In a story based on Chinese Cinderella, a fourteen-year-old stepchild,
Xing-Xing, endures a life of neglect and servitude at the hands of her
step-mother finding solace in the company of a lovely fish who embodies her
own dead mother.
Since the death of his mother,
Tobin’s family and school life have been in disarray, but after he starts
raising chickens with his seventh grade classmate, Henry, everything starts
to fall into place.
The Cloud Chamber
In 1966, when his father’s attempted suicide causes the ostracism of the
family in their small Montana community, fourteen-year-old Nate copes with
his sadness and anger by trying to win the school science fair.
After their parents' disappearance, twins Marty and Grace are claimed by a
previously unknown uncle, join in his search for cryptids (legendary
creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster), which is a dinosaur,
hidden in the Congo. Things go terribly wrong, however, when an accident
plunges Marty and Grace into the middle of the jungle. Soon the henchmen of
the evil Noah Blackwood are pursuing the twins.
Day of Tears: A Novel in
A story of the Butler family during the time of slavery, Day
of Tears explores the dynamics of that period in America’s history.
Emma is a slave girl who takes care of Pierce Butler’s daughters, Sarah and
Frances, since their good-hearted mother left home. The family is divided
over the issue of slavery—Sarah and her mother oppose its inhumanity, while
Frances and her father believe in this lifestyle and treatment of blacks. In
an effort to pay of his gambling debts, Butler has the biggest slave auction
in American history. Throughout the auction, the skies weep nonstop…it is
truly a day of tears.
Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective,
but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her
with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that
make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her
Eyes of the Emperor
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Eddy and his friends who are of
Japanese descent, are ordered to help train Army K-9 dogs to attack Asians.
Because he needed to help his family during the Depression and
because he didn’t want to become an alcoholic like his father, Moss Trawnley
joins the Civilian Conservation Corps and becomes a leader in the new camp
In eighteenth-century Japan, young
Seikei becomes involved with a ninja as he helps Judge Ooka, his foster
father, investigate the murder of a Samurai. (CIP)
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
After winning a writing contest, eighth graders Stevie and Susan Carol are
sent to cover the Final Four tournament, where they discover that a talented
player is being blackmailed into throwing the final game.
The Liberation of Gabriel King
In Georgia during the summer of 1976, Bagriel, a white boy who is
being bullied, and Frita, an African American girl who is facing prejudice,
decide to overcome their many fears.
The Lightning Thief
Percy, expelled from six schools for being unable to control his
temper, learns the truth from his mother that his father is the Greek god
Poseidon, and is sent to Camp Half Blood where he is befriended by a satyr
and the demigod daughter of Athena who join him in a journey to the
Underworld to retrieve Zeus's lightning bolt and prevent a catastrophic war.
While attending a strict academy for potential princesses with the other
girls from her mountain village, fourteen-year-old Miri discovers unexpected
talents and connections to her homeland.
Tired of being bullied and picked on, three seventh-grade outcasts
join forces and, using scientific methods and the power of the Internet,
begin to create a new atmosphere at Parkland Middle School.
The Safe Keeper's Secret
Fiona is the Safe-keeper in the small village of Tambleham, where
neighbors and strangers come one by one, in secret, to tell her things they
do not dare tell anyone else.
The Sea of Trolls
After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid bard, he and his little
sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to the home of King
Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to undertake a
vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
The Secret of Castle Cant
Through a set of hilarious, but dangerous adventures, Lucy
Wickwright, maidservant to the Baron of Cant, defeats the selfishness of her
mistress, the fear of the Baron, the treachery of the evil Postal
Commissioner Orloff, and the obsession of the rebel Arden Gutz. Lucy does
not seek to change her life even though her life is difficult, working long
hours with little gratitude, and enduring the unfairness of her servant
status as the companion to the baron’s daughter. This hard life does not
embitter her; instead she seeks to do her best in the Herculean tasks set
before her. Her intelligence, natural curiosity and plucky courage help her
to protect not only herself, but her mistress too.
Named after a character in a Shakespeare play, misfit sixth-grader
Hero becomes interested in exploring this unusual connection because of a
valuable diamond supposedly hidden in her new house, an intriguing neighbor
and the unexpected attention of the most popular boy in school.
Norks & Me
When Allie Kimball begins sixth grade, she looks forward to spending time
with her best friend Tamara at the same school. She discovers that middle
school is populated with all kinds of strange creatures like Glommers and
Norks. Allie’s sense of humor and her creative new vocabulary help her deal
with the change, heartbreak and adventures of middle school.
Bethany Hamilton shares the story of her lifelong love of surfing
and tells how she was able to recover and return to competition with the
help of her family, friends, and faith, after losing her arm in a shark
attack at the age of thirteen.