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Protector of the Small

Tamora Pierce - 2004
    Ten-year-old Keladry of Mindalen, daughter of nobles, serves as a page but must prove herself to the males around her if she is ever to fulfill her dream of becoming a knight.Omnibus edition, collecting First Test, Page, Squire, and Lady Knight.

Vampire Rites Trilogy

Darren Shan - 2004
    In 'Trials of Death', Darren has to pass five deadly trials to prove himself to the vampire clan. And in 'The Vampire Prince', can Darren outwit a cunning foe?

This Lullaby/The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen - 2004
    Her boyfriend is going away. Shes stuck with a dull-asdishwater job at the library. And shell spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her fathers recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mothers open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it. THIS LULLABY: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesnt mess around. After all, shes learned all there is to know from her mother, whos currently working on husband number five. But theres something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remys rules. He certainly doesnt seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just cant seem to shake him. Could it be that Remys starting to understand what those love songs are all about? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy whos determined to soften her up. (from

The Recruit

Robert Muchamore - 2004
    For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an exceptionally dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: adults never suspect that teens are spying on them. James is the latest CHERUB recruit. He’s a bit of a troublemaker, but he’s also brilliant. And CHERUB needs him. James has no idea what to expect, but he’s out of options. Before he can start in the field he must first survive one hundred grueling days of basic training, where even the toughest recruits don’t make it to the end.

The Ruins of Gorlan / The Burning Bridge

John Flanagan - 2004
    Are you ready? In 'The Burning Bridge', you are learning well, but you are soon to be tested and must embark on your most dangerous mission yet.

Shadow Children (Boxed Set): Among the Hidden; Among the Impostors; Among the Betrayed; Among the Barons

Margaret Peterson Haddix - 2004
    Illegal third children -- shadow children -- must live in hiding. If they are discovered, there is only one punishment: Death. Among the Hidden An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers An American Booksellers Association Kids' Pick of the List Among the Impostors International Reading Association Young Adults' Choice Among the Betrayed An America Library Association Quick Pick International Reading Association/Children's Book Council Children's Choice

The Cumbersome Collection

Lemony Snicket - 2004
    As always, be forewarned that there is nothing to be found in this series but "misery, despair, and discomfort." Read at your own risk.

The Ruins of Gorlan

John Flanagan - 2004
    The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied....


Kenneth Oppel - 2004
    It is the life Matt's always wanted; convinced he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant as the hydrium gas that powers his ship. One night he meets a dying balloonist who speaks of beautiful creatures drifting through the skies. It is only after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may, in fact, have been true, and that the creatures are completely real and utterly mysterious.In a swashbuckling adventure reminiscent of Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, author of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined world in which the air is populated by transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings never before dreamed of by the humans who sail the skies.

Always and Forever

Lurlene McDaniel - 2004
    As the school year begins, her work is paying off: Her grades are up and she’s landed a coveted spot on the Brain Bowl team. She and her best friend, Jory Delaney, are determined to have the best junior year ever.Then Melissa receives devastating news about her health. At first she refuses to accept the doctor’s diagnosis, but as her illness gets worse, she cannot deny the truth. Only with the loving support of her family, and especially Jory, can Melissa come to terms with the mysteries of living . . . and dying.

My Side of the Mountain/On the Far Side of the Mountain

Jean Craighead George - 2004

Journey of Hope

Lurlene McDaniel - 2004
    After graduation she joins a mission group on a hospital mercy ship sailing to Africa.Praise for Angel of Mercy:“There’s a huge audience for McDaniel’s romance fiction, and this one has all the features her readers look for.”—Booklist“Most readers will be caught up in the passion and sorrow of Heather’s missionary experiences.”—School Library JournalPraise for Angel of Hope:“The love between the sisters is realistically portrayed, and Amber’s slow maturation is convincing.”—Booklist

Daddy-Long-Legs / Dear Enemy

Jean Webster - 2004
    Its sequel, Dear Enemy (1915), also told in letters, follows the progress of Judy's former orphanage now run by her friend Sallie McBride, who struggles to give her young charges hope and a new life. Full of irrepressible female characters that both recall Alcott's Jo March and anticipate the popular heroines of contemporary literature, Webster's novels are witty, heartfelt, and delightfully modern.

Jason & Kyra

Dana Davidson - 2004
    Brainy Kyra isn't, but she doesn't much care what other people think. Under normal circumstances, Jason and Kyra would live in their separate worlds until graduation. But fate intervenes, and the unlikely duo is paired up for a class project. Although preconceived notions abound on both sides, Kyra soon realizes that Jason is not the dumb jock she anticipated. And Jason finds himself telling Kyra things he can't even tell his best friend. As the two become close and eventually start to fall in love, no one in school can believe it, especially Jason's ex-girlfriend, who is determined to get him back. Being together means navigating the obstacles that are coming their way-but staying apart may be impossible. Dana Davidson is a high school teacher who was the 2001 winner of the Newsweek WDIV Outstanding Teacher Award. This is her first book for young adults.

Wicked Willow I: The Darkening

Yvonne Navarro - 2004
    Buffy and Xander arrive too late to stop Willow from taking revenge on Warren for the murder of Tara, and now they stand helpless as Willow determines to use whatever magick it takes to bring her lover back from the grave.

