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Intrigue, romance, and scheming aboard the Titanic This updated edition of the popular Richard Peck novel, available in time to commemorate the anniversary of the Titanic's fateful voyage in 1912, starts with a chilling prophecy. When Miranda begins her position as maid-servant to the glamorous and selfish Amanda Whitwell, Amanda wastes no time in using Miranda to suit her own cruel purposes. Miranda becomes the lynchpin to a plot that Amanda devises to marry an American who can maintain her lavish lifestyle, but also keeps the rogue she loves close at hand. However, destiny intervenes, and they board the ill-fated Titanic. This story has all of the romance, glamour, intrigue, and tragedy of the Titanic but ends, satisfyingly, with redemption and forgiveness.
In 1911, eighteen-year-old Mary Cooke comes to stately Whitwell Hall to serve as maid for the strong-willed young Amanda Whitwell. To Mary's astonishment, her aristocratic new employer is her near-double. A dutiful servant girl, "Miranda"-- as her arrogant mistress renames her-- must stand by as Amanda ensnares both men whom Miranda herself loves. But when maid and mistress journey together on the Titanic, Miranda sees the chance to seize her destiny forever.
The popular author describes how he grew up in Decatur, Illinois, went into teaching, and eventually became a writer, incorporating his earlier experiences into novels intended to reach and change young readers.
Whenever Gail was alone, the phone rang and "went dead as soon as she answered it. She was being stalked-but by whom? As her world shaded into a nightmare, Gail, surrounded by friends, family, and teachers was herself utterly alone. She knew she couldn't go on much longer being afraid of everybody and every moment. Then one evening her nightmare became fact when she learned an even more tragic truth: in spite of violence and degradation, she was still alone, the victim of a crime which punished the innocent and let the criminal go free. Only at the risk of her own reputation could she let the world know who had done this to her-and her lawyer advised against it. Would the rapist, she wondered, strike again? And, if so, where?
An updated look for the classic YA thriller from genre heavyweight Richard Peck Sixteen-year-old Gail is living the upper-class suburban life when she begins receiving terrifying phone calls and notes in her locker. And the calls keep coming. When she's attacked by the town's golden boy everyone refuses to take action against him and his powerful family. A frightening drama that deals with heavy teen issues and the idea of justice (or lack thereof) from bestselling author Richard Peck.
When Bambi Babcock's TV-producer father bankrupt, the Babcocks have to get out of Los Angeles ... fast. Dad heads for his hometown of Hickory Fork, which he remembers as a wholesome place for kids to grow up. But Bambi, her sister Buffie, and their little brother Brick come up against the Mall Rats, a down-home teenage gang run by scary Tanya and beef Jeeter. When the Mall Rats walk into school dives for cover. They've already trashed the mall. Bambi knows that if her show-biz family is going to get stuck here, they must turn the school around and save the town. The Mall Rats will never know what hit them.
Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack GantosArcher Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer,; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth--Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact, the first male teacher in the history of the school. But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does. He doesn't see too far ahead, so every day or so a startling revelation breaks over him. Then a really big one when he's the best man at the wedding of two of his role models. But that gets ahead of the story.In pages that ripple with laughter, there's a teardrop here and there. And more than a few insights about the bewildering world of adults, made by a boy on his way to being the best man he can be.From the Hardcover edition.
Blossom, high-school freshman and possessor of "second sight," helps an Egyptian princess, dead for 3500 years, to regain her tomb, and in addition saves a suffragette school teacher from losing her job in 1914.
Through his friendship with Margaret, Matt is able to come to terms concerning the death of Dory, his girlfriend.
A teenage girl struggles to understand her place within her family and in the world.
It's Halloween, 1914. Teenage psychic Blossom Culp sneaks into the house where the rest of her class is having a party-and that's when everything goes haywire. Suddenly Blossom is hurled into a time warp. Her psychic powers have found a way to send her into the future-our time. But will they be able to send her back?
It's Halloween, 1914. Teenage psychic Blossom Culp sneaks into the house where the rest of her class is having a party -- and that's when everything goes haywire. Suddenly Blossom is hurled into a time warp. Her psychic powers have found a way to send her into the future -- our time. But will they be able to send her back?
