Eleven-year-old Elise converses with animals. Her twin brother, Frankie, unwittingly opens portals to other worlds. As if fitting in with their strange abilities at St. Dominic’s Children’s Home wasn’t hard enough, sinister men appear one day in search of the twins. Aided by their formidable librarian, Frankie and Elise evade capture and flee across the country. They find themselves in hiding on a Texas ranch with a quirky physicist and his tall, dark, and mysterious wife. There, the twins learn that the men searching for them are enemies of the father they never knew they had, the ruler of a faraway kingdom. The kingdom of Stromboden is so far away in fact, it’s not even in this reality. The children must stay hidden from their hunters long enough for the doorway to their world to reopen for escape, but their unique talents rustle up clues that the ranch may not be the safe haven that it seems.
A magical partnership between a cat and a boy. A mysterious plot years in the making. Will they uncover the truth before it’s too late? If you love edge-of-your-seat action, intriguing espionage, and a bit of magic, then you’ll love this animal adventure story for ages 9 and up.
Join Sam as she embarks on her first big adventure in this middle-grade mystery full of fun, suspense...and just the right amount of spying! Sam is a middle school girl living a normal life-except when she is occasionally bullied for the differences kids perceive in her. Sam has Down syndrome. See how she and her brother John work together to find some stolen money, help a new friend and escape real danger in this exciting adventure!
The first book in the Sonny the Wonder Dog series is Sonny from Outer Space. A climate change forces the residents of planet Zana to find new places to live so they don't starve. Zonny decides he is going to go to Earth and takes on the identity of Sonny the Shih-Tzu. Once on Earth, he is immediately found by seven-year-old Pamela and welcomed into her home. Sonny has an immediate bond with Pamela but can’t help but feel alone when he learns of the Earth customs. He wants desperately to fit in here, but he quickly sees he isn’t like the other dogs. Will Sonny ever feel at home on Earth?
Meet Kinzie. She has a bunch of fun loving, slightly smelly, Monsters that live in her room. They never let her sleep at night. But that’s ok, her parents always help her out. Until one day they decide it’s time she learns to sleep on her own. What will Kinzie do about her Monsters? What To Do About Your Monsters is a heartfelt story about a girl who has sleep issues. At its core, however, the story is not just about having problems sleeping, but about being afraid to try something new.
The former Archangel of the arts, Lord Xuohs, has been deceiving dwellers of many lands in order to be allowed inside them. When Xuohs enters these lands, it redesigns these places in many ways, such as changing the color of the sky, repositioning rainbows, reforming flat oceans into fortresses, making frozen wastelands into festive paradises, manipulating gravity, and even creating new species. It does this by painting with its paintbrush on its wondrous canvas—everything Xuohs paints on this canvas becomes the reality of the land. Now it’s up to three young heroes, Asmund Cranite (wielder of the sword of the spirit), Tait Astron (user of astronomical miracles from above), and Eydis Virtue (summoner of three heavenly beasts), to step up and fight against this deceitful evil before it conquers the entire world without any resistance. They will journey through many lands that have been transformed by the archfiend’s magic, such as green oceans with giant anglerfishes, mystical forest-mountains with werewolf tree-nymphs, and valleys of rainbows and mysterious berries with talking coach roaches. The three young heroes face many challenges along their adventures, but who says they can’t have an absolute blast while doing it? They’ve never been more excited about anything in their entire lives. There has never been a quest like this and Asmund, Tait, and Eydis can’t wait to see what they’ll discover out in this massive world of awe and wonders.
Fourteen-year-old Swift loves the study of medicine. His interest is almost a match to his fascination for sea myths—particularly for the Star of Atlantis, a lost relic from Welsh pirate history. In struggling to “grow up,” Swift sets his sights on competing for a seat in a highly selective internship, for young students aspiring to someday read medicine, until… Swift’s former best friend, Ash, discovers a centuries-old Norse pirate treasure. And on sickening interviews, Ash reveals that his discovery contains a clue to the whereabouts of a treasure far greater: the legendary Star of Atlantis. To chase his oldest dream and lay his hands on the Star of Atlantis, Swift must cobble together the few leads that hint where it might rest. If he’s to beat Ash to the treasure, he must put his sailing skills to the test, contending with treacherous Welsh sea coves and caverns. And he must size up his own fortitude, his own capabilities, or lack thereof—for the search for the Star of Atlantis might mean lost friendships, lost dreams, and even lost life.
It's a rainy day...what's a kid to do? Play outside in the rain of course! Mom is usually willing to enjoy the fun, but today, she hasn't even showered yet. When her daughter persists, mom gives in and simply showers in the rain! Join in on the fun any mom can have by going back to being a kid at heart with this whimsical story about a mom trying to handle it all and a child just trying to have a good morning in the rain!
Meet Nosey Charlie, a spunky little squirrel who grew up in the country. He became an orphan and moved to the city to live with his aunt, uncle, and his cousin, Pete. Charlie desperately wants to know everything about the people and strange objects in the city, and he doesn’t understand that he can’t always go wherever he likes. Mama Leticia (his aunt) tries to teach Charlie to be careful, and ask Cousin Pete to keep on eye on him. But Charlie is too nosey, and curiosity gets the better of him. He goes where he shouldn’t—checking out garbage bags in the park—and this time poor Cousin Pete gets hurt. The Nosey Charlie adventures will make you laugh and sniffle, and sometimes cheer Charlie along as he explores his new environment and finds himself in desperate situations.
How To Prepare Your Child To Cope With The Life and Death Situation Arising From A Home Emergency.
