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Sara deals with ghosts galore in this Halloween edition of a paranormal series. Halloween is just around the corner, and Stellamar is buzzing with even more ghostly activity than usual! The fun begins when Sara and Lily unwittingly release the ghost of a young boy who was locked away in a closet a long time ago. The little ghost is full of mischief, but for some reason Sara is completely powerless over him. What makes this ghost so special? And Sara's not the only one with ghosts on her mind....Jayden Mendes, her crush from school, shows up at her house for a reading with Lady Azura. When the reading reveals secrets about the ghostly presence by Jayden's side, Sara realizes she might be in over her head with Jayden.... Meanwhile, Lady Azura has been urging Sara to learn to put up boundaries between herself and these spirits. But Sara's boundaries are put to the ultimate test on Halloween Eve during a huge party at her house, where ghostly visitors and real-life classmates collide!
Libby Thump's life is a perfect mix of horseback riding, art, and her dog Margaret until her resilience is put to the test when she must learn to ride a challenging pony in this chapter book companion to Libby of High Hopes, which Kirkus Reviews called "a solid choice for horse lovers," from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera.Libby Thump still wishes for a horse of her own, but she's very happy riding Princess, the aging horse who belongs to Sal, the stable owner of High Hopes Farm. Libby loves Princess and her gentle ways, and Princess loves Libby. Then one day Sal says she has to ride Saddleshoes instead--and Saddleshoes is the most difficult pony at the stable! Sal says Princess is too old to be ridden much longer and that Libby is outgrowing her, so Libby is stuck: ride Saddleshoes, or don't ride at all. But Libby is nothing if not determined, and so she decides that the only way to live up to her potential and achieve her dream of being the best rider in the world is to try something new. Can she find a way to win a blue ribbon riding Saddleshoes?
"High hopes finally pay off for a horse-loving girl" (Kirkus Reviews) in this charming chapter book from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Elise Primavera.Ten-year-old Libby Thump loves two things: her dog, Margaret, and horses. She dreams about them, draws them all the time, and more than anything she wants to take lessons and learn to ride. Everyone tells Libby to live up to her potential, but her mother decides to give the lessons to her older sister, Brittany, instead, and Libby can't believe it. Libby's mom says Brittany needs the lessons more, to cure her "boy crazy phase." Then Libby stumbles upon High Hope Farm and meets a horse named Princess who has been put out to pasture. Now Libby can live up to her potential, and so will everyone around her, too. With text and illustrations from Elise Primavera, author of Auntie Claus and Louise the Big Cheese acclaim, this first in a series will appeal to anyone interested in horses--or who knows the value of having a good friend. "The well-written story teaches the gentle lesson that life can be unfair, but persistence and passion ultimately pay off" (School Library Journal).
Telekinetic preteens use their powers for good--and evil--in this mind-bending sequel to The Ability, which Publishers Weekly called a "fast-paced, superhero-tinged spy novel."Everywhere that Christopher Lane turns, he sees the face of the boy he killed. There is no escape from the guilt, not even on his return to Myers Holt--the secret London academy where he and five others are being trained to use their mental powers, their Ability. But now that the threat of Dulcia Genever has been dealt with, his friends are too busy working for the police, entering the minds of some of the country's most dangerous criminals, to sympathize. Chris's teachers are already concerned enough about him, especially when Chris starts to wonder if the boy may not be a figment of his imagination after all. Meanwhile, alone in Darkwhisper Manor, Ernest Genever is enjoying watching Chris's torment. Yes, he will keep his promise--Christopher Lane will die--but not until he has watched Chris lose his mind waiting for Ernest to appear. For, if nothing else, Dulcia Genever did teach her son one valuable lesson: Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Delve into the extraordinary abilities of the twelve-year-old mind in this "fast-paced, superhero-tinged spy novel" (Publishers Weekly), the thrilling start to a middle grade series that expands the possibilities of power.No one has any confidence in twelve-year-old Christopher Lane. His teachers discount him as a liar and a thief, and his mom doesn't have the energy to deal with him. But a mysterious visit from the Ministry of Education indicates that Chris might have some potential after all: He is invited to attend the prestigious Myers Holt Academy. When Christopher begins at his new school, he is astounded at what he can do. It seems that age twelve is a special time for the human brain, which is capable of remarkable feats--as also evidenced by Chris's peers Ernest and Mortimer Genver, who, at the direction of their vengeful and manipulative mother, are testing the boundaries of the human mind. But all this experimentation has consequences, and Chris soon finds himself forced to face them--or his new life will be over before it can begin.
