Penny is excited to welcome her new sibling, so throughout her mom’s pregnancy she writes letters to the baby. She introduces herself and their moms. She brags about their home city, Oakland, California, and shares the trials and tribulations of being a fifth-grader. Penny asks little questions about her sibling’s development and starts to ask big questions about the world around her (like if and when her moms are ever going to get married “for real").
At the start of 1991, 11-year-old Ali Fadhil was consumed by his love for soccer, video games and American television shows. Then, on January 17, Iraq’s dictator Saddam Hussein went to war with 34 nations led by the United States. Over the next 43 days, Ali and his family survived bombings, food shortages and constant fear. Ali and his brothers played soccer on the abandoned streets of their Basra neighborhood, wondering when or if their medic father would return from the war front. Cinematic, accessible and timely, this is the story of one ordinary kid’s view of life during war.
As a baby, Levi had a disease that caused him respiratory issues. He's fine now, but his mom and brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he's always been. So when his dad --- divorced from his mom --- suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he's found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?
When Steve and Derek adopted a mini pig named Esther, they had no idea that she would turn out to be not-so-mini after all. When her new family saw just how big and wonderful Esther really was, they fell in love --- and their lives changed forever. Esther would soon grow too large for her bed, and their small apartment. She got into everything, including her neighbor's tasty garden. So the whole family moved from a small apartment to a big farm, where Esther and her animal friends could fit happily (and get into a little less mischief). Eventually, that farm would become the Happily Esther After animal sanctuary, home to rescued animals of all kinds.
Evie is heartbroken when her strict Catholic parents send her pregnant sister, Cilla, away to stay with a distant great-aunt. All Evie wants is for her older sister to come back. Forbidden from speaking to Cilla, Evie secretly sends her letters. Evie writes about her family, torn apart and hurting. She writes about her life, empty without Cilla. And she writes about the new girl in school, June, who becomes her friend, and then maybe more than a friend. Evie could really use some advice from Cilla. But Cilla isn’t writing back, and it’s time for Evie to take matters into her own hands.
She’s fought giants, clobbered dragons and now Claudette faces her biggest challenge yet…herself! Well, that and a gang of vile monsters. It all begins when Claudette’s town hosts the annual Warrior Games. After some sneaky maneuvering, Claudette manages to gets herself, Marie and Gaston chosen as her town's representatives. But none of Claudette’s past battles has prepared her for this. And to make matters worse, they must stop the vicious Sea Queen and her evil children from using the Warrior Games to free the dark Wizard Grombach and conquer the world!
One minute you can't live without them...the next minute you don't want them breathing your air! Siblings everywhere will relate to this humorous look at famous brothers and sisters whose important bonds have shaped their accomplishments...(mostly) for the better. Almost everyone has a juicy story about their siblings --- even famous people. Meet those who got along, those who didn't and everyone in between!
The Second World War was the most devastating war in history. Up to 80 million people died, and the map of the world was redrawn. More than 70 years after peace was declared, children interviewed family and community members to learn about the war from people who were there, to record their memories before they were lost forever. Now, in a unique collection, RAF pilots, evacuees, resistance fighters, Land Girls, U.S. Navy sailors and survivors of the Holocaust and the Hiroshima bombing all tell their stories, passing on the lessons learned to a new generation. Featuring many vintage photographs, this moving volume also offers an index of contributors and a glossary.
Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's home at the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?
Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, siblings who want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward --- and the thanks of all Mexico. What better way to honor her father! But the brother and sister have a secret. Do they really want to return the ring, or are they after something else entirely?