Accidents and emergencies can unravel even the strongest of us, and can be exceptionally frightening to a child. Family pets have often proved to be rescuers and a calming source of strength in hard situations.
They may not have superpowers like Sam in the story of Lights Out, but they do tend to hold the heart of a hero under their fur. This story provides a great opportunity to introduce emergency procedures, and even establish a personal plan with your family, should such measures ever be needed.
1930’s rural Australia. Baddar, a wild hearted 7 years old would tell you he is special. As the blood grandchild of the last Afghan cameleer and his wife, Rose, an aboriginal woman, Baddar knew he was destined for more. Bored of small-town life and overwhelmed by childlike curiosity, his ancestor's tales of tribesmen and cameleers is all he needs to fuel his imagination. Desperate to gain the respect of both his families, Baddar often finds himself conflicted on his identity. His struggle with his dual heritage appears to be just some of the reasoning behind his rebellious nature as he combats with the ideas of being identified as either an “Afghan Tribesman” or an “Aboriginal Cameleer”. As Baddar and his friends strive for adventure always lands them into tremendous trouble, which never pleases their fellow townsfolk. But, when trouble comes to Willow Vale in the form of a devastating bushfire that threatens to destroy their town, it’s the children of Willow Vale Rural School that may be the only ones who can save the town’s residence and find their places within the community
My first zit … my first bra … my first kiss. My birth mom missed them all. She should have been there to tell me it was fine, to reassure me and hold my hand when I got scared. Instead, now I’ll never get the chance to meet her because my dad’s moving us two thousand miles away—to California. But she needs to know what’s happening. She has to understand what’s going on in my life, what’s important to me and why I act like I do from time to time. That’s why I started this diary. It’s a collection of my thoughts, wishes, fears and desires. Hundreds of them, from the past 11 years, all committed to paper and meant for the eyes of just one person. My mom…
No Laces! That’s what Boo, the bunny, always says. He doesn’t want to learn to tie them. He has plenty of shoes for every occasion and none of them have laces or strings. So, what’s the point of learning to tie? His friend, Farah Fox, convinces him that it’s a skill he can use. . . and one that might make him happier, too. This book is meant to be a parent-child activity. Youngsters can read Boo’s story and their parents can help with the how-to-tie instruction pages. A fun shoelace-themed “I Did It” badge is included at the back of the book to give in celebration of conquering this difficult task.
The fantastical adventure of a young blind girl who is propelled on a perilous journey to find her realm's missing king. ***************************** "It's one thing to hear monsters bump in the night. It's quite another to never be able to light a lamp and chase them away." Essie Brightsday has never heard a rock basilisk scream. She has never worn magical armor, stood up to a queen, or run from dragons. Instead, Essie, her sarcastic cat Tigrabum, (just call him "Tig"), and her secretive family struggle to survive on their small farm nestled against the forbidding cliffs of the Valley of Fire. But all that is about to change when a rebellion against the cruel interim ruler is sparked. Forced to flee for their lives, Essie and Tig lose themselves in the twisting labyrinth of the ancient lava flow. When Essie finds proof that the missing King Mactogonii may be alive, she is given the opportunity to help restore stability to the kingdom. But the course of her journey will force her to face her deepest fears and unravel the mystery behind her own blindness...if Essie can survive the encounter. ********************* A Hero's Curse is the first novel in The Unseen Chronicles, a fantastical series brimming with fast-paced action, adventuresome mystery and surprising friendships, all propelled by an inventive and unique story concept. If you enjoyed the Gregor the Overlander series, this is the story of a reluctant character (this time a girl) assuming the role of a hero. Like Fabl ...
Ten-year-old Swift is weary of being “the Lad,” and he longs to feel a sense of belonging with his three older brothers. When a chance strikes to go night fishing together on their father's mighty brigantine, the Regulus, it seems the perfect chance for Swift to prove himself. When night falls, however, when stars rise and the fishing begins—as Swift ventures into the wilds of the sea and its creatures—a sense of alienation creeps in. To realize his place in the strange water world, he must summon the courage to confront the North Atlantic with all its savagery. And to learn what it means to be one of four brothers, Swift must rally the bravery to reveal to them, at the heart, who he is. Come sail the North Atlantic with Swift and his family in this poignant coming-of-age novelette.
Oliver Griffon can’t stay out of trouble. And he’s gotten into a heap of it this time. In the waning days of October, strange magical events happen around Orchard Hollow, the little town where Oliver lives. He soon finds himself and his friends cursed to die on Halloween by the town witch. But other mysterious forces are at work around Oliver, too. If he and his friends play their cards right, they might be able to remove the witch’s curse. If not, this Halloween will be their last.
Ivan Morrow has spent his short life waiting for things to happen. Now something has happened. An unknown ancestor has entrusted him with something of great value and it has gone missing. But who stole it and how to get it back? He's grown extraordinarily over the last year since turning eleven, but his mind is stuck in a kid-sized brain. Now he must match wits with a desperate thief if he is to honour the trust placed in him by his distant relative. "IVAN THE GIANT uses a concrete mystery to spur abstract philosophical musings, resulting in a unique coming-of-age detective story." - IndieReader "A measured, engrossing story that turns philately into a quiet mystery." - Kirkus
Some memories refuse to stay buried... On Christmas Eve, a car accident leaves Carly Perez without a mom. A year later, Carly's life is nearly back to normal -- except for the fractured images that plague her dreams. When her father insists on spending the holidays in Guatemala with relatives Carly's never met, she is less than thrilled. But she reluctantly boards the plane anyway. That's where she first sees the man with the scarred face. She could swear she has seen him before, but when? Where? In Guatemala, Carly meets Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe her trip won't be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly's past holds her back -- memories that will not be forgotten, and a secret about her mother's accident that is hidden in her subconscious. And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there, driving that unwelcome secret to the surface. Petals is a YA suspense novel that will keep you turning pages.
