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What would you do if a ghost came to your class? Wilbur doesn't mean to make trouble, but books rise by themselves, voices answer the teacher...
Best friends Nick and Chip decide to dress up as a two-headed ghoul for the neighborhood Halloween party. The two boys just know they're going to win the grand prize for best costume. But then Nick's little sister has to tag along, and it looks like she's going to ruin everything for the Ghoul Brothers. Find out what happens when the ghouls bend the rules and Nick's little sister comes up with some big surprises.
Max's parents are planning to sell their house and move the family far, far away. But Max can't leave Nicky and Tara, the two ghosts who live with him. They need him. He's the only one who can help them become kids again! Max has to stop his parents!From the Hardcover edition.
Two-time Newbery Honor Book author has written an amazing account of one of America's most famous hoaxes! When a 10-foot tall purported "petrified man" is unearthed from a backyard in upstate New York in 1869, the discovery immediately turns into a spectacle of epic proportions. News of the giant spreads like wildfire, and well over a thousand people come to view him in the first five days alone! Everyone has their own idea of his true origin: Is he an ancient member of the local Onandaga Indian tribe? Is he a biblical giant like Goliath? Soon the interests of world-renowned scientists and people from around the globe are piqued as arguments flare over who he is, where he came from, and if he is real--or just a hoax. In a riveting account of how the Cardiff Giant mystery snowballed into one of America's biggest money-making spectacles--and scams--Jim Murphy masterfully explores the power of 19th-century media and the unexpected ripple effect that a single corrupt mastermind can produce when given a stage.
Everyone has it in them to be a hero. Everyone who reads about those men and women who stood up for what they believed in, who sacrificed everything for a passion or love, who took a step into a place where no one had ever stood before has what it takes to be among those names. You don't have to be the bravest or the strongest; you simply have to believe in something enough to overcome all odds, to conquer every obstacle and succeed. You need to do what all those people have done before you--jump that first hurdle, write that first word, paint that first stroke. Take that first step. For it is in you to be a hero--the only question is whether or not you know it.
The Aldens are helping a local carpenter build a giant yo-yo! The yo-yo could break the world record, and if it does, it will put Greenfield on the map. But when plans are stolen and the yo-yo is damaged, it's clear someone doesn't want this yo-yo to be built. Can the Boxcar Children save the day before the world record is lost?
Gib might have finally found the family he's always wanted. Will he be adopted for good?No child wants an extended stay in the Lovell House Home for Orphaned and Abandoned Boys. And in the sequel to Gib Rides Home, Gib, a smart, resourceful eleven-year-old orphan, returns to the Thornton family's ranch, hoping for a much happier experience this time. Instead of the farm labor that most orphans his age are forced to do, he gets the benefits of being part of the family: reduced chores and the freedom to go to school. Luckily, Gib also has a way with horses--and life with Livy, the irrepressible Thornton daughter, proves that horses can be much easier to deal with than people. When a whipped and starved horse comes to the Thornton Ranch during a blizzard, Gib finds a way to save this incredible creature. And while helping the horse recuperate and acclimate to his new home, Gib realizes that he may have finally found a permanent home of his own. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
All Gib ever wanted was to be adopted, but life with a family isn't quite what he thought it would beGib was sent to an orphanage when he was six years old, and with each year, he knows it becomes less likely that he will be adopted into a loving family. As kids get older, they are more likely to be adopted onto a farm, meaning a hard life of unpaid labor. And after seeing a friend come back battered and near death, Gib is understandably worried. When his turn for adoption finally comes, Gib is surprised to learn that life on the farm isn't too difficult. His new "parents," the Thorntons, are kind to him, and his job in the stables is fun and interesting. It is as close to the home of his dreams as he could possibly imagine. And though Gib doesn't remember much of his past before the orphanage, as time passes, Gib realizes that his new family may be more connected to his real family than he ever imagined. This smart, touching novel is based on the life of author Zilpha Keatley Snyder's father and his experience as an orphan in the 1900s. This ebook features an extended biography of Zilpha Keatley Snyder.
Staying with her parents in Malibu one summer, fifteen-year-old F ranzie is at the beach when she sees some surfers and is soon fascinated by the sport and the young men who devote themselves to it. The only girl among this group of guys, she soon gains the nickname Gidget because she is part girl, part midget according to the surfers. The men are reluctant to put up with her but change their minds when the oldest, a beach bum named Cass or the Big Kahuna, kindly accepts her. Meantime, Gidget finds herself falling in love with Geoff, also known as Moondoggie, but it isn't easy to win the nineteen-year-old boy's heart. This story about a girl growing up in the 'fifties is still a book teens can enjoy.
When Gilda lands a summer internship at Washington, D. C. 's International Spy Museum, she finds herself embroiled in both a museum haunting and a real case of espionage. While investigating a cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's son was once buried, Gilda stumbles upon a spy's "dead drop" of classified information. Gilda's efforts to decode the cryptic message lead to further intrigues: Is she on the trail of a mole operating inside the U. S. intelligence community? Aware that "nothing is what it seems" when it comes to spies in Washington, D. C. , Gilda faces the most serious challenge yet in her career as a psychic spy.
A rabbit journeys to help a witch with amnesia find her rightful name and place. Filled with shapeshifting magic, intrigue, a battle between white and black magic, a council of cats, palace intrigue, a boart hunt, and a final battle with a ruthless monster guarding the talisman that will save a kingdom.
It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret: they may have a grandmother in Brooklyn. Rob found a little blue recipe book with her name and an address for a bakery. When Jayna learns that Rob is missing in action, she's devastated. Along with her turtle Theresa, the recipe book, and an encouraging, ghostly voice as her guide, Jayna sets out for Brooklyn in hopes of finding the family she so desperately needs.
