Beginning, a Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing BR 18166
Avon the snail decides to become a writer with the help of his friend Edward the ant. This project leads them to close encounters with an anteater, a tree frog, and a hungry fish. Sequel to The End of the Beginning (BR 15790). For grades 2-4. 2008.
Orphan Ahwak BR 18172
by Raquel Rivera
The sole survivor of an attack on her village, young Inuit girl Aneze heads north into the Canadian wilderness. Renamed Orphan Ahwak, the hunter, she contends with cold temperatures, wild animals, hunger, and people of another culture while becoming a strong woman. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2007.
Things That Are BR 18173
by Andrew Clements
Still adjusting to being blind, Alicia, first met in Things Not Seen (RC 54713, BR 17135), must outwit an invisible man following Bobby, once invisible himself. This man's demands threaten Bobby, Alicia's family, and perhaps global security. Sequel to Things Hoped For (RC 63723, BR 17136). For grades 6-9. 2008.
Greener Grass BR 18549
by Caroline Pignat
Ireland, 1847. Young Kathleen "Kit" Byrne's comfortable childhood ends abruptly when the potato blight hits. As the privileged class watches the workers starve and evicts them from their homes, Kit's anger grows until her hatred against the family's landlord explodes in a rash act. Some violence. For grades 6-9. 2008.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon BR 18712
by Grace Lin
Minli, an adventurous girl, lives in a poor Chinese village near Fruitless Mountain. Inspired by her father's stories, Minli sets out to find the Old Man of the Moon to restore the mountain's bounty. Along the way, Minli encounters magical creatures, including a helpful dragon. For grades 3-6. Newbery Honor Book. 2009.
Crocodile Tears: An Alex Rider Adventure BR 18792
by Anthony Horowitz
British spy agency MI6 sends fourteen-year-old Alex Rider to investigate a food company that is experimenting with genetically modified seeds. Alex uncovers a plot to poison millions in Kenya and steal the world aid that would come for their relief. For grades 6-9. 2009.
True Gift: A Christmas Story BR 18795
by Patricia MacLachlan
While spending Christmas on their grandparents' farm, Lily and Liam seek a companion for the only animal left in the field--a lonely white cow. The kids meet Thomas, whose brown calf has been sold for meat. But Liam finds a way to buy the little one. For grades 2-4. 2009.
Last Newspaper Boy in America BR 18810
by Sue Corbett
Twelve-year-old Wil, who is about to take over his brother's paper route, learns that the local newspaper publisher has decided to discontinue home delivery. Wil launches a campaign to restart the service and also solves a mystery at the county fair. For grades 4-7. 2009.
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