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By Dan Widdowson, Tara Zann, Nicole Otto. 2017
In the fourth book in the Wild Child chapter book series, Forest enlists the help of his raccoon friend to… stop a classmate from bullying Olive and accidentally becomes the new target. Forest looks to his experiences from the wild to fight back, but it turns out dealing with squirrels and bears is different than dealing with bullies. Luckily, his new friends and family are there to help. Can Forest gather the courage to use his words and stick up for himself?Playful, funny, and heartfelt, this chapter book series is a great fit for wild children everywhere, both avid and reluctant readers. Includes black and white illustrations! Read the rest of Olive and Forest’s wild adventures by Tara Zann: Forest’s First Home, Forest’s First Day of School, and Forest’s First Birthday Party. An Imprint Book
By R. McGeddon. 2014
Sitting Duck is good. Questions are bad. Obedience is good. This book is GOOD. (Do you feel brainwashed yet?) Sitting… Duck is the kind of town where the mayor was vaporized by aliens, so there is a vacancy. Ravenous zombie hordes and swarms of power-hungry aliens are just some of the disasters that the town has faced, so this new mayor had better be good. Now a new evil genius has arisen--and he's running for mayor! Thanks to his homemade brainwashing device, he just might win the election and then move on to world domination. Are Sam, Arty, and Emmie brave enough to save the day? Or will they totally lose their minds? Filled with funny illustrations and laugh-out-loud hijinks, Disaster Diaries: Brainwashed! will entertain young readers--or else! Plus it offers nifty tips and tricks on how to spot a hypno-trance or break into a secret base. An Imprint Book
By Dan Widdowson, Tara Zann. 2017
A shy girl teaches a wild boy the ways of modern living in Wild Child: Forest's First Home, the first… book in this sweet and funny chapter book series!On a family camping trip, Olive Regle encounters Forest, a young boy who has grown up in the wild. Olive’s father agrees to let Forest move in under the condition that Olive teach Forest everything about proper behavior. He’s never sat at a table, brushed his teeth, or even taken a bath before! It’s a lot to learn, and Olive’s brother, Ryan, isn’t helping—he tells Forest that football should be played inside.Can this wild child ever fit in? Don’t miss Olive’s and Forest’s next adventure Wild Child: Forest’s First Day of School! An Imprint Book
By M. E. Castle, Daniel Jennewein. 2017
Three kids get lost inside Shakespeare’s book and must help Romeo and Juliet finish their story in order to return… home in this silly middle school series! Dear Reader, You are reading this because you expressed interest in the Get Lost Book Club. Are you ready to embark on a journey to Italy, where you’ll find yourself right in the middle of a major feud between two rival pizza-making families: the Montagues and the Capulets? A swordsman and perfumer will hunt you. There will be disguises, fake pizza, and tomato fights (make sure to duck!). You must help Becca, her stepbrother Sam, and her dog Rufus convince Romeo Montague to ask Juliet Capulet on a date, or you will all be stuck in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet forever! Intrigued? Worried? Downright terrified? You should be. But if you’re ready for an adventure, step right up and follow me. It’s time to get lost. Sincerely, The Narrator An Imprint Book
By Dan Widdowson, Tara Zann. 2017
In the second book in this wildly funny chapter book series, a shy girl is force into the spotlight when… a wild boy goes to school for the first time! At school, Olive expects her best friend Forest to be a “nobody,” just like her, but Forest isn’t one for standing on the sidelines—more like standing on the desks! His shenanigans transform boring school into a wild habitat filled with food fights and morning bird calls, and everyone loves it…everyone except for Olive. How did Forest make friends so fast?When they end up on stage in the school play, Olive is nervous about being in the spotlight, something Forest knows well—this time, it’s up to Forest to teach Olive!Don’t miss Olive’s and Forest’s first adventure Wild Child: Forest’s First Home! An Imprint Book
By Gavin Whyte. 1954
Is Sex & Drugs & Rock ’n’ Roll a communist plot or is society just licentious? Is a conspiracy of… rotten eggs from Moscow out to sap the vital fluids of red-blooded Canadians? Darien has emerged as an organized crime wave, and former Chief Inspector Jacques Gaffeur and his nephew, Wilhelm Gaffeur, Professor of Scatology, commit themselves to gather evidence on Darien and arrest him and his aide-de-camp, Alois Schicklgruber, with the help of the RCMP. Or is the Canadian government right and will inject freedom-loving Canadians with a microchip in their brain in order to instruct their thoughts unless Canada’s Socialist Party, the NDP, re-programs left-leaning Canadians to fight a guerrilla war against the Canadian government while uploading a subliminal message to vote for NDP? Will they succeed? Read Stack Bullion and the sequel, The Explication of the HUCAC, to find out.
