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Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year-old Willow's parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy one sensitive, soulful boy discovers Willow's secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the safe world Willow has created for herself upside down. Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl's struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy's refusal to give up on her.
This inspiring debut novel by a female former professional jockey and horse trainer tells the moving tale of Willow King, a colt born with crooked legs, who is saved from destruction by 13-year-old Katie Durham. Because one of Katie's own legs is shorter than the other, she feels an immediate kinship with the imperfect little colt. With painstaking care, she pulls King through arduous training until he becomes a champion.
1944 Meggie Dillon's life has been turned upside down by World War II. Her older brother Eddie enlisted and was shipped off to fight in Europe. And people say that anywhere else Grandpa would be turned in because he's German, and people might think he's a spy. Is it true? Could Grandpa be taken away? Meggie's father has announced that they must help the war effort and move to Willow Run, Michigan, where he'll work nights in a factory building important war planes that will help fight the enemy in Europe. Willow Run will be the greatest adventure ever, Meggie thinks. There she meets Patches and Harlan, other kids like her whose parents have come here to do their part in the war. And there she faces questions about courage, and what it takes to go into battle, like Eddie, and how to keep hope alive on the home front.
It's 1866, and twelve-year-old Will Scott is not happy to be riding the orphan train. That's because Will's not really an orphan. He has a father -- Jesse, a circus performer. But Jess tells Will that he'll have a better life with a new family out west. Will is placed with the kindly Dr. and Mrs. Wallace. Will assists Dr. Wallace on his rounds of the local farms and finds that he's really good at helping people who are sick or hurt. Still, Will misses his father terribly. Then one night Jesse's circus comes to town, and Will has to make a big decision.
Eleven-year-old Will Pelham's father is the gaoler for the city of Williamsburg. Mr. Pelham took the job only three months ago and Will is still uncomfortable with the prisoners in the cells beneath his family's living quarters.
When Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, there was no doubt in anyone's mind that she was the fastest woman in the world. Yet this amazing runner had spent much of her childhood unable to walk because of polio. Throughout her life, Rudolph never let public racism or personal hardships get in the way of her dreams. Harnessing the same determination that made her a great athlete, Rudolph went on to use her celebrity to help others. In this fast-paced, inspiring biography, author Anne Schraff tells the story of a world-class sports legend who considered her work with young people to be her most important legacy. Book jacket.
It's time for the annual fund-raiser at Seaview Middle School, and Miley's got something to prove. Last year, Amber and Ashley raised the most money. This year, they're already bragging about how they've got the charity drive in the bag. Someone has to dethrone the queens of mean, and Miley and Lilly decide it's up to them. But their door-to-door fund-raising doesn't generate enough money, even when they walk ten Miles, fake six accents, and sing the same song fifty-eight times. Luckily, Miley's got a secret weapon--Hannah Montana! Suddenly, Miley has to decide how far she'll go to win ....
Fourteen-year-old Chris, a poor relation of the wealthy Winchesters, must choose whether to be on the side of management or labor when his classmates' parents go on strike at the Winchester mill in response to a wage cut.
Although they share a love of poetry and problems with their parents, a shy high school senior's attraction to a popular classmate is tempered by her fear of his moody, self-destructive side.
Evil in the form of the Echthroi is spreading throughout the galaxy, but Meg Murry is not involved in the struggle until the Echthroi invade her younger brother, Charles. Through a day and a night of terror, the forces of good and evil fight for Charles' life and the ultimate salvation of mankind. NOTE: This is the sequel to _A Wrinkle in Time_. (Science fiction, Juvenile literature)
KESTREL HATH'S SCHOOLROOM rebellion against the stifling caste system of Aramanth leads to explosive consequences for her and her family: they are relegated to the city's lowest caste and are ostracized. Kestrel herself is doomed to spend the rest of her days in dreaded "Special Teaching" with the creepy, zombielike old children. With nothing left to lose, Kestrel and her twin brother, Bowman, do the unthinkable: they leave the city walls. Their only hope to rescue the rest of their family is to find the key to the wind singer. The wind singer, a long-defunct device in the city's center, was once the source of happiness and harmony in Aramanth. But many generations ago, its key was given to an evil spirit-lord, the Morah, in exchange for calling off the terrible army of Zars. Armed with desperate bravery, wits, and determination, and following an ancient map, Kestrel, Bowman, and a tagalong classmate set off to find the key. Along the way they meet kind allies and terrible foes, but in order to succeed in their quest they must face the most sinister force of all: the powerful Morah.
While learning to sail during a visit to his grandmother's at the Connecticut shore, eleven-year-old Tony becomes excited about the rumors of sunken treasure in the area and starts following a couple who seem to be making a mysterious search for something.
Kelly Conroy is ready for the upcoming softball season. Last year her team almost won the championship. She can't wait to rejoin her team mates and conquer the competition. Then the bomb is dropped - she's been assigned to another team! Further complicating her life, her mum is spending all her free time with some guy Kelly can't stand. And on the field, Kelly finds herself facing a new windmill pitch she can't connect with. Suddenly, the best season of Kelly's life is turning into a nightmare.
When ten-year-old Rayona's Native American mother enters a treatment facility, her estranged father, a black man, finally introduces her to his side of the family, who are not at all what she expected.
After his mother finally convinces the principal of Greenfield Junior High to admit him, twelve-year-old Sam arrives for his first day of school, along with his imaginary friend Winston Churchill, who encourages him to persevere with his cerebral palsy.
Here is the dramatic story of two young girls, Megan and Jen, who meet in first grade and quickly become inseparable friends. Inseparable, that is, until one of them is snatched away by kidnappers as the other young girl watches helplessly. The remaining child grows up with the haunting memory of her friend's abduction... and absence from her life. Then, sixteen years later, the stunning truth of the disappearance is revealed. And once again, lives are changed forever. This wonderful and heartrending second novel endears the reader to every character in this intriguing story. A testament to God's ability to work all things together for good. A smashing follow up to the author's well received first novel, Why the Sky Is Blue.
a young man's Faith is put to the test when a teacher with strange ideas comes to town, bringing his pretty daughter. A story about the bonds of family and the strength of faith and good friends.
A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He's living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he's madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life's complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what's important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. Filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen's experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.
Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful-too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.
There was something different about him, he had no name. He showed no emotion, never yielded. And Griff always stood by him, so when he decided to escape, he took Griff with him. 3rd in a loosely-related series.
Darlene has to prove she's a winner, since her father is a famous person, a football player for the Denver Broncos.
When Kyle fakes a catch, his baseball team goes on to win the league championship but Kyle doesn't feel good about winning by cheating. Includes a section on the sportsmanship of Christy Mathewson, a pitcher who played professional baseball in the early 1900s.
Living in the shadow of a Texas cemetery, twelve-year-old Winnie Grace struggles to keep the Spanish influenza of 1918 from touching her family--her coffin-building father, her troubled mother, and her two baby sisters
Jennie loves training at Richmond Skate, her Calgary figure skating club, but her Olympic dreams always seem impossibly far away. When her coach suggests she's got real talent, however, Jennie's ready to do what it takes to make her dreams real--or so she thinks. Soon she's trying again and again and again to land her double Axel, and sacrificing her social life for the rink. As the cost of skating success becomes higher and higher, Jennie starts to wonder if being a star is worth what she's losing along the way. The Winning Edge is an exciting, fast-moving story about a young skater whose ambitions force her to examine what she values most in life.
The Silver Blades members are excited about coaching the Special Olympics skaters. Nikki and coach Carrie make the best pair skaters. But Nikki seems to be hiding something...
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