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What do baseball, werewolves, and time travel have in common? Cyrus Nygerski knows a thing or two about baseball. But what he doesn't know is that asking Cassandra Paine to a historic 1967 Red Sox-White Sox game will be only the first of several spectacular events of his summer. For one thing, Cassandra is a werewolf and for another, Nygerski is destined to collide with her not once, but twice. Each time, Nygerski discovers, Cassandra's running away from a murder. Cassandra can foresee the future, but she cannot alter the past -- and it is that which freewheels both she and Nygerski into a whirlwind of suspense, baseball, and danger, in an alternate, nonlinear time line that saves Cassandra from her nightmare and hands Nygerski his dream...
High adventure, romance, worldly ambition, and magical power all come into play when three extraordinary young people escape from the Palace of Arvestel and flee on horseback, pursued by the army- and by sinister magic. Tansy, Perrin, and Skir could hardly be more different---a laundry maid, a swordsman, and a young priest-king whose countries are at war. But their frantic escape from Arvestel thrusts them together. Pursued by soldiers and haunted by the witch-woman's sinister magic, they ride for their lives through hostile lands. To survive they must learn to trust each other, strip away the layers of deception that surround Skir, and challenge the tyranny of the witch-woman. But what will happen if all truths are revealed? And will the power of the priest-king be enough to bring peace to the Threelands? This thrilling adventure set within a storm of secrecy takes place within the world of the Chanters of Tremaris series. Picking up 20 years after the last book in the trilogy, in a different country, fans of the series will love it, as well as newcomers looking for strong girls and believable worlds in the style of Tamora Pierce.
Destiny Weller and her twin sister, Livvy, were as close as two sisters could be--until Livvy chose to become a vampire, leaving Destiny behind. Now Destiny will do anything to bring Livvy back to the family. But in Livvy's world of endless darkness, she knows there is only one way she and Destiny can be reunited ---- Destiny must become a vampire too. . . . Which sister will live to see the glow of the next full moon? Whose lips will savor the taste of night? Who will survive? Ages 12+
Thirteen-year-old Caitlin goes camping with her older sister in the woods of northern Minnesota, but she doesn't count on the intrusion of her sister's boyfriend or the ghost of a boy who died in the fire that destroyed the forest a century before.
Answering an advertisement for an artist's assistant involves seventeen-year-old Dickory Dock in several mysteries and their ultimate solutions.
Carolina is a high-school senior who feels she is too smart and mature for small-town Alabama life. Then she meets Mr. Mann, the new language arts teacher who is obsessed with Emily Dickinson. After she makes him feel at ease in his new job, she feels he is worthy of her attention, and the two begin an intense, clandestine affair, which is consummated on her 18th birthday. The love ends devastatingly for the teen when Mr. Mann suddenly dumps her and quickly marries another woman right before graduation. Carolina finally confides in her best friend, Schuyler, and he helps her try to figure out who Mr. Mann is and why he acted as he did. Nelson's writing is wonderfully eloquent and full of poetic references and wry humor, yet the plot and characters are occasionally chaotic. It is difficult to identify with Carolina, who not only thinks she's better than everyone else, but also goes to extreme lengths to seek revenge on her former lover. Mr. Mann is no more sympathetic. As his mystery unravels, readers discover, along with Carolina, how dull he is. Still, the story is juicy and cautionary without being preachy, which gives it wide teen appeal.
In this memoir and call to arms, Erin Gruwell, the dynamic young teacher who nurtured a remarkable group of high school students from Long Beach, California, who called themselves the Freedom Writers, picks up where The Freedom Writers Diary(and the movie The Freedom Writers) end and catches the reader up to where they are today. Teach with Your Heart will include the Freedom Writers' unforgettable trip to Auschwitz, where they met with Holocaust survivors.
Elizabeth Wakefield is surprised and worried when her friend, the pretty, talented Olivia Davidson, develops a crush on the handsome new art teacher. Olivia's friends think she is a little too obsessed with him, but she is convinced that he likes her back and that it's destiny for them.
In 1969, Mark Edmundson was a typical high school senior in working-class Medford, Massachusetts. He loved football, disdained schoolwork, and seemed headed for a factory job in his hometown--until a maverick philosophy teacher turned his life around. When Frank Lears, a small, nervous man wearing a moth-eaten suit, arrived at Medford fresh from Harvard University, his students pegged him as an easy target. Lears was unfazed by their spitballs and classroom antics. He shook things up, trading tired textbooks for Kesey and Camus, and provoking his class with questions about authority, conformity, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. He rearranged seats and joined in a ferocious snowball fight with Edmundson and his football crew. Lears's impassioned attempts to get these kids to think for themselves provided Mark Edmundson with exactly the push he needed to break away from the lockstep life of Medford High. Written with verve and candor, Teacher is Edmundson's heartfelt tribute to the man who changed the course of his life.
"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," says Russell Culver, fifteen, who's raring to light out for the endless skies of the Dakotas to join a team of harvesters working the new 1904 all-steel threshing machines. School's only standing in the way of his Dakota dreams. Maybe now with his teacher in the ground, Hominy Ridge School will shut down for good. No such luck. Russell and his schoolmates-Pearl, Flopears, Little Britches; the whole bunch-are about to be ruled by a new teacher who's Russell's worst nightmare. Despite stolen supplies, rustic vandalism, a blazing boys' privy, and more snakes than you can shake a stick at, the new teacher will keep the school afloat and set Russell on a new course entirely.
