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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.

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.

Catalyst

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Meet Kate Malone-straight A science and math geek, minister's daughter, ace long-distance runner, girlfriend, unwilling family caretaker, 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, like a string of chemical reactions, everything happens: the Malones' neighbors get burned out of their home and move in. Because her father is a Good Man of God (and a Not Very Thoughtful Parent), Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri's adorable, troublemaking little brother. And through it all, she's still waiting to hear from the only college she has applied to: MIT. Kate's life is less and less under control-and then, something happens that blows it all apart, and forces her to examine her life, self, and heart for the first time. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will make you think, laugh, cry, and rejoice-sometimes at the same time.

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

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.

Chains: Seeds of America

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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.

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 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.

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 Laurie Halse Anderson

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.

Fever 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson Lori Earley

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.

Fever 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson Lori Earley

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

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.

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!

Manatee Blues: Brenna (Vet Volunteers #4)

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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?

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

"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.

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 at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from her fellow classmates. And in putting the prom together, Ash learns that she has choices about her life after high school. Prom has everything that award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for-humor, poignancy, teen readers' tough issues dealt with head-on, and a voice teen readers will recognize as their own.

Say Good-Bye

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.

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

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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?

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.

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