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On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift-- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.
On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift-- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light. And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.<P><P> Newbery Medal Honor book
Discover a new middle grade series full of madcap adventure, mythological creatures, humor, and heart. The world's unlikeliest hero is also its only hope in this spirited tween fantasy debut, perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.For generations, Finn's family has protected Darkmouth from the fierce magical creatures known as Legends. Now the Legends are plotting a major attack, and it's Finn's turn to defend his hometown. So it's too bad he's the worst Legend Hunter in history.
Finn's monster-hunting adventures continue in Darkmouth #2: Worlds Explode, the second book of the tween fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews called "Ghostbusters meets Percy Jackson as written by Terry Pratchett."Legend Hunter-in-training Finn may be clumsy and uncoordinated, but nothing will stop him from saving his dad, who is trapped in a land full of the monsters that have plagued Darkmouth for centuries. Now Finn will have to journey between worlds to rescue him from the Infested Side.The action-packed sequel to Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin is a hilarious adventure filled with beasts of the winged, fanged, and hungry variety--perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.
The hilarious, clever, and much-anticipated follow-up to the breakout hit, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda! It is a dark time at Ralph McQuarrie Middle School. After suffering several Origami Yoda-related humiliations, Harvey manages to get Dwight suspended from school for being a "troublemaker." Origami Yoda pleads with Tommy and Kellen to save Dwight by making a new case file - one that will show how Dwight's presence benefits McQuarrie. With the help of their friends, Tommy and Kellen record cases such as Origami Yoda and the Pre-eaten Wiener, Origami Yoda and the Exploding Pizza Bagels, Origami Yoda and Wonderland: The Musical. But Harvey and his Darth Paper puppet have a secret plan that could make Dwight's suspension permanent... With his proven knack for humorously exploring the intrigues, fads, and dramas of middle school, Tom Angleberger has crafted a worthy sequel to his breakout bestseller.
Momo has always wanted a Lhasa terrier--a dog like the ones the Buddhist priests hold sacred in their temples. And her dream is realized when a trader brings Pempa to her parents' tea house. But after a band of robbers steals the valuable dog and quickly escapes with him into the mountains, Momo is determined to catch them and recover her beloved Pempa. To do so, she must follow the Great Trade Route across the mountains--a path that most people avoid, and which will surely put her life at risk. Momo undertakes a dangerous journey from the mountains of Tibet to the city of Calcutta, in search of her stolen dog Pempa.<P><P> A Newbery Honor Book
The Caldecott medal-winning d'Aulaires once again captivate their young audience with this beautifully illustrated introduction to Norse legends, telling stories of Odin the All-father, Thor the Thunder-god and the theft of his hammer, Loki the mischievous god of the Jotun Race, and Ragnarokk, the destiny of the gods. Children meet Bragi, the god of poetry, and the famous Valkyrie maidens, among other gods, goddesses, heroes, and giants. Illustrations throughout depict the wondrous other world of Norse folklore and its fantastical Northern landscape.
To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago. Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.<P><P>Winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal
This book retells the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17). The Arch Book series tells popular Bible stories through fun-to-read rhymes and bright illustrations. This well-loved series captures the attention of children, telling scripturally sound stories that are enjoyable and easy to remember. Other books in this series are available in this library.
Brief biography of the powerful hitter, David Ortiz.
A biography of the famous frontiersman and Congressman, focusing on his childhood.
Can the Baby-sitters Club handle another member? Dawn hopes so -- she's the new girl, eager to make friends, and ready to show her talent as a baby-sitter. But when she's assigned to the terrible Barrett kids, Dawn isn't sure she's up to this impossible task!
A group of kids help a dog get back to her owner.
Can Nancy catch the prankster, or will the campers call it quits? It's summer vacation and Nancy, George, and Bess have signed up for a two-week-long nature day camp on the outskirts of River Heights. The girls can't wait to get out and enjoy nature, and are thrilled to be spending their days making butterfly feeders, planting sunflowers, and taking hikes. But things at Camp Northwoods start going haywire right from the start. The projects the campers work so hard on during the day keep getting ruined at night! Nancy is suspicious -- these don't look like natural disasters. Just who is wrecking all of the campers' hard work? And can camp continue with a culprit on the loose? Picture descriptions present.
