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Acting Out #14

by Laurie Halse Anderson

An all-new book in acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson's series for younger readers! Zoe is back in Ambler after living with her mom in Los Angeles, and she doesn't know what to feel about it. It's fun to be back with the Vet Volunteers, but Zoe misses her mom, who is filming a movie in Canada. Meanwhile, there seems to be a rash of animals being poisoned by antifreeze across the town, and Zoe fears that David's new adopted cat, Rover, might be one of them. So the gang works to raise awareness about antifreeze poisoning, and Zoe's mom has a special surprise in store for everyone.

Ashes

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which The New York Times called "a return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy."As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge--but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state--where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won't stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom, in this grand finale to the acclaimed Seeds of America trilogy from Laurie Halse Anderson.

Catalyst

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Meet Kate Malone-straight-A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions; first, the Malones' neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri's little brother. The days are ticking down and she's still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control-and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.

Chains: Seeds of America

by Laurie Halse Anderson

If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

End of the Race: Maggie (Vet Volunteers #12)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Maggie is working at the Wild at Heart clinic when a greyhound with an unusual injury comes in. Its owner won't give her full name or address. The next day a kitten arrives, badly injured from a greyhound attack. Maggie's determined to find out what's going on. Meanwhile, a new girl at school, Darla, is trying to take over Maggie's greyhound research--and her starring position on the basketball team. Can Maggie stay focused on the greyhounds and find a way to help them--before it's too late?

Fear of Falling: David (Vet Volunteers #8)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Twelve-year-old David has conflicting feelings when his father, who taught him to ride the horses he loves so much, returns to spend Thanksgiving Day with the family after being gone for a year.

Fever 1793

by Lori Earley Laurie Halse Anderson

It's late summer 1793, and the streets of Philadelphia are abuzz with mosquitoes and rumors of fever. Down near the docks, many have taken ill, and the fatalities are mounting. Now they include Polly, the serving girl at the Cook Coffeehouse. But fourteen-year-old Mattie Cook doesn't get a moment to mourn the passing of her childhood playmate. New customers have overrun her family's coffee shop, located far from the mosquito-infested river, and Mattie's concerns of fever are all but overshadowed by dreams of growing her family's small business into a thriving enterprise. But when the fever begins to strike closer to home, Mattie's struggle to build a new life must give way to a new fight-the fight to stay alive.

Fight for Life: Maggie (Vet Volunteers #1)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Maggie's grandmother runs an animal clinic, Dr. Mac's Place, so Maggie knows her way around animals who are in danger. When she learns that the abused and sick puppies flooding the clinic are from an illegal puppy mill, she knows that she has to find out who's running it, where it is--and save the rest of the dogs!

Forge (Seeds of America)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

In this compelling sequel to Chains, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson shifts perspective from Isabel to Curzon and brings to the page the tale of what it takes for runaway slaves to forge their own paths in a world of obstacles--and in the midst of the American Revolution. The Patriot Army was shaped and strengthened by the desperate circumstances of the Valley Forge winter. This is where Curzon the boy becomes Curzon the young man. In addition to the hardships of soldiering, he lives with the fear of discovery, for he is an escaped slave passing for free. And then there is Isabel, who is also at Valley Forge--against her will. She and Curzon have to sort out the tangled threads of their friendship while figuring out what stands between the two of them and true freedom.

Homeless: Sunita (Vet Volunteers #2)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Sunita: Socrates is missing! We've looked everywhere. But instead of finding Dr. Mac's cat, we found a pack of feral cats-hundreds of them, living outside in the wild, foraging for food. Homeless. Dr. Mac says that they're meant to be wild, but I don't think anyone would want to live like that. I can tame them and find them homes. I know I can.

The Impossible Knife of Memory

by Laurie Halse Anderson

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andy's PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

by Laurie Halse Anderson Matt Faulkner

Listen up! You've all heard about the great men who led and fought during the American Revolution; but did you know that the guys only make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The dames? Didn't they play a part? Of course they did, and with page after page of superbly researched information and thoughtfully detailed illustrations, acclaimed novelist and picture-book author Laurie Halse Anderson and charismatic illustrator Matt Faulkner prove the case in this entertaining, informative, and long overdue homage to those independent dames!

Left Behind

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Another moving installment in Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning Vet Volunteers series!When Sunita joins Dr. Gabe and another Vet Volunteer on a house call at a local horse farm, she is concerned to discover a lone lamb housed in one of the stalls. She knows that sheep are flock animals, and that without other sheep and lambs around, this little lamb will not thrive. Can she and her fellow Vet Volunteers help educate the owner, and find a new home for it with others of its kind?

