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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Children's Reading - Ages 9-12

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  • Adventures of Sir Givret the Short, The
    by Gerald Morris (Author), Aaron Renier (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0547248180
    Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur held court with his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Poor Givret, who is easily the shortest man at court, bears the brunt of their jokes. But what he lacks in stature, Givret makes up for in brains—and before he knows it, his quick thinking has landed him a place at the famous Round Table! And so beginneth the exciting and funny adventures of Sir Givret the Short, Brilliant, and Marvelous.

    Paperback edition published in October 2009.
  • Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great, The
    by Gerald Morris (Author), Aaron Renier (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0547237561
    Many years ago, the storytellers say, the great King Arthur brought justice to England with the help of his gallant Knights of the Round Table. Of these worthy knights, there was never one so fearless, so chivalrous, so honorable, so…shiny as the dashing Sir Lancelot, who was quite good at defending the helpless and protecting the weak, just as long as he’d had his afternoon nap. Behold the very exciting and very funny adventures of Lancelot the Great, as only acclaimed Arthurian author Gerald Morris can tell them.
  • Alice Through the Looking-Glass
    by Lewis Carroll, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763628921
    Helen Oxenbury's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND set a new standard for contemporary editions of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic. And now she has illustrated its companion, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING- GLASS, with equal intimacy, warmth, and charm. Here again is Alice, dressed in her bright blue jumper and ready for adventure like any modern child. All it takes is a bit of curiosity about the room reversed in the mirror and suddenly Alice is in the Looking-Glass world with all manner of comical and magical characters — Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the lion and the unicorn, and a whole game board of chess pieces come to life.

    On page after page, Helen Oxenbury's incomparable line drawings, sepia illustrations, and full-color paintings give today's children their own utterly accessible view into Lewis Carroll's timeless nonsense.
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    by Lewis Carroll, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763620491
    Welcome back to a Wonderland that is as astonishingly new as it is joyously familiar. Helen Oxenbury, one of the world’s most acclaimed illustrators, brings her special brand of magic to the Lewis Carroll classic in a handsome volume boasting more illustrations than any other edition - called a "masterpiece" by Parents’ Choice. Her Wonderland is exuberant, contemporary, and lovingly created, with all the warmth, depth of emotion, humor, and acute observations of people and animals for which the artist’s work is so highly regarded. An elegant, textured cover with flaps makes this a beautiful gift book.
  • Angel and Dragon
    by Meriol Trevor
    ISBN: 1883937272
    Book 3 of the Letzenstein Chronicles
    The adventures of Rafael le Marre and his friends continue in this third book of the Letzenstein Chronicles. Catherine Ayre and her cousin Giles come to Letzenstein in the summer of 1849. Raf is happily married and settled in Xandeln with a crowd of orphans—but Giles, at least, is not impressed with his unconventional ways. After a terrorist bombing in which the Grand Duke is thought to be killed, Julius Varenshalt tries to take political control. Catherine, and even Giles, fear for Raf's life—and indeed it has never more precariously hung in the balance.
  • Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid
    by Doris Haggis-on-Whey (Author), Benny Haggis-on-Whey
    ISBN: 1932416390
    Here is the third installment in a series of reference books, all written by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey, a team of highly energized and deeply focused scientists with over sixty-seven combined years of experience at their command, including six months spent lifting awkwardly-sized boxes.

    Animals of the Ocean advances many heretofore unexplored discoveries and opinions, including squid dating dos and don'ts, why squid are not at all able to watch television in black and white, the ways in which people who don't know any better might think fish are not animals, the long-term effects of salt water on musical theater, and also the adventure of Gunther.

    Animals of the Ocean, in Particular the Giant Squid comes with a foil-stamped and leather-inspired cover. Its pages are full color and illustrated without reserve. This book does not contain a warning label, but if it did, it would advise readers to enjoy its pages only in small and furtive doses, such as while waiting your turn at tetherball.
  • Beginning, a Muddle, and an End, A : The Right Way to Write Writing
    by Avi (Author), Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 015205555X
    Avon the snail and Edward the ant are back for another funny--and philosophical--adventure. This time, Avon has decided he wants to be a writer, only to discover that writing is way more difficult than he ever imagined. He finally gets the word Something written down, but there's a problem: What to write next? Luckily, his friend Edward is there to advise.

    Brimming with wit, wisdom, and humor, this warm and winning tale of two friends on a quest will be enjoyed by readers (and writers) of all ages.
  • Case of the Gasping Garbage, The
    by Michele Torrey (Author), Barbara Johansen Newman (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1402749600
    Doyle and Fossey are on a mission—a monster mission! It seems there’s a giant bloodsucking monster gasping and gurgling in their friend Gabby’s garbage can. Can they figure out what’s up before the creature gobbles Gabby for lunch? This and four more cool cases will have kids checking out the clues—and learning great science too, including facts about the life cycle of a frog and chromatography.
  • Castle Corona, The
    by Sharon Creech (Author), David Diaz (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0060846216
    Long ago and far away . . .

    There was a castle. But not just any castle. This was a castle that glittered and sparkled and rose majestically above the banks of the winding Winono River: the Castle Corona.

    And in this castle lived a family. But not just any family. This was the family of King Guido: rich and royal and . . . spoiled. And King Guido was so spoiled that neither jewels nor gold nor splendid finery could please him, for what he longed for most was . . . a nap and a gown that didn't itch.

    Far below this grand, glittering castle lived two peasants. But not just any peasants. These peasants, though poor and pitiful, were plucky and proud. And in possession of a stolen pouch. But not just any pouch. A pouch whose very contents had the power to unlock secrets and transform lives . . .
  • Charles Dickens and Friends
    by Marcia Williams
    ISBN: 0763619051
    What the Dickens? GREAT EXPECTATIONS, OLIVER TWIST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, DAVID COPPERFIELD, and A TALE OF TWO CITIES - five literary classics take on a new life in these wonderfully accessible retellings by Marcia Williams. A welcoming introduction to Dickens’s work, this completely kid-friendly collection offers a simple narrative retelling of each tale, along with amusing scene-to-scene drawings of well-known Dickensian characters and bits of dialogue excerpted from the original texts.
  • Charlotte's Web
    by E. B. White (Author), Garth Williams
    ISBN: 0064400557
    Amazon.com
    An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.
  • Chasing Vermeer
    by Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0439372976
    Amazon.com
    In the classic tradition of E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, debut author Blue Balliett introduces readers to another pair of precocious kids on an artful quest full of patterns, puzzles, and the power of blue M&Ms. Eleven year old Petra and Calder may be in the same sixth grade class, but they barely know each other. It’s only after a near collision during a museum field trip that they discover their shared worship of art, their teacher Ms. Hussey, and the blue candy that doesn’t melt in your hands. Their burgeoning friendship is strengthened when a creative thief steals a valuable Vermeer painting en route to Chicago, their home town. When the thief leaves a trail of public clues via the newspaper, Petra and Calder decide to try and recover the painting themselves. But tracking down the Vermeer isn’t easy, as Calder and Petra try to figure out what a set of pentominos (mathematical puzzle pieces), a mysterious book about unexplainable phenomena and a suddenly very nervous Ms. Hussey have to do with a centuries old artwork. When the thief ups the ante by declaring that he or she may very well destroy the painting, the two friends know they have to make the pieces of the puzzle fit before it’s too late!

