A Chinese boy struggles to adapt to American life–and discovers baseball. Despite his impulsive and curious nature, twelve-year-old Leon is determined to follow the Emperor’s rules—to live with an American family, study hard, and return home to modernize China. But he also must keep the braid that shows his loyalty—and resist such forbidden American temptations as baseball. As Leon overcomes teasing and makes friends, his elder brother becomes increasingly alienated. Eventually, Leon faces a tough decision, torn between his loyalty to his birth country—and his growing love for his new home.
The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball is a lively, poignant, and nuanced novel based on a little-known episode from history, when 120 boys were sent to New England by the Emperor of China in the 1870s. This story dramatizes both the rigid expectations and the wrenching alienation felt by many foreign children in America today—and richly captures that tension between love and hate that is culture shock. It gives American readers a glimpse into what it feels like to be a foreigner in the United States and will spark thoughtful discussions.
Twelve-year-old Chloe Ashton is an only child living in the remote wilderness of Oregon. She spends her days happily exploring the forests around her home, and is astonished to find the animals seem to know her, to follow her, and even try to speak to her. When a family tragedy results in Chloe's abduction and sale to the vagabonds, she is taken deeper into the woods, and finds out just how much the animals know.
Set at a time when technology is first touching the west, there is an evil rising in the land. The country is under attack, and all creatures, man and beast, must hide. The old legends speak of an ancient, natural magic deep within the mountains and rivers, and as Chloe struggles to survive, she finds that it still exists deep within the forests. Friendship can be found even in the darkest of places, and it doesn't always come in human form.
Bridge of the Gods is a novel for all ages about the magical power of nature, and of finding friendship in the darkest of places.
The Great Spirit created a beautiful world where the prairies, the rolling hills, and the high mountains are home to all manner of marvelous creatures. Kohana lives here too. He is a mischievous young wolf who is learning about the world around him. One day, he sees an animal unlike any other; an animal that roams the plains on two legs. When Kohana asks the Great Spirit what this beast is, he gets a thunderous response. "Do not go near the Two-legs!" This answer does not satisfy the young pup, and he is determined to discover more. This exciting, beautifully illustrated story is based on a Native American creation myth. Myth has always played an important role in helping humans to understand and explain the unexplainable. Kohana will help us understand how the wolf became man's best friend—the dog.
"At last he lowered the sub and climbed aboard. He felt a bit guilty, but mostly he felt like James Bond. He could see himself piloting the sub through the ocean, exploring the deep. Maybe he could even find some old pirate treasure..." When Jake visits his dad on a deserted tropical island and finds they have a submarine, all he can think of is taking it down to explore the ocean. But if he does, will he make the discovery of his life, or the biggest mistake ever? Unlike Jake, Cori has spent his entire life in the greatest depths of the ocean, but he's never explored it either, so he's ecstatic to be sent on a mission into the great Outside. Now he must hide from predators and fight for his life, and he might never find his way home. Even if he can, it may be too late... Seven Miles Deep is a deep-sea adventure that will take you from a remote Pacific island to the depths of the mysterious Mariana Trench. It's about some remarkably different young teens, and it's about trust and friendship. And what we might find, if we dare.
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
Lost at sea alone, twelve year old Otto reaches shore on a strange land where all the color is missing and everything is gray.
He soon finds himself in the middle of a great war between the Kingdom of Color and the Kingdom of Shapes.
To end the war and return the color to the land, he must outsmart the war inspectors, battle the sugar soldiers, escape from the gnome factory, and teach the grasshoppers the importance of eating your vegetables.
Discover the adventure that happened before Alvin floated into the Land Without Color in the second book of The Land Without Color series.
12-year-old Elena Barrios' father has AIDS, a new disease in 1991 with a 100% fatality rate. Rather than face certain ridicule and ostracism, Elena tells her friends anything but the truth, fabricating stories about her father being a writer and researcher. But the reality is that Elena resents her father’s illness and can’t face the fact that he is dying. When she is befriended by a woman named Ang who tells stories about her own father, Elena is transported into these stories, allowing her to experience them first hand. With Ang's help, Elena gains the courage to stand up to the bully at her school, mend her relationship with her father, and finally say goodbye.
