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A MYSTERIOUS TELEPHONE CALL, AN EARTHQUAKE, JAPANESE FIGHTER PLANES, AND A DEADLY EXPLOSION . . . It was a day unlike any other that four-year-old Annelex Hofstra had ever experienced. It turned her comfortable, carefree world upside-down and forever changed her life. Immediately after invading the island of Java, in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), the Japanese began rounding up all the Dutch citizens, stripping them of all but the barest necessities, and shipping them off to prison camps. Lost Childhood is a vivid real-life account of how a little Dutch girl, along with her mother and grandmother, managed to survive the horrors of life in these camps during World War II. For three and a half years they were treated as less than human by their captors and lived in a state of constant fear--fear of being punished, of being separated from each other, of starvation, and of dying from infection, malaria, or some other dreaded disease. The Allied victory in 1945 opened the prison gates but did nothing to erase the mental and physical damage caused by life in the camps. For 60 years the author has kept her silence, dealing with her past pain by pushing memories of it to the furthest reaches of her mind. Now she wants to share her story not only to honor all who suffered or died in the camps but also to encourage anyone who feels frightened, trapped, abused, or abandoned to never give up hope.
Twins Gus and Leo and their little sister, Ila, live a quiet life in Maine--until their mother falls ill, and it becomes clear her strength is fading because she is protecting them from a terrible evil. Soon the children are swept off to a secret island far in the sea, where they discover a hidden grandmother and powers they never knew they had. Like their mother, they are Folk, creatures who can turn between human and animal forms. Now they must harness their newfound magic for a deeper purpose. The ancient, monstrous King of the Black Lakes will stop at nothing to rise to power, and they are all that stands in his way. Their mother's life hangs in the balance, and the children must battle this beast to the death--despite a dire prophecy that whoever kills him will die. Can Gus, Leo, and Ila overcome this villain? Or has he grown too strong to be defeated? Lost Children of the Far Islands is a story filled with magic, excitement, and the dangers and delights of the sea.From the Hardcover edition.
A tween's foreign exchange experience lands her in London luxury-and some hot water as well! Twelve-year-old Jordan isn't unhappy, but she's definitely bored. So when she gets the chance to take part in a London exchange program, she's thrilled to ditch her small town in Delaware and see the world across the pond. Unfortunately, Jordan's host sister in London, Caroline, isn't exactly enthusiastic about entertaining an American girl. Despite the chilly welcome, Jordan finds herself loving the city and Caroline's group of friends, who are much nicer than Caroline herself. And then a major misstep leaves Jordan and Caroline trapped together overnight-inside Daphne's, the world's largest department store. Given they have complete access to all the fancy shoes, designer dresses, and coolest makeup around, there are worse places to be stuck. But when the girls' fun has not-so-fun consequences, Jordan's wish for excitement abroad turns into a lot more than she ever bargained for. . .
A remarkable adventure by award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby brings a fantastical American West filled with secrets and spies and terrifying creatures to vivid life. In this extraordinary adventure story, Billy Bartram, his father, and a secret society of philosophers and scientists venture into the American wilderness in search of the lost people of the Welsh Prince Madoc, seeking aid in the coming war against the French. Traveling in a flying airship, the members of the expedition find their lives frequently endangered in the untamed American West by terrifying creatures, a party of French soldiers hot on their trail, and the constant threat of traitors and spies. Billy will face hazards greater than he can ever imagine as, together with his father, he gets caught up in the fight for the biggest prize of all: America. THE LOST KINGDOM is an epic journey filled with marvelous exploits, courage and intrigue, and a bold reimagining of a mythical America. Matthew J. Kirby brings his signature storytelling prowess and superb craft to this astonishing story of fathers and sons, the beginnings of a nation, and wonder-filled adventure.
A twelve-year-old describes his nine-day struggles to survive after being separated from his companions in the mountains of Maine in 1939.
All he had was hope.When twelve-year-old Donn Fendler gets tired of waiting for his father and brothers to join him on the summit of Maine's highest peak, he decides to find his own way back to camp. But Donn doesn't expect a fast-moving fog to obscure his path, knocking him completely off course. He doesn't count on falling down an embankment that hides him from sight. And he never could have imagined taking a wrong turn that leaves him alone to wander aimlessly for nearly two weeks in the empty mountain wilderness.A true and inspiring story about a boy's harrowing journey through nature's unforgiving terrain.
