When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
Having had little interest in being pampered, snuggled, and cared for by his owners, the adventurous Mr. Pusskins heads out into the world to seek what he really craves, but after getting involved with the wrong group of cats, Mr. Pusskins begins to long for the loving family he left behind.
Takes readers on a rollicking ride through the world of Dr. Seuss, revealing the extraordinary man behind two of the most popular children's books ever written—The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back—that teach reading, poetry, politics, ethics, comics, history —and even conartistry.
When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.
Fearing that her legal guardian plans to abandon her to return to France, ten-year-old aspiring scientist Lucky Trimble determines to run away while also continuing to seek the Higher Power that will bring stability to her life.
Jess Aarons is the fastest runner in his class — until a newcomer, the tomboyish Leslie, challenges him. Not only is Leslie a tomboy; she's also an atheist and a misfit at their school. But after that rough beginning, Jess and Leslie become close friends, inventing together the magical forest kingdom of Terabithia. A story of friendship, imagination and learning to deal with tragedy.
In this magical novel written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, 12-year-old Hugo is an orphan, clock-keeper and petty thief living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. Before he died, his father left him a broken automaton, and Hugo labors to uncover the secret hidden inside the machine.
When he gets blamed by his neighbors for just about everything that goes wrong inside the Peaceable Building, little Eddie becomes frustrated by all the complaints and so begins a campaign to show everyone just how easy it is to get along with one another!
Based on Indian fables and folktales from around the world, this well-known author has compiled a series of stories about an array of animals, including the rhinoceros, whale, and cat—enhanced with rich drawings from various illustrators, including Satoshi Kitamura and Peter Sís.
In a celebration of letters, imaginative creatures are introduced for each letter of the alphabet, but before long, a group of numbers crash the story and try to carry out their plans to turn the text into a counting book. 200,000 first printing. $200,000 ad/promo.
After losing his grandfather's pocket watch, Alex journeys to the Blue Moon, a place where earthlings search for lost items, where he meets a vast array of eccentric characters, some good and some bad, and gains a new perspective on the concept of time.
Although his father is a minister, Hong Kil Dong cannot work for the government because his mother is a commoner, and he decides instead to use his training and magic powers to help the oppressed peasants.
Presents an ancient Sumerian tale about the youngest and weakest of eight brothers who, caught up in an ill-advised war, uses his wits and courage and eventually becomes king. 10,000 first printing. Jr Lib Guild.
The creators of Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs present information about prehistoric sharks and other sea creatures, including the pterygotus, megalodon, and hybodus, in a book with more than thirty-five pop-ups. 300,000 first printing.
In graphic format, the author shares her story of how, after being diagnosed with flat feet, she decided to take ballet classes at the age of six and was accepted to the School of American Ballet when she was eleven.
When Leo Caraway, president of the Young Republicans Club, gets his scholarship to Harvard taken away, he turns to his real father, a lead singer in a punk rock band whom Leo has just recently learned is his father, in hopes that dad will pay for his tuition, but Leo's summer job as the band's roadie teaches him a lot about his dad, his friends, and himself.
When she is tricked by her stepfather and sold into prostitution, thirteen-year-old Lakshmi becomes submerged in a nightmare where her only comfort is the friendship she forms with the other girls, which helps her survive—and eventually escape. Reader's Guide available.
When Maud is chosen by the seemingly sweet Miss Hyacinth and her sister, she, excited to leave the orphanage, finds her new home a place of corruption and cruelty when she is forced to help stage elaborate seances to swindle wealthy patrons out of their money.
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang's funny and sensitive drawings weave together the stories of Jin Wang, a Chinese-American kid who just wants to fit in at his new school; basketball player Danny, whose life is bedeviled by his stereotypical cousin Chin-Kee; and the mythical Monkey King, whose desire to become a god gets him in rather a lot of trouble.
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Told in free verse and set against a background of street gangs and poverty in Harlem, this powerful novel follows seventeen-year-old African American Damien as he takes a bold step to ensure that he and his new love, Junice, will be together—forever.
A seventeen-year-old soldier from central Virginia records his experiences in a journal as his regiment takes part in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and subsequent battles to liberate France
Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.