    Already being heralded as The DaVinci Code for kids, Chasing Vermeer will have middle grade readers scrutinizing art books as they try to solve the mystery along with Calder and Petra. In an added bonus, artist Brett Helquist has also hidden a secret pentomino message in several of the book’s illustrations for readers to decode. An auspicious and wonderfully satisfying debut that will leave no young detective clueless. --Jennifer Hubert
  • Cold Fusion
    by Doris Haggis-on-Whey (Author), Benny Haggis-on-Whey
    ISBN: 1934781215
    For many years the scientific and educational communities have wondered and worried about the possibility that semi-sane scholar-pretenders would find the means to publish a series of reference books aimed at children but filled with ludicrous misinformation. These books would be distributed through respectable channels and would inevitably find their way into the hands and households of well-meaning families, who would go to them for facts but instead find bizarre untruths. The books would look normal enough but would read as if written by people who should not have written them. Sadly, that day is upon us. The fourth book in the HOW series, Cold Fusion, is to be feared. Like its predecessors, Giraffes? Giraffes! and Animals of the Ocean, Cold Fusion must also be kept far from the young people in your life. This book reveals the secrets of cold fusion, one of the most controversial scientific pursuits that can be conducted in a bathtub.
  • Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh, The
    by A. A. Milne (Author), Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0525467262
    Four original classics are here, in all their glory: Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, and Now We Are Six. This beautiful edition features complete, unabridged text and all of Shepard's original illustrations, each hand painted in watercolors--this is a true collector's gem. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com
  • Concord Cunningham the Scripture Sleuth
    by Mat Halverson
    ISBN: 1885904193
    Are you ready to catch villains, solve puzzles, and crack cases that stump normal detectives? Grab your Bible and get ready to Scripture Sleuth with Concord Cunningham. Concord investigates an exciting new mystery in each chapter. But instead of revealing the solution at the end of the chapter, Concord gives readers a Bible verse to look up. The Bible verse holds the final clue to that chapter's mystery, so readers must open a Bible, find the verse, and look for the clue. When readers are ready to see if they have cracked the case, the solutions are at the back of the book. Readers will realize that God's Word is living, active, and able to help out in any situation.
  • Crystal Snowstorm, The
    by Meriol Trevor, Mariol Trevor
    ISBN: 1883937256
    Book 1 in the Letzenstein Chronicles
    It is the eve of 1848, a time of small revolutions throughout Europe. Young Catherine Ayre has been called from her quiet home in England by a grandfather she scarcely knows, Grand Duke Edmond of Letzenstein. She becomes a pawn in the political unrest of the small country. Why does her grandfather so hate her uncle Constant, the rightful heir? And just who is Rafael le Marre? Catherine is swept into number of exciting adventures before she is able to answer these questions and feel herself a part of the small but fascinating country of Letzenstein.
  • Dangerous Journey of Sherman the Sheep, The
    by Dean Davis
    ISBN: 0975961926
    Sherman longs for adventure and acceptance by his peers. So, heedless of his father's warnings, he follows the advice of his new "friends" and sneaks away to climb the mysterious mountain ... only to encounter strange new enticements and dangers on its slopes. Like Pilgrim's Progress or Hind's Feet on High Places, this exciting allegory chronicles a young soul's awakening.
  • Dear Papa
    by Anne Ylvisaker
    ISBN: 0763616184
    Dear Papa, Mama got a job! I hope you don’t turn over in your grave like she says. We all tried to eat a little less but that doesn’t pay the electric bill, she says. It was expensive for you to go to the hospital, and then to be buried besides really added up. (Not that we blame you!)

    Nine-year-old Isabelle and her class are learning how to write letters, and it’s a good thing, too - for she has a lot to write to Papa about after he dies. First of all, her cat ran away; then her older sisters, Irma and Inez, both got boyfriends; little Ida hardly remembers Papa at all; and brother Ian is just plain mad to be left with a house full of females. As for Mama, ever since she sold Papa’s filling station and got a job cleaning houses, she’s always tired with a capital "T."

    But there’s something much worse: Mama’s family wants her to ship Isabelle off to live with her none-too-favorite aunt and uncle, to help lighten the load for Mama at home. Now who will be there to stop little Ida from calling Mama’s new boss "Papa"?
  • Diary of Chickabiddy Baby, The
    by Emma Kallok
    ISBN: 1883672902
    Eleven-year-old Prudence keeps a diary of her summer vacation, which is filled with first crushes, squabbles with friends, and a secret admirer.
  • DogStar
    by Beverley Wood, Chris Wood
    ISBN: 1551926385
    Juneau, Alaska, 1933. This is where 13-year-old Jeff Beacon gets stranded when his parents take him on a cruise to help him get over the death of his beloved dog, Buddy. The problem: Jeff is a millennium kid, with a laptop computer and hightop sneakers. Why has he been transported to the Alaskan frontier? And how can he find his way home? Jeff must answer these questions quickly - and his only help is the town's bull terrier, Patsy Ann. With Patsy Ann as his guide, Jeff befriends the gruff Captain of the DogStar and an adventurous girl named Rose, and uncovers a dangerous secret. When the Captain, Rose, and Jeff hatch a plan to set things right in Juneau, Jeff must make a surprising choice about going home - and Patsy Ann holds the key. A time-travel adventure story, DogStar contains plenty of fast-paced action involving counterfeit money, sunken ships, and lost treasure. But its theme is more serious. Returning to the present helps Jeff discover the true treasure - his ability to keep Buddy alive in his heart forever.
  • Dr. Doolittle
    by Hugh Lofting (Author), Ellen Miles (Adapter)
    ISBN: 0439574250
    Doctor Dolittle doesn't understand people, but he can talk to animals. His very best friends include a duck, a dog, a pig, and a parrot, and he has more pets than his house will fit! Doctor Dolittle would do anything for his animal friends. But when the monkeys get sick, can he save them in time?
  • End of the Beginning, The: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant)
    by Avi (Author), Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0152055320
    Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So with his new friend Edward the ant, Avon sets out on a journey to find the excitement his life has been missing.

    This modern fable is filled with funny--and profound--insights about the meaning of things . . . great and small.
  • Ereth's Birthday (The Poppy Stories)
    by Avi (Author), Brian Floca (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0380804905
    Erethizon Dorsatum—better known as Ereth, the self-centered, foul-tempered old porcupine—is having a birthday. And he fully expects his best friend Poppy, a deer mouse, to help him celebrate in a grand manner. But Poppy has gone off somewhere with her husband, Rye, and it appears she has forgotten all about it. "Belching Beavers," says Ereth, "I am not angry!" (Though, perhaps he is—and more than just a little.)

    Ereth knows his special occasion deserves a special treat—even if he has to get it for himself. And what treat could be more special than tasty salt? But the nearest salt is located deep in the forest, in a cabin occupied by fur hunters, who have set out traps to capture the Dimwood Forest animals. In one of the traps, Ereth finds Leaper the Fox—who, with her dying breath, begs the prickly porcupine to take care of her three boisterous young kits, Tumble, Nimble, and Flip. "Jellied walrus warts!" Ereth exclaims, but reluctantly agrees.

