A bestselling classic mystery about a baby-sitter who is kidnapped along with the three kids she is watching from three-time Edgar Award-winning author Willo Davis Roberts. "A solid adventure with more than a few spine-tingling moments" (Booklist).From the moment she set eyes on the three Foster kids, Darcy knew being their baby-sitter would be no picnic. But the pay was twice her usual rate, and the job was only for a few hours a day--surely an experienced baby-sitter like her could handle it. But Darcy hadn't counted on the mysterious things that started happening at the Fosters' home after she took the job. She did everything a good baby-sitter was supposed to do: she didn't let the stranger claiming to be from the gas company into the house and she called the police when the burglar alarm went off in the middle of the afternoon. But that wasn't enough to prevent a baby-sitter's worst nightmare from coming true. Now it's up to Darcy to rescue the Foster kids--and herself--from three ruthless kidnappers.
Buddy, whose real name is Amy Kate, has never thought much about her nickname--it is what her father has called her for years--until three things happen: Her father, who has gone off to take a new job, disappears; she and her brother are evicted from the house in which they have been living because they can't pay the rent; and she has to leave Washington state to go live with relatives in Montana until her brother can find out what has happened to their father. It is in Montana where she encounters people who think her name is strange, who wonder why a girl is called Buddy. But in Montana, living with Aunt Addie; Aunt Cassie and her alcoholic husband, Gus; Gus's son, Max; and Grandpa, who is really Buddy's great-grandfather, Buddy has more than her name to think about. Why does Aunt Addie seem to hate Buddy's dead mother, EllaBelle? What happened to the money that Grandpa got from the sale of his store two and a half years ago, and what does that money have to do with Buddy and her mother? And finally, what has happened to Dan, Buddy's father? As Buddy confronts relatives she has hardly known, and a new school where everything seems strange and different, she must accept some of what she finds and make the best of it. She must, for example, take Grandpa as he is: old, almost blind, and afflicted with dementia. Other things she can hope may change: Her brother may find her father, Aunt Addie may forgive her mother, and maybe she'll make a new friend. And still others, she realizes, she must investigate on her own: She must solve the mysteries of her mother's past and the disappearance of Grandpa's money. Things happen quickly as Buddy explores her new and, she hopes, temporary, life. As she does, the concerns of years past suddenly come into focus, as if they were waiting for Buddy to appear. An engaging novel about a spunky heroine and a family with problems that are unique, and yet in some ways all too common. Bookshare has more mysteries for young readers by Willo Davis Roberts. They are great reads. Don't miss them!
Laurie is physically abused by her mother; can she escape, and will anyone believe her story?
Katie Welker is used to being alone. She would much rather read a book than deal with other people. Other people don't have silver eyes and other people can't make things happen just by thinking about them! Sometimes Katie even enjoys playing tricks on people, but trouble arises when someone doesn't find her funny.
A young girl and her neighbor are kidnapped during a burglary gone awry in this hair-raising and fast-paced thriller from three-time Edgar Award-winning author Willo Davis Roberts.Sixth-grader Kaci Drummond longs for excitement and to be noticed just as her sister Jodie is for dancing, or her brother Jeff is for playing the piano. Shortly after her family moves to a new house, Kaci returns home in the middle of the school day and stumbles upon a burglary. The robbers kidnap her, and when a nosy neighbor suspects that something is wrong and tries to help, they take her as well. Kaci quickly discovers that the elderly woman not only has some good ideas, but also helps them both keep up their courage. Can the two hostages band together to escape their captors?
I always thought I'd be ready for an adventure, if one ever came along. I didn't know how stupid that was until it happened.
"I didn't like Willie Groves, but I didn't hate him enough to want someone to kidnap him." Famous last words. Joey Bishop soon finds himself face-to-face with the kidnappers himself (as well as his archenemy) in this fast-paced, urban story that will leave you panting for your next breath.
"It's a mistake ," Joey Bishop says, "to earn the reputation of being a liar. It seems harmless enough to make up stories to entertain yourself, but it can backfire." And when it does, it does so in a big way! The whole thing begins when Joey hits Willie Groves in the nose. It's an accident, but Willie doesn't want excuses. He wants revenge, and he's out to get Joey. Since Willie is a head taller and fifteen pounds heavier than Joey, Joey sees himself dead. So, of course. Joey hides from Willie. And because Joey is hiding, and because most of the other kids have already been picked up by their mothers or their chauffeurs from their expensive private school, only Joey sees what happens. Only Joey sees Willie being kidnapped. Joey doesn't like Willie, yet he doesn't like to think of what could happen to Willie at the hands of the kidnappers. But now, at just the wrong time, Joey's reputation kicks in. No one seems to believe him when he tells what he's seen. The truth is, however, that Willie has actually been kidnapped; and someone does really believe that Joey saw it. In fact, Joey suddenly finds himself in more danger, more involved with the event and even more involved with Willie than he ever thought he could be. Sometimes. Joey discovers in this exciting tale, truth really can be stranger than fiction.
