It contains three different stories about three different giants. I also had this book as a child in the 70's I hope this is the one you are looking for! Jessamyn West, Leafy Rivers. Late 70's. It was definitely a witch, and I think she was trying to be a little girl.
Anna Elizabeth Bennett, Little Witch. Maybe the stumper requester could look at Solved Mysteries, to rule it out? I remember this book too, but unfortunately no more details. I think you're right that the witch baked these green and purple cookies for Parent Night or Back-to-School Night. I think the rest of the parents who were there found them very unappetizing they were lumpy and misshapen too. The witch might have been hiding the fact that she was a witch, and trying to go to school like an ordinary girl -- that might be why she didn't ask her parents to make the cookies, because either they didn't know or didn't approve?
I would have read it in the 70's. Timothy and two witches. This book is written for an older age group, but I can't remember the name I think this may be the same as "E Evil witches, good dragon" which seems very similar--right down to the blue pudding. Someone posted there that it was The Mythical Beast.
Worth checking out, I would think. I don't remember anything about a teenage girl anthology, so this story appears to have been printed in a book of short stories with a different focus. Regardless, it's there. This story is either part of Young Mutants possible or Young Extraterrestrials. Contents at the bottom of this webpage. Young Extraterrestrials cover big. Young Mutants cover big. It could also be other books in the Young series, but I think it's one of those two. Series listed here, although I disagree with the review content.
Brock, No Flying in the House. This story is about a girl who feels different and finds out she's a fairy she can kiss her elbow. There's a little magical dog as well. Kris Neville: Bettyann This is indisputably the science fiction classic Bettyann. When a "car accident" actually a spaceship crash, I think kills her parents and damages her arm she's adopted by an old couple. As a teenager she has an instinct to heal sick people. Her real family find her and tell her everything.
They are shapeshifters and show her how to restore her arm. They take it for granted she will want to come back with them, but she changes into a bird and flies back to her earthly home. It is somber, as you said, but beautiful. There is a sequel called Bettyann's Children. Thanks to the people who have sent suggestions.
The book definitely isn't No Flying in the House.
The story I'm thinking of is fairly somber. I'll try to find a copy of the Young They sound promising. The girl's name is Anna Lavinia, she travels on a train and is given, I think, some kind of food by an old woman. Whether or not it's jelly donuts, I can't confirm right now, since my Mom has the book. Do "lavender blue days" a cat named Strawberry and floating down to the ground with an umbrella after jumping off a cliff sound familiar? Dorothy Canfield, Understood Betsy , 's, approximate. In this book, there is a chapter where Betsy and Molly go to the fair and the people they are supposed to ride home with leave without them.
Betsy earns the money for train tickets by running the donut booth so the girl can go to dance with her boyfriend for an hour. When the girl comes back, she hands Betsy a bag of donuts. Maybe this is your book? Catherine Storr, Marianne Dreams. The link has a synopsis of the story. Doesn't quite match the description in the stumper, but some how it feels like it might be the book being looked for.
I read the book a while ago. Our local library no longer has a copy, but wasn't a movie made of it a year or two ago? Thanks for the feedback, but this book is definitely not Marianne Dreams. I do remember Marianne Dreams though, as it was a TV series in England during the Seventies, and I was disturbed by the rocks with eyes. I also thought it silly that she drew a lighthouse as a light source to aid their escape, instead of a constant source of light.
Kate Seredy, The Good Master. Kathryn Worth, They Loved to Laugh. A deluge of ripe apples is Martitia's introduction to the five fun-loving Gardner boys when their father, Dr. David, brings the sixteen-year-old orphan girl to the hospitable Gardner home in North Carolina. They Loved to Laugh. This is about a young girl, Martitia? Her aunt always says, "Every tub must stand on its own bottom" and the boys make her think she is eating dog meat. Daringer, Helen F. Wonderful book about an orphan who goes to stay with an older woman, then stays with a lively family on a farm and has to decide if she will stay there or return to the woman.
Thank you. They loved to laugh could indeed be a possibility and it's good to know that it's been reprinted. I had considered Kate Seredy's books before, but the descriptions don't sound right nor the Hungarian setting. I am very sure this story takes place entirely in the USA. Carol Brink, Caddy Woodlawn. Caddy herself lives on a farm with her siblings however, some cousins from the city visit, and there's a lot of adjustment and "growing up," including "goading" of each other. As I recall, Caddy's a tomboy and the girl cousins aren't, which leads to problems.
The "mood" and time you described seemed right, so I wondered if maybe your memory had inadvertently "reversed" the plot, remembering the more common plot where the protagonist goes to the cousins' farm instead of having cousins come to hers. Since you've tried so many other books with no luck, I thought I'd suggest this. Louisa M. Alcott, Eight Cousins. A long shot -- but perhaps this is it? There is a hoard of cousins Thank you for these additional tips! I will give Adopted Jane a try and take another look at Caddie Woodlawn and also the sequel Magical melons. I had dismissed "Caddie" for the very reason you stated, but one never knows how memory can play tricks!
This is probably a long shot, as it's such a well-known book, but is there any chance this could be Anne of Green Gables or one of its sequels? This one kind of fits. The character is named Julie. She goes to live with her aunt after her mother dies. The book covers her life from age 7 to age 18 or so. Louisa May Alcott, Eight Cousins. This is a far out in left field suggestion but it does involve hoards of cousins. Rose is orphaned and is sent to live with her father's aunts in San Francisco. She befriends her 7 boy cousins and they have adventures that include sailing, gardening, visiting the country, etc.
She spends a great deal of time adjusting to her new life since she has spent most of her life in a girls' boarding school. Thanks for more suggestions. No, it's not Eight Cousins or any of L. Montgomery's books. My sense is that the author is much more obscure and that's one reason I can't pin down this book. Maybe too young, but have the feel that you're looking for. Nine-year-old Nancy is sent to live with her Swedish grandparents for a year. I wanted flowered wallpaper and a sewing basket for years after reading these books.
Elizabeth Witheridge, Never Younger, Jeannie , It's great to have so many possibilities and to re-read and get acquainted with some excellent books. I am working my way through all your suggestions. Unfortunately, I know now that my long lost book is not either of the Caddie books, which are simply wonderful stories.
In fact, I am wondering if my unknown writer writes as well as some of these others. I think my adult self may be alot more critical of a very sentimental, sweet, and even overwrought story which I suspect I am looking for. It may also be written even earlier than I think - two reasons why I am doubtful about Up a road slowly which is next in line. Thank you again to everyone, and I will continue to keep you posted. Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs. This is a total long shot. Only part of this book takes place on a farm.
She did wear gingham uniforms in the orphanage She is older when she is on the farm-- she is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. Something about your description triggered thoughts of this book. As I said-- a long shot. But a good read anyway! No, it's not Daddy Long Legs although it was a fun read - skimmed through the online version and want to come back to it later. I'm still waiting for more of your suggestions to arrive in concrete form as ordered books. Alas, need to be reading nothing but school books before too very long, so all this enjoyable detective work will have to be put on hold for awhile!
Never younger, Jeannie just arrived today. There is nothing familiar about the look of it, but just in skimming through the text it certainly has the "right feel", as does Up a road slowly. Alice Lunt, Eileen of Redstone Farm , Probably not it, because this one takes place in Scotland or England, but otherwise it sounds similar.
Thank you for continuing to take an interest in my archived post! I will order a copy of Eileen of Redstone Farm - you just never know I have enjoyed reading these books with a similar theme. I did read They loved to laugh and thought it was a moving and well-written book, with a very similar feel to what I'm looking for, but alas not the one. Of that I am very sure. Frances Salomon Murphy, Runaway Alice. This could be it - Alice is an orphan who goes to live on a farm as a foster child.
Might be worth a try This isn't by any chance Bluebonnets for Lucinda , is it? That is long out of print. One chapter was reprinted in pre Childcraft, the one where Lucinda's been told to stay away from the foul-tempered geese, but she finds that if she plays her music box the geese become interested in the music and calm down.
