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"Piece of cake," states Dave Gilmore, Juli's boyfriend pro tem. "We're called to the witness stand, we tell what we saw, we're out of there." Sounds easy, and the upcoming court appearance has Juli Scott sharpening her pencil. She and friends from her church youth group have been subpoenaed to appear as witnesses in a bank robbery case, an experience Juli regards as nothing more than creating real-life scenes for her mystery stories. But what should be a simple court appearance turns ugly. Doing the right thing sets Juli and her friends up for trouble from an unknown enemy seeking revenge.
Sonya Hartnett's haunting, mythical novel - now in paperback Harper Flute believes that her younger brother Tin, with his uncanny ability to dig, was born to burrow. While their family struggles to survive in a bleak landscape during the Great Depression, the silent and elusive little Tin - "born on a Thursday and so fated to his wanderings" - begins to escape underground, tunneling beneath their tiny shanty. As time passes, Tin becomes a wild thing, leaving his family further and further behind. With exquisite prose, richly drawn characters, and a touch of magical realism, Sonya Hartnett tells a breathtakingly original coming-of-age story through the clear eyes of an observant child. It's an unsentimental portrait of a loving family faced with poverty and heartbreak, entwined with a surreal vision of the enigmatic Tin, disappearing into a mysterious labyrinth that reaches unimaginably far, yet remains hauntingly near. "Will be treasured by teens.... A beautiful and complex coming-of-age story that will burrow into young people's deepest hopes and fears, shining light on the darkest rooms. " - BOOKLIST (starred review)
Imagine having a personal cupid--an actual winged being--pop into your life and offer to make your dreams come true. The catch is he can help you in only one way: artistically, academically, or romantically. That's what happens to aspiring photographer Allison Jean (A. J.) McCreary. A. J. knows she should concentrate on getting into a top-notch art school. But she's spent five torturous months obsessed with handsome hunk, Peter Terris. Just one shot from the cupid's bow and thownk, A. J. will have the undying devotion of handsome Peter...forever.
The reader is taken on a museum tour in New York City, a vacation that is less than exciting until a strange time-travel accident occurs at the Museum of Natural History, in an adventure that asks readers to choose from twenty possible endings.
In this novel of Christmas past and present, 14 year old Marissa, too ill to rise from her bed, feels helpless rage because she must stay with Gran while her family goes to Hawaii for the holidays. Gran, mourning the recent death of her husband, confides an unhappy Christmas she experienced over a half century ago in a hospital in England where she suffered from pneumonia and abandonment by her fiancé. Marissa matures and grows close to her grandmother as she hears Gran's story of how she learned to forgive and embrace the unexpected opportunities God places in her path. Along with a kindly landlady, an overworked pastor, stranded American soldiers and an entire village, she draws upon newfound inner resources of ingenuity, determination and compassion as she joins the struggle to rescue over 300 war orphans. A vivid description of post World War II Britain, and triumph over personal loss, this story will warm your heart and. enhance your spiritual celebration of Christmas.
Finals week is approaching and Mac is still undecided on where to spend the holidays. Normally she'd go home to Scotland, but spending two weeks alone in the castle with her dad isn't as appealing as it used to be. So she invites Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani to join her for the holidays! Mac is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She even decides to organize the traditional Hogmany dance for New Year's Eve. If she can get her mother involved in the dance, maybe her parents will finally get back together. But when Mac and the girls arrive in Scotland, they are faced with bad news: the castle is falling apart and Mac's parents are struggling financially. Not only that, but Shani is in big trouble with Prince Rashid's royal family. Can the girls find a way to celebrate the holidays, get Mac's parents back together, save the castle, and rescue Shani from her relentless pursuers? There's only one way to find out ...
Third Sister in the Tao family, Ailin has watched her two older sisters go through the painful process of having their feet bound. In China in 1911, all the women of good families follow this ancient tradition. But Ailin loves to run away from her governess and play games with her male cousins. Knowing she will never run again once her feet are bound, Ailin rebels and refuses to follow this torturous tradition. As a result, however, the family of her intended husband breaks their marriage agreement. And as she enters adolescence, Ailin finds that her family is no longer willing to support her. Chinese society leaves few options for a single woman of good family, but with a bold conviction and an indomitable spirit, Ailin is determined to forge her own destiny. Her story is a tribute to all those women whose courage created new options for the generations who came after them.
In 1881 London, Sally finds her daughter and possessions assailed by an unknown enemy.
Joyce Sweeney captures the spirit and inner souls of teenagers in this daring novel of familial responsibility and independence. Through his sessions with a therapist, Zack realizes that his mother has been lying to him. His father, whom she said was dead, is very much alive--and Zack must find him.
Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger--a real-life, very large tiger--pacing back and forth in a cage. What's more, on the same extraordinary day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other, and ultimately, to be friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things--like memories, and heartache, and tigers--can't be locked up forever.
A tiger, a monkey, a dragon, and a twelve-year-old Chinese American boy fight to keep a magic talisman out of the hands of an enemy who would use its power to destroy the world.
The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down.
Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them.
An act of arson committed as an anti-gay hate crime affects the lives of several teenagers from a small town.
Brothers Josh and Aaron Peshik are about to discover that their new home with the tilting floors hides many mysteries. When the boys and their neighbor Lola discover the hidden diary of F. T. Tilton, the brilliant but deranged inventor who built the house, they learn a dark secret that may mean disaster for the Peshik family. Can the kids solve the riddles of the tilting house before time runs out? Mad science, mischief, and mishaps combine in the suspenseful and imaginative tale of The Tilting House.
