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By Lois Lowry. 1977
“A warm picture emerges of a family bound together by caring and closeness . . . Meg's sorrow as well as her joy…comes pouring out in this perceptive tale.” —Booklist (starred review)Meg isn't thrilled when she gets stuck sharing a bedroom with her older sister Molly. The two of them couldn't be more different, and it's hard for Meg to hide her resentment of Molly's beauty and easy popularity. But now that the family has moved to a small house in the country, Meg has a lot to accept.Just as the sisters begin to adjust to their new home, Meg feels that Molly is starting up again by being a real nuisance. But Molly's constant grouchiness, changing appearance, and other complaints are not just part of a new mood. And the day Molly is rushed to the hospital, Meg has to accept that there is something terribly wrong with her sister. That's the day Meg's world changes forever. Is it too late for Meg to show what she really feels?Winner of the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award“An appealing first novel-brisk, witty, affecting . . . An attractive, laconic heroine in an upbeat presentation of a most difficult subject.” —Kirkus Reviews “This book is memorable as a well-crafted reaffirmation of universal values.” —Horn Book “A keenly sensitive look at the death of a sibling, especially appropriate for the younger ‘young adult.’” —Children's Literature
By Mary Norton. 1955
“The Borrowers Afield is beautifully written and engrossing, even suspenseful . . . like the best of children’s books, this is really a book…for all ages.” —Tor.com Driven out of their cozy house by the rat catcher, the Borrowers find themselves homeless. Worse, they are lost and alone in a frightening new world: the outdoors. Nearly everything outside—cows, moths, field mice, cold weather—is a life-threatening danger for the tiny Borrowers. But as they bravely journey across country in search of a new home and learn how to survive in the wild, Pod, Homily, and their daughter, Arrietty, discover that the world beyond their old home has more joy, drama, and people than they’d ever imagined. An ALA Notable Book“Readers who found Mary Norton’s The Borrowers just about perfect may approach this one with the nervous premonition that it couldn’t possibly be as good. It is, though—and in some ways even better.” —The New York Times Book Review“This book, like its predecessor, is a lovely thing . . . The Borrowers are fascinating not just because they are tiny creatures in a large world, but because they are people.” —The Horn Book“Mary Norton is a genius.” —Mademoiselle
By Yann Martel. 2001
Pi Patel, the sole human survivor of a shipwreck, is in a lifeboat with an injured zebra, a hyena, an…orangutan, and an adult Bengal tiger. Strangely, after 227 days in the Pacific, the boy and the tiger make landfall. Some violence. 2001
By Linda Wirkner, Herman. Melville. 1998
This adaptation of the original story is presented in the format of a novel study, complete with exercises and vocabulary…lists, and is geared for the language arts classes of grades 4 and 5
By Mary Norton. 2000
The Magic Bed-Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks in one volume. These are the exploits of the three Wilson children; Miss…Price, the apprentice witch; and the flying bed. A tale of a witch-in-training and trouble of the most unforgettable kind.
By E. M. Forster. 1972
From the literary icon, author of Howard&’s End and A Passage to India, comes a posthumous collection of short works,…many never before published. Featuring fourteen short stories, The Life to Come spans six decades of E. M. Forster&’s literary career, tracking every phase of his development. Never having sought publication for most of the stories—only two were published in his lifetime—Forster worried his career would suffer because of their overtly homosexual themes. Instead they were shown to an appreciative circle of friends and fellow writers, including Christopher Isherwood, Siegfried Sassoon, Lytton Strachey, and T. E. Lawrence. With stories that are lively and amusing (&“What Does It Matter?&”; &“The Obelisk&”), and others that are more somber and thought-provoking (&“Dr Woolacott&”; &“Arthur Snatchfold&”), The Life to Come sheds a light on Forster&’s powerful but suppressed explorations beyond the strictures of conventional society. &“Have we been as ready for Forster&’s honesty as we thought we were? His greatness surely had root in his capacity to treat all human relationships seriously and truthfully. . . . Even the earliest and most ephemeral of them will be recognized as the frailer embodiments of the same passionate convictions that made for the moral iron of his novels.&” —Eudora Welty, The New York Times Book Review
By George MacDonald. 2018
An eerie and mysterious gothic romance steeped in family secrets and deception from the Victorian-era author of The Portent and…Lilith. MacDonald&’s second realistic novel written in the first person by a fictional female narrator, The Flight of the Shadow feels somber and ominous almost from its opening pages. It is thus linked with The Portent from early in MacDonald&’s career, both books similar of length and style. Again MacDonald develops his familiar themes through the character of an orphan, who, without an earthly father, must yet discover the goodness of God&’s Fatherhood. Belorba Whichcote learns of the divine Fatherhood through the goodness of her uncle Edward, who has raised her on the &“old family farm.&” Both of their lives are complicated when Belorba falls in love with John Day from the neighboring estate of Rising. John&’s demonic mother, Lady Cairnedge, who holds a secret over the Whichcote family, threatens to destroy them, foreshadowing the character of Lilith, the first draft of whose saga was being written about the same time as Flight of the Shadow&’s release in 1891. Reconciliation and restoration conquer her evil influence in the end. &“MacDonald is best known for his children&’s fiction and his fantasy-romances; but this is the US debut of an only slightly fantastical minor romance, written just before Lilith—which, in some aspects of plot and character, it anticipates.&”—Kirkus Reviews
By Ethel Johnston Phelps. 2017
The third volume in this beautifully illustrated anthology features traditional tales of heroic women from China to Canada and beyond.Long…before Suzanne Collins created Katniss Everdeen and Octavia Butler wrote Parable of the Sower, there were many traditional folktales full of adventure, intrigue, and intrepid female characters. Feminist Folktales from Around the World collects these forgotten classics and presents them with original artwork by designer and illustrator Suki Boynton.Volume three in the series, Sea Girl features an introduction by Daniel Jose Older, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lost Saints. In legends from China, Finland, India, Canada, and more, brave heroines encounter monstrous rivers and ogres' nests while outsmarting desperate sharks and hungry tigers. They courageously save families and villages—and, most importantly, they always choose their own fate.