Once again, I do appreciate more suggestions for my post. It still haunts me and I fear my memories are just too vague. Gates, Doris, The Elderberry Bush. Good luck! Thank you again but it's not " Eileen of Redstone Farm ", although you're right - it's similar, but the setting is wrong. It's not " The elderberry bush " either, published too late. I know I didn't read it any later than I think I need to be hypnotised for this one! The name Pat, Patsy, or Patty seems to ring a faint bell also. She may have been one of the cousins and Julie or Judy was the heroine or vice versa.
Rita Ritchie, Ice Falcon. This sounds very much like the sort of book Ritchie wrote - it's not The Golden Hawks of Genghis Khan , so Ice Falcon may be a possibility, although I can't recall anything about it specifically. The pet falcon with them was a big help.
Don't remember any family members being involved, either. Just the falconer. And a bit where he explained 'falco greenlandicus' to a Saracen. S F Welty, Knight's ransom, I think this is what you are looking for. It is a poem, and the refrain repeats the line "An' the Gobble-uns'll git you Ef you don't watch out. For example, "Wunst they wuz a little boy who wouldn't say his prayers I have no idea which anthologies it's in, but this should help a little. I betcha it's this one. I was looking for this same book, now that I have a two-year-old. The artwork on that page used to scare the bejeebers out of me.
I liked There Once Was a Puffin, especially. See here and search for Werne.
James Stephens, The Crock of Gold , s. For the robin redbreast is the particular bird of the Leprecauns of Gort na Gloca Mora, and the Leprecauns retaliate by stealing Meehawl MacMurrachu's wife's washing-board, and Meehawl asks the Philosopher who lives in the center of the pine wood called Coilla Doraca for advice in locating the washboard Unique and inimitable, this is one of the great tales of our century. It's a great book - well worth a read anyway! I don't know the book, but the story reminds me of the folk tale The King's Highway. A king builds a new road, and decides to have a contest to see who can travel the road the best.
The contestants complain that there's a pile of rocks in the road finally one weary traveller comes carrying a box of gold that was hidden under the rocks. He wins, of course, because "he who travels best is the one who smooths the way for others. Margot Benary-Isbert, The Ark. Definitely the book. There is a circus man with a mustache in this book, but no whale-shaped submarine or land with balloons. However, there was a prequel to this book called Three Little Horses and that might have those things. Otto Whittaker, The true story of the tooth fairy and why brides wear engagement rings , Marlys Millhiser, The Mirror , The night before her wedding, Shay Garrett and her grandmother, Brandy switch bodies, sending Shay back to I hate to disagree with the solution to this stumper, but I know The Mirror well I even have an autographed copy!
The daughter and the grandmother switch places in the stumper story AND in The Mirror , but those are the only two things the two books have in common. Here is what happens in The Mirror. First, the name of the two women who switch places are Shay and Brandy. Shay is the modern girl, just about to be married to a guy named Mark, and she switches places with her grandmother, Brandy, the old fashioned girl, on the eve of her wedding. Second, the grandmother, Brandy, was never raped. The Mirror is very clear on the fact that Brandy was a virgin when she was married.
The doctor comes to examine her on her wedding night, because, by that time, Brady now has Shay's soul, and Shay is a bit dizzy and faint. In comes the doctor, who states very cleary that she is a virgin, and that her new groom has nothing to worry about. Brandy who is really Shay , marries Corwin, a Welsh miner, who is killed in a mining accident. Shay never returns to the present day, and Brandy never returns to the 's. Shay is a modern girl with modern ideas living in the 's but she is not a black sheep, nor an outcast.
Brandy, in the modern time, adjusts to living there, and ends up marrying Mark, the man Shay was originally going to marry. And that is the plot of The Mirror! If the original stumper stongly remembers a rape and an attempted abortion, a black sheep issue, and a return of the charactesr to the right year, then perhaps the stumper is asking about a different story than The Mirror. Are you sure that the Mirror isn't the story? In the story I remember but didn't remember the title of , the grandmother Brandy wasn't raped, but Shay was pregnant when the switch was made, so Brandy had to go through the pregnancy.
Penny was the baby Shay had with the miner. From her 'future' she knew the baby wouldn't live to adulthood, so she tried to avoid getting pregnant with a copper penny. The baby was sickly and died after a few weeks. Shay wasn't sickly then, but later had TB for years. The Mirror possibly. Your description of the book definitely sounds like the plot of The Mirror to me, but the orignal stumper didn't.
I had forgotten about the baby Penny, who died early on. It could be that the orignal stumper had remembered the baby being born of rape, even though she wasn't. Maybe the original stumper can shed some light! I'm a Prisoner in the Library! Catherine Woolley, Chris in Trouble, This could be Woolley's second book about Cathy Leonard's little sister Chris. One day, she and a friend go inside her school when they're not supposed to and accidentally leave their dolls in a classroom. They're locked in the school and have to climb out a window to get out.
Later, when Chris tries to retrieve the dolls without being seen, she tries to avoid the school's janitor. Catherine Woolley , Chris in Trouble, Nine year-old Chris gets into difficult situations one weekend such as sneaking into her school with a friend and then accidentally leaving their dolls behind.
There's a janitor they try to avoid. And Chris has to avoid him again when she tries to retrieve the dolls undetected. G Green boy with wings I saw a book at a bookstore about a decade ago. On the cover was a girl with brown shoulder length hair, dressed in white clothes and holding a white orb in both her hands. She was standing on a giant leaf which was floating in water and being pulled by a green boy with dragon or faerie wings, and long black hair.
The back of the book said that the girl was a princess and I think the boy was her pet, I'm not sure. There was also a sequel or a prequel to that book, which showed the boy flying in the air, and bellow them you could see the princess girl and a guy in armor next to her, and both of them were looking up at him. I hope that's enough to go on. Norton, Andrew, Flight in Yiktor. The "girl with orb" book is Flight in Yiktor , and the "boy flying while others watch" is probably Dare to Go A-Hunting. Andre Norton, Flight in Yiktor , The cover is as described, and it is one book in a series, but the plot is a little different: the girl is a sorceress and the green boy is a former slave she has rescued.
I'm not sure which book you have But here's a bio and bibliography for Bessie Pease Gutmann. Zenna Henderson, The People. Just finished reading the G stumper and have to say this sounds a lot like "The People" stories I read them as short stories but I think they were all gathered into a book by Zenna Henderson.
A race of people with various powers must evict their planet and they crash-land on earth and are scattered. The stories follow the experiences of the various alien characters and their encounters with the people of Earth. Written in a style that is both highly realistic and beautifully sensitive.
Don't remember the character who can see connections between people, though. There was a boy who was learning how to fly who fell in love with an Earht girl, there was a baby named Lala by its finders, there were many others. Even if this is not the solution, I consider this series as one of the best science fiction series of all time and definitely worth any reader's attention. A possibility: the first book of the Homecoming series. One of the girls in the book Luet? This would be my first recommendation. When one of the People comes of age, their natural "talent", or "gift", such as healing, sensing metals, "lifting" flying becomes apparent.
The grandmother in particular senses the ties between the women in her family, and how they change when her grandaughter realizes her love for a young man is as strong a tie as the love of her birth family. This is a compilation of short stories previously published in other sources. The name of the short story in the series that deals with the evacuation of the home planet is called "Deluge," originally published in I think this is not a People story.
I've read Ingathering all the People stories, including unpublished ones , and there's nothing about being able to "see connections between" people. In later stories, we find Sorters can rearrange and erase people's memories, too. My guess is that the Orson Scott Card book is it. Thanks for having this service! Orson Scott Card, Homecoming. This is the book you're looking for. There's a series of six books, but it's in "Homecoming" that she can see connections. Gold strands for some, silver for others. Still available in paperback. I always remember that description. I'm wondering if this could be one of Janice May Udry' s books?
I believe her books were read on Captain Kangaroo a lot. I'm not sure which one it is, however. At first I thought it was Let's Be Enemies, but that's not it. You may want to look at the books by Phyllis Krasilovsky , as well. Hope it helps. I still haven't found this bookmore memories of book the main character would alway try to do things but did it wrong Julie, her boyfriend, and 2 friends hit a boy on a bike while driving back from a picnic and later find out he died.
