Reuven is quiet and thoughtful. His younger brother Avi is outgoing and impulsive. As irritating as they can be to each other, the boys have two strong bonds-the solidity of their Jewish family life and their passionate love for baseball. As the book opens, Reuven, a pitcher, is desperately working for a spot on the end-of-season All-Star team, while happy-go-lucky Avi probably hasn't even thought that far ahead. Reuven is willing to ignore the advice of his parents and even involve his younger brother in his campaign to succeed.
The tensions leading to the big game-and its surprise outcome-will satisfy all young baseball fans.
Angus MacMouse Brings Down the House by Linda Teitel
When a poor street mouse named Angus accidentally wanders onto the stage of the opera, he scares the soprano so much that she sings a record-breaking high note. Word gets out, and soon the soprano, Minnie McGraw, becomes world famous, and goes on tour with Angus as her secret. But things go wrong when Angus becomes famous in his own right and Minnie grows jealous. Minnie and Carlo, the scheming tenor, come up with a plan to mousenap Angus!
Trapped in a cage backstage, Angus must escape in time to save the opera company from ruin.
It's summer vacation, and Sassy and her family are headed to Florida to visit Grammy for her birthday. A huge celebration is planned at Grammy's beach house. Sassy can't wait
But the weather reports say a hurricane is swirling in the Atlantic, and could be coming right toward Grammy's town.
So much for family fun-everyone's too busy boarding up their houses and stocking up on food. To make matters worse, the local sea turtles' lives are threatened, there's no electricity, stores are closed, and there's no birthday cake.
Thanks to Sassy's sparkle sack, time spent in Florida turns into an unforgettable celebration that is a birthday party like no other
Abby is back at the same old camp she goes to every summer -- except for the fact that this summer, nothing is the same. Her friend Rose is a cabin assistant, her friend Beth is pierced, and now the only person who doesn't seem too cool for Abby is Shasta, the new girl.
1. who is one-eighth Cherokee.
2. who was struck by lightning.
3. whose Internet boyfriend is a senior in high school.
4. who can't do any activities because of various questionable ailments.
5. who is totally annoying to everyone but Abby.
Can Abby be friends with a girl who all her other friends can't stand? Especially when Shasta has secrets that she isn't even telling Abby?
Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she’s tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy—or her father will be put to death.
Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn’t fallen in love with the prince herself!
In the Doghouse (Lizzie McGuire Mystery #5): To raise money for an animal shelter, Lizzie starts her own dog-walking and dog-sitting business with her two best friends, Miranda and Gordo. The idea is such a good one that cheerleaders Kate and Claire are seriously jealous-since their own lame pom-pom fundraiser is a total failure. Then someone lets the dogs out of the McGuires' backyard, and Lizzie is really in the doghouse. She not only has to track down the missing dogs, but she's also got to track down the guilty party before he or she strikes again!
Could it be her jealous rivals? Her toxic little brother's idea of a prank? Or what about those two neighbors who wouldn't stop complaining about the barking? Time for snoop dog McGuire to sniff out the truth of this doggone mystery!
Together with her best friend and reluctant sidekick, Meat, Herculeah Jones meets a famous mystery author, Mathias King, aka the Murder King. King's novels mirror gruesome, real-life murders, particularly A Slash of Life, which is about an unsolved local stabbing. Some people believe Mathias King isn't making up the detailscould he actually be responsible for the crime? Herculeah's sure she can find out. But Meat seems too busy with his new girlfriend to give Herculeah much of a hand.
Can Herculeah solve this mystery on her own, or will Meat's dating be this sleuth's downfall?
Dyamonde Daniel may be new in town, but that doesn't stop her from making a place for herself in a jiffy. With her can-do attitude and awesome brain power she takes the whole neighborhood by storm. The only thing puzzling her is the other new kid in her class.
He's awfully grouchy, but Dyamonde's determined to get to the bottom of his frowning attitude and make a friend.
Readers will fall in love with Dyamonde Daniel, the spirited star of a new series by Nikki Grimes.
It's the monster hunters' last chance to stop an all-out monster war!
