They were neighbors before they were friends. Sarah-Kate’s yard backed up to Hillary’s and now Sarah-Kate is claiming elves live in the junky overgrown space around her house.
At first, it seemed impossible. Elves! But Hillary’d seen the tiny houses made of stick and bits of wire. And there was something, “a faint vibration or buzz” in the air…
Despite her mother’s urgings to stay away, Hillary was determined to learn more about the elves. And her mysterious new friend and her friend’s mother, who fluttered, almost imperceptibly, behind shade-drawn windows.
AFTERNOON OF THE ELVES is a book not to be missed and deserving of the Newbery Honor it won some twenty years ago.
Margaret, Clementine’s best friend, claims she knows exactly how to help Clementine get a Friend-of-the-Week booklet, full of compliments, just like the one she received in third grade. But does Margaret really know what she’s talking about?
Fourth in the series, CLEMENTINE, FRIEND OF THE WEEK, is full of Clementine personality. With a surprise ending that warms the heart, this just might be the best book in the series yet!
The day he stumbled upon a real live tiger in the woods behind the Kentucky Star Motel, where he and his father had been living ever since they left Jacksonville, Rob Horton had a feeling his luck was about to change. But even he couldn’t have imagined how that one, unbelievable, discovery would lead him to eventually free the tiger from its cage, and his own heart from the sadness he’d locked away since his mother’s death.
This 2001 National Book Award Finalist winner was published after Because of Winn-Dixie but still remains a favorite, almost ten years later.
Full of all the fun and cleverness that makes Dav Pilkey a favorite of many young readers, Ook (rhymes with “duke”) and Gluck (rhymes with “duck”) don’t disappoint. The cover promises “action,” “laffs” and a “flip-o-rama in every chapter.” Really. This book is going to please readers of all ages, leaving a smile on the faces of those who carry on to the end. There’s even a bonus section for the reader who want to learn to speak caveman language! What could be better?
Some parents and teachers may object to all the misspellings and grammar bloopers, but, honestly, the book’s sure to be a hit and kids will be holding their breath waiting for the next in the series.
In three short chapters, spare text by DiCamillo and McGhee joins with the very charming illustrations of Tony Fucile in a way that allows Bink and Gollie’s warm friendship to shine through.
It’s a well-matched collaboration and we have to agree that the result is something quite unlike anything we’ve seen before in books for young readers.
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