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Praise for Good Sports:"Never patronizing, [Stout] captures both grit and glory." --Kirkus Reviews Many of the baseball greats overcame huge challenges to be sports heroes--here are five inspiring stories of men who did just that. Baseball is considered America's pastime, but not all players grew up living the American dream. Babe Ruth, Jim Peirsall, Torii Hunter, Ron LeFlore, and Joe Torre sure didn't. Poverty, abuse, and addiction are a few of the issues they had to deal with as kids, but they turned their lives around to play the game they loved.
Can't wait to read We Can Work It Out? Return to the world of Penny Lane Bloom with three all new e-book short stories that pick up right where The Lonely Hearts Club left off! Four months ago, Penny Lane Bloom was heartbroken over a guy, had only a small handful of close friends, and was sure that, somehow, this year was going to be different. Four months later, everything has changed. Penny's gone from a few friends to a huge group of girls who all have each other's backs, from a guy who thought nothing of cheating to a total sweetheart, and from the idea for The Lonely Hearts Club to a full-scale girls-rock revolution. Just think how much more she'll be able to accomplish by the end of the school year! And it's the holidays, which means Penny has two blissful weeks to spend eating cheese fries with her girls and kissing Ryan. The only thing she still has to do is survive Christmas with her family. Don't miss all three e-shorts from romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg. Each one contains a sneak peek at an excerpt from her return to the world of the LHC, We Can Work It Out!
After an explosion, a new crime by an old crook, and the sad passing of the founder of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack accompanies his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws.
Presents brief biographies of the enterprising individuals who started such companies as HP, Apple computers, Sears, The Wall Street Journal, J.C. Penney, Hershey's chocolate, Marriott and Procter & Gamble.
Inventions, spells, and bullies-oh my!It all begins when Chet's favorite teacher is fired, only to be replaced by the mechanical invention of Dr. Tanya Lightov-a mysterious Russian scientist.Suddenly, the school seems possessed by forces that are upsetting the natural order of things: Kindergartners are beating up sixth graders; teachers' pets are talking back; and worst of all, Chet's faithful partner and best friend, Natalie Attired, has abandoned him in his hour of need.Will Chet be able to restore his friendship with Natalie and bring Emerson Hicky back to normal? One thing's for certain: The crazy, mixed-up mastermind behind this case will be the last creature anyone expects.
The Boxcar Children see the sights in beautiful cities from coast to coast (and in between) and solve a mystery at every destination! Includes three Boxcar Children Mysteries: Special #13 The Mystery in New York, Special #10 The Windy City Mystery, and #57 The Mystery in San Francisco.
"From Slave Ship to Freedom Road" presents the story of slavery from its beginnings on the infamous ships of the Middle Passage to the enslaved Africans and their descendants.
During the Civil War, African Americans struggled to be accepted as soldiers. From Slave to Soldier is fiction, but it is based on the true story of a boy named John McCline, who was enslaved on a Tennessee plantation until the age of eleven. One day in 1862 he ran away and joined a passing group of Union soldiers in the Thirteenth Michigan Infantry Regiment. Young John became a mule-team driver's helper in the Union army until the end of the Civil War. After the war John went to school and worked in hotels. In 1892 he went to work for the family of Herbert Hagerman and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Around 1930 McCline showed his handwritten memoir of his early years to Hagerman, who typed it and wrote an introduction. Although it did not become a book during McCline's life, the typed copy was kept in his family and published by the University of Tennessee Press in 1998. McCline married at age eighty-six and died in 1948, when he was about ninety-five. This story is based on McCline's memory of driving a wagon alone to bring supplies to the battlefield. Years after his war experiences McCline remembered the names of all his mules, and they have not been changed in this story. Many blacks in the Union army were not treated as kindly as young McCline was. But John McCline's incredible memory for detail helps us better understand what life was like for one boy who went from being "a slave to a soldier."
"My name is Safia Dirie. My family has always been my mum, Hoyo, and my two older brothers, Ahmed and Abdullahi. I don't really remember Somalia -- I'm an East London girl, through and through. But now Abo, my father, is coming from Somalia to live with us, after 12 long years. How am I going to cope?" Safia knows that there will be changes ahead but nothing has prepared her for the reality of dealing with Abo's cultural expectations, her favorite brother Ahmed's wild ways, and the temptation of her cousin Firdous's party-girl lifestyle. Safia must come to terms with who she is-- as a Muslim, as a teenager, as a poet, as a friend, but most of as a daughter to a father she has never known. Safia must find her own place in the world, so both father and daughter can start to build the relationship they both long for.
The Dragon Keeper series bridges the gap between Magic Tree House Merlin Missions and Harry Potter.An original short story (only available electronically!) adds background information to the newest book in this magical middle grade adventure series. It's an exciting adventure featuring Emmy's parents and the origins of the second dragon egg that appears in The Dragon in the Sea (Dragon Keepers #5).Praise for The Dragon in the Sock Drawer:"Funny and wonderfully written--a tall-tale adventure sure to grab young readers."--Mary Pope Osborne"This novel, with its unique and modern twists, is a great addition to the dragon genre for younger readers."--School Library Journal
A horse is a horse.... Staying on a horse is hard, and learning to ride is even harder. Especially when, for her Phys Ed beginner equitation class, Sabrina is assigned to ride a cranky and lame critter. His name? Mission Impossible. Uh-oh. If Sabrina can't learn basic horsemanship in the next two weeks, snobby classmate Debra will snicker, and worse, Sabrina's horse might be sold to a run-down rental stable. There's no time for horsing around. Looks like this might be an impossible mission for Sabrina, until Mission Impossible starts talking!
When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn't just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere -- to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. <P><P> She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing that her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. <P> Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn't it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.<P> Newbery Medal Winner
Three-time Newbery Honor author Jacqualine Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narratorMelanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it's hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot--they're about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she's gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren't hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him--is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family?