Heidi bravely enters her school's talent show, but finds she is in need of some enchanted assistance!It's time for the Brewster Elementary Talent Show, but Heidi Heckelbeck doesn't want to perform because she thinks she has no talent. Then Heidi finds a special pair of shoes in the attic and decides she will do a dance--but she may need a little help from her Book of Spells! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
A magical pen causes creative chaos in this quirky, comic-style story from the Sid Fleischman Award-winning author of Milo.Best friends Matt and Larry "Craz" Crazinski couldn't be more different. Matt loves order, while Craz lives on the edge. The boys share a passion for cartooning, but thanks to the school paper gatekeeper (and kind-of bully), Skip Turkle, it seems their cartoons will never be published. But then the boys discover a pen that promises to help them DRAW BETTER NOW!--and quickly realize it's no ordinary pen: Whatever they draw comes to life! They start small with their drawings--bags of cash, cool gadgets. Next, they get their pesky English teacher to take a unique and extended vacation. But when the boys get a little bolder in their magical drawings, they realize that things don't always end up as perfect as the art they create... In this funny, slightly zany, and ultimately heartwarming story, Sid Fleischman Award-winner Alan Silberberg demonstrates the power of friendship--and that the best life is not always sketched out in advance.
Captain Underpants fans will be gleefully disgusted with this new laugh-out-loud series, starring a boy so gross they named him Yuck.In "Yuck's Slime Monster," the Prince of Pungency hatches a disgusting plan--if he can't bring his pet slug to school, he'll bring a Slime Monster instead! Soon enough, there's goo and slop everywhere! Can Yuck control the Slime Monster before it takes over his school? And in "Yuck's Gross Party," Yuck's sister Polly--prim as a Princess--throws a birthday bash that doesn't include him. So to get even, he assembles his revolting gang for a gruesome party with gross games galore! And he and his pals are going to make Polly the most disgusting birthday cake ever!
The gross-out antics of these two Yuck adventures take disgusting to a new level!In "Yuck's Amazing Underpants," Yuck has been wearing his favorite underpants every day and every night--for six weeks. His mom desperately wants to do laundry but Yuck has other plans: With the help of a jar of mold, his underpants are soon taking on a life of their own.... And in "Yuck's Scary Spider," Yuck's spider is big, fat, and hairy, and everyone is afraid of it. But the spider is only trying to be friendly! When the school principal traps the spider under a glass in his office, Yuck plans a major rescue mission. Can he and his friends save the spider?
Nancy and her friends must navigate a cruise ship crisis in the first book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series.Nancy, Bess, and George are cruising dangerous waters on a tour of Alaska. Becca Wright, an old friend of Nancy's, is the Assistant Cruise Director of the Arctic Star, a posh new ship. But Becca needs Nancy's help when strange things keep happening aboard the opulent ocean liner: The swimming pool becomes a floating grave; a famous passenger is threatened; and even the seemingly innocent mini-golf course becomes a perilous playground. With the majestic and mysterious Alaskan scenery as a backdrop, Nancy and company have to find out who's trying to sabotage the maiden voyage and why.
