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"I LOVED it...sweet, sensitive, and delicious!"--Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies WANTED: Maid for the most popular kids in 8th grade. Cleaning up after the in-crowd gets Rachel all the best dirt. Rachel can't believe she has to give up her Saturdays to scrubbing other people's toilets. So. Gross. But she kinda, sorta stole $287.22 from her college fund that she's got to pay back ASAP or her mom will ground her for life. Which is even worse than working for her mother's new cleaning business. Maybe. After all, becoming a maid is definitely not going to help her already loserish reputation. But Rachel picks up more than smell socks on the job. As maid to some of the most popular kids in school, Rachel suddenly has all the dirt on the 8th grade in-crowd. Her formerly boring diary is now filled with juicy secrets. And when her crush offers to pay her to spy on his girlfriend, Rachel has to decide if she's willing to get her hands dirty...
This collection of original poems will knock your socks off, and Lesynski has just the poem for that event: Sock Fluff. Her poetry is an invitation to be witty, expressive and creative, and her words demonstrate just how much fun poetry and everyday life can be.
Just in case your memory's as short as a South Carolina snowstorm, I'm Abbey Force, and my best friend, Bee, and I spent the last few months solving this crazy mystery involving robbery, betrayal, and a lost chest of Spanish gold. We also managed to clear my dad of the crimes everyone thought he committed (even though he still hadn't woken up from his coma). Not too shabby for a summer vacation.Now school's about to begin again, but that isn't even close to the most distressing thing happening around here. First, my dad woke up, which is great, but he somehow got it into his head that he needs to start taking cases again. Then me and Bee saw something simply awful: our neighbor's dog, Yemassee, getting kidnapped by a couple of rough-looking fellas with guns. And as if that weren't enough, we just found out that someone Daddy sued years ago is back in town, making shady business deals again.I don't know what all of this means, not yet. But I do know that if you try to mess with my dad, my friends, or my friends' dogs, you've got trouble on your hands. Trouble that goes by the name of Force.
When supersleuth Herculeah Jones buys a second-hand camera, little does she suspect that it holds the answer to a mystery she's literally grown up with -- a mystery that began the day her best friend's father disappeared. Before Herculeah can try to reunite her bumbling sidekick with his dad, Meat himself will need her help in solving another baffling mystery: who is the dead woman he finds in the men's bathroom at the Funny Bonz comedy club? And how can he find her killer -- after he loses the body? Even as Herculeah and Meat hone in on a suspect, the killer is planning a little joke for Meat -- and the punchline is to die for. . . "(O)ffers genre fans genuine suspense as well as some laugh-out-loud comedy". -- Booklist for The Dark Stairs
Once again Frank and Joe Hardy accept the challenge of a puzzling case when their famous detective father asks the boys to assist him in tracking down a notorious jewel thief and his accomplices.
The Alden children are trying to raise money for a new hospital wing and make friends with a new girl, Beth, unfortunately both attempts are proving difficult and problematic.
Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they're fixing up the old Bugbee House, a spooky mansion in their neighborhood! The Aldens are helping the Heart and Hands group restore an old estate. The house is bursting with collections of its mysterious and eccentric former owner. But when the contents of the house are auctioned off, the Aldens discover that much of the collection is missing! And that's not the only mystery awaiting the Aldens in this strange mansion. As the children explore, they come across hidden rooms, secret passageways, and strange noises coming from the walls. The Aldens are determined to learn the secret of the Bugbee house . . . but are they the only ones?
Adventures of the Northwoods #1 If she told her new family what she saw, would anyone believe her? THE DISAPPEARING STRANGER Her Irish father having died in a construction accident, Kate O'Connell and her mother are left to struggle alone in the Minneapolis of 1906. Deciding her mother needs help, twelve-year-old Kate goes to pray with their pastor about getting her mother a new husband. But when God answers their prayers, even Kate is not prepared for the changes. Her mother's remarriage involves becoming part of a Swedish family with two brothers and one sister on a farm in northwest Wisconsin. Such a big change is made harder when Anders, who is also twelve, gets mad at Kate and seems determined to make her life miserable. As conflicts erupt with Anders, strange occurrences begin to happen around the farm. Kate is convinced she sees someone lurking about, but why? Are their lives in danger? EXCITING MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE FOR BOYS AND GIRLS
From the back of the book: Timber War Frank and Joe race to Seattle to help their father, Fenton, who stands accused of murder! In their father's rented house, they're met by burglars, who try to gun them down. When the brother detectives follow their trail, they learn that valuable timber is being destroyed by a deadly virus. They also find an entire town has been sealed off to prevent a mysterious flu epidemic. Meanwhile Fenton Hardy is the hostage of a sinister scientist with a formula for certain death. And if the brother team can't reach him in time-he'll become the victim in a doomsday experiment. ======= From inside the book: HOT PURSUIT Frank was already working on the doctor's ropes. "Soon as I get you loose, get clear of here," he ordered. "We'll get Jenny and Dad." Joe ran for the staircase leading up to the next floor, where Jenny Bookman and their father were imprisoned. Frank paused long enough to grab up the doctor's notebook and tuck it under his shirt. Then he started after his brother. They'd just started up the stairs when the far wall of the lab began to breathe smoke. Then, with a great gust of flame, the lab was ablaze.