TIM (that's Tyrannosaur: Improved Model), is the product of a top-secret military experiment, and up to now he's been living in a comfy lab beneath London's Trafalgar Square. But his world is about to change. Humanity is facing the greatest threat it has ever known: the brilliant, demented Professor Mallahide and his growing swarm of vicious nanobots. Tim must form an unlikely alliance with fourteen-year-old Chris and his classmate Anna-Professor Mallahide's daughter-to prevent our whole planet from becoming one seething tide of machines. The stage is set for the smackdown of the century. Who will prevail-the awesome, all-consuming Mallahide and his swarm? or TIM, DEFENDER OF THE EARTH!
While her mother undergoes treatment for cancer, thirteen-year-old Ginny is sent to live with her father in England. Once there, she becomes part of an archaeological experiment that investigates life during the iron age.
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett's unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna's life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate--and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together. Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction. "A beautifully written, unique love story." --Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Lovely series. "A warm, time-bending romance... [that] will have readers rooting for the couple that keeps daring fate." -- Publishers Weekly "The story will hold readers with its twists and turns, present and future; its love, sadness, and anger; and especially, its surprising secrets." --Booklist. "Time Between Us is the very best kind of love story --heart-pounding, intense, and unputdownable!" -- Elizabeth Scott, author of Bloom and Perfect You.
From the back of the book: TIME BOMB A TWIST IN TIME...A TWISTED MIND... A TERRIFYING TWIST OF FATE FOR FRANK AND JOE AND TOM! A dream that has long fired the human imagination has become a reality: time travel. But as Tom Swift and the Hardy boys are about to discover, the dream can become a nightmare in the blink of an eye. An attack force of techno-thugs, under the command of the evil genius the Black Dragon, have seized control of a top-secret time-warp trigger! Frank and Joe and Tom leap into battle-shock troops in a war that stretches across the aeons to the edge of time. But whether chasing asteroids or dodging dinosaurs, they know they haven't a moment to lose. They must stop the Dragon before he carries out his final threat: turning the time machine into the ultimate doomsday device! =============== From inside the book: PURPLE HAZE The battle between Swift security forces and the Black Dragon's robots raged, with Tom Swift and the Hardys caught in the middle. "Don't think you've won!" the Black Dragon snarled at them. At the same instant a column of blinding purple light erupted. Frank saw one of the robot attackers hit and incinerated. The pulsing column of light was expanding. Security people and the intruders they'd been fighting moments before now all raced away from the underground complex. As Tom pulled Frank, Joe, and Sandra to shelter, the ground seemed to ripple under their feet. A deafening roar flung them face-first onto the grassy lawn. The air around them seemed to glow purple, then went black. Sandra gasped. "What's going on back there?" "Laws of nature were broken, and anyone too close is being punished for it," Tom said. "Punished with certain death."
Teenagers who have entered this new millennium with visions of what their lives will be like in years to come will be intrigued by these 10 imaginative stories collected and edited by author and editor Donald R. Gallo. Award-winning authors explore a different decade of the 20th century through the eyes of teens with concerns and emotions similar to those of young adults today. Gallo's introduction to each piece will give readers a sense of the many technological advances, as well as the political and cultural changes, that came with each new decade and story. How did young adults cope with so much change, so many opportunities? The stories will inspire teenagers as they experience changes in their own daily lives.
Samantha and Juliana. Sam and Jules--they've been best friends forever. Now, in the summer before their senior year, they're ready for anything! College? Professional dance careers? They'll share the triumphs and face the fears together. But neither of them is prepared for what happens when Jules is diagnosed with an incurable cancer.
"The Time It Never Rained was inspired by actual events, when the longest and most severe drought in living memory pressed ranchers and farmers to the outer limits of courage and endurance." - Elmer Kelton. RioSeco was too small to afford a professional manager for its one-room Chamber of Commerce. And Rio Seco, meaning "dry river" in Spanish, symbolizes the biggest enemy of the ranchers and farmers in 1950s Texas, an enemy they can't control: drought. To cranky Charlie Flagg, an honest, decent rancher, the drought of the early 1950s is a battle that he must fight on his own grounds. Refusing the questionable "assistance" of federal aid programs and their bureaucratic regulations, Charlie and his family struggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again - if it ever rains again. Charlie Flagg, among the strongest of Elmer Kelton's memorable creations, is no pasteboard hero. He is courageous and self-sufficient but as real as his harsh and unforgiving West Texas home country. His battle with an unfathomable foe is the stuff of epics and legends.
The Time traveler invents a machine that takes him from the year 1895 to the year 802,701, and discovers a world that seems perfect. But when he discovers that the people in the future are in danger, will he be able to save them?
From the book jacket: Rocco Makepeace is about to make a very unexpected trip. He will meet people that seem as primitive as any he has read about in history books; people who live in caves, who hunt with bows and arrows, who believe in magic and superstition. Some of those people will become very, very special to him. And because of that, Rocco will have a hard time going home. For Rocco believes that, somehow, he has just been sent on a trip back through time, back to the ancient past. With the help of Ayoshe, the wise woman and healer, he must learn to accept his fate. He must learn to become part of the sometimes savage, sometimes beautiful, and often mysterious culture to which he has been sent. But then Rocco begins to realize that something is wrong-deadly wrong. Ayoshe knows a secret. Rocco must find that secret out. But when he does, it may mean the end of him. And it may mean the end of his world. Compelling and provocative, this powerful first novel by New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan will grip readers in breathless suspense from start to finish.
Glimpses an adolescent's change of values and perceptions during Depression days in Oklahoma, especially regarding hunting, his only way of earning money.
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