In the sixth and final Pals in Peril tale that "offers adventure, wit, and heart" (Booklist), Jasper Dash is off into the universe to search for his long-lost father!In this action-packed conclusion to the celebrated Pals in Peril series, Jasper Dash soars to unprecedented heights--as in, intergalactic, out-of-this-world dimensions--in order to locate the father he's never known. And if Jasper's previous adventures are any indication, this is going to be one stellar expedition!He Laughed with His Other Mouths is "layered, beautiful, smart, and achingly funny. In a word, brilliant" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits, and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut.Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away. Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family's past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit--a duppy--into their home. Grandpa hasn't spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence. Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree. Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe--just maybe--the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.
The Cupcake Club learns that good leadership is a huge part of running a successful business--and friendship is the icing on the cake! Alexis is the clear leader of the Cupcake Club: She's organized, punctual, and happy to take on the stuff like scheduling, budgets, invoicing, and the things that the other girls don't really want to do. In other words, the "unfun" things. But one day Alexis feels particularly unappreciated and informs the Cupcake Club that she is no longer in charge! After deadlines get missed and supplies aren't bought, the girls realize they definitely need a leader....And Alexis realizes being the leader is kind of cool; as long as you know how to ask for help when you need it!
Emma needs a break from big-sister duty in this addition to Spotlight's treat of a tween series.Emma is not thrilled with always having to rearrange her schedule so she can babysit her younger brother, Jake. Now Emma's parents have broken some news that really threatens to push Emma over the edge--since Emma and Jake are going to the same day camp this summer, she's expected to sit with Jake on the bus. Not only does this mean Emma can't hang out with her friends, but she also has to comfort Jake--who has a serious issue with motion sickness. Can Emma find a way to sweeten up her summer plans?
Arthurian legend mixes with modern-day witchcraft in this haunting romance by the author of Legacy, which Publishers Weekly said "should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller."Mischief abounds at the Ainsworth School, and evil is lurking. What's more, Katy has won Peter's heart and is now claiming her place in the magical world. Though half the students at her boarding school come from witching lines, the use of magic is expressly forbidden at Ainsworth, so as to keep the witching world hidden from the blue-blooded preppies, aka Muffies, who also walk the halls. But the Muffies have at least a notion of magic, because Katy catches them staging a made-up ritual--and then fall seriously ill. When Katy is blamed, she becomes desperate to clear her name and finds herself battling all odds to harness her growing magical powers in order to save the Muffies and dispel the Darkness once more.
Whirlwind romance and breathtaking action continues in the sequel to Let the Sky Fall, which Becca Fitzpatrick called "charged and romantic."Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he's told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn't know how much longer he can last on his own. But Audra's still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn't believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle--especially when she discovers Raiden's newest weapon. With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who've betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?
A broken past and a divided future can't stop the electric connection of two teens in this "fast-paced, fantasy-romance" (VOYA) novel.Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who's swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is. Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She's also a guardian--Vane's guardian--and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life. When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra's forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim--the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them--but the forbidden romance that's grown between them.
The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy which "offers potent magic and plenty of action" (Booklist).Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that's not all--he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all...and to do it, she's going to have to feed a few flames.
A teenage Polynesian volcano goddess fires up her search for love and family in this sequel to Wildefire.Every flame casts a shadow. Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you're the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, "new beginnings" are just a myth. Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she's only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn't all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence...and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire. Ash isn't without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash's previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future. Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.
Animals abound in this freshly repackaged and adventure-filled story from bestselling author Sharon Draper!After witnessing a tragic accident in which a doe is killed, the boys in the Clubhouse Mysteries gang are able to rescue her orphaned fawn. But they realize that nearby construction means the destruction of the local animals' homes, so Ziggy, Rashawn, Jerome, and Rico decide to take up the cause and host a backyard animal show to raise money for the local wildlife rescue center. Dino, the adorable rescued fawn, will be the star attraction. And given that the boys have already tackled caring for a deer, managing their friends' dogs, cats, and hamsters should be easy....right?
