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By Martin Baltscheit. 2012
The lion loves elections—he wins every time. But when the mouse decides to run for president, other animals offer up…their own candidates. Each one has a cause to champion: the ant wants a busier schedule, the German shepherd wants more law and order, and the wildebeest just wants everyone to live in peace. With so many options, how can the animals ever decide? Amusingly told through vibrantly colored illustrations, Vote for Me! introduces readers to the wild process of selecting a good leader.
By Molly Harper. 2018
Sorcery and Society Book 1If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the…Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s.Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor...But Snipes aren’t supposed to have magical powers…and the existence of a magical Snipe threatens the world order dictated during the Guardians’ Restoration years ago. If she wants to keep her family safe and protect her own skin, Sarah must figure out how to fit into posh Guardian society, master her newfound magical powers and discover the truth about how an ordinary girl can become magical. “Witty and classic, Changeling had everything I wanted from a coming of age story: friendship, scandal, and a heroine learning to flex her magical muscles. If you liked Harry Potter, you will love CHANGELING!” -Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series“Molly Harper’s Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who’s equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight.”Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise“Harper is a great writer and she creates great characters, but also an entertaining world.” – Sassy Sarah Reads“I really enjoyed the humor and author personality that is just unique to itself. Harper is a great writer.” – Krissy’s Bookshelf
By Hermann Hesse. 1946
This allegorical novel, set in sixth-century India around the time of the Buddha, follows a young man on his search…for enlightenment. THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP The acclaimed tale of a shipwrecked Englishman who finds himself stranded on an island…off the coast of South America -- a story of survival, self-reliance, adventure, and faith. THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes to guide the reader's own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.
Pirates of the Golden Age had to deal with scurvy, fight ferocious battles, and eat everything from monkeys to snakes…to sea turtles, but you won't learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Anne Bonny, the Irish woman who was a true Pirate of the Caribbean, and the secrets of Blackbeard and the daring pirate Cheng I Sao. Then learn how to talk like a pirate and make a buried treasure map for your friends. It's all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden . . . Ages 9-12
By Rob Justus. 2020
Adventure Time meets The Good Place in this zany-yet-philosophical graphic novel buddy comedy about the unlikely friendship between Death, a…grim reaper who's never had a friend, and Sparkles, The Last Unicorn, a celebrity influencer who is somehow immune to Death's touch.Being Death is no way to live.Sure, you're all-powerful, but collecting souls involves a ton of paperwork, and it's impossible to have friends when everything you touch instantly dies.Being Sparkles the Last Unicorn isn't as fun as you'd imagine, either. Maybe it seems like the whole world wants to be your bestie, but really people just want you to pose with them for selfies, or use you to help them sell stuff.Everything changes when Death and Sparkles meet and realize they might just be one another's first chance at a real friend. But before they can even enjoy the bromance, the whole world starts freaking out about this unlikely pair. Will fame or BFFdom prevail?Laugh-out-loud hilarious, gently philosophical, and full of delightfully zany exuberance, this buddy comedy turns friendship on its head—literally—and will have readers believing in the power of cupcakes for breakfast and cosmic camaraderie.HILARIOUS BUDDY COMEDY: Move over, Wayne and Garth! Move over, Beavis and Butthead! Readers will love this spin on the classic mismatched BFF dynamic featuring two of the most powerful beings around: the guy in charge of taking everyone's life, and the most magical creature still in existence on Earth. Never have two beings been less alike or more adorable.PERFECT FOR RELUCTANT READERS: With bright, vibrant illustrations, big fun fonts, expressive sound effects throughout, an irreverent spirit, and a heart full of cupcakes, this graphic novel will entice even the most skeptical of young readers.BIG THEMES: Self-awareness; empathy; bravery; commercialism; celebrity influencers; and the courage to stand up for what you believe in, even if that's the hard thing to do—all of these important themes weave throughout the book in subtle ways that will resonate with readers without feeling heavy-handed.THE FIRST ADVENTURE OF MANY: This is the first book in a planned series about the adventures of Death and Sparkles. The next book will be out in Fall 2022!LIKE LIVING IN CANDYLAND: Rob Justus's expressive, vivid art makes readers feel like they're living in Candyland. With tons to see on every page, and countless visual gags per spread, this book will delight graphic novel fans and bring new readers to the genre.Perfect for:• Reluctant readers• Parents• Fans of graphic novels• Fans of unicorns• Educators
By Nandini Nayar. 2021
Suraj and Radha never know when the colourful 'Happiness Train' will chug into their village, offering them a whole new…world of fun and enchantment!'Trains and tracks are evil,' says Amma, 'they carry people away.' But this train's musical whistle, the gorgeous pictures on the coaches, and its promise of faraway, exciting lands -all make Suraj eager to leave his humdrum life and set out on adventures. One day, ignoring Radha's warnings, he secretly boards the train.Soon Suraj realizes that he and the other runaway boys - Murali, Chhotu and Asad - are being carted away on a dangerous mission. With no hope of escaping, they are close to giving up,when help arrives unexpectedly.Is there a mysterious person on board who can rescue them? How is a raja connected with the train? Has Radha forgotten all about Suraj? And does he finally get what he is looking for? Find out in this unusual story about family, friends, and discovering new routes to happiness and home.
