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Rediscover the bone-chilling ghouls of the Marvel Universe in this original chapter book series! Marvel Monsters Unleashed: The Gruesome Gorgilla! The forest is quiet. Strange. Something has scared the animals, something ... unnatural. A ferocious monster is on the loose, and Amrita Lakhani is the only one who can crack the case. With the help of famous monster expert Kid Kaiju and his own monster, Fireclaw, the young reporter is about to break the biggest story of her career when she comes face-to-face with the GRUESOME GORGILLA! Amrita's terrifying adventure includes a special appearance by Iron Man as well as some other familiar faces from the Marvel Universe. Marvel Monsters Unleashed: Beware the Glop! Drip. Drop. That's how it starts. When Ben Lee and his sister, Cindy, discover a creature from another planet taking over the town statue, their lives get a whole lot ... stickier. With the help of famous monster expert Kid Kaiju, Ben and Cindy must battle the most dangerous (and slimiest) creature yet-THE GLOP! The gang's strange adventure includes a special appearance by Hulk, as well as some other familiar faces from the Marvel Universe. Marvel Monsters Unleashed: When Trull Attacks! ... Trull trull trull trull ... When an alien life force takes over an entire town, Louisa Brooks may discover that not every story ends 'happily ever after.' With the help of famous monster expert Kid Kaiju, the new girl in town must face epic destruction caused by none other than TRULL! Louisa's shocking adventure includes a special appearance by Thor as well as some other familiar faces from the Marvel Universe.Show more
Disney's The Princess and the Frog puts a new spin on a classic fairy tale! At first, beautiful, hardworking Tiana is not impressed when she meets spoiled Prince Naveen. But when the two of them are transformed into frogs, they quickly realize that they will have to learn to like each other, warts and all, if they hope to get out of the Louisiana bayou alive! This novelization of The Princess and the Frog retells the whole magical story of Disney's animated film-starring the first African American Disney princess.Show more
Alex Gino, the Lambda Literary Award-winning author of George, is back with another sensitive tale based on increasingly relevant social justice issues. Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works. But when her sister Emma is born Deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. A big fantasy reader, Jilly connects with another fan, Derek, who is a Deaf Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for advice but doesn't always know the best way to ask for it and makes some mistakes along the way. Jilly has to step back to learn to be an ally, a sister, and a friend, understanding that life works in different ways for different people, and that being open to change can make you change in the best possible ways.Show more
The Westing Game meets The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 in a stirring mystery of past and present, as two kids search for a place in their families, city, and country. The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance. So with the help of Brandon Jones, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues in the letter. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the summer ends?Show more
Eighteen kids, one year of poems, one school set to close. Two yellow bulldozers crouched outside, ready to eat the building in one greedy gulp. But look out, bulldozers. Ms. Hill's fifth-grade class has plans for you. They're going to speak up and work together to save their school. Laura Shovan's engaging novel is a time capsule of one class's poems during a transformative school year. The students grow up and move on in this big-hearted debut about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.Show more
The Good Braider was selected as the 2013 Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year and a book of Outstanding Merit. In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace of the local Southern Sudanese Community, she dreams of South Sudan while she tries to navigate the strange world of America - a world where a girl can wear a short skirt, get a tattoo or even date a boy; a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. Terry Farish's haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant's struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.Show more
As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of Peter Pan, the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.The Crystal Pointe Dance Academy is a refuge for the group of students who take classes and participate in dance recitals. Each of them--Diamond, Layla, Mercedes and Justin, the only boy in the group--has a different reason to dance, but they all want to earn a role in the upcoming production of Peter Pan. When Diamond disappears during a routine trip to the mall, the close-knit group is thrown into emotional turmoil that mounts as the days go by. As it turns out, Diamond has been lured by a sexual predator dangling the promise of a movie audition and finds herself in a dire situation. While the four main characters alternate narration, this is really a two-sided story: Diamond's story of abduction and exploitation, and the everyday concerns her friends face back home. The other dancers face tough situations, from relationship conflicts to a parent returning home after a long incarceration. Diamond's story, though, with elements of suspense and sexual horror, is the more interesting of the two, and readers will find themselves impatient to get back to her ordeal, which is depicted frankly but with sensitivity. Threading through it all is the importance of the arts as a vehicle to get through tough times.Show more
Ian was the 0ne who chased the majestic buck into the forest. (His motto: Act first, think later.) Kendra didn't want to become separated from the other sixth graders, but she followed Ian anyway, despite what her analytical mind told her. PJ followed him too. Even though he was scared, he figured he might catch some amazing footage with his video camera. They all hoped to return to the hiking trail before anyone noticed they were gone. However, the mountain had other plans for them: dark, sinister plans that only nightmares are made of. Now they don't know where they are. They don't know how to get home. They don't know what gruesome creatures lurk in the shadows-but when they find out these grisly ghouls are actually ravenous zombies, will they be able to escape the mountain with their lives? This first book in the Gravediggers series is a scary, mysterious, wild ride that will thrill readers to the very last page.Show more
In this 2009 National Book Award finalist, Rita Williams-Garcia proves that she has an "uncanny ability to project unique voices" (Publishers Weekly). Jumped is told in alternating points of view between three girls as they struggle to make tough choices when they become involved in a fight at their urban high school.Show more
Acclaimed author Dianna Hutts Aston delights young readers with books about real-life topics written in language they can understand. In The Moon Over Star, a young girl remembers how in 1969 she watched enthralled as astronauts took the first steps on the moon. She looked into the sky and dreamed of reaching for the stars. This little girl turns out to be Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space. "A quiet, satisfying tribute to this milestone in human history and its power to inspire others."-BooklistShow more
Dan Gutman, the prolific author of over 60 popular books for children and young adults, vividly imagines what is surely every put-upon school kid's dream: a machine that does homework for them-error free!When four unlikely friends become dependent on this marvelous device, they'll soon learn that cheating always has its consequences-including legal trouble. No matter what happens, their best bet is to stick together. "A dramatic and thought-provoking story with a strong message about honesty." -School Library Journal, starred reviewShow more
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