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This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression.
It is tradition for boys to become wringers for the town's Pigeon Day where sharpshooters come to compete every year. Palmer will become a wringer when he turns ten. Because of this, Palmer dreads his tenth birthday.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.
This year, as in other years, Lily has planned a spectacular summer in Rockaway, in her family's cozy house on stilts over the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost everyone's life.
How had Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team?
A big mystery surrounds Woodrow's family. His mother, Belle Prater, simply disappeared, and no one knows why. So when he goes to live next door to his cousin, Gypsy, she finds that the two of them have a lot to sort out together. Soon they become best friends and join forces on a quest that sends out plenty of ripples through the local community.
"I can steal anything." So declares Gen, the hero of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief--an exciting adventure fantasy set in a mythical land rich with intrigue. Gen's bragging lands him in prison... but then the king's magus needs the thief's skill for a near-impossible task: to steal a priceless magical jewel from a faraway land.
A GIRL NAMED DISASTER is the humorous and heartwrenching story of young girl who discovers her own courage and strength when she makes the dangerous journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe.
The child of a fairy folk mother and human father, Moql doesn't fit into either of their worlds. First raised by the fairies, she's exchanged for a human baby and starts life almost all over again, with a new name and only the faintest knowledge of her origins.
From the author of "Catherine, Called Birdy" comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice.
When Jamie saw him throw the baby, saw Van throw the little baby, saw Van throw his little sister Nin, then they moved out. They move into a little trailer and things are fine... as long as no one gets too close.
A vertible cinematic account of the catastrophe that decimated much of Chicago in 1871, forcing more than 100,000 people from their homes.
A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan.
After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared.
The future world of Zimbabwe depends on Africa's most unusual detectives: the Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, to find the General's three missing children.
The 13-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married. A Newbery Honor Book.
This haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.
Leslie Jane Conly's Newbery Honor winner is a heart-warming tale of how one boy's view of the world is Increasingly alienated from his widowed father, Vernon joins his friends in ridiculing the neighborhood outcasts, Maxine, an alcoholic prone to outrageous behavior, and Ronald, her retarded son. But when a social service agency tries to put Ronald into a special home, Vernon fights against the move..
Sailing to California, fourteen-year-old Otter leaves China to meet his father and legendary uncle on the transcontinental railroad, an adventure that challenges his survival on the mountains of the Sierras.
Biography of of the first wife of a president to have a public life and career of her own.
When May dies suddenly while gardening, Summer assumes she'll never see her beloved aunt again. But then Summer's Uncle Ob claims that May is on her way back--she has sent a sign from the spirit world...
Jimmy is 14, living in Harlem, and holding his own in a pretty tough world. But things get tougher when his father Crab shows up, after being gone 9 years.
Four interrelated stories focus on Asa's keen intelligence and ability for forgiveness in the face of his mother's emotional instability and his own unsettled life.
In that special half-hour of twilight--the dark-thirty--there are stories to be told...