By Ethel Johnston Phelps. 2017
The fourth volume in this beautifully illustrated anthology features traditional tales of heroic women from Russia to South Africa and…beyond.Long before Suzanne Collins created Katniss Everdeen and Octavia Butler wrote Parable of the Sower, there were many traditional folktales full of adventure, intrigue, and intrepid female characters. Feminist Folktales from Around the World collects these forgotten classics and presents them with original artwork by designer and illustrator Suki Boynton.Volume four in the series, The Hunter Maiden features an introduction by Renee Watson, the New York Times bestselling author of Piecing Me Together. In these eleven adventures, a diverse cast of female protagonists lend their daring and determination to everything from battling evil wizards in Russia to outsmarting tricky demons in South Africa. In the title story, a young member of the Zuni Native American tribe proves her resourcefulness as she confronts cultural double standards and malicious winter spirits.
By Ethel Johnston Phelps. 2016
The first volume in this beautifully illustrated anthology features traditional tales of heroic women from Japan to Scotland and beyond.Long…before Suzanne Collins created Katniss Everdeen and Octavia Butler wrote Parable of the Sower, there were many traditional folktales full of adventure, intrigue, and intrepid female characters. Feminist Folktales from Around the World collects these forgotten classics and presents them with original artwork by designer and illustrator Suki Boynton.Volume one in the series, Tatterhood features an introduction by Gayle Forman, the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay. These twelves tales from Japan, Norway, Scotland, Sudan, and more, celebrate the cunning, hard work, and physical strength of their heroines. In these pages, a family of three women teaches a burly man how to wrestle, a girl battles a fearsome bear, and a young mother rescues her village from an elephant's stomach.
By James Joyce. 2023
'Like an artist working an empty sky into a busy cityscape, or an empty chair into a crowded family portrait,…Joyce creates spaces where the reader is left to themselves' Patrick McGuinness, from his Preface to Dubliners.Set in the late 19th and early 20th-century, Dubliners is made up of fifteen stories, which all sit within the realm of realism, with easily identifiable streets and a cartographic identity of the city. Alike Joyce's other works, the collection was repeatedly rejected by publishers and he received accusations of obscurity and obscenity before it finally appeared in print on 15 June 1914. This was five years after a contract was signed, six weeks before the outbreak of World War One, and at a time when Ireland was under British Home Rule. We find an intricate account of the lives of the city's inhabitants in Joyce's haunted and bleak vision of Dublin.Discover these stories for the first time here, or read them afresh, and marvel at the unique stories that Joyce was able to capture, and make timeless, for us all.
By Zora Neale Hurston. 2020
By Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus. 1998
"After Junie B. goes with her father for his haircut, she decides she wants to be a beauty shop guy…when she grows up. She practices on her bunny slippers, her dog, and herself--with terrible results." -- Provided by NLS
By Howard Pyle, Dan Andreasen, Tania Zamorsky. 2006
By Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus. 1997
By Jules Verne, Dan Andreasen, Jules Vern, Lisa R Church. 2006
A retelling of Jules Verne's original tale follows the adventures of a French professor and his two companions as they…sail above and below the world's oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo. For grades 3-6. 2006
By Gaston Leroux, Diane Namm, Troy Howell. 2008
By Jules Verne, Kathleen Olmstead, Eric Freeberg, Jules Vern. 2011
A retelling of Jules Verne's original tale in which Professor Liedenbrock, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans explore a…volcanic crater in Iceland that leads them to the center of the Earth and to incredible and horrifying discoveries. For grades 3-6. 2011
By Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus. 1997
"Junie B. is filled with glee when her grandfather gives her soft, furry mittens. But then they disappear after she…leaves them on the school playground, and they are not in the lost-and-found box." -- Provided by NLS
By Mark Twain, Jamel Akib, Kathleen Olmstead. 2007
"One boy, penniless and in rags, forced to beg in the street. The other, a king's son, coddled and given…all he could want. What happens when the two boys change clothes and places, and each one learns how the other half lives? Mark Twain's satirical and suspenseful novel about the thin line that separates prince and pauper is a perennial favorite." -- Provided by publisher