Do you love science, a bit of mystery, and a good laugh? Look no more! Jack and the Geniuses is the series for you. Jack and foster sibs, Matt and Ava, are sure to entertain you as their daring choices take them to Antarctica and deep sea diving in the first two books. From self-drying underwear to robolegs, their inventions do not disappoint, with Bill Nye giving real scientific explanations at the end.
School besties Rip and Red could not be an odder couple. Rip, a smart, charming, dreadlocked kid, is super-protective of Red, whose autism makes him uniquely gifted. Sharing their passion for basketball and a love and respect for Mr. Acevedo, their unconventional teacher and coach (complete with tattoos and a pierced ear), they struggle to survive the challenges of friendship and school drama.
Immerse yourself in science! Are you curious about the Wright Brothers experiments with flight? How about what makes bats special? Or what if scientists could interrogate the world's deadliest epidemics? Each brighlty colored, information-filled graphic novel is introduced by an expert in the book's scientific topic.
From the first page you will love, love, love this book as you are drawn in by Loren Long's vibrant illustrations and the sights, smells, and sounds that Matt de la Peña crafts with this heartfelt picture book. This book will leave you thinking about the role that love plays in all our lives with its ups and downs long after it is over.
Imagine spending a whole summer month with your grandparents in rural Virginia. That’s the plan that Brooklynite parents have for brothers Genie (11) and Ernie (14). Even though he is meeting his grandparents for the first time, Genie bonds with his blind Grandpop and comes to understand his odd behaviors. They are well cared for by Grandma, but must do daily chores, like poop scooping and pea picking. But they are never bored as their bravery is uniquely tested that summer.
All Dara Palmer wants to do is act. Is it too much to ask to be selected as Maria in her school’s production of The Sound of Music? Apparently so. Dara is crushed when she not only doesn’t get the lead, but does not even get a speaking part. Is it because she is Cambodian or is she just not that talented? Be prepared to laugh and cry for Dara as she tries to figure out who she really is, and what really matters in life.
Even though Archer feels the call of adventure as strongly as his legendary grandparents, his mother disagrees and keeps him under a close watch at home. A mysterious package from his supposedly deceased grandparents spurs Archer to go on a mission to Antarctica. With the help of his neighbors and close friends, Oliver and Adelaide, Archer begins to test the limits of his adventuring. United by their quirks, the trio learn about friendship in this engrossing story.
Mark is on a mission to climb Mt. Ranier, but why the urgency? Mark ventures out because his cancer is back and he needs to get away from it all. With his notebook, a camera, his faithful dog, Beau, and a few necessities, he journeys out, telling no one... except his best friend, Jessie, whom he has sworn to secrecy. This book will have you questioning life’s lessons, while clinging to each page with every step Mark takes.
Desperate times lead 12 year-old Timothy to steal a credit card to pay for the super-expensive meds for his seriously ill infant brother, Levi. He is placed under house arrest for a whole year, requiring check-ins with his probation officer and psychologist. Then his dad abandons their family. Through the mandated journal Timothy must keep, his angry, sad, yet sometimes hopeful thoughts are revealed. You will cry for this kid’s struggles while marveling at his perseverance and love.
Eleven-year-old Martin is not like other boys. He doesn’t like “normal boy stuff” like sports, and would prefer to stay in his house and play videogames. His dad sends him off to stay with his aunt for the summer on a secluded island in Maine. On this island, away from everything he knows and with the help of a new friend, Martin attempts to figure out his place in the world.
Maria's father is Indian and mother is Mexican, but in the rural 1940s California community where she lives, that is not uncommon. Maria is focused on playing softball, but finds she might have to take on a bigger role to fight injustice.
Investigating what happened to the Twin Towers on 9/11 is just a part of fifth grader Déjà’s challenges when her teacher introduces the class to a unit of study about it. However, despite living in a shelter and attending a new school, Déjà manages to make friends through this study while answering some questions about her father’s fragile condition and what it means to be an American.
In this unique collection of twelve short stories, you will have a glimpse into the very diverse lives of young Latinos. Their touching tales range from family struggles with immigration laws to battling poverty to pursuing a passions for soccer. Delacre's stories are real and the charcoal pencil illustrations are just captivating.
What does a life-sized X-Wing Lego Starfighter have to do with the fantasyland treehouses found at Finca Bellavista in southern Costa Rica? They, along with the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and the pyramids of Giza are all marvelous creations. This book will intrigue you and amuse you with Michael Hearst's quirky humor and Matt Johnstone's striking cartoon-like drawings. You will curiously keep turning the pages!
Lying. We know it’s wrong, but it is a very common part of our daily communication. From a little white lie to a giant whopper, why do we do it? Is lying to spare someone’s feelings okay? Is lying sometimes even necessary? This book examines the different types of lies we tell and the motivations for doing so.
Werewolves, zombies, and vampires- oh my! This book is a fun look at the science behind monsters. What would these monsters look like? Could a plague really spread and turn us all into zombies? How could a person transform into a hairy werewolf? All of these questions and more are answered as the book explores whether monsters could actually survive in our world.
As a fifth grader in Puerto Rico, Arturo Schomburg refused to accept that "Africa's sons and daughters had no history," as told by his teacher. So began his lifelong quest to learn about such geniuses of African descent as Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, and even Beethoven. His rare manuscripts and book collections were later purchased and donated in 1926 to the New York Public Library.
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