We're under attack! The last of the mega-monsters known as the Named are fighting their way into our world, and only a mysterious being known as the Guardian can help—but the Guardian is dying.
To save him, Charlie Benjamin and his friends from the Nightmare Academy must journey into the heart of a Hydra cave, through the spooky Bermuda Triangle graveyard, and across the treacherous, monster-filled San Diego Zoo.
One of the four rules posted above the blackboard in the tall teacher's classroom is "Raise your hand to talk," but Paul can't seem to stop himself from just blurting out whatever he has to say--that is, until confetti-like moths begin fluttering around his face every time he opens his mouth. Not surprisingly--given the way things work at W. T. Melon Elementary School--there is a solution that Paul soon comes to learn.
And so it goes with Kimberly, who has a bad habit of cutting in line, and Zachary, who can't seem to stay put in his chair.
Ready? Line UP! FALL IN! And you'll fall for this timely and generous novel set on an Air Force base during the Iraq War, about an amazing teacher and the students she inspires.
No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afghanistan, and Ms. Loupe herself breaks down, they band together to support their teacher. What starts as a class fundraiser expands into a nationwide effort for all injured troops, and an amazing vision of community and hope.
There’s trouble brewing at StregaSchloss!
When Signora Strega-Borgia invites some would-be witches to stay, weird things begin to happen. Pandora can’t resist the temptation of time travel. Titus picks up a strange—and deadly—computer virus. And it looks like they may have to trade in the family riches for a family curse.
Are they falling under the witches’ spell? Or is the ghost of the Strega-Borgias’ past coming back to haunt them all?
Just when the Strega-Borgias think it’s safe to relax in their ancestral castle . . . it isn’t.
First their roof collapses, forcing them into the Auchenlochtermuchty Arms–the only local hotel that will accomodate three mythical beasts and one crocodile. Then Titus accidentally creates 500 tiny naked pink clones. And 500 tiny naked pink clones are not easy to manage. But not surprisingly, this isn’t the biggest Strega-Borgia dilemma–there’s also a few evil contractors plotting to destroy their home forever.
Perhaps the miniature kilted warriors arising from the spilled magic potion can help.
Robots are running amok in Northwest Southeast Central school! It all started as a harmless science experiment meant to prove whether or not the new girl in school was in fact a robot. But now a robot of a different kind is chewing up the hallways and causing panic not seen in this area since Schooling Around #3!
What are the students at Northwest Southeast Central going to do? RUN!
And what are readers going to do? LAUGH!
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
Ramona likes being big enough to be depended on, but does everything have to depend on her? If Mrs. Kemp didn't look after Ramona, her mother couldn't work full time. If her mother didn't work, her father couldn't return to college.
Ramona does get to ride the school bus this year, and she's determined to enjoy the third grade and learning to read and write despite teasing from Danny the Yard Ape.
If only she weren't still treated like a child sometimes!
Big trouble is brewing in Oz Sinister clouds boil ominously over the Emerald City, Dorothy has gone missing, and there are rumblings of rebellion in the Nome Kingdom. So a desperate plea for help goes out from Princess Ozma to two resourceful sisters from Kansas through the magic snow globe that helped bring them to Oz once before.
But the girls face troubles of their own at home, and only one of them can answer Ozma's call. It's up to Dori to prevent a war deep in the caverns of the Nomes, while Em tries to do the same between their parents. It's hard to say who has the tougher job.
Thousands of years ago the land is one dark forest. Its people are hunter-gatherers. They know every tree and herb and they know how to survive in a time of enchantment and powerful magic. Until an ambitious and malevolent force conjures a demon: a demon so evil that it can be contained only in the body of a ferocious bear that will slay everything it sees, a demon determined to destroy the world.
Only one boy can stop it—12 year old Torak, who has seen his father murdered by the bear. With his dying breath, Torak’s father tells his son of the burden that is his. He must lead the bear to the mountain of the World Spirit and beg that spirit’s help to overcome it.
Torak is an unwilling hero. He is scared and trusts no one. His only companion is a wolf cub only three moons old, whom he seems to understand better than any human.