On a clear, warm Sunday, April 14, 1935, a wild wind whipped up dust to form a duster --- a savage storm --- on America's high southern plains. The sky turned black, sand-filled winds scoured the paint off houses and cars, trains derailed, and electricity coursed through the air. Sand and dirt fell like snow --- people got lost in the gloom and suffocated...and that was just the beginning.
Marie Claire, aka the Rat, is a dancing, soccer-loving and utterly fearless 10-year-old from the flatlands of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her older brother Bob is Protector of the Rat (but more often her follower). When their father dies and leaves them orphans, Bob is determined to build a new and better life for him and his sister in New York, home of their estranged uncle. But finding your uncle is nearly impossible if all you know about him is that he’s one the city’s biggest drug dealers.
Ten-year-old Samantha “Sweet Feet” Gordon isn’t just a girl who plays football. She’s also the best player in a league full of boys and has become an online sensation. Readers will hear Sam Gordon’s take on her love of football, her rise to fame and her hopes for the future in this exciting autobiography full of stories and photos that will inspire all kids to go for their dreams.
Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
Watch out, you diabolical masterminds! There's a new detective on Pancake Court: Bean! She laughs at danger! She solves even the most mysterious mysteries! What? There aren't any mysteries? Then Bean and her assistant, Ivy, will make some!
Eel has troubles of his own: As an orphan and a "mudlark," he spends his days in the filthy River Thames, searching for bits of things to sell. But even for Eel, things aren't so bad until that fateful August day in 1854 --- the day the Great Trouble begins. Mr. Griggs, the tailor, is the first to get sick, and soon it's clear that the deadly cholera --- the "blue death" --- has come to Broad Street.
When a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take a surprising turn. Unable to speak, the boy Jacob can't explain his history. All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for him. THE BOY ON THE PORCH is a singular story about opening your heart and discovering home in unexpected places.
Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back --- and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip --- along with art, music and LEGO classes --- to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help.