[from the back cover] ""What does Marcia think she's doing!" Ginnie fumed aloud. "Geneva's my best friend, not hers!"" It was true. Ginnie and Geneva had been "best friends" for a long time. Then Ginnie saw Geneva walk home from school with Marcia. All of a sudden Ginnie felt like an outsider. But in the next few weeks, many things began to happen. ..."
Who needs a ladder when you've got a giraffe with an extended neck? The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company certainly doesn't. They don't need a pail, either, because they have a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the washing and Billy as their manager, this business is destined for success. Now they have their big break--a chance to clean all 677 windows of the Hampshire House, owned by the richest man in all of England! That's exciting enough, but along the way there are surprises and adventures beyond their wildest window-washing dreams.
Im not going to lie to you: the last year has been rougher than alligator hide for me and my dad. You see, hes in the hospital in a coma since his accident a year back, wherein he was framed for a terrible crime he didnt commit. Our home, Reward Plantation, had to be sold to pay off his debt to society, so Im stuck living with my uncle Charlie, who, even in the few hours a day when hes sober, aint exactly your ideal parental role model. And I managed to run afoul of Jimmy Simmons, the meanest kid in the sixth grade, and on the last day of school no less. But things just got a bit more interesting. Turns out the new family that moved into Reward Plantation has a daughter named Bee, who is the same age as I am. And shes just as curious about all the No Trespassing signs and holes being dug out by Felony Bay, in the corner of what used to be my home. Seems like someones been poking around a mystery that dates all the way back to the Civil War--and it just might be the same someone who framed my dad. Im Abbey, by the way. Abbey Force. And if it takes all summer, Im going to find out whats happening out on Felony Bay, and maybe even clear my dads name.
ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD ZANA enjoys her village life in Kosovo, even though she never feels entirely safe. Her family are Kosovo- __ born Albanians who are ruled by the Serbian police and army. The Serbs want to destroy anyone who fights for an independent Kosovo. When bombs explode around Zana's village, her world fills with terror and tragedy. Still, she remembers her father's words: "Don't let them fill your heart with hate." But the words are hard to recall when those who were her friends have become her enemies.
A trip to Wisconsin's Lake Minosha is supposed to be a relaxing vacation for Nancy, George and Bess--without any mysteries. But moments after they arrive a young woman, scratched and bruised, falls across their cabin's threshold...
Katie Welker is used to being alone. She would much rather read a book than deal with other people. Other people don't have silver eyes and other people can't make things happen just by thinking about them! Sometimes Katie even enjoys playing tricks on people, but trouble arises when someone doesn't find her funny.
The Girls' Book of Friendship and The Girls' Book of Wisdom This lively collection includes cool quotes, true stories, love poems, fascinating facts, and more from over 175 dynamic girls and women. Discover what they have to say about finding true love and making it last. Included in this book are quotes from fabulous females such as: Sheryl Crow Sarah Jessica Parker Oprah Winfrey Amy Tan Harriet Beecher Stowe Ani DiFranco Maya Angelou Gloria Steinem Madonna Kate Hudson Also included are quotes from magnificent men such as: Brad Pitt George Bush Justin Timberlake Martin Luther King, Jr. Freddie Prinze, Jr. Bill Clinton John Lennon Thomas Jefferson.
Whether she's spying on tide-pool creatures or splash-crashing through waves on her boogie board, there's no place ten-year-old Kailey loves more than the ocean. She and her best friend, Tess, feel totally lucky when they find out a resort-mall-movie multiplex is "Coming Soon!" to their beach. Twelve movie theaters. Cool shops. Maybe even bathrooms! Then Kailey learns the whole truth: developers plan to haul away the rocky tide pools to make a smooth, sandy beach for tourists. Messing with a whole tide-pool universe is just plain Not Ok. Kailey's got a great idea, but she's never tried anything like it before. If she can believe in herself and make it work, there might be hope for the tide pools yet. Book jacket.
The Glass Cafe: Or the Stripper and the State; How My Mother Started a War with the System That Made Us Kind of Rich and a Little Bit Famousby Gary Paulsen
THE STORY IS all true and happened to me and is mine.Tony's mom, Al, is a terrific single mother who works as a dancer at the Kitty Kat Club. Twelve-year-old Tony is a budding artist, inspired by backstage life at the club. When some of his drawings end up in an art show and catch the attention of the social services agency, Al and Tony find themselves in the middle of a legal wrangle and a media circus. Is Al a responsible mother? It's the case of the stripper vs. the state, and Al isn't giving Tony up without a fight.Once again Gary Paulsen proves why he's one of America's most-beloved writers. The Glass Café is a fresh and funny exploration of motherhood, art, and the wiles of storytelling--all told by Tony, in his own true voice.
By the Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Children's LiteratureAlbert the Glassblower and Sofia are the loving parents of little Klas and Klara. Albert makes the most beautiful glass bowls and vases (unfortunately they are so impractical that no one will buy them), while Sofia supports the family by working in the fields. Every year Albert goes to the fair to try to sell his wares, and sometimes Sofia and the children go too. At the fair the family meets Flutter Mildweather, a weaver of magical rugs that foretell the future, and Klas and Klara come the attention of the splendid Lord and Lady of All Wishes Town, who have everything they want except for one thing: children.Full of curious and vivid characters--like the one-eyed raven Wise Wit, who can only see the bright side of life, and the monstrous governess Nana, whose piercing song can shatter glass--The Glassblower's Children also ponders such serious matters as what it means to find meaningful work and the difference between what you want and what you need. In The Glassblower's Children Maria Gripe has drawn on fairy tales and Norse myths to tell a thrilling story with a very modern sensibility.