"Intended for young readers, in approximately Grades 5 to 8, this collection of very short biographies features photographs, lists of accomplishments, and fast facts about 100 people who changed our country. Also includes an introduction by Russell Freedman, Newberry-winning author of Lincoln: A Photobiography, biography writing tips, and a biography pop quiz."
"Every page of these stimulating first fact books is crammed with fascinating facts that are vividly presented and accompanied by dozens of colorful illustrations. With additional fact lists and an index, children are sure to find these books both appealing and accessible."
"Mary Lou Finney grudgingly begins writing a journal as an assignment for school--would anything interesting ever happen to her? What follows is the story of a wildly chaotic and romantic summer. How could she have known about Carl Ray and the little black car? Or what would happen on Booger Hill? Or about the permanently pink Alex Cheevy? Mary Lou's tale is filled with hilarious observations on love, death, and the confusing mechanics of holding hands."
"A love story between kind, gentle Heather Malone and taciturn Micah Smith turns into a mystery when Heather is taken into custody for murder. Heather refuses to speak in her own defense, so Poppy, her paraplegic friend, hires an attorney. Poppy, depicted with love and concern, is convinced it's a case of mistaken identity and wonders if Heather has a twin. Narrator Jennifer Wiltsie portrays police with authority and several minor characters with charming New England accents. Wiltsie accomplishes character portrayal with seamless gender changes. Well-done emotion-laden scenes of fear and suspected betrayal make this a gripping story for a long commute."
"Animals are Oliver Moffin's business, and there is no pet-care job he can't handle. So it should be no problem for him to take care of Princess Fluffy, a friend's pampered cat.
Unfortunately, the life of a pet-care expert is never so simple. It's bad enough when Princess Fluffy gets loose and disappears inside a spooky, boarded-up house. But when Oliver hears a ghostly sound from the inside the "empty" house, he calls on his friends to help him find the missing cat. And that's when the funny -- and scary-- adventures really begin!!"
These activities with air are planned to bridge the gab between the children's past experiences and their quest for new knowledge. Every effort has been made to use the experiences of children as springboards to learning about air.
Activities include experiences with several science processes. Children are encouraged to make simple predictions, communicate their discoveries in several ways, make their own inferences, observe specific events, and begin to record their findings in pictorial form."
"In the third entry of this popular series, Amber Brown begins fourth grade without her best friend, Justin, who has moved. Still unhappy over her parents' divorce, she doesn't want to meet the man her mother is seeing. To top it off, instead of going to Justin's house after school, she has to go to Elementary Extension. Determined not to let her problems get her down, she makes a new friend (after a few false starts), participates in a burping contest, and eventually realizes that her mother, too, needs to move on with her life."
Luke has never been to school. He's never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend's house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.
Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.
Then, one day Luke sees a girl's face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he's met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows -- does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?"
Luke, a third child, hides quietly in his house, eluding the Population Police because he lives in a society in which families are only allowed two children. Now he has a chance to come out of the shadows by taking on an assumed identity and leaving home. This sequel to Among the Hidden (S & S, 1998) has Luke, now Lee, entering the Hendricks School for boys and a completely new existence where he feels lost and confused by his surroundings. He has gone from a furtive solitary existence to one in which he is never alone, from being desperate for company to being hazed by his classmates, particularly his roommate, "the Jackal." Lee learns to cope with the changes before him by escaping through the door to the outside."
The activities chosen for this booklet focus on health and safety experiences at school. For some children this may be the first realization they have of the part they can play in helping to keep their bodies healthy and free from injury. Through school experiences it is hoped children will begin to establish good health habits both at home and at school."
"When California Morning Whipple's widowed mother uproots her family from their comfortable Massachusetts environs and moves them to a rough mining camp called Lucky Diggins in the Sierras, California Morning resents the upheaval. Desperately wanting to control something in her own life, she decides to be called Lucy, and as Lucy she grows and changes in her strange and challenging new environment."
"It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father.
At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of teh Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef's footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit--to plant his banner in the sky."
"After their father suffers a "fit of palsy," three motherless children try to keep their struggling farm going in 1855 Oregon. Although nine-year-old Benjamin is the youngest, he is the cleverest of the three, and also the one who truly believes that the man can recover. His sister Nettie wants to marry and start her own life, but agrees to help the family for as long as she can. Harrison is much bigger and stronger than his younger brother, but not quite as quick thinking. After Benjamin figures out a way to communicate with his father, he convinces the others that if they can build the barn that the man had been planning, he will somehow find a reason to live. The family relationships are well drawn, as the siblings react to each situation in their own way, though Benjamin's obsession with curing his father makes him a hard character to empathize with at times. Ultimately, the boy is forced to question his own additional motives for building the barn. While focusing mainly on his characters, Avi presents a vivid picture of the time and place, including fairly involved details about how the barn is constructed. This novel may not have the wide appeal of some of Avi's earlier titles, but it is a thought-provoking and engaging piece of historical fiction."