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This heartfelt story begins on the streets of New York City in 1854 where thousands of homeless children, immigrants and natives are fighting to survive "just one more day". Charles Loring Brace, founder of the Children's Aid Society, made a plan to rescue the children by getting them out of the city to loving rural homes in America's growing Midwest. The first location to accept these homeless children is Dowagiac, Michigan, a railroad whistle-stop on the track-line to Chicago. You will experience the hope, fear and exciement as you travel with Jack, Sarah, little George and 42 other orphans on their way to new faraway homes and better lives. Traveling by train across New York state, crossing Lake Erie by steamship and then on to Detroit to board another train, these children cling to one another for safety and survival trying hard to keep themselves together and clean in their filthy flea-ridden travel conditions.
The more things change, the more Ami wishes they'd stay exactly the same Ami and her best friend, Mia, share almost everything--even the letters in their names! But when Ami's mom and dad separate and her mom moves out, even all of the traditions she and Mia share can't put her family back together. Ami wants everything to go back to the way it was--for her mother not to live in an apartment and have a life of her own, and for her dad not to go to dinner with the new science teacher, Ms. Linsley. At least her friendship with Mia will always be the same . . . won't it?
As her parents go through a trial separation, Ami stays with her father and her brother, Fred, and with the help of her supportive best friend, Mia, she comes to terms with the changes in her life.
London hasn't been kind to Peter, a lonely boy whose parents are always out at parties, and though Peter would love to have a cat for company, his nanny won't hear of it. One day, as Peter is walking out the door, he sees a truck bearing down on a tabby. Dashing out to save the cat, he is struck by the oncoming truck himself. Everything is different when Peter comes to: He has fur, whiskers, and claws; he has become a cat himself! But London isn't any kinder to cats than it is to children. Jennie, a savvy stray who takes charge of Peter, knows that all too well. Jennie schools young Peter in the ways of cats, including how to sniff out a nice napping spot, the proper way to dine on mouse, and the single most important tactic a cat can learn: "When in doubt, wash." Jennie and Peter will face many challenges--and not all of them are from the dangerous outside world--in their struggle to find a place that is truly home.s and people belong together. He still dreams of a home where he and Jennie will at last be able to settle down.Paul Gallico's The Abandoned is a book that will delight and move lovers of cats and adventure alike.
Everyone in the Baby-sitters Club remembers Lou MacNally as the worst kid ever. But now she's back and, to Abby's surprise, acting a little too perfect.
After school one day, Abby and the other members of the Baby-Sitters Club find a baby on her porch! They have to find out where the baby came from and to whom he belongs.
Stuck at home, sick, Abby passes the time at her window snooping on the neighbors with her binoculars. It pays off when she spots a criminal just profiled on the "Mystery Trackers" TV show!
Tech personality Pogue delivers a whimsical debut novel about silly magical powers and kids on the run.
It is summer vacation. While most of the BSC arrange a big party with clients, Abby and her family plan their own. But is there something wrong with Gram?
Abby is a teenager with dreams of winning a horse race, but her home life is far from perfect. Her father is in jail, and her mother drinks, but Abby is determined.
FROM BACK COVER "When the Kendalls lose their ranch, Abby's family and friends decide to check out the sugarcane business on Kauai. Upon arriving, they're welcomed by the wealthy Reese Cutter, who offers them jobs and a place to live. But things soon turn sour in this sugar business. Why is the infamous Cap'n Jim hanging around the plantation, and can the bad things the workers say about the charming Reese Cutter really be true? As she explores these mysteries, Abby finds that she cannot always trust outward appearances and that actions often speak louder than words."
What thirteen-year-old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star--in Bollywood! Now she's traveling to Mumbai to get to know her famous father. Abby is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India's most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where she really belongs.
Why has their grandmother bothered keeping a menu from a restaurant that closed years ago, a restaurant that never served very good food in the first place? Three cousins listen to Gee's own story, set in the early days of lunch counter sit-ins in Nashville, a time when a black child could sit up front in a city bus but still could not get a milkshake at a downtown restaurant. Through the eyes of ten-year-old Abby, young readers see what it was like to live through those days and they'll come to understand that, like a menu, freedom is about having choices. Each book in the series tells the story behind a different 'scrap of time;' together they form a patchwork quilt of one black family's past that stretches back for generations. Although this book is historical fiction, only the family characters are fictional; all locations and events are historically correct. The primary civil rights people that are mentioned are actual people in the civil rights movement. Picture descriptions included.