    Certainly this day is not going as he planned—and it's only just the beginning! Not only does Ereth suddenly have a rambunctious new family to take care of, but he's being stalked by Marty the Fisher, the one creature in Dimwood Forest who can do him harm. And Bounder, the father of the three little foxes, remembers all too well the nose full of quills he got a while back from the grumpy old animal who now fancies himself the leader of the den. He too sets out to show Ereth who's boss. Throw in an unexpected snowstorm, and all in all, it adds up to one brithday Ereth the porcupine is never going to forget, not even if he lives to be a hundred and twenty-two!
  • Flint's Island
    by Leonard Wibberley
    ISBN: 1883937116
    "There is still treasure not yet lifted,"—the opening lines of Treasure Island—provided incentive for master storyteller Leonard Wibberley to concoct a sequel to the Stevenson classic. He succeeds remarkably, constructing a gripping tale of well-etched characters opposed in a life-and-death struggle. Long John Silver lives again, this time in conflict with New England mariners driven by storm onto the pirate Flint's immortal island.
  • Following the Phoenix
    by Meriol Trevor
    ISBN: 1883937264
    Book 2 of the Letzenstein Chronicles
    Rafael le Marre, introduced in the first of the Letzenstein Chronicles, collects—through unexpected circumstances—three companions whom he leads on an adventurous journey from Paris to the heart of Letzenstein. The Revolution of February, 1848, has erupted in Paris. Paul and Christie, both English, and Jeanne d'Estel of Valmay each have concerns of their own to pursue. But when the generous-hearted Rafael is arrested by political enemies, harrowing days follow. Important truths of character come to light, and Rafael's stature emerges: the "Phoenix" (which figures on the le Marre family crest) arises again from the ashes.
  • Giraffes? Giraffes!
    by Doris Haggis-on-Whey (Author), Benny Haggis-on-Whey (Author)
    ISBN: 1932416978
    For many years the scientific and educational communities have wondered and worried about the possibility that semi-sane scholar-pretenders would find the means to publish a series of reference books aimed at children but filled with ludicrous misinformation. These books would be distributed through respectable channels and would inevitably find their ways into the hands and households of well-meaning families, who would go to them for facts but instead find bizarre untruths. The books would look normal enough, but would read as if written by people who have eaten too many lead-based paint chips. Giraffes? Giraffes! is the first in a proposed series of 377 reference books, all written by a couple now getting their chance to twist and tickle the brains of the impressionable. The book puts forth the following novel theories: that giraffes were not part of any evolutionary chain, but came here from Neptune, by way of very long (but convenient and fast) escalators; that giraffes are expert dancers, but become angry if asked about their dancing; that giraffes control over 90 percent of what we see in mirrors; and that the Giraffe navy is as strong as ever, contrary to recent claims in the popular press.
  • Gone-Away Lake
    by Elizabeth Enright
    ISBN: 0152022724
    Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort.
  • Horse for the Summer, A
    by Michelle Bates
    ISBN: 0746024843
    When Tom is left a prize-winning horse to look after over the summer, things don’t turn out as he’d hoped. Chancey is wild and unpredictable and Tom is forced to start training him in secret. But the days of summer are numbered and Chancey isn’t Tom’s to keep forever. At some point he will have to give him back.
  • Horse Tales
    by June Crebbin (Compiler), Inga Moore (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763626570
    Saddle up, take the reins, and prepare for an exhilarating ride through this field of horse tales! Here you'll find difficult horses and dream ponies, ponies in danger, and horses that ride to the rescue. June Crebbin's collection of fourteen stories draws on a wide range of places, times, and cultures: there are tales from Ancient Greece, fourteenth-century Mongolia, and France in the Middle Ages; traditional tales from Russia and Native America; and stories from the present day, too. The horses and ponies themselves are equally diverse — of all colors and characters — each magnificently rendered by award-winning artist Inga Moore.
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
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    ISBN: 0375806784
    Because of a bet, Billy is in the uncomfortable position of having to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. The worms are supplied by his opponent, whose motto is "The bigger and juicier, the better!" At first Billy's problem is whether or not he can swallow the worm placed before him, even with a choice of condiments from peanut butter to horseradish. But later it looks as if Billy will win, and the challenge becomes getting to the worm to eat it. Billy's family, after checking with the doctor, takes everything in stride. They even help Billy through his gastronomic ordeal, which twists and turns with each new day, leaving the outcome of the bet continually in doubt.
  • Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless!
    by Saul Griffith (Author), Joost Bonsen (Author), Nick Dragotta (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 006076158X
    Part comic strip and part science experiment, Howtoons shows children how to find imaginative new uses for common household items like soda bottles, duct tape, mop buckets, and more–to teach kids the "Tools of Mass Construction"!

    Howtoons are cartoons that teach 8– to 15–year–old readers "how to" build, create, and explore things. Combining a fun, full–color cartoon format and real life science and engineering principles, Howtoons are designed to encourage kids to become active participants in the world around them.

    Readers meet Tucker and Celine, a lovable brother and sister pair. Sick of watching TV and playing video games, Tucker and Celine decide to conquer every kid's nightmare: the dreaded summer o' boredom. Armed with countless ideas for fun projects, they set out to reclaim the sheer joy of playing. Fifteen practical, build–it–yourself projects are weaved into the Tucker and Celine storyline. With the narrators' help and clear step–by–step instructions, young readers will learn how to set up a workshop, create a marshmallow shooting gun, make ice cream without a freezer, play songs on a turkey baster flute, explore a homemade terrarium, launch a pressure–powered rocket, and more!

    Utilizing inexpensive, kid–friendly materials, Howtoons will prove that the world at large is infinitely more exciting than anything happening on the TV or computer screen. Plus, each project will provide readers with practical skills and problem solving know–how that they can use in their everyday lives. These funny, interactive Howtoons are sure to inspire independence and creative savvy in young people everywhere.
  • I Just Am
    by Bryan Lambke (Author), Tom Lambke (Author)
    ISBN: 1589850203
    All too often, we shroud ourselves in ignorance, thus preventing us from learning from others whom we consider to be somehow "different." In a book that is both charming and disarming, Bryan Lambke—a young man with Down syndrome—invites us into his world where he lets us know he shares the same dreams and emotions as everyone else. "I have a disability," says Bryan. "It is not my fault. I just am." Bryan, with the help of his father Tom, helps us all examine what is normal about each of us. The book includes additional information about Down syndrome.
  • Imagine
    by Norman Messenger (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763627577
    IMAGINE . . . a ladder without steps, a clock without hands, a racket without strings, a kiss without a mouth. Imagine a world where the hills have faces and wherever you went, you'd have someone to talk to. Imagine flipping a series of flaps to form fantastical creatures or turning a wheel to fit the top of one face on the bottom of another. Imagine that Norman Messenger's quirky, humorous suggestions, ingenious visual puzzles, and beautifully crafted illustrations will open your eyes and mind and reveal that — with a little imagination — the world can become a different and mysterious place, where anything is possible.
  • Jack's Knife
    by Beverley Wood, Chris Wood
    ISBN: 1551927098
    Fifteen-year-old Jackson has big dreams fueled by long talks with his elderly next-door neighbor, Al McMann. At 91, McMann has many stories about policing the northwest as a young man. But their friendship worries Jackson's single mom, who finds it "unhealthy." When she insists that Jack break off the friendship and sign up for community baseball instead, he is hurt and angry. When a stray dog turns up, his mother demands they call animal control, and Jack ends up dodging the dogcatcher with his new friend. Ducking through a fence, he stumbles into an unfamiliar place, Juneau, Alaska in the mid-1930s, where he’s soon involved with a fledgling law-enforcement team that just might need his help. This new young adult novel from the husband-and-wife team of Chris and Beverley Wood blends a compelling story of a troubled teen and his canine best friend with an exciting time-travel adventure.
  • James Herriot's Treasury for Children: Warm and Joyful Tales by the Author of All Creatures Great and Small
    by James Herriot
    ISBN: 0312085125
    James Herriot's Treasury for Children collects all of the beloved veterinarian's delightful tales for young readers. From the springtime frolic of Oscar, Cat-About-Town to the yuletide warmth of The Christmas Day Kitten, these stories-radiantly illustrated by Peter Barrett and Ruth Brown-are perennial favorites, and this new complete edition will make a wonderful gift for all readers, great and small.
  • Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story
    by Rudyard Kipling, Nicola Bayley (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763623172
    First published over a century ago, these three unabridged stories from THE JUNGLE BOOK about the man-cub, Mowgli, have delighted adults and children ever since. The stories tell of Mowgli's upbringing among the wolves; his lessons in the Law of the Jungle from Baloo the bear, Bagheera the black panther, and Kaa the python; his kidnapping by the Monkey People; and his clash with the evil tiger, Shere Khan. Illustrated in striking full color and exquisite detail by award-winning artist Nicola Bayley, this is a book to treasure forever.
  • Kids' Book Club Book: Reading Ideas, Recipes, Activities, and Smart Tips for Organizing Terrific Kids' Book Clubs
    by Judy Gelman (Author), Vicki Levy Krupp (Author)
    ISBN: 1585425591
    The first complete guide-for use by adults and children-to creating fun and educational book clubs for kids.

