Amy March wants to be a great artist. She's got the talent; now all she needs is a way to afford art lessons. Her solution: befriend her rich and snobby classmate, Jenny Snow, who'll then invite Amy to sit in on her private art instructions. But Jenny can't be bothered with Amy's friendly overtures -- until Diana Hughes, a new and extremely wealthy girl, chooses Amy as her friend. Now, Amy thinks Jenny will like her too. But the price of art lessons may be higher than Amy ever imagined....
Beautiful Amy March, the youngest March sister, is a talented artist. Everyone praises her lifelike portraits. The one person she can't draw is herself. So when a photographer's studio opens in town, Amy is thrilled. Now her pretty blond curls and piercing blue eyes can be captured forever in a photograph. A photograph costs quite a bit of money -- more than she has, and more than her parents can give her. Amy thinks of a clever way to come up with the money... and soon she has enough. But she decides to spend her savings on a gift for her father -- a gift that will warm his heart when he's far away from home, and that ultimately gives Amy an unexpected gift in return.
Beth March would do just about anything to help someone in need. She's kind-hearted, loyal, and caring. So when she catches Sean O'Neill stealing apples from Aunt March's garden, Beth listens to the hungry boy's sad story. She's moved to hear that Sean's widowed mother and younger siblings are immigrants from poverty-stricken Ireland. But times are hard in Massachusetts too. Sean's mother has been ill and out of work, and with sisters and brothers to care for, Sean has had to scrape up food for them any way he can. Promising to help, Beth gives him whatever food and old clothes her family can spare. It's not enough. Beth's big plan: stealing from wealthy Aunt March. But Sean's own thieving forces Beth to question what being a true friend really means -- and together they discover generosity in someone who seems the most cold-hearted.
Painfully shy Beth March is excited to be visiting New York City with her parents. The theater, opera, symphony, museums -- Beth loves every minute of her adventure. She even meets Abraham Lincoln, and has the courage to tell him that women deserve the right to vote. But once she's back home in Massachusetts, none of Beth's schoolmates believe that she really spoke to Mr. Lincoln or that she even met him. They know Beth is shy -- too shy to speak to a man running for President of the United States. Even Beth's younger sister, Amy, thinks she's lying. Now Beth wishes she'd never been to New York... until she's surprised by an unexpected visitor.
Each of the March sisters tries to spend her tenth birthday in her own special way, and learns that growing up sometimes means putting others first.
Blood can both wound and heal . . . Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa's peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother. Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret--one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear.
Each of the girls has a choice to make about the beautiful brooch. Meg's Christmas Dream: Meg would gladly exchange it for a gift for her father.... Jo's Christmas Dream: Jo behaves like a total scrooge and must learn the true spirit of Christmas. Beth's Christmas Dream: Beth discovers what her sisters' and parents' lives would have been like without her. Amy's Christmas Dream: Always happy to receive presents, Amy surprises everyone when she bestows a gift to a poor little girl. This quartet of Christmas stories captures the joyful spirit of the holiday season.
Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event--an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex's parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle. With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.
Joey has often thought about the biological father who left before he was born, but when, during a trip to a Civil War battlefield, his stepfather announces his plan to legally adopt Joey, Joey decides he must find out why his father has never contacted him.
Losing your way in the woods.... Prowling a castle in the dead of night.... Finding a treasure in a dusty attic.... Finding a frightening force in your own home.... The March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy -- never imagined they'd encounter beings from the spirit world. But in each of these four new eerie stories, one of the March girls finds herself face-to-face with an inexplicable apparition. Could it be that ghosts really do exist?
When Amy encourages the attentions of Robert Lloyd, he surprises her with an expensive gift. Now Amy must face her true feelings-- and her heart's real dreams of the future.
Budding writer Jo March can't put down the beautifully bound journal that her kind neighbor gives her. She pours out her heart in its pages, certain that no one will read her secret thoughts and feelings. But the journal falls into the wrong hands. Jo's sisters are angered by what they read, and Jo is angered by their invasion of her privacy. Suddenly the best gift of all threatens to split the March sisters apart.
Meg March treasures the bolt of Belgian lace that Aunt March brings her from a trip to Europe. The exquisite lace is to be used on her wedding day, far in the future. For now, Meg wants only to admire it and, above all, to safeguard it from jealous Jo. But the more Meg attempts to keep the lace out of Jo's hands, the more Jo covets it. What can come of a gift that turns two loving sisters into bitter enemies?