Julie wasn't driving, they were in a normal car and Julie doesn't work at a flower shop, but the person who stalks the friends a year later figures out who she was by asking at the flower shop where she ordered yellow roses for the boy's funeral and sent them without a name. Her boyfriend was in the car with her and thus knows all about it, but he leaves town soon after and doesn't come back until a year later, and at the end they decide together that they need to come clean about the hit-and-run.
Lois Duncan, I know what you did last summer. There is a similar situation in this book but there are four people involved in the hit-and-run that kills a boy on his bicycle. Julie and her three friends take a vow of secrecy but she receives a mysterious message saying "I know what you did last summer. Hope Dahle Jordan, Haunted Summer , Rilla Martin is a teenage girl who is working a summer job delivering flowers to save money for college.
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On a rainy night she hits something and it turns out to be a boy on his bike. She takes him to the hospital and runs away and they think she is a boy. She feels guilty all summer and tells her boyfriend. He eventually convinces her to go to the police. The boy does not die. Lynne Reid Banks, Fairy Rebel , The fairy gets the colors mixed and has to do an emergency fix to make sure the baby doesn't have blue hair.
Later there is trouble with the Fairy Queen who had forbidden contact with humans. Lynne Reid Banks, the Fairy Rebel, My daughter and I believe this is the book. The name of the fairy is Tiki and she helps Jan have a baby. This makes the queen fairy very angry. Your description about the fairy using her power to create a child for a human sounds a lot like this book.
The fairy is punished by the bad fairy queen for helping a human. I don't think there's anything about the human woman knowing the fairy as a child. We do, however, get to see the child the fairy creates for the woman grow up to about the age of I read this book in the early 90's in upper elementary school. The pencil stub is out, but this Newberry winner is the best girl Crusoe tale ever, based on the true story of a Native American girl who managed to survive alone on an island off the Californian coast for 18 years.
There was a spate of wonderful lone child survivor stories I read growing up in the 60s and 70s Could this be The Village That Slept? The girl is not alone -- there is a boy and also a baby, all victims of a plane crash in the Pyrenees. They find shelter in a recently deserted village, and eventually find a dog, cow, sheep, and chickens too.
Their names which at first they don't remember are Lydia and Franz. They are ingenious at surviving, and after a year or two are found and rescued. Mazer, Island Keeper , , copyright. Not sure if this is it, but plot is similar to your search. Brink, Carol Ryrie, Baby Island. Re G, this is quite a long shot, because the most important detail, the fact that your heroine is alone, doesn't match, but several other things do. In this book, 12 year old Mary and her 10 year old sister Jean are stranded on a deserted island with four babies under the age of 2 after the ship on which they were passengers begins to sink.
While drifting in a lifeboat, Jean's disorganized pockets turn up a stubby pencil, among other odds and ends, and the girls discover a good supply of canned food in the lifeboat, including canned milk, which they feed to the youngest baby, Jonah. When they run aground on the island, they find things to eat like bananas, coconuts, crabs and clams. They build a teepee out of the lifeboat's sail, and ingeniously construct other things like a pram that they can pull the babies around in, and even make dishes out of coconut shells think Giligan's Island minus the idiocy.
Jean starts writing letters to their. Aunt Emma by putting them in the empty food cans and letting them float away. They discover a hermit named Mr. Peterkin living in a hut, which he somewhat reluctantly shares with them after a storm destroys the teepee. They are eventually rescued by their father and the fathers of the babies. This little gem was originally written in , and was reprinted by Scholastic Book Services in , which is when I found it. As I said, this is a long shot, but the pencil stub, the hut, the very few things and the ingenuity all match.
Good luck with your search! Joan Aiken, A Necklace of Raindrops , Could it be a story from the collection A Necklace of Raindrops? It has the silouette illustrations, but it's a series of short stories Elizabeth Hamilton Friermood, Circus Sequins , circa A real longshot! From what I remember, the girl in this book has flaming red hair, which people make fun of. She's good with horses, and somehow ends up in a circus as a bareback rider, where she makes a green dress which shows off her red hair and everyone thinks she's beautiful.
At the end of the summer, she has to decide if she should stay with the circus or go back to the country and marry her boyfriend, who had supported her through all the teasing. Maybe worth a try, anyway! Thanks for the suggestion, but I know that's not it. Definitely not green. And I think the girl is of the year old range, not marriage material.
Thanks for helping. I've been looking for this book for years i remember the girl with red hair freckles plays in the woods with her friend, barefoot has her first period talks with a southern accent written in the 60's or 70's. Adler, Goodbye Pink Pig. Worth a shot- the girl has an unhappy home life and imagines adventures with her animal figurines. Cynthia Voight, Izzy Willy-Nilly , This is probably not the book, but there are some similarities.
The girl was in a drunk-driving accident, and had to have one of her legs amputated at the knee. Have a look online and see if this is the book. Babbis Friis, Kristy's courage , A little girl has problems adjusting to school life after an automobile accidnt disfigures her and causes her to have a speech impediment I checked out those two books and neither of them are the book. I also remembered a few days ago that the girl was a cheerleader before her accident. This could be the book that you are describing.
Some parts don't match, the girl's brother isn't bothered by her accident and she wasn't a cheerleader. I can't remember for sure how she had the accident but in this book the girl's name is Penny Snow and she injured her hip and leg. She used to be a great swimmer. She's afraid to exercise in any way now because she used to be great at all kinds of sports and now she would be average or less.
She goes out to Oregon to help her grandfather move to a rest home, meets a boy who teaches her how to believe in herself and how to run. She competes in 6 mile race at the end. It's 67 in the teen romance series Sweet Dreams. Could this be a nonfiction book? I remember a true story - very inspiring - of a young girl named Kristie or Christy or Kristy! I vividly remember she was knocked out of her shoes. The books told of her rehab, and relearning all the basics of living. I'll do some sleuthing and see if I can find it. I think the title was just the girl's name.
I just got off the phone with my mother and she said it WAS a non fiction book, but she couldn't remember the name either.
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Barbara Miller, Kathy , The Millers were a typical American family until the day a speeding car left year-old Kathy critically injured, in a coma from which the doctors said she might never recover! How Kathy won back her health, gave her family the gift of faith, and ran in an international marathon less than six months later.
Collins, Joan, Katy , This book tells the story of actor Joan Collins daughter Katy, who is injured in a bike accident and deals with her rehabilitation. I remember reading it when I was about 10 or 11 near the time of publication. Albert G. I think the second story listed may be "Let's Haunt a House" by Manly Wade Wellman, which is the first story in the anthology.
Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted House , early 60s. Hi, I may have the solution to the G stumper. Title may be Alfred Hitchcock's Haunted House. I was a little hesitant to submit this as a solution because although the stumper's description of the book's date, size, number of stories, etc. My cover had a very scary illustration of Alfred Hitchcock's face coming out of the door of a obviously haunted house.
The cover art frightened me more than any of the stories! Don't recall many of them but one that comes to mind is about some children convinced that a woman- perhaps an aunt, perhaps a nanny- whose name was "Wasywich" or similar, is a witch. A black and white illustration to that story showed a thin woman with piercing eyes accompanied by some children.
Robert A. Heimlein, Menace From Earth. These have been fequently anthologised. Lyn Cook, Pegeen and the pilgrim , How about this one? I also vaguely remember a blue cover on the original. It was reprinted by Tundra Books in She even has to share a room with old Mrs. Then an extraordinary thing happens — a Shakespearean festival is planned for Stratford.
As the festival develops, so does Pegeen. She learns a great deal about Shakespeare, the boarders at home, and her circle of friends, including the mysterious pilgrim, Mr. Girl was named Magda Maybe one of Helen Dore Boylston's series of 4 Carol books? I think they all have dustjackets with one colour surround and picture of Carol in the middle - can't remember which, if any, is blue. Although these are '40s not '60s, they were reprinted fairly often and I am sure would have been around in the '60s.
Carol does quite a lot of growing up over the 4 books, and there is a romantic interest. Janet Lambert, Up Goes the Curtain , This is one of the Penny Parrish books. She spends part of it working in summer stock, and then gets to be in a Broadway show, where she meets Josh MacDonald, the stage manager. Betty Cavanna, Two's Company , I think this book may be Betty Cavanna's Two's Company , in which the heroine does summer theatre in Williamsburg Virginia.
