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When his older sister disappears, twelve-year-old Buddy Stebbins follows her back in time and finds himself aboard a seventeenth-century pirate ship captained by a distant relative.
After a narrow escape from the nasty O. O. Mary's clutches, Annyrose ventures forth to find her long-lost brother, Lank, in gold-digging territory. But the journey is rough, bandits and fiends waiting for the traveler at every bend. Soon Annyrose runs into Joaquin Marieta, legendary bandit of the Gold Rush. This complete disaster, however, soon appears to be no less than a blessing for both! They can help each other out: Annyrose can teach Joaquin how to read so he will know where danger lies, and in turn he can make sure she's safe and fed. But in a time when corruption and greed are running wild, will their friendship be more than fool's gold?
The Gamages and the Martinkas despise each other, because of a family feud handed down from generation to generation. Nevertheless, to escape a foster home, newly orphaned Bo Gamage steps off the bus in the California desert to meet his distant cousin Madeleine, a genuine on-the-hoof Martinka. About his own age, Madeleine wears big sunglasses and calls herself Mzzz Mad. The name sounds to Bo like a mosquito in the air, about to attack. "You one of them ornery Gamages?" she asks. "Where's your horns and your mangy tail?" Enemies at first sight, they find themselves under the same roof in a ghost town presided over by cantankerous Charlie Martinka, a former cowboy movie star turned prospector. Bo is quickly caught up in a razzle-dazzle of goings-on, which include a wild battle for a missing map, the mystery of the tattooed head, and a daring search for the legendary Pegleg Smith gold mine. And before they know it, Bo and Mzzz Mad find themselves handcuffed -- together!
It is 1849 and Jack Flagg stows away on a ship headed for the California gold fields where he plans to recoup his Auntie Arabella's fortune
After their archaeologist mother fails to return from Mexico and they discover that someone is stalking their Albuquerque house, twelve-year-old Kevin and his opera-singing older sister flee to Venice, California.
Filled with intrigue, magic, and adventure, Fleishman's latest novel tells the story of a young girl who is determined to finish a dream and tracks down the elusive "Dream Stealer".
One night The Great Freddie, a young ventriloquist, is possessed by a dybbuk. A what? A Jewish spirit. A scrappy demon who glows as if spray-painted by moonlight. The dybbuk is revealed to be the ghost of a twelve-year-old boy named Avrom Amos, a victim of the Nazis during World War II. In a plucky scheme to seek revenge, he commandeers The Great Freddie's stage act and entraps the entertainer in the postwar ashes of Germany. Behind the footlights, the dybbuk lights up the terrible fate of a million and a half Jewish children, including Avrom himself. What tricks does the dybbuk have up his ghostly sleeve? Prepare to be astonished. . . .
Biography of Houdini. How did he walk through walls, escape drowning, and shatter iron chains? The rare photos and the exclusive update about the rumor that Houdini was poisoned might help. But remember, a true magician never reveals his tricks.
First published in 1963, this rollicking tale of ghosts, buried treasure, and pirates on the high seas will keep readers laughing and turning the pages. Twelve-year-old Oliver tries to escape from pirates who take him to an island to find the ghost and treasure of Gentleman Jack.
The big, ugly stranger gave Opie a ticket. It said Admit 2. Admit two to what? What kind of a show could it be? Opie went, and it turned out to be the scariest night of his life! This book is a funny and spooky mystery set in the old west when there was no electricity or cars so people travelled on horseback without street lights. With no TV or computers, find out how people had fun, got tricked, and worse. From his Aunt, Opie has learned to be hard working, clever and brave. He figures out a tricked that had the whole town running for their lives. Some pictures are described.
A cabin boy on a pirate ship finds himself in San Diego in 1846 as war breaks out between the United States and Mexico.
Part wolf, Jim Ugly is a proud and aloof one-man dog. And that man is Jake's father, an actor in the frontier West. Who suddenly disappears. Jake is left with his cousin who threatens to shoot Jim Ugly for killing sheep. Jake is sure the dog, who is an excellent tracker, is innocent and runs away hoping it will lead him to his father. He discovers that a bounty hunter and some actors are searching for his father, too, because they believe he has stolen a fortune in diamonds. For seventy-five cents a night and the sound of applause Jake plays the role of William Tell's son. Bravely standing tall while apples are shot from the top of his head. As Jake gets closer to finding his father he begins to make friends and to understand Jim Ugly. Maybe the smart, loyal dog deserves a better name. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, this wild west mystery is exciting from start to finish.