Manatee Blues: Brenna (Vet Volunteers #4)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Each of these exciting stories, told in the voice of one of the 11-year-old volunteers at the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, offers a first-hand account of animal emergencies and rescues. This series is sure to win the hearts of readers who are wild about animals!<P><P> Dr. Mac takes Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe to Florida to visit a manatee rescue center. Shortly after they arrive, Brenna goes on a rescue mission and helps nurse an injured manatee back to health. She also learns the center is in desperate need of money. She'll do anything to keep it from closing -- and to save the manatees.

Masks: Sunita (Vet Volunteers #11)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Halloween is coming. Sunita and her fellow Wild at Heart volunteers, Maggie, Brenna, and David are excitedly making plans for their costumes. But when Sunita's cat get's a hold of some yarn by mistake Sunita finds herself questioning just how much animal contact she should have. To take a break from the clinic, she accepts an internship at an animal research lab. Discusses many issues surrounding animal testing in a kid friendly way.

New Beginnings

by Laurie Halse Anderson

An all-new, original book featuring two new Vet Volunteers! Meet Jules and Josh, the new twins in town! While Josh adapts quickly to Ambler, Jules accidentally makes an enemy of Maggie. Hoping a pet will help her feel better, Jules adopts the class rabbit, Chewie, but things go downhill when there are complications with Chewie's spay surgery. With Dr. Mac out on a call, it's up to Jules to work with Maggie to help the rabbit - and maybe even prove that she and Josh are worthy of becoming Vet Volunteers. This brand-new book in the beloved Vet Volunteers series brings all the kids together for another exciting animal adventure!

Prom

by Laurie Halse Anderson

High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing that happens there, and everyone plans to make the most of it--especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee and has prom stars in her eyes. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money and Ash finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance. But she has plenty of help--from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from the principal, from her fellow classmates. And in making the prom happen, Ash learns some surprising things about making her life happen, too.

Say Good-Bye: Zoe (Vet Volunteers #5)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

It's been 3 months since Zoe arrived on her grandmother's doorstep. She's weathered battles with Maggie and even grown to like the animals who visit the clinic -- especially Yum-Yum, a therapy dog. Yum-Yum visits cancer patients at the children's hospital to cheer them up with his tricks. When Dr. Mac discovers Yum-Yum has cancer, Zoe sets out to train her puppy Sneakers to take Yum-Yum's place at the hospital -- but only after having to say goodbye to Yum-Yum.

Speak

by Laurie Halse Anderson

I am clanless. I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoons. I didn't go to the mall, the lake, or the pool, or answer the phone. I have entered high school with the wrong hair, the wrong clothes, the wrong attitude. And I don't have anyone to sit with. From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops-a major infraction in high-school society-so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either-there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to it won't go away, until there is a particular confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silent-she must speak the truth. In this powerful novel, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.

Speak: Platinum Edition

by Laurie Halse Anderson

This special anniversary edition of Anderson's National Book Award-winning novel includes an new Introduction and Afterword by the author, including an interview about her writing practices. Note: Ads for this edition named other end material including a discussion guide and preview of her next book, but the material was not present in the print edition.

Storm Rescue: Sunita (Vet Volunteers #6)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Sunita Patel is book-smart and good with cats. When a hurricane approaches, Sunita realizes that Lucy, a diabetic cat with a broken leg, is in danger, along with her owner, Mrs. Clark. When the vets are called out on emergency, the evacuation starts. Will Sunita be able to save Lucy or will she be a scaredy-cat?

Teacher's Pet: Maggie (Vet Volunteers #7)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Maggie's still getting used to middle school. One of her teachers is, too - Mr. Carlson, her new science teacher, is blind, and is working with a guide dog for the first time. Scout is a love of a German shepherd and really wants to do his job, but Maggie can tell that Mr. Carlson's still having a hard time. Maybe she can help. . . .

Time to Fly: Zoe (Vet Volunteers #10)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Just when Zoe is starting to feel at home in Ambler, Pennsylvania, living with her veterinarian grandmother and learning about a flock of wild parrots, her actress mother arrives to take her to a new home in Los Angeles.

Trapped: Brenna (Vet Volunteers #8)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Someone's been setting animal traps in the nature preserve behind Brenna's house. She and her older brother, Sage, are furious not only is that illegal, it's hurting and killing defenseless animals where they should be safe. They both want to do something, but Brenna's worried that Sage may have some really extreme plans in mind. Can she rein him in?

Treading Water

by Laurie Halse Anderson

When the Vet Volunteers find some abandoned ducklings, they know there's no time to lose. Without a mother, the ducklings must learn to swim on their own. But where did they come from? When Brenna and the rest of the Volunteers learn that the ducklings are abandoned Easter pets, they hatch a plan to educate their community about baby animals--but they also must teach the ducklings to swim before it's too late.

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