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Come and meet Alice. Here she is on the brink of being a teenager and discovering that life is just one big embarrassment. Things are not made any easier by the fact that she has no female role model - Alice's mother died when she was four - so there is just her father and older brother - and what could they possibly know about being a girl and growing up? Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's lively, witty style, mixed with poignance and percepton, has captured the essence of adolescent anxieties as we follow Alice through the trials and tribulations of growing up.
Come and meet Alice. Here she is on the brink of being a teenager and discovering that life is just one big embarrassment. Things are not made any easier by the fact that she has no female role model - Alice's mother died when she was four - so there is just her father and older brother - and what could they possibly know about being a girl and growing up? Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's lively, witty style, mixed with poignance and perception, has captured the essence of adolescent anxieties as we follow Alice through the trials and tribulations of growing up. In the spring of year 8, Alice decides she is 'in-between' - neither child nor woman. She waits for beauty to blossom - but realises that 'in-between' may not be such a bad place to be, when Pamela acts too old for her age during a trip to Chicago and attracts some unwanted attention. Alice is glad that she's a teenager at last, but she's also happy that she does not yet have to face some of the problems - mostly with girls - that her brother faces, or even her father. For anyone who is in-between (and who isn't?), this is a book to savour.
Now that she's done with first grade, Elisa has lots of time to prove she can do anything her older brother, Russell, can do. With the family's big vacation coming up, Elisa finds plenty of ways to show Russell that just because he's older, doesn't mean he's better. But topping Russell is one thing. What will happen when it's up to Elisa to save the day for the whole family?
Harry's dog ate his first library card.
His dad washed Harry's second card with the laundry.
Harry promised he would put his third card in a safe place.
"I hope so, Harry," the librarian said, "because it is the last card I am giving you this year."
But he lost the card, and now Harry is in trouble!
Harry's Aunt Rose is getting married, and Harry is going to be herring bearer. Harry's never been to a wedding before. When his friend Dorcas tells him the terrible things that happened to her at her Uncle Fred's wedding, Harry thinks he'd rather skip the whole thing.
But the wedding finally comes, and everything runs smoothly...at first!
No-one believes that Katie is being bullied. One day she is cornered by Ivy and her fellow bullies on the town dump. Katie is terrified, but suddenly a girl called Zan rises from the rubbish to Katie's defence. But Zan is not willing to talk to Katie. Eventually Katie discovers the truth about Zan.
"By the time WWII ended in Europe, the Blumenthal family--Marion, her brother Albert, and their parents--had lived in a succession of refugee, transit, and prison camps for more than six years, not only surviving but staying together....This gripping memoir is written in spare, powerful prose that vividly depicts the endless degradation and humiliation suffered by the Holocaust's innocent victims, as well as the unending horror of life in the camps. It's also an ennobling account of the triumph of the human spirit, as seen through a child's eyes."--Kirkus Reviews. Bibliography.
Self-Esteem expert Jack Canfield and noted educational speaker Miriam Laundry reveal that the biggest bully in a child's world is not lurking around the corner but living inside her head.
Words have power. The words others say to us can either lift us as high as the clouds, or drop us down like a crashing plane. But what about the words we tell ourselves? What about that constantly running inner voice? In truth, what we say to ourselves impacts us even more than what others say to us.
"Pigtails are for babies!" she snarled at me. Her words hurt more than the time I broke my arm. I quickly untied my hair. I wore my hair down for the rest of the school year.
That was the first time I met the Big Bad Bully. . . . She called me names like "fatty," "piglet" and "ugly." Things are worse now that I am in the 6th grade. Even when I don't see her, I can always hear the whispers, the giggles, and the growls.
So goes the mesmerizing story of a young girl who grows up with a voice that ridicules and demeans her. In the end, we discover that her tormentor is staring back at her every day in the mirror.
Featuring stunning artwork, this small yet profound book is a tool for engaging children, young adolescents, parents, and caring adults about the impressions they make on themselves with their thoughts and self-talk. Included are powerful workbook exercises and resources for implementing healthy self-esteem habits that can last a lifetime.
Even in his wildest nightmares, Martin could never have predicted what would happen when his family sign up for two day's trekking in the National Park during their holiday on the beautiful island of Santa Clara. They've barely set off when their car is waylaid and Martin, his parents and another family are stopped at gunpoint and bundled into a lorry that heads for the dense forest. The captives are pushed to their physical and emotional limits as they are forced further into the wild terrain, away from any possible rescue. But during their ordeal, the hostages come to understand something of the harsh political backdrop to life on Santa Clara, and the events that have shaped the lives of their captors and fuelled their actions. Martin discovers deep feelings for Louise, the other teenager caught up in the nightmare, only to have to watch her growing love for Ramon, the youngest hostage-taker. Captives is a wonderfully written, deeply engaging story about ten people thrown together under extraordinary circumstances and with devastating consequences - a story that will resonate with the reader long afterwards.
