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From acclaimed author Terry Davis comes the cult classic, Vision Quest, which was called "the truest novel about growing up since The Catcher in the Rye" by New York Times bestselling author John Irving.Louden Swain is a high school wrestler who is working hard to cut his weight down. All he wants is to win his weight division in the state championships. But he's distracted from his goals by the older girl with car trouble that is staying with his family for a while. He is quickly falling in love with her, but can Louden make a relationship work and reach his wrestling goals at the same time? Filled with integrity, honesty, and a sweetness that has made this coming-of-age story a cult classic, Vision Quest is a story that will be shared for generations to come.
New York Times bestselling author Terry Davis offers the critically acclaimed "powerful story about a teenager's search for self-esteem" (Booklist, starred review).When an elementary school teacher's criticisms turn Bert Bowden from a bright, popular boy into a self-conscious, awkward one, everyone is shocked. Bert is determined to regain his old confidence and become somebody great, but will he be able to overcome the silence of adolescent solitude? This inspiring coming-of-age story, which takes place twenty years after Vision Quest, reminds us that the growing pains of adolescence are the price we pay must for finding happiness as we grow older.
Twelve-year-old Annabel thought Christmas break was going to be amazing. She'd planned to stay home in New York City with her best friend and do traditional things like go ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, hit the after-Christmas sale at Bloomingdale's, and scream with the TRL crowd at MTV in Times Square. But when her best friend bails, Annabel's mom decides it's high time Annabel visit her father and his new family in Australia. Annabel is not pleased about traveling around the world to meet "the steps" -- twelve-year-old fashion-disaster stepsister, five-year-old stepbrother, and baby half sister -- but she's not going to waste this chance to steal her father back.
"This is not a school musical, this is millions of people seeing you, recognizing you, criticizing you. This is it. Public person -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Are you ready?" When fifteen-year-old Wonder Blake is plucked from her job at the Dairy Queen and given the chance to become a teen idol, it seems like a dream come true -- even if it wasn't her dream, but her older sister Lucky's. Lucky was on her way to becoming a pop star when she died, and Wonder and her family are still trying to recover from their loss. Offered a recording contract, Wonder jumps at the chance to escape from a dead-end town, her fractured family, and worst of all, high school. Suddenly she has it all: a hot new look, a chart-busting hit single, a tour opening for superstar Kayla. But stardom isn't all glamour -- it's also lots of work. And maybe what Wonder really wants is as simple as a guy who likes her for herself. With spark and humor Rachel Cohn captures the struggles and glories of an ordinary teenage girl's climb to celebrity. As Wonder rises through the pop-princess star-making machine, she also learns the price -- and that maybe being an ordinary teenage girl isn't so bad after all.
From the author of Incredible Space Raiders from Space! comes a brand-new coming-of-age story about a boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder--until he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.Daniel is the back-up punter for the Erie Hills Elephants. Which really means he's the water boy. He spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups--and hoping no one notices. Actually, he spends most of his time hoping no one notices his strange habits--he calls them Zaps: avoiding writing the number four, for example, or flipping a light switch on and off dozens of times over. He hopes no one notices that he's crazy, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time. She doesn't just notice him: she seems to peer through him. Then Daniel gets a note: "I need your help," it says, signed, Fellow Star child--whatever that means. And suddenly Daniel, a total no one at school, is swept up in a mystery that might change everything for him. With great voice and grand adventure, this book is about feeling different and finding those who understand.
In the tradition of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a hilarious, madcap, and quirky debut novel about a group of oddball teens struggling to find themselves when facing their own mortality.The life of homeschooler Stevie Hart gets all shook up when she meets a strange boy, Max, who survived a freak near-fatal accident and is now obsessed with death. He enlists her and her best friend, Sanger, to help him complete his absurd "23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying" checklist. What starts off as fun begins spiraling downward when Stevie's diabetes sabotages her fumbling romance with Max, Sanger announces she's moving out of state, and then death--real death--cuts close to home.
The Falls: Book OneYou see them everywhere, Mormon missionaries dressed in their white shirts, ties, and suit pants. With their short-cut hair, they ride on their bicycles and knock on doors, trying to convert the world to their brand of religion. In their church community, they are revered for exemplifying the wholesomeness and goodness of being a Mormon youth. RJ and Chris are no different. Both were born and raised in the Mormon church. Both excelled academically, progressed ecclesiastically, earned their Eagle Scout rank at a young age, and had pretty girlfriends. And now it's their turn to serve a mission and experience the Mormon rite of passage. Unknown to them, serving a mission not only opens strangers' doors to "preach the Gospel" as they were taught, but awakens secrets of their own lives while in service to their fellow man--secrets their church is not ready to embrace.
When Emma's little brother loses the neighbor's dog, the girls must work together to track her down in the latest addition to the Cupcake Diaries series.When the girls bake cupcakes for a big "Adopt a Pet" fundraiser, Emma's little brother Jake decides he wants to get a puppy! At first it seems like a really sweet idea, especially when Mia says Jake can walk and groom her two dogs to get used to what needs to be done. But when a neighbor goes on vacation and leaves Jake in charge of his four-legged friend and the dog goes missing, the girls realize perhaps Jake is still too young for a pet. Will the girls find the missing pup before her owner returns?