Marjory Hall, Straw Hat Summer , Gail becomes interested in the theater when a summer theater group rents her family's barn to put on plays. You've already given me so many great ideas, and I'm off to investigate. There are more possibilities than I'd anticipated!
Rosamond DuJardin, Showboat Summer , , copyright. This is about twin girls, not just one girl, but could it be this? To Penny, it meant being with Mike who had a job on the tugboat that pushed the old Regina from town to town along the Ohio River. To Pam it meant a chance to act, and perhaps a leading role in one of the gala showboat performances.
Here's another possiblity I have this in my little bookstore, but haven't read it. Main character is Nan, and it appears to be a typical late teen romance novel of the ss. Eleanor Shaler, Gaunt's Daughter ,, approximate. Could it be Gaunt's Daughter? The girl's mother, a theater actor, dies and to avoid moving in with her mother's Quaker relatives, she gets a summer stock job. Turns out her estranged famous father is going to be there too. At the end she has a family emergency with the Quaker family and gives up her father and the play to go to the hospital.
Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, maybe? It's not Witches Sister. That book is too new. The book I'm looking for is from the early '70's. I haven't read The Witch's Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor , but it was written in , so it's certainly worth examining. It was reissued in paperback editions in and , which may be why you think it's too new a book to be the one you're searching for. I don't think it's Witch's Sister , either.
Tuggle, although, she's trying to get Lynn's sister to become a witch as well. No forest scene either. G How abt this prequel to Witch's sister? Witch water. Atheneum, It's been a long time since I read those books, but I read them repeatedly way back when, and I don't remember any friendly witches or, again, any real witch other than Mrs. Tuggle or any broomstick riding. Tuggle's thing seemed to be more about control over people than about broomsticks. Thanks for all the suggestions! I checked all the books by Naylor, and none of them are the one I'm looking for. I believe the cover showed a night scene of the sky, with a big moon, and a witch flying on a broom.
It was also a pretty short story. Patricia Coombs, Dorrie and Could the girl actually have been a witch herself? Then it might be one of the Dorrie books by Patricia Coombs. Chew, Ruth , The Wednesday Witch. Could it be one of the Witch books written by Ruth Chew? The scene you describe sounds familiar to me. I read many of her books in the late 70's-early 80's and they were quick and easy to read. The cover for the Wednesday Witch also seems similar to your description - except the witch is on a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom.
I checked both of the above books- neither one is the one I'm looking for. I think the cover may have had more then one witch flying on a broom. Adrienne Adams, The Halloween Party, Is there any chance at all the main character was a little boy named Faraday kind of an androgynous name?
The cover shows a witch on a broomstick, flying across the moon with gremlin children behind her. This is a long shot, but the description reminds me a little of Sutcliff's Mark of the Horse Lord. It's about a gladiator who impersonates the prince of a British tribe and dies in the end not wrapped in cloak though, and I don't remember if he was a net-and-trident fighter. Warrior Scarlet is not about gladiators, but involves a red cloak I think and is by the same author. While The Mark of the Horse Lord is about Phaedrus, a gladiator in Roman Britain who impersonates the lord of a northern tribe and nobly dies for "his" people, it was published in , twenty years too late for the stumper requester.
Warrior Scarlet was written in and is also unlikely to be the book sought, particularly since there's no gladiator in it. Warrior Scarlet is about Drem, a disabled boy withered arm who has to kill a wolf in order to attain manhood and the right to wear the warrior's scarlet of his Bronze Age tribe. I'm sorry I don't have the answer, but I can tell you that the book you're looking for is probably not The Crimson Cloak by Lois Montross , which is a volume of poetry.
Varble , which is described online as the story of "A little girl [who] is taken into a peasant's home. Might be Janet Lunn 's Double Spell. It was originally published as Twin Spell. Lunn, Janet, Double Spell. This features twins, ghosts and dolls, however the twins are named Jane and Elizabeth and they buy the doll rather than find it under a tree.
Strangely attracted to an antique doll, twelve-year-old twins buy the toy and soon find themselves haunted by powerful and tragic memories of ancestral twins who had also been owners of the doll Lunn, Janet, Twin Spell. See the "Solved Mysteries". Lunn Janet, Twin Spell, , reprint. I am really certain that the doll and twin part of this stumper refers to Janet Lunn's Twin Spell, reprinted later as Double Spell.
It is a haunting book about twins Jane and Elizabeth who live in Ontario Canada and find a doll in an antique store which inexplicably seems to belong to them. After they move into their Aunt Alice's mysterious old house, they begin finding themselves sharing the past experiences of two other twins, Anne and Melissa, who were their ancestors and lived in the house which was smaller and did not have new additions built on it then many years before. They also have visions of a frightening girl named Hester who seemed to hate the earlier twins.
In the end they solve the mystery and discover that Anne had died in a fire in a room they now use as an attic that had been accidentally started by her cousin Hester, and that it is the ghost of Hester who is haunting the house. They discover this just in time for Elizabeth to save Jane, who is trapped in the attic with the ghost. I think the original stumper may have mixed up the plots of two different books by Janet Lunn. She also wrote one entitled The Root Cellar in which the main character is a girl named Rose, who finds an old root cellar in the ground which leads her to ghostly experiences with a long ago family on the farm where she is staying.
A little boy receives a strange pottery pitcher from his grandmother who lives in Italy. The pitcher is made of pottery, "with odd-looking leaves on it, the colors of fruit, and fruit that was the color of leaves. It is the story for January 6th. Please note that this book has been reprinted numerous times with at least three different titles and covers. Unfortunately, the pitcher isn't green though it does have green on it , and while it is a gift, the boy doesn't receive it for his birthday. Also, none of the covers I've seen for this book are brown or greenI've seen blue or white covers with pictures of animals or children on them.
So you may be looking for a different story in a different bookor your memories may have faded over time. Here's an online description: "Reissued after many years, this beautiful collection offers a year's worth of original stories and poems, including new selections for Hanukkah, Martin Luther King Day, and Kwanzaa. I can tell you that the edition I have from does contain "The Strange Pitcher" but I can't vouch for any edition later than that. There is a page that sounds a lot like this in the book about the Yami of Yawn, with the main character Wide-awake Jake.
Might this be it? Thanks for the response, unfortunately " Wide-Awake Jake " c. My book may have been an anthology. I have already checked the "Little Brown Bear" books. SRA Reading Laboratory. You are after the SRA Reading laboratory - there were several editions of these - I'm not sure which one you are after. We had different boxes of stories for different grade levels.
Ghost Cat. Watson, Nancy Dingman, The birthday goat. Could this be one of the Star Ka'at books by Andre Norton? They were published in the 70s. I don't remember much of the storyline, but the cats talked and were actually aliens. They met a boy and girl on Earth, who helped them either fit in or get home. My sister actually read the books, I think I just skimmed them. The cover of one of them had a girl imerging from a wall. Might be worth checking out, anyway. Judith Goldberger, Looking Glass Factor. I read it a couple of years ago after reading the description when another reader was looking for it.
I am sure this is what you are looking for. It is available at ABE and through interlibrary loan. The description reminded me of a Ruth M. Arther book, but I couldn't find a title to match. Does that author sound familiar to the original poster? Nicola Smee, The Tusk Fairy. It was one of my daughter's favorites when she was little. The elephant isn't polka dotted, though.
But the girl is often wearing polka dot pants. The grandma crocheted the elephant as a birth present for the girl, and it did everything the girl did - including learn to use the potty. One day something dreadful happened to the elephant, but the grandma was able to fix it up. Great Book! Even if it's not the one you're looking for! This is from one of the Bill Bergson series of books, I don't know which one.
Two groups of friends, the White Roses and the Red Roses, "war" over possession of a stone which they alternately hide. This book is about a young girl named Mathilda. It's set during the Civil War. Mathilda's family is divided by the war. She is attacked and raped by a neighbor during the last year of the war. Mathilda kills her attacker and learns to heal with the help of her grandfather. The son finally got sick of not having a pet and told the dog that he was a dog. Maybe the father's name was George? Pay Fines and Fees.