By Rafael Yglesias. 2010
The critically acclaimed novel from a master of contemporary American fiction--now available as an ebook An irreverent satire of New… York's media world--and its influence and allure Writers Tony, Patty, Fred, and David all know what they want: renown, glamour, wealth, recognition. They know where to get it: New York, a beacon for ambitious novelists, playwrights, and journalists. But what they don't know is that the game is changing. This is the 1980s, an era of massive corporatization and commercialization in the business of arts and letters. Fame and fortune may come quickly for many, but dignity and lasting influence are in short supply. Rafael Yglesias's most sharp-tongued satire, Hot Properties exposes the greed, envy, and backbiting in a media world bloated with money and power. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Rafael Yglesias, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
By Rafael Yglesias. 1988
The critically acclaimed novel from a master of contemporary American fiction--now available as an ebook A loving satire of new… parenthood and its attendant joys and blunders The Golds and the Hummels live in the same wealthy Manhattan neighborhood, but as both couples prepare for the arrival of their first child, they share little in terms of parenting philosophy. The Golds plunge into natural birth without bothering to first set up a nursery. The Hummels schedule a C-section and fill out hospital admissions paperwork weeks in advance. Both couples, however, are grappling with the transformations they know parenthood will immediately bring. Set in a milieu of material excess and limitless ambition, Only Children skewers new parents who expect perfect lives, but also offers an intimate look at the trials all new parents face as they learn how to nurture. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of Rafael Yglesias, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
By Andrei Codrescu. 2004
A modern-day Faust embarks on a wild romp through the peculiar and preposterous American landscape When the Devil shows up… in Wakefield's living room to announce that his time is up, the bookish "de-motivational" speaker tries to strike a deal. The Devil agrees to prolong Wakefield's life--for now--on the condition that within the next year he finds a more authentic existence. For Wakefield, who is estranged from his family, nearly friendless, and excellent at his job of lowering expectations in a positivity-crazed world, living "authentically" is a tall order. But he will try: an extra 12 months might be worth it. Wakefield's bargain sets in motion a cross-country quest to find his life's purpose. Along the way, he encounters an array of all-American weirdness from plastic surgeons and sadomasochistic strippers to phony New Age yoga gurus and billion-dollar tech start-ups. Codrescu's astute observations and quick wit illuminate the comedy found in our national culture of narcissism and self-improvement.
By Gary D. Schmidt. 2007
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a wonderfully witty and… compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68 school year in Long Island, New York.<P><P> Meet Holling Hoodhood, a seventh-grader at Camillo Junior High, who must spend Wednesday afternoons with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, while the rest of the class has religious instruction. Mrs. Baker doesn’t like Holling—he’s sure of it. Why else would she make him read the plays of William Shakespeare outside class? But everyone has bigger things to worry about, like Vietnam. His father wants Holling and his sister to be on their best behavior: the success of his business depends on it. But how can Holling stay out of trouble when he has so much to contend with? A bully demanding cream puffs; angry rats; and a baseball hero signing autographs the very same night Holling has to appear in a play in yellow tights! As fate sneaks up on him again and again, Holling finds Motivation—the Big M—in the most unexpected places and musters up the courage to embrace his destiny, in spite of himself.
By Karen English, Laura Freeman. 2013
It's tough being the new kid at Carver Elementary. Gavin had lots of friends at his old school, but the… kids here don't even know that he's pretty good at skateboarding, or how awesome he is at soccer. And when his classmate Richard comes over and the boys end up in trouble, not only does Gavin risk losing his one new friend, he has to take care of his great aunt Myrtle's horrible little dog as punishment. To make matters worse, Gavin seems to have attracted the attention of the school bully. Will he be able to avoid getting pounded at the skate park? And how is he ever going to prove he's cool with a yappy little Pomeranian wearing a pink bow at his side?
