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By Virginia Hamilton. 1983
An American Library Association Notable Book: In rural Ohio in 1938, twelve-year-old Willie Bea prepares for Halloween--and an alien invasion!…Halloween is Willie Bea's favorite holiday. Her relatives always visit, and everyone cooks, bakes, and tells stories. Best of all, the kids get to dress in costume and go trick-or-treating. But this Halloween is different. When Willie's glamorous aunt Leah, who reads palms and wears sweet-smelling perfume, hears on the radio that aliens are coming to Earth, the entire family is petrified. Will the aliens come to their small Ohio town? What will they do when they arrive? Inspired by Orson Welles's historic War of the Worlds radio broadcast, which terrified people across the country, Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award winner Virginia Hamilton tells a gripping, imaginative, and humorous story about a Depression-era family on their day of reckoning.
By Sophie Tanner. 2018
Chloe Usher has just broken up with the love of her life. All her friends urge her to find another…man before she disappears down the slippery slope to spinsterhood. After a particularly messy date and several gins, she decides that she doesn't need an 'other half' to complete her and announces that she is going to marry herself. The news goes viral and, in the sober light of day, Chloe finds herself thrust firmly into the public eye to the embarrassment of her friends and family. Planning her wedding solo takes Chloe on a bumpy journey of self-discovery, as she realises why wish away your life waiting for 'the one' when YOU are, in fact, the one?
By Noel Streatfeild. 2018
'The wonderful Noel Streatfeild's Christmas Stories collects, for the first time, nine festive stories originally written for annuals and magazines…in the 1940s and 1950s . . . As ever, Streatfeild's children always feel utterly real and relatable. A beautifully produced treat' Anna Carey, Irish TimesIn this captivating collection of stories by the author of Ballet Shoes, there are auditions on stage and antics on ice, trips to the pantomime, holiday adventures, and laughter shared with family and friends. Charming, heartwarming and funny, this collection will bring joy to readers of all ages.Originally written in 1940s-60s for annuals, magazines and the radio, these stories have never been collected before.With enchanting line drawings by by Peter Bailey.Stories include:The AuditionThe Bells Keep Twelfth NightThe Moss RoseThimbleThe PrincessThe ChainChristmas at CollersThe Pantomime GooseSkating to the Stars
By Noel Streatfeild. 2019
A NEW COLLECTION OF HOLIDAY STORIES BY THE BELOVED AUTHOR OF BALLET SHOES. PERFECT READING FOR LONG SUMMER DAYS.In this…captivating new collection, there are stories for every reader to enjoy: unforgettable holidays and unlikely friendships, crime-solving adventures and dancers in the spotlight for the very first time. Originally written for annuals and magazines from the 1930s-70s, these newly discovered stories will be treasured by Noel Streatfeild fans of all ages.Featuring beautiful illustrations by PETER BAILEYStories include: The Plain One Devon MettleChicken for SupperFlag's CircusThe SecretCoralieOrdinary Me Cows Eat FlowersAndrew's TroutThe Old FoolLet's Go CoachingHowardThe Quiet HolidayRobertaGreen Silk
By Tony Ross, Francesca Simon. 2015
Celebrate a truly horrid Christmas with Horrid Henry and this festive storybook bind-up.Packed with six favourite Horrid Henry stories, plus…bonus content to make sure Christmas is stuffed full of cheeky festive fun.This is the perfect stocking filler for Horrid Henry fans everywhere!
By Lauren St John. 2013
From the bestselling author of The One Dollar short story, perfect for Valentine's Day. Sixteen-year-old Ellie loves horses. But since…her younger sister died three years ago, Ellie's mum and dad won't let her do anything on her own - let alone something as exciting as learning to ride. When the family goes on holiday to Devon, Ellie thinks she's going to be stuck indoors listening to her parents argue all day. But then a chance encounter with the handsome but mysterious Logan and his beautiful bay horse, Savannah Gold, offers a chance of adventure. Maybe this year Ellie's Valentine's Day won't be so bad after all...
By Tony Ross, Francesca Simon. 2016
Celebrate a truly horrid Christmas with Horrid Henry and this festive storybook bind-up.Packed with six favourite Horrid Henry stories, plus…bonus content to make sure Christmas is stuffed full of cheeky festive fun.This is the perfect stocking filler for Horrid Henry fans everywhere!Stories included are:Horrid Henry's Birthday Party Horrid Henry's Sleepover Horrid Henry Goes ShoppingHorrid Henry and the Bogey BabysitterHorrid Henry's Horrid WeekendHorrid Henry Robs the Bank
By Alexandra Bracken. 2017
Every family has secrets - but not every family has a secret pact with a demon.A darkly comic tale with…thrilling twists and turns that will keep every reader guessing. Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, Jonathan Stroud and Skulduggery Pleasant.Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his remarkable family. So, when he discovers that an 800-year-old demon called Alastor is responsible for their luck - and that this demon is currently living inside him - he's more than a little surprised.Alastor isn't keen to be banished back to the demon realm and will do anything to try and trick his unwilling host into a contract - from nasty insults to wild promises. And even more unnerving, his power over Prosper seems to be growing with each passing night. Prosper has only days to break the curse - a feat that seems impossible. But with the help of a feisty witch-in-training, maybe he can do it?