In the tradition of Clementine and Ramona Quimby, meet Bat. Author Elana K. Arnold returns with another irresistible story of friendship in this widely acclaimed series starring an unforgettable boy on the autism spectrum. For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He's the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world--even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor. When Janie gets a part in the school play and can't watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal. He just has to make it to the night of Janie's performance. . . . --School Library Journal
"Our house, in Little Italy, shared a wall with the Rossis' next
door, and our clothesline connected with the Pilettis' behind us.
My mother used to say that if one of the neighbours' houses was
swallowed up by hell, we would all be pulled down with them."
"From the Hardcover edition."
Erica leaps into action, persuading her family and friends to get together a petition during the summer holidays to save the tree. But summer turns into autumn, and there is no response to the petition. Then one cold winter morning, the workmen turn up to chop down the tree. But Erica's efforts have not been in vain - her Dreaming Tree is transported to her very own front garden.
My monster mama loves me so!
At once tender and funny, this monster bedtime story is guaranteed to generate giggles, tickles, and plenty of monster hugs.
Jacques Papier thinks that everyone hates him. After all, teachers ignore him when he raises his hand in class, nobody ever picks him for sports teams, and his sister, Fleur, keeps having to remind their parents to set a place for him at the dinner table. But then Jacques discovers an uncomfortable truth: He is NOT Fleur's brother; he's her imaginary friend! And so begins Jacques' quest for identity … what do you do when you realise that the only reason you exist is because of someone else's imagination? The whimsical "autobiography" of an imaginary friend who doesn't know he's imaginary - perfect for fans of Toy Story, The Imaginary and Moone Boy.
From debut voice A.B. Rutledge comes a quirky and completely fresh story of young love, loss, and the drastic distances we sometimes have to travel in order to move on, perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Jandy Nelson. Explores gender nonconformity and the spectrum of sexual preference in an authentic way.
It's been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a talented and dazzling transgender girl. Eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support. Now Miles isn't sure who he is without her, but knows it's time to figure out how to say goodbye.
He books a solo trip to Iceland but then has a hard time leaving the refuge of his hotel room. After a little push from Oskar, a local who is equal parts endearing and aloof, Miles decides to honor Vivian's life by photographing her treasured Doc Martens standing empty against the surreal landscapes. With each step he takes, Miles finds his heart healing--even as he must accept that Vivian, still in a coma, will never recover.
Told through a series of instant messages to Vivian, this quirky and completely fresh novel explores love, loss, and the drastic distances we sometimes have to travel in order to move on.
In the hotly-awaited sequel to the hysterical Swim The Fly, Coop finds himself partnered with social outcast 'Hot Dog' Helen for a class project on safe sex.
Desperate to find a way of saving his rep, Coop decides that winning the school Battle of the Bands contest is the perfect solution.
Surely the small fact that neither he nor his best friends, Sean and Matt, can actually play an instrument won't stop them achieving rock-and-roll awesomeness...
Osebo the leopard has a magnificent drum, but he won't let anyone else have it - not even Nyame the Sky-God. So Nyame offers a big reward to the animal who will bring him the drum. This tale from West Africa features illustrations adapted from the author's own shadow puppets.
A powerful novel in verse about fitting in, standing out, defining your own self-worth, and what it takes to keep a fracturing family whole.
Virtual twins Linc and Holly were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents' daughter biologically, it's smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family's high-achieving model of academic success.
Linc is desperate to pursue photography, to find a place of belonging, and for her family to accept her for who she is, despite her surgeon mother's constant disapproval and her growing distance from Holly. So when she comes up with a plan to use her photography interests and skills to do better in school--via a project based on Seneca Village, a long-gone village in the space that now holds Central Park, where all inhabitants, regardless of race, lived together harmoniously--Linc is excited and determined to prove that her differences are assets, that she has what it takes to make her mother proud. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother's love is worth obtaining.
A novel in verse that challenges the way we think about family and belonging.
This sensitive story is about the relationship between LaVaughn, a 12-year-old girl determined to escape the poverty of her upbringing, and a struggling single mother for whom she babysits. It explores themes of friendship, family and young women determined to build a future for themselves.
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