More than anything, Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher. To do that, she must finish eighth grade, then go on to high school. But her dream falters when the one-room school in her remote Colorado town shuts down. Her only hope is to keep the school open without anyone finding out. Yet even a secret school needs a teacher. Ida can’t be it. . . . Or can she?
In the spirit of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Newbery Medal winner Avi creates an inspiring story of a headstrong girl determined to control her own destiny.
Judy Blume - Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. is a 1970 book by Judy Blume, typically categorized as a young adult novel, about a preteen girl in sixth grade who grew up with no religion. Margaret's mother is Christian and her father is Jewish, and the novel explores her quest for a single religion. Margaret also confronts many other pre-teen female issues, such as buying her first bra, having her first period, coping with belted sanitary napkins (changed to adhesive sanitary pads for the 2006 edition of the book), jealousy towards another girl who has developed a womanly figure earlier than other girls, liking boys, and whether to voice her opinion if it differs from what her girlfriends seem to believe.
Caroline Lawrence - The Secrets of Vesuvius
Flavia, Jonathan, Lupus, and Nubia-friends and detectives-sail to the Bay of Naples to spend the summer with Flavia's uncle, who lives near Pompeii. There they uncover a riddle that may lead them to great treasure. Meanwhile, tremors shake the ground, animals behave strangely, and people dream of impending doom. One of the worst natural disasters of all time is about to happen: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius!
Laurie Halse Anderson - Speak
From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops - a major infraction in high-school society - so her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. No one knows why she called the police, and she can't get out the words to explain. So she retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence. But it's not so comfortable in her head, either - there's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. But, try as she might, it just won't go away...
R. J. Palacio - Wonder
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.
Alex Frith - Rachel Firth - Struan Reid - Abigail Wheatley - Prehistoric Britain
From the age of dinosaurs to the Roman invasion, this book tells the story of this vast and exciting period. Find out when and how people first came to Britain, discover the secrects of making bronze and iron, and explore the mistery of Stonehenge.
Valerie Tripp - Felicity's Surprise
Felicity is invited to a dancing lesson at the Governor’s Palace, the most wonderful honor she can imagine. Mother promises to make a beautiful new gown for her. As the splendid event draws near, Mother becomes dreadfully ill. Felicity spends all her days caring for her, sadly accepting that there will be no new gown and no chance to go to the Palace. No chance, that is, until a glorious surprise reminds her that Christmastide is a time when hopes and dreams do come true.
Valerie Tripp - Felicity Saves the Day
Felicity loves summertime on Grand father’s plantation. She can be outside all day—riding horses, playing with Nan and William, and exploring the woods. One day Felicity finds a secret note. It is from Ben, her father’s apprentice, and it asks for her help. Ben has broken his apprenticeship agreement and is running away to join George Washington’s army. Felicity begins a dangerous adventure when she goes to help Ben. She must use all her strength, courage, and wisdom to try to save the day.
Enid Blyton - The Twins at St. Clare's
School life has never been so splendid as in these editions of the classic series, St Clare's. Full of dilemmas and school pranks, this best-selling series keeps young readers looking forward to each and every term at St Clare's.
Holly Webb - Holly Webb's Kitten Tales
Three cute kitten stories to treasure in one book, from best-selling author Holly Webb. Holly Webb's Kitten Tales includes Sky the Unwanted Kitten, Ginger the Stray Kitten and Misty the Abandoned Kitten. This gorgeous collection would make a fantastic birthday present for any little girl who loves kittens and any Holly Webb fan. Sky the Unwanted Kitten: Lucy's parents surprise her with a beautiful kitten called Sky, in the hope that it will help her to settle into their new home. Lucy loves Sky but, as she's still upset with her parents for moving, she pretends not to be interested in the kitten. Poor Sky is left confused and alone - why doesn't Lucy want her? Ginger the Stray Kitten: Rosie loves visiting Ginger, the tiny stray kitten on the farm near her gran's house. But when the farm is sold to developers and the builders start work, the kitten is terrified! Suddenly the world is a very scary place...Misty the Abandoned Kitten:Amy has always wanted a cat, but her parents think she's too young. She's thrilled when she spots a tiny kitten one morning. The kitten she calls Misty is shy at first, but gradually begins to trust Amy. How long can she keep the stray kitten a secret? Holly Webb's Animal Stories have sold over a million copies in the UK. From stolen kittens to lost puppies and runaways, Holly's tales of puppies and kittens have won her legions of fans. The perfect series for animal lovers aged six and up.