Max is finally home in Madison, but the magical mayhem is just beginning in this conclusion to the hilarious trilogy that started with Bad Unicorn and Fluff Dragon, which Publishers Weekly called "deviously enjoyable."After saving an entire world--three, actually--it's no wonder Max can't seem to get settled back home in Madison, where the most daunting threat is ending up in remedial gym if he can't climb a rope fast enough. Then a new kid named Wayne rescues Max from the school bullies, and a new option for adventure appears. Wayne says he's from the magical world, the Magrus, and that Max is needed there. He can go back and be the powerful wizard of his dreams! But when Max opens a portal between the two worlds, he finds out that things are not what they seem. A powerful storm starts turning the residents of Madison into monsters and Max's friends into characters out of an online game. Then Max learns that the Maelshadow, a being of pure evil, plans to use the portal to invade the planet and make it his own. Can Max and his motley crew put a stop to his plans? Or has this spellcaster's luck finally run out?
This second book in the hilarious Bad Unicorn trilogy features killer unicorns, good dragons, rogue fire kittens, and a boy who just might be a wizard.After defeating a killer unicorn and saving a universe, all Max and his friends want to do is go home. Instead, Max discovers that the Codex of Infinite Knowability has stopped working. He can't use it to get home until he reboots it. The problem is that in order to reboot the book, he's going to have to carry it into the heart of Rezormoor Dreadbringer's Wizard's Tower. Since Dreadbringer has been hunting Max and the book across time and space, getting in may be easy, but getting out will be another story. Max will just have to find a way to sneak into the tower, avoid the guards, escape Dreadbringer's clutches, and figure out exactly where inside the tower the Codex was created. No problem...right?!
In this start to a hilarious middle grade fantasy trilogy, Max Spencer discovers that he could be a powerful wizard--and a killer unicorn is hunting him.It wasn't Max Spencer's idea to fight robots, lead an army, or save the world--it just so happens that he's the only living person who can read the most fantastical book ever written: The Codex of Infinite Knowability. The Codex is no ordinary book, and among other things, it describes a unicorn named Princess the Destroyer. Princess the Destroyer is not an average unicorn. She loves nothing more than hunting down, killing, and eating other creatures. After all, what's the point of having a sharp horn on your forehead if you don't use it for destructive purposes? And right now Princess has a very definite purpose: Find Max and retrieve the lost Codex for an evil sorcerer and his mysterious master. If she can do that, she's been promised an all-the-humans-you-can-eat buffet in Texas. Stuck in another world and with a carnivorous unicorn on his trail, Max must find the courage to save himself, his friends, and, oh yeah...the entire human race.
A soldier returns home from Iraq forever changed in this poignant and pivotal novel from award-winning authors-one a veteran.Ben lives a charmed life--effortlessly landing the lead in the high school musical, dating the prettiest girl in school. When he decides to enlist in the army, no one thinks he'll be in real danger. But his decision has devastating consequences: His convoy gets caught in an explosion, and Ben ends up in a coma for two months. When he wakes up, he doesn't know where he is--or remember anything about his old life. His family and friends mourn what they see as a loss, but Ben perseveres. And as he triumphs, readers will relate to this timely novel that pairs the action and adventure of the best war stories with the emotional elements of struggle and transformation.As an underage soldier in WWII, Henry Mazer has firsthand experience of what it means to be a young man in the military.
A new beginning. An old mystery.Cassie Hartt had never seen the ocean before and now it surrounds her. Her parents have split up, and she has moved with her mother and little brother to Kittiwake Bay, Maine. As Cassie struggles to adapt to life in the coastal town, she finds herself drawn to Waterview Manor, the mysterious mansion high up on a cliff. Though Waterview is now a retirement home, rumors of hidden treasure and passageways that were once part of the Underground Railroad swirl around the manor.Eager to learn more about the manor's history, Cassie becomes a volunteer. Before long, valuable objects are reported missing and everyone is a suspect. Cassie teams up with a new friend to search for clues, but as they dig deeper their investigation takes a dangerous turn. Can Cassie find the thief of Kittiwake Bay -- before the thief finds her?
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