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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
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.Show more
Charlie isn't looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he'll finish it. And when he does, he'll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn't looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a white school in the Hollywood Hills, all he wants to know is "What time in the morning will my alarm clock have the opportunity to ring?" When these two land at the same desk, it's the Rules Boy next to the Rebel, a boy who lost a brother elbow-to-elbow with a boy who longs for one. From September to June, arms will wrestle, fists will fly, and bottles will spin. There'll be Ho Hos spiked with hot sauce, sleepovers, boy talk about girls, and a little guidance from the stars. Set in Los Angeles in the 1970s, Armstrong and Charlie is the hilarious, heartwarming tale of two boys from opposite worlds, Different, yet the same.Show more
A boy steals a ticket to an amusement park and gets the ride of a lifetime?literally. The first day of middle school turns into a free-for-all when the gym teacher offers a 'get-out-of-gym-free' card. Sick of his sister's vampire wannabe friends, a kid decides to teach them a lesson at their next party. But the tables are turned when some surprise guests show up. Critically acclaimed author and master of the macabre, David Lubar, is back with thirty more warped and creepy tales for fans of his bestselling Weenies story collections, which have sold more than 1.7 million copies to date. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!Show more
Welcome to the Weenie Zone! Acclaimed author David Lubar is back with Beware the Ninja Weenies, his sixth collection of Warped and Creepy Tales?a series of spooky stories for young readers Stranded aliens seek out Earth's most intelligent species. (Hint: It's not us.) A bully discovers the meaning of 'spatial displacement.' Two girls find out why you should never annoy a witch. When a swarm of sneaking, slashing, scurrying ninja weenies invades their neighborhood, a boy and his best friend find a way to fight back. 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 David 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 dirty, skinny dog shows up in Sam and Katies neighborhood. They start to follow it, and they dont like what they see: the Wilson sisters yell at the dog because it is digging in their garden and the Tracy twins chase it on their bikes and throw things at it. Sam and Katie want the dog to know theyll be its friends. They think it should have a name. Most of all, they want it to like them. But they make a big mistake, and after that, its hard to make things right. Because how can you apologize to a dog? Especially one that wont come near you. How they earn the dogs trust and help it find its place in their town, and how the dog gets its name, make for a heartwarming story told in two voices using prose and poetry.Show more
In Cats in the Crater: My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet, the third in the spin-off series to Mo O'Hara's New York Times bestselling My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish chapter books, an aspiring evil scientist and his mostly evil (and totally forbidden) vampire kitten must face a trap-filled Volcanic Lair at Evil Scientist Summer Camp. Welcome back to Camp Mwhaaa-haa-ha-a-watha! My epic summer at Evil Scientist Summer Camp hasn't gone quite like I planned, but THIS week I will DEFINITELY be Evil Emperor of the Camp. I've been stocking up on evil inventions and Fang's been sharpening her claws. We're ready for anything! Okay, so maybe I wasn't really prepared to find out that Geeky Girl's grandmother is actually Madame Mako, inventor of the original volcano lair, and ruler of the most famous evil empire ever . . . but, this is going to be GREAT. Geeky Girl can inherit her grandmother's empire, and I'll come in as Head Partner, and help teach her the best way to be an evil rulerwith an epically evil crown! Let our Epic Evil Empire begin! Signed, The Great and Powerful MarkShow 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
An uplifting story, told through the alternating voices of two middle-schoolers, in which a community rallies to reject racism. Karina Chopra would have never imagined becoming friends with the boy next door--after all, they've avoided each other for years and she assumes Chris is just like the boys he hangs out with, who she labels a pack of hyenas. Then Karina's grandfather starts tutoring Chris, and she discovers he's actually a nice, funny kid. But one afternoon something unimaginable happens--the three of them are assaulted by a stranger who targets Indian-American Karina and her grandfather because of how they look. Her grandfather is gravely injured and Karina and Chris vow not to let hate win. When Karina posts a few photos related to the attack on social media, they quickly attract attention, and before long her #CountMeIn post--'What does an American look like? #immigrants #WeBelong #IamAmerican #HateHasNoHomeHere'--goes viral and a diverse population begin to add their own photos. Then, when Papa is finally on the road to recovery, Karina uses her newfound social media reach to help celebrate both his homecoming and a community coming together.Show more
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Diary of an Awesome Kid by Jeff Kinney, read by Christopher Gebauer. A BRAND NEW DIARY OF A WIMPY KID STORY that will have you rolling with laughter, from number one bestselling author Jeff Kinney! Hi my name is Rowley Jefferson and this is my book. Now I have a diary just like my friend Greg... Rowley's best friend Greg Heffley has chronicled his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals. Now it's Rowley's turn to give his side of the story. But Rowley has agreed to tell Greg's story along the way, too. (After all, Greg says one day he will be rich and famous and the world will need to know how he managed it). But Rowley's stories about Greg might not be quite what his friend had in mind . . . The opening of Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid was originally published as the NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING World Book Day 2019 title - Diary of Greg Heffley's Best Friend. Praise for Jeff Kinney: 'Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet'- Independent 'The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid' - Sun 'Hilarious' - TelegraphShow more
Meet the Fetch Twins and their menagerie of pets as they unlock a mysterious portal to limitless worlds in this original series from the New York Times bestselling graphic novel team of Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. Twins Esmeralda and Atticus Fetch are the best pet finders in Thorns Hollow -- a town where people have a lot of pets, and those pets often get lost. But when a lost dog leads them to an old, Victorian house on the edge of town, the twins find their world turned upside down. This creepy house contains a portal that leads to a whole other world -- a world where mythical creatures like trolls, fairies, and dragons are real. The secrets this mythical world contains are bigger than these kids could ever imagine. Secrets that could threaten to destroy the world as we know it. Now, Esmeralda, Atticus, and yes, their canine companion will have to work together if they want to save our world, and the world beyond the portal!Show 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
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