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What does it mean if you die before you were born? An eleven-year-old Texan girl finds out what it was like to live in the Ice Age in this action-packed time-travel adventure. As Esther participates in an archaeological dig in Texas, she is accidentally transported back in time. Living among the Clovis, the mammoth hunters, she learns of a very different childhood in which play is practice for survival and humans are prey for megafauna, scimitar cats, giant bears, and others. Will she ever get back to her own time? Peni R. Griffin has delivered her greatest time-travel story yet, a thrill-a-page adventure that's also an affecting look at family and what makes a home. Kids will be riveted by this richly imagined vision of prehistoric North America from a writer whose work has been called expertly plotted (Kirkus Reviews) and fascinating (Booklist). Discoveries of early American artifacts, clues to this little-known time, appear in the news frequently. The detailed bibliography in this book invites young readers to read and, like Esther, make discoveries of their own.
When she realizes that her new home is haunted by the ghost of a ten-year-old girl who used to live there, Charlotte tries to help her find peace.
Nearly-nine-year-old Caroline isn't at all sure she'll enjoy her first visit with her father and his new wife and stepson, Hector, in San Antonio. And she is decidedly unhappy when her father can't be with her on her first day there. He still has to give his last exam at the university where he teaches art. Perhaps Caroline's visit is a real mistake. Then one of her father's art students brings an oil painting to the house, and Caroline uncovers it out of curiosity. She and Hector are suddenly pulled into the painting, a dangerous maze filled with mythic creatures, like a mermaid, the Minotaur, and the Sphinx, all of whom try to prevent them from escaping. How Caroline and Hector challenge these creatures and try desperately to wend their way home out of the painting makes a highly original, totally absorbing story, full of drama, danger, and also humor.
In a harsh and noisy time, a young girl's key to her dreams -- music -- may be closer than she thinks.There was a new song playing in the back of Alma's head. An angry song, for Jovita and her killer, and Eddie, and everybody whose family did things that everybody had to live with. She could feel it, thumping in her brain, but couldn't hear it well enough to even hum it. Not in this house.She needed quiet, and a guitar. She needed Mrs. B's house.Alma misses many things. She misses her grandmother; her big brother Eddie back when he didn't deal drugs; the freedom she had before her baby niece Silvita was born; and now, worst of all, she misses Jovita, the singer she idolized who was recently killed in a drive-by shooting. Just when things seem hopeless, Alma discovers the cat door in her neighbor's often-empty home, and an unintended window opens into a better world, full of music.And what could be the harm in Alma's stealing (borrowing, really) a little peace and quiet, maybe even a ticket to her future?Peni R. Griffin has created a character at once bitter and optimistic. She has succeeded, even more impressively, in making the "dark" world surrounding Alma shine with small -- but life-changing -- possibility.
Alma misses many things. She misses her grandmother; her big brother Eddie back when he didn't deal drugs; the freedom she had before her baby niece Silvita was born; and now, worst of all, she misses Jovita, the singer she idolized who was recently killed in a drive-by shooting. Just when things seem hopeless, Alma discovers the cat door in her neighbors often-empty home, and an unexpected window opens into a better world, full of music. And what could be the harm in Alma's stealing (borrowing really) a little peace and quiet, maybe even a ticket to her future? Peni R. Griffin has written a stunning novel that is at once brutally honest and realistically hopeful. Alma's world shines with small but life-changing possibility.
Two twelve-year-old girls in San Antonio, Texas, Ada in 1891 and Amber in 1991, switch places through a magic well and try desperately to return to their own times.
With clues from a talking parrot, ten-year-old Jessy and her stepbrother Matt discover the whereabouts of a hidden treasure in Uncle Matthew's old house in Texas.
Her habit of lying to her mother and older sister Vikki makes it hard for Nikki to convince people that Vikki's recently returned father is responsible for her disappearance.