• Juvenile Fiction

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp


Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442421053
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 326
View: 1687
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Underneath.

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Underneath


Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416998586
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 336
View: 4453
There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road. A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath. Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love—and its opposite, hate—the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Mogie

The Heart of the House (with audio recording)
Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442480556
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 40
View: 1280
Mogie is a real-life Labradoodle with a special talent: he always knows just what a sick kid needs! Get to know this passionate pup with this story by a Newbery Honoree. Give that dog a puddle and he’d splash. Give him a whistle and he’d roll over. Give him a rule and he’d break it. One day a passel of puppies was born. Each puppy was designated for a Very Important Job, like Service Dog, or Search and Rescue Dog, or Groomed for the Show Ring Dog. Each puppy, that is, except Mogie. Mogie was a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup. Not the kind of pup for any of those jobs! But there is a place that is just right for Mogie: a very special house where sick children and their families can stay while they undergo long-term treatment. A place with children who NEED a ball-chasing, tail-wagging, moon-howling pup. And there’s one little boy in particular who needs Mogie. And Mogie is about to prove he’s the best darn pooch in the passel. Based on a true story, this heartwarming picture book is published in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Keeper


Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781442406087
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 432
View: 4494
Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her mother—an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was three—and heads right for the ocean, right for the sandbar where mermaids are known to gather. But her boat is too small for the surf—and much too small for the storm that is brewing on the horizon. Kathi Appelt follows her award-winning and New York Times bestselling novel The Underneath with this stunning, mysterious, and breathtaking tale of a girl who outgrows fairy tales just a little too late—and learns in the end that there is nothing more magical and mythical than love itself.

    • Young Adult Fiction

Angel Thieves


Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
ISBN: 9781442421097
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 336
View: 8124
An ocelot. A slave. An angel thief. Multiple perspectives spanning across time are united through themes of freedom, hope, and faith in a most unusual and epic novel from Newbery Honor–winning author and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt. Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it… Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has long since lost her, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon. Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed… In a masterful feat, National Book Award Honoree Kathi Appelt weaves together stories across time, connected by the bayou, an angel, and the universal desire to be free.

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Water Castle


Author: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 0802735932
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 344
View: 8367
A gorgeously written intergenerational story of three kids' search for the elusive Fountain of Youth.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Counting Crows


Author: Kathi Appelt,Rob Dunlavey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442423277
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 40
View: 3878
The reader is invited to count hungry crows as they hunt for savory snacks.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Maybe a Fox


Author: Kathi Appelt,Alison McGhee
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1442482443
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
View: 5173
Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever. Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, more than best friends, they’d be identical twins if only they’d been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn’t such a fast—faster than fast—runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they’re not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens…and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that—like their mother—her sister is gone forever. At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born—half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast—faster than fast—and she senses danger. She’s too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide. Writing in alternate voices—one Jules’s, the other the fox’s—Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family’s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.

    • Brothers and sisters

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle


Author: Janet Fox
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0147517133
Category: Brothers and sisters
Page: 400
View: 7420
In 1940, during the Blitz, Kat Bateson is sent to a school in a Scottish castle that is said to be haunted by dark magic from the past, but when some of her classmates disappear, she wonders if the magic exists very much in the present.

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Boy on the Porch


Author: Sharon Creech
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062207776
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 176
View: 5640
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's Ruby Holler will love her latest tween novel about finding family when you least expect it. When a young couple finds a boy asleep on their porch, their lives take a surprising turn. Unable to speak, the boy Jacob can't explain his history. All John and Marta know is that they have been chosen to care for him. And, as their connection and friendship with Jacob grow, they embrace his exuberant spirit and talents. The three of them blossom into an unlikely family and begin to see the world in brand-new ways. The Boy on the Porch is a singular story about opening your heart and discovering home in unexpected places.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Cowboy Dreams


Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
View: 2065
A little cowpoke is lulled to sleep by dreams of the sights and sounds of the Western landscape at night, in a lyrical celebration of the American prairie that includes warm, gentle illustrations.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Our Story Begins

Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids
Author: Elissa Brent Weissman,Kwame Alexander,Tom Angleberger,Kathi Appelt,Ashley Bryan,Tim Federle,Candace Fleming,Marla Frazee,Chris Gall,Alex Gino,Chris Grabenstein,Gordon Korman,Jarrett J. Krosoczka,Thanhha Lai,Peter Lerangis,Gail Carson Levine,Grace Lin,Yuyi Morales,Phyllis Reynolds Naylor,R. J. Palacio,Linda Sue Park,Rohmann, Eric,Dan Santat,Brian Selznick,Cynthia Leitich Smith,Rita Williams-Garcia
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481472100
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 192
View: 6386
From award-winning author Elissa Brent Weissman comes a collection of quirky, smart, and vulnerable childhood works by some of today’s foremost children’s authors and illustrators—revealing young talent, the storytellers they would one day become, and the creativity they inspire today. Everyone’s story begins somewhere… For Linda Sue Park, it was a trip to the ocean, a brand-new typewriter, and a little creative license. For Jarrett J. Krosoczka, it was a third grade writing assignment that ignited a creative fire in a kid who liked to draw. For Kwame Alexander, it was a loving poem composed for Mother’s Day—and perfected through draft after discarded draft. For others, it was a teacher, a parent, a beloved book, a word of encouragement. It was trying, and failing, and trying again. It was a love of words, and pictures, and stories. Your story is beginning, too. Where will it go?

