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Now that high school is behind them, will Christina and Melanie be able to make the right choices about their futures and still remain friends? They're out of school and Christina and Melanie are taking a year off to make some big decisions. Christina is torn between the exciting life of a jockey and working as a vet, helping the horses she loves. And then there is her horse, Wonder's Star. After all their hard work, can Christina really leave the track - and Star - behind? Melanie's future as a jockey seems clear. But her relationships with the people she loves - especially Christina - are less certain. Christina accuses her cousin of putting her career above everything - and everybody. How can Melanie prove that the people she loves comes first? Ages 9+
In this mischievous and original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales.
Amanda and Danny's babysitter tells them a scary story about a blue monkey that brings a curse to an entire family, but when they find the monkey buried in their backyard they begin to think the curse is now on them.
Time City is built on a patch of time and space outside history. It is full of wonders and haunted by "time ghosts," but it is nearly worn out and doomed to destruction. In September 1939, Vivian Smith is on a train, being evacuated from London, when she is kidnapped by two boys from Time City, Jonathan and Sam. They mistakenly think she is the mysterious Time Lady disguised as a child. Only the Time Lady can wake the founder of the city, Faber John, from his age-long sleep, and only he can save the city. Vivian wants to get home; Jonathan and Sam want her to help them in their quest through the ages of history to save Time City. Meanwhile, someone seems to be tampering with history, changing it over and over, complicating everything. When Faber John is at last aroused, Time City's and Vivian's dilemmas are resolved in ways that are as satisfying as they are unexpected. DIANA WYNNE JONES has been writing outstanding fantasy novels for more than twenty-five years and is one of the most distinguished writers in this field. With unlimited imagination, she combines dazzling plots, an effervescent sense of humor, and emotional truths in stories that delight readers of all ages. Her books, published to international acclaim, have earned a wide array of honors, including two Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Awards and the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award for having made a significant impact on fantasy. Ms. Jones says, "Each time I write a book, I try to say something new, with the result that each book turns out differently from the ones before-which surprises, puzzles, and pleases me in about equal proportions." Her work spans from the epic novels of "The Dalemark Quartet" to the hilarious Chrestomanci books, which include Witch Weekend Charmed Life, to the inventive Dark Lord of Derkholm and its sequel, Year of the Griffin, to individual gems like Dogsbody. Diana Wynne Jones lives in Bristol, England.
Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted Gail Carson Levine weaves a spellbinding tale about a clever heroine, a dragon detective, and a shape-shifting ogre. Newly arrived in the town of Two Castles, Elodie unexpectedly becomes the assistant to a brilliant dragon named Meenore, and together they solve mysteries. Their most important case concerns the town's shape-shifting ogre, Count Jonty Um: Someone is plotting against him. Elodie must disguise herself to discover the source of the threat amid a cast of characters that includes a greedy king, a giddy princess, and a handsome cat trainer. Readers who loved Ella Enchanted and Fairest will delight in this tale of a spirited heroine who finds friendship where she least expects it and discovers that goodness and evil come in all shapes and sizes.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." This famous line is the opening of this retelling of A Tale of Two Cities." Placed in London, England and Paris, France the characters reveal both side of time period that is immediately before and during the start of The French Revolution." Note: a listing of the Cast of Characters is at the end of the book.
In 18th century France, the rich seem to have everything they could ever want, while the poor barely keep from starving. Injustice is commonplace, and discontent and revolution are brewing. . . The hero of this classic tale by Charles Dickens is a young French nobleman known as Charles Darnay. Sickened by the wrongs he sees, he renounces his family and his country, and tries to escape the past by settling in England. But when an old servant pleads for his help, he returns to Paris - only to find himself on trial for his life. Book jacket.
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . . " With these famous words, Charles Dickens plunges the reader into the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, Dickens vividly captures the terror and upheaval of that tumultuous period. At the center is the novel's hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic attorney who, inspired by a woman, makes the supreme sacrifice. One of Dickens's most exciting novels. A Tale of Two Cities is a stirring classic of love, revenge, and redemption. Note: The classic novel has been adapted to utilize shorter sentences and simpler vocabulary. Unusual words are footnoted and defined at the bottom of the pages. There are study questions at the end of the book. Illustrations have been described.
Massie Block has long led the Pretty Committee--through boy drama, clique mutinies, and jealous wannabe attacks--while always in ah-dorable outfits. Over the past thirteen novels, avid fans of Massie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristin, and Claire, have made The Clique one of the premier bestselling series in the world. After the myriad of juicy escapades, the Clique is finally ready for their curtain call. The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is saying goodbye.
