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The filming for sure-to-be-blockbuster movie Pretty Young Assassins has wrapped, and teen movie star Kaitlin Burke returns to life on the set of primetime drama Family Affair. After ten seasons of filming the hit favorite TV show, Kaitlin would have thought that she could see any curveballs coming, but with a plotting new actress on set, all bets are off. The new diva, Alexis, makes even Kaitlin's long-time nemesis Skye seem like a puppy in comparison. Can Kaitlin keep her sane boyfriend, her insane job, and her composure in the face of this new star power?
Have you tried all the new youth programs? Have you planned one too many wacky activities? Are you frustrated about the size of the youth group? Here's an approach to ministry that takes youth work seriously. Family-based youth ministry is about adults discipling teens one-on-one and in groups. It is about involving not just the nuclear family but the whole church family--from singles to older adults. More important, it's about incorporating youth into the life of your church. So stop worrying about the size of your youth group or your budget. Mark DeVries's refreshing approach to youth ministry will show you how your church can reach today's teens and how you can keep them involved in the life of the church. Whether you are a parent, a youth pastor or a church member who cares about teens, you will find in this book an entirely different approach to youth ministry that will build mature Christian believers.
[from the back cover] "I felt a chill, as if the sun had gone under a cloud. "Dad," I said, "is there any chance you could be transferred again?" There! The awful question had finally been asked. Jennifer does not want to move again! Heidi is the closest friend she's ever had and Chris is a terrific friend, too. She's dated both Matthew and Mack and still can't decide which one she likes the most. She's been chosen to serve on a youth-group committee and invited to work on the school newspaper. She just can't move now! But Jennifer knows that these are selfish reasons for wanting to stay in Pennsylvania. She's known for a long time that her dad has been very unhappy with his job. Transferring again would be awful, but could there be something worse?
Cornelia Greene is fed up with gossip about her mother. Caty Littlefield Greene was once a beautiful young bride who lifted the troops' spirits at Valley Forge, but Cornelia knows that rumors of Caty's past indiscretions hurt Nathanael Greene, Cornelia's adored father. Yet Caty claims that she's just a flirt, and that flirting is a female necessity--a woman's only means of power.Cornelia's concern with her mother's reputation abruptly fades to the background when she learns that Nathanael Greene may not be her father. As she searches for the truth, she makes unexpected discoveries that lead her to a new understanding of love and family.
Finances are tight for the Hitchcock family this year, which means no summer vacation! But siblings Maddy and Benji are secretly delighted to escape the annual torturous ritual of family bonding. Then Dad announces big news: a cost-effective weeklong house swap in Paris, trading places with a French family named the Vadims. But instead of a relaxing European vacation, it quickly becomes clear that something is very off about this house swap. The facts about the Vadims don't quite add up. Then threatening characters start showing up, demanding a mysterious object. Soon the Hitchcocks are caught in a whirl of intrigue and running for their lives through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris, without even knowing why. Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, a Hollywood writer-director-producer team, make their children's book debut with this hilarious, actionpacked caper.
Known for his "cunning, dismaying and beautifully conceived" fiction (New York Times), Akhil Sharma delivers a story of astonishing intensity and emotional precision. Growing up in Delhi in 1978, eight-year-old Ajay Mishra and his older brother Birju play cricket on the streets, eagerly waiting for the day they can join their father in America. America to the Mishras is, indeed, everything they could have imagined and more--until tragedy strikes. Young Ajay prays to a God he envisions as Superman, searching for direction amid the ruins of his family's new life. Heart-wrenching and darkly funny, Family Life is a universal story of a boy torn between duty and his own survival. A New York Times "Notable Book" for 2014.
These thirteen charming short stories will not only encourage kids to become regular readers, but will also draw them to explore what really matters. These stories are guaranteed to invite enjoyable family discussions about the ordinary frustrations of growing up. Topics include: generosity, patience, dealing with loss, handling worry, and the many joys of life.
