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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.
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.
At the start of the Revolutionary War, Isabel is sold to a cruel loyalist family, even though she has been promised freedom by her former owner. Soon faced with the choice of working for or against the British, Isabel chooses to work with anyone who can help her.
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 After treating an injured greyhound at her grandmother's veterinary clinic, fourteen-year-old Maggie learns about the abuse of greyhounds in the dog-racing industry and vows to put a stop to it.
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.
In 1793 Philadelphia, fourteen-year-old Matilda Cook, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Mac has brought Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe to Florida to visit her friend Gretchen, a marine biologist who runs a manatee rescue center that's in desperate need of money. Brenna's immediately drawn to the endangered, gentle giants, and wants to do whatever she can to help them and the center. But is she causing trouble where she wants to help?
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.
"Miss Crane stole the prom money." "She stole it? How much?" "They're not sure yet. A lot." It took a minute to sink in--our math teacher stole the prom money. Wow. How low could you get? "Hang on," I said. "So you have to cancel the prom?" Junie wailed and buried her head in her arms. "Way to go, Hannigan," Lauren said. "I'm sorry," I said. "Really, I mean it." I had been saying prom was stupid for years, and it still was, but it was different for them. They had been waiting forever for this. Dichelle, she lived with a foster family who had nothing, but everybody had pitched in to buy her a dress. Junie had been dating the same stand-up man, Charles, since freshman year, and he was going into the army right after graduation, and we were all sure he was going to ask her to marry him at prom. Monica, her mom died of cancer last year--if anyone deserved a dance, it was that girl. Prom was stupid for me, but not for them, and I wasn't such a butthead that I couldn't see the difference. But I didn't know what to say or do. "Anybody want a Tastykake?" I asked.
Yum-Yum is an amazing therapy dog. He visits cancer patients at the children's hospital and cheers them up with his tricks. But Dr. Mac has just found a tumor in his mouth and wants to do a biopsy. Cancer? It just can't be! Who will cheer up the kids at the hospital if Yum-Yum has to say good-bye?
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.
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.
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?
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. . . .
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.
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?
David: I've just got to ride that horse. Trickster, I mean. It was love at first sight when I saw him. Mr. Quinn made an emergency stop at the clinic. Trickster's horse trailer had been hit on the highway. Dr. Mac treated his Leg, but he needs time and care before he can run again. Maggie says pigs will fly before I get to ride him, but I have a plan. Since I'm already shoveling manure at Quinn's Stables, I'll watch over Trickster and help him get better. I'll show Mr. Quinn that I'm responsible enough to ride Trickster. Just wait and see.
Tyler, his mother, and sister all live in a house where they walk on egg shells. After being arrested for spray painting his high school in an attempt to lose the feeling of being bullied, Tyler begins to learn what it means to be an adult, and to believe in himself for the first time in his life.
Six years after Cassie and Lia resolved to become the skinniest girls in their school, Cassie dies. Unable to bear the sadness and guilt following Cassie's death, Lia spirals deeper into her own eating disorder. Elijah, the last person to see Cassie alive, helps Lia find the strength to face her own demons and enter recovery.
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