Angus is black and white and strong. Sadie is reddish brown and white and small. "They don't look much alike," says Missus. "They don't act much alike," says Mister. Angus and Sadie are brother and sister. Angus is bigger. He is a good, brave, and clever dog -- and he likes that. Sadie isn't as quick to learn -- or to obey. When cats jump at her, she yelps and runs away. Angus thinks that means she's scared of everything. But Sadie isn't so sure that's true. Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt's story of border collie puppies growing up on a farm in Maine is for animal lovers of all ages, and for anyone who's ever had -- or wondered what it would be like to have -- a brother or sister just like themselves, but very, very different.
When sixth graders Mikey and Margalo devise a plan to prevent Mikey's parents from getting a divorce, the two friends find their scheme foiled by a new girl at school.
Margalo and Mikey have the same initials and are both new to Washington Elementary. And they have something else in common: both want to be anything but nice. Its not long before Margalo and Mikey turn their classroom into a minefield. No one knows what to expect from two girls who don't behave the way they're supposed to. Two girls who don't take things lying down, and who aren't afraid of anything... except maybe letting someone else get close.
As new ninth graders eager only to survive high school, Mikey and Margalo must deal creatively with stolen money and cheating on the tennis courts.
In this fourth book in her acclaimed Bad Girl series, Newbery Award winner Voigt tackles the ultimate experience: falling in love (sort of) for the first time.
What would it be like to be older than your father? Brann Connell is sick of hearing his parents argue all the time. Seems to Brann his dad could stand up for himself more, instead of building a wall of excuses to hide behind. But some things never change--after all, his dad has always been this way. Or has he? Brann never imagined that he would actually get the chance to find out. But suddenly he is hurled back in time to spend the day with his father as a young boy. In this single mystifying day of adventure, Brann discovers that there is more to his dad--and fate--than he thought.
Brann Connell, a twelve-year-old boy who believes his father is a "loser," travels back in time thirty years and learns something about his father as a little boy.
Think carefully...That's the advice Jean Wainwright always gets from her beloved Aunt Constance, Jean's guardian and headmistress at the boarding school where she lives. It's advice that proves valuable when Jean finds herself spending the summer far from home, sorting out family papers for the reclusive Mr. Thiel, a trustee of Aunt Constance's school and the widower of her childhood friend Irene Callender.At Mr. Thiel's isolated country estate, Jean is surrounded by bewildering questions from the past. Why is there such hatred between Mr. Thiel and his late wife's brother? Was her death an accident? And what happened to their child, who disappeared after Irene Thiel's death? Do the answers lie in the Callender papers? And will searching for the answers put Jean's own life in jeopardy?
A dashed dream leads to a rash decision in the fifth installment of Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman cycle.Mina Smiths lives to dance, so her scholarship to ballet camp seems like a dream come true. She doesn't even mind being the only black girl in the troupe--that is, until she is told she'll never be a classical dancer. It's then that Mina begins to face some difficult truths about race and identity and transfers her passion for dance to Tamer Shipp, the summer minister for her church. The problem is, he's a grown man with a family, but she can't stop wishing for more to their friendship than simply pastor and parishioner. Cynthia Voigt's incomparable mastery of character and community shines forth in this stirring novel from her acclaimed Tillerman cycle.
Mina Smiths lives to dance. Winning a scholarship to a summer ballet camp is the answer to her dreams. She doesn't mind being the only black girl in the camp--that is, until she learns she'll never be a classical dancer. It's then that Mina begins to face her feelings about being black, and as she does, she transfers her passion for dance to Tamer Shipp, the summer minister for her church. Mina knows that she's a child and Tamer is a grown-up man with a family, but she still sees in their friendship a path to a new self-awareness, and a successful future that doesn't forsake the values of her childhood. Cynthia Voigt's incomparable mastery of character and community shines forth in this stirring novel from her acclaimed Tillerman series.
The relationship between two close friends, Henry and Jonathan, changes when Jonathan's cousin David, a victim of the Holocaust, comes to live with David's family.
The Newbery-winning novel in Cynthia Voigt's timeless Tillerman cycle.<P><P> When Momma abandoned Dicey Tillerman and her three siblings in a mall parking lot and was later traced to an asylum where she lay unrecognizing, unknowing, she left her four children no choice but to get on by themselves. They set off alone on foot over hundreds of miles until they finally found someone to take them in. Gram's rundown farm isn't perfect, but they can stay together as a family--which is all Dicey really wanted. But after watching over the others for so long, it's hard for Dicey to know what to do now. Her own identity has been so wrapped up in being the caretaker, navigator, penny counter, and decision maker that she's not sure how to let go of some responsibilities while still keeping a sense of herself. But when the past comes back with devastating force, Dicey sees just how necessary--and painful--letting go can be.
Elske is a girl with no future--until her grandmother's sacrifice saves her from certain death. Beriel is an imperious princess--determined to claim the kingdom that is her birthright. Fate brings them together, both exiles, one servant to the other. To Beriel, the mistress, Elske offers steadfast loyalty and courage--hard to come by in her dangerous quest to regain the throne she has been denied by treachery. To Elske, the handmaiden, Beriel's proud example provides a perhaps even more precious gift: the strength to find her true self.