Sometimes Abby thinks the most important event in her life happened before she was even born Abby's not dying; in fact she's perfectly healthy. If she were dead, maybe her father would grieve for her the way he's still grieving for Johnny, who would have been Abby's older brother if he hadn't died when he was only two. Probably not though. The only time her dad even notices her is when he's pushing her into an Ivy League college. And now that Abby's oldest sister, Jocelyn, has left for med school, and Jess, the middle sister, has run away to pursue a major in drug and alcohol addiction, her mom is rarely home. Living among strangers, Abby writes letters and makes up imaginary dialogues with a boy that she's too shy to approach. And she draws up her will over and over, trying to decide who should inherit her teddy bears and who should get all the guilt and recrimination that have accumulated in her family. Left alone--as always--Abby figures her choices are to be physically dead, emotionally dead, or really alive. But living means shaking things up, taking chances, and saying all those things her family would rather keep covered up. It might not end well, but what does she have to lose?
This book is the story of a runaway boy named David and Paul, the bellboy who finds him hiding in a hotel.
When the invitation to the Preffyn family reunion arrives interrupting a perfectly decent summer vacation, 15-year-old Shelley Wollcott is anything but enthusiastic. It's not that Shelley has anything against her relatives, she just can't stand it when they give her that "what a pity" look. It's not her fault that her real mother walked out on the family or that her father has remarried yet again. With Dad away on business and her older sister visiting their mother in Paris, Shelley must face the "perfect" Preffyns' reunion with only her prankster younger brother and her insecure new stepmother at her side. It's an opportunity to uncover the family's secrets, but Shelley isn't sure whether, when she discovers the truth, she'll laugh or cry. In this funny and poignant novel by Caroline B. Cooney, Shelley learns to appreciate all the members of her unusual family--including herself!--in ways she never anticipated. And she discovers things are often not as perfect as they seem.
"Marrying the intimate family portrait of Heiligman's Charles and Emma with the politics and intrigue of Sheinkin's Bomb, Fleming has outdone herself with this riveting work of narrative nonfiction that appeals to the imagination as much as the intellect." --The Horn Book, StarredFrom the acclaimed author of Amelia Lost and The Lincolns comes a heartrending narrative nonfiction page-turner--and a perfect resource for meeting Common Core standards. When Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew into the Russian Revolution.Deftly maneuvering between the lives of the Romanovs and the plight of Russia's peasants and urban workers--and their eventual uprising--Fleming offers up a fascinating portrait, complete with inserts featuring period photographs and compelling primary-source material that brings it all to life."An exhilarating narrative history of a doomed and clueless family and empire." --Jim Murphy, author of Newbery Honor Books An American Plague and The Great Fire"For readers who regard history as dull, Fleming's extraordinary book is proof positive that, on the contrary, it is endlessly fascinating, absorbing as any novel, and the stuff of an altogether memorable reading experience." --Booklist, Starred<P><P> Winner of the Sibert Honor
[From The Back Cover] "Aren't rules made to be broken? Randy can't believe it when her mother starts setting up house rules. What happened to the coolest, hippest mom in America? To make matters worse, when Randy's friend Sheck comes to visit, he thinks the rules are just fine." Once you get to know Sabrina, Allison, Katie and Randy you'll want to get in on all of their girl talk. There are more than 30 more books in the Girl Talk series in the Bookshare Collection so you can read them all starting from the beginning with book #1, Welcome to Junior High.
Peter and Leslie, high school seniors who are lovers, have to make some adjustments when Peter's father and Leslie's mother marry, making them stepbrother and stepsister.
Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are over the moon that they're cousin Kelly Bates is coming to Sweet Valley. Then she starts going out with Kirk... the Jerk... that makes her realize that there really are some things that even she doesn't know about her dad...
Family fun takes center stage in three-time Newbery Honor winner Gary Paulsen's hilarious novel for middle-school boys. Kevin Spencer is the glue that holds his family together. When his wacky relatives decide to have a double wedding in the backyard, Kevin takes charge. Planning two weddings is a great way to impress his girlfriend, Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful and Best-Smelling Girl in the World. But as more and more relatives come to stay, things spiral out of control. Tying the knot has Kevin tied up in knots in this laugh-out-loud story. "When it comes to telling funny stories about boys, no one surpasses Paulsen."--Booklist "[Paulsen is] one of the best-loved writers alive."--The New York TimesFrom the Hardcover edition.