From the author of At Your Service and the coauthor of You're Invited comes a laugh-out-loud romp about three besties who must piece together what happened after an epic sleepover becomes more than just karaoke and sundaes!Meghan, Paige, and Anna-Marie are super excited for the Best. Night. Ever. The sleepover they're planning is going to be nothing short of EPIC. Not even the last-minute addition of Anna-Marie's socially awkward, soon-to-be stepsister Veronica can dampen their spirits. But nothing prepares them for the scene that greets them when they awaken the next morning: the basement is a disaster, Meghan's left eyebrow has been shaved off and she is somehow in possession of the Class Bad Boy's signature hoodie, and there's a slew of baby chicks in the bathtub! Worst of all, Anna-Marie is missing! Trouble is, none of them can remember anything beyond the hypnotism trick performed by the two-bit magician Veronica arranged in an effort to impress the other girls. Now, as the clock is ticking and the clues continue to get weirder, the remaining girls must figure out exactly what happened the night before. Can they find Anna-Marie and pull off the ultimate save-face before parent pick-up time?
The Rabbids invade Hollywood in the seventh book of this hilarious illustrated chapter book series!After winning the popular reality competition The Astonishing Trek, the Rabbids are up for an award for Best Non-Human Contestants to Win a Competitive Travel Show. Agent Glyker is still on leave from his job at the SGAII-Rabbid Division, so the awards committee hires him to track the Rabbids down and make sure they show up to accept their prize. Now, instead of trying to catch the Rabbids, Agent Glyker is supposed to lure them to Hollywood! Can he get them to the red carpet? And if he does, what kind of trouble will they cause when they get there? Rabbids TM & © 2016 Ubisoft Entertainment.
From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a stunning new novel about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown.What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together? While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together. And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she's loved forever. There's a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there's nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn't. Or say things you shouldn't. The reward almost always outweighs the risk. Almost. It's the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley's first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it's not always clear what's worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.
Sophie finds a four-leaf clover that isn't exactly lucky in the seventh book of The Adventures of Sophie Mouse!Sophie Mouse is painting in Clio's Clover patch on a beautiful spring day when she spots something unusual. It's a clover...but it has four leaves! Four-leaf clovers are supposed to bring good luck, right? Sophie waits and waits for this good luck, but it seems like just the opposite is happening. She spills paint all over herself, she doesn't have any fun daydreams, and she forgets about an adventure she was supposed to go on with Hattie! Will Sophie ever be able to break this Clover Curse? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Adventures of Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Ethan and Ella discover a secret society in Greece in the tenth book of Greetings from Somewhere, an exciting series about mystery, travel, and adventure.Ethan and Ella have never been anywhere as cool--or as old--as Athens, Greece. Surrounded by crumbling buildings and ancient sculptures, the twins are excited to follow in their Grandpa Harry's footsteps and explore the ruins. While they're exploring, they stumble upon a mysterious painting on an underground wall. What is it? And what in the world is the Society of Apollo? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
The Newbery Honor-winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure.Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.
Get inspired to be your best--in sports and in life--with this uplifting memoir from star soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan that includes eight pages of full-color photos as well as book jacket that doubles as a poster!As a talented and successful female athlete, Alex Morgan is a role model to thousands of girls who want to be their best, not just in soccer, but in other sports and in life. The story of her path to success, from playing in the 2011 Women's World Cup, to winning gold in the 2012 London Olympics, to ranking as one of the National Team's top scorers, will inspire everyone who reads it. From her beginnings with the American Youth Soccer Organization to her key role in the 2015 Women's World Cup, Alex shares the details that made her who she is today: a fantastic role model and athlete who proudly rocks a pink headband.
Hestia feels unseen at Mount Olympus Academy in this eighteenth Goddess Girls adventure.
In the tradition of I Know What You Did Last Summer and How to Get Away with Murder, five teens must overcome their paranoia in order to keep their teacher's death a secret in this fast-paced suspense thriller.Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret...especially when it involves a dead teacher. Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet. Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he's been running low on second chances. There's no way he's going to lose everything because someone couldn't keep their mouth shut. Kinley wouldn't describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn't do to keep her perfect record--one that doesn't include murder charges. Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn't looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn't looking to be involved in a murder. He's also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life...but to prevent that he'll have to turn them all in. Cade couldn't care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be. With the police hot on the case, they don't have much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead, you have to be first in line...and that's the quickest way to get stabbed in the back.
Realm hopes that with each past he helps to recover, he'll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own in this spinoff story to Suzanne Young's bestselling duology, The Program and The Treatment.Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients--including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right. Along with his friend (yes, friend) James Murphy, Realm will track down those he's hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives--starting with Dallas Stone. He's not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he's not a hero. But helping others may be the only way to save himself.