The Truth About Forever

Sarah Dessen - 2004
    Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.


Kate Morgenroth - 2004
    But to save his own life, he can't tell the police what he knows. Still, Jude is determined to clear his name and win the approval of his mother -- the district attorney he has not seen since he was an infant. At the urging of his mother's longtime companion, Jude agrees to a crazy scheme to protect her political future. But what Jude doesn't know is that there are buried secrets that will require him to sacrifice more than he ever dreamed. And his search for approval will turn into one for revenge.

The Book of Everything

Guus Kuijer - 2004
    Tropical fish swimming in the canals. The magic of Mrs. Van Amersfoort, the Beethoven-loving witch next door. The fierce beauty of Eliza with her artificial leg. And the Lord Jesus, who tells him, "Just call me Jesus." Thomas records these visions in his "Book of Everything." They comfort him when his father beats him, when the angels weep for his mother's black eyes. And they give him the strength to finally confront his father and become what he wants to be when he grows up: "Happy."

Goat Girls

Francesca Lia Block - 2004
    Two magical-realist coming-of-age Weetzie Bat stories from Francesca Lia Block: Witch Baby and Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys.

Beautiful Boys

Francesca Lia Block - 2004
    Two darkly magical Weetzie Bat stories about the search for self from Francesca Lia Block: Missing Angel Juan and Baby Be-Bop.

The Golden Book of Faerie

O.R. Melling - 2004
    Large format compendium of The Hunter’s Moon (revised edition), The Summer King, The Light-Bearer’s Daughter, The Book of Dreams.

Kathleen's Story

Lurlene McDaniel - 2004
    Kathleen is reluctant to do it - she has enough responsibility at home caring for her sick mother. But when she meets Carson, a cute and flirty fellow volunteer, she is happy that she joined the program. Or, at least, she thinks she is. Carson's "old friend" Stephanie keeps showing up at all the wrong times. And Kathleen's mother keeps complaining that she needs Kathleen at home. But with friends Raina and Holly by her side and her Pink Angel t-shirt on her back, Kathleen is able to realize that helping others also allows you to help yourself.

Who Am I Without Him?: A Short Story Collection about Girls and Boys in Their Lives

Sharon G. Flake - 2004
    In "Wanted: A Thug," a teenager seeks advice on how to steal her best friend's bad-guy boyfriend. And then there's Erika, who only likes white boys. Sharon Flake takes readers through the minds of girls trying to define themselves while struggling to remain relevant to the boys in their lives. This is a complex, often humorous, always on-point exposition of black youth resolving to find self-worth . . . any way they know how.

Travel Team

Mike Lupica - 2004
    Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.For fans of The Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, the Mighty Ducks, and Mike Lupica's other New York Times bestselling novels Heat, The Underdogs, and Million-Dollar Throw, here is a book that proves that when the game knocks you down, champions stand tall.

Letters My Mother Never Read

Jerri Diane Sueck - 2004
    She was wrong. Sent to live with people who didn't want her, Jerri was powerless to stop her once-happy childhood from becoming a nightmare of cruelty and neglect. Only a stubborn belief in her own worth and a fierce will to live allowed her to reach adulthood physically and emotionally intact. This is a book that will inspire not only those who have been orphans or foster children, but anyone who has known the pain of being unwanted.

Annie, Between the States

L.M. Elliott - 2004
    Her brothers, Laurence and Jamie, fight to defend the South, while Annie and her mother tend to wounded soldiers. When she develops a romantic connection with a Union Army lieutenant, Annie's view of the war broadens. Then an accusation calls her loyalty into question. A nation and a heart divided force Annie to choose her own course.

Becoming Naomi León

Pam Muñoz Ryan - 2004
    When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Oaxaca, Mexico with her great-grandmother and younger brother in search of her father.

Alabama Moon

Watt Key - 2004
    I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasn't worried about me.For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon's father dies, Moon follows his father's last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn't know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there.In this compelling, action-packed book, Watt Key gives us the thrilling coming-of-age story of the unique and extremely appealing Moon.Alabama Moon is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Tree Girl

Ben Mikaelsen - 2004
    Gabi climbs trees to be within reach of the eagles and watch the sun rise into an empty sky. She is at home among the outstretched branches of the Guatemalan forests.Then one day from the safety of a tree, Gabi witnesses the sights and sounds of an unspeakable massacre. She vows to be Tree Girl no more and joins the hordes of refugees struggling to reach the Mexican border. She has lost her whole family; her entire village has been wiped out. Yet she clings to the hope that she will be reunited with her youngest sister, Alicia. Over dangerous miles and months of hunger and thirst, Gabriela's search for Alicia and for a safe haven becomes a search for self. Having turned her back on her own identity, can she hope to claim a new life?Ages 12+


Kalisha Buckhanon - 2004
    Antonio and Natasha's world is turned upside down, and their young love is put to the test, when Antonio finds himself in jail, accused of a shocking crime. Antonio fights to stay alive on the inside, while on the outside, Natasha faces choices that will change her life. Over the course of a decade, they share a desperate correspondence. Often, they have only each other to turn to as life takes them down separate paths and leaves them wondering if they will ever find their way back together.Startling, real, and filled with raw emotion, Upstate is an unforgettable coming-of-age story with a message of undeniable hope. Brilliant and profoundly felt, it is destined to speak to a new generation of readers.

Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

Louise Rennison - 2004
    He is mine, miney, mine, mine. There is a song in my heart and do you know what it is? It is that well-known chart topper "Robbie, oh Robbie, I . . . er . . . Lobbie You!!! I Do I Do!!!"Georgia Nicolson is now the girlfriend of the Sex God (aka Robbie), and everything should be perfect. But whether it's because her loony parents drag her off to Och Aye land (aka Scotland) or because she accidentally snogs old flame Dave the Laugh at a party, Georgia's life never turns out as planned!In this edition that combines the third and fourth volumes in the hilarious #1 New York Times best-selling series, Georgia may be about to become a shameless vixen! The hysterically funny third and fourth volumes of the best-selling Georgia Nicolson diaries: knocked out by my nunga-nungas and dancing in my nuddy-pants.

Peter and the Starcatchers

Dave Barry - 2004
    Best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson have turned back the clock to reveal the wonderful story that precedes J. M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. Peter and the Starcatchers is brimming with richly developed characters, from the scary but somehow familiar Black Stache and ferocious Mister Grin to the sweet but sophisticated Molly and fearless Peter. Page after page of riveting adventures take readers of all ages on a voyage from a filthy, crime-ridden port in old England across the turbulent sea. Aboard the Neverland is a trunk that hold the “greatest treasure on earth” —but is it gold, jewels, or something far more mysterious and dangerous? Roiling waves and raging storms; skullduggery and pirate treachery provide the backdrop for battles at sea. Bone-crushing breakers eventually land our characters on Mollusk Island—where the action really heats up. This impossible-to-put-down tale leads readers on an unforgettable journey—fraught with danger yet filled with mystical and magical moments.

Winter Memories

Lauren Brooke - 2004
    This title is filled with nostalgia and inspiration, as we see Amy's life before the start of the series.It's December, and Amy can't help but remember the last holiday she spent with her mother. Back then, Amy was training Sundance, the feisty pony they had rescued from an auction. While Sundance had proven to be a talent in the show ring, he was still impossible to handle in the stable. Frustrated by the pony's attitude and her mother's rigorous training schedule, Amy is lacking holiday - and Heartland - spirit. But then, Sundance falls ill. As Amy watches over him, she is finally able to glimpse the vulnerable pony's true heart - and understand the precious gift she shares with her mother.

The Young Traveler's Gift

Andy Andrews - 2004
    His coach is angry, his parents are disappointed, and he's diving headfirst into a downward spiral. Facing the bleak future ahead, he sees no way out and wonders if life is really worth living.  But with some divine intervention, he's given a second chance when he's offered a once-in-a-lifetime journey of discovery.Rewritten to engage the minds of teens and tweens, The Young Traveler's Gift is sure to encourage and enlighten young men and women as they prepare to face the journeys that lie ahead.

Asterix Comics (Graphic Novels) Box Set of 34 Titles

René Goscinny - 2004
    (1976) Asterix in Belgium (1979) Asterix and the Great Divide (1980) Asterix and the Black Gold (1981) Asterix and Son (1983) Asterix and the Magic Carpet (1987) Asterix and the Secret Weapon (1991) Asterix and Obelix All at Sea (1996) Asterix and the Actress (2001) Asterix and the Class Act (2003) Asterix and the Falling Sky (2005) Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book (2009) Asterix and the Picts (2013)

Spongebob Squarepants Movie: A Novelization of the Hit Movie!

Marc Cerasini - 2004
    Krabs is held accountable for the crime! So it's up to SpongeBob and his trusty sidekick, Patrick, to make the dangerous trip to Shell City to retrieve the crown and save Mr. Krabs's life. Meanwhile, the evil Plankton has set his plan into motion: to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula and rule the sea! Will SpongeBob and Patrick be able to save the crown "and" make it back in time to save the fate of Bikini Bottom?

The Highs and Lows of Being Mia

Meg Cabot - 2004
    Also: anonymous poems, a planned walkout, a scandalous fashion spread, and, possibly, true love? In Volume IV, Mia must convince her future subjects that she is in fact capable of running an entire country someday, while also attempting to schedule her first real date. Also: a Speedo-donning prince, an otherworldly (stolen) birthday gift, and a hidden talent.The life of Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo is about to get a whole lot crazier. Keep up with New York' s most reluctant royal in these, her (fictional) diaries. And hang on to your tiaras

Going for the Record

Julie A. Swanson - 2004
    Seventeen-year-old Leah's chance to make the national soccer team does not seem so important when she learns that her father has cancer and may only have months to live.

Hover Car Racer

Matthew Reilly - 2004
    This brilliant new technology has brought with it the invention of a new super-fast, super-dangerous, competitive sport ...hover car racing. Part race-car driver, part fighter pilot, all superstar: Jason Chaser is a champion hover car racer. But now he's pitted against the best young racers on the planet - with the ultimate prize at stake!

