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Jane is terrified of the masks hanging along her grandmother's stairwell, and even more scared of the Spirit Man in her grandmother's bathroom. After a week of avoiding him during a summer visit, she finally summons the courage to face him, minutes before leaving for the trip home. But her moment of triumph marks the beginning of a year of trouble for Jane and her family, trouble only Jane (and the Spirit Man) can fix.
The dream was always the same: I was back in Russia. My family was sitting around the Sabbath table: Mama, Papa, baby Hannah and my brothers Lemmel and Shloyme. I was telling a story about America--there were gold streets and chickens roosting in trees. Suddenly, Papa and I were on board a ship sailing far away. Ahead I saw the Statue of Liberty towering over the harbor of New York, but she raised her hand high above her head to stop us. I looked around for Papa. I was all alone.Then I woke up and remembered.Papa and I had arrived at Ellis Island. For three years we had been living on the Lower East Side of New York. Papa worked in a sweatshop earning money to bring over the rest of the family, while I worked after school. I dreamed of the day our family would be together again.And tomorrow, it would finally happen. Would they love America like I did or would they say "a curse on Columbus" because the New World brought them nothing but trouble and hard work?Eve Tal was born in the United States, but lives on Kibbutz Hatzor in Israel. Cursing Columbus is her second young adult historical novel and is the sequel to Double Crossing, which is based on her grandfather's emigration story from the Ukraine.
Hank Zipzer is failing math, so he has to work with Heather Payne, resident class brain, to help get his grades up. At the same time, Hank's school is putting on a production of The King and I. As coincidence would have it, Hank is cast as the King, and Heather as Anna. But when Hank's dad tells him he can only appear in the play if he gets a B on his next math test, Hank knows he has to hit the books. Can Hank pull through in time for the show?
The pressures of being an undercover reporter are getting to Eddie Ventura. No one on his baseball team has realized that he is the anonymous writer behind all the great new coverage their team has been getting from their school newspaper. The only problem is... not everyone is thrilled with the stories, or the uncanny way their secrets are being leaked to the press. Should Eddie quit writing for the school newspaper before his secret is uncovered? .
When Zoey's family changes, she must find a way to stitch it together to be stronger than ever in this sweet new Sew Zoey middle grade book. Includes "Sew Zoey" blog posts and fashion illustrations.When Zoey Webber is invited to be a star contestant on Fashion Showdown Junior, it makes news headlines: She's going to travel the world competing with other young designers...and might even have her own runway show! But there's even bigger news at home: Zoey's aunt Lulu is about to have a baby, and Zoey's dad has finally announced the identity of the mystery woman he's been dating. Zoey isn't sure she's ready for anyone to fill her mom's shoes, even if she is the perfect fit! But in fashion and in life, unexpected twists can turn into something wonderful. When the fabric of her family changes forever, can Zoey make it work?
This book is a collection of twenty stories about legendary American women, drawing from folktales, popular stories, and ballads.
If a classmate sends threatening e-mails to you, do you know what to do? Don't worry if you don't. This book is here to help! Learn tech-savvy ways to keep bullies out of your technology without taking away all the fun!
Young love, told by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Summer of the Swans Simon is in fifth grade, and every time he sees Cybil Ackerman, his heart pounds. Falling in love with her was easy, but winning her is not. Simon's best friend, Tony, is also swooning over Cybil, and he'll stop at nothing to ruin Simon's chances of impressing her. When Simon realizes what Tony is up to, the war is on. . . but only Cybil can decide the outcome. Who will be the lucky winner of Cybil's heart? "Young love, fifth-grade variety, portrayed with warmth and humor and that extra, penetrating touch one expects of Byars. "-Kirkus Reviews An ALA Notable Book .
