EIGHT STARRED REVIEWS! The reassuring book kids and families need right now. "An absolute original . . . a story that kids will love." --R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder At a time when everything is changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to-be classic by the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me. After her parents'' divorce, Bea''s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other. When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she''ll finally (finally!) have what she''s always wanted--a sister. Even though she''s never met Jesse''s daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they''ll be "just like sisters anywhere." As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy, and readers will discover why the New York Times called Rebecca Stead a "writer of great feeling." "An undeniably beautiful book." -- The New York Times "No author writing today observes young lives with more clarity, tenderness, and grace." --Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan "Stead truly understands the inner life of kids." --Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly, author of Hello, Universe and You Go First
Littlest One is a tiny creature slowly learning her job of giving dreams to humans. Each night she and her teacher, Thin Elderly, visit an old woman's home where she softly touches beloved objects, gathering happy memories, and drops of old scents and sounds.
Back to the Future meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in this original, poignant, race-against-time story about a boy who travels back to 1984 to save his father's life. My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine and again four years later, when he was twelve. On his twelfth birthday, Al Chaudhury receives a letter from his dead father. It directs him to the bunker of their old house, where Al finds a time machine (an ancient computer and a tin bucket). The letter also outlines a mission: travel back to 1984 and prevent the go-kart accident that will eventually take his father's life. But as Al soon discovers, whizzing back thirty years requires not only imagination and courage, but also lying to your mom, stealing a moped, and setting your school on fire--oh, and keeping your pet hamster safe. With a literary edge and tons of commerical appeal, this incredible debut has it all: heart, humor, vividly imagined characters, and a pitch-perfect voice.
From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes another middle-grade short-story collection--this one focused on exploring acts of bravery--featuring some of the best own-voices children's authors, including R. J. Palacio ( Wonder ), Rita Williams-Garcia ( One Crazy Summer ), Linda Sue Park ( A Long Walk to Water ), and many more. Not all heroes wear capes. Some heroes teach martial arts. Others talk to ghosts. A few are inventors or soccer players. They're also sisters, neighbors, and friends. Because heroes come in many shapes and sizes. But they all have one thing in common: they make the world a better place. Published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, this vibrant anthology features thirteen acclaimed authors whose powerful and diverse voices show how small acts of kindness can save the day. So pay attention, because a hero could be right beside you. Or maybe the hero is you. AUTHORS INCLUDE: William Alexander, Joseph Bruchac, Lamar Giles, Mike Jung, Hena Khan, Juana Medina, Ellen Oh, R. J. Palacio, Linda Sue Park and Anna Dobbin, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Ronald L. Smith, Rita Williams-Garcia, and short-story contest winner Suma Subramaniam As with the two previous anthologies from We Need Diverse Books, this collection admirably succeeds in making available to all readers a wider and more representative range of American voices and protagonists. --The Washington Post
From the author of the Ruby Lu series comes a funny and touching chapter book especially for boys. Alvin Ho is an Asian-American second grader who is afraid of "everything"--most of all, school. But at home he's very different. Illustrations.
«I Was a Rat!» So insists a scruffy boy named Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he now? A terrifying monster running wild in the sewers? The Daily Scourge is sure of it. A victim of «Rodent Delusion»? The hospital nurse says yes. A lucrative fairground freak? He is to Mr. Tapscrew. A champion wriggler and a budding thief? That's what Billy thinks. Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. And it may take a royal intervention-and a bit of magic-to convince the rest of the world.