The Princess Diaries: Princess in Love / Princess in Waiting / Project Princess / Princess in Pink

Meg Cabot - 2004

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV: Stories of Life, Love and Learning

Jack Canfield - 2004
    We often judge our own stories as being good or bad, right or wrong. The truth is, each and every one of them not only holds meaning for us but for those around us as well. Chicken Soup for The Teenage Soul IV is filled with such stories: what it really means to be a teenager in today's world. Are you having a tough time with your best friend? Trying to get your crush to notice you? Recovering from a heart-wrenching breakup? Are you dealing with something even more difficult, like coping with the death of someone you love? Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV shows you that you're not alone. You'll see yourself in these stories filled with compassion, love and wisdom from teens who have made it through the hard times and triumphed. These are real stories about real life you won't want to put down 'til you've read the last page.

The Sea of Trolls

Nancy Farmer - 2004
    793; Jack and his sister have been kidnapped by Vikings and taken to the court of Ivar the Boneless and his terrifying half-troll wife; but things get even worse when Jack finds himself on a dangerous quest to find the magical Mimir's Well in a far-off land, with his sister's life forfeit if he fails.Other threats include a willful mother Dragon, a giant spider, and a troll-boar with a surprising personality -- to say nothing of Ivar the Boneless and his wife, Queen Frith, a shape-shifting half-troll, and several eight foot tall, orange-haired, full-time trolls. But in stories by award-winner Nancy Farmer, appearances do deceive. She has never told a richer, funnier tale, nor offered more timeless encouragement to young seekers than "Just say no to pillaging."

Blue Fingers: A Ninja's Tale

Cheryl Aylward Whitesel - 2004
    Blue Fingers, a suspenseful, action-packed coming-of-age story set in feudal Japan, offers an up-close look at this noble, fierce way of life.Through an odd twist of fate, a stubborn twelve-year-old boy named Koji is kidnapped by a secret ninja clan and taken to its hidden camp high in the mountains. He wants desperately to return home, but that is forbidden. He must forget his old life and become a ninja-or die. In this carefully researched and well-crafted novel, Koji must learn to survive in the mysterious and dangerous world of the ninja and fulfill a destiny far different from any he could have imagined. Afterword.

Sister to the Wolf

Maxine Trottier - 2004
    In this rough town, indien slaves are routinely mistreated. As Cecile Chesne watches the branding iron burn into young Lesharo's flesh, she knows she must act. Defying convention, the headstrong girl buys the slave's freedom and treats him as an equal. Lesharo is Pawnee--the People of the Wolf. Sworn to protect Cecile, he accompanies her and her father, a coureur de bois, as they leave Quebec for a perilous journey to the new fort at Detroit. Fort society, however, makes Cecile and Lesharo miserable. Torn between two worlds, they can only be free in the wild. But freedom will not come easily. One terrible night, Cecile is forced to make a dreadful choice...

Wide Open: A Life in Supercross

Jeremy McGrath - 2004
    Supercross started out as a redneck '70s sideshow, but thanks largely to Jeremy McGrath it has become a massive extreme sport. Over the last three years, AMA Supercross attendance has mushroomed from 700,000 spectators a year to 1.5 million. This book will satisfy even the most hardcore fans, as it not only gives you the life and times of Jeremy McGrath, but acts as the calling card to the entire sport by including unique sections on how to become a Supercross racer, the workout regimes, fixing common bike problems, and more.

Left Behind: The Kids Live-action (Left Behind the Kids Series 22-33)

Jerry B. Jenkins - 2004
    These twelve episodes will hold the attention of any listener. Best for ages 10-14 but loved by all all ages.

Come Clean

Terri Paddock - 2004
    After trying to drown her feelings with her first ever experiment with alcohol, she is woken early by her mother one Sunday morning. Bundled into the car by her livid parents, Justine is driven to Come Clean, a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and alcoholics. Confused, vulnerable and covered with vomit from her first hangover, Justine is forcibly admitted to cure her “addiction”.There she begins a strict boot-camp routine of humiliation and discipline, where they attempt to strip her of her identity in order to rebuild her a better person. Justine escapes the daily torture at the centre by talking to Joshua in her head, reflecting back on their childhood and trying to puzzle out why her brother was a tortured soul… and why he chose to leave her.Because of the intensely personal nature of the narrative, this book engages the reader instantly and, however tough the subject matter, it is a real page-turner. At its heart, Come Clean is about a girl's inability to deal her grief and her family’s ignorance of her pain. Justine shows strength, resilience, courage and hope while living a nightmare reality.

The Blank Book

Lemony Snicket - 2004
    Looks are deceiving. Just as Lemony Snicket has spent years researching the distressing lives of the Baudelaire orphans, now you too can record your own unfortunate events. The blank pages of this fraudulent book are perfect for writing down any secretive and upsetting research of your own, including the names of suspicious teachers; secret codes you have devised; details of sinister conversations you have overheard; maps of places that are important to you, and other crucial and woeful information. With cover art by Brett Helquist, a beautifully designed interior, a page of black-and-white stickers, and quotations from A Series of Unfortunate Events, this journal is the perfect way for fans of Lemony Snicket to begin documenting their own alarming lives. Ages 9-11

Fire in the Heart: A Spiritual Guide for Teens

Deepak Chopra - 2004
    We need to talk." Out of the mist emerges an old man with a white beard. He is a fantastic figure, as wizardly as Merlin, as wise as Socrates, as peaceful as Buddha. Whoever he is, the old man has appeared on that very day to change the boy's life. "You are old enough to learn about things," he says mysteriously. "And who is going to teach you but me?" The old man gives the boy four days of "soul training," a time of riddles, tricks, parables, and incredible twists that brings out surprising answers to each of four burning questions about spirituality: Do I have a soul? How do wishes come true? What is the supreme force in the universe? How can I change the world? "The old man with the white beard showed me the spiritual side of life," writes Deepak Chopra, "where real passion and excitement come from. So before you begin, take a deep breath. This story could turn out to be yours."

