Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names and help him fix up the old diner he has bought, their lives will change for the better.
Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.
Martin's back in two more stories. He gets a new babysitter and learns that dancing isn't all bad. In the second story, Martin his friend Stuart find themselves locked in a toy store with no way out.
Seventh-grader Jesse Baron not only misses his father, a popular professonal wrestler who is often on the road, he faces simple family outings that turn into fan-frenzy events, teachers who contrive excuses for parent-teacher conferences, and friendships that are all suspect.
A lonely Bactrian camel sets out in search of a friend, but after being threatened, laughed at, and insulted by other animals at the zoo and unknowingly wreaking havoc in the English countryside, he finds a real home and true friend at a safari park.
Sís' latest, a powerful combination of graphic novel and picture book, is an account of his growing up in Czechoslovakia under Soviet rule.
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.
While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.
Through a series of letters written to a post office box, twelve-year-old Cadence describes her father's hospitalization for depression, her subsequent problems at school and her hope that the mysterious recipient will help her find a happy ending.
During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.
Sixth-grader Nadia begins to defy her overprotective mother, hoping to be seen as more than the "poor sick girl" who cannot participate in school activities, form friendships, or even be outside in the cold for fear she has inherited her father's heart trouble.
Despite criticism for his lack of "accomplishments," Takiboki finds contentment sweeping flower blossoms and raking the sand and gravel in the monks' temple garden. Includes a note on the art and beauty of Japanese gardens.
When her beloved Ginger, a piano-playing socialite and very snappy dresser, makes a last-minute trip to London not knowing her housesitter has cancelled, Petunia the pig does more than fend for herself, she becomes Ginger.
New York City, though a bit boastful, decides to throw a party to make new friends of other unique cities like Chattanooga and Minneapolis.
Once a month--every week in the summer--Steve the electrician dons special gear and, with the help of youngsters who live in his building, dives into a dumpster seeking useful objects that they can transform into imaginative new ones.
Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life
The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet.
A garden produces a variety of edible plants, such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down, and tomatoe vines that twine all around. (This is the "One Book, Every Young Child" selection for 2008.)
This extraordinary debut picture book addresses an issue not often covered in picture books: shyness. In this story, a variety of mythical creatures--including a cyclops, a dragon, and Bigfoot--may seem fierce, but are quite shy, as one little girl discovers.
When B.B. Wolf, who now lives in the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to the library for a storybook tea, he is careful to follow the advice of his crocodile friend and impresses everyone with how polite he can be.
A young girl contrasts the exciting things she might someday do, like digging for dinosaur bones and swimming with dolphins, with her present-day activities of finding loose change in the sofa cushions and feeding her goldfish.
Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way.
Having explored the alphabet ("The Hidden Alphabet"), colors ("Lemons Are Not Red"), and emotions ("Walter Was Worried"), Laura Vaccaro Seeger turns her extraordinary talents to opposites in this bright, colorful and imaginative book. 18 die-cut lift-the-flaps.
One morning, Mack the bear wakes up with Zack the boy on his back, but as Mack tries to complete a schedule that is "jam-packed," Zack suggests that he relax and take a second to smell the lilacs.