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In Eileen Spinelli’s Another Day as Emily, Suzy is having a difficult year. Her little brother is a town hero for calling 911 and saving an injured neighbor, leaving Suzy feeling jealous of his newfound celebrity. What’s more, the boy she might like is accused of stealing, her parents are paying her less attention than ever, and only her best friend gets a part in the play they both auditioned for.
When Floyd's toy kite encounters a tree, it gets terribly, hopelessly Stuck. Floyd is not one to give up on his prized possession, so he takes off his shoe and hurls it at the kite...and that gets stuck, too.
I Wear the Black Hat is Chuck Klosterman's sixth book of cultural essays and the first one to explore villainy in all of its forms.
Sisters Pearl and May Chin are “Beautiful Girls”—artists’ models in 1930s Shanghai. They live in amazing times in a modern city, dancing at nightclubs, dining at expensive restaurants, buying new outfits, and having lots of admirers. Neither college-graduate Pearl nor everyone’s darling May give much thought to their futures. They think they can go on like this forever, marrying as they choose, if they choose. Unfortunately for these Shanghai Girls, they are quite mistaken.
Watch out, villains! There is a new force for good, spreading truth, justice, and the...Canadian way! These are The Adventures of Superhero Girl.
Who knew that puncuation had so much pathos?! Exclamation Mark stands out from all the periods around him. He tries fitting in, but that line above his head just makes him stand out so much! Exclamation Mark must eventually face the fact that he is different. At first, it does not feel good.
Edward Rutherfurd’s Russka is a sprawling, engaging book that delves into the lives of many generations who are determined to survive and even thrive in a Russian village.
No Girls! Go Home! You Won't Last!
As Kel surveyed the damage done to her room-- mattresses, sheets, and blankets strewn everywhere, desk drawers dumped out onto the floor, wall hangings sliced with a glaive, and that message scrawled so plainly on the plaster walls, she knew the battle to be accepted as page was just the beginning.
"Meaniehead!" Eve screams at her brother Henry as they start a spat for the ages. It all began over a simple toy, as these things often do. Author Bruce Eric Kaplan wryly comments, "There's nothing sillier than fighting about what belongs to whom, but no kids and even fewer adults know that."
Soon the bickering turns into all-out mayhem. A lamp breaks, then Henry jackhammers a hole through Eve's bedroom floor! Things truly begin to escalate once Eve finds a bulldozer. No one is safe.