Revenge of the Witch

Joseph Delaney - 2004
    The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins..

Relax Kids: Aladdin's Magic Carpet: And Other Fairy Tale Meditations for Children

Marneta Viegas - 2004
    It is designed to counteract some of the tensions with which we are all familiar and offers parents and children quality time to relax and share together.

Devil on My Heels

Joyce McDonald - 2004
    But there's trouble brewing among the local migrant workers. Suddenly, black and white become a muddy shade of gray, and whispers of the KKK drift through the Southern air.

Alex Rider: Mission Files

Anthony Horowitz - 2004
    Resembling an MI6 secret dossier, these classified documents reveal the inside story of British Intelligence's secret weapon: 14-year-old Alex Rider. Packed with information about every aspect of his missions to date, "The Mission Files" is an unbeatable guide to the teen super-spy's adventures. It includes five full-size, double-sided posters and two booklets containing everything you need to know about codes and spycraft.

The Breakable Vow

Kathryn Ann Clarke - 2004
    . . Annie McGowan is eighteen years old, smart, wisecracking, fun-loving . . . a typical teenager. Yet circumstances force Annie out of the security of high school and into a world of problems all her own. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy and a turbulent, violent relationship with her boyfriend, Kevin, Annie's life begins to spiral out of control. And though her worst fears about Kevin are realized, in the heat of the moment, she finds the courage to fight back.First-time author and domestic violence expert Kathryn Ann Clarke brings clarity and compassion to an often hotly debated issue. In this inspiring debut novel, one remarkable young woman faces the most difficult odds and emerges on the other side -- whole."The Breakable Vow" features a special educational Classroom Guide section in the back of the book that discusses: How to Recognize the Danger Signs of an Abusive Relationship, Safety Planning, Break-Up Planning, Cycle of Violence, Questions to Ask About the New Person in Your Life, and much more.

Quicksand - The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo

Krista Michelle Breen - 2004
    T.J. Thompson's world is thrown upside down when her beloved Appaloosa pony mysteriously disappears into the fog. T.J. and her fearless friend Adrienne Brooks embark on a puzzling cross country journey in search of Dakotaroo. Aided in their adventure by Adrienne's annoying younger brother Phillip, the girls soon begin to understand the strange destiny of T.J.'s Appaloosa.

The Best of Nancy Drew Classic Collection

Carolyn Keene - 2004
    Each collection features three bestselling, classic Nancy Drew mysteries. The Best of Nancy Drew Classic Collection Volume 1 #1 The Secret of the Old Clock: Nancy Drew?s keen mind is tested when she searches for a missing will in this mystery that started them all. #3 The Bungalow Mystery: When one of Nancy?s closest friends suspects her guardians of trying to steal her inheritance, Nancy?s search for clues leads her to an old, abandoned bungalow. #43 The Mystery of the 99 Steps: Despite warnings from a stranger, Nancy sets out for France to search for a flight of 99 steps that may help solve the mystery of a weird dream and a possible case of blackmail.

Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys

Xavier Garza - 2004
    The stories in this collection curdle with the creepy and crawling characters of traditional folklore. These stories brim with the supernatural: the mysterious disappearance of children who made deals with duendes, evil trolls who live inside the walls of our houses; the ghostly specter of La Llorona who floats along the creek bed, howling, !Ay, mis hijos!; witches that turn into great white owls; a severed hand that hurtles across floors and catches a death grip; and even the Devil himself harvesting wayward souls. These are all cucuys, supernatural beings who have come to haunt the imagination in these tales of wonder and warning. These delicious and frightful stories come down through generations of grandmas teaching children to respect the laws of nature and the All Powerful. These particular spooky cucuys are recounted and illustrated by master storyteller Xavier Garza, just the way he heard them at the knees of other masters when he was growing up in South Texas. Garza has preserved just the right gory detail and startling surprise to frighten the socks off you. And he always insists that you learn your lesson and take heed, or else...

Never Go Home Again

Shannon Holmes - 2004
    And yet, like so many others in Corey's neighborhood, he finds the temptations of the lucrative drug trade too great to resist. While he makes fast money for a while, it is inevitable that it is he who has to pay, with his time and maybe even his life: by the age of sixteen Corey is locked up. Incarcerated in Riker's Island and then in prisons upstate, Corey lives through experiences that threaten to destroy his body, his mind, and eventually his spirit. But in the midst of his horrific imprisonment he discovers new strength to keep himself together and survive. Corey meets a few kind souls who mean him well, including a teacher who encourages him to get out of prison and make something of himself. The teacher also advises Corey to "never go home again." Though the homesick Corey does not immediately understand, he ultimately realizes the wisdom of his mentor's words. Unflinching and riveting, this story is the firsthand account of the brutal, unforgiving inner-city streets and prison life, as well as a difficult lesson in accepting responsibility and moving on.

World War II [With DVD]

Reg Grant - 2004
    Includes a 40-minute DVD containing vivid testimonies from soldiers and civilians alike.