School is always fun in Ms. Colman's class! It's the first day of school. All the kids in Ms. Colman's class can't wait. Except Nancy Dawes. Nancy doesn't have a best friend. Her friend Karen Brewer is not in her grade. Nancy doesn't have a pet, either. And Ms. Colman's class is having pet day! Can the kids in Ms. Colman's class help Nancy?
When Salem falls asleep in Sabrina's backpack, he's off on an exciting adventure...a day in high school. At first, he's having fun giving Sabrina hints in history class, eating yummy school food, and getting attention from a cute girl. Until he loses Sabrina in a crowded hallway! Suddenly, Salem's lost and trying to find his way back to Sabrina unless he decides to adopt a new family who will treat him with the full respect he deserves.
Playing favorites ... Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are the best dancers in their ballet class. Both girls want to dance the solo in the upcoming recital. Elizabeth hates to compete with her sister, but Jessica doesn't mind at all. She knows she's a better dancer than her twin. The problem is their ballet teacher. No matter what Jessica does, Madame Andre never notices her. But she's always praising Elizabeth. It's not fair and Jessica isn't going to settle for second best just because her twin sister is the teacher's pet.
The first volume in the Jobs That Matter series, Teachers Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired profiles 18 visually impaired individuals who have successfully fulfilled their dreams of becoming teachers. Included in this volume are educators of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, and geographic locations across the United States, who work in the classroom in ways that are both surprisingly similar and dramatically different from one another. These engaging individuals demonstrate how visually impaired teachers can be effective in their jobs and achieve classroom success and satisfaction. Designed to inspire young people who are blind or visually impaired, their families, and the professionals who work with them about careers that are available, the books in the Jobs That Matter series are meant to expand readers' horizons by showing a wide range of employment possibilities.
There are lives lost in this book, and there are lives saved, too, if salvation means a young man or woman begins to feel deserving of a place on the planet. What could be more soul-satisfying? These are the most influential professionals most of us will ever meet. The effects of their work will last forever. From the foreword by Anna Quindlen: Now depicted in a bestselling book and a feature film, the Freedom Writers phenomenon came about in 1994 when Erin Gruwell stepped into Room 203 and began her first teaching job out of college. Long Beach, California, was still reeling from the deadly violence that erupted during the Rodney King riots, and the kids in Erin's classroom reflected the anger, resentment, and hopelessness of their community. Undaunted, Erin fostered an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, tolerance, and communication, and in the process, she transformed her students' lives, as well as her own. Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers went on to establish the Freedom Writers Foundation to replicate the success of Room 203 and provide all students with hope and opportunities to realize their academic potential. Since then, the foundation has trained more than 150 teachers in the United States and Canada. Teaching Hope unites the voices of these Freedom Writer teachers, who share uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and triumphs of education in all of its forms. Mirroring an academic year, these dispatches from the front lines of education take us from the anticipation of the first day to the disillusionment, challenges, and triumphs of the school year. These are the voices of teachers who persevere in the face of intolerance, rigid administration, and countless other challenges, and continue to reach out and teach those who are deemed unteachable. Their stories inspire everyone to make a difference in the world around them.
Joe's decision to leave home is prompted by despair over his mother's blindness to his younger brother's talents and his older brother's drug addiction.
Ruth Hollis and three friends who love to ride join a Pony Club team in this fast-paced sequel to Fly-by-Night. At fourteen Ruth is the youngest and least experienced member. She must cope not only with her handsome but difficult new pony, Toadhill Flax-bought on an impulse at an auction-but with her parents' disapproval and the discipline of teamwork. Along with the more expert riders on the team-Thea, Peter, and Jonathan, who is the son of the team's indefatigable head- Ruth enters cross-country races and competitive pony shows as she struggles to win her coveted place. Details of the exciting horsey world, which K. M. Peyton knows well, are skillfully interwoven with perceptive insights into the lives of Ruth and her friends as they grow through shared experience. This story will delight young equestrians and prove absorbing for the uninitiated, too. When she is older, Ruth's involvement with fiery Patrick Pennington is described in The Beethoven Medal and Pennington's Heir. In The Team the reader will enjoy seeing her when her main passion was ponies.
Interviews with the actors of the TV program Ghostwriter.
Trying to hold onto the newfound stability of his life in a foster home, thirteen-year-old David worries about the growing moodiness of his guardian Paul and the fluctuating fortunes of his Pony League baseball team.
When two giant draft horses take up residence at Dark Creek Stables, the trouble starts. Fences collapse, Mrs. Bailey can't keep up with the feed bills, and Jessa's pony, Rebel, finds himself out in the cold during the worst blizzard of the century. To make things worse, Jessa and her best friend Cheryl can't seem to get along and a surprise visitor nearly ruins Jessa's Christmas vacation. Will Dark Creek ever be the same again?
Determined to earn the bus fare needed to visit their great-aunt, the Wakefield twin take up dog-sitting and are soon torn between reporting an abused dog and remaining silent -- profitably.
He used to get sick of being teased for his perfect, all-American family. But perfect is boring. Turns out, it's a hundred times better than watching his parents split up.
I AM FEARLESS. I AM NOT AFRAID OF PAIN. . . BUT I CAN STILL FEEL IT.
A vicious evil threatens mankind, and only the dragons can defeat it. With their lives hanging in the balance, Billy and Bonnie lead the dragons into the final battle between the dragons and the slayers.
When Kate's father refers to the beach house as a 'love shack,' he's not so far from the truth. The fact is, everyone's hooking up but are they connecting with the right people, or is it just one big tease?
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