After a terrible accident changes the course of his life forever, 12-year-old Ethan and his family move from Boston down to the sleepy town of Palmknot, Georgia. Ethan grows closer to his grouchy grandpa and makes a new friend in his classmate Coralee, but eventually, the secrets that both Ethan and Coralee are hiding threaten to put them both in danger. This is a wonderful story about how friendship and family can ease the pain of grief, and how forgiveness - of yourself and others - is often the bravest thing of all.
When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He also meets its guardian, the self-proclaimed Evil Wizard Smallbone, who calls Nick his apprentice and won’t let him leave, but won’t teach him magic, either. It’s a good thing the bookstore takes Nick’s magical education in hand, because Smallbone’s nemesis—the Evil Wizard Fidelou—and his pack of shape-shifting bikers are howling at the borders. Smallbone might call himself evil, but compared to Fidelou, he’s practically a puppy. And he can’t handle Fidelou alone.
It's 1943 and young Annabelle lives with her family on a farm in rural Pennsylvania. When a cruel older girl from town suddenly goes missing after terrorizing Annabelle and her brothers for weeks everyone wants answers... and Annabelle is forced to lie in order to defend and protect a friend. This is a story about standing up for what's right and not judging people by their outsides. it reminded me a lot of To Kill a Mockingbird and seems destined to become a modern classic - it's that good.
Topher, Steve,, and Brand all love their sixth grade teacher, Ms. Bixby, for different reasons...so when she has to leave school early to undergo treatment for cancer, they hatch a plan to give her the greatest possible "last day.: As the three boys each tell their version of events, we see that they're all struggling with different things at home and at school, and we understand just what makes Ms. Bixby so special. This story is equal parts funny and heartfelt, and if you're like me, you'll probably cry at the end.
Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. At first it was just "cute" and "adorable," but as she's gotten older and kids have gotten meaner, words like "loser" and "pathetic" appear, and those words bubble up and itch. And then there are words like "interesting," which she's not really sure how to feel about. Now, at age twelve, she's starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying "I know who you are, and I know what you're dealing with. I want to help." As Elyse works to solve the mystery of who is sending her these notes, she also finds new ways to accept who she is and to become her best self.
Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .