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When Toby Morton's sister asks him to play hopscotch, he asks if there's a video game version. He hates physical activity, and he especially hates gym class at his New Brunswick school. If the kids on his team in gym tease him for being overweight, he goes out of his way to make sure they lose. So when his new homeroom teacher, Mr. Walker, asks Toby to join the running team, Toby thinks he's crazy. But when his friend Amy suffers a dangerous attack of asthma, Toby is forced to look at exercise in a different light. Walker's Runners is a lively story for young people that introduces the joys of physical fitness, while highlighting the high costs of inactivity.
Matilda Joslyn Gage a famous Womans Rights suffragist also wrote many books, speaches, stories and articles.In the 1800's The Walking Fern, is a short story about two young ladies who go out in search of a rare fern, and meet a strange man with a secret past.
A collection of poems for young adults about new experiences and difficult choices.
It's the first snowfall of winter, and Frank and Joe have built the most awesome snowman. Only one problem: there's a snowman contest in the park, and their snowman is too huge to move. But when the boys wake up the next day, their snowman is missing.
The Depression causes Ruth's dream of college and a teaching career to be no longer certain, but at the same time it enables her to grow as a person as she encounters others in difficult situations.
Twelve-year-old Alfa Merryfield, his older sister, and their grandmother struggle for rent money, food, and their dignity as they participate in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in the summer of 1956. When the three Merryfield's are accused of stealing money, Alfa must search their town in order to find the real thief.
After a surprise attack leaves many of her people dead, fifteen-year-old Walks Alone, an Apache girl wounded in the massacre, struggles to survive and rejoin the refugee band.
Walking her sick grandmother's dog helps an unhappy girl find new meaning and connections.
A few, nicknamed leadfeet, are forced to forever spend their lives closer to the ground. But one night, a girl named Gurl--a leadfoot, an orphan, a nobody--discovers that she can do something much better than fly. She can become invisible. Along with a new friend, a boy named Bug, Gurl begins a quest that takes her on a wild ride through the magical city, all the way to the handsome but lethal Sweetcheeks Grabowski--the gangster who holds the key to Gurl's past ... and the world's future.
Calepino was blessed with good fortune. After his mother died giving birth to him on a slave ship, he was taken in by a wealthy woman who gave him every advantage. Then on his thirteenth birthday, Father Pedro, a devout priest, asks Calepino to assist him with the slaves coming into Cartagena. Soon he's fighting seasickness, living in squalor, and cursing every minute. That all begins to change when he meets Mara and Tomi, a mother and son who remind him of his own past. When Tomi and Mara are sold to a cruel man, Calepino is more determined than ever to find a way to save them. Will this be his chance to change someone else's fortune, or will he put them all in more peril?Richly detailed and researched, Julia Durango's gripping first novel brings to life what it means to be truly free.
While spending the summer at her grandparents' farm, Sarah helps her Grandma and Grandpa stuff old evening clothes with straw and sew buttons onto linen faces. But these are no ordinary scarecrows. Dressed in top hats and tails, ball gowns and gloves, these scarecrows look as if they are ready for a night on the town. And, indeed, they are! Soon, Sarah learns the secret of the annual Harvest Ball and helps bring the legend to life.
The award-winning sequel to Black Ships before Troy includes a map of Odysseus' incredible journey and a pronunciation guide. "Sutcliff's rich, gutsy and often terrifying retelling of The Odyssey is brilliantly matched by the strength of Alan Lee's sinuous drawing." -Guardian.
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something--and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans. . . . This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination inspired great change. Includes an author's note.
Before the spring of 1878, 11-year-old Annabel Lee had never even heard of a wanigan. But she and her mother are now stranded on the small floating cook shack for three months while her father and the other loggers move their timber down the river to the mills at Lake Huron. With a constant threat of forest fires, timber pirates, and log jams, it's a perilous journey, especially for a delicate girl who'd rather read poetry than live in the rough company of loggers. But the Au Sable river and its shores soon reveal their beauties. And by the time the wanigan nears Lake Huron, Annabel can't imagine waking up without a brand-new surprise outside her window each morning.
Alice Robie's father has been murdered, and the police have an e-mail message in which Alice confesses to the crime. When her own mother suspects her, Alice has no choice but to flee in the hope of proving her innocence.
Wanted: dead or alive. Elizabeth and Jessica set off on a road trip to the mountains of Colorado, best Christmas break of their lives. Scott Culver is a guy with a broken car and a face to die for, whom the twins pick up on the side of the road.
Nikki Simon can't believe it! There's a big competition coming up, and suddenly her pairs partner doesn't want to skate with her anymore.
After her mother's death, Jameela's father takes her from her rural Afghan home to war-wracked Kabul, where he abandons her. Delivered to an orphanage, Jameela flourishes, making a family of her own. Readers will sympathize with the main character and rejoice in the story's ultimate outcome. Khan, a Pakistani-born Canadian, bases her novel on an actual child's experience.
It's the summer of 1969. We've just landed on the moon, the Vietnam War is heating up, the Mets are beginning their famous World Series run, and Woodstock is rocking upstate New York. Down in New Jersey, twelve-year-old Brody is mostly concerned with the top ten hits on the radio and how much playing time he'll get on the football team. But when he goes along for the ride to Woodstock with his older brother and sees the mass of humanity there, he starts to wake up to the world around him-a world that could take away the brother he loves.
When Elizabeth takes Jessica's article out at the last minute, Jessica is furious! Jessica and her fellow Unicorns decide to teach Elizabeth a lesson by starting their own paper, The Unicorn News.
A detailed account of the Revolutionary War beginning with its origins in the French and Indian War.
Ryan Taber's father is about to deploy for his first tour of duty with the Canadian army in Afghanistan. Ryan lives his days on an army base in Alberta, and spends his evenings at the CyberKnights cafe, playing his favourite video game, Desert Death. At CyberKnights, Ryan meets the Desert Death ultimate champion and becomes entangled in a world of danger and deceit that begins to resemble the very real circumstances his father is facing overseas.
"Staff Sergeant Chad Malmberg must find a way to save his convoy ambushed by well-armed insurgents. He faces grim odds, because he and his small band of soldiers are outnumbered ten to one... and they're running out of ammo. Five times throughout a fierce firefight, Marine Scout Sniper Scott Montoya spots an injured comrade in the street. And five times Scott disregards his own safety and rushes out into the open, braving enemy fire to rescue each wounded Marine. These and other American heroes risked their lives serving their country in Iraq. You will never forget their incredible true stories." -Back Cover
When Tom builds the marvelous new hyper-drive spacecraft, Exedra, he zooms off to a distant part of the galaxy and a dangerous, challenging adventure. With his friends, Ben and Anita, and his trusty robot, Aristotle, Tom meets a peace-loving but frightened race of insectoids known as the Skree. When Tom Learns that the intelligent Skree are being attacked by a vicious and relentless race of humanoids, the Chutans, he is determined to help them. Tom and his friends face almost certain death as they fight the Chutans to save Earth from destruction!
The world was falling asleep. The pace of it seemed to be quickening, people falling over left and right, sleeping in everything from gutters to pumpkin patches. Nothing would wake them up. Not shaking. Not water. Not even the classic of all wake-up classics-pinching--would make them stir. Things were getting bad.
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