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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
In 1913 in the Midwest a quartet of characters share adventures from exploding steamboats to "exorcising" a ghost.
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.
Walden Woods looks like the perfect place to be a 10th grader-especially from Todd's house on Tranquility Lane. He's even found the perfect girl, the mysterious Laurel. But when something frightens his little sister so that she has nightmares, and a parent group tries to ban "evil" books from the school libraries, Todd begins to wonder what dark forces are at work in this "ideal" community. A provocative new novel by a highly honored author that speaks to today's issues of censorship and fundamentalism.
London Holiday finds three women leading ordinary lives: Lesley is a St. Louis society woman; Julia is a successful Manhattan interior designer; and Margo, a teacher, is the divorced mother of a teenager. Best friends since their Missouri childhood, they are awakened to the realities of their often dreary existences by a shocking act of violence. Now desperate for change, the three friends escape on a trip to London and the unexpected promise of new lives awaiting them. Safe in the cozy confines of Mrs. Smith-Porter's bed-and-breakfast, the women enter a gracious new world of tea in the garden, antique markets, lush countryside, and...romance.
From the Book Jacket: The 1999 Newbery Honor What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice-two city slickers from Chicago-make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy. August 1930: The Cowgillboys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back with a dead mouse and a bottle of milk. August 1931 : Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma to trespass, pinch property, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry-all in one day. And there's more-much more-as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's, each one funnier and more surprising than the year before. In the grand storytelling tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining. And year round, you are sure to enjoy your stay with them. Richard Peck created Grandma Dowdel in a short story called "Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground," which became the first chapter of this book. He says, "Grandma is too sizable to be confined in a single story, too sizable and mystifying to her growing grandchildren, who in each visit discover in her a different woman." Mr. Peck is the author of over twenty highly praised novels for young readers. His Dial titles are Strays Like Us; TheGreat Interactive Dream Machine, named to Voice of Youth Advocates' list of BestScience Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror for1996; and Lost in Cyberspace, which wasnominated for three state awards. His other books include Ghosts I Have Been, an ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults, and Father Figure, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Richard Peck is also a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. He has received several awards for the body of his work, including the 1997 Empire State Award, given by the New York Library Association. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in Decatur, Illinois, "a middle-American town in a time when teenagers were considered guilty until proven innocent." He lives in New York City.
Meet Josh Lewis, a sixth-grader at the exclusive Huckley School for Boys. Josh has some problems. His parents are separated, and his best friend, Aaron, thinks he can time-travel via computer. When Aaron vanishes into cyberspace, Josh's troubles really start.
The award-winning writer for young adults comments on the creative process; American values in schools, malls, and elsewhere; changing lifestyles and expectations; and how it all relates to the kinds of writing to which young readers respond.
Mindscapes brings together the very best of two centuries of writing on the vicissitudes of altered consciousness.
Daytime at Grandma's house is fine, but bedtime is terrifying when a monster seems to be about.
Barbara and Tom struggle for equilibrium in the heart of New York's East Side, after all those years of separate bathrooms, lawn services, and orderly cocktail parties conducted in a fog of Arpege and Old Spice. Barbara rises from the ruins of her marriage to find herself and the real meaning of love, as she heads out after the life she has always wanted.
Davy Bowman's dad and brother hung the moon. Dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy's brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davy's homefront boyhood. There's an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad's heart. It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry. Still, Richard Peck is a master of comedy, and even in this novel of wartime uncertainty, he infuses his tale with humor: oddballs and rascals and boyhood misadventures alongside the poignant moments. This is one of Richard Peck's very finest novels--a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II homefront and a family's love.
Though Richard Peck is best known as a novelist, he has been writing praised and popular short stories throughout his career. His first, Priscilla and the Wimps, is perhaps the most-read children's short story of all time. Others have inspired his award-winning novels: A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder began with a story called Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground; and The Electric Summer was the jumping point for Fair Weather. Now here are thirteen of Richard Peck's stories, including all of his previously published tales and two brand-new ones. He has also written entertaining notes about the stories, an informative introduction about the genre, and tips on how to write short stories, including Five Helpful Hints that will be a valuable aid to aspiring authors.
In her new high school, where her mother has taken a job as counselor, Chelsea experiences joys and sorrows as she makes choices about new friends and learns they are not always what they seem.
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