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Discusses the nature of earthquakes, their causes and signs or precursors, their measurement and prediction, and what to do before, during, and after an earthquake
When Susan and Mike suspect that thieves may be plotting the theft of a valuable Easter egg, they organize their neighbors to ward off the crooks.
Moving and inspiring stories of the immigrant experience are offered up in this eOmni edition comprised of three novels from Joan Lowery Nixon's historical fiction series, Ellis Island. Each story features a unique teenage girl's perspective--one from Russia, one from Ireland, and one from Sweden. In Land of Hope, Russian immigrant Rebekah Levinsky settles with her family on the Lower East Side of New York and soon realizes that the roads are not paved with gold. In Land of Promise, Irish immigrant Rose Carney arrives in Chicago to a life filled with family responsibilities that impede on her dreams of independence. And in Land of Dreams, Swedish immigrant Kristin Swensen's family lives on a farm in Minnesota, but her parents still cling to the life they'd known in Sweden.Follow their journeys as Rebekah, Rose, and Kristin--and their families-- struggle to find the courage, faith, and resilience they'll need to conquer the odds, find their independence, and realize the American dream.
Cassie's daughter Erin, who identifies closely with her grandmother Abby, wants to be an actress more than anything in the world, but is disappointed that her parents do not approve of her working in the television medium.
Frances felt herself drawn to look at the people in the room, fearfully searching one face, then another, for hopeful signs. Round or long, wrinkled or plumply redcheeked, bushy-eyebrowed or scruffily bearded, no matter; every pair of eyes in every face stared intently at the children. Frances couldn't tell what they were thinking. She tried to look away, but couldn't. For a moment she felt dizzy, and her stomach churned. Desperately, she held Petey even more tightly. Who were all these strangers? Would any of them choose the Kelly children to be their own? What if no one wanted them? What would happen to them then? In New York City,where Mrs. Kelly, a young widow, realizes that she cannot give her six children the life they deserve. Mrs. Kelly makes the ultimate sacrifice of love and sends them west on the orphan train to find better lives with new families. The children, especially thirteen-year-old Frances Mary, feel an overwhelming sense of betrayal and abandonment. Their arrival in St. Joseph, Missouri, separates the children not only from their mother, but from each other as well. One by one they are adopted by western families-some looking for children to love, others only seeking cheap labor. Frances has promised Ma that she will look after Petey, her youngest brother, no matter what. When she masquerades as a boy, "Frankie's" adventures eventually involve her in the activities of the Underground Railroad. Will honoring Ma's request help Frances understand that splitting up the family was really her mother's act of love? "The rapid succession of high-spirited adventures makes for lively read."-Publishers Weekly "Filled with just plausible historical figures and incidents."-The New York Times Book Review WINNER OF THE GOLDEN SPUR AWARD
A fear that people in Grizzly Hill have, that makes everyone scared.
An easy-to-read account of the Bible story in which Jesus fed the crowds of people on the shores of the Sea of Galilee with five loaves of bread and two fishes.
Stagecoach robberies. Shoot-outs. Striking it rich. Throughout the Wild West small towns were formed, thriving with men and women from the East and gold from the mines. Notorious outlaws, desperadoes, and gunslingers rustled up trouble in town after town. When the gold disappeared, the outlaws, as well as the local folks, abandoned their towns. Or did they? There are still sounds, not just the paint peeling from the deserted storefronts, or the tumbleweeds whispering as they somersault down the empty streets. There are voices, whispering stories--are they real or imagined? Stories like the one about the Lost Mine in Maiden, Texas, or the Bad Man from Bodie, California, who's still searching for his lost finger...
It's Friday night and Angie Dupree is alone in the house when the phone rings. "Your brother is dead," whispers a voice. At the hospital, Angie finds Jeremy in a coma from which he may never recover. Angie is on her own trying to piece together the events of that horrifying night. Her family is new to town. What could Jeremy possibly have discovered that led him so deeply into danger? Angie won't rest until she finds out. But she doesn't know someone is ready to do anything to stop her...
Gloria Chipmunk has a real problem to solve when she must stay home to take care of her little brother on the same day of the class play in which she has a part.
When they are left with a mysterious, witchlike babysitter on Halloween, Susan and Mike try to figure out whether she really has magical powers.
Two amateur sleuths track down Mrs. Pickett's missing birthday cake.
Four friends who live on Honeycutt Street join together to publish a newspaper and, in time, solve mysteries.
Chris and Amy doubt Amos when he tells them he lived through a terrible night on Haunted Island. Now he wants them to go and set the ghosts to rest.
Fifteen-year-old Lia comes from a long line of courageous women, dating back to a Civil War survivor who single-handedly saved her Louisiana plantation house, Graymoss, from destruction. But Graymoss is haunted by a terrible evil. With clues from a diary andFavorite Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Lia, who doesn't feel as if she's inherited any family genes of courage, must figure out what--or whom--the evil wants. When Lia's parents decide to move into Graymoss, Lia isn't sure how to convince them to change their minds. But it's up to her to chase away the horror lurking inside the old house. Can she find the courage to deal with a noisy ghost who wants vengeance?
