Josh is still flying high from his baseball team's win when his parents start talking divorce. Now his dad is challenging him to play the best of the best at the Little League World Series. With the help of two friends, Josh races to get the facts that can help keep his family together.
Readers met the comical Kevin in LIAR, LIAR AND FLAT BROKE. Kevin gets serious about Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. Finally, finally, he's worked up his courage --- he's going to ask her out. Or will his trademark scheming get in his way?
Fourteen-year-old Kevin Spencer has a huge crush on Tina Zabinski. To Kevin, Tina is “the most beautiful girl in the world.” He’s working up the courage to ask her out on a date, but every time he’s around her, he makes a fool of himself.
Nikki Maxwell isn’t at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He’s such a sweet guy! Then he tells her that the shelter is in danger of closing, and Nikki knows she can’t let that happen. Especially when she discovers a shocking secret about Brandon that makes keeping that shelter open more important than ever.
If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame. Birdie McAdam, a 10-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She's proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living.
Artie Howard has the worst first day of school in the history of first days of school. When it’s all over, he’s relieved knowing it can never happen again. Or can it? Artie relives the first day of school over and over, and there’s nothing he can do to stop it!
Seventh grader Georges moves into a Brooklyn apartment building and meets Safer, a 12-year-old self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: what is a lie, and what is a game? How far is too far to go for your only friend?
Scholarly Mangus the magician and his faithful new servant boy have been marked as easy scapegoats for the traitor lurking within King Claudio’s court. They must gather clues to solve the mystery and prove their innocence before the stroke of midnight...or face death!
The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini's act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. But when Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, his assistants, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.
For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, centering on a labyrinth and painting in the Mariner's Chamber. When fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower and sees her stepbrother, Dean, disappear, seemingly into the painting itself, she must find him and risk being drawn into the heart of the Blackhope enigma.
Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only 10 years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man named Oskar Schindler who saved Leon’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list --- a list that became world-renowned: Schindler’s List.
During what seems like an ordinary museum visit, a tour guide lures Sunni and Blaise through a painted doorway, where they discover they’ve stepped into 18th-century London. When they realize their "tour guide" will do anything to learn what Sunni and Blaise know about magical paintings, they attempt to flee and encounter body snatchers, art thieves and forgers. Can they evade their captors and figure out how to get back home before it’s too late?
In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France.
After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, Riley is assigned an actual Roman gladiator --- Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny 12-year-old, supposed to get through to him? The beautiful Messalina convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world. To accomplish this, Messalina helps Riley through a dramatic, mystical makeover.
Everyone's heard an urban legend before. They're stories that get passed from kid to kid, and nobody can quite remember where the story originated. Sometimes the story changes. Sometimes details are added, or dropped. But one thing's for sure: nobody can ever prove whether the story is true. These three stories—all set in the same New England town—address that very question: How much of an urban legend is rumor, and how much is fact?
Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island. Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables and finds a baby unicorn. Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd and something out there in the deep, dense shadows that's hunting for them...
A quiet, severely disfigured Afghan girl experiences a promising vision of her nation's future when American troops occupy her desert village and arrange surgery for her cleft lip. Based on an enlightening true story, WORDS IN THE DUST tells of a shy 13-year-old and how much her life changes because of the simple kindness of a few concerned American soldiers.
It has been far too long since we've had any hobbits, wizards or dwarfs in our lives! Starting December 13, you can travel back to Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy. This time, Bilbo, Gandalf and a host of other creatures journey across the continent to restore surly leader Thorin Oakenshield to his throne, and Legolas joins the group to help fight an epic battle.