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Annie Boots is almost free. She has one year to go. One year before she can call the shots. One year before she's free, off to college, doing whatever she wants to do, when she wants to do it. One year to hold it all together.But you can't always outrun your feelings. You can't control who you love. You don't get to pick your gene pool. And even though Annie knows she should stay away, there has always been something about family. . . .
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
Nye, Naomi Shihab
Beginning with a work inspired by the events of September 11, Naomi Shihab Nye brings together 60 of her poems in 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East including "Different Ways to Pray," "The Palestinians Have Given Up Parties" and "Football." Many of the poems, which focus on the Middle East and the Arab-American experience, have appeared in previous collections; others are published here for the first time. An excellent way to invite exploration and discussion of events far away and their impact here at home. Ages 9-12
The Sphinx's Secret (The Supernormal Sleuthing Service, BK. 2)
The action-packed sequel to The Lost Legacy, which Booklist called “Monstrous fun!”Living in a hotel full of monsters isn’t always easy, especially when all the adults have fallen under an evil spell! Stephen and his friends have three days to undo a sorcerer’s magic before the spell becomes permanent and their parents are cursed forever. Hotel Transylvania meets Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.It’s only been a few weeks since Stephen started living in the New Harmonia - a hotel that caters to a supernormal clientele, including bigfeet, vampires, dragons, and talking gargoyles - and he still has a lot to learn. His latest discovery? The lions at the New York Public Library are actually sphinxes, guarding a secret underground collection of magical artifacts. But just as Stephen makes this discovery, a mysterious warlock named Edmund the Enchanter turns the sphinxes to stone and steals a powerful wand from the library’s collection. With the wand, Edmund could take control of the entire supernormal world. Stephen and his two best friends, Sofia and Ivan, have only three days to thwart Edmund’s evil intentions.The Sphinx’s Secret is an adventure-filled monstrous romp with a time-travel twist. This inventive and accessible mystery-adventure is full of friendship, humor, and a curious cast of characters perfect for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch and R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series.
Once upon a time . . . you were a princess, or an orphan. A wicked witch, fairy godmother, prom queen, valedictorian, team captain, Big Bad Wolf, Little Bo Peep. But you are more than just a hero or a villain, cursed or charmed. You are everything in between. You are everything. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann places fairy tales side by side with the modern teenage girl. Powerful and provocative, deadly funny and deadly serious, this collection is one to read, to share, to treasure, and to come back to again and again.
We'll Fly Away
Luke and Toby have always had each other’s backs. But then one choice - or maybe it is a series of choices - sets them down an irrevocable path. We’ll Fly Away weaves together Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later - from death row.Best friends since childhood, Luke and Toby have dreamed of one thing: getting out of their dead-end town. Soon they finally will, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, never looking back. If they don’t drift apart first. If Toby’s abusive dad, or Luke’s unreliable mom, or anything else their complicated lives throw at them doesn’t get in the way.Tense and emotional, this hard-hitting novel explores family abuse, sex, love, and friendship, and how far people will go to protect those they love. For fans of Jason Reynolds, Marieke Nijkamp, and NPR’s Serial podcast.
Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket (Ivy Pocket, Bk. 3)
Ivy Pocket is on the run again and is headed back to London, where she has plenty to do! Her friend Rebecca needs rescuing, but first Ivy Pocket will have to avoid a kidnapping, comfort a hysterical cook, fix her magical Clock Diamond, and fight off a cold (and she never gets sick). Luckily, Ivy Pocket always lands on her feet, having all the natural instincts of a frightened feline. She's perfectly certain she can dodge her enemies long enough to pull off the greatest rescue anyone has ever seen. Unfortunately, nothing really goes as planned.
Read the book, turn it upside down, and in every full-color picture there is another picture reflected. A double wonder on every page. Full-color illustrations.
So Many Circles, So Many Squares
For her latest wordless picture book, Hoban has searched the city and found images of round things and square things to fit the concept of her title. Sticklers for geometric exactness will point out that onions and grapes are not circles and some of the "squares" have rounded corners. Still, teachers and young children will find plenty to talk about as they look at the colorful, well-composed, and clearly defined images. In fact, some of the pictures would make good starting points for imaginative thinking or creative-writing exercises. Another attractive, open-ended book from an exceptional photographer.(Ages 3-6.)
Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks
Olive and Pekoe are best friends. Olive is an older dog who likes to take her time; Pekoe is a bouncy puppy with a nose for exploration. Together they make the perfect team. Pekoe fetches sticks for Olive, and Olive protects Pekoe from bigger, meaner dogs. They go on walks, encounter a chipmunk, and get caught in a rainstorm, among other adventures. Their escapades may be small but are nevertheless filled with excitement and love.In four short and easy-to-read chapters (or walks), New York Times–bestselling author Jacky Davis explores the nature of friendship in all its humor and drama. Giselle Potter’s lively and engaging watercolors are the perfect match to the story.