Immerse your child in the sweet and gentle world of teddy bears with three complete picture books. Each of these bedtime stories is fully illustrated with simple and cheerful colored pencil illustrations of teddy bear families, giving the whimsical effect of a completed coloring book. The following titles are featured: The Flag Keeper (also available in paperback), Victoria Rose and the Big Bad Noise, and Sticker Shoes.
"Jalina (5 yo) loves Musiville. She's decided she wants to learn to play a musical instrument, but doesn't know which one yet." ~ S.K. Nicholls A group of animals has evolved into musical instruments and have formed their own little village: Musiville. When everyone starts playing their own tune, however, an invader starts tearing down their buildings. Who can save Musiville from this unexpected threat? This is the second children's book of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of the multiple award-winner Runaway Smile.
★Moonbeam Children's Book Award - Bronze Medal Winner★ He'd do anything for his dad. She'd do anything for her brother. How far will they go to help each other? Ryan Rojas would do anything to make his dad proud, including give up what he loves most: music. But the pressure of living up to his parents’ expectations is too much to bear. After getting suspended for doing drugs on campus, Ryan is determined to prove himself and get back into school—no matter the cost. Like Ryan, Penny Tate has also put her dreams on hold for someone she loves. She’s been offered a basketball scholarship to the nation’s top academy for young athletes, but as long as her troubled older brother needs her, she refuses to enroll. Once Ryan and Penny’s paths cross, things start looking up for both of them. But when tragedy strikes, they must find the courage to pursue their dreams and grow their friendship into something more. Memorable is a contemporary coming-of-age novel about the challenges of mental illness and the quest for identity.
Petulya, a fairy on the world Fyelda, wishes to become a wizard. She steals a magical item from her local wizard and flies through a portal to another world, where she is chased around by dragons.
The Nosey Charlie Adventures Boxset combines 3 books in one for your reading pleasure. The amazing Nosey Charlie Adventures will make you laugh, and sniffle, and hold your breath. In book # 1, you meet Charlie, a spunky little squirrel who grew up in the country. He became an orphan and moved to the city to live with his aunt, uncle, and his cousin, Pete. In book # 2, Charlie disappears. From the first day Charlie came to live in a little park in the city, he became fascinated with the gleaming white building next door. From then on, curiosity ran away him. In book # 3, the indomitable Nosey Charlie is at it again! It is summertime. He is tantalized by the aroma of hot dogs being cooked by a sidewalk vendor near the fence that surrounds the park. He would love to eat some. But are hot dog wieners good for squirrels?
Sam is an eight-grade girl living a regular life, enjoying her family, school and traveling. She doesn't feel different but sometimes others treat her differently because she has Down syndrome. Sam's private journal chronicles what begins as a summer vacation...and turns into a brand new adventure, filled with friendship, mystery and a secret island. Dr. Sean Adelman crafts this second book in the series with themes of diversity, acceptance and growing up. Readers will laugh, learn and hold their breath along with Sam as a simple stay at the beach becomes more exciting than she ever imagined.
Video games don’t train you for real-world dragon fighting. 100+ five-star reviews. Experience it for yourself! Andy Smithson just found out how much the zap of a wizard's curse can sting. But after an epically bad day, he finds wizards are the least of his problems. An otherworldly force draws him to a medieval world where fire-breathing dragons, deranged pixies, and vengeful spirits are the way of things. Trading his controller for a sword of legend, Andy embarks upon an epic quest to break a centuries-old curse oppressing the land. It isn't chance that plunges him into the adventure though, for he soon discovers ancestors his parents have kept hidden from him are behind the curse. Blast of the Dragon's Fury is a coming-of-age, epic fantasy adventure featuring fast-paced action, sword fights, laugh-out-loud humor, with a few life lessons thrown in.
Mojo was a Dodo but his real name was Colin, that’s because dodos weren't allowed to have unusual names. It was just one of the 127 dodo rules Colin had to follow. But Colin was different. He was always asking questions and one day he discovered that the most important Dodo rule wasn't right at all. Beautifully illustrated by Essex artist John Hepburn, Dodos Don’t Fly is a story for all ages. If you have ever dreamed so hard you have wished the world away, then this is the book for you.
Join the party!! Megan Thompson is turning fourteen! Around caring for her growing kittens and helping her mom plan her birthday slumber party, Megan is pet sitting. This time she is caring for Bentley Stevenson, a German Shepard mix that doesn't trust many people. He made up to Megan at the Furry Friend Clinic, but how will he react to Megan in his house? Will this ninety-two-pound dog behave for Megan on their multiple daily walks? Megan can't wait for her birthday party, but first she has to keep Bentley safe until the Stevenson's return.
Facing extinction, the Metal-Horned Unicorns of MarBryn are desperate for hope. Any hope. . .So when the Oracle reveals the prophecy promising just that, the remaining members of the tribe pin their future on the birth of a young foal. Hope becomes despair when the baby unicorn is born without metal. . .because without metal there is no magic. And without magic, this little blue newborn has no chance to defeat the evil sorcerer that has imprisoned all of MarBryn. Magh’s rule proves both harsh and brutal and by the time Blue comes of age there are only twelve metal-horns left in all of MarBryn. Eleven can claim some form of metal based magic. . .but one must get by on sheer grit, will, and the desire to avenge his parents untimely deaths. Like most of the metal-horns, Blue disregards the prophecy as nonsense, but driven by his insecurities, he covertly trains for a fight he’s ill-equipped to win.And then hope comes back around. For Blue…For the Metal Horn Unicorns of MarBryn …But can a unicorn with no metal … no magic … answer the call of fate? The Blue Unicorn's Journey To Osm Illustrated book was a feast for the eyes but the story was short. This novel is the expanded version of that story.
Feelu is a fun adventure that can improve children's mental health. It helps children to explore their feelings and handle them in a healthy manner. Feelu also encourages children to be kind and mindful, and to relax their bodies and minds. It also gives suggestions for how to react to bullying. Feelu's goal is to spread love, kindness and happiness by promoting the mental health of all children, including those with autism and special needs. This book is accompanied by the Feelu iOS app. Feelu is produced by Black Whale Technology Inc., a software company focused on designing high-quality apps for kids. For more information, please follow @blackwhale.tech on Instagram or visit http://www.blackwhale.tech
Beautiful Zentangle Colouring Book - perfect way to relax. It helps to unwind stress and anxiety disorders.
A convention for magicians! Mages and illusionists casting spells and performing spectacular tricks! The perfect annual event for every magical family! Except for someone like Jack Roberts. His mother is The Great Linda, a woman who can’t die. His dad has the power to heal. His sister can bend people to her will. But Jack has no such magic up his sleeve. He’s about as ordinary as can be. In fact, the annual Magicians’ Convention is the very last place on Earth he wants to hang out. Then Jack discovers there might be a way for him to gain magic after all. How far will Jack go in his desperate quest for magic? And who can he trust? See where it all began in The Greatest Magician, a prequel following the adventures of young Jack and his family years before the events of The Magicians’ Convention.
Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award, in the Young Adult Fiction category. Award-Winning Finalist in the "Children's Fiction" category of the 2015 International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in the 2015 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. "I woke up this morning and I had lost my smile and it wasn't my fault and I looked everywhere and it was gone. Then I met a workman and a king and the best salesman in the world and a clown and no-one wanted to give me theirs. At school, I asked Miss to give me hers, but she gave us a pop quiz instead, and then no-one was smiling and..." A little boy's smile runs away until it owner learns that an unshared smile is a wasted smile.
Petulya salvages a magical key and graduates from wizardry classes. Hapgood uses his magic as best he can to help save Calliope, who has been grabbed by a mysterious rider. Lilyac appears to have run away with a young elf, but instead she has been kidnapped. Trink and Obrigay have gone missing. Petulya partially decodes a note that says Janolo is trapped on the dragon world. Petulya tries to rescue him, but to do that she has to return to the world where she was nearly killed.
Welcome to the thrilling Magical Beasts YA fantasy series. If you love fantasy thrillers with nonstop action, powerful heroines, quirky tough heroes, and a ton of magical beasts, you will love The Guardians.
A go-kart accident. Besties at odds. Can she get to the truth before a friendship is destroyed?
Luanna Porcello is flying high after winning her first case in kids' court. But when she overhears her neighbor shouting about the destruction of his go-kart, the eleven-year-old peacemaker can't ignore it. Eager to help the arguing boys, the aspiring attorney suggests a trial.
With the boys' relationship on a collision course, Luanna gets to work. Although he was the driver, Luanna is convinced her client didn't cause the accident. But if she wants to persuade the court he's not guilty she'll have to do some fancy maneuvering.
Can she uncover the truth or will the boys' friendship crash and burn?
What if you could escape reality and venture into a world to live out your own fantasy? Three young cousins discover they descend from a powerful wizard, and activate an enchanted parasol that transports them to a fantasy world where they discover their magical abilities. When one of the cousins inadvertently releases an evil sorceress from a magical prison, the cousins must band together and battle the sorceress to save the parasol, their wizard ancestor, and their own families.
A famed pirate relic—the Star of Atlantis—lies forgotten on the rugged Welsh coast, where waves and stone clash and where creatures of legend hold sway. When thirteen-year-old Swift finds a map to the treasure, he sets out to claim it and prove his worth to his skeptical brothers who seem determined to thwart his every step. To tease out the secrets of the Star of Atlantis, Swift must take on the gallant Celtic Sea with its azurite waves, its capricious winds, its enigmas… its monsters. And to realize his dream, he must face the most formidable challenge of all—his own father. A masterfully written YA literary fiction story of a boy finding his own way.
"...Deep in the mud in front of her there, lay a huge print-not one from a bear!..." Three adventurous siblings, and their faithful dog, playing in the forest one rainy summer day, see more than the frogs and snails they had set out to find. Join Lily, Ole and Eva in the forest as they see the unexpected, and get into a little trouble along the way...
"Amazingly graphic, terrifyingly real-life and current time. A parental must read." Terry Keys, USA Today bestselling author of Lie No More and The Missing pens his most captivating book to date. This is the heart-breaking story about a small-town boy who’d taken everything from everyone until he could take no more. Seventeen-year-old Blaze Planter is a Jr. at Kilwade, High School. His parents have recently divorced. His grades are slipping. His anger is growing with each day. Relationships with his closest friends are failing. Secrets about his life are being uncovered. No one understands what he is going through. And everyone who has betrayed him needs to be taught a lesson. So now he stands with the one friend that has never betrayed him. The one friend that does what he asks every time he squeezes the trigger. The only friend that he can depend on. Tragedies don’t just happen. The signs are simply overlooked every day until it’s too late.
The point of no return has come! It’s the summer before high school and life is about to change for fourteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy. A sorcerer hexes her with everlasting powers, requiring her to become an enchantress. If she cannot learn to control her magic pronto, she will forget her loved ones and serve as the warlock’s eternal slave. In order to control her powers, Alyssa must gain control of her emotions. With the struggles of adolescence and disasters everywhere, catastrophes are bound to happen! It’s only a matter of time before Alyssa’s world changes, for better or worse...
