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T.R. and Danny join their friends in forming a group called the Desert Rats, and their major mission for the summer is helping Paul keep his beloved cat despite their town house development's rule against pets.
Disturbed by a poorly-planned, approaching civil defense drill and by the circumstances of his mother's death, a high school senior learns that some action is better than none.
A sleepover inspires Sarah, who likes to do things differently, to choose Mexico for her "Countries of the World" presentation.
Emily Wiggins is thrilled that she and her orphan friend Jackson have escaped the clutches of the Child-Catching Services and Emily's villainous uncle Victor. Emily and Jackson are now living happily with her loving aunt Hilda. But just a mighty mouth minute! Someone's snooping around for an orphan child on the run! He knows Jackson is hiding nearby and aims to get a reward for snatching him and sending him to work at a mill. What in leapin' livers should Jackson do? And Emily can't rest easy either, since some sort of creature is coming to their gate when Jackson and Emily are home alone. What in simmering succotash is that moving pile of dirt? Is it a heap of black rags, is it a dusty tumbleweed, no it's . . . Now what in shaking shivers will happen next?
From a Newbery Award-winning author comes a witty tale of the Wild West filled with comical cliffhangers and featuring a cast of plucky orphans and dastardly villains.
In this second book in the chilling York Trilogy, Dan struggles to bring the truth behind the faces in the water to the surface. Back from York, England, and away from the ghosts and gypsies that haunted him there, Dan is prepared to spend a relaxing summer on his grandmother's farm. But no sooner does he arrive than his peaceful mood turns into terror. Again and again, he sees the face of a gypsy he met in York in the cellar spring water, and hears whispers of his name in the wind. Determined to confront the fears and faces that have followed him home, and restore his life to the way it was before York, Dan is led into the past, where he must examine the present and focus on the future yet again. Dan's journey begins with Shadows on the Wall and concludes with Footprints at the Window.
When push comes to shove, two Kentucky girls find strength in each other. Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other's homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June's house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can't wait until he leaves that mine forever and retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they're more alike than different, especially when they face the terror of not knowing what's happening to those they love most. From the Hardcover edition.
When he and his older brother Gordon are left camping alone in the Rocky Mountains, 12-year-old Doug faces his fear of heights and his feelings about Gordon, with the help of a cougar.
Overwhelmed by too many uncertainties, Dan tries to settle his affairs with his gypsy friends only to find himself in medieval York, England, in the middle of the Black Death.
As Halloween approaches, the three Malloy sisters find themselves trying to get even with the four Hatford brothers, who have been playing tricks on them since they moved to West Virginia.
As Halloween approaches, the three Malloy sisters find themselves continually trying to get even with the four Hatford brothers, who have been playing tricks on them since the Malloys moved from Ohio to West Virginia.
It's December and Christmas is coming, but Caroline Malloy and Wally Hatford aren't singing carols around the tree. Instead, these sworn enemies must interview each other for the dreaded December class project. Caroline, as usual, has a trick up her sleeve that's sure to shock Wally in front of the entire class. That's just the first step in her plan to gross Wally out. In the meantime, Wally and his brothers find a way to spy on the Malloy girls at home. The girls vow to get revenge on those sneaky Hatfords with a trap the boys won't soon forget. To make matters worse, Caroline and Wally are really in for it when the gross-out gifts they mean for each other end up in the most unexpected places. Book jacket.
SUMMER IS AROUND the corner, and the rivalry between the Malloys and the Hatfords is heating up! The kids have two weeks to earn money for a fundraising contest sponsored by the local hospital. Those who collect $20 or more for the new children's wing can choose to be in the annual Strawberry Festival Parade or get all the strawberry treats they can eat. There's only one place Caroline Malloy--wants to be: smack dab in the middle of the glamourous Strawberry Queen's float. But how will she earn the money in such a short time? Do the Hatford brothers have moneymaking secrets that they're not telling the girls?"From the Hardcover edition. "
The race is on! The Hatford boys and the Malloy girls are ready to outdo one another again. Eddie is the first girl to ever try out for the school baseball team. Now she and Jake are competing for the same position, while Caroline and Wally compete for class spelling bee champ. Wally is itching to win, but Caroline the show-off plans to be number one. As if that wasn't enough, the kids decide to race bottles down the rising Buckman River to see whose will go the farthest by the end of the month. The winner will be queen or king for the day while the other kids act as servants. But neither team trusts the other. When the girls go down to the river to try and capture the boys' bottles, Caroline falls into the rising water. It looks like those Malloy girls may be in over their heads this time! From the Hardcover edition.