Flip and Brian have been best friends since grade school. But everything changes during the spring of seventh grade. That's when they find a man lying dead in the leaves near Dreamland Lake. What happens in the summer that follows will change the course of their friendship--and their lives--forever."A finely tuned shocker."--Kirkus Reviews
From the Book jacket: macabre beginning? Perhaps. But the discovery of the body by two boys, Flip and Bryan, sets off a chain of events that finally ends their friendship. The two are poised perilously between childhood and adolescence, between fantasy and reality, between the daily round of the Coolidge Middle School and a paper route and the menace of the dark woods of Dreamland Lake. Flip is the aggressive organizer, determined to transform a tramp's lonely death into full- scale television-style mystery-adventure. Bryan is the reflective follower who learns to stand alone when their mutual fantasy results in authentic tragedy. Before the drama is played out to the final, terrifying conclusion, Elvan Helligrew, a born victim, is involved together with the fathers of the boys, men who inhabit a world the boys will one day enter. It is Bryan who tells the story later in an attempt to explain to himself the meaning of events involving more kinds of death than he can comprehend-or face. Richard Peck was born in Decatur, Illinois. He attended Exeter University in England and graduated from DePauw University and Southern Illinois University. He has taught at Hunter College in New York and has served as the Assistant Director of the Council for Basic Education in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of four anthologies of contemporary writing, including SOUNDS & SILENCES and MINDSCAPES. His own poetry and articles on books, schools, and urban Jiving appear in Saturday Review, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, Parents' and The New York Times. Mr. Peck is the author of one previous novel, don't look and it won't hurt.
Thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett has never strayed further from her family's farm than a horse can pull a cart. Then a letter from her Aunt Euterpe arrives, and everything changes. It's 1893, the year of the World's Columbian Exposition-the "wonder of the age"-a.k.a. the Chicago World's Fair. Aunt Euterpe is inviting the Becketts to come for a visit and go to the fair! Award-winning author Richard Peck's fresh, realistic, and fun-filled writing truly brings the World's Fair-and Rosie and her family-to life.
In 1893, thirteen-year-old Rosie and members of her family travel from their Illinois farm to Chicago to visit Aunt Euterpe and attend the World's Columbian Exposition, which, along with an encounter with Buffalo Bill and Lillian Russell, turns out to be a life-changing experience for everyone.
After his mother dies, 17-year-old Jim realizes he must raise his younger brother, Byron, alone. But when their father shows up with plans to take them to Florida, Jim wonders if the reunion will last.An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.
Seventeen-year-old Jim Atwater has played father to his kid brother Byron since their parents divorced eight years before. But Jim and Byron's world falls apart when their mother dies and their father--who is a virtual stranger to the boys--shows up, wanting to be part of their lives. An ALA Notable Book for Young Adults.
Only Alexander knows why the barn is haunted--and by what When Alexander notices an eerie light coming out of the barn,. He thinks his friend Blossom Culp is trying to spook him. But strange things really are happening there. Slimy footprints appear out of nowhere, and whimpering sounds float down from the hayloft. And when he ventures into the barn in the dark of night, his breath catches in his throat. Suddenly Blossom's words come back to him: "You can make contact with the Unseen. . . . " Now there's a girl ghost standing right in front of him, telling him of great danger ahead. But is there time for Alexander to act on her warning? Blossom Culp #1 "Peck's blending of mystery and humor makes an unusual and entertaining ghost story. " -Booklist, starred review .
In 1913 in the Midwest a quartet of characters share adventures from exploding steamboats to "exorcising" a ghost.
Upon discovering that she has the gift of Second Sight, Blossom also learns that whether glimpsing the future or traveling into the past, one is powerless to alter history.
Josh Lewis' best friend, Aaron Zimmer, has turned his computer into a wish-granting machine. It ought to be every techno-addict's dream, but there are a few bugs in the system. Nobody knows when the computer will interactivate next--and it doesn't just grant Josh and Aaron's wishes. In fact, Aaron's mom's poodle seems to eb doing some of the wishing, too. When a mysterious spy called The Watcher starts monitoring their every move in cyberspace, the real trouble begins in this compelling story from Newbery medal-winning author Richard Peck. "A guaranteed fun, faced-paced adventure. "--School Library Journal .
The intrepid heroes of Lost In Cyberspace are back. Josh's best friend Aaron has come up with a way to turn his computer into a wish-granting machine. There's a laugh a minute as readers travel with Josh and Aaron through time, space, and middle school for another "fast-paced, fun-filled adventure that's virtually guaranteed" (Booklist, starred review).
The Newbery Medal-winning author of "A Year Down Yonder" delivers a rousing, wicked comedy of cars, role models, and revelation that features quirky characters, a folksy setting, classic cars, and hilarious yet moving moments.
Peewee idolizes Jake, a big brother whose dreams of auto mechanic glory are fueled by the hard road coming to link their Indiana town and futures with the twentieth century. And motoring down the road comes Irene Ridpath, a young librarian with plans to astonish them all and turn Peewee's life upside down. Here Lies the Librarian, with its quirky characters, folksy setting, classic cars, and hilariously larger-than-life moments, is vintage Richard Peck-an offbeat, deliciously wicked comedy that is also unexpectedly moving. .
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