Cleo loves bows. She wears her hair in a bow and decorates her room with bows. Cleo is bow crazy.Learning to tie a bow is very difficult for some people but Cleo remembers how to do it from a cute story she once heard. It is about a little rabbit with very long ears and a very helpful fox who shows her what to do to keep them clean. This is the story of how Cleo learns to tie a “bunny ear” bow.Exercises in manual dexterity build self-esteem in children. Knowing how to tie shoe-strings, scarves and more into a bow is a useful and rewarding skill.“Teach a child a useful skill. Build confidence and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime.” Other books in the “Learn To Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox” series are the book with that name in English, Spanish and Tagalog plus “Nellie Knows How To Knot A Neck Scarf” and “Ned Knows How To Knot A Neck Tie.”
Meet ten cute kittens, and let them inspire kindness in your kids! In an era when bad manners, rudeness, and intolerance are sadly part of daily life, Sylvie Starkweather's picture books make learning traditional family values a pleasure for today's children. Bright, retro styles make her books entertaining for both the adult and child reader.
Planning Your Day 101: Helping Preteens Make the Most of Every Day (Weekend & Summer Edition) This workbook serves as a creative space for tweens to build their own schedule for weekends and summer days. As they work through the book, preteens will learn important life habits like planning, time management, life balance, and flexibility, to empower preteens to transition into a more open mindset in their teen years. Carefully designed to serve as a practical hands-on approach, the book is full of full-color illustrations, brainstorming activities, and exciting categories that will help any preteen achieve balance in their daily life. Your tween will be inspired to discover their interests, learn how to schedule their day, and gain the confidence to take control & act with responsibility. Not only that, this workbook will help them turn their interests into a personalized schedule by taking actionable steps to build their own schedule. It’s a fun-packed and powerful workbook that supports a growth mindset for anyone who completes it. Planning Your Day 101 is an ideal gift for your friends, family, or any tween you wish to delight on a birthday or for any occasion. Be a game-changer in their lives and give them an interactive, practical gift that will send them in the right direction and teach them critical life skills ahead of their adult years. WHY WAIT? Check it out!
An action-packed story of friendship and courage, with evil villains and desperate escapes. Sophie Watson isn't expecting much excitement when she visits her uncle on the English coast. But when she befriends a strange and charismatic girl called Sienna she is drawn into a thrilling adventure where the future security of the world may be under threat. To find out the truth they must go to Kestrel Island. The plot they uncover is more dastardly than they could possibly have imagined. Kestrel Island is the story of 12 year old Sophie’s journey from cautious and risk-averse schoolgirl to courageous hero who saves the world. It’s also the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between Sophie and 16 year old Sienna and the close bond they form as they fight to survive.
Mitch and Mooch are about to test the water in a new adventure – swimming lessons! Will the funny funky monsters sink or swim as they conquer their fears and overcome the unexpected? The perfect book to introduce your child to swimming, this charming story includes helpful tips on how to prepare, what to expect and answers common questions about swimming. Ideal for children starting to read independently or as a conversation starter, this colourful, comic-style book uses dyslexia-friendly font and includes comprehension questions throughout. If you want to encourage trying out new activities and overcoming fears, get your goggles on and have some monster fun with Mitch and Mooch today! “Funny and helpful – this book will support any child starting their swimming journey!” Simon, Swim School Owner/Teacher Mitch and Mooch try… books are designed for children aged 3-7. They aren’t just fun stories however, the series is designed with the following educational enhancements: • Dyslexic friendly font – designed to make it easier for children to differentiate the individual letters so that they can blend the words correctly. • Text is also against a coloured background and broken up into manageable chunks. • Comic style dialogue – why not have fun putting on silly voices for the characters? • Gentle introduction to what to expect from a first lesson in each activity – the books can also be used to support parents encouraging children with SEN needs who may be wary of new environment ...
Think “Stand by Me” with “Star Wars.” (The Wild Boys) is that adventure. It’s about three young boys, ages ten, eleven, twelve, that see a spacecraft crash into the woods. They find a dying alien and get involved in all sorts of hair-raising trouble. People will be intrigued to read because of the space adventure and excitement. It is fast pace and heroic, warm and comical.
What do Little Possum and Little Sweetpea get up to in the garden? This is a charming story with some facts about the two characters. Also, it engages young children with fantasy. Little Sweetpea teaches Little Possum compromise with a slight feminist twist!
Princess Celeste is bored to tears, and her brothers, Prince Jude and Prince Torrin, aren't doing much better. In a palace where all they have to look forward to are endless games of croquet and barley-water soup for supper, they don't have much by way of excitement. Until the one night Torrin sees a light in a forgotten tower of the palace, and they meet a wonderful and mysterious aunt who unlocks a brand-new world of adventure they will never forget.
When Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she? But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know. After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about her mother, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all. For readers 10-14 years or anyone keen to escape into another world! Esme's Wish is the first in the Esme trilogy. Winner of a Purple Dragonfly Book award!
Abracadabra! This word has been used for centuries as a fantastical joke. Plenty of children have waved sticks in the air and shouted this word, claiming they can perform magic. However, for twelve-year-old orphan Toby, the playful word takes on a whole new meaning when he wakes up to find his grandfather has been kidnapped by a talking panther. Following the clues left behind Toby finds himself at the 999th Magicians’ Convention. Filled with mages, illusionists, and foes at every turn, Toby and his newfound friends, Thatch and Wesa, must find an ancient magical hat before an evil magician gets his hands on it first. Failing will mean the deaths of those they love and create a dangerous divide in the world of magic. The Magicians' Convention is the spellbinding first book in a trilogy of middle-grade fantasy novels. If you like action-packed adventures, imaginative worlds, and magical spells, then you’ll love Elena Paige’s mystical tale.