Jerry Spinelli - Maniac Magee
Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee might have lived a normal life if a freak accident hadn't made him an orphan. After living with his unhappy and uptight aunt and uncle for eight years, he decides to run--and not just run away, but run. This is where the myth of Maniac Magee begins, as he changes the lives of a racially divided small town with his amazing and legendary feats.
Kevin Crossley-Holland - At the Crossing Places
Arthur de Caldicot arrives at Holt to be squire to Lord Stephen and accompany him on crusade. It is an exciting and bewildering time for him as he finds a warhorse, is fitted with armour, and improves his fighting skills. He dreads a confrontation with his blood-father, the violent Sir William, and dreams of finding his true mother; he discovers girls - including the vivacious Winnie de Verdon whom he rescues from burning to death; he has to deal with the aftermath of a murder; he sees the sea for the first time, sails to France and finally takes the Cross. And meanwhile these events are reflected in his seeing stone, in stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Packed with incident, wonderful characters, and fascinating historical detail, and interwoven with brilliant retellings of Arthurian legends, this is a glorious follow-up to THE SEEING STONE.
Valerie Tripp - Happy Birthday, Samantha!
Samantha's tenth birthday party is nearly ruined when Eddie Ryland plays a mean trick. Then Agnes and Agatha, Cornelia's ten-year-old twin sisters, save the day with an invitation to visit New York City. Samantha loves the twins' lively, carefree attitude and can't wait to go - especially since the trip will include a stop at the fanciest ice cream parlor in town. But when the girls carelessly break some rules, they suddenly find themselves racing dangerously through the big city - and the path they take leads to surprising discoveries.
Valerie Tripp - Happy Birthday, Molly!
An English girl is coming to stay at the McIntires', and just in time for Molly's birthday! Molly and her friends are very excited, until Emily Bennett turns out to be quite different from the glamorous girl they pictured. Emily is shy, and she seems unfriendly. Then Molly discovers that Emily is worried about her family in war-torn London, just as Molly is worried about her father, and the girls become good friends. They even plan to turn Molly's tenth birthday celebration into a real English tea party. But the girls' friendship starts to fall apart when they can't agree about what's important, and it takes a special birthday surprise to help them patch up their hurt feelings.
Valerie Tripp - Samantha saves the Day
Samantha and her family are spending the summer at Piney Point, Grandmary’s home in the mountains. One day Samantha and the twins, Agnes and Agatha, find a sketchbook made by Samantha’s mother. In it, Samantha sees a beautiful waterfall she had visited with her parents long ago, before they died in a boating accident. Using the sketchbook as a map, Samantha and the twins set off. When their secret exploration puts them in the middle of a dangerous storm, Samantha must save the day.
Lisi Harrison - The Pretty Committee Strikes Back
A tragic haircut leaves Kristen looking manlier than a New York Jets linebacker. Will she be condemned to a season of trying to find cute hats when, as everyone knows, hats are so over? Meanwhile, Claire got everything she wants -- new camo Converse high-tops, bag and bags of gummies, and best of all, her first ever cell phone, from Massie. Although Claire's now an official member of the Clique, presents don't matter to her -- all she really wants is her first kiss from Cam, of course!
Terry Deary - The Groovy Greeks
Terrible tales about horrible heroes, savage Spartan soldiers, foolish philosophers and suffering slaves Terry Deary and Martin Brown s brilliant books about the nastiest periods in history have now with the help of some astounding actors been transformed into a series of audio extravaganzas. Featuring new, extra material not found anywhere in the books, these sound spectaculars are just as thrilling and spilling, funny and fast as their printed counterparts.