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A young boy and his mother spend Christmas 1943 with relatives in northern Minnesota while his father is fighting in the war in Europe. They take a long journey by train to a snowy land of vast frozen lakes, deep and sparkling cold, and the most magical Christmas tree the boy has ever seen. He knows this will be the last Christmas he will spend with his cousin, who is dying. The boy's uncle overhears the two cousins say there is no Santa Claus, and in a grand gesture that is nothing short of a Christmas miracle, he restores the children's faith in the spirit of the season.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Asked to train a local t-ball team, Dunc and Amos must come up against players who know nothing of the game, a menacing local gangster, and overanxious family supporters.
So it happened that when he was little and new in the woods, the boy rode a Caterpillar tractor in the morning and a gravel truck in the afternoon and helped the crew of raw and rough men build a road almost to Canada. The year was 1944. The road had something to do with a war and with the chance that war might come to Minnesota. There were nine men in the camp, and only one woman, the boy's grandmother, who cooked for them. The boy helped. But he missed his mother and every day needed to be brave. Even now, his summer in the cook-camp remains with him--the sights and sounds of the men's arduous work, the fun of learning the fine art of spitting, the memory of Grandma by oil lamp writing seven letters, one a night, to his mother in Chicago, letters she intended to mail "good and hard" from the town thirty miles distant, because of something the boy let slip about life at home while his father was off in the war. The cookcamp became, for a time, the boy's home--and has meant a kind of home for him ever since.
Dunc and Amos are bound for Uncle Woody's Santa Fe cattle ranch for a week of fun. Who's been making off with all the prize cattle? Can Dunc and Amos stop the rustlers in time to save the ranch?
Thirteen-year-old Ryan Swanner and his mom just moved to the mountain resort of Black Water Lake. The locals say that beneath the lake's seemingly calm surface, a giant, ancient creature lives. But Ryan's new friend Rita tells him that's just hogwash. She's not afraid to go fishing out on the lake, even though, oddly, the lake seems to be nearly empty of fish. One day Ryan sees a small animal fall from a tree into the lake--and never surface again. Something is in the lake. And it's alive....
Thirteen-year-old Manny, a street kid fighting for survival in a Mexican border town, develops a strange friendship with an emotionally disturbed American soldier who decides to help him get across the border.
Readers met the comical Kevin in Liar, Liar and Flat Broke. Kevin gets serious about Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. Finally, finally, he's worked up his courage--he's going to ask her out. Or will his trademark scheming get in his way?From the Hardcover edition.
While researching a Civil War cannon, Dunc and Amos discover a time portal that transports them back to downtown Culpepper on March 8, 1862--the day before the historic clash between the Monitor and the Merrimac.
Malcolm, better known as Mallard, Westerman tangles with deadly cobras while trying to unravel the mystery surrounding a missing Egyptian amulet.
Katie, Sam, and their cousin Shala can't wait to get to San Marcos, New Mexico. There they are meeting Katie and Sam's dad, an anthropologist who's studying the ruins of the ancient cliff dwellers at El Debajo. But Dr. Crockett isn't there to meet them at the airport. Does Dr. Crockett have enemies who might have kidnapped him? Or is there really a curse on the ruins of El Dejabo?
Dancing Carl, Gary Paulsen's first novel, was a ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a Notable Children's Trade Book for the Language Arts.In the winter, life in McKinley, Minnesota, revolves around the rinks, where kids play hockey and grown-ups skate to scratchy phonograph records. Then, the year Marsh and his best friend, Willy, are twelve, Carl appears at the rink, wearing a battered, old leather flight jacket and doing a strange dance that is both beautiful and disturbing to watch. It is Marsh and Willy who discover the terrible secret behind Carl's dance, a secret that threatens to destroy him. But a small miracle occurs, and Carl's dance becomes a fragile and tentative expression of hope and the healing power of love.
Slow learner Daniel Martin escapes peer teasing by spending most of his time outdoors. When a van crash plunges him and a gang of bullies into the river, Daniel must choose between saving himself and risking his life to save the others.
In the old days there were songs...Something is bothering Russel Susskit. He hates waking up to the sound of his father's coughing, the smell of diesel oil, the noise of snow machines starting up. Only Oogruk, the shaman who owns the last team of dogs in the village, understands Russel's longing for the old ways and the songs that celebrated them. But Oogruk cannot give Russel the answers he seeks; the old man can only prepare him for what he must do alone. Driven by a strange, powerful dream of a long-ago self and by a burning desire to find his own song, Russel takes Oogruk's dogs on an epic journey of self-discovery that will change his life forever.
On a moonlit winter night, a team of dogs pulls a sled, taking the narrator and readers on a wondrous ride through the snow, into and out of the woods. It is a ride you'll wish would never end.
Dunc and Amos head for camp and face two weeks of fresh air, along with regulations, demerits, KP, and inedible food. But where these two friends go, trouble follows.
Anyone who knows Amos knows that in his case, dogs are definitely not man's best friends. Even his own dog growls and shows his teeth whenever Amos is around. Amos isn't exactly fond of Scruff either. It's a dog-eat-dog world. But when Scruff gets mixed up in a dognapping scheme, Amos and his best friend, Dunc, have to team up to spring him. Join Gary Paulsen's cool sleuths as they go undercover at the city pound!
In order to impress a girl, Amos decides to perform on the trapeze at the visiting circus. Then the boys stumble across a mystery behind the scenes.
Dunc worries that Amos has gone too far when the latter dons a leather jacket, slicks back his hair, and adopts a nickname, in order to uncover a stolen stereo racket led by the tough new kid in school.
Best buddies Dunc and Amos are at the winter sports events. A pretty skater needs their help to defect from North Korea, but suddenly Kim Su-Yong doesn't seem to remember asking the boys for their help. In fact, she's downright hostile. Does she have a split personality, or is something fishy going on here? Dunc and Amos are suddenly on...thin ice!
Dunc's not afraid of ghosts, but if Eddie is only claiming to be impersonating Blackbeard's ghost, why are flames shooting from his mouth?
Five . . . four . . . three . . . two . . . Olympic superstar Francesco Bartoli is about to hurl himself down the face of a mountain in another attempt to clinch the world slalom speed record. Cheering fans and snapping cameras are everywhere. But someone is out to stop him, and Dunc thinks he knows who it is. Can Dunc get to the gate in time to save the day? Will Amos survive longer than fifteen minutes on the icy slopes? Join best friends Dunc Culpepper and Amos Binder as they take an action-packed winter ski vacation filled with fun, fame, and high-speed high-jinx.
When Dunc and Amos are invited to spend a week in Scotland, Dunc can already hear the bagpipes a-blowin'. But when the boys spend their first night in an ancient castle, it isn't bagpipes they hear. It's moans! Dunc hears groaning coming from inside his bedroom walls. Amos notices the eyes of a painting following him across the room! Could the castle really be haunted? Local legend has it that the castle's former lord wanders the ramparts at night in search of his head!Team up with Dunc and Amos as they go ghostbusting in the Scottish Highlands!
Some of the older residents of their town have been bilked by a scam artist, and the two boys want to look into these crimes.
Dunc & Amos have a small problem when they try hang gliding -- they crash in the wilderness. Things go from bad to worse when a wild man holds the boys captive.
Dunc Gets Tweaked takes Dunc & Amos into the world of skateboarding while teaching a major lesson -- never kiss a monkey!
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