A doll destroyed. A boy accused. A girl determined to find the real culprit before he is convicted.
Eleven-year-old Luanna Porcello dreams of following in her parents' footsteps and becoming a lawyer. A peacemaker at heart, Luanna hates when anyone is unhappy. So it's no surprise she's troubled when she overhears her playmate's twin accusing him of destroying her beloved doll. Eager to help her friend clear his name, Luanna gets the idea to start a kids court and have a trial.
With the help of a few friends, Luanna sets up the court complete with judge, bailiff, and court reporter and throws herself into the case. Of course, her pal insists he's innocent, and Luanna is determined to prove he's not the doll destroyer his sister is making him out to be. But as the evidence against him piles up, Luanna wonders, is her friend as innocent as he claims he is?
Twelve-year-old Samantha Wolf, and her best friend Ally, are excited to spend part of their summer break in the mountains of Montana. But unbeknownst to them, Hollow Inn is bathed in mystery and legend. After arriving, they soon discover that things are not going well for Sam's Aunt and Uncle, who own the Inn. There's vandalism, ghostly sightings, and rumors of lost treasures. Determined to help, Sam and Ally embark on a challenging journey to discover the truth.
Cute for kids, a bit twisted and funny for adults! A Guppy??
But I wanted a Puppy! Guppy Butter is the darkly humorous tale of a young girl's wish for a puppy, but who ends up getting a Guppy instead.
She tries her best to meet her father's demands that if she can keep a fish alive, she'll be allowed to get a puppy.
Tragedy after humorous tragedy ensues as she endures the taunts of her older brother and does her best to keep her fishies alive!
Complimented by the amazing art of artist Amanda Gielen, this illustrated tale will leave you laughing!
Sam is a ninth grade girl trying to enjoy her first year of high school. Sam knows she has Down syndrome but she doesn't feel different; even though other kids sometimes treat her that way. Sam's new adventure involves a mini family reunion, exploring the interesting spaces of a retired military base and learning how hard it can be to "do the right thing". Challenges and new mysteries are all chronicled in Sam's private journal. In this book, Sam discovers that being yourself isn't just about what people can see; sometimes what you can't see is the most important part.
There were nights when Leslie was young where she would wake up after having a bad dream and wasn't sure how to get back to sleep. One night, she let her mind wander and the outcome became this book. When You Can't Sleep is the inspiration of those times when you allow your body to relax, let your imagination take over and before you know it, your dreams become magical adventures.
Rex Bright enjoys drawing in notebooks and dreaming. He’s thirteen, and his life is ordinary. Until he sees a face in a cloud which changes everything. Rex glimpses the girl from an airplane window while travelling to his aunt and uncle’s farm for the summer. Her features are so perfect, Rex can’t believe she’s only vapor. But Cloud Girl is real. A week later, Skyclyffe, a mysterious airship cloaked in a cumulus, abducts Rex and his family. The captors expect the Brights to live in their flying city forever. And, although he’s kidnapped, Rex loves the craft filled with robots, scientific discoveries, and silvery-white beings. Before long, Rex will be forced to decide whether to escape, or if Skyclyffe and its secret wonders are worth never stepping foot on Earth again.
Middle School Mayhem: Down with the Dance is the first book in this action-packed, hilarious series. Meet Austin Davenport, whose fabulous luck landed him on this earth only eleven short months after his brother, Derek, putting them in the same grade. While Austin's brain power is unmatched, it appears as if his brother got all the athletic gifts and the family butt-chin, meaning their parents love Derek more than Austin, or so it seems. Join Austin on his journey through the tumultuous waters of middle school as he navigates the swampy and undeodorized hallways and explores the depths of the cafeteria's seafood surprise. Oh, and someone is plotting to take down the Halloween Dance, the one that Austin has his sights set on, so he can take Sophie Rodriguez, a girl way out of his league, but who doesn't seem to know it. Can he stay one step ahead of the new principal who has it out for him? Will Austin figure out who the perpetrators are? Will he save the dance in time? Will he wear a diaper on a stakeout? The funny and fast-paced nature of this series is meant for middle grade and early young adult readers. Beware! This series has the tendency to turn reluctant readers into eager ones.
Super Agnes is a children's superhero story, which introduces a child superhero named Agnes! Readers get to join Super Agnes as she goes through some hard times, only to discover that she has been granted some exceptionally powers. Agnes wears a costume with the letter "A" inscribed on it, and comes to the aid of kids who are being bullied at school. She also lends a helping hand to a group who are having a problem finding their missing items! Cheer Agnes on as she uses her new powers for good, and enjoy seeing her transform into the defender of all kids who may find themselves needing a little bit of a helping hand!
History, like magic, has a habit of repeating itself It’s been six months since thirteen-year-old Alyssa McCarthy left magic behind for good. Or so she thought… Then the enchanted objects that protected her disappear. Now a skeleton named Errol has cursed her with magical powers that keep getting her in trouble. Suddenly strange things are happening with disastrous effects, and if Alyssa can’t remove the magic, she will lose everything she holds dear. In order to get rid of her unwanted wizardry, Alyssa will have to boost her bravery and confidence and determine who Errol really is. But every time Alyssa uses an enchantment, Errol is one step closer to getting his flesh back and becoming alive, and he will do anything to achieve his goals…even if it means destroying Alyssa’s happiness. Originally published in 2016 as “Wizardry Goes Wild” and “The Unruly Curse” in 2019, “A Curse of Mayhem” is book two in the exciting and suspenseful “Magical Missions” series.
