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By Kurt Wiese, Walter R. Brooks. 1937
The international sensation for readers young and old, Freddy the Pig, is back! Adoniram lives with his cruel aunt and…uncle until a chance flood leads him to the irrepressible Freddy and Jinx the Cat. The animals convince him to stay at Bean Farm and Mr. Bean's brother even builds him a mechanical twin playmate. When Adoniram's aunt and uncle come looking for him, they mistake the clockwork twin for the real boy. A rollicking comedy of errors ensues, and it is once again up to Freddy and friends to save the day.
By Kurt Wiese, Walter R. Brooks. 1953
The weather, all animals (with special emphasis on the peculiar attributes of pigs), joy and sorrow, the utility of facial…features, and a world of other subjects are poetically worked over by the world's most distinguished pig-of-letters, Freddy--the Bard of Bean Farm. Whether he's happy or sad Freddy is ever the poet, and his verse--both heavy and light--has created an international fuss among the less gifted pigs and poets. And if Freddy's poetry seems a bit hammy in spots, well . . .
Celebrate the holidays with Amelia Bedelia! Amelia Bedelia, her friends, and her family enjoy some scary (and sweet) fun in…this haunting Halloween edition. This chapter book is an excellent choice for children who are ready to read independently, and is terrific for building vocabulary and social and emotional learning. Includes a recipe, a special Amelia Bedelia mask, and a craft project to make at home!It’s Amelia Bedelia’s new friend Candy’s first Halloween since coming to Oak Tree Elementary. But when Amelia Bedelia tells her new friend how spooktacular it will be—decorations on almost every house and store, the costume parade, the pumpkin carving contest—Candy seems unimpressed. Then Amelia Bedelia tells her about the Haunted Hayride at Seven Gables Farms, and Candy is convinced. But what happens when the Haunted Hayride is cancelled? Will Amelia Bedelia come up with a plan to save Halloween for her friends old and new?A humorous and not-too-scary story, plenty of misunderstandings, tons of thrills, and a festive package make this an ideal gift book for newly independent readers and storytime sharing. Amelia Bedelia has been making readers laugh since 1963, when the first Amelia Bedelia book was published. Now you can meet the young Amelia Bedelia. Come join the fun!
By Caroline Cala. 2020
Babysitting? More like bully-sitting, when Malia, Dot, and Bree get a much older—and scarier—client than they expected. But looks can…be deceiving in this LOL-worthy third book in the Best Babysitters Ever series, perfect for fans of Rachel Vail and Sarah Mlynowski.Malia, Dot, and Bree are psyched to land their highest paying job yet—until they get to the house and realize they&’re babysitting Zelda Hooper, Bree and Malia&’s archnemesis since preschool. Babysitting: not just for babies, apparently. And it&’s too much money to walk away from . . . so at least there are no diapers? But all of the babysitting in the world couldn&’t prepare the girls for their unusual new charge, and even though Zelda should be the one who&’s embarrassed that three girls her age are getting paid to babysit her, she relishes the chance to tease them on her home turf. Is she really evil or just misunderstood? This hilarious third installment in the Best Babysitters Ever series brings back all the characters you love, and love to hate—reminding us that friendship trumps all. Even dirty diapers.
By Rachel Russell. 2017
<P>When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after…taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School—and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals! <P>Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom? Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive? <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Rachel Russell. 2018
It’s Nikki Maxwell’s birthday!! Will it be a blast or a bust? Find out in Nikki’s newest diary, the thirteenth…installment in the #1 New York Times blockbuster bestselling Dork Diaries series!Nikki and her BFF’s Chloe and Zoey have been planning a birthday party of epic proportions! There’s just one problem—Nikki’s mom says no way to the budget they need to make it happen. Nikki’s ready to call the whole thing off, but some surprising twists might take that decision out of her hands, and help comes from the person Nikki would least expect. One way or another, this will be a birthday that Nikki will never forget!
By Rachel Renée Russell. 2016
<P>It's a frenemy showdown in the eleventh installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! <P>Nikki…Maxwell has the worst luck. Of all the schools she could have been assigned to for the student exchange week program, she's stuck at North Hampton Hills, her arch nemesis MacKenzie Hollister's new school. Even worse, there might just be someone at NHH who can out-MacKenzie MacKenzie! At least Nikki can write about every moment of drama in her diary, so readers won't miss a moment of it. Can the queen of dorks survive a week at the head CCP's new school or will it be a dorky disaster?
Nikki Maxwell’s summer is packed with drama in this fourteenth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries…series!Nikki and her bandmates are looking forward to an AWESOME summer on tour as the opening act for the world famous Bad Boyz! Nikki is a little worried when her frenemy, MacKenzie Hollister, weasels her way into a social media intern position with the tour. But she has a total MELTDOWN when she learns that MacKenzie is her new roommate! Will Nikki survive her dream tour as it quickly goes from AWESOME to AWFUL?! The drama continues in Dork Diaries 14: Tales from a Not-So-Best Friend Forever!
