Nearly 25 years after the publication of Shiloh, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s beloved trilogy becomes a quartet with this Christmas-themed holiday companion.
Jayson Barnes’ nickname on the basketball court is Snap, because he moves so quickly when stealing the ball. But when his mother dies, he begins stealing in real life to hide the fact that he’s living alone. He gets away with taking small items from the corner store, but eventually he needs new basketball shoes and tries to lift a pair from Foot Locker.
Oh, how I wish I had a friend like Miss Petitfour, who follows “a strict schedule of fun and more fun.” As her name implies, she’s partial to sweets, and on windy days she uses her tablecloth like a parachute so she and her 16 cats can take to the skies.
Native-American author Joseph Marshall III has written many books for children and adults about the Sioux nation’s history and culture. In his latest book, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse, Marshall deftly weaves an old story into a contemporary boy’s life, giving the tale a true sense of immediacy.
Beast the dog decides that he’s had it with people, friends and everything else. He’s a loner now, and nothing is going to change that.
Acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo pens a spellbinding story within a story. Set prior to America’s involvement in World War I, Listen to the Moon is nothing short of extraordinary, a masterfully woven tale of history, the negative aspects of war and a subtle yet persistent message that love prevails.
It’s one thing to think that you’re different, that you can do things that other people can’t. It’s quite another to be proven correct. In A Sliver of Stardust, written by Marissa Burt, Wren Matthews learns at the worst possible moment that she is part of a unique group of people who are able to harness and manipulate Stardust, the elemental magic that forms the basis of the universe.
A reader could not ask for a more charming pair than Diva and Flea, from the gifted storytelling team of Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi. Both Diva and Flea live in Paris, but their lives differ greatly: Flea is a street cat with a sense of humor, while Diva is a little dog with a big sense of duty and slightly shaky nerves. What adventures await these new friends?
Steve’s family has just welcomed a new baby, so all should be well. But it isn’t. The baby—who disconcertingly remains unnamed for many pages—is very ill, with an undisclosed congenital disorder, so his parents are constantly worried, stressed and distracted. It isn’t until young Steve begins to have inexplicable and surreal dreams that his life begins to change . . . not necessarily for the better.
Magnus Chase has been on the run for quite some time, ever since one mysterious night, two years ago, when an explosion killed his mother. Left homeless and alone in Boston, he’s become adept at surviving the toughest of circumstances, and for any other teenage protagonist, doing so would be enough to drive the narrative.