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Epic McDade is not ready for middle school. Luckily, he's got all summer to prepare at his family's dog-friendly hotel, the Perro del Mar. And what a summer it will be ... Carmelito, California, has been named America's #1 Dog-Friendly Town, and puppies and owners alike are pouring into Epic's sleepy seaside neighborhood for a week of celebration! Business is booming, and the McDades are in dog heaven-especially Epic's little sister, Elvis, whose favorite celebrity canine, Sir Bentley, is coming to stay. But when Bentley's jewel-encrusted collar goes missing, every guest becomes a suspect. And nobody knows the Perro del Mar like the McDade kids. Epic will have to embrace new friends and new ideas to sniff out the culprit. From the author of Maybe a Mermaid comes a hilarious and uplifting story about learning to unleash your bravest self.Show more
You can't deny something is wrong when it's right there in front of you. Link, Michael, and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika. Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing? Because Michael was the first person to see it, he's the first suspect. Because Link is one of the most popular guys in school, everyone's looking to him to figure it out. And because Dana's the only Jewish girl in the whole town, everyone's treating her more like an outsider than ever. The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear. Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead ofdividing them further. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face-not just the crimes of the present, but also the crimes of the past. With Linked, Gordon Korman, the author of the acclaimed novel Restart, poses a mystery for all readers where the who did it? isn't nearly as important as the why?Show more
Rex Dexter is cursed ... with brains ... and daring ... and more than his fair share of devilish good looks. But also with an actual curse. Dead animals keep showing up in his bedroom, wanting him to solve their murders. After successfully sleuthing a series of endangered animal assassinations, Rex is pretty sure he's home free, spiritually speaking. But that's when he finds a twothousand-pound narwhal sitting in his beanbag chair. And this tough guy is dead. And super crabby about it. Fishy business is clearly at hand. And as if that's not bad enough, Rex's mom has a stressful new job. His new teacher may be part of a Russian hit squad. His best friend, Darvish, is distracted by a role-playing game. And, horror of horrors, Rex may accidentally have a girlfriend. Rex Dexter is neck-deep in dead-pet problems. And he's determined to solve them. Or let Darvish die trying.Show more
New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood pens a poignant story of grief and resilience, perfect for readers of The Thing About Jellyfish. 'A testament to the power of human connection." -Jack Cheng, award-winning author of See You in the Cosmos Katie was Jude's favorite person in the world. And not many brothers say that about their sister and mean it. But to Jude, Katie was everything--the person who made him learn how to say 'I love you' in every language, who performed dramatic readings of Romeo and Juliet, who obsessed over every item on the diner menu looking for the most authentic diner meal. The one who called him 'Jude Banks, Superhero,' because to her, Jude was the best. She was also the person who died. Out of nowhere, and without a goodbye. And Jude believes he was the one who killed her. Now, twelve-year-old Jude must figure out what life looks like without his favorite person. With Mom checked out, and Dad just trying to do his best, Jude enters a world of grief youth groups and dropped-off lasagnas. It's only when he meets a girl named Clementine, who also lost a sibling, that he begins to imagine a world where maybe things might be okay. But Clementine is also feeling a terrible guilt, and even though Katie called Jude a 'superhero,' he isn't sure he can save her. In her signature prose, Hood crafts an extraordinary story of grief and resilience, asking the important question: How does a family begin to heal? Praise for Jude Banks, Superhero: 'Hood is brilliant at showing the ordinary moments of a family's heartbreak… There are many readers who are navigating guilt and sorrow right now - for them, this book is a must. And for those lucky enough to take the journey only in their imaginations, this is a story of resilience in the face of devastating pain."-New York Times Book Review 'A tender story of grief and joy... a remarkable read.'-School Library Connection (Starred Review) 'Hood's careful gardening of emotions makes this a striking read... Fans of Ali Benjamin's The Thing about Jellyfish will appreciate Jude's search for meaning and reason as he learns to live around the hole his sister has left.'-Booklist (Starred Review) "Ann Hood tells Jude's story of grief without coating it in too much sugar; it's real, and therein lies its power. Jude Banks is a mirror for anyone who's experienced loss, and a testament to the power of human connection."-Jack Cheng, award-winning author of See You in the Cosmos 'Jude Banks is warm and inviting, even as it balances the difficult topics of loss and healing-a powerful and compelling story for anyone who has known loss.'-Rex Ogle, award winning author of Free LunchShow more
Brought to you by Puffin. Scare yourself silly with Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney, the #1 international bestselling author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Grab a flashlight, crawl under the covers, and dive into the twisted, unexpectedly hilarious world of Rowley Jefferson's imagination. You'll meet zombies, vampires, ghosts, and much more in these comically terrifying tales. Rowley's spooky stories might leave you laughing, but beware-you could end up sleeping with the lights on! And don't miss Rowley Jefferson's first two awesome friendly books, the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal and Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure! © Jeff Kinney 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021Show more
Master of the macabre David Lubar is back with Check Out the Library Weenies, his ninth collection of Weenies Stories. Here are thirty more scary stories for the middle grade audience--perfect for both avid and reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare! 'Fans will be shivering and laughing...evilly.' ?Kirkus Reviews on Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies 'With its mix of humor and chills, this collection is a sure bet for fans of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series and reluctant readers.' ?Booklist on Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies 'Whoever thinks the short story is dead, or that kids don't like short stories, hasn't talked to any real live kids and hasn't read the latest in this popular series.' ?School Library Journal on Attack of the Vampire WeeniesShow more