Maya's Story (Backyard Witch, Bk. 3)
Maya has been preparing for the school spelling bee F-O-R-E-V-E-R. She spells every unusual word she hears and even enlists her best friends, Sadie and Jess, to help her practice. But on the day of the bee, something terrible happens—Maya loses. To Sadie.Enter Ms. M, who is substituting for the school librarian. Ms. M always knows just how to make everyone feel better . . . but she also always brings a little mischief. This time it involves a library poltergeist and an imaginary chicken!Short chapters filled with illustrator Deborah Marcero’s striking, lively black-and-white illustrations make the Backyard Witch series a must-have for young middle grade readers.
After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, twelve-year-old Esme's been inextricably drawn to that spot, although her grandmother warns her to stay away. But when she follows her little brother, Bo, and her dog, Old Jack, up the hill while chasing fireflies, she makes an incredible discovery - dinosaur bones peeking out from underneath the abandoned tractor.The bones must be a message from her grandfather, a connection from beyond the grave. But when word gets out that the farm is hiding something valuable, reporters, researchers, and neighbors arrive in droves. Esme struggles to understand who has her best interests at heart, especially as the memory of her grandfather begins to slip away.Full of friendship and adventure, and featuring a palpable Texas setting, Finding Esme is a moving and heartfelt story about family, friendship, and learning to deal with loss.
From good morning to good night, Little Bea spends the day buzzing through her neighborhood helping friends and having fun. Full color.
Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories
Everyone has a life story. . . .In Marianthe's Story, the beloved and bestselling picture book creator Aliki tells the life story - with words and with pictures - of every child who has ever been uprooted, brought to a new country, and faced a new school, new customs, and a new language.
For a Muse of Fire
Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood.But ever since the colonizing army conquered their country, the old ways are forbidden, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad Emperor has a spring that cures his ills—and could cure Jetta’s, too. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues her.But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as with chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure.
This Is a Serious Book
This is a very serious book. Nothing silly is allowed. There are no funny faces, no clowns, and definitely no shenanigans. A serious book is always respectful, and, of course, is always in black and white. But wait! Who’s this? Zebra might be black and white, but he is NOT serious. And he and his friends are ruining the book with their antics, parades, and parties!This funny and irreverent book that pits its narrator against its characters in a hilarious way invites reader participation and encourages kids to think about writing their own books and stories - just as donkey does here in the end.
The Duck & the Kangaroo
Meet Duck. Duck has a yen for travel and adventure. Duck also has some very wet, cold feet and a gift for loyalty and compromise. Meet Kangaroo. Kangaroo has been around the world and back, and is looking for a little bit of luck. Or a duck. When Duck and Kangaroo meet, it's a match made in . . . heaven.
A Maze Me: Poems For Girls
Nye, Naomi Shihab
First love, friendships, family, hopes, and dreams are among the topics addressed in the 72 original poems written exclusively for this collection, accompanied by five full-color prints.
Shadows and Reflections
"This imaginative, wordless book of color photographs is a visual treat, offering witty and subtle sets of images for enriching the eyes of children and adults.... A satisfying, intriguing book."--School Library Journal.Shadows and reflections are all around us -- under our feet, over our heads, directly in front of us. But only Tana Hoban can make us look at -- and see -- what is right before our eyes. She makes us look with our minds and hearts and imaginations -- and our surroundings are forever changed.
It's a place for misfits. For stories that will rip out your heart and give you back one better than what you started with. Stories about prejudice, rage, and hope. About surviving it all and showing the world that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. In three novellas, Chris Crutcher brings together some of his most unforgettable characters - among them Sarah Byrnes, Angus Bethune, and Montana West - to bare their souls. No sugarcoating here. Just the truth.
Starring a brother and sister who go to the zoo, see kangaroos and baboons, and get to bring home balloons! Told entirely in words that contain a double o, this playful story is a great choice for emerging readers.
With bright, clear illustrations and clean prose, award-winning and bestselling picture book creator Byron Barton deftly familiarizes young children with the various rooms and important parts of a house in this companion to his critically acclaimed My Car, My Bike, and My Bus.Jim the cat leads a tour through the bedroom, the kitchen, and even onto the roof before his owner Jane comes home and makes his dinner. The rhythmic text and bright illustrations make this the perfect book for repeated readings and the perfect introduction to the concept of home.
The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are.
Time You Let Me In
Nye, Naomi Shihab
25 poets under 25. They are inspiring, talented, stunning, remarkable, wise. They are also fearless, depressed, hilarious, impatient, in love, out of love, pissed off. And they want you to let them in.
Mervin the Sloth Is About to Do the Best Thing in the World
Venable, Colleen AF
Mervin the Sloth is just standing there quietly when giant letters drop onto the page: "Mervin the Sloth is about to do the best thing in the world." But what is the best thing in the world? What is Mervin about to do? It doesn’t take long for all of Mervin’s exuberant animal friends to barge in with their own ideas. Flying! Digging! Gazelling! Wait, gazelling? Is that even a word?If only sloths weren’t so slow! Because maybe it’s something even better. But only Amy the red panda sticks around to see it.This inventive picture book balances zany, pitch-perfect humor with warmth and heart - and irresistibly huggable animal characters. Fans of The Book with No Pictures and The Monster at the End of This Book will delight in the way it plays with form, makes you laugh out loud, and introduces us all to our new, very slow-moving best friend.
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