By S. A. Domingo. 2019
All I want for Christmas is . . . you! A festive clean teen romance that could melt even Scrooge's…heart!Angel loves everything about Christmas - especially Secret Santa! And this year, her school Secret Santa is A-MA-ZING! The thoughtful gifts from her Secret Santa ALMOST make up for the fact that Angel has to organise the school's charity fund-raising campaign with arty, unreliable Caspar Johnson. But as they work together to plan some fun festive events, Angel realises that Caspar has hidden depths - and a secret that he's hiding behind his easy-going facade. A mysterious hand-made advent calendar encourages Angel to take risks and open her heart - but is she brave enough to tell Caspar how she really feels?
By Teddy Steinkellner. 2013
Jake Schwartz is not looking forward to middle school. Having his older sister Hannah there is no consolation. The only…saving grace is that Danny Uribe, his lifelong best friend, will be by his side. Or will he? The two barely have any classes together, and since Danny's summer growth spurt, there's been a growing distance between them. Meanwhile, Hannah has her own problems -- being Queen Bee is not easy. The other girls are out for blood, and boys are so...exhausting. Danny surprises her with his maturity (and kissing skills), but she knows Jake would be devastated if he knew about their relationship. Dorothy Wu couldn't care less about school politics. But when she joins the writing club, she meets a young lad with heroic potential. In the course of a year at San Paulo Junior High, these four lives will intersect in unique and hilarious ways. Friendships will grow and change. Reputations will transform. And maybe one of them will become a man.
By Lisi Harrison. 2009
Happy New Clique! Once upon a time, in Westchester and Orlando, there were four betas just waiting for their alpha.…It took a miracle to bring the Pretty Committee together--or rather, a New Year's Yves party. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it just cliques. Massie Block: Is destined to lead, but trapped as a beta in the Ahnabees, the top clique at PMS (Presbyterian Middle School). She has ah-mazing ideas--Friday night sleepovers, Gossip Points, and atching charm bracelets. When will it be her time to rule? Alicia Rivera: Is dying to lead the Body Alive Dance Studio Squad. With the captain on vacashy;tion, BADSS's live performance on Merri Lee Marvil's New Year's Yves show is her chance to shine. Will she prove herself alpha-worthy--or will she need to find a whole new clique? Dylan Marvil: Is done, done, and done with people kissing her teeny-tiny butt just because her mom is famous. But who would be brave enough to stand up to someone so Marvilous? Kristen Gregory: Has made a New Year's resoshy;lution to make friends and get a life. Escape from Planet Loser starts . . . now! Claire Lyons: Is psyched times ten to win a last-minute invitation to the New Year's Yves satellite party in Orlando. But first she needs to sneak out of the house. And the countdown to midnight begins in ten . . . nine . . . eight . . . The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.
MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS GOLD AWARD RECIPIENT FOR CHILDREN"S PICTURE BOOKS"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the…hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.”Celebrate Christmas with three holiday favorites, The Nutcracker, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Night Before Christmas in this exquisite illustrated collection. From E.T.A. Hoffmann's magical, romantic tale to the joyful Christmas carol to Clement C. Moore's cherished poem of St. Nicholas, this magical treasury is filled with love, warmth, and yuletide cheer.
By Taylor Garland. 2017
Celebrate that magic of Christmas... This year, Riley Archer's seventh grade class is having an anonymous gift exchange called "Secret…Snowflake." Riley is thrilled when she gets to be the Secret Snowflake for the cutest boy in school, Marcus Anderson, who she's had a crush on for two years. To make things even more exciting, there's a rumor going around the school that Marcus is Riley's Secret Snowflake too! Riley puts her heart into making homemade gifts for Marcus to let him know how special he is to her, even though her friends warn her that Marcus might think her homemade gifts are lame. When Riley starts receiving presents that are just as thoughtful as her own, she is sure that Marcus is just the boy she's always believed him to be. Is Riley's Secret Snowflake her secret crush...or will she be crushed when she finds out who it is? ©2017 Hachette Book Group. All rights reserved.