The Secret of the Unicorn Queen, Vol. 1: Swept Away and Sun Blind

Josepha Sherman - 2004
    Reit invents an amazing transport into other worlds, Sheila McCarthy accidentally falls through the portal into the kingdom of Arren. There, Sheila finds herself part of a band of warrior-women. Astride unicorns, they gallop toward a dazzling city made of marble. But will they arrive in time to stop the evil king and his wicked wizard henchman from carrying out their deadly plans? And will Sheila ever be able to return home?Thus begins the spellbinding story of an ordinary teenager trapped in an extraordinary place. Swept Away! and Sun Blind are the first two novels in the dazzling adventure The Secret of the Unicorn Queen.The Secret of the Unicorn Queen is the newest addition to the Del Rey Imagine program, which offers the best in fantasy and science fiction for readers twelve and up.

On the Seas to Troy

Caroline B. Cooney - 2004
    Taken hostage as a child, she was forced to live as a slave-girl on a remote island. Now, six years later, she's the sole survivor of a bloodthirsty raid by pirates.When King Menelaus finds her, Anaxandra knows that this is her big chance to find a new life. So she tells a lie that will hurl her on a journey towards Troy - and into the heart of the fiercest war the world has ever known.The sweeping, epic story of one fearless girl - and her quest to find her way back home.

Everworld Books I & II (Everworld, #1-2)

Katherine Applegate - 2004
    School. Friends. Girlfriends. Actually, Senna was probably the oddest aspect of his life. She was beautiful. Smart. But there was something very different about her. Something strange.Then one day it began. One moment, Senna was with him. The next, she was swallowed up by the earth. David couldn't just let her go and neither could their friends. So David, April, Jalil, and Christopher followed Senna to a world they never could have imagined. Wolves the size of elephants, beings who consider themselves immortal, mythological gods.Now the four friends have to find Senna and get home without losing their lives. Or their minds. Or both...

Beautiful Signs/Ayat Jamilah: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents

Sarah Conover - 2004
    Unlike any other collection of Islamic stories, Beautiful Signs gathers traditional stories from the farthest reaches of the Muslim world, stretching from Morocco in the west to Indonesia in the east, and from China in the north to Tanzania in the south.


Tim Bowler - 2004
    "Special hands. Strong and sensitive. You can do anything you want with hands like these. So don't ever put them to bad use.""Luke has good hands. Everybody says so. Good for playing the piano -- just like his father did before he died. And good for climbing -- climbing trees, climbing toward the stars, in search of some peace away from family troubles.Now Skin and his gang want Luke to do some climbing for them. They want him to climb into Mrs. Little's house to look for something to steal. They want him to prove he's a real part of the gang.But nobody is ready for what Luke discovers when he does climb into the house. He encounters something so unexpected that it changes everything -- something that unlocks secrets and helps Luke find out exactly who he is and what it is that he's been searching for.

Voltron Volume 1: Revelations

Dan Jolley - 2004
    So when an Earth officer named Hawkins discovers that a mythical, unstoppable war machine might actually be real, he doesn't hesitate to send five maverick pilots on an ultra-secret mission to bring back the legend of Voltron. The journey begins here, as Keith Kogane, Sven Holgersson, Pidge Stoker, Lance McClain and Hunk Garrett arrive on distant Arus, where they meet Allura, princess of the ravaged planet... and unearth the five giant, robotic lions that join together to re-create the metal warrior known as Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

The Purple Emperor

Robert W. Chambers - 2004
    Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Can't Get There from Here

Todd Strasser - 2004
    She lives with a tribe of homeless teens -- runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned, and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger, and constant danger. With the frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a twelve-year-old whose mother doesn't believe Tears's stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear -- victims of violence, addiction, and exposure -- Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets...if it's not already too late.

Uncle Sean

Ronald L. Donaghe - 2004
    That such love is dangerous and forbidden, young Will is only vaguely aware. While trying to understand what his feelings mean, he is driven to write about his Uncle Sean and begins with these words: "Uncle Sean sure is pretty, but there's something wrong with him, anyway." "Donaghe's magic in crafting this tale was writing Will's journal in the voice of a fourteen-year-old...The book is so realistic that one wonders what has become of Sean and Will since the box containing Will's journal was stowed away in the barn thirty years ago...The novel is a natural for high school and publics libraries." --John R. Selig, "Foreword Magazine"

Sex, Puberty And All That Stuff

Jacqui Bailey - 2004
    A comprehensive and inclusive guide that is packed with useful information, presented in a way that teenagers will find user-friendly and appealing.

For the Love of the Red Sox: An A-To-Z Primer for Red Sox Fans for All Ages

Frederick C. Klein - 2004
    Illustrations and short poems illustrate for Boston Red Sox fans of all ages an A-to-Z list of reasons why they cheer so hard for their team.

The Black Regiment of the American Revolution

Linda Crotta Brennan - 2004
    The Black Regiment went on to serve with distinction at Yorktown, establishing a proud tradition of African-American military service and proving the valor and discipline of Black men in an era when slavery was rampant.

Disney Villains

Glenn Dakin - 2004
    Reflecting on the themes of adventure and suspense in both classic and new Disney films, this unique reference is packed with colorful illustrations, annotated drawings, and lively text about the villains everyone loves to hate.