    As authors of The Book Club Cookbook, the classic guide to integrating great food and food-related discussion into book club gatherings, Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp hear a common refrain from parents, librarians, teachers, community leaders and kids themselves: "How about writing a book for kids' book clubs?" Indeed, in recent years youth organizations, parents, libraries, schools, and our local, state, and federal governments have launched thousands of book clubs for children as a way to counter falling literacy rates and foster a love of reading. Based on surveys representing five hundred youth book clubs across the country and interviews with parents, kids, educators, and librarians, The Kids' Book Club Book features:
    • the top fifty favorite book club reads for children ages eight to eighteen;ideas and advice on forming great kids' book clubs-and tips for kids who want to start their own book clubs;
    • recipes, activities, and insights from such bestselling children's book authors as Christopher Paolini, Lois Lowry, Jerry Spinelli, Nancy Farmer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Andrew Clements, Laurie Halse Anderson, Norton Juster, and many others.
    From recipes for the Dump Punch and egg salad sandwiches included in Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie to instructionson how to make soap carvings like the ones left in the knot-hole of a tree in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, this book provides a bounty of ideas for making every kids' book club a success.
  • King's Guard, The
    by Diana Symons
    ISBN: 1934995002
    " Big, strong Keaton wanted to be a guard for the King. He just didn't know that a little girl had to show him how. " Tales From The Throne are stories about the Land of wonderful and the people who serve the Great King. Some live in the castle, some have never seen it, but everyone has a story and lessons to learn. "
  • Lawn Boy
    by Gary Paulsen
    ISBN: 0385746865
    One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth." "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold.

    If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting.
  • Like A Pro: 101 Simple Ways to Do Really Important Stuff
    by Helaine Becker, Claudia Davila (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1897066546
    This handy book shows children how to do the really important things that every child needs to know, from surfing the Internet safely to roasting the perfect marshmallow. Simple step-by-step instructions cover all manner of interesting and useful subjects, including getting along with the grown-up world (setting the table, writing thank-you notes); being a good pal (how to cheer up a friend, how to keep a secret); real-world safety tips (approaching a strange dog, dealing with bullies); just plain fun (the ultimate piggyback ride, choosing “it,” building a snow fort); and everything in between (surviving on a desert island, how to meet and greet royalty).
  • Little House (9 Books, Boxed Set)
    by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Author), Garth Williams (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0064400409
    The set includes:Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.
  • Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night...
    by Art Spiegelman (Author), Francoise Mouly (Author)
    ISBN: 0060286288
    Amazon.com
    Maus creator Art Spiegelman and art editor of The New Yorker Françoise Mouly created a gorgeous splash with their deliciously oversized comic art collections Little Lit and Strange Stories for Strange Kids. In their latest compilation It Was a Dark and Silly Night... fans will find darkly delightful comics by Lemony Snicket and Richard Sala, William Joyce, Neil Gaiman and Gahan Wilson, J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh, Carlos Nine, Kaz, and more. The editors asked this talented crew of cartoonists, novelists, and children's book illustrators and authors to begin a story "It was a dark and silly night." Lemony Snicket took "silly" to stand for "Somewhat Intelligent, Largely Laconic Yeti." William Joyce tells the story of "Art Aimesworth, boy crimefighter and all around whiz-kid" who attempts to isolate Giggle-illium, the long-searched-for silly atom. Neil Gaiman begins his dark and silly night with "a light and grumpy afternoon." Kaz spins the tale of a bizarre upside-down family that only rights itself when a gas explosion blows the house up, in both senses. As with the other Little Lit collections, readers will be amazed, amused, baffled, turned upside-down and righted again, all in the course of a happy afternoon of browsing. (All ages over 9 or so) --Karin Snelson
  • Little Maid of Maryland, A
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Nat Little
    ISBN: 155709327X
    Living in Maryland during the time of the colonies' rebellion against England, Barbara Anne accidentally learns some secrets of the American patriots.
  • Little Maid of Massachusetts Colony, A
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Wuanita Smith
    ISBN: 1557093296
    During the Revolutionary War, Anne Nelson journeys with Indians, is imprisoned, escapes, and helps capture an English privateer.
  • Little Maid of Mohawk Valley
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Grace Norcross
    ISBN: 1557093377
    During the Revolutionary War, ten-year-old Joanne Clarke, living in a log cabin in the Mohawk Valley, delivers an important message to General Philip Schuyler at Albany after being kidnapped and abandoned by an Indian.
  • Little Maid of Narragansett Bay, A
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Wuanita Smith
    ISBN: 1557093342
    Penelope Balfour and her brother Ted find ways to provide help to the American patriots camped near their Rhode Island farm during the Revolutionary War.
  • Little Maid of Old Connecticut, A
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Wuanita Smith
    ISBN: 1557093288
    In 1776 a young Connecticut girl, unaware that her hat box contains a mysterious package from a Tory prisoner, travels by stagecoach to visit her grandmother.
  • Little Maid of Old Maine
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Elizabeth Pilsbry
    ISBN: 1557093369
    To help the men of Machias, Maine, capture an English gunboat in June 1775, Rebecca and Anna undertake a dangerous journey through a forest to get ammunition for them.
  • Little Maid of Old New York, A
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Elizabeth Pilsbry
    ISBN: 1557093261
    Ten-year-old Annette finds a way to prove her loyalty as a good American during the British occupation of New York City in the Revolutionary War.
  • Little Maid of Old Philadelphia
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Edna Cooke
    ISBN: 1557093253
    Two girls who keep their ears open and make good use of their knowledge play a part in the story of the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania in 1778.
  • Little Maid of Provincetown
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Wuanita Smith
    ISBN: 1557093318
    During the Revolutionary War, eight-year-old Anne Nelson, living in Provincetown on Cape Cod, determines to help the patriots' cause by carrying an important message from Boston to Newburyport.
  • Little Maid of Quebec
    by Alice Turner Curtis
    ISBN: 1557093385
    The American invasion of 1775 and 1776, with its attempt to conquer Quebec, became a part of the history of the unconquerable Citadel; and Sally and Felice's courage and determination not to help the invaders became a story known to many children of the Province.
  • Little Maid of Ticonderoga, A
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Wuanita Smith
    ISBN: 155709330X
    While visiting her aunt and cousin near Fort Ticonderoga, on the western shore of Lake Champlain, Faith Carew learns a secret about the fort that concerns Ethan Allen's "Green Mountain boys."
  • Little Maid of Virginia
    by Alice Turner Curtis, Elizabeth Pilsbry
    ISBN: 1557093334
    In the spring of 1781 at her home near Yorktown, Virginia, eleven-year-old Rose Elinor Moore and her young cousin share adventures, including witnessing the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.
  • Littles, The
    by John Peterson (Author), Roberta Carter Clark (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0590462253
    Here's the tiny family that always ends up in king-sized trouble, the Littles have adventures galore in the land of the Biggs.
  • Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The
    by Kate Dicamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763625892
    Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

    And then, one day, he was lost.

    Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobos camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle: even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
  • Misty of Chincoteague
    by Marguerite Henry (Author), Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1416927832
    On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her--that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can't live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next "Pony Penning Day" does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether.

    Marguerite Henry's Newbery Honor Book has captivated generations of boys and girls both with its thrilling descriptions of true incidents from the tiny island of Chincoteague, and its realistic yet wonderfully magical atmosphere. This story of an animal brought into captivity poignantly reveals the powerful opposing forces of humans and nature. Wesley Dennis's pen-and-ink ponies are masterfully depicted with rippling muscles, shaggy coats, and free spirits. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com
  • Morgan the Dog: The Day the Magic Began
    by Heather Irbinskas, Andra King (Illustrator), Shanda Friesen (Creator)
    ISBN: 0971197008
  • Mouse and the Motorcycle, The
    by Beverly Cleary
    ISBN: 0380709244
    "Pb-pb-b-b-b. Pb-pb-b-b-b." With these magic vocables, Ralph the mouse revs up a dream come true--his very own motorcycle. Living in a knothole in a hotel room, young Ralph has seen plenty of families come and go, some more generous with their crumbs than others. But when young Keith and his parents check in to the hotel, Ralph gets his first chance to check out. He has always fantasized about venturing beyond the second floor, maybe even outside. Curiosity overcomes caution, and Ralph must have a go at Keith's toy motorcycle. Soon, the headstrong mouse finds himself in a pickle, when all he wanted was to ride a motorcycle. Lucky for him, the boy understands how it is. When he discovers Ralph in his thwarted attempt to abscond with the toy bike, Keith generously encourages the rodent to ride. He even teaches him the simple trick of starting the motorcycle: "You have to make a noise... pb-pb-b-b-b." The subsequent situations Ralph motors into require quick thinking and grownup-sized courage. The team of Beverly Cleary and Louis Darling has been a great favorite for decades, introducing young chapter readers to Ramona, Beezus, Henry, and of course Ralph the mouse. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter, Amazon.com
  • My Side of the Mountain
    by Jean Craighead George
    ISBN: 0142401110
    Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger. No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons.

    Jean Craighead George, author of more than 80 children's books, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves, created another prizewinner with My Side of the Mountain--a Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and a Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor Book. Astonishingly, she wrote its sequel, On the Far Side of the Mountain, 30 years later, and a decade after that penned the final book in the trilogy, Frightful's Mountain, told from the falcon's point of view. George has no doubt shaped generations of young readers with her outdoor adventures of the mind and spirit. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
  • Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The
    by Trenton Lee Stewart (Author), Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0316057800
    The fabulous foursome readers embraced as The Mysterious Benedict Society is back with a new mission, significantly closer to home. After reuniting for a celebratory scavenger hunt, Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance are forced to go on an unexpected search--a search to find Mr. Benedict. It seems that while he was preparing the kids' adventure, he stepped right into a trap orchestrated by his evil twin Mr. Curtain.

    With only one week to find a captured Mr. Benedict, the gifted foursome faces their greatest challenge of all--a challenge that will reinforce the reasons they were brought together in the first place and will require them to fight for the very namesake that united them.
  • Mysterious Benedict Society, The
    by Trenton Lee Stewart (Author), Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0316057770
    Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them.Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed.Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete.To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.But what they'll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies.So, if you're gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.
  • National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories, The
    by Thornton Burgess, Harrison Cady (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0962784184
    Thornton Burgess thrilled two generations of children with his delightful nature tales, publishing over 150 books, most of them illustrated by the great Harrison Cady, that featured an array of woodland creatures—some saintly, some personable, others cranky and haughty, some even naughty, but all fun (and not a single one dull)—in simple, well-written tales that always entertained and always taught a lesson about human nature. With an eye toward bringing wonderful stories to children in the earlier grades, National Review has here collected the first ten of Burgess's "bedtime story" books.Inside The National Review Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories—brightened by some sixty of Cady’s drawings (reproduced just as they appeared in the original old books)—are ten terrific "adventure" tales of Reddy Fox, Johnny Chuck, Peter Cottontail, Unc' Billy Possum, Mistah Mocker, Jerry Muskrat, Danny Meadow Mouse, Grandfather Frog, Chatterer the Red Squirrel, Sammy Jay, and the other colorful and lovable denizens of the "Green Meadows" and the "Briar Patch."
  • Newspaper Caper
    by Max Elliot Anderson
    ISBN: 0972925643
  • Nick of Time
    by Ted Bell
    ISBN: 0312380682
    In the grand tradition of epic novels like Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island comes a wondrous tale of time travel, adventure, and riches, in which twelve-year-old Nick McIver sets out to become “the hero of his own life.”

    The setting is England, 1939, on the eve of war. Nick and his younger sister, Kate, live in a lighthouse on the smallest of the Channel Islands. Nick and Kate come to the aid of their father who is engaged in a desperate war of espionage with German U-boat wolf packs that are circling the islands. The information they provide to Winston Churchill is vital as he tries to warn England of the imminent Nazi invasion.

    One day Nick discovers an old sea chest, left for him by his ancestor, Captain Nicholas McIver of the Royal Navy. Inside, he finds a time machine and a desperate plea for help from the captain. He uses the machine to return to the year 1805. Captain McIver and, indeed, Admiral Nelson’s entire fleet are threatened by the treachery of the French and the mutinous Captain Billy Blood. Nick must reach deep inside, using his wits, courage, and daring to rescue the imperiled British sailors.

    His sister, Kate, meanwhile, has enlisted the aid of two of England’s most brilliant “scientific detectives,” Lord Hawke and Commander Hobbes, to thwart the invading Nazis. She and Nick must face England’s underwater enemies, a challenge made all the more difficult when they discover the existence of Germany’s supersecret submarine.

    In this striking adventure for readers of all ages, Nick must fight ruthless enemies across two different centuries, on land and sea, to help defeat those determined to destroy his home and his family.
  • Nurse Matilda : The Collected Tales
    by Christianna Brand, Edward Ardizzone (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1582346704
    Mr. and Mrs. Brown were forever having trouble with their numerous and incredibly naughty children . . . until the day Nurse Matilda entered their lives. First published nearly fifty years ago, Nurse Matilda and its two companion books-Nurse Matilda Goes to Town and Nurse Matilda Goes to Hospital-have charmed readers ever since. Now the inspiration for the major motion picture Nanny McPhee, all three beloved books are available once again in a deluxe hardcover edition which features the three complete and unabridged books by Christianna Brand, along with Edward Ardizzone's charming black-and-white illustrations.
  • One-eyed Jack
    by Paula Miller (Author)
    ISBN: 0976941708
    This story tells the tale of a boy, Nate, on a cattle ranch in 1880's Montana. Nate has always wanted a dog, but his Pa does not. Only grudgingly does Pa allow Nate to keep the nearly dying puppy he fi nds. Nate must stuggle to control his new dog and allow the Lord the time to sway Pa's heart.
  • Oonawassee Summer: Something Is Lurking Beneath the Surface
    by Melissa Forney, Gregg Scott (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1928961045
    In OONAWASSEE SUMMER, Addie and Tanner (two twelve-year-old cousins) are spending the summer with their grandma and great-uncle on the banks of the Oonawassee River in Southern Florida. That is where they engage in exploration, discovery, and find intrigue and adventure. Although the river is fictional, Melissa Forney's fun and engaging novel is enhanced with a wealth of factual information about jon boats, river otters, cypress trees, herons, alligators, cast nets, and other fascinating details of life in southern Florida.
  • Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, The
    by John R. Erickson, Gerald L. Holmes (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0141303778
    Hank the Cowdog, 1)
    While investigating a vicious murder on his ranch, Hank finds himself the number one suspect. Resigning in a fit of despair, he heads for the hills to become an outlaw--but it's not as easy as he imagined.