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Molly Warner, a sixth-grade student at Robert K. Howard Middle School, had a wide reputation for being a gossip. If something was happening, she knew all about it and would share it with anybody who was within earshot of her. It even led to a new school policy that the teachers privately referred to as ‘The Molly Warner Rule'. Rather than punishing her, the school principal places her on the newspaper staff where she puts her skills to good use. With her journalism teacher's help, she learns the importance of a free press and strives to be a great reporter. When strange things start happening at school, Molly resolves to find the real story behind what is going on and who is to blame. Little did she know what she would uncover and the journey it would take her on.
Throughout the Kingdom, the grayness has returned and the ground is collapsing beneath Brandon's feet into a giant, bottomless void. Nutritious fruits and vegetables are no longer growing. And people are missing, including his Grandpa Alvin.
With the help of a giant bald eagle and his best friend, Brandon must elude the tenacious Officer Reed, escape from the dangerous Spider Riders, endure the robot Color Collectors, find the twin princesses Gwendolyn and Sapphire, and rescue his Grandpa Alvin.
In the final chapter in the Land Without Color series, Brandon must hurry to defeat the vile vipers and restore the color to the Kingdom.
When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. “No,” she would say, “He will come home soon.” Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home—only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.
Princess Sophie, the spirited young heroine of this adapted tale from the Brothers Grimm, finds herself faced with an incredible challenge and some lessons to learn. She had forgotten her departed mother's warning to temper loyalty and strength with a compassionate heart. Antagonized by Sophie's resentful words, her powerful new stepmother turns Sophie's six brothers into swans and sets her the task of saving them. Will Sophie succeed in helping her brothers? Can she spin six shirts made from the thorny thistle, while never speaking a word, even in her defense? And what will happen when King Yoren captures Sophie and takes her prisoner? Featuring stunning artwork by renowned illustrator Kim Jacobs, her retelling of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale also contains an author's note with fascinating details on family heraldry and mute swans.
Fantasy and realism collide as Mama Turtle and her precious hatchlings attempt to stay together on a journey to sea riddled with danger. With a little suspense, and a lot of heart, "Stay Where I Can See You" will hold readers and listeners spellbound until the last page! Kids will want to read the story again and again.
Created by veteran teacher, Lori Samlin Miller, this entertaining and educational picture book will have parents and children enthralled, laughing, and cheering with every challenge, emotion, lesson, and plot twist. Includes information about turtle protection!
Marble Town tells the story of thirteen-year-old Cole Atwater whose mother was killed in an automobile accident when he was ten. Cole questions whether or not he will follow in the destructive footsteps of his best friend, cling to his childhood sweetheart, become further distant from his grieving father, or trust himself. Through mysterious clues left throughout the historic cemetery his mother tended, the story becomes one of hope, healing, and redemption.
Eleven-year-old Luke longs for an adventure to escape being sick in the hospital. As a medieval princess and her dragon come to life from his jigsaw puzzle, he doesn't know what to believe. When she grants him and his little brother, Peter, a wish in exchange for help, they can't afford to say no. Peter would do anything to help his brother get better, including traveling to another world on a quest and recruiting their best friends, Mark and Rose. With time running out, they battle against evil not knowing if their wish will be granted. Any adventure has risks and a wish can have unwanted consequences. But when it comes to fighting for the ones they love, nothing will get in their way. Shimmer's Eggs is the first in this middle grade series of adventures that span across time and generations.
In Zander's Armadillo Story, join Zander, Kippy, Emmy Lee, and Clinton as they learn more about the fun and frustrations of friendship. Returning to the Zander series are their Spring Creek Elementary School teachers, Miss Rivers and Mrs. Perez, and Zander's family friend, Miss Joy. By the end of the story, a family of armadillos and Bootsie, the Boston Terrier, add to the life experiences of the four children. Most of all, Zander learns that keeping a friend can sometimes be very complicated. In Zander's Armadillo Story, Dorothy E. Hardin presents sensitive themes with gentle humor and empathy for children and all of the adults in their lives.