From the Newbery Award-winning author of Shiloh comes a middle-grade novel that combines adrenaline-fueled adventure with a poignant coming-of-age story about a boy who loves the challenges he faces when caving but finds daily life dealing with his stuttering problem a most difficult challenge.Buck Anderson's life seems to be changing completely. His best friend, David, has moved away; his anxious parents are hounding him more than ever; he has reluctantly agreed to fill in for his uncle and do odd jobs for a grumpy old veteran in town; and his twin sister has a new boyfriend and is never around anymore. To top it all off, Buck is bullied by a group of boys at school--mainly because he stutters. There is one thing that frees Buck from his worries. It is the heart-pounding exhilaration he feels when exploring underground caves in and around his hometown. He used to go caving with David, but he's determined to continue on his own now. He doesn't know that more changes are headed his way--changes that just might make him rethink his view of the world and his place in it.From the Hardcover edition.
Although Marco and Polo enjoy the good life as Mr. and Mrs. Neal's house cats, they yearn to live on a ranch. When Mr. Neal leaves the side door open by mistake, the two dreamers make their move. The search for food and a dry place to sleep leads the cats to one adventure after another.
If they had only known what trouble lay ahead, maybe, just maybe the Morgan children and their friend Deeter wouldn't have agreed to mind No-Name, the world's ugliest chicken. But then again, maybe the whole madhouse caper was inevitable!
Growing up--and slimming down--is the tricky proposition in this repackaged installment of the beloved Alice series.The summer before ninth grade is all about getting it right--from head to toe. Alice and her friends want to start high school feeling like they always imagined a true high schooler feels: confident, capable, and pretty. But a little too much time standing in front of a mirror in their bathing suits makes Alice, Pamela, and Elizabeth feel the exact opposite of ready for high school. They have two-and-half months to transform themselves--but when Elizabeth starts taking the weight-loss plan too seriously, Alice worries that growing up (and slimming down) isn't all it's cracked up to be.As Alice stumbles her way through the minefield of early adolescence, there are plenty of bumps, giggles, and surprises along the way. Every girl should grow up with Alice, and with this irresistible new look, a whole new generation will want to.
During the summer between eighth and ninth grades. Alice and her friends Pamela and Elizabeth decide to improve themselves through exercise.
To prove themselves worthy of succeeding Texas Jake as leader of the feline Club of Mysteries, cat brothers Marco and Polo agree to bring him the comfrey that will heal his wounds.
Details the career of one writer from her published pieces to novels written to date.
Hildegarde Brasscoat, babysitter for the three Megglethorps while their parents are away for a week, thinks children should be seen and not heard.
Can the truth thaw Chrissa's frozen heart? It's been three years since Chrissa's father walked out of her life. Too angry even to speak to her mother, Chrissa is obsessed with finding the answers to her questions: Why did her father leave? Why does she never hear from him? And is it somehow her fault, for not being the daughter he wanted her to be? Now, unable to deal with Chrissa's silence, her mother has sent her away from her New York City home to spend a year in the country with her grandmother-her father's mother. Perhaps in Gram's house, in the rural community in which her father grew up, Chrissa will discover the secret of his disappearance. Instead, Chrissa finds more secrets and suspicions. And, surprisingly, she finds strength she never knew she had--strength she will need when she must confront the most devastating secret of all.
After four years of hoping, wishing, scheming, and waiting, the moment Alice has been yearning for has at long last arrived....Alice's dad is finally marrying Sylvia Summers! Alice always knew they were perfect for each other when she set them up back in seventh grade, but she's relieved that The Big Day is here. She's never felt so excited, so vindicated, so grown-up, and so...well, so left out. Now that the wedding is really happening, no one has time for Alice anymore, and the situation just gets worse when Sylvia moves into their house. Nothing is the way Alice thought it would be. Her dad and Sylvia have their new life together; Lester has his new apartment; and Alice feels like she's on her own for the first time in her life. She's also starting to notice that even though Dad and Sylvia are perfectly happy together, not everyone gets along so well. Elizabeth and Ross never see each other; Leslie and Lori are breaking up; Pamela and her mother can't seem to find a way to even talk to each other; and Alice herself has started to hear some surprising rumors about Patrick.... As Alice watches her friends sort out their problems and sees her dad and Sylvia navigate their new marriage, she starts to understand all the hard work that goes into relationships and how even when people seem to be meant for each other, it's not always easy to be together.
Get ready to start your own incredible, amazing life...right? Alice McKinley is standing on the edge of something new--and half afraid she might fall off. Graduation is a big deal--that gauntlet of growing up that requires everyone she's known since forever to make huge decisions that will fling them here and there and far from home. But what if Alice wants to be that little dandelion seed that doesn't scatter? What if she doesn't have the heart to fly off into the horizon on the next big breeze? And what if that starts to make her feel like staying close to home means she's a little less incredible than her friends--and her boyfriend Patrick? Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is be honest with yourself--and sometimes the most incredible thing you can do is sneak a little fun into all this soul-searching.
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