Welcome back to Camp Mwhaaa-Haa-Ha-A-Watha Evil Scientist Summer Camp is almost over! This is my last chance to show my epic evil awesomeness and prove to everyone that I totally deserve the Evil Emperor of the Week crown! Luckily, this week's Evil Celebrity Judge is Dr. Cyberbyte (the Evil Cybernetic Mega Millionaire Inventor), who just gave an interview in Evil Scientist magazine about his plan to make sure every evil scientist has an evil sidekick pet! My fierce evil vampire pet, Fang, and I are gonna impress Dr. Cyberbyte so much that he will probably award us two crowns: one giant golden pointy one for me and a kitten-size one for Fang (with a strap so she can't pull it off ). Fang and I are gonna kick some cyber-butt! Mwhaaaa-haaa-haa-haaa-haaa! Signed, the Great and Powerful MarkShow more
A heartfelt middle-grade novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara O'Connor about a boy whose life is upended after the loss of his older brother?timeless, classic, and whimsical. Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. He keeps having a dream that his big brother, Tank, appears before him and says, "Let's you and me go see my world, little man." But Tank went to the army and never came home, and Walter doesn't know how to see the world without him. Then he meets Posey, the brash new girl from next door, and an eccentric man named Banjo, who's off on a bodacious adventure of his own. What follows is a summer of taking chances, becoming braver, and making friends?and maybe Walter can learn who he wants to be without the brother he always wanted to be like. Halfway to Harmony is an utterly charming story about change and growing up.Show more
Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies is the eighth collection of spooky short stories for ages 8 to 12 by the beloved author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, David Lubar. This is the perfect pick for reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs. The appearance of a mysterious new girl in school stops her classmates cold. Black Friday shopping gets out of control for a mother and daughter. And stands full of screaming and shouting Bleacher Weenies are about to make the ultimate sacrifice. Welcome to the Weenie Zone! Here are thirty-one hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or get you to see the world in a whole new way. Find out where the author got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!Show more
A collection of original contemporary love stories set during life in lockdown by some of today's most popular YA authors. Erin Craig 'delivers' on a story about a cute pizza delivery boy, Auriane Desombre captures a girl trying to impress her crush on TikTok, and Bill Konigsberg takes readers along on daily walks where every step brings two boys closer to love. There's roommates-to-enemies-to-something more from Rachael Lippincott, a tale of a girl with a mask-making business and her potentially famous crush from Erin Hahn, and a music-inspired meet cute from Sajni Patel. Brittney Morris sparks a connection with the help of two balcony herb gardens, Jennifer Yen writes an unconventional romance that starts with a fortune reading and a take-out order, and Natasha Preston steals hearts when a girl meets up with the boy next door in a storybook oak tree. Romantic, realistic, sweet and uplifting, TOGETHER, APART is a collection of finding love in unexpected places during an unprecedented time . . . each with the one thing we all want: a guaranteed happy ending. Stories: 'Love, Delivered' by Erin A. Craig - read by Caroline Hewitt 'The Socially Distant Dog-Walking Brigade' by Bill Konigsberg - read by Christopher Gebauer 'One Day' by Sajni Patel - read by Nikki Massoud 'The Rules of Comedy' by Auriane Desombre - read by Catherine Ho 'The New Boy Next Door' by Natasha Preston - read by Nikki Massoud 'Love With a Side of Fortune' by Jennifer Yen - read by Catherine Ho 'The Green Thumb War' by Brittney Morris - read by Cary Hite and Keylor Leigh 'Stuck With Her' by Rachael Lippincott - read by Caroline Hewitt 'Masked' by Erin Hahn - read by Rachel Music and Christopher GebauerShow more
The dark truth behind the Johnstown Flood of 1889 -- one of the greatest calamities our country has ever experienced--is revealed in a beautiful, harrowing story, told in luminous verse. Before the flood, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a working class industry town filled with immigrants, factory workers, shop owners, housewives, and schoolchildren, all with hopes and dreams for the future. Sixteen-year-old Joe Dixon opens a newsstand and aspires to make a name for himself like Andrew Carnegie; Monica Fagan longs to travel to her mother's native Ireland, while her younger brother Daniel just wants to hike the mountain and enjoy clean air; George Hoffman yearns for a job so he can relieve his family's burdens; William James works hard to be a poet; and little Gertrude Quinn is happy to collect treasures from her father's store. Above the soot-filled town, an elite hunting and fishing club built on a manmade lake draws America's wealthiest business barons -- Carnegie, Mellon, and Frick. Though repeatedly warned, they ignore the pleas to fix the deteriorating dam that holds the lake. And when heavy rains come, the dam bursts, and Johnstown is decimated. As great as the tragedy was the injustice: The club members eschewed any blame and claimed the flood was a natural disaster. Told in alternating voices -- some inspired by first-person accounts -- the chorus of these six children turns an unspeakable catastrophe into a transcendent and hopeful work of art in the tradition of such classics as Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology and Thornton Wilder's Our Town.Show more
Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies is the seventh collection of spooky short stories for ages 8 to 12 by the beloved author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, David Lubar. This is the perfect pick for reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs. Welcome to the Weenie Zone! A boy and his family narrowly escape a zombie apocalypse?or do they? A girl neglects her cat's litter box and finds herself in a heap of trouble. And a group of clicking, scrolling, tapping wireless weenies find themselves on the edge of disaster. Here are thirty-three hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or see the world in a whole new way. Find out where the author got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!Show more
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