Dennis Alexander: Washington Academy Middle School promises to be another in the long line of boring schools he has been expelled from.
Rhonda Snodgrass: Although trained from childhood in survival tactics, she tries to stay off the radar of the “cool” kids who think she’s weird.
7th grade turns out to be anything but normal when teachers announce the students’ bloodless revolution succeeded and they are now in charge. After conducting a secret-ballot vote on policy, the 7th graders emerge to find the school evacuated and the FBI lurking outside with the task of unearthing a treasure of national importance.
The students’ mission is clear—discover the treasure before the FBI locks down the building. Dennis and Rhonda lead the revolt and must work together to follow century-old clues left by a crazy Revolutionary War buff.
To stay one step ahead of the FBI, they must delve into history and amass an arsenal to defend their school … because this is WAR!
Time travel rocks! Traveling through caves, jumping through time. Nothing interesting ever happens in Diamond Falls, West Virginia, and that's doubly true for local teenagers Emma and Brody. Little do they know that their neighbor, a famous geologist, is about to show them the wildest time of their lives. When Mr. M's prized rock and mineral collection is destroyed before it can be displayed at the state museum, Emma and Brody jump at the chance to find new samples. The geologist accepts the offer, and promptly sends them back to the year 1775 to help! Back in time and across the pond in Derbyshire, England, Emma and Brody team with a mysterious young girl named Max to recover one of the rarest minerals in the world: Blue John Fluorite. Tapping into courage they never knew they had, the formerly ordinary West Virginians must protect a cave, avoid gun-toting soldiers, and return to the present before they're trapped forever. Blue John's Cavern is the first book in the middle-grade adventure/sci-fi series Crystal Cave Adventures. If you like a little excitement thrown in with your science, then you'll love Tracy Barnhart's fast-paced and compelling debut novel.
When you’re only one foot tall, chasing gnomes down swales probably isn’t a good idea.... Brogden is one of the ‘Foots,’ and he lives with his two aunts in a tiny hut on the hills of Lake Wahkmo. On the day of the big flood, the swale begins to swell like it‘s never swelled before. When Brogden spots a gnome caught in its rapids, he ignores his aunts’ repeated warnings to steer clear of the swale and wades in. He is quickly swept down to the dark waters of the lake, and from there he embarks upon the adventure of his life. As he encounters both friend and foe alike, he discovers his bravery, his strength, and his courage. But most important of all, he comes across a creature like none he’s ever seen, and he learns that even the smallest among us can make a big difference.
In a quiet wood, a gray squirrel declares war on the machines that invade his wood, threatening his nest and tree. Taught words and how to use simple machines like the wheel by a young boy who names him Jack, the squirrel shares what he's learned with the other animals.
Jack thinks he can stop the bulldozers, if he can convince the other woodland animals to join him in the fight. But as they take on the humans and their machines, people are noticing that Jack and his friends are smarter than ordinary forest animals. All of them are in more danger than they realize. Even if Jack and the animals win the battle, will they lose the war?
Evolution Revolution is a smart and charming book for younger readers that will have them wondering just what the animals in the yard are up to! Watch for the next book in this series coming soon.
It’s been months since Sara, Molly, and Leo had their adventure in Exaltia. At times they wonder if they made it up. Shortly after arriving at Grandma’s house for the weekend, a message from Exaltia arrives and the three Prism Walkers, once again, enter the portal to the magical world. Expecting to step into a thriving world, they discover, however, that the land is dying. The affliction spreads quickly, affecting every creature—even their elven friends, Thorn and Sael. The adventurers face many obstacles, rare creatures, and dangers as they race across Winterland. Will the Prism Walkers find the elusive Emerald Bay in order to save Exaltia before time runs out?