It's soccer season, and Abby has joined a Special Olympics Unified Sports soccer team -- and developed a rivalry with another player.
Eighth-grader Abby Stevenson is writing an autobiography, her first major school project, along with the rest of her class.
After Abby is mistakenly charged with cheating on a math test, she must clear her name and her suspension from school so she can rightfully become a bat mitzvah.
Abby and her twin sister, Anna, have always shared a closeness that nothing could interfere with, but now Anna faces bad news that will affect her health and her future and she doesn't seem to want Abby's help.
Matt is missing. Bonnie's brother left his classroom to use thebathroom --and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their abductor or pay with their lives.
Gordon Korman offers another edge-of-your-seat action/adventure in a return to the trilogy format that sold more than 1 million copies of Island, Everest, and Dive.<P> It's every brother's worst fear: As Aiden and his sister Meg are walking home from school one day, a van pulls over and Meg is kidnapped. There's no way for Aiden to stop it from happening. He's the only witness to his sister's disappearance.<P> Why has Meg been kidnapped? Is it for ransom? As a vendetta against Meg and Aiden's parents? Or is there an even bigger conspiracy at work?<P> While Meg fends off her kidnappers and plans an escape, Aiden must team up with the FBI to try to find her--tracking down clues only a brother could recognize.
This sequel to "Abe Lincoln: The Frontier Days, 1809-1837" follows Lincoln's life from the age of 28, when he arrives in Springfield, Illinois, ready to take up his post in the state legislature, to his assassination in 1865.
From the author of 'Biography of Lincoln', this book introduces the journey of Abe from childhood to adulthood and what transformed the young man to rise above the ordinary to be one of the finest presidents of America.
Abraham Lincoln was born to a poor family on the American frontier. He was a hard worker, but he wanted more than a farmer's life. As he learned about the issues of his day, Abe longed to be a lawmaker himself, so he ran for the state legislature. Soon the farm boy would become the brilliant orator and admired president who finally proclaimed freedom for all Americans. Focusing on Lincoln's childhood and early manhood, this book explores the people and events that shaped one of America's greatest presidents.
Abel's place in his familiar, mouse world has always been secure; he had an allowance from his mother, a comfortable home, and a lovely wife, Amanda. But one stormy August day, furious flood water carry him off and dump him on an uninhabited island. Despite his determination and stubborn resourcefulness--he tried crossing the river with boats and ropes and even on stepping-stones--Abel can't find a way to get back home.<P><P> Days, then weeks and months, pass. Slowly, his soft habits disappear as he forages for food, fashions a warm nest in a hollow log, models clay statues of his family for company, and continues to brood on the problem of how to get across the river--and home.<P> Abel's time on the island brings him a new understanding of the world he's separated from. Faced with the daily adventure of survival in his solitary, somewhat hostile domain, he is moved to reexamine the easy way of life he had always accepted and discovers skills and talents in himself that hold promise of a more meaningful life, if and when he should finally return to Mossville and his dear Amanda again.<P> Abel's Island is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1977 Newbery Honor Book.
Meet Bud Abernathy, age nine, and his brother, Temp, age five: two cowboys determined to see the Old West. The boys are headed for the Goodnight Ranch, where their daddy once was known as "Catch'em Alive" Jack for his ability to catch live wolves with his bare hands. To get to Goodnight, the brothers and their horses, Sam and Geronimo, will have to cross the caprock, a vast desert that is the loneliest place on earth. They're determined to do it -- and to do it alone. Some would say that the story of the boys' journey is a mighty tall tale. But it's entirely true.
From the time he was a young boy roaming the forests of the unsettled Midwest, Abraham Lincoln knew in his heart that slavery was deeply wrong. A voracious reader, Lincoln spent every spare moment of his days filling his mind with knowledge, from history to literature to mathematics, preparing himself to one day lead the country he loved towards greater equality and prosperity. Despite the obstacles he faced as a self-educated man from the back woods, Lincoln persevered in his political career, and his compassion and honesty gradually earned him the trust of many Americans. As president, he guided the nation through a long and bitter civil war and penned the document that would lead to the end of slavery in the United States. The passion for humanity that defined Lincoln's life shines through in this momentous follow-up to Martin's Big Words and John's Secret Dreams. Told in Doreen Rappaport's accessible, absorbing prose, and brought to life in powerful illustrations by Kadir Nelson, Abe's Honest Words is an epic portrait of a truly great American president.
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