Examines the devastation caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the outpouring of charitable response from around the world, and if a similar incident could happen in the United States.
When disaster strikes, the only thing you can count on is yourself! It had seemed like the perfect California day. But as Joey Flores walked home from the skate park with his friends, the ground began to tremble, and Joey knew they were headed for trouble.... The earthquake that followed devastated their neighborhood, collapsing a nearby overpass with Joey and Fiona on one side and Kevin and Dylan on the other. Now Joey and his friends must rescue each other, endure the aftershocks, and find a new way home as the earth cracks beneath their feet.
When disaster strikes, the only thing you can count on is yourself! Wyatt Anderson isn't thrilled that his prissy cousin is visiting his family's Oklahoma ranch. But it turns out Wyatt has bigger problems to deal with when a pair of dueling tornadoes lock the prairie in their sights.... Wyatt, Alison, and neighbors Joshua and Jackson have nowhere to run. And when the old barn is battered by the tornadoes' ferocious winds, the animals that live inside are in danger. Will Wyatt and his friends risk their own lives to protect them?
When disaster strikes, the only thing you can count on is yourself! A winter trip in the remote Michigan wilderness seemed like the perfect way for Jayden to get to know his new foster family. Though he doesn't have much in common with siblings Maggie and Connor, he's hoping they'll get to like each other over snow mobile races and steaming mugs of cocoa. But when the snow really starts to come down, the family van crashes and the three kids must go out into the bleak, white storm to search for help. Soon the wind is howling and night is starting to fall. Jayden, Maggie, and Connor will have to think fast, find shelter, watch out for bears, and somehow stay warm if they don't want to end up frozen in their tracks....
When disaster strikes, the only thing you can count on is yourself! Noah and Emma Burton have traded the sand and surf of their Hawaiian home for a chilly stay in Alaska, and Noah isn't happy about it. His father may be a volcano expert, but why did they have to travel to the coldest, grayest place on earth when there are millions of volcanoes near Honolulu? Noah thinks he's in for the most boring vacation of his life. He couldn't have been more wrong! A day trip to a remote island turns deadly when a once-dormant volcano suddenly sputters to life in an eruption of epic proportions. Now Noah, Emma, and their new neighbor Alex must fight to survive rivers of molten lava and clouds of toxic ash if they want to make it off the island alive....
Natural and man-made disasters have the power to destroy thousands of lives very quickly. Both as they unfold and in the aftermath, these forces of nature astonish the rest of the world with their incredible devastation and magnitude. In this collection of ten well-known catastrophes such as the great Chicago fire, the sinking of the Titanic, and hurricane Katrina, Brenda Guiberson explores the causes and effects, as well as the local and global reverberations of these calamitous events. Highlighted with photographs and drawings, each compelling account tells the story of destruction and devastation, and most especially, the power of mankind to persevere in the face of adversity.
Discover the secrets to drawing manga! You can draw manga! And you'll have fun doing it as you create dozens of guys and girls in a variety of costumes. The easy lessons in this book make drawing in the world's most popular style as easy as picking up a pencil. Start with the basics of drawing heads and bodies, then learn ways to customize each character, from the looks on their faces to the clothes they're wearing. Make your people old or young, happy or angry, sweet or sinister. Hundreds of illustrations and 30+ step-by-step demos show you how to: Give your people feeling with facial expressions Bring them to life with dynamic action poses Personalize them with hairstyles, clothes, weapons and props Pull it all together to create popular character types including bishoujo (beautiful girls loved by all) and bad boys. Dress them up as space samurai, sorceresses, spies, skateboarders and more. Before long, your imagination will kick in and you'll be drawing cool, cute and 100 percent original characters of your own creation. Excited yet? You should be - you're about to draw some real manga!
From avoiding predators to navigating through the jungle without a compass, this innovative guide provides kids with the vital tools one would need if lost in the Amazon. Offering practical survival techniques based on real stories, children will learn lessons that can be adapted to almost any outdoor situation, such as making fire, deciphering animal tracks, and using the natural world for all to create necessary supplies. Opening with an informative section on the region and its people, this essential resource combines history and science in a fun and engaging way. Facts and sidebars on the local creatures and plants are interspersed along with 15 activities for the home or classroom-from making a fishing spear to determining how much water is needed to stay healthy.
From both a historical and scientific point of view, above and below the surface, this engaging guide brings the world's oceans to life through fun facts, illustrations, and in-depth information. Interactive activities appear throughout, ranging from making solar stills and simple fishing spears to experimenting with a homemade diving bell and figuring out how much water it really takes to survive. With the oceans being the least explored environment on Earth, this reference illuminates some of the most incredible and surprising plants and animals as well as how to survive and navigate these vast expanses.
This book talks about the features, history, and current and future exploration of Mars. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 4-5 at http://www.corestandards.org.]