When Alex gets accepted into Nu Alpha Mu, the college's high-powered business-major fraternity, he's walking on air. Mallory and Jennifer couldn't care less. Steven and Elyse are less than thrilled. And his girlfriend Ellen hopes that business fever and beautiful Nan Winters won't put their romance in the deep freeze. But when Alex decides to put theory into practice by investing in a hairdresser's shop in the local mall, he really gets the business ... and a hilarious lesson he won't soon forget! Family Ties is consistently one of America's top-rated, critically acclaimed television series. Now join your favorite characters in an all-new adventure as delightful as the hit show itself! ALEX GETS THE BUSINESS Based on the Paramount Television Series FAMILY TIES Created by Gary David Goldberg
Four generations. Four girls. One family. An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin. In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas. But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best? In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time and shows readers the way a family grows.
Four girls. Four generations. One family. The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin. Dana is Abby's daughter -- but she's always been much closer to her father, Zander. He's a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana's artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is on his side in any argument, regardless of whether he's wrong. And then her father dies. After years of moving, often with her mother and three siblings, Dana is angry at Abby, and wants nothing more than to leave her family and get back to New York City. She moves in with her young, bohemian aunt Adele, determined to study art, attend school, achieve independence, and avoid all the mistakes her mother made. But can she leave her family and Maine behind?
Far and near. Lost and found. Four girls. Four generations. Georgia cannot figure out what's going on in her family. Her mother, Francie, is extremely overprotective. Her grandmother, Dana, and her great-grandmother, Abby, don't speak to each other. And Georgia's great-great-grandmother also had some secrets that nobody else knows about. Georgia knows this because she's found her great-great grandmother's diary hidden in a wall in the family's house in Maine. Reading the diary makes her think of her own struggles - and draws her even closer to the mysteries of her family as Abby's hundredth birthday approaches. HOME IS THE PLACE is the heartfelt, remarkable conclusion to Ann M. Martin's Family Tree series, which has followed Abby, Dana, Francie, and now Georgia from girlhood to womanhood, showing readers the intertwining, extraordinary ways we grow up.
Four girls. Four generations. One family. The third installment of the exquisite new series from Newbery Honor winner Ann M. Martin follows Francie, Dana's daughter, to Princeton, NJ, in the 1980s.
Fame. Fortune. Friendship. Two out of three isn't bad. . . At prestigious Pace Academy, the Pacesetters make the rules. But in the world outside, being rich and popular doesn't always get you what you want. . . . Starr has ambition, charisma and-thanks to her father's record company-all the connections to get her group major exposure. Just one problem: Starr can't sing, and now her friends are looking to replace her with her archrival, Natalee. Dionne is excited about being the rapper of the group-even if her parents don't approve. But it's hard to focus on her rhymes when there is too much drama at home. Marisol loves the stage, though it's dancing, not singing, that's in her blood. She'd do anything for her friends-except give up her own shot at stardom. With ego trippin' and infighting tearing their friendship apart, Starr, Dionne and Marisol are finding that the big time comes with even bigger problems. . . .
The new exchange student means serious competition for Lauren and her friends--because at Canterwood Crest, only one rider can be at the top.Rankings on Canterwood's intermediate team are falling into place--in Lauren's favor. Then blond, beautiful foreign exchange student Carina arrives. The new girl puts on a million-watt smile, but it doesn't dazzle LT. Carina is out to show Canterwood students just how riders from her home country of Sweden take the arena. And with a local show on the horizon, Carina's especially ready to impress--which means Lauren and her friends better be especially ready to represent, because Carina's in place to steal the spotlight.
All Jamie Gordon wants to do is to take pictures of celebrities...and maybe to become famous herself. She's only fourteen, but already her work is sought after by fanzines and websites, and she's invited to all the best parties. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: She has been invited to spend a week with Willow Twine, taking pictures of the teen superstar's new chaste life. But when Jamie gets her hands on some sensational shots of Willow, she's suddenly in over her head. The pictures could make her career--and destroy Willow's. It seems like everyone's eager to get their hands on the photos, and Jamie has to decide what she really wants...and what she's willing to pay to get it.
A Mexican-American boy has a rough time on the Los Angeles streets, but is determined to make a better life for himself.
This audio item features two Famous Five adventures stories, fully dramatised with music and sound effects.
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