Nikki Maxwell’s adventures continue in the twelfth installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!In Nikki…Maxwell’s newest diary, it’s the countdown to the end of the school year, and Nikki’s juggling some big questions about how she’ll spend her summer. She’s also facing an unexpected crush catastrophe—there’s a new kid interested in Nikki, but the last thing she wants to do is accidentally hurt Brandon! It all comes down to a big decision Nikki has to make, and drama like she’s never faced before!
By Emily Ecton. 2020
Ocean’s Eleven meets The Secret Life of Pets in this hilarious and delightfully illustrated novel following a ragtag group of…pets who will do whatever it takes to avoid being sent to the pound. <p><p> Butterbean knew she wasn’t always a good dog. Still, she’d never considered herself a BAD dog—until the morning that her owner, Mrs. Food, fell in the hallway. Admittedly the tile was slipperier than usual, mostly because Butterbean had just thrown up on it. Now Butterbean and her fellow pets have to come up with a grand plan to support themselves in case Mrs. Food is unable to keep taking care of them. When they discover a mysterious man in their building who seems to have lots of loot, they plan a heist. Oscar the mynah bird is the brains of the operation. Walt the cat has the necessary slyness and slink. Marco and Polo are the reconnaissance rats. And Butterbean...well, no one would ever suspect a cute little wiener dog, right? Can these animal friends can pull off the heist of the century?
By Jarrett Lerner. 2020
Amelia Bedelia meets James Patterson&’s House of Robots series in the adventures of Geeger, a robot who goes to school…for the very first time, in the first story in a new, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book series that&’s perfect for emerging readers!Geeger the Robot is going to school. But not robot school…a school with kids, the human kind! Geeger isn&’t used to human ways, and his zany misunderstandings and overly literal responses to instructions lead to quite a few mishaps. He&’s starting to wonder if he can even make it until snack time! Will a bot made of wires, nuts, and bolts fit in with a classroom of kids?
By James Ponti. 2016
<P>Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director's speed dial and several international criminals' most wanted lists all…because of his Theory of All Small Things in this hilarious start to a brand-new middle grade mystery series. <P>So you're only halfway through your homework and the Director of the FBI keeps texting you for help...What do you do? Save your grade? Or save the country? If you're Florian Bates, you figure out a way to do both. Florian is twelve years old and has just moved to Washington. <P>He's learning his way around using TOAST, which stands for the Theory of All Small Things. It's a technique he invented to solve life's little mysteries such as: where to sit on the on the first day of school, or which Chinese restaurant has the best eggrolls. <P>But when he teaches it to his new friend Margaret, they uncover a mystery that isn't little. In fact, it's HUGE, and it involves the National Gallery, the FBI, and a notorious crime syndicate known as EEL. Can Florian decipher the clues and finish his homework in time to help the FBI solve the case?
By Bruce Coville. 2020
Pleskit loses his grandfather&’s brain in this third book of the hilarious, fast-paced, and accessible Sixth-Grade Alien sci-fi series from…the bestselling author of Aliens Ate My Homework, Bruce Coville.Some kids lose their homework. Some kids lose their math book, or their sneakers, or their lunch. Pleskit Meenom, first alien kid to go to school on Earth, has a bigger problem: He&’s lost his grandfather&’s brain! Of course, that&’s not Pleskit&’s only problem. He&’s also feuding with his best friend, Tim. And someone is leaking stories about him to the press. Sixth grade is turning out to be an even bigger challenge than interplanetary navigation. But if Pleskit can&’t find that missing brain, none of those other problems will matter. Because how do you explain that you&’ve lost your grandfather? And Pleskit may not be the only one looking for him…
By James Ponti. 2018
Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists—must save his friend…from being framed for a crime he didn’t commit in this hilarious third novel in the Framed! series.Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time, well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates! Along with his best friend, and Watson to his Sherlock, Margaret, Florian’s making the case that kids can do anything. When Florian and Margaret’s FBI supervisor, Marcus Rivers, is accused of a crime, it’s up to this mystery solving duo to jump into action and clear his name, because Marcus is more than their boss—he’s family. The case involves one of Marcus’s first investigations for the FBI and a Russian spy ring. However, when the spy they are chasing learns what they’re up to, the tables are turned, and Marcus finds himself implicated in a variety of crimes, including theft, corruption, and espionage. For Florian and Margaret, it just got personal. They’re going to catch the spy and clear Marcus’s name…even if they have to break into (and out of) the Library of Congress to do it.
By Jarrett Lerner. 2021
Dan Gutman&’s My Weird School meets James Patterson&’s House of Robots in the adventures of Geeger, a robot who loses…his class pet, in the second story in a fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book series that&’s perfect for emerging readers!Geeger the Robot gets along great with the class pet, Fudge the Hamster—they both spend a lot of their time eating and share a love for mushy bananas. But when Fudge goes missing, some of the kids in Ms. Bork&’s class think Geeger might be to blame! Could Geeger have eaten Fudge?! He certainly wouldn&’t have done so on purpose. But Geeger has been known to eat things by accident before. With the help of his best friend Tillie, Geeger puts his strengths to use to find Fudge and clear his name!