Send PIN to Email. Shorty, a shortysaurus, notices a package that has been delivered for his friend, Clem, who is a quail. Shorty is a curious dinosaur, and wonders what is in the fabulously-wrapped package. His imagination goes wild. Is it a robot? A trampoline? Shorty knows he shouldn't open it, but his imagination runs away with the possibilities.
In his excitement, he opens the package. He realizes his mistake and when Clem comes back, Shorty tries to hide. When Clem discovers him and Shorty apologizes, Clem has only one thing to tell his friend. A great story about how imagination can run away with a person or dinosaur, and how curiosity almost got the dinosaur.
For ages Time is running out for Liam and his family as they prepare to leave Mars before it is destroyed by the sun as the earth was. His parents are scientists finalizing techniques for sustaining human life on a new planet when an explosion buries their underground lab. Moments before, Liam and his friend Phoebe make a disturbing discovery that may key in determining whether the human race will survive. Will they rescue the adults and reach the starliner in time to leave Mars?
A compelling space adventure for kids ages Thirteen-year-old Trav has always wondered about his dead-before-he-was-born dad. But when he heads from California to his grandmother's house in rural Minnesota, hoping to learn about his past, he gets more than he bargained for. It turns out his dad was involved in a bank robbery right before he mysteriously disappeared, and the loot from the take is still missing.
Along with his new friends, Trav embarks on a search for the cash. This is also a Maud Hart Lovelace pick. Grades Cathy M. Cilla is a feisty heroine in the Junie B. Jones tradition who will best please readers from 3rd to 5th grade. Dressed as Darth Vader, Mattie meets the popular, British and fabulous Gemma and things begin to change. When their class mounts a production of Romeo and Juliet and Gemma lands the starring role, Mattie realizes she has a new crush- on Gemma.
When she goes into third grade, Adrienne, her best friend since kindergarten, gets in with a popular group of girls led by queen bee Jen. Shannon hovers uncertainly on the edges of the group and endures the jealousy of second in command Jenny. This is an epic fantasy aimed at middle school readers.
The story is set in a world completely unlike our own. The days are 72 hours long and there is a massive whirlpool over miles wide and at least 30 miles deep. People in this world believe that the whirlpool is the entrance to their afterlife and regularly send ships full of the bodies of the dead over the edge. The main characters, Alec and Wren are on one of these ships of the dead. Stunning, sharp photographs of animals along with smart, simple haikus inspire both budding naturalists and poets alike.
A wonderful pick for elementary students who love both arts and sciences! This is a gentle introduction for children to the legacy of U. For elementary school-aged children. Refugees who take to water to flee dangerous and deadly conditions in their homeland are not a modern phenomenon.
The plight of refugees by water and, often, in not-so-seaworthy vessels to escape war, famine, pestilence, oppression, and death has been happening, worldwide, for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Through a collage of historical artifacts, photographs, and art, the stories of modern refugees from World War II to present day are highlighted. A good introduction to the topic for upper elementary and middle grade readers. This picture book is a wonderful way to introduce vocabulary and begin new conversations with your child.
The author uses words and their corresponding illustrations to highlight a topic or subject. There are a variety of topics presented, such as: Things that Go, Plants, Musical Instruments, and much more. Have fun pointing to each picture and word as you discuss them. Recommended for ages 2 to 6. We love numbers! The author uses simple text and bright photographs to help the reader count all the way from one to twenty. Throughout the book, we count flowers, socks, apples, and much more. Kids and caregivers can pause on each page to count and then continue to the next number.
The colorful pictures will encourage great conversations. Just think of all the things you can count at your house! Recommended for ages 3 to 6. This simple story tells about Ferdinand the bull who is quite content to just sit quietly and smell the flowers. The story closes with the happiest of endings, perfect for bedtime to drift off to sleep dreaming of just sitting and smelling the flowers. For ages 3 to 5 years old. The Voyage to Magical North tells the story of year-old Brine Seabourne — so, named when she was rescued from a rowboat covered in sea salt and having no memory of where she came from.
In the years since, she has worked as a servant for an ill-tempered magician and his reluctant apprentice, Peter. When circumstances become desperate, Brine and Peter work together to escape — and quickly realize things have gone from bad to very dangerous. Come along on this adventure, as our main characters meet pirates, invisible bears, and a truly evil magician as they travel to a mysterious place called Magical North.
The second book in this new series will be released in May. Recommended for ages 8 and up. This is a true story about a man named Mike who bought several acres of farmland with the hopes of restoring it to its original state of wild prairie and grassland by reintroducing native plants and trees.
One day his neighbor mentions that he used to catch brook trout in a creek flowing through the land. Mike launches into a search for the lost creek, and uncovers it with the help of big earth-moving machines. This is an inspiring tale of restoring the ecosystem and shows the many wonders of nature as depicted by gorgeous scratchboard illustrations. Recommended for those interested in Nature, Ecology. Perfect for ages In this extremely large family, there is just enough room for everyone; Two Moms, two Dads, biological and adopted children and a whole bunch of pets, living and learning together in an idyllic, sprawling home.
Ages Fred has won The Best Bear in the Wood contest for several years. He considers his trophies to be his friends. What is a bear to do? He searches with the help of others to find it, Not only does he find it, he makes some fantastic friends in the process. Genie and his brother Ernie are spending the summer with their grandparents in Virginia. How does he manage to do everything that Genie just takes for granted?
This summer might turn out to be a lot more interesting that Genie thought it was going to be! Leo is not your average knight. He much prefers to read rather than fight anything. His parents decide he needs to tame a dragon, and sends him out to do so. On the way, he wins over all enemies he faces, by reading them stories rather than fighting.
Until he meets up with the dragon who has destroyed a town. What will he do? This story will resonate with those kids that like to fidget. Anyone can learn the magic tricks that are illustrated in the book! For grades A simple, springtime story of hatching eggs and baby birds. There is one egg left to hatch. How can they help? When it does hatch, it holds a complete surprise! An almost wordless story for ages 2 and older. A wonderful planting story, describing seeds and conditions where it will grow.
A few flaps to lift to find out what will grow. Delightful story for vocabulary and conversation between the reader and child. For ages 2 and older. All about planting and growing zinnias in very simple, concise text with wonderful illustrations. Very interactive, asking the reader or listener to do specific things on the page.
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The story of immigrants and refugees, who find home in Minnesota, past and present, is told through simple, moving text accompanied by beautiful, vibrant pictures of family, friends, and neighbors. A celebration of our common American spirit across diverse cultures, this is a great patriotic read. An observant little boy sees something wonderful fall to earth and discovers a new friend. But at bedtime, the little alien is sad and missing his family. Will they ever be reunited? Ages Cynthia. Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up with mariachi music.
He taught himself to play and became an innovative composer and band leader, famous for lounge music in the s and 60s. For music and creativity fans in grades An entire ecosystem gets restored around a creek that was buried under a cornfield in Northeastern Iowa. This would be an excellent read aloud with lyrical, repeating phrases and bold illustrations of the process of digging up the field to restore the creek. Ages 5 to 8 Gladys. Little Bird loves many things. His favorite tree branch, his favorite food, and his favorite music all create his wonderful home.
What will he do when he has to leave home for a long journey? Can he take his home with him? This picture book is a great way to talk about the meaning of home and possibly help prepare young children for traveling. Recommended for ages 2 - 6. Ages Martha. This is an easy-to-read collection of records from across the world, all relating to food. The largest pizza base was even spun by someone from Minnesota! Amazing records, all mind-boggling and lots of fun to read. Anne F. In s Oaxaca, Mexico, Teo lives on the Hill of Dust with his beloved grandfather and his extended family.
Things have been hard since the death of his twin sister, but one day the Romani gypsies arrive, bringing movies, telling fortunes and a spunky young girl, Esma, who calls herself the Queen of Lightning. Translators for their people, she and Teo learn that they are destined to be friends for life and able to save each other when no one else can. The story crosses generations when their American grandchildren work to make the fortune come true. Dyamonde Daniel is smart, thoughtful, self-aware, not overly concerned with what others think of her, and interested in what makes those around her tick.