By Josh Swiller. 2020
A darkly funny thriller about one boy's attempt to unravel the mysterious phenomenon affecting students in his new town, as… he finds a way to resist sinister forces and pursue hope for them all. <P><P>Wallace Cole is perpetually moving against his will. His father has some deeply important job with an energy company that he refuses to explain to Wallace who is, shall we say, suspicious. Not that his father ever listens to him. Just as Wallace is getting settled into a comfortable life in Kentucky, his father lets him know they need to immediately depart for a new job in a small town in Upstate New York which has recently been struck by an outbreak of inexplicable hysterics--an outbreak which is centered at the high school Wallace will attend. <P><P>In the new town, go from disturbing to worse: trees appear to be talking to people; a school bully, the principal, and the town police force take an instant dislike to Wallace; and the student body president is either falling for him or slipping into the enveloping darkness. Bright Shining World is a novel of resistance, of young people finding hope and courage and community in a collapsing world.
By William Gaddis. 1993
A postmodern masterpiece about fraud and forgery by one of the most distinctive, accomplished novelists of the last century.The Recognitions… is a sweeping depiction of a world in which everything that anyone recognizes as beautiful or true or good emerges as anything but: our world. The book is a masquerade, moving from New England to New York to Madrid, from the art world to the underworld, but it centers on the story of Wyatt Gwyon, the son of a New England minister, who forsakes religion to devote himself to painting, only to despair of his inspiration. In expiation, he will paint nothing but flawless copies of his revered old masters—copies, however, that find their way into the hands of a sinister financial wizard by the name of Recktall Brown, who of course sells them as the real thing.Dismissed uncomprehendingly by reviewers on publication in 1955 and ignored by the literary world for decades after, The Recognitions is now established as one of the great American novels, immensely ambitious and entirely unique, a book of wild, Boschian inspiration and outrageous comedy that is also profoundly serious and sad.
By A. B. Greenfield. 2020
Ancient Egypt's laziest detective must save a missing boy in the latest entry in this Edgar-nominated mystery series about a… pampered but lovable royal cat and his wise dung beetle sidekick.Ra the Mighty is Pharaoh's Cat, Lord of the Powerful Paw. He is NOT Ra the Royal Babysitter. How's a cat supposed to fit in all his snacks and naps when his charges keep getting into mischief? Ra's new job only gets harder on a voyage up the Nile, leading to a fearsome palace where crocodiles swarm the waters. Then Pharaoh's son disappears. Has he run away? Has he been eaten by crocodiles? Has he been kidnapped, or worse? Ra and his fellow Great Detectives, Khepri and Miu, set out to discover the truth, but the palace is home to many secrets. Can the Great Detectives unravel the mystery, find the missing boy--and make it out alive? More than 30 wacky illustrations with fun historical details bring this mystery to life, along with a glossary, pronunciation guide, and detailed author's note about ancient Egypt. Don't miss the companion novels: Edgar-nominated Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective, and Ra the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robbery, which was a Junior Library Guild selection.A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
By Cary Fagan. 2020
How would you feel if your dad were a clown?The boy in this story never wants to go to his… friends’ birthday parties, because Happy the Clown is always there. And Happy is … his dad.He wishes his dad had a regular job, like all the other kids’ parents. He didn’t mind his dad being a clown when he was a little kid, but now it’s just embarrassing. And even worse, since business is slow, his dad is putting a sign on the front lawn advertising his clown services!But one night at dinner Dad announces that he’s going back to his old job of being a lawyer. “You were a lawyer?” the boy asks, incredulous.Now his dad wears a suit and tie to work, the family can buy a new car, his mom can take piano lessons, and he can have a skateboard and cellphone. But something feels different. The boy wonders if his dad misses being a clown. Or is he the one who misses Happy?With bittersweet humor, Cary Fagan brings us a story about a boy’s growing consciousness and a father’s realization that he can be himself.Key Text Featuresspeech bubblesCorrelates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.6Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.