Exuberant Jo March never sits still. Whether she's racing against boys or scribbling and acting in her latest play, Jo is always active and creative. So when Aunt March asks her to befriend Pauline Wheeler, Jo can't believe that the girl spends every day cooped up in her bedroom. True, Pauline is blind and utterly dependent on her governess, but her fear of life exhausts Jo's patience. The two girls simply have nothing in common -- until they're caught in a snow squall that changes their lives.
Tomboy Jo March would rather die than spend time with wealthy, proper Aunt March. She'd much rather race against the boys at school or star in all the swashbuckling plays she writes. But when Aunt March offers to adopt one of the March sisters to help ease the family money problems, Jo decides to make the ultimate sacrifice. She'll tear herself away from her beloved sisters and parents -- if it means they'll have a better life. She's determined to become the perfect lady. Now Jo has to convince her family that she's sincere about her decision by taking on a role that may be too difficult to act.
Emily Hasbrouck saw her 11-year-old friend die, and she knows the people responsible. But nobody will believe her as she is an orphan and the accused are the richest in town. Emily is determined to speak the truth. She refuses to let her friend's death be called an "accident." Reaching out to Emily are a few people who believe her, and with their help, Emily must tell--in front of the powerful men who want to send her away--what really happened.
Janie wants to earn money for a new bike and comes up with the idea for Kid Power.
I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald's still would be open. High school sophomore Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Told in a year's worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda's struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut!
It's not just families that are affected by divorce; it's friendships, too. Jill and Carrie have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Their dads were roommates in college; their moms run a business together, and they've collected dolls, played make-believe, and shared every secret. Then Jill's father suddenly wants a divorce, and both families are devastated. What Carrie doesn't anticipate, though, is how this news changes her relationship with Jill. She begins to realize that not even the most imaginative make-believes can restore their friendship to what it used to be. And it's not until after a scene in the school gym, a smashed cherry pie, and some honest talking before the girls--tentatively--reconcile. With humor and insight, Susan Beth Pfeffer explores how hard it can be on a friendship when parents divorce.
Romantic Meg March is thrilled when she's asked to sing at Lily Prescott's wedding. She practices with extra care because she loves the bride and wants the celebration to be beautiful. But as soon as Meg meets the groom's much younger sister, Julia Thorpe, the two girls clash. Meg can't believe that Julia dislikes Lily and is angry when Julia changes the wedding song seconds before the ceremony. What's worse, when the wedding couple takes off on their honeymoon, Julia comes to stay at the Marches! Meg watches as Julia charms all of her sisters -- as she seems to take Meg's place in their hearts. It's time for a showdown that will make Meg and Julia enemies for life, or turn enemies into special friends.
Meg March is the perfect young lady. Her gracious manners and sweet personality make her very popular at school. And when she is invited to Mary Howe's fancy picnic, she wants to go badly. Nothing her tomboy sister, Jo, says against snobby Mary Howe changes Meg's mind. Meg claims Jo is just jealous that she wasn't invited too. But on the big day, the March parents are visiting friends, and the housekeeper is called away on an emergency. Meg knows she should stay home to watch over her younger sisters -- even if it means not going to the picnic. Still... she doesn't want to miss the fun. And forgetting her manners, Meg does something that turns the picnic into an unforgettable afternoon.
In 1913 when she is sent to the Austen Home for Orphaned Girls, eleven-year-old Emily copes with her difficult circumstances with the help of the town librarian and the hope of finding her younger sister.
Taryn realizes that the whispering she hears between her parents is really fighting, and she is worried that they may get a divorce. Her worry carries over to school, where she is accused of playing a nasty prank on one of her teachers. Her two closest friends have a perfect alibi, so they too wonder -- did she do it? To prove her innocence, Taryn must investigate. She finds herself lying to cover up her parents' problems, while trying to uncover what actually happened. Can Taryn clear her name as well as make things better at home?
In 1923, Alicia Martinez, living with Los Angeles oil millionaires, is thrilled to be cast in Revenge of the Aztecs, an epic film being produced in Hollywood by her best friend's father. When idols topple, rocks roll down hills, and other mysterious events occur, Alicia must find out if these happenings are just accidents or if she is the target of a criminal plan that threatens the completion of the movie as well as her safety. If they are not accidents, who is behind them? Could it be someone Alicia has loved and trusted for years? And if it is, can Alicia ever trust again? Reading Level 5-8 Interest Level 6-8.
It's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans, life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda's complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.
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