This new collection of Cynthia Lord's middle grade novels includes RULES, TOUCH BLUE, and HALF A CHANCE. These are stories of family, friendship, and hope.<P> In RULES, all Catherine wants is a "normal" life, and having a brother with autism makes that seem nearly impossible.<P> To save the local schoolhouse in TOUCH BLUE, the town decides to increase the number of students by having several families take in foster children.<P> When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake in HALF A CHANCE, she tries to see her new home through her camera's lens.
In Paris, in the year 1640, a brilliant poet and swordsman named Cyrano de Bergerac finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful, intellectual cousin Roxane.
A lead role means lots of drama in this sparkling story of one tween's efforts to shine in the spotlight. Sunny Kim is done with one-line roles at Carnegie Arts Academy--she's ready for the lead. But even after a summer of studying with an acting coach, Sunny doesn't snag the role of Mary Poppins in her school's upcoming production. Unfortunately, her entire family mistakenly thinks otherwise, including her former-actress mother. Desperate for a solution, Sunny convinces her theater adviser to let her produce a one-woman show. But when the rest of her friends find out--the friends that never seem to make the playbill either--they all want to join in. Before long, Sunny is knee-deep in curtains, catfights, and chorus lines as her one-woman work turns into a staging of the hit musical Wicked. And when a terrible misunderstanding pits the entire cast against Sunny, can the show--and Sunny's future acting career--be saved in time for opening night?
Danita knows that nobody's perfect, but it's never easy to admit that might include your own parents Danita's parents love to remind their daughter that she weighed less than a loaf of bread when she was born, but now that she's almost fourteen and perfectly healthy, Danita really wishes they'd give her some space. Obviously still in love and completely devoted to their family, even Danita's best friend, Laredo, thinks Mr. and Mrs. Merritt are the ideal parents, but Danita can't help wanting them to focus on anything--or anyone--else. Danita's wish is about to come true, but is it more than she bargained for?
Towering across time as the creator of the Mona Lisa, forever famous as a sculptor and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest minds of both the Italian Renaissance and Western civilization. His keen scientific imagination and, most of all, his aesthetic and creative genius have forever changed the course of our culture. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and recent in-depth biographies have stimulated renewed interest in da Vinci and his complex and inquiring intelligence. He is a challenging figure easily defined only by his great works, but this revealing selection of sketches, diagrams, and writings from his notebooks is a beautiful and varied record of da Vinci's theories and observations. They embrace not only art but also architecture, town planning, engineering, naval warfare, music, medicine, mathematics, science, and philosophy. The notebooks-a treasure trove of unparalleled ingenuity, curiosity, and creative energy-have inspired readers for centuries. The Da Vinci Notebooks is the perfect introduction to the mysteries of a master artist.
An orphaned girl named Judy Abbott and an unknown, unseen benefactor who sends her to college and whom she refers to as "Daddy-Long-Legs" are the two principals in this immensely popular modern-day fairy tale. Told through Judy's letters and illustrated by her own quaint drawings, DADDY-LONG-LEGS is a profound and tender homage to the power of awakening love. From the Hardcover edition.
A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month and that she can never know who he is. Judy's life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to 'Daddy-Long-Legs', or wondering who her mysterious benefactor is...
[From the front dust jacket flap:] "How could Daddy be dead? Jessica refuses to believe that her lovable, funny, teddy-bear father could vanish from the world with the speed of a hit-and-run accident. She goes to the funeral and stands by while visitors offer sympathy, but she's convinced that Daddy is still alive. He must be back at the big farmhouse in Oldminesville, from which they just moved. Taking her little brother Tycho with her, Jessica sets out to find her father. As the long trip across the state park wears on, though, she begins to wonder whether this is the right thing to do. But she has to be sure. Where else would Daddy go but back to the house where he grew up, with the climbing tree towering over the yard? In this touching and compassionate story, C.S. Adler evokes the tremendous pain and grief that come with losing a parent, as well as the strong love needed for healing and ultimate acceptance." Look for more books by C. S. Adler, an author who understands how kids feel and handle their good and bad times like: The Lump in the Middle, Tuna Fish Thanksgiving, Willie, The Frog Prince, More Than A Horse, and One Unhappy Horse.
