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The pond at Stony Creek is perfect for ice skating, and a blanket of snow is on the ground. It's almost Christmas. Pipsqueak wishes she could spend the days at the pond, then curl up in front of a glowing fire with her family. But Papa has gone away to search for food. He promised to be home soon, so by Christmas Eve, Pip is worried. What will they eat for Christmas dinner? How can they celebrate without Papa? Pip knows she must do something. There are mountains of food in the huge house on the hill. The one filled with cats and traps. The most dangerous place in Stony Creek. Mama has forbidden everyone from even mentioning the house. Pip's not sure she has the courage to go there, but she has to try. She has to do it for Mama, Kit, Will, Nibs, Nan, and baby Finny. For Christmas. And for Papa. Braveness starts with a single step.
All the good things in Margaret's world are collapsing, one by one, like a row of dominoes. First her dad remarried--plink. Then her grandfather died--plinkplink. Then her grandmother had to sell the house and move into a retirement community--plinkplinkplink. Now Dad's new wife is having a baby, and Margaret is going to visit Gran at Carol Woods. There she learns that Gran is having an even harder time adjusting to change than Margaret herself. Determined to cheer Gran up, Margaret and her younger cousin, Roy, set out to find her some new friends. Their quest leads them to some of Carolwoods' most colorful characters, and ultimately helps Margaret to ease both Gran's pain and her own. Stephanie Greene, the author of the popular Owen Foote books, introduces an appealing and bold new heroine in this funny novel that handles its serious themes with a light touch.
Sophie Hartley is almost sure that her dad said okay when she asked for a baby gorilla for her birthday. Soon the kids at school want to know every detail about the gorilla, and dealing with her enthusiastic classmates gets harder as the big day approaches. When teenage sister Nora leaves their shared bedroom for her own space in the attic, and close friend Jenna shows signs of becoming a shrieker, Sophie finds it hard to remain optimistic. Maybe painting her windowsills purple will help. And maybe she'll get the perfect present! Funny and believable, the story of a big birthday will please old and new Sophie fans.
During their annual summer vacation at her grandfather's home, Cecile hopes for their usual idyllic holiday, but with her sister growing up, her brother away at a summer job, and her parents fighting, nothing is as she envisions.
Second grader Owen Foote is looking forward to spending time with his friend Joseph in their tree fort, until some bullies visiting his neighbor, Mrs. Gold, threaten to wreck the fort.
Owen Foote wants to be a real scientist with a white lab coat. He'd like to spend the next school year in Mr. Wozniak's fourth-grade class, where science is king. Owen figures that Mr. Wozniak will let him and his friend Joseph in if they can win first prize in the school science fair. But the "project," a uromastyx lizard named Chuck, isn't exactly cooperative. The boys come up with another idea that seems like a winner, but once again, unruly personal feelings seem to be undermining the scientific method. It takes an inspired blend of science and friendship to get them back on track. Fast-paced and funny, this new story treats themes of competition, ambition, squeamishness, and loyalty in the appealing style Owen Foote fans have come to expect.
Ingenious eight-year-old Owen wants to make money for the things he absolutely needs, such as plastic vomit, but he tries to come up with some alternatives to earning an allowance, which sounds like too much work.
Owen, a second grader who is being teased for his small size, discovers that his friend Joseph is just as concerned about being overweight, and they share their fear of being humiliated by the school nurse on the annual weigh-in day.
Owen Foote has a new obsession: spying. He thinks that secretly watching people is the coolest thing in the world. But eavesdropping on his dad talking with a neighbor about lawn care is getting a little boring. Owen is ready for bigger challenges, and he has already selected his next target: Mr. Mahoney, his school principal. It's going to be the ultimate spy test. Cloaked in camouflage and prepared to Duck or Die, Owen and his friends embark on their covert assignment. It will be Owen's most daring adventure yet.Fast-paced and funny, Owen's latest enterprise has all the insightful humor and character appeal that make this series a sure bet for young readers.
Posey is sure Santa will bring her a real magic wand for Christmas--it will help her do so many wonderful things! But when an accident leads to a little white lie, she worries Santa won't come at all. Will Princess Posey's sparkly tutu help her find the courage to fix things? Filled with the charm and humor Posey is known for plus a few extra dashes of the kindness of the season, this beginning chapter book will be perfect for every first-grader's stocking. "Posey is the perfect fictional friend for any first-grade girl. " --Kirkus Reviews .
The beloved Princess Posey, First Grader, who has been called "the perfect fictional friend for any first-grade girl", is back in another heartwarming installment to the popular series.Posey is worried about her upcoming spring break: instead of going somewhere for their vacation, her mom says they are going to have a "lazy vacation" at home. What if lazy actually means boring? Fortunately, the next few days are anything but: there are pancakes for dinner, a sleepover with her friends, and a new bike without training wheels! After Posey's first attempt at riding ends with a crash, she's not sure she wants to get back on her bike. But with some encouragement from Grandpa, Posey realizes that being brave means trying again, even if you feel afraid.