In Make Way, Dyamonde, a "new kid" at her elementary school, watches another new kid scowl and stomp and mope for a week. Everyone else avoids Free, but Dyamonde knows there's got to be more to his story. She finally decides to straight-up ask him: "Why are you so mad? Grimes's writing has perfect pitch "One Tuesday--it was chicken nugget day, to be exact--" and R. Gregory Christie's illustrations are wonderful. The first in an excellent early chapter book series with an African-American girl for a protagonist. Looking for others? Try the Lulu books by Hilary McKay. Ages Emily. Ben is very excited to show Bella his new remote controlled fire truck toy.
Readers are asked to help the trio with some silly situations and get the book under control. Sarah I. This book is perfect for the ocean explorer! Amazing underwater photography will fascinate and excite on each page. Recommended for ages 8 to 12, but caregivers can also share the title with younger kids by highlighting certain pages and fun facts.
Have fun quacking with Papa Duck as he searches for his missing ducklings and flap your wings when the flock is reunited. Counting is as easy as 1 cucumber, 2 pea pods, and 3 apples! This picture book uses photographs of fruits and vegetables to help children practice numbers and counting. The unique twist is how author Bass organizes the book and what types of fruits and veggies she uses on each page.
Children might recognize a green pepper, but not know about the 7 other types of peppers such as yellow, red, and orange. Caregivers can use this title to introduce children to names and pictures of some both common and uncommon fruits and vegetables. Did you know potatoes can be purple? Extend your book sharing by going on a scavenger hunt next time you visit the grocery store. Have fun talking about colors and numbers! All aboard!
This oversized book is a great way to introduce children to the history of trains and railroads. Learn about steam locomotives, freight trains, and passenger trains from all over the world. Big photographs are paired with fun facts and brief paragraphs of text. Recommended for ages 7 to 9, but caregivers will also enjoy sharing this title with younger kids.
With its fantastic subtle vocabulary building and its smart, resilient, persevering main characters, this is a great read-aloud together choice for middle schoolers and their parents. Meet the four small bears and their friend Big Brown Bear. On a cold winter day, they are getting ready to have some fun on a bright red sled. After they put on hats, mittens, and boots — they start the climb up the hill. They quickly realize their bright red sled is very, very small.
What to do? Readers will delight in the rhyming text, the lovely illustrations, and what Big Brown Bear does to make sure everyone has fun sledding. This picture book is a great way to talk about taking turns, sharing, and creativity. Kids and caregivers can continue the story by talking about their own experiences sledding during the winter. Review by Sarah I.
This gentle, soothing bedtime story was intentionally designed to help ease young children towards sleep: the author worked with a Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant during the writing process. Can you yawn like a hippo? It made me sleepy at am! If you have a little one in your life who struggles to fall asleep, give this book a try.
PreK- to grade1. Five penguins explore and play in the fresh snow. With sparse, simple text and with bold, endearing illustrations, this is a wonderful wintertime read-together book for a quiet time with hot cocoa and cookies and for bedtime reading after a snow day. A lovely choice for winter adventurers ages 4 and up. When Mrs. Fuzzy Slippers goes to live with her daughter, Slipper the cat gets left behind and must go in search of a new home. For ages 4 to 7. The first time Joanne Blackmon was arrested, she was just ten years old. Heavily illustrated with eye-opening photos from the march and actions leading up to it, Marching for Freedom focuses on the kids and teens who endured billy clubs, tear gas, and jail time in the fight for civil rights.
It fills in the behind-the-scenes details and untold stories of an event whose telling is often limited to covering key adult figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. The result is an immediate, un-sanitized account that grips the reader and won't let go. A great nonfiction choice for kids, Marching for Freedom also makes an excellent classroom read-aloud. This story honors and celebrates the childhood and inspiration of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who saw beauty in everything and everywhere -- in his Brooklyn surroundings and in his imaginative, inquisitive mind -- and who used art to cope with tragic events, difficult emotions, and mental illness.
This is a wonderful story for all the artists who are bold enough and brave enough to color outside of the lines, especially children ages 10 and up. This book is a great way to introduce kids ages 3 to 7 to simple ideas in science. Kids can learn about eighteen projects that help them understand about physics, chemistry, and biology. The step-by-step experiments provide caregivers with easy to follow directions and lists of household items that are needed for each project. Have fun playing with mirrors, making a mobile, playing with shadows, and so much more.
Recommended for kids and caregivers interested in STEM science, technology, engineering, and math topics. What a gripping book! In graphic novel format, author-illustrator Nathan Hale tells the story of Harriet Tubman in a way that will enthrall both history-buffs and reluctant readers alike. The selfless, dangerous trips Tubman made again and again to bring other slaves north to freedom pulse with suspense. The pain of seeing one's family members sold to other masters is palpable.
Readers will emerge with a new level of knowledge about the Underground Railroad; the slave trade; and Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, and John Brown in addition to Tubman--all of it acquired while being entertained. Hale's brilliant illustrations bring an extra immediacy to history-telling, and his other Hazardous Tales--including stories about WWI, the Monitor and the Merrimac, and the spy who shares his name--are well worth checking out, too.
Grades 4 to 7. Great pictures and words describe birds of many types, while finding words to describe them all. For ages 3 to 5. Have you ever wanted to sail the seven seas in a tall-masted ship? You will after you read this graphic novel. Looking at purses while at the shopping mall, Clara finds a letter and photograph from a girl named Yuming, being held captive in a sewing factory in China. Goldman is a knitter who taught Sophie how to make pompoms and who makes things, especially beautiful hats, for others, but Mrs. Sophie decides to learn to knit herself but finds out that knitting is a lot harder than making pompoms.
A lovely story of cross-generational friendship and a great pick for knitters and pompom-makers, young and old. Girl lives with Cat. Girl brings home Yarn. Cat becomes smitten with Yarn. What ensues is a sweet story about a changing relationship and budding acceptance. A fun and short read for kids who have cat friends and kids who are learning to knit, ages 5 and up! At Briar Hill hospital, Emmaline May is the only one who sees the winged horses in its mirrors, and she is the one who finds Foxfire with her broken wing in the sundial garden.
Grades Melissa. A wonderful and inspiring biography of creator and creation, and a great pick for artists and writers ages 8 and up. Owl wakes up and is ready to play, but all his friends are sleeping. Owl believes she is having a bad day, when she walks home and all her friends are waiting for her. She needs a nap, but all is great after! A great book for a read-aloud, Brian Won is also the author of Hooray for Hat!
Baby Nanda was found abandoned in the jungles of Nepal, surrounded by dholes wild dogs. He was taken in by the chief elephant keeper in the Royal Stables. When he is 12, his father sends him away to school where he meets a man who will change his life.
Bridge Barsamian was in a horrible accident when she was 8. She has two best friends, and they have an agreement: No fighting. Will they survive seventh grade? For 5th to 7th graders. Ursula Brown, a she-bear, finds herself as a governess to Teddy Vaughn, who lives with his mother and father. A wonderfully woven story of many fairy tales we all know with some twists. Very challenging vocabulary. Recommended for 5th to 7th graders who like a good fairy tale. Fish play follow the leader in the ocean. With her faithful dog Fox and Sly Boots, a shy and clumsy boy who lets her sleep in his attic, Quicksilver leads a lonely life but she is content.
One day she meets an old really old! Magic is not legal thanks to the Wolf King so how can Quicksilver have magical powers and how can she ever defeat the Wolf King? Find out how it came to be that way through whimsical paper cut-out illustrations by Tucker Nichols and the real story of the people who fought for the bridge to be orange, not grey or striped.
Ages 3 and up. From a house owned by three talking beards to a tunacorn a unicorn with a tuna on his head instead of a horn , everything here is a little bit familiar and a lot all mixed up. This fast-paced and funny read is the first in a series and perfect for kids who are just taking their first steps into chapter books.
The text pops against bright and plentiful illustrations that give the book a friendly, unintimidating feel. I was happy to see author-illustrator Jones choose to illustrate the Pink family as people of color, and to meet a strong, stereotype-resisting female character in Princess. For Grades This smart picture book is my number-one pick for a Caldecott Medal this year awards are announced in January!
