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Verbena Colter knows she's bad news. Trouble from the get-go. How could she not be, with parents like hers? Her mother practically pickled her before she was even born, leaving Verbie to struggle with the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. And her father was just plain mean. Verbie wishes she could be somebody, anybody other than who she is. Enter Pooch, a flatlander boy visiting for the summer. When Pooch and his mom rent the house next door, Verbie takes the opportunity to be someone else entirely. And what starts out as a game leads Verbie into a surprising and heartwarming journey of self-discovery. Another gem from the author of So B. It.
Nat Boyd and Boyd Fink are best friends. They even share the same name, albeit in different places. But while Fink is clever and quick to come up with ways to keep the two boys out of trouble, Nat seems to be plagued with the worst luck EVER.
Nat Boyd and his best friend Boyd Fink have always found a way to maneuver their way out of trouble. But this time, the problem is serious. It's something horrible and frightening beyond any fifth grader's worse fears. This time, it's... dancing. There's no escaping this humiliating class assignment... and what's worse, there's a rumor that the boys will be forced to wear tutus! What's a Boyd to do?
Nat Boyd and Boyd Fink love making up crazy games to play. In their latest, Faboo Facts, the two Boyds go head-to-head, battling to out-faboo each other with the more impressive fact. But this crash of craniums is destined for disaster. It's not long before the competition has gone too far, and Fink starts to change. He's not the same Fink any more... now he's Fink in a funk! Nat had better find a way to break Fink's funk. If he doesn't, he'll lose more than just the game. He'll lose his best friend!
NAT BOYD and his best friend, BOYD FINK, are about to spend a week at Camp Wilomet. No homework, no parents ... only bunk beds, bonfires, and toasted marshmallows. Neither Boyd can wait to go! But four days before camp starts, Fink comes down with a case of polka-dotted tonsils. Nat's got all his fingers and toes crossed, hoping Fink will make a speedy recovery. Otherwise, Nat will face Camp Wilomet on his own, and there's no telling what might happen!
It's bad enough that thirteen-year-old Guy Strang's parents are getting divorced and his middle-aged mother is suddenly acting like a rebellious teenager. But to top that off Autumn Hockney asks him out to the movies. A year ago he would have known just what to say--"No!"--but for reasons that even he doesn't understand, he says "Maybe." That's when Guy's troubles begin. Everybody's mad at him. Autumn's larger-than-life best friend, Lana Zuckerman, will stop at nothing in her campaign to squeeze a definite "Yes" out of Guy, while Guy's best friend, Buzz, threatens to desert him forever if he goes soft. Guy can't afford to lose Buzz now, not when their brilliant plan to reunite his parent isn't going exactly as planned. In this sequel to her hilarious Regular Guy Sarah Weeks explored the very essence of early adolescence with sensitivity and her trademark sense of humor.
Guy can't imagine life without his best friend, Buzz. They've been inseparable since second grade, when fate tossed them together with a little help from a bad haircut, green boxer shorts, flying rice cakes, and a couple of hard-earned nicknames. So when an accident threatens to tear them apart, Guy finds himself clinging to precious memories of the friendship he'd wished for all his life.The ups and downs and inevitable complications of friendship have never been more funny, poignant, and sweet than in this fourth installment of the Guy series.Wishes can come true, but sometimes the things we wish for arrive in the most unlikely of packages.
For a girl like Melody and a dog like Mo, life can be both sticky and sweet. Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It's been just her and her father, and she's been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey -- and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It's up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden. Meanwhile, a dog named Mo is new to Royal. He doesn't remember much from when he was a puppy . . . but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he's sure, will change everything. In HONEY, Sarah Weeks introduces two characters -- one a girl, one a dog-- who are reaching back further than their memories in order to figure out where they came from and where they're going. It's a total treat from beginning to end.
Jamie Reardon has always heard that bad things come in threes. So after his cat, Mister, dies, his father leaves, and his aunt Sapphy has an accident that causes her memory to develop a skip, Jamie hopes his life will go back to being as normal as cornflakes. But unfortunately there's one more bad thing in store for Jamie--something he'd give anything to be able to forget--and this one leaves him feeling like a stranger to himself. Jamie tries in vain to find the magic trigger that will help Sapphy's memory jump the scratch, but in the end it's Aunt Sapphy who, along with a curious girl named Audrey Krouch, helps Jamie unravel the mysteries of memory and jump the scratch in his own life.
Each Monday morning Mrs. McNosh hangs up her wash, the mail, a dog with his bone, a kite ...What will she hang up next?"... She hangs up the stockings. She hangs up the shoes. She wrings out the paper and hangs up the news. ..."
