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Jan Karon's millions of fans can't wait to sit down with her heartwarming and hilarious characters, who have a way of becoming family. In fact, readers and booksellers across the country kept Out to Canaan and At Home in Mitford on The New York Times bestseller list for months. In A New Song, Mitford's longtime Episcopal priest, Father Tim, retires. However, new challenges and adventures await when he agrees to serve as interim minister of a small church on Whitecap Island. He and his wife, Cynthia, soon find that Whitecap has its own unforgettable characters: a church organist with a mysterious past, a lovelorn bachelor placing personal ads, a mother battling paralyzing depression. They also find that Mitford is never far away when circumstances "back home" keep their phone ringing off the hook. In this fifth novel of the beloved series, fans old and new will discover that a trip to Mitford and Whitecap is twice as good for the soul. "Everything that, in the wee hours of the night, you like a book to be, warm-hearted and funny, with a hero marked by. . . profound inner strength" --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .
Four previously published Signet Regency Christmas novellas together for the first time in a charming new anthology.
A Christmas light shines bright in the midst of the darkest winter. With Christmas only a few weeks away, Sam and Jessica Morgan look forward to celebrating the joyous day together. But when they?re awakened by the smoke alarm in the midst of one quiet night, they barely make it outside before their beloved house is engulfed in flames. Meanwhile, single mom Julie Newton and her seven-year-old daughter appear on Jack Sawyer?s doorstep, thanks to bad weather, a broken-down car, and a dead cell phone battery. And though Jack, still mourning the loss of his wife, feels none of the holiday spirit, he can?t turn them away. As Sam and Jessica become perpetual guests in others? homes, trying to piece their future back together, and Jack finds his frozen heart melting day by day, it soon becomes clearer than ever that miracles can happen even in the humblest of settings. .
Zack is nervous about the fifth-grade Halloween dance. He doesn't know how to dance and he doesn't have a date! When Zack meets Prudence, a beautiful girl who speaks with a funny accent and dresses in old-fashioned clothing, he's smitten. He thinks he's found the perfect date for the dance! Prudence is so different from the rest of the kids he knows. She's actually come from the past-the year 1692 to be exact-and she's fleeing the Salem witch trials! Will Zack and Prudence even make it to the dance, or will she have to return to the past? Read on to find out! Illustrated by Jack E. Davis
When Zack and Spencer get the late-night munchies at a sleepover, they curb their hunger with some freeze-dried food that Zack got at the Air & Space Museum. After devouring freeze-dried ice cream and pizza, they come across an extra package of freeze-dried something. When opened and wet, the shriveled mass starts growing, and growing and growing! How will the boys stop an out-of-control blob from eating everything in sight before it's too late? Illustrated by Jack E. Davis.
Zack's classmate Andrew Clancy is always bragging. Everyone knows he's a big liar. But suddenly, Andrew is having trouble hiding the fact that he isn't telling the truth, and every time he tells another whopper, his butt grows bigger-will it ever stop?
Zack's new substitute teacher seems kind of odd. And she is rather hairy. And get this, her name is Mrs. Wolfowitz! But is she really a werewolf? Or just one very weird lady who happens to like the taste of homework papers? Read on to find out!
Mummies are cool, but they're creepy, too! Zack has faced aliens, vampires, time-travelers, ghosts, and Bigfoot-now find out what happens when he meets teenage mummy Ikhnaton (Icky for short).
It seems like a regular field trip to a natural history museum-until Zack gets locked inside for the night and discovers what really goes on in those display cases when no one is watching. A tribe of curious Neanderthals, rampaging woolly mammoths, prehistoric food shortages . . . it's just another wild adventure for Zack!
Zack's Grandma Leah is back and peppier than ever in another hilarious escapade--now she's developed amazing batting skills.
Zack's first trip to sleep-away camp gets a little hairy when legends of a mysterious creature lurking in the woods turn out to be more than just campfire tales. Is it the missing link? Yeti? Sasquatch? Bigfoot?
Uh-oh! Thanks to a heaping helping of a new dietetic sugar substitute, Zack shrinks down to the size of a bug. It's not all that bad--until he discovers an army of ants who are building an ant pyramid for their despotic pharaoh-queen! .
When Zack and his dad come upon an alien whose spacecraft is running on empty in Central Park, it's easy enough to find more fuel. (Mayonnaise!) But retrieving the abandoned spaceship from the NYPD is quite a different story! .
Late one night when Zack hears strains of "Heartbreak Hotel" coming from the fridge, he discovers the possibility that Elvis lives on. . . as a turnip! Talk about getting back to musical roots! .
What would you do if your fortune cookie fortunes started coming true? Confucius says something very weird is going on! Could his thirteenth adventure be Zack's unlucky number? .
A hypnotist's show turns out to be way more than Zack bargains for when he is pulled out of the audience, put into a trance, and his body is "taken over" by the spirit of someone from the past. And that's only the beginning, because the stubborn spirit won't go away when the show's over! It's hard enough having just one self to worry about. What will Zack do with two?
When Zack is given the chance to swim with dolphins on a trip to Florida, he dives right in. But before long, Zack is surprised to find that the dolphins are trying to tell him something ? and even more surprised that he can understand and talk to them! There's definitely something fishy going on here! Could it be genuine animal communication? And can Zack and his new friends get their signals straight and salvage an old sunken ship filled with treasure? .
My clone looks like me. My clone talks like me. He helps me with my homeworkand takes care of my bullies. And he could be the answerto all my problems. Or he could be my biggest one yet!
Hawaii. Dream vacation. Same thing, right? Wrong! No sooner do Zack and his dad arrive at their hotel does strange things start happening to Zack. First he gets bonked on the head by a falling coconut, then the T. V. blows up, then he gets thrown off of the treadmill in the hotel spa. Zack appears to be cursed. Could it be the piece of lava rock he bought in the gift shop?
After months of hoarding his allowance, Zack is on his way to buy a prized baseball card. But when he gets to the store, the owner tells him that someone else has just bought it. Who, you may ask, has beaten Zack out of the card? A boy named Mack, who claims to be Zack's son from the future.
One minute, it was an Egyptian cat stature. The next, it was real, live cat with sharp claws. And I have the scratch to prove it! This was one trip to the museum I would never forget.
When Zack's friend Spencer brings a 60's-style hippie book on astral travel to a sleepover, Zack learns the ins and outs of out-of-body travel in a snap. Getting out of their bodies seems awfully easy for the boys. The problem is, how do they get back in?!
Zack isn't thrilled about having to get a tooth pulled, but a trip to the orthodontist proves a lot hairier than he ever expected. Nice old Dr. Silver has been replaced by the fang-toothed Dr. Jekyll, a mouthwash-guzzling mad scientist whose secret experiments have gone ker-plewy.
Who'd have thought mind reading could be such a pain? I mean, I expected to discover everyone's silly secrets. But someone is planning something very strange--and it's no joke!
My room is a mess. Now, usually this is not big news. But my clothes have started moving. . . when I'm not inside them. And the TV is floating across the room! Guess what! I'm sharing my room with a ghost named Wanda.
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