In 1879 seventeen-year-old Sarah travels from Chicago to the violent town of Leadtown, Colorado, to locate her missing father, but she finds that the mention of his name brings her strange looks and an attempt on her life.
The kids in the classroom put out a newspaper called the Nic-Nac News.
Charles Collier thinks that he can see eyes that peer out from the walls of his new house, so he comes to the Case busters to see if they can find out if his new house is really haunted.
A $10,000 reward for a missing mummy lures cousins Jeff and Debbie into an old mansion. But a raging snow storm forces them to spend the night -- and an evil ancient spirit might not let them see the dawn.
. . . There had been a loud, insistent knock at our door, and Megan ran to answer it. Ma and I were right behind her as she opened the door to a woman who was as dark and wrinkled as a walnut shell. Greasy strands of hair hung over her eyes. "A gypsy," I heard Ma mutter under her breath. From under her shawl the woman stretched out a clawlike hand, palm up. "Some coins for a poor old lady?" she whined. Ma said firmly, "I'm sorry, but we have nothing for you. " She had started to close the door, but the woman snatched Megan's wrist. She poked a long and dirty finger into Megan's palm. "Ohhh," she sighed. "What have we here? Could it be that this child is a bad-luck penny?" "None of that now!" Ma snapped. "Be on your way with that foolishness!" Megan, whimpering with fear, tried to pull her hand away, but the gypsy's fingers dug into her wrist. The old woman thrust her face close to Megan's and muttered, "Bad luck will be with you and yours all the days of your life." Shy Megan Kelly truly believes she is to blame for her family's misfortune. She'll never forget the day a gypsygrabbed her palm and read it, announcing that Megan was a "bad-luck penny" who would always bring trouble to those around her. Megan is happy when a loving young couple living in the rugged Kansas territory adopt her. But during the first trying months, a blizzard, a pack of prairie wolves, and an armed fugitive are just some of the disasters the family must face. Megan is certain the gypsy's curse is real. With the help of her new family, can Megan find a way to overcome her fear and superstition? 'This exciting and touching novel projects an aura of historical reality!' -School Library Journal "Young teens who suffer from a lack of self-esteem can relate to this story!'-Voice of Youth Advocates WINNER OF THE WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA GOLDEN SPUR AWARD
Because Sean and Matt have been playing pranks on the school computers, they are in trouble when someone else creates real mischief with the technology.
Andrea didn't want to accompany her aunt and a group of privileged people on a boat trip to the Bahamas to look at a valuable artifact. But she's stuck there now, and angry when she realizes that this is a stolen artifact. All the adults want to own it, but Andrea knows it should be returned to the Peruvian government. Then the object disappears... and someone is found murdered. Who will be next?
The year 1775 is an explosive one -- both for the colony of Virginia and 11-year-old John Nicholas's family. The tensions are rising between England and the colonies, and Virginians disagree on how to act. Like many, John's father, Robert Carter Nicholas, hopes to find a peaceful solution, but John's older brother George and his company of the Williamsburg militia think Virginians need to fight for their rights. John feels caught in the middle between the two people he admires most. Can they both be right?
The soldier quickly glanced inside the buggy. "You haven't got traveling bags with you, so I take it you don't plan to stay long." "That's right. Just today." "I'd caution you not to return after dark. There's no telling who you might run into on these back roads." From the corner of her eye Peg shot a quick glance at the soldier with the beard, who was still looking at the reticule. Union Army or not, I'd hate to run into this one anywhere! Peg thought. "You may proceed," the sergeant said. Miss Hennessey smiled again, picked up the reins, and clucked to the horse. The soldiers rode past them with a great clatter, stirring up clouds of dust that caused Peg to cough. The moment they were out of hearing Peg asked, "Why did you say that I was your daughter?" "Not now." Miss Hennessey's voice was low and quick. "What do you mean, not now? I-" "Hush!" To Peg's amazement Miss Hennessey pulled a small handgun from her reticule and tucked it on the seat under her skirt. In a low voice she said, "Whatever may happen next, don't be afraid." It's the autumn of 1863, and as the Civil War rages, a stranger named Violet Hennessey seeks refuge with the Kelly family. Eleven-year-old Peg Kelly is thrilled because Violet treats her like a young woman, not a child. On the run from Confederate raiders, Violet has information that may save the Union. But she can't deliver her message unless she undertakes a dangerous journey, and she needs Peg's help. Peg and her brother Danny are determined to be courageous for the sake of the Union, but what price will they pay for their heroism? "The tension and danger are palpable... readers won't be able to put this one down, as the suspense builds steadily to a dramatic but startling conclusion that may require a hanky or two."-Booklist
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