From critically acclaimed author Willo Davis Roberts comes an Edgar Award-winning classic mystery about a twelve-year-old girl on the run with her family.Pack up and leave? Tonight? When Megan has just one week of school left before summer vacation? Something doesn't seem right. Megan is used to moving. After all, she's moved a dozen times in her twelve years. But this time, something is different. They're leaving in the middle of the night, and Megan doesn't even have a chance to say good-bye to her best friend. What's worse, Megan can tell her mother is frightened. It's almost as if they're running away from something. But from what?
From three-time Edgar Award-winning author Willo Davis Roberts comes the "instantly compelling" (Kirkus Reviews) classic mystery, originally published as Buddy Is a Stupid Name for a Girl, about a young girl who unravels her family's deepest, darkest secrets.All Buddy ever wanted was a normal family. But with her mother dead, her father missing, and her brother on the road searching for him, Buddy has a hard time believing it will ever happen. Instead she's living with relatives she hardly knows who resent her for reasons she can't figure out. They think everything about her is strange, especially her name. Despite all this, Buddy clings to the hope that her father is out there, somewhere, and that her brother will find him so they can be a family again. Until then will Buddy find a way to accept her new life and figure out the mystery behind her relatives' disapproving stares?
Through a series of oversights, 13-year-old Mandy is left home alone for the weekend with just her big dog. Her twin, who was the brave one, had died in a freak accident when they were 10. Strange occurrences in the big house leave Mandy afraid and confused. She finds a boy her age who has taken his toddler brother and run away. He claims the babysitter's friends are trying to kidnap the little boy, that the wealthy father will pay a large ransom. The kidnappers come after them, and the chase is on. Mandy's schizophrenic uncle plays a pivotal role in saving them all. The reader will be caught up in the fast-paced story to find how it all ends.
"I'm Dora," the girl--obviously pregnant--said as Teddi opened Mamie's door to her. Teddi stared blankly. Who was Dora? All too soon, Teddi knew. Dora was, she said, the wife of Mamie's son Ricky, who had recently died in a plane crash. She was to bear Ricky's son--very soon--and had come to live with Mamie because she had no other place to go. Mamie had never heard of Dora but, then, Ricky didn't write often. He had been working elsewhere for almost two years. It was possible, though a bit odd, that he had married and not told his mother. Because the thought of an unexpected grandchild made Ricky's loss easier for Mamie to bear, Dora was quickly settled into the household. For Teddi, however, recently orphaned and now living with Mamie, Dora was a threat. Mamie's house was small. How long would there be room in it for Teddi, who was only a friend, as well as Dora and her baby, who were relatives? what would happen if Teddi had to leave? She had no place to go. Teddi tried to like Dora, to accept her presence, but the awful night Teddi had to assist Dora as the baby was born, the discovery of how little identification Dora had, and, most of all, Dora's reluctance to talk about Ricky, all raised questions Teddi could not answer. Was Dora really who she said she was, and if not, how did you prove it? Fortunately there was someone to help: Jason, the new boy next door. Yet how much did Teddi want to know? Would the truth about Dora make life better or worse--for Teddi, for Mamie, for Dora, and for her baby?
Pet-sitter Nick finds himself up to his ears in dogs, cats, and danger in this thrilling mystery from three-time Edgar Award-winning author Willo Davis Roberts.Nick is excited to earn money by pet-sitting for the residents of the Hillside Apartments. What could be easier than feeding cats and walking dogs? But he wasn't expecting an Airedale twice his size...or a hissing, sharp-clawed cat named Eloise. And he's definitely not prepared for the strange happenings at the apartment building: light bulbs that mysteriously burn out, gasoline stored near flammable materials, and two small fires. Can Nick figure out what's really going on before it's too late?