By Ben Clanton. 2021
Narwhal and Jelly become the coolest teachers in the world wide waters in the hilarious sixth book of this blockbuster…graphic novel series!Dive into four new stories about Narwhal and Jelly becoming substitute teachers! The two best friends come across an enthusiastic school of fish one morning. Unfortunately, Mr. Blowfish, their teacher, has come down with a cold, and class will have to be cancelled . . . until Professor Knowell (Narwhal) and Super Teacher (Jelly) volunteer to help out! The first subject is Wafflematics, in which Narwhal and Jelly calculate the number of waffles needed to feed the class. That's what we're chalking about! Next up is a super-fun science scavenger hunt, followed by a game of "Tag! You're Awesome!" at recess. Narwhal's teaching methods may be unconventional, but with Jelly's help, the two teach (and learn) with their trademark positivity and humor. Before they know it, the day is over . . . but what grade will Narwhal receive from Jelly?
By Charis Cotter. 2021
A creepy, mysterious dollhouse takes center stage in this atmospheric middle-grade mystery for fans of Doll Bones and Small Spaces.Alice's…world is falling apart. Her parents are getting a divorce, and they've cancelled their yearly cottage trip -- the one thing that gets Alice through the school year. Instead, Alice and her mom are heading to some small town where Alice's mom will be a live-in nurse to a rich elderly lady. The house is huge, imposing and spooky, and everything inside is meticulously kept and perfect -- not a fun place to spend the summer. Things start to get weird when Alice finds a dollhouse in the attic that's an exact replica of the house she's living in. Then she wakes up to find a girl asleep next to her in her bed -- a girl who looks a lot like one of the dolls from the dollhouse . . . When the dollhouse starts to change when Alice isn't looking, she knows she has to solve the mystery. Who are the girls in the dollhouse? What happened to them? And what is their connection to the mean and mysterious woman who owns the house?
By Lisa Tawn Bergren, Laura J. Bryant. 2008
As the sun rises on her snow-covered world, Little Cub wonders aloud..."What is heaven like?"With tender words, her Papa describes…a wonderful place, free of sadness and tears, where God warmly welcomes his loved ones after their life on earth is over. Little Cub and Papa spend the day wandering their beautiful, invigorating arctic world while she asks all about God's home: How do we get to heaven? Will we eat there? Will I get to see you in heaven? Papa patiently answers each question, assuring her that..."Heaven will be full of everything good."This gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child's most difficult questions about what happens after this life, inviting "little cubs" to find comfort in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.Also available:God Gave Us YouGod Gave Us TwoGod Gave Us Christmas
By Cathy Applegate. 2002
At the center of Australia is a vast red desert known as the Outback. For twelve-year-old Amy from Melbourne who…arrives to visit her aunt, it is a world unlike anything she's ever seen before. But then she meets Lana, a local Aboriginal girl who, like Amy, has recently lost her mother, and the two girls overcome differences to form a surprising bond. <p><p> With warmth and humor, Red Sand, Blue Sky charts the encounter between Amy and Lana and their deepening friendship. Through Lana, Amy learns about the harsh treatment suffered by the Aboriginal people at the hands of the white settlers who were her ancestors, while Lana comes to appreciate Amy's and her aunt's commitment to protect the sacredness of the land.