"Mom always said my dad is the devil. I never knew she meant it literally!" All Angel's father (a.k.a. the Devil) wants is to be a part of her life. And in return he has the power to give her anything she wants--including popularity and a date with her long-time crush, Cole Daniels. But Angel will only accept him on her terms: get out of the devil business and leave his special powers out of the equation. Is Angel condemning herself to an eternity of lunch at the losers' table? Or can she and Daddy Dearest strike some kind of deal? Download quiz scoring key
Kitto's adventure continues in the suspenseful sequel to The Dagger Quick, which School Library Journal called a "quest perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike."On the high seas of the Caribbean in the 1600s, a twelve-year-old boy, Kitto, stands wrongly accused of his father's murder and is forced into adulthood too quickly as he tries to prove his innocence. After a brutal shark attack, Kitto must take refuge on a forsaken island that holds a store of valuable nutmeg, with its power to make men as rich as kings. When he encounters the notorious Alexandre Exquemelin, known as X, he discovers a dark secret about his own past and identity. Will the events of Kitto's past determine his fate, or will he have the courage to forge his own destiny? A tale of friends and fiends, good and evil, pirates and predators, and the thrill of the high seas, The Dagger X is an exciting adventure and classic story of the search for manhood and identity.
Kitto's adventure continues in the suspenseful sequel to The Dagger Quick, which School Library Journal called a "quest perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike." On the high seas of the Caribbean in the 1600s, a twelve-year-old boy, Kitto, stands wrongly accused of his father's murder and is forced into adulthood too quickly as he tries to prove his innocence. After a brutal shark attack, Kitto must take refuge on a forsaken island that holds a store of valuable nutmeg, with its power to make men as rich as kings. When he encounters the notorious Alexandre Exquemelin, known as X, he discovers a dark secret about his own past and identity. Will the events of Kitto's past determine his fate, or will he have the courage to forge his own destiny? A tale of friends and fiends, good and evil, pirates and predators, and the thrill of the high seas, The Dagger X is an exciting adventure and classic story of the search for manhood and identity.
This book is divided into 36 weekly sections. Each weekly unit provides daily assessment activities.
In this fascinating biography of Juliette Gordon Low, who loved to be called Daisy, readers will learn about her Civil War childhood, her almost complete hearing loss, and her unhappy married life. Most importantly, they will learn about the sense of purpose that drove Juliette Low to found the Girl Scouts of the United States of America--an organization that helped break down cultural restrictions placed on young girls living in the early 1900s.
When Daisy became student council president, she asked Principal Johnson to let the fourth grade hold a spring dance and he said yes! Now it's time to plan the dance and Daisy needs help. Blanca suggests holding a contest to pick the theme. The contest is a success, but will everyone come together to make it happen? Or will the Spring Dance be a major disaster? Grades 2-5.
Kylie Peterson and Rachel Cohen become fast friends when both are invited to help out with a wedding. Kylie's cousin Jed is marrying Rachel's cousin Davina, and Jed asks the girls to help with the flowers. But of more interest to the girls is the fact that the bride's family is Jewish and the groom is not. This difference in religion leads both Kylie and Rachel to explore their own beliefs. Kylie figures she was born a Christian, like the rest of her family, but she starts to question that assumption as she learns about Davina's faith and belief in Jesus. Meanwhile, Rachel is hurt--did Davina stop being Jewish when she became a Messianic believer? The girls hope to discover the truth for themselves, but what will that mean for their families?"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. " Romans 1:16
Navidad is Daisy's favorite holiday. Daisy is on a mission to get everyone the perfect present. She's written a list and gathered her money. Just when she is ready to buy her presents, the Martinez family gets some bad news. The news and losing the class-door decorating contest gives Daisy the holiday blues! Will Christmas be ruined this year?
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