The Newbery-winning author of The Whipping Boy now offers "a vitally told, just-plain-fun tale to read". Orphan Jingo Hawks and a con artist join forces in a rollicking, suspenseful story of a race for gold.
McBroom gets ready to tell his many preposterous stories in the World Champion Liar's contest only to be disqualified for telling the truth.
McBroom lives on a one acre farm with his wife and many children. In the continuation of this hilarious series, McBroom's children convince him to try and win a contest for telling the biggest lies, but he loses for telling the truth about a giant beanstalk that's growing out of control. Check the Bookshare collection for more books in this series. The pictures in all of them are described. Look for McBroom Tells the Truth, McBroom Tells A Lie, McBroom's Ghost and McBroom's Zoo.
Another tall tale in the zany McBroom series. The sneaky neighbor, Heck, plans to get McBroom's farm one way or another, but why would McBroom give up a magical farm where jumping beans fly out of the soil and eggs flip themselves in the pan? When McBroom is tricked his children come to the rescue. Pictures are described. Look for more tall tales about McBroom in the Bookshare Collection like: McBroom's Ghost, McBroom and the Beanstalk, and McBroom Tells The Truth.
McBroom and his family are forced to leave their farm where crops don't grow because the fields are full of rocks and tree stumps. Ten dollars is all the money he has, Surprisingly, it's enough to buy a farm from a stranger. The farm turns out to be a big puddle. McBroom has been tricked. In the time it takes the kids to put on their bathing suits to take a dip in the water, astounding things begin happening! Soon McBroom is harvesting crops every day. Now the stranger wants his land back but the farm is perfect for the McBroom's. Will nice Mr. McBroom have to fight for his land? And what about the watermelons? You'll have fun spotting the wildly unbelievable things McBroom says as he tells the tall tale about his new farm. You decide if he's telling the truth. McBroom's Ghost, is another funny story about farmer McBroom you will find at Bookshare.
Farmer McBroom decides to put an end to the drought. Adventures Of McBroom.
Children can read this easy book by themselves. It is also a rich resource for multigenerational sharing. It abounds with gentle humor as Pa exagerates over and over telling about the cold spring when he and his many children tried to track down a ghost who sounded like a rooster one minute and Pa, himself, the next. They get a new dog, grow a crop of tomatoes in one day and outsmart some thieving hogs and a mean neighbor. Learn about talking machines, garden sass and prickly pears. Read about when it got so cold the snowman went south for the winter. Many of the pictures have been described. This is a Weekly Reader Children's Book Club selection.
The McBrooms start a zoo with the Side-hill Gouger, Desert Vamooser, Silver-tailed Tea-kettler, and other rare animals left behind by a passing tornado.
Touch enlists the help of The Great Chaffalo, a ghostly magician, to thwart his great-uncle's plans to put Touch into the orphan house and swindle The Red Raven Inn away from Miss Sally.
The adventures of a family of magicians traveling across the western deserts and plains in the 1880s.
"Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth." So begins Sid Fleischman's ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village as a barefoot boy named Samuel Clemens. Abandoning a career as a young steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, Sam took a bumpy stagecoach to the Far West. In the gold and silver fields, he expected to get rich quick. Instead, he got poor fast, digging in the wrong places. His stint as a sagebrush newspaperman led to a duel with pistols. Had he not survived, the world would never have heard of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn-or red-headed Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens adopted his pen name in a hotel room in San Francisco and promptly made a jumping frog (and himself) famous. His celebrated novels followed at a leisurely pace; his quips at jet speed. "Don't let schooling interfere with your education," he wrote. Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West; an ink-stained rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time.
Jemmy, once a poor boy living on the streets, now lives in a castle. As the whipping boy, he bears the punishment when Prince Brat misbehaves, for it is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like one another. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.
In old Siam, young elephant trainer Run-Run and his old charge, Walking Mountain, must deal with the curse of a sacred white elephant.
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