As a cat goes for a walk, it passes an assortment of creatures: a dog, a fish, a bird, a bee, a snake, and more. All, of course, see the cat from very different perspectives is it a playmate? A black and white cat? A cat-shaped swarm of dots? Whether shared one-on-one with a child or with a classroom full of children, They All Saw a Cat will inspire questions and conversations about art, science, and perspective. The Giver is a futuristic tale of a society seemingly without any problems, but with a past that is dark and flawed.
A fast-paced plot with relatable characters and universal themes, this Newbery Medal winning book is a gripping and heartfelt read. For 4th grade and up. Reena and her family have moved from the city to the country, a small town in Maine. Reena is fascinated by the cows being raised on a nearby farm, volunteering to help with their care. Then her mother tells their grumpy neighbor, Mrs.
Falala great name, right? Reena is not happy, especially when she meets Mrs. Falala's grumpy like her owner? Her only real happiness is cooking and she is determined to win the Southern Living magazine cook-off contest. Can a year-old cook win the contest? Can she make friends at school? Can she learn to like her dad's wife and her mom's boyfriend? In France in , people are talking about three children - tall and strong William, priest in training, of African descent; Jeanne, a peasant girl who can see the future; Jacob, young, freckle-faced and Jewish - and a dog who has been raised from the dead.
The three are performing miracles at every turn. One night, in a roadside tavern, a group of strangers spend a night drinking and telling stories about the children - stories of mystery and adventure. A mouse was the first Earth creature to walk on the moon. Grades ; Carol. Espen, a 14 year old Norwegian boy, is swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement after Nazi Germany invades and occupies his country during World War II. Espen starts delivering illegal newspapers, than becomes a courier, and finally a spy dodging the Gestapo along the way until he makes a mistake and sets out on a daring escape on skis across the mountains to safety in Sweden.
Based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten. Grade ; Christy. So you know the fairytale of Snow White? And the story takes place in a far-away kingdom? Well, not in this graphic novel. Pick up this book and get another look at Snow and her story!
Grades ; Donell. As usual, oldest sister Delphine has her hands full keeping Vonetta and Fern in line. But, the girls also walk into a feud between their dramatic great-grandmother Ma Charles and her half-sister Miss Trotter. Will everyone survive the bossing and sniping of all the siblings? Be Eleven. Tru has just moved to Monroeville, Alabama and he becomes fascinated by his neighbor, the feisty Nelle. They team up for adventures and mystery solving in this heartwarming and funny book inspired by the real-life childhood friendship between authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee.
This is an original and epic fantasy novel intended for middle grades but which can be enjoyed by anyone. The main character — the girl who drank the moon — lives with her grandmother, a swamp monster and a dragon. In another part of the bog, there is a village with a corrupt government that sacrifices infants each year to supposedly appease an evil witch. A kind hearted carpenter sets out to right this wrong and his story collides with that of the girl who drank the moon. But everything is not as it seems and the actual villain is someone unexpected.
The girl needs to figure out a way to unlock the magic deep inside of herself to save the people she loves. The story is fast-paced and lyrical. Denizen has no family and lives in an orphanage where his only friend is Simon. Unexpectedly, he gets a message from his aunt who wants him to live with her. His new life is full of surprises: knights, monsters of darkness, weapons training and more. Now Denizen must make a choice -- return to the orphanage and his only friend or his new life as a knight battling the powers of darkness.
Grade 5 and older. A dinosaur has stomped in, and this dino looks crabby. What should Joe do? Vivid illustrations, rhyming text, a refrain you and your child can sing together, and plenty of opportunities to ROAR make for an engaging experience to share with your child. En route you will face dangers and decisions that will determine your fate in the jungle including piranhas, jaguars, electric eels and everything else imaginable on this epic trek.
Will you survive unscathed to tell your amazing travel tales? For adventurous readers in grades 3 — 6. Laugh your way through this volume complete with flip-o-rama cheesy animation and a few underwear jokes. Fun for readers in grades 2 — 5. Dozens of creatures play hide-and-seek on these pages, their movements and sounds brought beautifully to life in the lilting text. Ages 3 — 7. In print for the first time more than one hundred years after it was written is this new tale of a mischievous cat who leads a double life.
A lovely book for families to share. Best for ages 3 — 8. Travel to Ethiopia to meet Solomon, an eleven-year-old boy journeying to the city of Addis Ababa with his Grandfather. As they walk the twenty-three miles to reach the city, the boy wonders why they must go. All he wants to do is run, not walk along slowly with an old man. Then his Grandfather falls ill and it is up to Solomon to find a way to reach his family with the news. Read on to discover how he earns the reputation as the fastest boy in the world.
Ages 8 to Quirky characters that balance of humor and serious issues. Three 10 year old girls form an unlikely friendship, each with their own dilemma to deal with. Beautiful writing that allows you to know their confusion, hope, courage and resilience.
For ages 8 to This historical fiction novel tells the story of integration in a small town and how a young girl sees things. Using a series of letters, and journal entries to her teacher, Kizzy Ann Stamps draws readers into the world of segregation in Virginia. Recommended for readers in grades that enjoy historical stories or stories about young girls overcoming difficult situations. One night after Olive moves into an old house that is mysterious and scary she steps inside a painting in the hallway and meets a boy named Morton and three cats named Horatio, Harvey and Leopold.
Suspenseful, a bit spooky and lots of last minute escapes, with more escapades to come in the series. Best for readers who like a little spookiness, grades How many ways can an animal move? A sea butterfly swims, a goat climbs trees, a Moroccan desert spider does somersaults, a hedgehog rolls, a scallop squirts out water.
For 1st grade and older Carol. When she one day takes root and starts to turn into a tree, it is up to quiet, shy, magic-free Grayling to save her. Along the way, she meets a talking mouse, a weather witch and her pouty niece, an enchanter and the a confused old wizard—good sometimes! Grayling must find her hidden strengths to free her mother.
Elyse is in 6th grade and her big hope is that she will be chosen as Explorer Leader for her class trip to Minnesota. A couple of problems stand in her way — CAV, a condition where that words that are said about her appear as an itchy bad words or soothing good words rash on her body, and Jeg, her forever friend, is suddenly hanging out with the popular crowd.
Somehow, Elyse has to take charge of her life to make things happen, good things. For 4th through 6th grade Carol. Is this the end of a beautiful friendship? Can horse save his friend and regain his noble sidekick? Find out in this high flying graphic adventures for ages 6 — 8. In this detailed manual you will discover everything you need to know and do to create a secret identity, acquire specialized gear, learn moves and maneuvers, survive encounters with villains, and BE a superhero. Ages 8 — Inspired by the real-life urban bloack horsemen of North Philadelphia, this story abounds with unusual characters and amazing horses.
Ages 9 — A cute counting book that rhymes, too. Count the pigs as they go into a very crowded bath, and backwards as they climb out to a surprise ending. Preschool children will giggle. A young Dao warrior-in-training befriends one of the people of the Nameless City, an imagined place precariously balanced in between nations wanting to claim the city, which has been conquered in different waves over decades. A wonderful mixture of reimagined ancient histories and fantastic adventure, great for those in grades A girl visits and flies with her deceased grandmother above the world, where they visit different places with people who experience hurt and suffering and help one another.
A lovely story that would make a very special intergenerational bedtime or quiet time read to share between children ages and their parents and grandparents. Iron Creek has a renowned summer theater festival and a famous star who met a tragic and mysterious end some years ago. Touching middle grade read that explores the power and love of family and friendships as these great characters learn to face the tragedies in their lives. Grades Annemarie. Fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to school together since they were little. But when bully Chad Hilligas starts picking on Marshall and challenging him to a fight, Tamaya and Marshall take a short-cut through the woods.
There, Chad catches up, challenges them, and encounters this fuzzy mud. There are many stages and many changes over the life of a beetle. There are many kinds of beetles in all sizes, shapes and colors. Some are scary, some are beautiful, all of them are interesting. Beautiful, colorful illustrations. K-3rd grade; Carol. Davies -- a millionaire. She has oodles of ideas for making money and some of them get her in a lot of trouble with her mom, her best friend, at school. Her latest idea is crazy brilliant -- can she make it work?