Clowning Around... In this third installment of the Guy series, Guy Strang thinks that nothing could be worse than his parents getting divorced, until his crazy mom drops the bomb -- she's getting remarried! And not to just anyone. Her intended is a professional clown named Jarry -- Jerry Zuckerman, father of Lana Zuckerman, the meanest, toughest girl in school. Guy and Lana have never had anything in common before, but now they join forces to come up with a wacky, hilarious plan to stop the wedding. But can they pull it off before it's too late?
Oggie Cooder has a talent -- he can charve better than anyone else in Truman Elementary School.
From the author of So B. It, a super charming middle-grade Napoleon Dynamite with heart - the tale of a very average boy who's put in his school's spotlight when his averageness appeals to a TV show. Oggie Cooder has a talent -- he can charve better than anyone else in Truman Elementary School. (Charving, for the uninitiated, is the carving of a piece of cheese with one's teeth.) Oggie doesn't think this is anything special -- but his whole school will soon be disagreeing with him. Because after he inadvertantly charves during a nationwide hunt for unusual talents, his charving puts him on the path to fame and forture. Suddenly, he's the star of the school . . . but he's not sure that he wants to shine that way. This is Sarah Weeks at her best -- funny, clever, and kid-friendly.
Oggie Cooder has never set foot (or swim fin) in his neighbor Donnica Perfecto's swimming pool. But now he has his chance--it's Donnica's birthday,and her mom has forced her to invite Oggie to the pool party! Donnica, though, isn't about to let this happen. She has a plan to keep Oggie away. But what she doesn't count on is the power of Oggie's carving, an unexpected visit from a local rock band, a creative use of a cherry picker, a dog that tweets like a bird,and a boy in a bear suit whose identity will change everything when it's revealed. Once again, Sarah Weeks has created a funny hero who won't let anything--not wimpiness, not adversity, not haiku contests--stand in his way.
Oggie Cooder returns. . .this time showing what a party animal he can be (birthday party animal, that is)! Oggie Cooder has never set foot (or swim fin) in his neighbor Donnica Perfecto's swimming pool. But now he has his chance - it's Donnica's birthday, and her mom has forced her to invite Oggie to the pool party! Donnica, though, isn't about to let this happen. She has a plan to keep Oggie away. But what she doesn't count on is the power of Oggie's charving, an unexpected visit from a local rock band, a creative use of a cherry picker, a dog that tweets like a bird, and a boy in a bear suit whose identity will change everything when it's revealed.
From the award-winning author of SO B. IT, a story about family, friendship, and...pie! When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily surly cat Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice. Suddenly Alice is thrust into the center of a piestorm, with everyone in town trying to be the next pie-contest winner ... including Alice's mother and some of Alice's friends. The whole community is going pie-crazy . . . and it's up to Alice to discover the ingredients that really matter. Like family. And friendship. And enjoying what you do.
Guy is convinced that the man and woman with whom he has lived all his life cannot possibly be what they claim to be--his parents. They're too weird! Would anyone else's mother tie-dye every pair of underwear in the house? Would anyone else's father perform the famous oyster trick by sucking an oyster up his nose with a horrible noise and spitting it out of his mouth--in a restaurant? No--except maybe the parents of the weirdest, craziest, most unappealing kid in Guy's whole class, Bob-o. But Bob-o's parents are as normal as parents come--just like Guy. This gives Guy food for thought, especially when he finds out that he and Bob-o have the same birthday, and were born in the same hospital! Guy and his best friend Buzz are determined to find out the truth about what really took place the day Guy and Bob-o were born. Readers will delight in Weeks's humorous yet sensitive handling of this classic adolescent phase--the search for identity. 00-01 Texas Bluebonnet Award Masterlist
You couldn't really tell about Mama's brain just from looking at her, but it was obvious as soon as she spoke. She had a high voice, like a little girl's, and she only knew 23 words. I know this for a fact, because we kept a list of the things Mama said tacked to the inside of the kitchen cabinet. Most of the words were common ones, like good and more and hot, but there was one word only my mother said: soof. Although she lives an unconventional lifestyle with her mentally disabled mother and their doting neighbour, Bernadette, Heidi has a lucky streak that has a way of pointing her in the right direction. When a mysterious word in her mother's vocabulary begins to haunt her, Heidi's thirst for the truth leads her on a cross-country journey in search of the secrets of her past.
Phase 2 by Peter Abrahams; Not just for breakfast anymore by Libba Bray; The vulnerable hours by David Levithan; Orange Alert by Patricia McCormick; Superman is dead by Sarah Weeks; The motherless one by Gene Luen Yang.
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