This bestselling classic mystery filled with "clever sleuthing" (Publishers Weekly) by two brothers looking for information about their missing mother from three-time Edgar Award-winning author Willo Davis Roberts is a thrilling roller coaster ride of a read.Rick and Kenny's Pa was right all along--troubles really do happen in threes. First Pa's truck was robbed, then Pa ran off, leaving Rick, Kenny, and Ma to fend for themselves, and now Ma has disappeared, too! Rick knows Ma would never leave them on purpose--but then, where is she? Waiting in Uncle Henry's trailer park doesn't seem to be getting them any closer to figuring out what happened. Instead the brothers, along with their new friends Connie and Julie, head to the abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park next door to search for answers. But what they find inside sends them on the most terrifying roller coaster ride of their lives. Could whoever took Ma be after them as well?
Fictionalized account of a child's diagnosis of diabetes and her learning to cope with the condition. Includes a glossary of terms related to the treatment and care of someone with diabetes
A family vacation quickly goes awry in this fast-paced and funny mystery novel from Willo Davis Roberts. Winner of the Edgar Award!Twins Lewis and Allison are excited to join their new neighbors for an awesome vacation: they'll be driving to Yellowstone in a motor home, seeing all the fantastic sights, getting to know the Rupe family...the trip should be a blast. It turns out to be anything but.First they discover that the Rupes have no interest in nutrition, manners, or their children. Even worse, a couple of strange men seem to be following them. Could they have something to do with the one-hundred-dollar bills little Billy Rupe keeps finding in the motor home? Lewis is afraid the answer is yes--and his fear is not unfounded...This novel was originally published as The Absolutely True Story...How I Visited Yellowstone Park With the Terrible Rupes.
Fourteen-year-old Nikki Simons has lost her mother to cancer. Her older sister, Bonnie, will soon be off on an exciting trip before heading to college, leaving Nikki to cope with things at home, including her little brother, Sam. Nikki still grieves for her mother, knows she will desperately miss Bonnie, and feels inadequate to fill in for them at home. And then their father makes a shattering announcement: He is going to marry Crystal, a woman he met through work who is only slightly older than his daughters. Not long after the peculiar wedding (none of Crystal's family or friends attended), Nikki learns that in place of a European trip the family had planned before her mother's death, they will be spending part of the summer in the village of Trinidad, in northern California, where Crystal has inherited a house on the beach. Nikki decides that going to the beach is preferable to having no vacation at all. But soon she's troubled by more than just Dad's hasty marriage to a woman who doesn't make much of an attempt to relate to his children. Other things about Nikki's new stepmother remain unexplained: Why is she reluctant to return to the house where she spent some time as a child? And after Dad is called back to Seattle on an emergency, what awful secret causes Crystal to have nightmares that waken Nikki out of a sound sleep? How is Nikki, by herself, expected to cope with things that baffle and frighten her?Then Nikki meets Julian Gyasi, an intriguing boy known as Spook who lives in a house on the cliff nearby. Why are there mysterious lights in the tower windows over there, and who is the man who frightens Nikki by watching her from the top of the cliff? As the days pass, Crystal's behavior becomes even stranger and Dad is still not there to help Nikki deal with either her stepmother or the increasingly mysterious situation at the Gyasi house.
Rob believes that Mr. Calloway's death was an accident. Then a flowerpot almost falls on him. And three bullets just miss him. And someone tries to poison his food. When he tries to tell his family that he thinks there has bee a murder, they are too busy with his sister's wedding to care. If he's not careful, Rob may be the next victim.
This bestselling classic mystery from Willo Davis Roberts is about a boy who witnesses a murder. Though Rob saw Mrs. Calloway fall to her death, strangled by the leather strap of her binoculars, he wants to believe that it was an accident. He wants to pretend he didn't see the hands that pushed her out of her window. Then a flowerpot almost falls on him. And three bullets just miss him. And someone tries to poison his food. When he tries to tell his family that he thinks there has been a murder, they are too busy with his sister's wedding to care. Will Rob be the murderer's next victim?
Gracie and her cousins find themselves in the midst of a summer vacation gone awry in this thrilling adventure from three-time Edgar Award-winning author Willo Davis Roberts.Everyone thinks Charlie is nothing but trouble, since bad things tend to happen whenever he's around. But Gracie knows better. Now both kids have the chance to fly with their other cousin Eddie from Seattle to San Francisco without any adults. Gracie's father isn't sure the trip is a great idea, but Gracie's not worried. What could go wrong? Then things begin to go wrong...very wrong! Is it just Charlie's bad luck following them? Or have Gracie and her cousins stumbled into something more dangerous than they could have ever imagined?
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