In this novel in verse, 12-year old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan Bell must come to grips with growing up on and off the court as the boys begin moving apart from each other for the first time in their lives. While Jordan begins spending time with a girl, Josh struggles with feelings of jealousy and abandonment. Josh channels his conflicting emotions into a riveting first person account that tells the story of sports, brotherly tension, and familial bonds as his family struggles with his father’s failing health. Ages 9 to 12.
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird?
Woodpecker calls from a tree, "cuk-cuk-cuk." Starling sings, "whistle-ee-wee." But have you heard the nesting bird? In this informational picture book, young readers hear all the different calls of common backyard birds, except for one - the mysterious quiet of a mama robin waiting for her eggs to hatch. The perfect introduction to common neighborhood birds as well as the nesting behavior of the robin for budding naturalists. Ages 4 to 8.
The Last Wild
In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an over-enthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals? Ages 8 to 12.
When Bunny's little cousin visits, her mother tells her over and over that she must share. But her cousin wants to do everything Bunny does. He wants to play with Bunny's bear, but he pokes and pulls little Ted. He wants to play dress-up, but he spills Bunny's beads all over the floor. Bunny tries to watch TV, but he blocks her view of the screen, and when Bunny tries to paint, he scribbles all over her artwork. By the end of the day, Bunny is exasperated! But, as her cousin is getting ready to leave, she realizes she's going to miss him and his constant attention, and she discovers the real value of sharing. A gentle, reassuring lesson for children who have a tough time sharing. Ages 2 to 6.
Stella lives in a sparkling home on wheels that's as silver as a comet in the sky. Inside are lots of cupboards and hiding places, and even a sofa that turns into a bed! Her home is called the Starliner, and it has everything Stella and her mama and daddy need to be happy. Until, that is, some big weasels pop up along the road, saying mean things about the Starliner. Mama comes to soothe away the hurt, and Daddy hitches their home to a truck and drives it away to a brand-new place, where Stella meets friends who are as enchanted as she is with her shiny home. A gentle reminder that it is not the size or shape of a home that matters, but the love that is inside it. Ages 5 to 8.
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