By Adrianna Cuevas. 2020
In this magical middle-grade debut novel from Adrianna Cuevas, The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez, a Cuban American boy must…use his secret ability to communicate with animals to save the inhabitants of his town when they are threatened by a tule vieja, a witch that transforms into animals. <P><P>All Nestor Lopez wants is to live in one place for more than a few months and have dinner with his dad. <P><P>When he and his mother move to a new town to live with his grandmother after his dad’s latest deployment, Nestor plans to lay low. He definitely doesn’t want to anyone find out his deepest secret: that he can talk to animals. <P><P>But when the animals in his new town start disappearing, Nestor's grandmother becomes the prime suspect after she is spotted in the woods where they were last seen. As Nestor investigates the source of the disappearances, he learns that they are being seized by a tule vieja—a witch who can absorb an animal’s powers by biting it during a solar eclipse. And the next eclipse is just around the corner…Now it’s up to Nestor’s extraordinary ability and his new friends to catch the tule vieja—and save a place he might just call home.
Poison dart umbrellas and cyanide guns were all a part of the arsenal of tools used by spies of the…Soviet KGB, American CIA, and British MI6, but you won't learn that in your history books! Learn the true stories of the Cold War and how spies used listening devices planted in live cats and wristwatch cameras. Discover how East Germans tried to ride zip lines to freedom, while the Cambridge Four infiltrated Britain and rockets raced to the moon. Then make your own submarines and practice writing secret codes. It's all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: The Cold War. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden . . .Ages 9-12
By Jackie Walter. 2021
This non-fiction text explores different animals that fly. The book is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to…book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE)Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Perfect reads for children aged 4-5, reading at book band pink.
By Shannon Messenger. 2020
Book 8.5 in the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series delivers what fans…of the series have been begging for! Told in an exciting new way, the saga continues with plenty of huge reveals and shocking new twists—plus a complete series guide with beautiful color and black-and-white illustrations and other awesome bonuses!In this extra special installment of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, the story picks up right from Legacy&’s particularly devastating cliffhanger. But chapters alternate between Sophie and Keefe&’s perspectives to give readers deeper insights into both beloved characters. New powers will be discovered. Hard truths from the past will come to light. And all of your favorite characters will find themselves tested in ways they never imagined. And that's not all! Unlocked also includes a comprehensive guide to the world of the Lost Cities, featuring new character and world details that have never been revealed before—plus fun bonuses like Keeper-themed recipes, a detailed map of the Lost Cities, gorgeous full-color illustrations, and so much more!
By Anthony Horowitz. 2001
When an investigation into a series of mysterious deaths leads agents to an elite prep school for rebellious kids, MI6…assigns Alex Rider to the case. Before he knows it, Alex is hanging out with the sons of the rich and powerful, and something feels wrong. These former juvenile delinquents have turned well-behaved, studious--and identical--overnight. It's up to Alex to find out who is masterminding this nefarious plot, before they find him.
By Diane H. Tracey. 2022
When your child struggles with learning to read, it can feel overwhelming. What causes reading difficulties? How can you support…your child on the road to a rich and rewarding literacy life? Drawing on her dual expertise as a literacy specialist and a psychotherapist, Diane Tracey takes a unique and holistic approach to supporting children's health and emotional well-being along with their reading skills. In this straightforward, knowledgeable guide, she explains exactly how the reading process works and what you can do to foster literacy development every step of the way. Filled with checklists, fun activities to do with kids, and insightful stories, this compassionate resource gives you tools to help a struggling reader of any age become an avid book lover.
By Rosie Banks. 2014
When Ellie, Summer and Jasmine receive an urgent message from King Merry saying that Queen Malice has taken over the…Secret Kingdom, they know that this will be their most important adventure yet! The girls must find four magical jewels to create a new crown for the king - but how will they find the emerald when the entire kingdom is under the queen's wicked spell?
By David Melling. 2008
Beware - there are goblins living among us! Within these pages lies a glimpse into their secret world. But read…quickly, and speak softly, in case the goblins spot you...Stinglip and Pungent are at Shadow Goblin school, learning how to steal shadows. It's not going well for either of them, but when they meet a skeleton who has lost his shadow, the two little goblins know exactly how to save the day...A riotous, laugh-out-loud funny series for younger readers from the bestselling author of Hugless Douglas, David Melling.
By Rosie Banks. 2014
A brand-new adventure awaits Ellie, Summer and Jasmine in the Secret Kingdom!Queen Malice has taken over the Secret Kingdom and…trapped King Merry in the dungeons at Thunder Castle! With the help of the water nymphs, Ellie, Summer and Jasmine must find the magical sapphire, but will the pesky Storm Sprites get there first?