By Bruce Coville. 2020
Pleskit and Tim swap lunches, leading to unforeseen consequences in this fourth book of the hilarious, fast-paced, and accessible sci-fi…series Sixth-Grade Alien from the bestselling author of Aliens Ate My Homework, Bruce Coville.When Tim has a peanut butter sandwich packed yet again, he and Pleskit decide to swap lunches. Tim is pleasantly surprised to find that while Pleskit&’s squambul smells terrible, it tastes like chicken. But Pleskit has an altogether different experience when he eats peanut butter for the first time. Turns out, he&’s allergic! And Pleskit&’s reaction can&’t be solved by a trip to the nurse&’s office—he is absolutely, hopelessly lovestruck! Not in his right mind, Pleskit quickly gets into trouble. If he doesn&’t find a way to fix things, he may have to find a new school—or a new planet!
By Bruce Coville. 2000
Pleskit and Tim&’s last-minute project for the science fair leads to disaster in this fifth book in the hilarious, fast-paced,…and accessible sci-fi series Sixth-Grade Alien from the bestselling author of Aliens Ate My Homework, Bruce Coville.It&’s science fair time again, and Tim Tomkins is in trouble. It&’s only two days until the big event, and he hasn&’t finished his project! In fact, he hasn&’t even started it. Given Tim&’s track record with homework, this is no big surprise. But this year Tim has a new resource—his alien best friend, Pleskit Meenom! Surely with his super science Pleskit can help Tim come up with a knockout project for the science fair. Pleskit makes his own science project out of helping Tim, but his solution turns out to have side effects that not even an alien could have expected! Soon Pleskit is left desperately trying to answer the question, &“What do you do when you&’ve just amputated your best friend&’s personality?&”
By James Ponti. 2017
Florian Bates—the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists—must uncover the truth…behind a series of middle school pranks that may or may not involve the daughter of the President of the United States in this hilarious second novel in the T.O.A.S.T. Mystery series.Middle school is hard. Solving cases for the FBI is even harder. Doing both at the same time—well that’s just crazy. But that doesn’t stop Florian Bates! After helping the FBI solve an art theft at the National Gallery and uncovering a DC spy ring, Florian’s finding life at Alice Deal Middle School a little boring. But that’s all about to change! His FBI handler, Marcus, has a job for him! Is it a bank robbery? Counterfeit ring? International espionage? Actually it’s middle school pranks… Sounds pretty ordinary except that the pranks are happening at a prestigious private school attended by the President’s daughter who may—or may not—be involved. So Florian and Margaret are going undercover to see if they can use their TOAST skills to figure out what’s going on before the media gets hold of the story. However, once the crime-solving pair arrive at the school, they discover that there’s a lot more than a few pranks going on and the conspiracy of silence reaches all the way to the top. Then a student vanishes in the middle of a concert at the Kennedy Center and things take a sinister turn! Can Florian and Margaret save the day? Or are they about to get toasted?
By Bruce Coville. 2021
Pleskit&’s alien pet causes widespread panic in this sixth book in the hilarious, fast-paced, and accessible sci-fi series Sixth-Grade Alien…from the bestselling author of Aliens Ate My Homework and My Teacher Is an Alien, Bruce Coville.Having a pet shapeshifter might be one of the coolest parts of being from a different planet. So when Jordan accuses Pleskit of lying about his Veeblax&’s abilities, Pleskit decides take his pet to class—without asking parental permission. Bringing the Veeblax to school turns out to be a bigger mistake than Pleskit ever thought possible when it frightens his classmate Misty, causing an intergalactic incident. As the situation spins out of control, it becomes clear that Pleskit may lose his pet, his teacher may lose her job, and Earth may lose the benefits of the alien connection. Running away may be the only way for Pleskit to save the his pet. But where can you hide when you&’re the only purple kid on the planet? Plus, escaping may not be the best idea, because someone—or something—is following him.
By Steven Weinberg. 2021
A story about the wonderfully challenging realities of being a family's middle kid.Readers experience a day in the life of…a middle kid, and all the highs and lows of a life in-between. When you're the middle kid, you're never the first nor the last to do anything. You're not the tallest or the smallest; you're babysitting one sibling but teased by the other. Stuck between a bossy older brother and a naive younger sister, Middle Kid feels left out of two worlds. But even if—and maybe especially because—it's always overlooked, this kid's own world is just as big and important as his siblings'.• From author-illustrator Steven Weinberg—a middle kid himself!• Gently funny and richly detailed• Starting in the morning and ending at night, readers experience a full day in Middle Kid's shoesMiddle children have classically been sandwiched between the achievements of the older sibling and the needs of the younger one—The Middle Kid gives them a time to shine!• Perfect for beginning readers• A great empathy read• Fans of comical books about family