In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, 12-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore. By the author of the Newbery Honor book, Joey Pigza Loses Control.
Jumping off a train in Kansas to learn more about her father’s exciting past, Abilene Tucker is initially disappointed by the run-down Depression town she encounters before finding a hidden box of mementos and letters that mention a spy who played an important role in the town’s secret history.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.
Journey to an English village in 1255 where a cast of characters, from millers to maidens, are introduced through colorful portraits and personal stories, in an informative guide to the Medieval era. 80,000 first printing.
The higher power of Lucky - Susan Patron and Matt Phelan
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Check Library CatalogPub Date: 11/07/2006
Believing that her French guardian is about to abandon her to an orphanage in the city, ten-year-old Lucky runs away from her small town with her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, by her side in order to trek across the Mojave Desert to start her challenging life over one more time.
Provides a coming-of-age tale as a young girl struggles with the hardships of becoming a woman while hanging with her friends, trying to learn to drive, dealing with family dramas, and experiencing life in a new town--all while trying to find a meaningful relationship with a caring boy in the process.
An illustrated fairy tale tells the adventures of Despereaux Tilling the mouse and his two associates, Roscuro the rat and Miggery Sow, who happen upon a journey together to a castle where their destiny awaits. Reader's Guide available. 15,000 first printing.
Publisher: Hyperion Books For Children Check Library CatalogPub Date: 05/01/2002
After being accused of a crime, thirteen-year-old Crispin becomes a wanted man and so must use a new identity and keep on the run in order to stay alive, in a suspenseful middle reader set in fourteenth-century England. Teacher's Guide available. 55,000 first printing.