    Hank is a scruffy, smart-alecky supersleuth with a nose for danger and an eye for the ladies. And as Head of Ranch Security on a West Texas ranch, he's usually up to his ears in all kinds of amusing trouble. Whether he's called upon to bark up the sun, investigate suspicious goings-on, or defend the ranch against marauders, Hank's hilarious, hair-raising adventures will delight readers young and old alike.
  • Penderwicks on Gardam Street, The
    by Jeanne Birdsall
    ISBN: 0375840907
    The Penderwick sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn’t quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick’s sister has decided it’s time for him to start dating—and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan—a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It’s high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.
  • Penderwicks, The: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
    by Jeanne Birdsall
    ISBN: 0440420474
    This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

    The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

    Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.
  • Phantom Tollbooth, The
    by Norton Juster (Author), Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0394820371
    "It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time," Milo laments. "[T]here's nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing." This bored, bored young protagonist who can't see the point to anything is knocked out of his glum humdrum by the sudden and curious appearance of a tollbooth in his bedroom. Since Milo has absolutely nothing better to do, he dusts off his toy car, pays the toll, and drives through. What ensues is a journey of mythic proportions, during which Milo encounters countless odd characters who are anything but dull.

    Norton Juster received (and continues to receive) enormous praise for this original, witty, and oftentimes hilarious novel, first published in 1961. In an introductory "Appreciation" written by Maurice Sendak for the 35th anniversary edition, he states, "The Phantom Tollbooth leaps, soars, and abounds in right notes all over the place, as any proper masterpiece must." Indeed.

    As Milo heads toward Dictionopolis he meets with the Whether Man ("for after all it's more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be"), passes through The Doldrums (populated by Lethargarians), and picks up a watchdog named Tock (who has a giant alarm clock for a body). The brilliant satire and double entendre intensifies in the Word Market, where after a brief scuffle with Officer Short Shrift, Milo and Tock set off toward the Mountains of Ignorance to rescue the twin Princesses, Rhyme and Reason. Anyone with an appreciation for language, irony, or Alice in Wonderland-style adventure will adore this book for years on end. (Ages 8 and up) Amazon.com
  • Poppy (The Poppy Stories)
    by Avi (Author), Brian Floca (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0380727692
    At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owls name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands he called his own, watching for the creatures he considered his subjects. Not one of them ever dared to cross his path. . .until the terrible night when two little mice went dancing in the moonlight. . .
  • Poppy and Rye (The Poppy Stories)
    by Avi (Author), Brian Floca (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0380797178
    Heartbroken over the death of her fiance, Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together Poppy and Ragweed's brother Rye brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. At the same time, Rye -- who has lived in Ragweed's shadow -- fights to prove himself worthy of Poppy's love.
  • Poppy's Return (The Poppy Stories)
    by Avi (Author), Brian Floca (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0060000147
    There's trouble at Gray House, the girlhood home that Poppy left long ago. Poppy's family has called her back to save them all—mother, father, sisters and brothers, and dozens and dozens of deer mouse cousins. Poppy invites her rebellious son, Junior, to join her on the long trip across Dimwood Forest, hoping the journey will bring them closer together.

    But with Junior's skunk pal, Mephitis, and Ereth, the cantankerous porcupine, in tow—sugared slug soup!—Poppy and Junior may be in for unexpected adventure.
  • Ragweed (The Poppy Stories)
    by Avi (Author), Brian Floca (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0380801671
    Ragweed is determined to see the world. He leaves his family and cozy country home and sets off by train for the big city. What wonders await him: music, excitement, new friends...and cunning, carnivorous cats! Silversides is the purring president of F.E.A.R. (Felines Enraged About Rodents), a group dedicated to keeping cats on top, people in the middle, and mice on the bottom. Can Ragweed and his motley yet musical crew of city nice--Clutch, Dipstick, Lugnut, and Blinker--band together to fight their feline foe?
  • Return to Gone-Away
    by Elizabeth Enright
    ISBN: 0152022562
  • Ribsy
    by Beverly Cleary (Author), Louis Darling (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0380709554
    Henry Huggins's dog, Ribsy, is hopelessly lost in a huge shopping mall parking lot. It's raining hard, the pavement is slick, horns are honking, and drivers are shouting. When Ribsy thinks he has found the Hugginses' new station wagon at last, he jumps in the open tailgate window and falls asleep, exhausted. When he wakes up find himself in the wrong car, lots of little girls pet him and make plans to give him a bath. All Ribsy wants to do is go home to Henry. Instead, he's about to begin the liveliest adventure of his life.
  • Riding the Tiger
    by Eve Bunting, David Frampton (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0395797314
    Esteemed author Eve Bunting brings all her insight, empathy, and storytelling skill to this powerful allegorical tale, set in the streets of an unnamed city and illustrated with striking woodcuts. Danny, new to town, is proud when a glittery-eyed tiger invites him for a ride. He climbs up onto the tiger's massive back, and together they cruise the neighborhood. Everyone gives them respect-shopkeepers and passersby, even other kids. Danny feels powerful and much older than ten. Soon, though, he realizes it isn't respect people feel for him and the tiger-it's fear. And when he decides to get down off the tiger's back, he discovers it's a lot harder than climbing on. Whether the tiger is interpreted to represent gangs, drugs, or something else altogether, this poetically told, dramatically illustrated book is sure to provoke discussions about temp-tation, peer pressure, and conformity.
  • Rose and Crown, The
    by Meriol Trevor
    ISBN: 1883937280
    Book 4 of the Letzenstein Chronicles
    Melisande, a London girl with booksellers' and actors' blood in her veins, often finds life dreary; her family struggles to run a carters' inn, "The Rose and Crown". Then, in November 1849, Rafael le Marre of Letzenstein arrives, bringing Mel's lost cousin Toby with him. New friends and unexpected experiences swirl in Rafael's wake: among others, Melisande meets Catherine Ayre; and Charley the sweeper adds cockney mischief. Raf stirs up the trouble that is native to his frank character in whatever land he is in. But in this case it is Toby who creates the most breathless moments. Several necessary resolutions must occur before Raf and company set out once again for beloved Letzenstein.
  • Rules
    by Cynthia Lord
    ISBN: 0439443822
    Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

    Newbery Honor Book
  • Runt The Brave
    by Daniel Schwabauer
    ISBN: 0974297216
    An army of rats is coming, and only one Mouse has the courage to believe that RIGHT MAKES MIGHT! Though aimed at youth from 8 to 12 years, Runt the Brave is keeping adults turning the pages as well. With its combination of deeper meanings and compelling story line readers of all ages will find it hard to put down.
  • Sadie's Hero
    by Sharon Fisher-Shumpert
    ISBN: 0979487102
    Who do you admire? That is the question which 4th grader Sadie Barnes must answer for an upcoming Black History assignment. With so many famous African-Americans who lived throughout history - who should she choose? In her debut children's book, Sadie's Hero, author Sharon Fisher-Shumpert reminds young readers everywhere that in addition to the men and women who have made great strides in history, there is also a hero in all of us! A short read, Sadie's Hero packs an educational punch with a glossary, fact sheet and discussion questions designed to provoke meaningful insights for its young readers. Lesson-plan ready for the classroom, book club, or youth group, Sadie's Hero can be tailored to use with readers from K to 6th. "The questions are ageless, and the answers will change as children mature and understand more about the society they live in. That is why this book is such a valuable resource. It is designed to enable your child to grow with it, not out of it - as many children do with their books." states the author, Sharon Fisher-Shumpert. Sadie's Hero is a delightful story to read as you learn about Black History!
  • Savvy
    by Ingrid Law
    ISBN: 0803733062
    For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy”—a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it’s the eve of Mibs’s big day.