Seventh grader Eddie is determined honor his father's legacy and win the school science fair in this fun and quirky debut novel.Eddie learned everything there is to know about birding from his dad, including the legend of the Golden Eagle, which Dad claimed he saw once down near Miss Dorothy's pond. According to his dad, the Golden Eagle had wings wider than a creek and talons the size of bulldozer claws. But when Eddie was in sixth grade, Dad "flew away" for good, leaving Eddie on his own to await the return of the elusive raptor. Now Eddie is starting seventh grade and trying to impress Gabriella, the new girl in town. The annual seventh grade Science Symposium (which Dad famously won) is looming, and Eddie is determined to claim the blue ribbon for himself. With Mr. Dover, the science teacher who was Dad's birding rival, seemingly against him, and with Mouton, the class bully, making his life miserable on all fronts, Eddie is determined to overcome everything and live up to Dad's memory. Can Eddie soar and make his dream take flight?
Right on time for election season comes an updated biography of our 44th President--written just for kids!President Barack Obama's election in 2008 energized the United States and the world. And though the last few years haven't been easy, this president has spent a lifetime overcoming obstacles. President Barack Obama's early involvement with politics was inspired by his mother's interest in the controversial social issues of her times--a passion that she passed on to her son. As the first African America editor of the Harvard Law Review, the first African American presidential nominee of a major political party, and eventually the first African American president of the United States, Barack Obama has consistently shattered barriers--barriers that some people thought could never be overcome. However, President Obama's life has had its challenges. Born to a Kenyan father and an American mother, Barack grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, where he faced discrimination and struggles with his own racial identity. Despite these obstacles, Barack persevered and had a successful political career even before his historic win in the 2008 presidential election. Containing vital and current information, this biography will bring you up to date with all the latest from the Oval Office, and much more!
Learn about the life of the 43rd President of the United States in this updated biography of George W. Bush, specially written for a younger audience.President George W. Bush once said, "I never dreamed about becoming president. When I was growing up, I wanted to be Willie Mays." George W. was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut. He grew up in Texas but returned to Connecticut to attend Yale University. As a young man he trained as a fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard before beginning a career in business. He entered Texas politics and served as the state's governor from 1994 to 2000. In 2001 George W. Bush won one of the closest, and most disputed, presidential elections in United States history. During his first term Bush launched a war against terrorism after the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001. In 2004 he won his second term against John Kerry. Originally published as President George W. Bush in 2005, this revised biography of the 43rd President of the United States includes eight pages of photos as well as a timeline and index.
Twelve-year-old AJ is dreading spending the summer with her uber-strict grandmother--that is, until she's recruited to join Grandma Jo's heist club--in this hilarious and quirky twist on a summer vacation story.AJ does not, under any circumstances, want to spend an entire month living with her strict Grandma Jo. Not only does her grandmother tell her how to walk, what to eat, and which rooms she can enter, she fills all of AJ's free time with boring sewing lessons! Grandma Jo wants nothing more than to transform her adventurous, fun-loving granddaughter into a prim and proper lady...and AJ hates it. But AJ's dull summer takes an exciting turn when she discovers that her grandmother's "bridge group" is actually a club of crooks! And when Grandma Jo offers to teach AJ lock picking instead of embroidery in exchange for help with a few capers, AJ is thrilled to join her grandmother's madcap band of thieves who claim to steal only for ethical reasons. But even the most respectable ladies can hide some truly surprising secrets, and AJ must decide for herself what it truly means to be one of the good guys.
Heidi Heckelbeck wants to prove she can make it in the babysitting business, but she'll need a little magic and a lot of help from her friends!Heidi Heckelbeck is eager to start babysitting, but her mom doesn't think she's old enough yet. To prove she's ready to be responsible, Heidi teams up with Laurel and Bruce to create a spectacular booth--called the "Little Explorers Museum"--for the Brewster Elementary fair. It's going to be an exciting exhibit of fabulous art projects, nifty science experiments...and babysitting! But when Heidi worries that her babysitting station won't attract enough visitors, will her Book of Spells help her find a magical solution? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost ever page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
Heidi Heckelbeck is a little witch with a big problem: she might...just maybe...be a little afraid of the dark!Heidi Heckelbeck is going to her first sleepover! She's packed her special polka dot pajamas and can't wait to curl up in her brand-new sleeping bag. Until she realizes that she'll never fall asleep without the lights on! Because Heidi has another teeny-tiny secret: she's afraid of the dark! What will all the other girls say? Melanie will tease her for sure. Can she use her book of spells to conjure up some light? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
She never knew she had a self. From the time she was a child, she was prepared to sacrifice her life when the Volkking summoned her. She never knew she had a heart, until she set out on a journey north to live among strangers. She never knew she had a choice, until she chose to trust the princess she was told to serve. And she never knew her own value, until she met the man who understood her strength, and who could taste the honey in her name: Elske. But the princess Beriel had always known who she was and what she was worth. She had always had a heart, and a stubborn one. She had always made her own choices, even when they were forced upon her. What Beriel did not have was the one thing she valued above all else, and that was the throne to her kingdom. With immense power and compassion, Cynthia Voigt, Newbery Medalist, depicts the parallel quests of two extraordinary young women. As Elske seeks to find her true self and Beriel battles to reclaim what is rightfully hers, both discover the value, and the price, of reaching the journey's end.
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