Three-time Newbery Honor author Jacqualine Woodson explores race and sexuality through the eyes of a compelling narrator<P> Melanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it's hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot--they're about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she's gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren't hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him--is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family?
Each book in The Moment of Truth trilogy is told from the perspective of former best friends Lyla, Aven, and Quinn. When they were freshman, they wrote emails to themselves about one thing they hoped to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, which takes place on their senior trip, each girl tackles that email all while learning about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.In the final book, Aven must decide if, when it comes to deciding between friendship and true love, she is able to listen to her heart. For the past four years she has shared everything with her best friend, Liam . . . except for the secret she knows would ruin their friendship. The one about how she's loved him since the first time they met.But now everything is about to change.With the end of high school drawing near, and the seniors headed to Florida for a class trip, Aven is determined to tell Liam the truth. Even though he already has a girlfriend. Even though Aven's finally met a great guy who likes her back. Even though Liam reciprocating her feelings is as terrifying as him rejecting her. Because no matter what he says, Aven knows that once the truth is out, things will never be the same.
Shelley Nixon loves to laugh, to write stories and poetry, and to challenge herself. In this heartfelt autobiography, she tells readers how she does all this while confined to a wheelchair and living with all the other challenges of cerebral palsy. She writes about her experiences with cerebral palsy from a medical, emotional, and social point of view. Through this book, she hopes that people without obvious physical disabilities will come to learn how to see people with physical disabilities as people firstly and as disabled secondly. Because Shelly chooses to share her poetry and other writings with her readership, the reader comes to view her as a creative person with universal feelings and experiences that often transcend her disability. This book is easy for children to read, and understand, and reading it will help adults learn about how a person with a disability thinks and feels.
Sixteen-year-old Kara is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle--if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California. Kara can no longer stand the home where her family lived, laughed, and ultimately imploded after her mean-spirited big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Kara's dad has since fled, and her mom has turned from a high-powered attorney into a nutty holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist peddling "Soul Soup" in the family café. All Kara has left are memories of better times.But the past holds many secrets, and they come to light as Kara faces an anonymous terror: Someone is leaving her handwritten notes. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what she's doing. As the notes lead her to piece together the events that preceded Kellen's terrible, life-changing betrayal years before, she starts to catch glimpses of her dead sister: an unwelcome ghost in filthy Ugg boots. If Kara doesn't figure out who her stalker is, and soon, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she's beginning to love and trust. Even her life.From the Hardcover edition.
It's a surprising, sparkling summer for Willa! It's August on Cape Cod and Willa has a lot to look forward to. Soon, JFK will return home from baseball camp, and Willa has an idea for an exciting new project that will challenge her to dream big! But life throws Willa some unexpected twists and turns: Ruby has bad news, a beloved friend leaves, a dear friend returns, her brother Will has something he does't want to talk about, and of course, there's a wedding to plan! There's also a cute boy who likes Willa . . . a lot, and Willa thinks she might like him too. It's a summer full of romance and surprises!
After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I'm always in the background . . .But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who's keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . . Readers first fell in love with straight-talking D. J. Schwenk in Dairy Queen; they followed her ups and downs both on and off the court in The Off Season. Now D. J.steps out from behind the free-throw line in this final installment of the Dairy Queen trilogy.
Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families--to go to war.These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.
Twelve-year-old Delilah James is one of the top reporters at Brighton Junior Academy and dreams of becoming a Junior Global Journalist. But when an international rival named Ava invades her newsroom and takes over her crush, Delilah finds an unlikely ally in the Debutantes - a.k.a. the Little Debbies.
Twelve-year-old Margie Carson loves hearing stories. And her daddy loves to tell them. One hot summer night Daddy, Margie, and her seven-year-old cousin Ethel troop over to the old one-room school for a round of special storytelling. Daddy tells the girls about the time Aunt Daisy was chased by a scary, eight-foot-tall shadow one Sunday night in her backyard... about the flood that nearly washed away the whole town and left a catfish on a neighbor's pillow... stories about rocks that bite and walnut wars... stories about Mary McLeod Bethune and the time Eleanor Roosevelt came to town... ten wonderful stories in all.
As punishment for his poor judgment, a young, inexperienced Roman army officer is sent to Northern England to assume the command of a motley group known as the Frontier Wolves.
Leena Thomas's senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends chose to live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate-confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. What Celeste lacks in social grace, however, her brother, David, a recent transfer student, makes up for in good looks and charm. But while he and Leena hit it off immediately, Leena finds herself struggling to balance her growing attraction with her fear of getting hurt. As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House-frames mys-teriously falling off walls, doors locking by themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And while Leena tries to play peacekeeper between her best friends and new roommate, soon the mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena's own mind . . . or in Frost House itself? Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense from debut author Marianna Baer.
The final fantasy adventure in the riveting Navigator trilogy. Twice the evil Harsh have tried to destroy time, and twice Owen and the Resisters have stopped them. InCity of Time,Owen, the brave Navigator, killed the Harsh king, and now the Harsh are hungry for revenge. Their massive fleet is ready to hunt down the wily Navigator. In this third and final book, the Navigator and his friends face their toughest battle yet. As Owen searches for a way to overcome the Harsh once and for all, he sails the seas of time, encountering marvelous creatures, pirates-and grave danger. Every turn in his journey takes him further back through the years, closer to his father and grandfather, who spent their lives trying to unlock the secret to defeating the Harsh. But it is Owen who discovers that the mysterious Frost Child holds the key. The Frost Childis full of memorable characters, surprises and inventions, and exciting battles. With handsome illustrations by Jon Goodell, this book is a dazzling conclusion to a thrilling story.