A single moment of bad judgement catapults Buffy into an alternate future dimension where vampires reign supreme.
A streak of 2,130 consecutive games played. Several World Series wins--including a four-game sweep. An American League single-season batting record that still stands. And that's only a few of Lou Gehrig's many achievements Though illness sapped his strength, it never killed his spirit. Written by one of America's leading sportswriters, this biography of baseball's "Iron Horse" will inspire and touch kids as it reveals: - Gehrig's childhood gymnastic workouts at a special German gym called a turnverein - How his incredible batting ability turned his high school team into a sensation - His lifelong struggle with shyness - The "Great Home Run Derby" with Babe Ruth--perhaps baseball's most astonishing competition ever - The tragic ailment that ended his career--and life
When Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" was published in 1868 it was an instant success. Louisa drew on her experiences in writing the novel, but there's a lot more to her rags-to-riches story. Louisa came from a family that was poor but freethinking, and she started teaching when she was only seventeen years old. But writing was her passion. This informative biography captures the life of a compassionate woman who left an indelible mark on literature for all ages.
Christmas is the season to rekindle faith, hope, and love. It is a time to enjoy friends and family, to sing carols, to give gifts. All of these joyous and evocative sentiments of the Christmas season are beautifully expressed in the life and writings of Louisa May Alcott. Now for the first time, all of Alcott's Christmas short stories and novellas--some lost to the world of publishing for nearly a century--have been gathered into a single exquisite collection, which is sure to brighten the holidays for book lovers. So slip away to a quiet nook away from the hustle and bustle of the season, cozy up with your cup of hot tea or cocoa, and prepare to have your heart warmed as you are inspired by the unforgettable characters you are about to meet in the nineteen enchanting stories of this delightful treasury.
A young girl's discovery of her cultural heritage helps her lovingly cope with loss in this tender tale from acclaimed authors Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizarreta.Amalia's best friend Martha is moving away, and Amalia is feeling sad and angry. And yet, even when life seems unfair, the loving, wise words of Amalia's abuelita have a way of making everything a little bit brighter. Amalia finds great comfort in times shared with her grandmother: cooking, listening to stories and music, learning, and looking through her treasured box of family cards. But when another loss racks Amalia's life, nothing makes sense anymore. In her sorrow, will Amalia realize just how special she is, even when the ones she loves are no longer near? From leading voices in Hispanic literature, this thoughtful and touching depiction of one girl's transition through loss and love is available in both English and Spanish.
In this touching storybook, Katie experiences her Chinese grandmother's hard life when she spends a day with her at work at a crab cannery. She sees her "GninGnin" laboring from sun up to sundown to earn just enough money for bus fare, dinner, and a bit left over to help her granddaughter go to college. Katie also catches the twinkle in her grandmother's eye and realizes that she has inherited the strength to fulfill the dreams her grandmother has for her.
[From The Back Cover] HE'S THE LOVE OF HER LIFE! Deena's sure she's in love the minute she sees Doyle, a handsome, young reporter who has come to stay at the inn. But does he feel the same about her? When Deena finds a love letter Doyle has dropped, she's positive that he cares. But Deena's bliss turns to fury when she discovers that the letter was meant for "a raven-haired beauty." Who else could it be but her annoying cousin Kathy! No wonder Kathy's been so secretive lately. Deena's not about to give up without a fight--and the Cranberry Inn may never be the same!
Lucie is the middle child in a family that has been devastated by the death of her mother. Struggling to cope without Mum to guide them, Lucie, her brother Hugo, big sister Chloe and Dad are dealing with the emotional fallout of losing someone so close, as well as the practical realities of death - from clearing out a wardrobe to learning to cook. And, as if things weren't tough enough, Lucie is also trying to navigate the challenges of turning eleven: her first kiss is baffling, and her big sister's a total nightmare. How will she cope without Mum there to guide her? A heartbreaking story of love and loss, told through Lucie's own letters that are packed with emotion, humour and, ultimately, hope.
It's February and love is in the air! Everyone in the fourth grade is getting into the Valentine spirit. The kids are making cards, and are ordering personalized candy hearts from Cinnamon's Candy Shop, the new candy store in the mall. But Katie has had enough-she is definitely not into all this mushy gushy stuff! So Katie makes a decision: there'll be no Valentine's Day for her this year. But then Katie turns into Cinnamon, the candy store owner. And the personalized hearts she makes up are. . . well. . . not exactly to order! By doing this, she practically ruins Valentine's Day for everyone. Will Katie have a change of heart and save the day? .