How many kids do you know who can build robotic spiders out of scrap metal, develop a substance that’s stronger than steel, or crash a cyber-wizard's computer from an undetectable monitor? Well, that’s Irma. Still, all she really wants is to make some friends and blend in for once, but no matter how hard she tries, Irma always seems to stand out. This laugh-out-loud middle grade novel encourages readers to explore the STEM fields while never losing its sense of fun.
Making friends for some children can be difficult. Friendship building is an important part of connecting with others. Join Larry the Alligator as he learns assertiveness, persistence, and confidence while making new friends.
Lone Eagle is a young lady with a plan. She is going to be involved with the greatest technological event of her time, the race to fly across the Atlantic Ocean non-stop. Along the way she meets some of the most important people in the aviation community, and in her own unique way achieves her goal.
The life of true survival of predator against and prey exists, as Nelish Daring Quests continues to captivate the hearts of audiences worldwide by introducing Nelish, a young and adventurous peacock, overcoming staggering odds and life changing experiences by defending other prey and himself against predators, while trying to determine his true identity. As Nelish attempts to restore the chaos by taking on daring missions, he meets some friends along the way, as they nearly survive the opposition led by Parag the Panther- impenetrable chief predator ruler and mascot of the land of Bangladesh and company, by reuniting with his Malihayan village captives, peace finally existed- for now! Now the vulnerability of being exposed to more predators is now visible to Nelish and company, and the fact that Parag and his fallen panther force also taste vulnerability for the first time, following their collapse of power. The sudden exposure of a chink in Parag’s armor allows other predators the eager chance and desire to overtake the predator hierarchy as mascot of the land of Bangladesh, thus causing potential threats of a predator uprising. Nelish Daring Quests Book 2: Predator Uprising centers around the present fact more opposition is at hand for both sides: fear looms, tensions flare, loyalty shifts, drastic danger arise, causing greater concern for both predator and prey alike! Once again Nelish the Peacock and his “tail-feathers” must face a more daunting and daring quest of survival against the opposition. Dive into this great book and see whether Nelish overcomes these drastic turn of events. Enjoy the quest!
Wen Amser’s family has a secret. A secret that has been kept for centuries. Wen is destined by his family’s ancient oath to forever protect the world’s most precious pieces of art for all of mankind. In his very first fantasy adventure in this middle-grade chapter book series The Amulet of Amser, Wen learns that he can influence what will happen tomorrow by going back in time.
With the help of an ancient amulet and a magic spell, Wen finds himself and his grandfather’s trusty terrier, Minty, in the streets of Paris in the year 1911. There, Wen must find a way to save Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. But he soon discovers that he is not the only one trying to get his hands on the painting. Will Wen be able to save the piece of art, or will da Vinci’s masterpiece be lost forever?
The 112 year old mystery behind the disappearance of a young girl named Alma is about to be lost forever with the closing of the local library, which used to be her home. With only one chance left to find the book that holds the secrets to her disappearance, Cassie and Kevin attend the library's closing determined to locate Alma's hidden journal. The siblings find themselves caught up in mystical adventures through time in search of solving Alma's fate.
Middle Grade Novel full of adventure and mysteries. First book in The Secrets of Zen Castle series. Can the Land of Shenanigans be saved in time? Can Princess Lillian complete the final task to end the spell cast more than 300 years ago? She will need the help of her cousins, best friends, and her new friend, a mischeivous green dragon. Using clues and secrets left by Lillian's ancestors, bubblegum, and some Fig Newton cookies the adventure begins.
"An exciting adventure with an appealingly game young heroine." - Kirkus Reviews
Veronica and the Volcano by Geoffrey Cook is an exciting adventure story for grades 3 - 5 about a brave, curious young girl named Veronica, who lives on the side of a volcano. Eruptions are a part of life, as she watches from the protective shields of her home or from her family's well-equipped Lava Car.
