The adventure continues in this exciting companion to The Castle in the Attic. As William turns twelve, he wonders if Jason is still his best friend. In the past year, Jason has grown a foot taller, while William is still a shrimp. When Jason challenges William to "jump the trains," William is terrified. How else can he prove himself to Jason? William gets his answer when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again transports him to Sir Simon's castle in the Middle Ages, this time with Jason. There the two friends face a dangerous army of rats and their gigantic leader. Once before, William was a hero in Sir Simon's day. Now it's up to William to destroy the rats and save the kingdom in the final battle for the castle.
Jancsi is overjoyed to hear that his cousin from Budapest is coming to spend the summer on his father's ranch on the Hungarian plains. But their summer proves more adventurous than he had hoped when headstrong Kate arrives, as together they share horseback races across the plains, country fairs and festivals, and a dangerous run-in with the gypsies.<P><P> In vividly detailed scenes and beautiful illustrations, this Newbery Award-winning author presents an unforgettable world and characters who will be remembered forever.<P> Newbery Honor Book
With the Queen's birthday only days away, the King is concerned that the royal carpenters will not be able to build her a bed because they do not know how to measure.
Fried worms, boiled worms, worm sandwiches, worms with ketchup and peanut butter...Billy must eat fifteen worms in fifteen days, or lose his bet with Alan and Joe. Can Billy put his taste buds to the test and win, or will he work his way out of the deal?<P><P> Because of a bet, Billy is in an uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. Billy's family helps him through gastronomic ordeal that twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.
Reeve McLain, Jr. --Junebug--has a big dream that keeps him going. He dreams that someday he and his younger sister and mother will move from the awful housing project where drugs, gangs, and guns are part of everyday life. Junebug's tenth birthday is coming up, and he knows the gangs and drug dealers will be after him to join them. But he has a big birthday plan to keep his hope alive. He's going to launch his glass-bottle collection filled with notes of his dreams and wishes. Maybe some way, somehow, Junebug's dream will come true.
Emily Hasbrouck saw her 11-year-old friend die, and she knows the people responsible. But nobody will believe her as she is an orphan and the accused are the richest in town. Emily is determined to speak the truth. She refuses to let her friend's death be called an "accident." Reaching out to Emily are a few people who believe her, and with their help, Emily must tell--in front of the powerful men who want to send her away--what really happened.
Mike Costa has lived his whole life in The Strip, Pittsburgh's warehouse and factory district. His father's large Italian family runs a food wholesale business, and Mike is used to the sounds and smells of men working all night to unload the trains that feed the city. But it's 1933, and the Depression is bringing tough times to everyone. Money problems only add to Mike's worries about his beloved grandfather, who is getting forgetful and confused. Mike is being tormented at school by a loud-mouth named Andy Simms, who calls Mike "Macaroni Boy. " But when dead rats start appearing in the streets, that name changes to "Rat Boy. " Around the same time Mike notices that his grandfather is also physically sick. Can whatever is killing the rats be hurting Mike's grandfather? It's a mystery Mike urgently needs to solve in this atmospheric, fast-paced story filled with vibrant period detail. From the Hardcover edition.
Emily has never fit in her overachieving family. Instead of getting straight As, she sits in the back row and hides behind her hair. As a result, her parents have enrolled her at Camp Excel--an academic camp for underachievers--for the summer. Emily doesn't want to go, and not just because she feels it isn't necessary. She's been plagued by a recurring nightmare since she was a child. And there's something about this camp that feels familiar--has she been there before? Why can't she remember? With the help of two new friends, Emily discovers that her nightmare is not just in her head. Someone at Camp Excel has a secret--and will do anything, even murder, to keep Emily from uncovering the truth. From the Hardcover edition.
It's Olga da Polga to the rescue! When a water shortage makes life difficult for the Sawdust family, it's up to Olga to find a way to make it rain. And when a visiting bird makes all the animals jealous, Olga is the only one to help it feel welcome. Life with the Sawdust family isn't always easy, but when Olga takes charge, nothing gets in her way!
20 stories for children, including Adam & Eve, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, Samson & Delilah, David & Goliath, Jonah, Job and Daniel
Haley's excited about turning 13, but her teenage years start off with a thud when, shortly after her birthday, her mother checks herself into the hospital for severe depression. Her older brother, Otis, is busy with his job, and Haley tries to keep her mind off the family problems with her own job, helping a music teacher clean up his backyard garden. As Haley's family life becomes more and unstable, it's her work and her growing friendship with her employer that sustain her. When Otis gets arrested for selling stolen goods and a social worker takes Haley into a group home, it's her employer she turns to to help her pick up the pieces.
Summer vacation at Pirate Island! Liza, Bill, and Jed can't believe their grandparents' wonderful surprise. The excitement begins even before they reach the island, as Grandpa gives the first clue to the unsolved mystery of a long-lost family "treasure. " Whether it's their frightening run-ins with Hermit Dan, a wild and scary romp with a swooping bat, or a midnight trip into the woods, tracking the series of weird picture clues leads the children all over the island and into all sorts of adventures.
While his twin sister Janet likes make-believe things, four-year-old Jimmy likes real things. One day he tells his father that he wants to dig the biggest hole in the world. By the end of the day, Jimmy manages to dig a real hole... but how can his family use it?
The Pony Express existed for only a little more than a year, but in those short months it added a glowing chapter to Western history. A rider was given a red flannel shirt, blue trousers, a Bible, and a Colt revolver for the race against time. He needed them all -- particularly the gun. This is a thrilling and authentic account of the young men and boys who carried the mail almost two thousand miles in ten days and nights of merciless riding between San Francisco and St. Joseph, Missouri, over blizzard-swept mountains, across blazing deserts and through the heart of hostile Indian country.
Clara Luna's name means "clear moon" in Spanish. But lately, her head has felt anything but clear. One day a letter comes from Mexico, written in Spanish:Dear Clara, We invite you to our house for the summer. We will wait for you on the day of the full moon, in June, at the Oaxaca airport. Love, your grandparents. Fourteen-year-old Clara has never met her father's parents. She knows he snuck over the border from Mexico as a teenager, but beyond that, she knows almost nothing about his childhood. When she agrees to go, she's stunned by her grandparents' life: they live in simple shacks in the mountains of southern Mexico, where most people speak not only Spanish, but an indigenous language, Mixteco. The village of Yucuyoo holds other surprises, too-- like the spirit waterfall, which is heard but never seen. And Pedro, an intriguing young goatherder who wants to help Clara find the waterfall. Hearing her grandmother's adventurous tales of growing up as a healer awakens Clara to the magic in Yucuyoo, and in her own soul. What The Moon Sawis an enchanting story of discovering your true self in the most unexpected place. From the Hardcover edition.