Poor baby sheep has never had a haircut. When the farmer finally gives him a much-needed trim, he gets to see the farm for the very first time. The problem is...he doesn't know what his mommy look like or where to find her!
Halloween Trick or Treating - the buck stops here. A super children's scary story for Halloween and all year round Award winning author John Hennessy brings you his latest scary story but this time, it's for the kids. Recommended for children aged 9+ and over Four children are all dressed up and ready for Halloween. There’s Kirsty, the witch. Craig the vampire. Then there’s Nula, the ghost, and Toby, who’s co-ordinating things whilst dressed as a zombie. They couldn’t just be a ragtag bunch of stereotypes though, so Toby christened them the Halloweeners. Craig was new to it, though the others had celebrated Halloween before, many times before. Most of the people in the street knew the children and were happy to take their part in trick or treating. One particular house owner isn’t so friendly, though it’s fair to say the occupant has been expecting them, and intends to offer the group a special kind of welcome. He’s been expecting them to knock on the door. He’s been planning their visit for a while. In fact, he’s been waiting for this all year”� ˃˃˃ What other reviewers said. Reviews of The Halloweeners were surprised that it was not as gory as some of his other tales:- "I'm used to a little more darkness and gore from John Hennessy, but enjoyed this simpler tale immensely. It's meant for a much younger audience than his other books and I knew that going in so it definitely didn't disappoint. " "As I was reading thr ...
Adeline Jamieson has been bullied by her used-to-be best friend, Payton, since the seventh grade. She takes every chance she can to make Adeline feel worthless.
As Adeline's life begins its down hill spiral, she befriends Karlee, a captivating girl with Down's Syndrome who shows her that life does go on and that you can’t give up on that small glimmer of hope. Will Karlee teach Adeline to forgive and push ahead, or will she crumble under the weight of her world?
A world of magic and adventure awaits… Sent to live with her strict, aloof, and uncaring uncle after her parents are killed in a car accident, twelve-year-old orphan Alyssa McCarthy longs for the life she used to have—one filled with fun and love. Then one stormy night, a message appears in the raindrops on the window that will change everything. \"Your life will never be the same again, as magic will interfere.\" Before long, Alyssa is kidnapped by Master Beau, a banished sorcerer with a mysterious connection to her who can only regain his power by weakening hers. Suddenly hurled into a world of wizardry filled with fantastical beasts and marvelous technology beyond her wildest imagination, Alyssa must defeat Master Beau if she ever wants to get home again. But Master Beau will stop at nothing, including using Alyssa’s friends, to ensure he is triumphant. Originally titled \"From Frights to Flaws\", this story is the exciting and enchanting first book in the \"Magical Missions\" series.
Lady Humble Bee is a very shy little bee who loves her flower friends more than anything. While other bees busily work without appreciating the sweet smell and colorful beauty, Humble Bee plays and naps amongst the flowers she so loves. When she awakens she is greeted by the wee folks of the magical realm, who have a wonderful surprise for her.
Winner of Spark Award Winner of the Moonbeam Award Gold Medal USA Book Award Finalist 12-year-old Elena Barrios' father has AIDS, a new disease in 1992 with a 100% fatality rate. Rather than face certain ridicule and ostracism, Elena tells her friends anything but the truth, fabricating stories about him being a writer and researcher. But the reality is Elena resents her father’s illness and can’t face the fact that he is dying. When she is befriended by an older black woman named Ang who tells stories about her own father and the history of prejudice against African Americans in the years before the civil rights movement, Elena is transported into these stories, allowing her to experience them first hand. With Ang's help, Elena discovers the value of every individual, but will that be enough to help her say good-bye to the person she values the most? The Storytellers is an award-winning middle grade historical novel with a twist of magic.
Zombies, and ghosts, and aliens, Look Out! Hang on as you read six short stories of excitement and adventure. Thrilling tales for kids 7 and up. For kids who: love fantasy/adventure books told with humor and excitement enjoy stories about friendship, family, and school life appreciate the weirdness of Roald Dahl like the adventure writing of James Patterson get tickled by Shel Silverstein laugh at the stories of Carl Hiaasen get lost in the imagination of Beverly Cleary are enthralled by the characters of Katherine Applegate soar with the lyrical language of Kate DiCamillo and can't wait to get to their next story
Goodnight Swogg the Silly Frog was created from a proud grandfather's – Grump C's – dream. This is the first of Grump C's stories about Swogg and his ten friends who all live most happily in a beautiful bog called Skunk Hollow. The cleverness, creativity, and passion Swogg shows for his friends will hopefully delight, amaze, and inspire you and your children. If your child had a tough day, needs a laugh, or occasionally has troubles falling asleep – this is exactly what Swogg the Silly Frog and his ten friends do best!
A street-level fantasy-adventure with a healthy splash of Nancy Drewish mystery—mixed with a dollop of wit and snark. Essie Brightsday is blind. But that hasn’t kept her from curses, dragons, or rock basilisks in the past. Now her family lives in the bustling capital of Plen, a far cry from their small farm tucked against the Valley of Fire. As a shadowy anarchist cult grows in the city, a scheme to pit the slums and the trade districts against the protectors emerges—a plot to ignite a civil war and reduce the capital to ashes. A dangerous game ensues as Essie, her talking cat Tigrabum, and best friends Illiana and Sam attempt to thwart Nightrage and save her city, guaranteeing this adventure will be just as eventful as the last… Nightrage Rising is the second novel in The Unseen Chronicles but stands on its own in the fantastical series brimming with fast-paced action, adventuresome mystery and surprising friendships, all propelled by an inventive and unique story concept. If you are a Fablehaven or Land of Elyon fan, then an exciting new journey awaits you!