When thirteen-year-old Mac Armstrong witnesses newcomer Emily Mungler's stellar lying-to-gain-entry performance during a movie premiere party at the Roosevelt in Hollywood, it dawns on her that her own talent is to discover it in others! So Mac and her BFFs set out to prove it by turning fresh-from- Cedartown-Iowa Emily into a box office bombshell. They'll make deals, throw parties, crush on boys, all on the way to discovering that no matter how famous or important you are, friendship always comes first. Well, almost always.
Nikki Maxwell authors an advice column for the school newspaper in this fifth book of the New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series.<P> Nikki Maxwell develops a sudden interest in student journalism that may or may not (okay, definitely does) have to do with the fact that mean girl Mackenzie has started writing a gossip column. And there just might be some juicy info involving Nikki's crush, Brandon, that Nikki doesn't want Mackenzie reporting to the world. So Nikki joins the school newspaper staff--and ends up as an advice columnist! It's fun at first, answering other kids' letters. But when Miss Know-It-All's inbox is suddenly overflowing with pleas for guidance, Nikki feels in need of some help herself. Fortunately she has BFFs Chloe and Zoey on her side--and at her keyboard!
2 teenagers uncover a plot to rob the tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh.
The book contains 3 tales and 1 play written by Kipling: Toomai of Elephants; White Seal; Mowgli's Brothers; and Tiger, Tiger !
Wednesday, September 5, 1973: The first day of Karl Shoemaker's senior year in stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl's been part of what he calls "the Madman Underground" - a group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl has decided that senior year is going to be different. He is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act - and be - Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has five after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker. .
In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human. This e-boxed set includes Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh & Bone, and the all-new short story "Dead & Gone."
Dahl is a master at introducing readers to a new sense of what lurks beneath the ordinary.
This Intermediate level book is a collection of exciting stories from Colorado's past. Kit Carson, Chief Ouray, and Molly Brown are a few of the unforgettable characters brought to life. The lost gold mine of the Sangre de Cristos and Tommyknockers add a touch of the legendary.
Maggie is running out of time on this earth. And before she can name her successor, she reflects on the incredible, age-old journey that brought her to where she is. As a girl in ancient Athens, her father was a great warrior and leader of men. However, it was Maggie, known then as Penelope, who chose to battle the greatest enemy of all-the Atrox. After seeing an innocent man succumb to the Atrox and his shadowy followers, she takes a vow to help cleanse the world of its evil. But in doing so, she may have to forego the love of the great soldier, Hector, and lose her sister to the dark side.
Kit Webster is hiding a secret. Carma, his best friend, has already figured it out, and pushes him to audition for the high school play, Talk. When he's cast as the male lead, he expects to escape his own life for a while and become a different person. What he gets instead is the role of a lifetime: Kit Webster. In the play, Kit's thrown together with Lindsay Walsh, the female lead and the school's teen queen. Lindsay, tired of the shallow and selfish boys from her usual circle of friends, sees something real in Kit -- and wants it. But Kit's attention is focused on Pablo, another boy in school. The play is controversial; the parents put pressure on the school to shut it down. And when Kit and Lindsay rally to save "Talk", they find themselves deep into a battle for the truth: onstage, and inside themselves.
Genny's parents are fighting . . . again. Her little sister is hiding in the bathroom. Still, Genny is hopeful. Tonight is the night her big brother Larry comes home from the army. Genny is confident that Larry will say exactly the right thing to make the family happy and loving again -- the way they used to be. But when Larry's return doesn't produce the miracle she had counted on, Genny is angry. It takes a sympathetic friend to help her understand that change isn't necessarily bad -- and that families can still love each other, no matter what happens.
An old native American legend tells of an Eagle who was raised as a prairie chicken. He clucked, fluttered and cackled as the other chickens did. This book tells you why you want to be a soaring eagle even when others say you may be a chicken.
Eve is fed up with being labeled 'the pretty one' while her sister's called a genius. Eve's got loads of brilliant ideas. But she lands in trouble while attempting to help the neighbor. Charlie Shepherd is attracted by her intelligence and he keeps romance in back burner. Keeping her creation under wraps is harder than Eve expected. But when a saboteur starts sniffing around her project, she questions everyone around her. Can opposites attract or will they ignite a fire they can't control?
Billie Wind ventures out alone into the Florida Everglades to test the legends of her Indian ancestors and learns the importance of listening to the earth's vital messages.
Hopato is barely 12 when he is thrown alone into the conflicts surrounding European immigrants and Stone Age Native Americans.
Tall Cool One is the fourth novel in this witty series that takes readers behind the scenes of the intoxicating world of Hollywood glitterati. New York blueblood Anna Percy came to L.A. to learn how to have a good time. Now she's surfing Zuma Beach with the industry's hottest young television producer. But duty calls and Anna must jet down to Las Casitas, Mexico, on a secret mission for her uber-powerful businessman father. But it turns out Anna isn't the only one staying at the super-luxury resort with a secret.
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