    As if waiting weren’t hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs’s birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman’s bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up—and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.
  • Secret Agent!
    by David Seidman
    ISBN: 1584760729
    Code Master
  • Secret Agents Four
    by Donald J. Sobol, Leonard Shortall (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1883937655
    Donald J. Sobol, author of the popular Encyclopedia Brown books, tickles his reader's curiosity (and funny bone) in this hilarious tale of friendship, ingenuity, and smashing achievement. We meet Ken Mullins and his three buddies Orv, Horseshoes and Bo, who unexpectedly find themselves forming a detective squad-V.A.C.U.U.M.(Volunteer Agents Crusading Unsteadily Under Mongoose). Assisted by Mary Evans, the girl expert in karate (her title: V.A.C.U.U.M. B.A.G.), they are soon thrown between the nefarious "Cobra" gang (which is threatening the entire city of Miami for high stakes) and "Mongoose," the sleepy-seeming good guys. Now the fun begins: vintage cars, a World War I De Havilland airplane, island escapades, a sinister weapon and a constantly twisting plot keep the reader breathless between suspense and laughter.
  • Secret of the Old Clock, The
    by Carolyn Keene
    ISBN: 0448095017
    Nance Drew's keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will.
  • Shakespeare Stealer, The
    by Gary Blackwood
    ISBN: 0141305959
    Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"--or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama.
  • Shakespeare's Scribe
    by Gary Blackwood
    ISBN: 0142300667
    When an outbreak of the deadly Black Plague closes the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare's acting troupe sets off on a tour of England. Widge, the orphan-turned-actor, knows that he'll be useful on the trip. Not only does he love the stage, but his knack for a unique shorthand has proven him one of the most valuable apprentices in the troupe. But then a mysterious man appears, claiming to know a secret from Widge's past-a secret that may forever force him from the theatre he loves.
  • Shakespeare's Spy
    by Gary Blackwood
    ISBN: 0142403113
    Things are disappearing mysteriously from Will Shakespeare's acting company, and it looks like an inside job. Everyone's eyes are on Widge, the orphan boy turned actor, and former thief. Widge knows better than anyone that Shakespeare's plays must be protected at all costs. In order to prove his innocence and clear his name, Widge must learn a new role: spy. But can he dig through the suspects and skulduggery and catch the true culprit?
  • Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe
    by Marianne Mayer, Sir Walter Scott
    ISBN: 1587172488
    At the dawn of the Middle Ages, a gripping tale of chivalry and suspense emerges. Two distinguished knights -- one Saxon, one Norman -- have returned from the Crusades. Though they fought on the same side, they now have a score to settle. What begins as a joust between two rivals quickly escalates into clanwide mayhem and a fast-paced series of battles for revenge, honor, and love. Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe was one of the first great historical novels of western literature. At last, this extraordinary work has been brought to life as a lavishly illustrated storybook. Marianna Mayer's inspired adaptation combined with magnificent oil paintings by John Rush create an essential introduction to the classic. This exquisitely designed page-turning volume is perfect for anyone with a passion for adventure.
  • Spyology
    by Spencer Blake (Author), Dugald A. Steer (Editor), Various (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763640484
    The year is 1958, and British spy Spencer Blake, aka "Agent K," is on an undercover mission to expose a deadly criminal organization. As he traverses the globe with his American and Soviet cohorts — from Scotland to Berlin to Las Vegas to Cuba — he furtively records his secret techniques in a manual for new recruits.

    Once they've primed themselves on the essentials of spy craft, keen-eyed readers will discover that Agent K has been setting them challenges and clues to decipher all along. If they are clever enough to unravel them all, a great reward awaits!
  • Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
    by Kate Dicamillo, Timothy B. Ering (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763617229
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    Kate DiCamillo, author of the Newbery Honor book Because of Winn-Dixie, spins a tidy tale of mice and men where she explores the "powerful, wonderful, and ridiculous" nature of love, hope, and forgiveness. Her old-fashioned, somewhat dark story, narrated "Dear Reader"-style, begins "within the walls of a castle, with the birth of a mouse." Despereaux Tilling, the new baby mouse, is different from all other mice. Sadly, the romantic, unmouselike spirit that leads the unusually tiny, large-eared mouse to the foot of the human king and the beautiful Princess Pea ultimately causes him to be banished by his own father to the foul, rat-filled dungeon.

    The first book of four tells Despereaux's sad story, where he falls deeply in love with Princess Pea and meets his cruel fate. The second book introduces another creature who differs from his peers--Chiaroscuro, a rat who instead of loving the darkness of his home in the dungeon, loves the light so much he ends up in the castle& in the queen's soup. The third book describes young Miggery Sow, a girl who has been "clouted" so many times that she has cauliflower ears. Still, all the slow-witted, hard-of-hearing Mig dreams of is wearing the crown of Princess Pea. The fourth book returns to the dungeon-bound Despereaux and connects the lives of mouse, rat, girl, and princess in a dramatic denouement.

    Children whose hopes and dreams burn secretly within their hearts will relate to this cast of outsiders who desire what is said to be out of their reach and dare to break "never-to-be-broken rules of conduct." Timothy Basil Ering's pencil illustrations are stunning, reflecting DiCamillo's extensive light and darkness imagery as well as the sweet, fragile nature of the tiny mouse hero who lives happily ever after. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson
  • Terror at Wolf Lake
    by Max Elliot Anderson
    ISBN: 097292566X
  • Tiger Rising, The
    by Kate Dicamillo
    ISBN: 0763618985
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    Kate DiCamillo's first novel Because of Winn-Dixie won a Newbery Honor in 2000 for the no-nonsense charm and wisdom of its down-home young heroine, Opal. Also set in Florida, The Tiger Rising is more of a short story in scope, the tale of 12-year-old Rob Horton who finds a caged tiger in the woods behind the Kentucky Star Motel where he lives with his dad. The tiger is so incongruous in this setting, Rob views the apparition as some sort of magic trick. Indeed, the tiger triggers all sorts of magic in Rob's life--for one thing, it takes his mind off his recently deceased mother and the itchy red blisters on his legs that the wise motel housekeeper, Willie May, says is a manifestation of the sadness that Rob keeps "down low."