This is a lively alphabet book featuring the Sesame Street characters. The Sesame Street gang go to the countryside. While there they entertain themselves by searching for things that start with the letters of the alphabet.
As young Ahmed delivers butane gas to customers all over the city of Cairo, he thinks, I have a secret. All day long, as he maneuvers his donkey cart through streets crowded with cars and camels, down alleys filled with merchants' stalls, and past buildings a thousand years old, Ahmed keeps his secret safe inside. It is so special, so wonderful, that he can reveal it only to his family, only when he returns home, only at the end of the day.
A brave little girl named Katie goes through a lot of trouble to get her mama's brooch back from the pawn shop.
Who would burn books?Jack and Annie find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient China. There, a powerful emperor called the Dragon King has ordered that all books be burned. Will Jack and Annie be able to save at least one book? Or will they be captured by the emperor's soldiers?
Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. <P><P> It's science project time in Ms. Adolf's class. This is good news and bad news for Hank-he loves science, but he hates the report part. So Hank turns to TV to take his mind off things. But when the program directory scrolls by too quickly for Hank to know what's on, he decides to take apart the cable box to try to slow down the crawl. Great! Now Hank has found the perfect science project! But what he wasn't counting on was his sister's pet iguana laying eighteen eggs in the disassembled cable box. How is Hank going to get out of this one?
This book will help you become a more active reader. You'll learn and practice different strategies for getting involved with your reading. And, when you get involved with what you read, you'll find you understand and remember more of what you read.
Friends every day. Good friends like Frog and Toad enjoy spending their days together. They fly kites, celebrate Toad's birthday, and share the shivers when one of them tells a scary story. Here are five funny stories that celebrate friendship all day, every day.
Kat didn't believe in ghosts--until now. . .When Kat Sinclair's dad tells her his new job hosting the ghost-hunting TV show Passport to Paranormal means they'll be living on the road and visiting the world's most haunted places, Kat packs her bags without a second thought. But the ghostbusting life isn't as cool as Kat expected. The cast and crew don't always get along, the producer's annoying nephew has unexpectedly shown up, and Kat thinks the show--and her dad--might be cursed. Kat decides to start writing a blog with "a behind the scenes look at the creepiest show on TV." But she soon discovers that going behind the scenes may just reveal more than she really wants to know.
In the desert town of Richland, Washington, there stands a giant sycamore tree. Horribly mutated by nuclear waste, it feeds on the life energy of boys that it snags with its living roots. And when Teddy Matthews moves to town, the tree trains its sights on its next victim. From the start, Teddy knows something is very wrong with Richland-every kid he meets disappears before his eyes. A trip to the cemetery confirms that these boys are actually dead and trying to lure him to the tree. But that knowledge is no help when Teddy is swept into the tree's world, a dark version of Richland from which there is no escape . . . .
Ella has two major phobias in life: spiders and mathematics. She firmly believes that anything with more than four legs should not exist. She also believes the world would be a better place without word problems or long division. That being said, she's fascinated by science. So when her class finds a dead opossum in the playing field one morning, she's intrigued by rigor mortis and how long it will take for the opossum to unstiffen. Science is so much more interesting than math. Later that day, Ella is certain she must have heard wrong when her teacher announces that there will be no more math tests for the rest of the year. And she isn't wrong--it is too good to be true. Her teacher explains that instead, the class will be having its first ever math fair. Ella's group is assigned the topic of time conversions, something Ella's been struggling with for a while. This is hardly Ella's idea of fun. But Ella's mom is quick to point out that math and science aren't so very different--she suggests that Ella imagine she's doing a science experiment instead of a math project. With a little imagination and some inspiration from their friend the opossum (now named Morty, short for rigor mortis), Ella and her group come up with a project that gets them excited about math--and they might even have a chance to win at the fair!