Ancient Greeks

Stephanie Turnbull - 2004
    On each page a simple line for beginner readers is accompanied by a more complex one, which can be read aloud by an adult or by the child as he or she grows in confidence.

Some Friend

Marie Bradby - 2004
     Especially when there aren't many kids age eleven in your neighborhood. Being a friend is even harder. In Pearl's neighborhood Lenore is everyone's friend of choice. She has her hair straightened and curled at a real beauty shop, her own pink phone, and a canopy bed. The most Pearl hopes for is to be included as one of Lenore's followers. Then outcast Artemesia comes into Pearl's life. Artemesia is everything Pearl dreams of being -- a dancer and an artist. But then Lenore makes it clear she can't stand Artemesia, Pearl does the worst thing possible. And she still hasn't got a friend. Or has she?

Chu Ju's House

Gloria Whelan - 2004
    . .When a girl is born to Chu Ju's family, it is quickly determined that the baby must be sent away. After all, the law states that a family may have only two children, and tradition dictates that every family should have a boy. To make room for one, this girl will have to go.Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju knows she cannot allow this to happen to her sister. Understanding that one girl must leave, she sets out in the middle of the night, vowing not to return.With luminescent detail, National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan transports readers to China, where law conspires with tradition, tearing a young woman from her family, sending her on a remarkable journey to find a home of her own.

Baby Blue

Michelle D. Kwasney - 2004
    In the same spots we sat for dinner up till a month ago. The shadows on the table looked like prison bars again. This time it was Star being caged. Star, who thought leaving made her free. That life would be all hunky-dory shampooing heads and sweeping floors while Mama got slapped around-far enough away so she wouldn't have to hear the screams. That's when I knew for sure-I couldn't leave Mama. And Star couldn't make me any more than I could make her stay.A painfully beautiful novel that exposes the haunting world of spousal abuse Blue's family is coming apart at the seams. After Pa drowned in the river, Mama up and married Jinx, whom Blue and Star know is big trouble. And now Star has run away, leaving Blue behind. It was hard enough to watch Mama get knocked around when Jinx was in one of his "moods," but now, with Star gone, Jinx has spun out of control. It's up to Blue to find Star and get help for Mama, to piece the family back together again. But Blue is running out of time.With biting realism and poignancy, this compelling young-adult novel explores Blue's struggle to protect her family and stand up against what she knows is wrong.

Worlds Afire

Paul B. Janeczko - 2004
    Janeczko creates a stirring fictional account of the 1944 Hartford circus fire.One summer afternoon in 1944, hundreds of circus lovers crowded under the big top in Hartford, Connecticut, breathlessly waiting for the show to begin. Minutes later, the event took a horrifying turn when a fire broke out and spread rapidly through the tent, claiming the lives of 167 souls and injuring some 500 more. Sixty years later, Paul B. Janeczko recalls that tragic event by bringing to life some unforgettable voices — from circus performers to seasoned fans, from firefighters and nurses to the little girl known as Little Miss 1565, a child whose body was never claimed. This spare, startling book uses the lyrical power of language to render historical tragedy with a human face, leaving an emotional impact young readers will not soon forget.

The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden

Robert J. Avrech - 2004
    Led by Papa, a great scholar and mystic, and Mama, a pragmatic, loving woman, the family overcomes great hardship in their search for the promise of America-a home to call their own, a life free from oppression.            So begins the tale of young Ariel, a wise, serious and sometimes impulsive boy, determined to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah. Traversing the rugged, lawless American Southwest, Ariel encounters Lozen, the sister of the great Apache warrior chieftain Victorio. Becoming fast friends, Ariel and Lozen learn from one another how both peoples cling tenaciously and lovingly to their traditions and beliefs in the face of incredible challenges, and how the land around them is alive with wonder-and danger.

The Missionary Next Door

Diana H. Hoelscher - 2004
    This "How To" talk takes the fear out of missionary work and makes sharing the gospel fun. You will feel inspired to participate in the work without the guilt, as she illustrates many proven techniques that make it easy to share the gospel with your friends. This talk also prepares missionaries for the field, and teaches members and missionaries how to correlate their efforts to be successful together. The Missionary Next Door will increase your confidence and help you taste the joy of full-time missionary service without leaving the comfort of your own home! 1 Audio CD.

Robert Morrison: Translator in China

Rebecca Hammond - 2004
    He accomplished incredible things for God, including a translation of the Bible into Chinese, an Anglo-Chinese dictionary, and hundreds of Chinese tracts and translations. Morrison toiled for twenty-five years in China, and though his ministry was not blessed by great numbers of converts, he paved the way for other missionaries to come to China. His work for Christ was what mattered, not the praise of friends or the blame of his enemies. He worked ceaselessly, never faltering from the path of duty, which enabled him to accomplish work which seemed impossible. To all Christians he is a wonderful example.