Bernie keeps a barn full of animals the rest of the world has no use foryes'>#8211;two retired trotters, a rooster, some banty hens, and a Muscovy duck with clipped wings who calls herself The Lady. When the cat called Whittington shows up one day, it is to the Lady that he makes an appeal to secure a place in the barn. The Ladyyes'>#8217;s a little hesitant at first, but when the cat claims to be a master ratter, that clinches it.Bernieyes'>#8217;s orphaned grandkids, Abby and Ben, come to the barn every day to help feed the animals. Abby shares her worry that Ben canyes'>#8217;t really read yet and that he refuses to go to Special Ed. Whittington and the Lady decide that Abby should give Ben reading lessons in the barn. It is a balm for Ben when, having toughed out the daily lesson, Whittington comes to tell, in tantalizing installments, the story handed down to him from his nameless forebearer, Dick Whittingtonyes'>#8217;s catyes'>#8211;the legend of the lad born into poverty in rural England during the Black Death, who runs away to London to seek his fortune. This is an unforgettable tale about how learning to read saves one little boy. It is about the healing, transcendent power of storytelling and how, if you have loved ones surrounding you and good stories to tell, to listen to, and to read, you have just about everything of value in this world.From the Hardcover edition.
Carole Hanson, Stevie Lake, and their new friend, Lisa Atwood, want to go on the Mountain Trail Overnight campout for the students of Pine Hollow stable, but Stevie can't go unless her grades improve
When a roamer trades them an ancient book with only a few pages remaining, Lina and Doon return to Ember to seek the machine the book seems to describe in hopes that it will get their new community, Sparks, through the winter.
Jessica isn't your average teenager. Though nobody at her high school knows it, she's a published author. Her vampire novel Tiger, Tiger has just come out under the pen name Ash Night. Jessica often wishes she felt as comfortable with her classmates as she does among the vampires and witches of her fiction. She has always been treated as an outsider at Ramsa High.But two new students have just arrived in Ramsa, and both want Jessica's attention. She has no patience with overly friendly Caryn, but she's instantly drawn to handsome Alex, a cocky, mysterious boy who seems surprisingly familiar. If she didn't know better, she'd think Aubrey, the alluring villain from Tiger, Tiger had just sprung to life. That's impossible, of course; Aubrey is a figment of her imagination. Or is he?Nailbitingly suspenseful, here is the deliciously eerie followup to In the Forests of the Night, by the remarkable fifteenyearold novelist Amelia AtwaterRhodes.From the Hardcover edition.
When Lane's nonconformist cousin Mint disrupts Lane's orderly life by coming to stay for an extended visit, Lane feels torn by her best friend's mean-spirited plan to ruin Mint's popularity. By the author of The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter .
" Coraline meets Monsters, Inc. in this delightfully entertaining offering from actor [Jason] Segel and co-author [Kirsten] Miller."-- Publishers Weekly The hilariously frightening, middle-grade novel Nightmares! is a Texas Bluebonnet nominee and the first book in a trilogy about a boy named Charlie and a group of kids who must face their fears to save their town. Charlie Laird has several problems. 1. His dad married a woman he is sure moonlights as a witch. 2. He had to move into her purple mansion--the creepiest place in Cypress Creek. 3. He cant remember the last time sleeping wasnt a nightmarish prospect. Like even a nap. What Charlie doesnt know is that his problems are about to get a whole lot more real. Nightmares can ruin a good nights sleep, but when they start slipping out of your dreams and into the waking world . . . well, thats something only Charlie can face. And hes going to need all the help he can get, or it might just be lights-out for Charlie Laird. For good. Praise for the Nightmares! Series: Nightmares! (Bk 1) is a Texas Bluebonnet Nominee "Charlie Laird, who learns fear will eat you alive if you feed it, makes an impression, and... readers will want to accompany him again."-- The New York Times Book Review " A touching comical saga ...about facing things that go bump in the night."-- US Weekly "Comical antics, cartoonish spot illustrations, and creepy villains make for quite an entertaining read. "-- Booklist "Succeeds at scaring and amusing in equal measure . . . Sweet, charming, and imaginative. "-- Kirkus Reviews " An engaging and creative story ...woven with a generous amount [of] humor."-- VOYA "There's humor and a fairly high ick-factor. "-- School Library Journal " Cleverly crafted ...This novel presents just the right mix of 'scary and humorous.'"-- ILA Literacy Daily