    • Juvenile Fiction

The Troubles of Johnny Cannon


Author: Isaiah Campbell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481400053
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 304
View: 8063
“A boy with a highly original voice winces his way into the bewildering world of adults during a neglected moment in American history” (Newbery Medalist Richard Peck) in this heroic coming-of-age novel. Johnny Cannon’s got problems. Money is scarce. Martha Macker, the girl he likes, barely knows he’s alive. His best friend Willie is pretty great, but he also happens to be a black kid—which is not exactly acceptable in Cullman, Alabama. His big brother Tommy went to war and vanished. His Pa may be committing treason in their backyard. And just when it seems like things couldn’t get worse, an old family friend—or maybe enemy—appears and shakes everything up. How’s a kid like Johnny supposed to get himself and his family out of a mess that’s stickier than molasses and twice as tangled as a spiderweb?

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Down Cut Shin Creek

The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky
Author: Kathi Appelt,Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060291354
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
View: 3417
It's 4:30 in the morning, and the "book woman" and her horse are already on their way. Hers is an important job, for the folks along her treacherous route are eager for the tattered books and magazines she carries in her saddlebags. During the Great Depression, thousands lived on the brink of starvation. Many perished. In 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progess Administration under his 1933 New Deal initiative. The WPA was designed to get people back on their feet. One of its most innovative programs was the Pack Horse Library Project of Eastern Kentucky. Thoroughly researched and illustrated with period photographs, this is the story of one of the WPA's greatest successes. People all over the country supported the project's goals. But it was the librarians themselves -- young, determined, and earning just $28 a month -- who brought the hope of a wider world to people in the crooks and hollows of Kentucky's Cumberland Mountains.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Samson: The Piranha Who Went to Dinner


Author: Tadgh Bentley
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062335371
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 40
View: 5532
A charming and funny story of friendship, fine dining, and being true to yourself, from Tadgh Bentley, the author/illustrator of Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups—perfect for fans of Love Monster and I Don’t Want to Be a Frog! Samson wasn’t like other piranhas. While other piranhas stayed close to home He wanted to explore the world. And while they stuck to the same old routine, swimming and chomping and scaring, Samson liked to try new things Most of all, Samson dreamed of eating fine foods at fancy restaurants. So when not one but THREE new restaurants come to his corner of the sea, Samson can’t wait to try them all. There’s only one problem: With their big teeth and scary smiles, piranhas aren’t really welcome anywhere, let alone in fancy restaurants. Can Samson make his dream come true—and still be himself?

    • Juvenile Fiction

I, Lorelei


Author: Yeardley Smith
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061975559
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 100
View: 6736
Lorelei Connelly is no ordinary eleven-year-old. She's practical and a forward thinker. When her favorite cat, Mud, dies, she starts a journal to him, chronicling her daily life as a sixth grader so that he can continue to follow her rise to fame and fortune as a beloved actress, celebrated chef, and/or bestselling author. She figures it's also a good way to make sure her future biographers don't get anything wrong about her. But when her parents' marriage starts to unravel, Lorelei's lighthearted daily log becomes a poignant and defiantly humorous account of a family in distress as Lorelei grapples with the ground shifting under her feet. Yeardley Smith engages the reader with wit, candor, and authenticity.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood


Author: Varsha Bajaj
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN: 0807563641
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 256
View: 3753
What thirteen-year-old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star—in Bollywood! Now she's traveling to Mumbai to get to know her famous father. Abby is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India's most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where she really belongs.

    • Horses

The Thunderherd


Author: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
ISBN: 9780688132644
Category: Horses
Page: 32
View: 7265
As a thunderstorm rushes down from the mountains, a lone mustang shows the strength and speed of its ancestors as it races across the grassy prairie.

    • Juvenile Fiction

Burn My Heart


Author: Beverley Naidoo
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141904801
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 208
View: 4910
The Mau Mau – the name of a secret society that once struck terror into the hearts of British settlers in Kenya. An episode in history that ended in a State of Emergency, with violent and brutal acts dividing a nation. This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another . . . Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Beverley Naidoo explores new territory in this beautifully realized and moving story set in Britain's colonial past.