Princess Posey's glittery tutu is extra busy in the ninth book in the chapter book series. Valentine's Day is coming! Posey is so excited about her special ballet recital and giving cards to everyone at school. Then she learns that one of her classmates doesn't have any valentines to give out. Can Princess Posey and her tutu find the perfect way to help?
The first grade boys are driving Posey crazy! They can't seem to sit still, they make rude noises, and sometimes they are just plain weird. When Posey makes up a silly song about Henry, her friends all think it's funny. But it isn't so funny to Henry--or Miss Lee. Can Princess Posey's sparkly tutu help her find a way to fix this mess? Make reading sparkle with all of the Princess Posey chapter books!
The sixth book in the Princess Posey chapter book series, and there's a new kid in class! Posey and her best friends, Nikki and Ava, do everything together. Then, new girl Grace joins Miss Lee's first grade class, and Posey worries that everything will change. Nikki and Ava can't stop talking about Grace's long princess hair, and when she joins the girls' recess games, they like her way of doing things better than Posey's. But when Grace accidentally teases Posey, she's had enough: she doesn't want to play with Grace ever again! Luckily, with a little help from Miss Lee and her trusty princess tutu, Posey realizes just how lonely Grace must feel. Posey partners up with her for reading time, and discovers that Grace could be more than just the new girl, if she gives her the chance. "Princess Posey is the perfect fictional friend for any first-grade girl."--Kirkus Reviews
When Posey puts on her tutu, she turns into brave Princess Posey who can face anything. But when she has to write a story about a pet, the only one around is the new next-door dog who has a loud bark. Also, Posey has a secret. When she was little, a dog knocked her over to lick her ice cream and she's been afraid of dogs ever since. Can her tutu help her tackle this challenge? With dilemmas and solutions that ring exactly true for first-graders, Princess Posey is sure to charm every newly independent reader. Make reading sparkle with all of the Princess Posey chapter books! .
First grade is fantastic. Posey loves her new best friends, they do fun things in class, and she adores her teacher. Then it's Miss Lee's birthday and Posey thinks her home-grown roses will be the best present of all. But when her friend brings a huge bouquet from a florist, Posey's roses don't seem special enough and she doesn't give them to her teacher after all. She feels horrible all day, but with some help from her mom, she comes up with the perfect, Posey way to make it up to Miss Lee--an after-birthday present. Make reading sparkle with all of the Princess Posey chapter books! .
Princess Posey is back in another super cute chapter story! When Gramps buys Posey the most adorable stuffed animal-a pink piglet named Poinky who can perch on the top of her pencil-Posey can't wait to show him to all her friends. But when Poinky mistakenly ends up in Miss Lee's Consequence Drawer Posey is heartbroken. Will the Pink Princess be able to find her courage and explain things to Miss Lee? .
Halloween frights are no match for Princess Posey and her tutu Posey loves Halloween. But after Miss Lee announces that the first grade class will be eating Monster Stew, Posey gets worried. Luckily, her tutu turns her into Princess Posey, the girl who can tackle any problem! She finds out what "lizard livers" and "monster eyeballs" really are, and her new neighbor has just the right thing to light up Halloween night. .
It's not easy being a nine-year-old kid in the middle of a busy, gifted family. Especially when the list of things you're good at includes only two items-"Crying" and "Stopping crying"-and the list of things you're not good at seems to be getting longer every day.When Sophie's mom suggests that she's good at being kind and just needs a little more practice, Sophie feels hopeful. But being kind to a grouchy old lady or her big sister, Nora, or the weird new girl at school isn't as easy as it sounds. If only Sophie were a queen, she could practice being kind to commoners instead. It would be much more dignified and elegant. And she would finally get to wear her very own diamond tiara. . . .From the author of the popular Owen Foote books, here is a funny, observant novel about an irrepressible girl, as quirky and original in her own way as Owen is in his, in search of her own special talent.
Sophie Hartley, age ten, does not want to be a teenager. She vows she'll never be like her older sister, Nora, who has tantrums about her hair and almost everything else. Her older brother Thad is preoccupied with his girlfriend of the moment and doesn't seem to like the family anymore. No, Sophie likes being who she is right now, helping out at home, doing art projects, and hanging out with her two best friends. And another thing. Next year Sophie's class will see the movie about body changes, and her classmates are already buzzing about it. Sophie doesn't want to know about that embarrassing stuff yet. Does that mean she's immature? How can she prove otherwise? As usual, Sophie faces challenges and challengers with determination and resourcefulness. With the same down-to-earth, realistic, humorous take on friendships and family relationships praised in the three previous Sophie Hartley books, this new story brings the indomitable Sophie a step closer to growing up without compromising her sense of herself.
Sophie is supposed to help out around the house, and that's bad enough. But then her mother comes up with a job chart, and all of a sudden Sophie has a whole list of new chores to do. Some of them, like cleaning the downstairs toilet, are gross! "Menial," says big brother Thad, who somehow manages to avoid doing any of his own new jobs. "No fair!" says Sophie.Sophie's father went on strike when his beliefs were on the line. Now Sophie sees no alternative but to stand up for what she believes in.The ensuing battle of wills threatens to defeat even the indomitable Sophie. Will the Hartleys have to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for every meal from now on? Will they ever have happy family times together again?
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