When Veronica leaves on a quest to find rare white volcano pearls on the far side of Mount Mystery, she leads her father, her best friend Maddy, and her friend's dad, the blustering Captain John, into a series of incredible adventures. But when the colossal volcano erupts, fears wins an election, and Veronica must square off against a fear-mongering villain: the Man-in-White.
When we grow up, we leave the world of magical creatures and mystical places behind. But when youre young, magic is all around you. Whether its a special book, a tiny crown, or even the creatures in your favorite garden, magic and friendship can help you do anything.
Sally the Crab is a story about a hermit crab who has a really pretty shell that a lot of other crabs admire. However, there is only one crab that Sally calls her true friend, and this crab's name is Molly. But one day Molly has to move far away. And worst yet, shortly after Molly moves away Sally out grows her shell. She then begins a search to look for another one. What kind of encounters will Sally come across in her search and just exactly what kind of home will she end up with?
This is a story about friendship and showing what it means to help others out. The illustrations are vibrant, colorful, and pleasing to the eye. There is also some educational value mixed in. Children will learn about various sea creatures, as well as be entertained. The story itself is about a 15-minute read. Fall in love with the characters and enjoy the bonus coloring and drawing pages!
In the magical land of Brushelot it is Batina's first day collecting teeth. She is determined that her humongous wings will not interfere with her mission. But on her way back, with the tooth secure in her pouch, her wings cause her to tumble and the tooth is lost. Batina must call on her best friends, Lainey the brainiac and little Lulu, to work together to save the day.
A book that encourages children to brush their teeth because a well-brushed tooth makes fairy dust!
Twelve-year-old Ryan Edwards wants desperately to win his club’s go-kart championship, and work his way up to win the Indianapolis 500 someday so he can earn his own “Baby Borg” Trophy – but apparently, someone has other ideas for him! Who is deliberately messing with his go-kart? Also why? and how? -- when it’s carefully locked up every time? Ryan feels that it’s nasty, mean Kyle Sampson, who is fastest on the track, and always puts Ryan down… With his father’s great help, Ryan races hard, with exciting karting action, but each new mystery leads to another – the go-kart tampering, the mysterious go-kart champion Joe Yoshida -- and more. New questions lurk around each and every corner… Ryan’s dog, Sparkplug, suspects trouble from the very beginning, and later discovers a vital clue. And what would Ryan do without his neighbor, Maria, who often jumps in to help? With the unique “snooping” skills of his nine-year-old neighbor, Timmy, who wants to be a de-tek-tiv someday, all the mysteries are finally solved. From the first chapter, Chasing The Checkered Flag – an intense blend of high-speed racing facts and fiction – will keep each reader reading, and guessing, until the very end.
Simon Fox is a very peculiar fox: he lives alone in Elmwood Foxhall on the edge of an enchanted wood, wears a scarlet waistcoat & a top hat, & visits with his friends Edgar Owl, Alexander Raven, & others on Arthur Bear’s veranda, discussing the weather & whether or not the elusive “human” is real. Penelope the Girl lives with her father on a croft on the downs far from other people. When the fox & the girl discover each other one day quite by accident, they each become the friend the other seeks, & the rest of the animals become the family the little human has never had. In a forest full of magic, they explore their world together & learn that love, loyalty, & courage know no bounds.
Every day, many children watch as a parent goes off to a military assignment, often in dangerous situations. Most children will later welcome home their parents who served without incident. Others, however, will greet a parent who suffered a head injury, which changes all their lives. While brain injury is a complex topic, it is an unfortunate fact that certain types of brain injuries, which are all too common in military personnel, affect a person's behaviors such as mood and temper. A previously kind and loving parent may become irritable, short-fused and be intolerant of frustration after a brain injury. To a child, this change can be scary and overwhelming. Children may not understand why Mom or Dad is so different and may blame themselves for their parent's moodiness. With illustrations by Valerio Mazzoli, this book offers young readers practical coping tools to empower children to feel confident about themselves and become a more active participant in his or her injured parent's life.