By James Patterson, Steven Butler. 2019
Dog Diaries is the first book written by a dog AND a #1 New York Times bestseller! When mischievous mutt,…Junior, causes a Turkey Day disaster, getting out of the doghouse will take a Christmas miracle!Are you ready for a festive adventure? Join me, Junior on the most PAWSOME, most BARKTASTIC journey through the HOWLIDAY SEASON. You'll read all about:FANGSGIVING, CRITTER-MESS and the mysterious SAINT LICK. Why strange humans called CAROL come and howl at the front door.And why SHINY TREES suddenly sprout inside your kennel!This will be the best holiday EVER! As long as the Mom-Lady doesn't find out what I did to the Fangsgiving turkey. You can keep a SECRET, right?This hilarious, illustrated MIDDLE SCHOOL spin-off about a dog and his boy is perfect for younger readers!
By Rey Terciero, Bre Indigo. 2019
2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Join Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy…as they are reenvisioned as a blended family living in modern day NYC in this beautiful, full-color graphic novel. With their father away in the military and their mother working overtime to support the family, the March sisters have to rely on one another to make it from day to day. Whether they're arguing over the bathroom, struggling with homework, fighting off bullies, understanding their crushes, or battling leukemia, there's one thing the four sisters keep questioning--will everything turn out okay? Follow modern young women, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they discover themselves and follow their dreams. This lushly-illustrated story is a must-read for fans of Raina Telgemeier's Smile and Sisters, Mariko Tamaki's This One Summer, Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward, and Victoria Jamieson's Roller Girl. <P><P> <i>Advisory: Bookshare has learned that this book offers only partial accessibility. We have kept it in the collection because it is useful for some of our members. Benetech is actively working on projects to improve accessibility issues such as these.</i>
By Taylor Garland. 2017
Celebrate the true spirit of giving.... This Christmas, Quinn Cooper is combining the two things she loves the most, painting…and animals, by making ornaments to raise money for her local pet shelter's "12 Pets of Christmas" drive. The goal of the drive is to find forever homes for twelve cats and dogs before Christmas. With half the proceeds from her ornaments going to the shelter, Quinn plans to use the rest of the money she raises to buy a plane ticket to visit her best friend, who moved away last summer. As Christmas draws closer, the adopt-a-thon is going great... but Quinn's favorite dog at the shelter, Buddy, is proving especially hard to place. Quinn finds the perfect home for the dog, but the family can't afford to take on the financial responsibility of adopting him. Will the magic of Christmas help make sure that Quinn-and all the pets-have a very merry Christmas?©2017 Hachette Book Group. All rights reserved.
By Taylor Garland. 2018
Celebrate home, sweet home in this cheerful middle grade book series that captures the magic of the holidays.Christmas is coming,…but this year feels different for Alyssa Sing. Not only is she in Florida instead of the snowy Northeast, but Alyssa misses having good friends like she did in her knitting club at her old school. Things seem to look up at the Palm Meadows Holiday Festival when Alyssa meets Rachel, Elle, and Becca, who all show an interest in Alyssa's homemade scarves. But trouble arises when Alyssa finds out her new friends used to be friends with each other...but aren't anymore. While Alyssa is glad to have Dasher, a mysterious cat that appears in her backyard, to confide in as she navigates her new school, she can't help but wonder: Will Florida ever feel like home?
By Taylor Garland. 2018
Celebrate the gift of family in this cheerful middle grade book series that captures the magic of the holidays.When Chloe's…dad announces that they'll be spending the weekend leading up to Christmas in a snowy lodge with his new girlfriend and her daughter, Sandy, Chloe could not be more excited! She's determined to be best friends with her could-be sister, even though her dad keeps warning her that Sandy might not be happy about their trip. As Chloe's dog and Sandy's cat begin to fight, it's clear that this won't be the happiest holiday for anyone. And with an incoming blizzard threatening to snow them in, the girls, their parents, and their pets will need to find a way to get along in time to save Christmas!
By James Patterson. 2020
There's a mystery mischief-maker on the loose in Hills Village! Can Junior solve the mystery before disaster strikes?Junior is loving…his life with the Khatchadorian family. But his idyllic life soon turns to terror when a mysterious individual begins to make trouble in the neighborhood. It starts with a mysterious howling in the night. And when Junior's pooch pals realize their favorite toys are missing, things get serious.Junior thinks he knows what is happening. He's heard of a mysterious creature called the Howly Wiener that visits town once a year and fills the street with monsters. With only a few days until the Night of the Howly Wiener, can Junior come up with a plan to protect himself and his pooch pals and stop the mischief for good?
By Vivienne To, Joe Ballarini. 2018
Goosebumps meets The Last Kids on Earth in the second action-packed adventure in a hilariously scary series about a secret…society of monster-bashing babysitters.“This shining gem in the campy monster drama genre is a step up from R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps.” —School Library JournalKelly’s been a celebrity ever since she defeated the Boogeyman and his army of nightmares on Halloween. But now all the other monsters want revenge.And if Kelly’s going to survive Babysitter Bootcamp, she’ll have to face the Spider Queen, whose wicked web turns her parents, BFF, and middle-school teachers into mindless minions. All in a night’s work!