Be part of the viewing audience as the incomparable Barnum Bumblespeak skillfully interviews Willow, the elusive Witch from Wichita, and get a rare glimpse into the life of a real witch, her charming home and odd but lovable friends. Find out what Willow does for a living, and meet Spydear the business-arachnid, Hootnannie the owl who is also a captain of industry, the mouse, Dr. Lee Von Cheese, and other friends, as Willow show us around her lovely castle. You may laugh, you may haw, but you'll surely be stunned! Available in Kindle Unlimited as well as in paperback and hardcover.
2015 Summer Book Awards Winner from Book of the Day A fable for all ages. Adventure Seekers, Young and Old, Join Toby, Small, but Bold ... He was born underground, at the edge of the world’s destruction. Twelve years old, Toby has never seen the sun. Created by six scientists who accidentally gave him cat ears (and a tail), Toby decides to leave the safety of his cavern world to seek answers. Did anyone survive the Great Destruction? Why has he been hearing a mysterious Voice? And, most important of all, does he have a soul?
"Avatar the Last Airbender meets Ender's Game" The planet Ethos is at war with a mysterious enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborns with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Those that survive the injection, develop extraordinary abilities and are conscripted into the military for training. After turning twelve, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio Prime Training Facility. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the ruthless and reclusive planetary ruler. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan to the sim 299. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.
Sea legends and pirate adventures charm eight-year-old Swift, until an encounter with the deadly power of the ocean shocks him into reality. Swift struggles to hang onto his childhood fantasies, but his new grasp of the fragile nature of life and of friendship threatens to swamp his hope. Under the guidance of his older brother, Swift must learn to brave the rough waters of change without losing himself to their destruction.
Review from a teacher:
I read Being Silly, Not a Bully to my 1st graders. It is the first one in the Discovering The Difference series and a short chapter book that is highly engaging. The children were buzzing about the topics and had a lot in common with the characters. Using the questions in the back, we had a lively discussion. Not only did they learn more about standing up for themselves and others, they learned about being kind and accepting others regardless of culture and ethnicity. I was lucky enough to have Myrna available online to talk with my students and answer questions. This was quite a treat and an amazing experience for them! All of my future students will enjoy more books in the series. Myrna is truly an amazing author!
Karin Achenbach, Elementary School Teacher, Hoover Elementary in Buffalo, NY
"...A must-read for children who aspire to leave their mark in the world in an unforgettable and brilliant way..." - ReadersFavorite.com, 5-Stars
The first in a new series of hilariously funny, early reader sci-fi chapter books perfect for elementary-aged kids. Meet Eudora Jenkins, the math and science whiz who lives in SPACE!
Eudora is a normal 3rd grader. A normal 3rd grader who lives on a 36 deck AstroLiner. In space. A normal girl adopted by what you might call . . . aliens. Whose mom is a dog-like species named Pox who runs the onboard jail (brig) and whose dad is an octopus-like species from the planet Pow. A girl who has normal ambitions, like being the chief engineer on an AstroLiner. A girl who comes up with a plan to prove her worth by improving her ships engines and breaking all known speed records. Will she succeed and earn a promotion? Or will she end up in the brig? Again . . .
Terror was within. Terror was without. Like her mother, she was at the water’s mercy. In the enchanted world of Aeolia, fifteen-year-old Esme Silver faces her hardest task yet. She must master her unruly Gift—the power to observe the past—and uncover the secrets she needs to save her mother, Ariane. In between attending school in the beguiling canal city of Esperance, Esme and her friends—old and new—travel far and wide across Aeolia, gathering the ingredients for a potent magical elixir. Winner of a 2020 IPPY award!
he minute our children are born they steal our hearts forever. A book about the unique bond between mothers and daughters.
The idea for this book came from a letter I wrote to my daughter when she was only two years old. As the relationship between a mother and a daughter often goes through hell and high water at around about the time of adolescence, I wanted her to remember that, no matter what, I would always be there beside her, her guardian angel, her greatest supporter.
One Heart is dedicated to the long sequence of women who alternate in the role of mother and daughter. It is a book about everything we would like to say to our daughters and to our mothers but often put off for another time, a time that never comes...
Bubbles is causing a stink. But he can't help it. He's been bubbling the water since he was a little tadpole. Will Bubbles have to leave Frog Pond? And what happens to the frogs when danger comes? Find out in this bubblerrific, bloopy story about friendship, bullying, and being different. Humor and adventure for kids of all ages.
Cooper the Golden Retriever does not like to go to the Vet, but with a little help from some treats, he get through it just fine. He should relax a bit because he got his shots, but when he gets home, he acts like a big goofy dog? Cooper doesn't like to visit the Vet, but his appointment goes quite well with the help of some doggies treats. Then his quiet time at home that doesn't really turn out that quiet.
Elizabeth loves donuts—maybe too much. When her Dad says, “No donuts today,” she pouts, smells the donuts next door, and sneaks in the donut shop. There she sees hundreds of donuts…whizzing by. Every kind she could imagine. And Elizabeth had to have one. But when she has MORE than one, strange and hilarious things happen. The book is illustrated and picture book length, but it is more than that. It has a graphic novel feel that will appeal to older children. The younger kids will like the fun text while adults and older children will be drawn to the clever illustrations and hidden features. The book has over 40 illustrations, a word search, and donut jokes. Fun for all ages.