For use in schools and libraries only. Jack hates poetry. But his teacher keeps giving the class poetry assignments, and something amazing happens. The more Jack writes, the more he has something to say.
Alice McKinley is finding that fifth grade is full of mysteries. Mystery #1: Where has her best friend Sarah's family disappeared to? Mystery #2: Why is her father going to a concert with a WOMAN? Mystery #3: Isn't a period what's at the end of a sentence? Mystery #4: How can Lester go to the prom with a broken leg? Mystery #5: How exactly are babies made? Alice isn't too sure about any of these things, but on top of doing her homework, playing with Oatmeal, trying to keep Lester's girlfriends straight, and setting her dad up with the school nurse, she's determined to get to the bottom of them! The last of the prequels to the beloved Alice series, Lovingly Alice lets younger readers get to know the girl everyone wants to be friends with and proves once again that Phyllis Reynolds Naylor understands all the fun of being a girl.
An angry Thimbletack is out to get Jared, knotting his shoelaces together so he falls down and making the tap water burn like fire. It's dangerous to keep Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide, but Jared is afraid they'll need it to know how to deal with the magical creatures who live in and about their house. They've never met their old Aunt Lucinda who lives in a nursing home, but since it was her father who wrote the Field Guide and drew its pictures the 3 children decide their aunt is the only one who can help them. Aunt Lucinda has some sad secrets and the children are shocked to find her life depends on magic and tiny flying beings. They also learn she knows how it feels for a father to suddenly leave his family. In hopes of discovering why Arthur Spiderwick disappeared long ago, Mallory, Simon, and Jared meet more magical creatures including a unicorn. Then one of the twins is captured by elves. Will he be trapped in their realm forever? This is the third exciting Spiderwick fantasy.
Even better, he gets to spend the summer traveling with his father and the CEO/designer/head of the company, a cross between Steve Jobs and Lance Armstrong. Working out all Summer, meeting new people, and growing up makes him come back a different kid- more confident and self-assured. But when all the other kids, especially the girls, start paying attention and treating him differently, he ascribes it all to his cool prototype lucky cap. Flirted with, more popular, invited onto the sports teams- it's all thanks to his Lucky Cap. And when it disappears, Enzo stops at nothing to get it back, so he won't lose his new-found status, only to sabotage himself.
George's father calls the kennel when Lucky attacks visiting great-aunt Octavia's sheepskin coat, and George tries valiantly to retrieve the playful puppy in time for Christmas.
A collection of short stories from favorite authors, all about dogs and the kids who love them. Proceeds will be donated to RedRover, an organization that helps animals in need! This collection is full of heartwarming and hilarious stories about the Pawley Rescue Center, where rescued dogs find their way into hearts and homes. You'll meet Foxtrot, a feisty Pomeranian who can't bear the thought of leaving her best friend. And Beatrice, whose bark is definitely worse than her bite. And then there's Pumpkin, one of the 101 Chihuahuas who turn life at the center upside down. Whether drooling, dueling, or just fooling around, these captivating canines will show you why the dog is kid's best friend! LUCKY DOG features sweet and silly stories about playful pups and the kids who love them by some of your favorite authors: Randi Barrow, Marlane Kennedy, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Kirby Larson, C. Alexander London, Leslie Margolis, Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines Stephens, Ellen Miles, Michael Northrop, Teddy Slater, Tui T. Sutherland, and Allan Woodrow.
Eleven-year-old Lucky adores Miles--a cookie fiend, genius, and the closest she's got to a little brother. But when Miles's mother returns to Hard Pan, Lucky finds herself with a tricky, challenging moral dilemma and no idea what to do about it. She also gets into big-time trouble for starting a fight with an older boy, discovers a relative (and much-needed ally) called Stick, and says the hardest good-bye of her life. Meanwhile, Hard Pan residents join together into an unlikely but determined army, declaring war against the County Health Department, which wants to close Brigitte's Hard Pan Cafe. This final book in the Lucky trilogy continues to explore the vast rocky landscape of the human heart. As always, Lucky is brave and foolish, impulsive and tender, vulnerable and determined--for good.is brave and foolish, impulsive and tender, vulnerable and determined. Ultimately, Lucky forges her own path: Lucky for Good.
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