Thirteen-year-old Elske escapes rape and certain death at the hands of the leaders of her barbaric society and later becomes handmaiden to a rebellious noblewoman whose rightful throne together they claim.
A predatory butler, a promiscuous heir, an intellectual heiress - all living in New York City and all familiar with high society. From the outside, they seem to live in a fairy-tale world... None of them are what they seem - or are they? A sophisticated comedy with unexpected twists and turns, written by an acclaimed author best-known for her young-adult fiction.
The iconic start to the timeless, Newbery-winning series from Cynthia Voigt."It's still true." That's the first thing James Tillerman says to his older sister, Dicey, every morning. It's still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillermans in a mall parking lot somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. It's still true that they have to find their own way to Great-aunt Cilla's house in Bridgeport. It's still true that they need to spend as little as possible on food and seek shelter anywhere that is out of view of the authorities. It's still true that the only way they can hope to all stay together is to just keep moving forward. Deep down, Dicey hopes they can find someone to trust, someone who will take them in and love them. But she's afraid it's just too much to hope for....
The Tillerman kids' mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. Their father, too, had left them a long time ago. So, as usual, it was up to thirteen-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, find places to sleep. But above all, Dicey would have to make sure to avoid the authorities who would split them up and place them in foster homes. Deep down, she hoped they could find an adult they could trust, someone who would take them in and love them. But she was afraid it was too much to hope for....
What happened to the bad girls? Seventh grade, that's what. In her regulation cargo pants and gray T-shirt, Mikey Elsinger is loud, aggressive, uncompromising, and uncooperative. Margalo Epps, tall and stylish, seems more mild-mannered -- but looks can be deceiving. And even if they don't have anyone else, Mikey and Margalo have each other. The bad news is: Typical, normal kids are what work in junior high. The worse news is: Friends aren't people you like, they're people you're seen with. Armed with these insights, Margalo and Mikey set out to enter the world of seventh grade and conquer it -- or at least make it do what they want. In this third book in the Bad Girls series, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt gives us a refreshingly wry view of the good, the bad, and the unpopular -- and a glimpse into the hearts of a remarkable pair of friends.
A car accident causes fifteen-year-old Izzy to lose one leg. Then she must start building a new life.
A Simon & Schuster eBookg, Izzy, Willy-Nilly, by Newberry Award-winning author Cynthia Voigt, is sure to resonate with anyone who's ever felt as if they didn't belong.
Gwyn, the Innkeeper's spunky daughter, is too clear-headed to pay much heed to the stories about Jackaroo, a masked outlaw rider who helps the poor in times of trouble. But goods are short in the Kingdom, and at times like these, the stories are on everyone's lips. One bitter winter day, Gwyn helps guide two guests, a Lord and his son, through the snow. But she and the Lordling, Gaderian, are separated from the rest of the party in a blizzard. Seeking shelter in a cabin, they are stranded together for weeks. Slowly, as the snow continues, the two become friends and Gaderian even teaches Gwyn to read, a skill forbidden the people. Meanwhile, hidden in the cabin, Gwyn discovers a strange garment that resembles the costume Jackaroo is said to wear...
In Act III of Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt's Mister Max trilogy, the solutioneer sets off to rescue his missing parents! Ever since Max's parents were spirited away on a mysterious ship, he has longed to find them. He's solved case after case for other people in his business as "solutioneer." And he's puzzled out the coded messages sent by his father. He doesn't know exactly what's happened, but he knows his parents are in danger--and it's up to Max to save them. Max and his friends (and a few old foes) don disguises and set sail on a rescue mission. It will take all of Max's cleverness and daring to outmaneuver the villains that lie in wait: power-hungry aristocrats, snake-handling assassins, and bombardier pastry chefs. And behind the scenes, a master solutioneer is pulling all the strings.... Has Max finally met his match? "Immensely appealing." --The New York Times Book Review "A perfect read-aloud, the story will appeal to fans of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and humor." --The Christian Science MonitorFrom the Hardcover edition.
Max's parents are missing. They are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away, leaving Max with only a cryptic note, is unusual even for them. Did theyintend to leave him behind? Have they been kidnapped? Until he can figure it out, Max feels it's safer to keep a low profile. Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater. Max has played many roles, he can be whoever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job is tricky, no matter what costume he dons.Ironically, it turns out Max has a talent for finding things. He finds a runaway child, a stray dog, a missing heirloom, a lost love. . . . So is he a finder? A detective? No, it's more. Max finds a way to solve people's problems--he engineers better outcomes for them. He becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer. Now if only he could find a solution to his own problems . . .
From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt, Book II in the exciting adventures of Mister Max--12-year-old detective in disguise. In Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things, Max Starling proved that he is more than a detective, he's a Solutioneer. His reputation for problem-solving has been spreading--and now even the mayor wants his help. Someone is breaking windows and setting fires in the old city, but the shopkeepers won't say a word about the culprits. Why are they keeping these thugs' secrets? When the mayor begs for help, Max agrees to take the case, putting himself in grave danger. It's a race to catch up with the vandals before they catch him. Meanwhile, Max is protecting secrets of his own. His parents are still missing, and the cryptic messages he gets from them make it clear--it's going to be up to Max to rescue them. Can the Solutioneer handle cases this big? Praise for Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things "An endearing, memorable protagonist and a clever plot make this a winner." --Kirkus Reviews, StarredFrom the Hardcover edition.