    Something else for Rob to think about is Sistine (as in the chapel), a new city girl with fierce black eyes who challenges him to be honest with her and himself. Spurred by the tiger, events collide to break Rob out of his silent introspection, to form a new friendship with Sistine, a new understanding with his father, and most important, to lighten his heart. This novel is about cages--the consequences of escape as well as imprisonment. The story and symbolism are clear as a bell, and the emotions ring true. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson
  • Top Secret: A Handbook of Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing
    by Paul B. Janeczko (Editor), Jenna Lareau (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763629723
    Pssst! Do you know the difference between a code and a cipher? Can you tell a St. Cyr slide from a Cardano grille? Did you know that the discovery of a substitution cipher caused Mary Queen of Scots to lose her head? Don't look now, but packed into this practical field guide is everything a young person needs to know about the art of concealment - making and breaking codes, mastering cipher systems, and experimenting with secret writing. Offering plenty of hands-on practice sessions, tips for creating a code-making kit, sidebars on secret codes in history, and an amusing pair of spies to illustrate techniques, Paul B. Janeczko's tantalizing TOP SECRET won't stay a secret for long.
  • Tower Treasure, The
    by Franklin W. Dixon
    ISBN: 0448089017
    Afer a dying criminal confesses that his loot has been stashed "in the tower" the Hardy Boys make an astonishing discover.
  • Trouble in Bugland: A Collection of Inspector Mantis Mysteries
    by William Kotzwinkle, Joe Servello (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1567920705
    A book of five mysteries solved by the quick-witted Inspector Mantis and his sidekick Doctor Hopper. A children's novel in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes complete with twist and turns and illustrations.
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The
    by Avi
    ISBN: 0380728850
    The Seahawk looms against a darkening sky, black and sinister. Manned by an angry, motley crew at the mercy of a ruthless captain, the rat-infested ship reeks of squalor, despair ... and mutiny! It is no place for the lone passenger, thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle, yet for her there is no turning back. At first a trapped and powerless young girl, Charlotte dares to become the center of a daring and deadly voyage that will challenge her courage, her loyalties, and her very will to survive!Alone on the brig Seahawk with a mutinous crew and a ruthless, mad captain, thirteen-year-old Charlotte bravely survives a dangerous high-sea voyage-but not before she is wrongfully accused of murder, tried, and sentenced to hang!
  • Trumpet of the Swan, The
    by E. B. White
    ISBN: 0064408671
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    Although he lacks a voice in the traditional "Ko-hoh!" sense, trumpeter swan Louis learns to speak to the world with a trumpet stolen from a music store by his father. With the support of an unusual boy named Sam, who helps Louis learn how to read and write, the swan has some rather unswanlike adventures and ultimately wins the love--and the freedom--of a beautiful swan named Serena.

    For over 30 years, E.B. White's masterpiece has captured the fancy of countless readers. Now, with stunning new art by award-winning illustrator Fred Marcellino, the beloved story can be experienced anew. The sepia-colored drawings lend an old-fashioned charm to the story--it's almost as if, with their complementary dry wit and uniquely creative talents, White and Marcellino originally worked together. Marcellino received the Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
  • Uff Da
    by C. L. G. Martin, Richard Clark (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 1582461171
  • Waterstone, The
    by Rebecca Rupp
    ISBN: 0763607266
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    The small world of the Fisher folk is drying up. The water in their green pond is lower every day, and the stream that feeds it has shrunk to a trickle. Young Tad (short for Tadpole) and his little sister, Birdie, set out with their father, Pondleweed, on a journey upstream to find the cause of this disastrous Drying Time, at the beginning of a quest that will lead them into strange adventures and terrible danger. When Pondleweed is enticed by mysterious music into drowning himself in a sinister black pool, the children take refuge with a wizened dryad, who helps Tad to realize that he has been given a magical gift that will help him save the Fishers and the other two tribes who make up the world, but not without sacrifice and terror.

    This delightful miniature heroic fantasy is beautifully realized, from the details of the Fisher's tiny domestic arrangements to the eerie echoes of classical mythology. Rebecca Rupp has created a satisfyingly complete world, with its water-oriented Fishers, gypsy Hunters, and furry Diggers, overseen by the tree spirit Dryads, the earth spirit Kobolds, and the water spirit Nixies, all subject to the majestic Great Rune and the death-owl Obd. Despite his heroic role, Tad is a real boy, and that and the antics of his comical watchfrog, Pippit, keep this charming tale from becoming too solemn. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
    by Mem Fox, Julie Vivas (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 091629126X
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    The offbeat style of this wonderful story--and of Julie Vivas's perfectly matched illustrations--couldn't be summed up better than by the oddness of the first sentence: "There was once a small boy called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and what's more he wasn't very old either." Wilfrid lives next to a retirement home, filled with folks like "Mrs. Jordan who played the organ" and "Mr. Hosking who told him scary stories." But his favorite old person is 96-year-old Miss Nancy. Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that Wilfrid doesn't even know what a memory is, by accident he helps her find it. Mem Fox's original take on the capacity of children to help the old remember is especially notable for its non-patronizing focus on old people. (Ages 4 to 8) --Richard Farr
  • Wind in the Willows
    by Kenneth Grahame, Inga Moore (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0763622427
    Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale of the pleasures of country life and the dependability of good friends will never grow old. Now, in this splendid volume, Inga Moore recaptures its scenes and its characters with richly patterned and warmly detailed illustrations. Here, drawn with charming freshness, are impulsive dear Mole, rash Mr. Toad, reclusive Badger, and sensible Rat, so happy just "messing around in boats." And here are the most treasured moments from THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS - Mole’s first enraptured row on the river, Toad’s irrepressible adventures in and out of automobiles, and many more. So gather ’round to read or listen, and, as Mole and Rat would heartily agree, a fine time will be had by all.

    In a beautiful single volume, Inga Moore’s magical illustrations bring Kenneth Grahame’s much-loved classic to life for a new generation of readers.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh (Pooh Original Edition)
    by A. A. Milne (Author), Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0140361219
    The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.
  • Your Disgusting Head: The Darkest, Most Offensive and Moist Secrets of Your Ears, Mouth and Nose
    by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey
    ISBN: 0743267257
    For many years the scientific and educational community has wondered and worried about the possibility that semi-sane scholar-pretenders would find the means to put out a series of reference books, filled with ludicrous misinformation and aimed at children.

    Well, we offer you YOUR DISGUSTING HEAD by Dr. and Mr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey. A world-renowned and much feared expert on everything, Dr. Doris Haggis-On-Whey has seventeen degrees from eighteen institutions of higher learning. With her husband, Benny, she has traveled the world many times over, has learned about all aspects of life, including outer space and food, first hand.

    The human body is beautiful and mysterious. The mysterious part reeks of cheese. But no part of your body is as scary and horrifying as your head! In YOUR DISGUSTING HEAD: The Darkest, Most Offensive--and Moist--Secrets of Your Mouth, Nose and Ears, Dr. & Mr. Doris Haggis-on-Whey reveal -- through newly discovered discoveries -- all the ways in which your head disappoints you.

    With such amazing information as:

    • The ear was invented and designed by Feranando de la Mancini Goldfarb, in 1911, which was also a good year for yeast.
    • Good Reasons for teeth removal: dentist did it; peer pressure; not sharp enough; found better teeth, like, on the ground; suspected of enjoying flossing; decay and mouth politics.
    • The real reason your ears can't hear your pets talking. The answer is simple: your pet is a mumbler."

    With the wit and irreverent sense of humor for which Dave Eggers and McSweeney's is known, comes the second volume in the revolutionary Haggis-On-Whey World of Unbelievable Brilliance books. More than just entertaining and informative, YOUR DISGUSTING HEAD will help you appear smarter, more in touch with your sensitive side and whiten your teeth. And much, much more that will likely sicken you.
  • You're Smarter Thank You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences
    by Thomas, Ph.D. Armstrong
    ISBN: 1575421135
    Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences has revolutionized the way we think about being smart. Teachers are using multiple intelligences curricula in their classrooms. Multiple intelligences schools have been established in several states. No longer are teachers asking about students, "How smart are they?" Instead, they're asking, "How are they smart?"

    In his latest book, Thomas Armstrong takes a refreshing new approach to the topic: teaching kids themselves about multiple intelligences. In clear, simple language, he introduces the theory, explains the eight intelligences in school, expand their multiple intelligences at home, and draw on them to plan for the future. Resources point the way to books, software, games, and organizations that can help kids develop the eight intelligences. This timely, important book is recommended for all kids, their parents, and educators.
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