society." -The New York Times Book Review "The author's deft handling of dialogue, inventive plot, and action-filled sequences make a highly engrossing and effective combination'.' -Booklist RICHARD PECK is one of the most highly acclaimed and popular writers of fiction for young people. His many award-winning novels include the Blossom Culp books The Ghost Belonged to Me, Ghosts I Have Been. The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, and Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death, available in Yearling and Laurel-Leaf editions. Mr. Peck lives in New York City.
Together, they won college football's highest award. This is a true, memorable, compassionate story of courage and love between two brothers. In 1973, while John Cappelletti was winning the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player in America, his younger brother Joey was suffering from leukemia. But John, now a running back for the Los Angeles Rams, had a very special medicine for Joey. It was called touchdowns. And John scored them in bunches because they were "Something for Joey". The story of the Cappelletti family is a story of courage you will never forget.
When her drug-addict mother can no longer care for her, twelve-year-old Molly comes to stay with her great-aunt, and slowly begins to realize that others in the small town also feel as if they don't belong.
"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," says Russell Culver, fifteen, who's raring to light out for the endless skies of the Dakotas to join a team of harvesters working the new 1904 all-steel threshing machines. School's only standing in the way of his Dakota dreams. Maybe now with his teacher in the ground, Hominy Ridge School will shut down for good. No such luck. Russell and his schoolmates-Pearl, Flopears, Little Britches; the whole bunch-are about to be ruled by a new teacher who's Russell's worst nightmare. Despite stolen supplies, rustic vandalism, a blazing boys' privy, and more snakes than you can shake a stick at, the new teacher will keep the school afloat and set Russell on a new course entirely.
Drew and Steph reluctantly take a Baltic cruise with their grandmother and have the experience of a lifetime.
Forced to ask herself whether her father was indeed a criminal, Karen comes to rely on her own instincts and judgment as her situation becomes increasingly terrifying.
When Jessica's parents divorce and her father leaves, Jessica decides that the best way to punish her mother is to retreat to her room, a shrine to her glamorous traveling photographer dad.
Why is Chad so uneasy when his California family rents a town house in New York City? Once there he hears voices--late at night, after midnight in this strange house that's at least one hundred years old. Then he finds that his younger brother, Luke, hears them, too, and even their older sister Heidi's afraid to stay in the house alone. As Chad and Luke explore the house, they begin to slip in and out of their own time, back to the winter of 1888. Are the voices they hear crying out for help? Will Chad ignore the voices or plunge into the unknown danger of one handred years before?
Fifteen-year-old Mary Alice is sent to speand a summer with her Grandma Dowdel, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors.
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