by Jacqueline Davies Year Published:
A sibling rivalry gone sour adds zest to this relatable and fast-paced story about a competition between lemonade stands—run by a people-smart brother and his numbers-smart sister.
by Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke Year Published:
This book uses the letters of the alphabet to help young and old see the many simple ways they can fill the buckets of others and have their own buckets filled in return. When children become bucket fillers, they get the key to happiness…for it is in friendship, love, and goodwill to others that people are truly happy.
by Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published:
It's 1936, the height of the Great Depression. Life is not easy for anyone. For Bud Caldwell, it's been especially tough. He's lived in an orphanage and two foster homes since he was six. Now he's ten, and a caseworker is sending him to his third home.
This one will be his last. As he leaves the orphanage, Bud has no tears left for crying. What he does have is a tattered suitcase that contains his most valuable possessions: a picture of his dead momma, a bag of rocks, and the flyer for a jazz band
Bud believes that Herman E. Calloway is his father. And starting today, he's going to look for him.
From hopping onto trains to stealing cars, Bud is setting off on a journey that will change his life and his future. Although he experiences cruelty, he also finds great kindness in the train stations, missions, libraries, and shantytowns he visits along the way.
Will Bud every find his father? What shocking family secret will he discover? And will he ever have a real home?
Come along on the remarkable journey of a courageous boy who doesn't give up hope as he searches for the only family he has left.
by Mike Thaler Year Published:
It's time for the end-of-semester field trip, and everyone wants to go to Dizzyland—except Hubie, who votes for the petting zoo. He's afraid to go on the rides because they all have names that sound like natural disasters, and after all, he falls off swings and gets dizzy in elevators. But when he arrives at the park, Hubie accidentally gets on the scariest ride of them all—which really impresses his classmates and helps him realize that roller coasters are nothing to be afraid of.
by Leon Leyson Year Published:
Leon Leyson was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leon was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, that saved Leon Leyson's life and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings. Schindler added their names to the list of workers in his factory—a list that became known around the world.
This, the only memoir published by a former "Schindler's list" child, perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who experiences the unthinkable. Most notable is the lack of anger and the abundance of dignity in Mr. Leyson's telling.
by Ellen Raskin Year Published:
Sixteen people have been invited to the reading of eccentric millionaire Samuel W. Westing's will. It's an odd assortment of heirs—there's an inventor, a track star, a bird watcher, a bomber, a burglar, and…a mistake. They've all come to stake their claim to the Westing fortune, but instead of an inheritance, they get some stunning news: one of them is Sam Westing's murderer, and the entire fortune will go to the heir who solves the crime!
The heirs (and the mistake) are broken up into pairs, with each team receiving a clue. Together the clues point to the murderer. The game is on, and the suspicious heirs try to outwit each other and uncover all the pieces of the puzzle. Bombs will go off, secret identities will be revealed, and shins will be kicked. There's 200 million dollars and an empire of paper products at stake. But are the heirs really competing against each other, or against Sam Westing himself?
Witty wordplay, spectacular surprises, and a mismatched cast of comical characters make this raucous mystery an all-time classic.
by Valerie Hobbs Year Published:
For 12-year-old Lucy Crandall, the last week of August is the most perfect time in the world. It's the week she gets to spend with Grams at the lake house, canoeing, baking cookies, and glazing pots in Grams's potting shed. Grams has a way of making Lucy feel centered, like one of the pots on her kick wheel—perfect, steady, and completely at peace. But this summer, Grams doesn't seem to be exactly the person she once was. And as the week turns into a roller coaster of surprises—some good, some awful—Lucy can't help but wonder: Will things ever be centered again?