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.
Twelve-year-old Martha loves to roam the fields, woods, and streams surrounding their home in rural Pennsylvania. The few neighbors they have keep to themselves, which is exactly how Martha likes it. Happiest alone or in the company of her parents, she thrives on routine. Dealing with people isn't easy for Martha. She never quite knows what to say or how to act. People don't understand her humming and tapping or her beloved Maggie, a blanket she's had for years. Its fabric is now thin and thread-bare, but Martha doesn't care. Holding Maggie close, and rubbing its frayed edge, helps her cope with the ups and downs of life. But Martha's ability to cope is pushed to the limit when her parents accept positions at a prestigious hospital in Pittsburgh. Her world is turned upside down as she struggles to adjust to life in a new city with a new house, new school, and new neighborhood. The one saving grace is the large park just across the street from their new home. A towering maple that stands near the center of the park instantly becomes Maggie's favorite climbing tree. But when a sudden thunderstorm whips up, Martha must scramble down the tree and head for home, and in her rush, she leaves Maggie at the base of the maple. Through the kindness of an elderly neighbor named Nonna, Martha is reunited with Maggie and in the process, gains her first new friend in the city. When Martha discovers a lost dog in the park one day, it's Nonna who helps her feed, bathe, and groom the animal, no questions asked. And it's Nonna who convinces Martha's parents to let her help care for the dog while they search for its owner. As weeks pass, and the attachment between Martha and the mutt becomes ever stronger, her dependence on Maggie lessens and her openness to new experiences and new people increases. But when the dog's owner is finally found, Martha must face the possibility of giving up the mutt, a possibility that tests her new-found confidence and growing maturity.
When Cyril the Royal Baker sets out to create a special treat for King Julius, he experiments with a variety of goodies. He isn't satisfied with any of them, however, until he concocts the chocolate chip cookie, a perfect mix of sweet, crunchy, and chewy. With its secret ingredient, the cookie is just the right ending to any meal or the perfect between-meal snack. Before long, word of Cyril's chocolate chip cookie spreads throughout the land and beyond! Orders for the cookie flood in from everywhere, and the proceeds from cookie sales quickly fill the kingdom's coffers. The funds improve the kingdom's schools, roads, and parks. All is well, and Cyril and his daughter Cicely enjoy the satisfaction and rewards that come with a job well done. Yes, everyone, it seems, loves Cyril's delicious cookies. Everyone, that is, except for the Ministers of Justice, Treasury, and Defense. Jealous and mean-spirited, they devise a plan that to undermine Cyril and replace his cookies with their own. Sneaking into the Royal Kitchen in the middle of the night, they spike his flour with the odorless herb bitterweed. The next day, an unsuspecting Cyril bakes tray after tray of his signature creation, not realizing that the Ministers' treachery has turned his cookie from delectable to disgusting. A horrible surprise awaits the King (not to mention the Queen, the squires, the townspeople, etcetera, etcetera) when he bites into his chocolate chip cookie that evening! In a rage, he calls for Cyril, demanding an explanation. Tasting the cookie, Cyril realizes something is terribly wrong, and he begs the King for time to find and fix the problem. Reluctantly, the King agrees, but when Cyril is unable to identify the cause of the terrible taste, he is thrown into the Royal Dungeon. Meanwhile, the Ministers set out to make their own chocolate chip cookies, hoping to gain the fame and fortune that Cyril enjoyed. Will they succeed? Do they have their own secret ingredient? Or will Cicely find a way to free her father and restore order and the kingdom's favorite sweet treat to the land?
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!
Dearest Readers and believers of all ages: With this story, I would like to take you on a fantastic and emotional journey. I hope you will also experience all those beautiful feelings that came over me as I was writing this book. This children's chapter book expands on two girls whose friendship forms when the two meet on a playground, and then blossoms as their single parents fall in love and get married. However, their faith and awareness of life are tested when the oldest girls is stricken with cancer, allowing the family to make long lasting memories before it is too late. This is not an ordinary fairy tale since it is also based on real life events, and mixed with uncertainty and the magic of the unknown. We should all learn from an early age the importance of such things as love, happiness, gratitude and strong family bonds, and I try to show the importance of all of this throughout the book. The book is divided into 16 chapters making each one of the perfect for reading as an individual bedtime story. Additionally, each chapter contains a fundamental moral to learn from, and most episodes have one of my favorite bedtime prayers that you can enjoy before going to sleep. So, won't you please join me in this heartwarming story about one of my elves, and her beautiful family. They will make you laugh, and they will make you cry, but most of all, I hope, they will make you all feel good inside. By the end of the story, as the mystery of where elves come from is revealed, I hope that you will also believe in the power of a little magic! Warmest wishes, SANTA