Meet Zoey, an adventure-seeking chicken who has BIG dreams. She is determined to travel to outer space. Her best friend, Sam the pig, will surely join her on this amazing quest. The other animals on the farm have lots of advice about such a trip. Isn't this dangerous? What about your spaceship? She answers all of these questions with excitement and creativity. The readers of Lehrhaupt's book, will delight in Zoey's spaceship made of balloons and a basket -- and the imagination that occurs on the flight.
Asteroids, comets, and aliens?! This picture book will appeal to fans of silly stories and is a great way to discuss optimism and determination. Meet Rabbit. He loves carrots. He is certain that he can never have too many carrots. One day Rabbit realizes that his burrow is overflowing with carrots -- so many that he actually can't fit inside! As his friends offer their help, Rabbit's love of carrots begins to create more and more trouble. Readers will delight in Hudson's illustrations of Rabbit, his friends, and all those carrots.
This picture book is a great way to talk about moderation, the importance of friendship, and sharing. Young Steven stumbles on a plot by the villainous Maxwell to steal the powers of the Chinese Zodiac, and ends up receiving the power of the Tiger. Helping gather together a team of other youths imbued by zodiac powers, he joins the struggle to stop Maxwell and his zodiac-powered Vanguard operatives. Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame co-wrote this action-packed series opener. Graphic non-fiction introduction to the world of dinosaurs in their natural habitats and how paleontologists have unlocked the mystery of how these ancient beasts lived.
This volume from the Science Comics series is sure to fascinate ages 7 — Jam-packed with silly and obscure sports trivia, this book reads like a bickering conversation between sports-crazy A. Laugh out loud nonfiction for grades 3 — 5. Meet comic book store employees Cornelius and Alowicious who become Action Cat and Adventure Bug whenever disaster strikes.
Action packed adventures fill the chapters as they face off against Evil Cat and his fiendish friends in this graphic novel. Ages 7 — The world of back-to-school for a class of dogs. Funny photographs of real dogs acting out the oddball action are sure to make all readers laugh. A beginning reader book for Kindergarten through grade 2. Lily has lived in a small town in Maine with her grandparents since she was 2 with Lucky, her Labrador Retriever.
When Lucky, whose eyesight is failing, takes off on Lily, the only thing that stops him is Salma Santiago and her peanut butter sandwich and chips. Salma and Lily become fast friends and want to help Lucky by decorating and selling homes for Mason Bees, which are blue, just like the blueberries Salma and her family picks! When Salma enters the Downeast Blueberry Queen pageant and gets Lily and her friend Hannah who won last year to help her get ready, who will come out ahead?
Or maybe Lily? Available in CD audiobook, downloadable audiobook, and Cloud Library ebook. And they do. Everything: the family, the house—gone! Her Auntie arrives, just a little late, and realizes she must take Oddly to Fignation. Oddly is not the odd-one-out there! However, she finds being picked on may be worse than she fears. And where are her parents?! Graphic novel, start of a series. Someone has stolen the 15, nuts Squirrel hid in the hole of a tree they get counted every Sunday.
If only he had an assistant…. For 1st-3rd grade Carol. Robots are emotionless machines. When Roz the robot is marooned on a lonely island, she realizes that she must change her behavior in order to survive. For 4th — 6th grade Carol. Sophie loves books devotedly and passionately and she is a bookmender. When the people of her town turn against books and magic and nonsense of every kind, Sophie finds out that she is the storyguard and it is her job to save the world. How can a year-old bookmender save the world?
With a magic book, an enchanted knight and a thief with fantastic eyes, of course! Everyone in the Monarchy is happy, contented, successful. Everyone except Aon the glassblower and Queen Ascendant Jeniah she will be queen when her mother dies, which will be soon. In the center of the Monarchy lies the gloomy and desolate Dreadwillow Carse.
If the ruler of the Monarchy goes into the carse, the monarchy will fall. Since Jeniah cannot go, Aon volunteers to find the secret of Dreadwillow Carse. For 3rd-6th grade. This book is a lovely celebration of Ramadan and of cross-cultural understanding. A great book for a conversation about holidays and inclusiveness, especially for the K-5 crowd. A particular delight for the grades crowd. Parents who love the Moone Boy television show will want to check this out, too! Looking for some fantastic, fast summer reading?
Perfect for sunny days, rainy days, road trips, or even being stuck at home, Trickster is twenty-one legends from different indigenous cultures across America as told by storytellers from those cultures and collaboratively illustrated by a number of talented graphic artists. Great all-age appeal, but especially for grades 3 on up. The illustrations are subtle and clearly inspired by illuminated manuscripts. A lovely choice for reading before or after watching the award-winning animated film, The Secret of Kells, which features its own Pangur cat.
It has secret hiding places. Is one of them secret enough to hide the gold local history says is hidden there? Lou hopes so because her family may lose their home so a new development can be built on the land. An escaped slave with no name saves a goblin from imprisonment, earning a vow from the goblin. King Julian is broke and hopes for a rich prince to rescue Princess Alice when she is also kidnapped by Ludwig. It gets worse…and much more fun!
Moving from California to Vermont is hard enough but being half Japanese and half Black makes Mimi wonder if she will ever fit in. Being different and being smart are two big challenges for a twelve-year-old. An orphan, a runaway and hungry, Bee is caught stealing a bun from a baker. Surprisingly, the baker takes her on as an apprentice and Bee finds she loves to bake…and that the things she bakes make people feel and act differently. When she meets a princess held captive by an evil magician, her baking skills are put to the test.
Something has to change…soon. Spunky Tells All is a delightfully funny and sweet family story told from the perspective of the family's dog. It's a not-too-challenging chapter book for 2nd-3rd grade readers and also wonderful as a family read-aloud: Spunky's voice will appeal to all ages, including adults. Spunky loves Hot Tamale Sauce Flavored Tortilla Chips, getting to know his humans by smelling and feasting on their dirty socks.
But trouble has moved into his household: Fiona, the family's new cat. Spunky, whose motto is "The deep meaning of life comes from smells," takes one whiff of Fiona and smells nothing but Foolishness. She puts his Nibbles in his water bowl. She drinks from the White Pond [toilet]. Will he ever get used to--and maybe even learn to love--this foolish cat? Check out Spunky Tells All to find out and get a good peek into what it's like to be a dog.
Introduction to the Holocaust and the story of Anne Frank and her family told from the point-of-view of the Chestnut tree outside the annex where the family hid during World War II. Best for Ages 7 — Eleven year-old Wadjda desperately wants a bike to beat her buddy Abdullah in a race, despite girls being discouraged to pursue such things in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
With the hope of a green bicycle spurring her on, Wadjda cleverly finds ways to scrounge money for her dream bike, but some struggles are harder than saving for a green bike. A delightful, inspiring story for anyone who has ever wished and worked hard for something, especially upper elementary and middle school students. Pet Club Day is an exciting day. It is a day filled with dogs, cats, birds, goldfish, and maybe a hamster or two. Readers will enjoy the colorful illustrations and the solution that the kids find at the end of the story.
This picture book is also a great conversation starter on talking to children about inclusiveness, tolerance, and friendship. Panda will also enjoy this book. A fortunate find for readers ages , no matter what their luck! A great choice for early language-learners and readers in preschool to grade 2. A wonderful read that transcends language, culture, and time. For ages three and up and for anyone who enjoys a good story. A wonderful book for budding philosophers, ages 4 and up. Twenty-five experiments to amaze your family and friends are included in this fascinating introduction to physical science concepts including gravity, motion, magnetism, sound, light and electricity.
Learn the science behind these fun illusions using common household objects. Best for grades 4 — 7. Thor Heyerdahl believed that ancient Incans voyaged to South Pacific islands by raft. Nobody believed him! So in he and a crew built a wooden raft like the Incans would have had and embarked on a day voyage covering 4, miles.
Among his long-lasting contributions to improving the game was the addition of arm signals used by umpires when making calls. This not only enables deaf players participation but also makes it much easier for fans seated far from the field to follow the pitches and other action.