By Susin Nielsen. 2020
From beloved Governor General Literary Award--winning author Susin Nielsen comes a touching and funny middle-grade story about family, friendship and… growing up when you're one step away from homelessness.Felix Knuttson, twelve, is an endearing kid with an incredible brain for trivia. His mom Astrid is loving but unreliable; she can't hold onto a job, or a home. When they lose their apartment in Vancouver, they move into a camper van, just for August, till Astrid finds a job. September comes, they're still in the van; Felix must keep "home" a secret and give a fake address in order to enroll in school. Luckily, he finds true friends. As the weeks pass and life becomes grim, he struggles not to let anyone know how precarious his situation is. When he gets to compete on a national quiz show, Felix is determined to win -- the cash prize will bring them a home. Their luck is about to change! But what happens is not at all what Felix expected.
By Jamie Littler, R. Mcgeddon. 2014
So aliens have invaded your planet? Bummer. You could pretend you can't see them and hope they go away. Or… try feeding them peanuts. Maybe they're allergic! Sam, Arty and Emmie have just barely survived a recent zombie infestation when their sleepy little town of Sitting Duck finds itself the victim of an alien invasion!But unlike what you often see on television, the aliens are very small and very cute. How dangerous can they be?SPOILER ALERT: they're very dangerous. And when they disintegrate the mayor with their ray guns, it's a complete disaster. It's up to Sam, Arty and Emmie to save the day! Again. Let the total domination of the planet begin!This series from author R. McGeddon is a must for young readers who plan on surviving the highly probable alien invasion that should be happening somewhat soon-ish. Disaster Diaries: Aliens! offers helpful tips to survive this encounter. (Hint: Pretend you can't see the alien and hope it goes away). In fact, your very life may depend on experiencing the laugh-out-loud hijinks and catastrophic escapades that can only be found in the town of Sitting Duck. An Imprint Book
By Jamie Littler, R. Mcgeddon. 2014
During a zombie apocalypse, the important thing is to not panic.Actually, that's not true. Definitely panic.These things are going to… try to eat your face off! Sam and Arty are looking forward to summer vacation so much that they barely notice when their bumbling science teacher causes an explosion of purple goo that drenches their classmate, Simon. They're sure Simon will be fine--he looks a little gray, but things like this happen all the time in the town of Sitting Duck.But Simon is not fine--and totally loses his head when he becomes a zombie! Soon the town is crawling with rabid zombies looking for braaaaaains! The adults are busy panicking and screaming, so it's up to Sam (the leader) Arty (the brains), and their friend Emmie (the rebel) to take charge. If they can't find a cure, it will be a disaster!Disaster Diaries: Zombies! is perfect for young readers, reluctant or otherwise, with a wacky sense of humor. The first in this hilarious middle grade series from author R. McGeddon will prepare you for your own zombie infestation, with handy tips like how to spot zombies. (Hint: their faces are falling off).An Imprint Book
By R. McGeddon. 2017
You know how it is — you’ve built yourself a nice, artificially intelligent robot, and you’re feeling pretty good about… yourself… Until it suddenly tries to destroy everyone! Sam, Arty and Emmie get more than they bargained for when Arty creates CHARLES for the school science fair. CHARLES is meant to be a helpful, chore-completing robot, but when he malfunctions, he proves to be a maniacal droid bent on destruction—all in the name of ‘tidying up’ the town of Sitting Duck for good. When CHARLES raises his robot army—complete with pesky hairdryers and dangerous refrigerators—Sam, Arty and Emmie must take on their own creation to save the town once more! Filled with funny illustrations and nifty tips on how to handle a robot gone rogue, Disaster Diaries: Robots! is the ultimate survival guide for when the machines take over (and they will, people, they will). An Imprint Book
By Dan Widdowson, Tara Zann. 2017
In the third installment of Tara Zann's Wild Child chapter book series, Forest attends his first birthday party and finds… himself battling the decorations!Forest goes with Olive to their classmate's birthday party. Shy Olive is as nervous as ever. She wants to make nice with Josie, which means everything will have to go perfectly. But when Forest defends the animal-shaped piñata and mistakes the candles for a fire emergency, his antics upset the birthday girl and nearly ruin the party. This time, Olive will learn that even a popular wild child like Forest still needs a best friend to show him the ropes.With playful prose, heartfelt humor, and black and white illustrations to complement Forest’s hilarious escapades—this chapter book series for perfect for reluctant and avid readers. Don’t miss Olive’s and Forest’s earlier adventures, Wild Child: Forest’s First Home and Wild Child: Forest’s First Day of School!!An Imprint Book