Super Cowboy Rides

Daris Howard - 2004
    Want to build a box to capture wild cats that roam the farm? How about tips on catching a greased pig at the fair, or teaching a stubborn lamb to avoid being trampled by angry milk cows? From the first paragraph, when Tommy explains why a boy needs a dog for a pet instead of a cat, he wins us over with his down-to-earth and humorous view of the world. Once Tommy begins school, however, things get complicated.The little boy, Tommy, reminds me of Calvin from the “Calvin and Hobbs” comic strip by Bill Watterson because of his mischievousness. It is such a fun book to read!" -- Celese Sanders (syndicated columnist of “Little Bits Of Life”)

The Early Human World

Peter Robertshaw - 2004
    Big Mama, who used a tree branch to escape from a zoo in Holland, is found sipping chocolate milk at a local restaurant. Nandy, a 50,000-year-old skeleton surrounded by flower pollen in Iraq, casts doubt on the beastly reputation of an early hominid. Found frozen in the Alps, �tzi reveals what people in Europe ate 5,000 years ago. Ardipithecus ramidus kadabba, a chimpanzee, a Neandertal, and the Iceman are just some of the characters who make up The Early Human World.Peter Robertshaw and Jill Rubalcaba tell the story of early human life using an incredible variety of primary sources: 3.5-million-year-old footprints preserved by a volcano provide evidence of our ancestors' walking on two legs. Stone flakes fashioned 2 million years ago prove early hominids used tools. Bears, lions, and rhinoceroses painted in a cave 30,000 years ago reveal our ancestors' artistic side. An 8,500-year-old dog grave shows the extraordinarily long history of man's best friend. This evidence helps archaeologists decipher not just how we came to be the Homo sapiens we are today, but also what life may have been like for our earliest ancestors. The first Australians encountered freakishly gigantic beasts: kangaroos as big as houses and tortoises the size of cars. The Sahara Desert was once a fertile land, supporting herds of cattle, sheep, and goats. The Early Human World takes readers to sites around the world as archaeologists piece together the clues to our past.

Love My Enemy

Kate MacLachlan - 2004
    Passions come to a head and Conor is beaten up and Zee pays for her "disloyalty," in the dramatic and violent conclusion.

The Long Walk

Kerry Greenwood - 2004
    She gathers together her brothers and her sister, packs an old pram with their belongings, and sets off to find her father. It is a long walk, and the children have to face the dangers and hardships of a country suffering the Depression. But on their journey, Isa soon learns that most people will give everything they have to help a small, courageous family survive. And some will do anything to stop them.

What Ya Doin' In the Dumpster?

Grasshopper - 2004
    Free Online Short

My Travels with Capts. Lewis and Clark, by George Shannon

Kate McMullan - 2004
    LEWIS AND CLARK BY GEORGE SMITHKate McMullan and Adrienne Yorinks"Delectable period details, surprising facts, and classic moments keep the story lively. An inspiring journey." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)This fictional journal tells the true story of sixteen-year-old George Shannon's adventures with the Lewis and Clark Expedition, through perilous rock-infested waters, bear attacks, Indian war parties, and a host of other thrilling events. Accompanied by Adrienne Yorinks's illustrations drawn as if sewn by George himself, this is an adventure not to be missed.

My Father's Summers: A Daughter's Memoir

Kathi Appelt - 2004
    My sister Patti saved whatever she could hold in her palm-rocks, pennies, bottle caps. With the pennies she planned to save enough to buy a plane ticket to go see him. How many pennies would it take? Photographs, report cards, jokes, songs, stories, we even saved Christmas. Long after my mother took down the tree, his gifts sat in the corner of the living room.A beautifully crafted memoir from acclaimed author Kathi Appelt Told in a series of eloquent prose poems, My Father's Summers is Kathi Appelt's memoir of coming-of-age in Houston, Texas. Without a wasted word, she recalls her faraway father, who is first halfway across the world in Arabia and then across town living a new life. For Kathi and her sisters, there are unknown stepbrothers, a stepmother who drinks gin and tonic for breakfast, and a painful awareness of their mother's loneliness. By turns heartbreaking and achingly funny-through first kisses, best friends, accidental shootings, and all manner of pets-these poignant remembrances communicate the disappointment and the delight of growing up in a loving, imperfect family.

A Midsummer Night's Dork

Carol Gorman - 2004
    For starters, in order to raise money, Jerry plans a Shakespeare-themed Elizabethan festival. But before things even get off the ground, Jerry makes a deal with a bully to complete a series of humiliating dares. Can Jerry ever recover from dorkdom if he embarrasses himself in front of the whole school?

Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood

Ednah New Rider Weber - 2004
    EdNah, a seven-year-old Pawnee girl, goes to live with a father she hardly knows on a Navajo reservation after her grandmother dies.

Revolve: Psalms & Proverbs-Ncv: And the Wisdom Books

Nelson Bible - 2004
    Included in these high-glossy pages are the famous "Blab Q & A"s, "Guys Speak Out"s, "Beauty Secrets," and much more! In this special worship-themed issue, girls learn new ways to put their faith into action and adoration through applicable tips to make faith part of your daily living.

Up All Night (Fairly OddParents)

Kim Ostrow - 2004
    Unfortunately, his parents go to an all-night card game, leaving him with his evil baby-sitter, Vicky!

Every Move

Peter McPhee - 2004
    Emily forgets about the incident, but the young man she helped becomes fixated on her. Only when her real love interest is attacked does she begin to understand that the stranger's interest in her has become a full-blown obsession. Every Move is a realistic but chilling look at this threatening and all-too-common form of harassment. [Fry Reading Level - 4.2]

Dreary & Naughty: Friday the 13th of February

John LaFleur - 2004
    All the boys of Whispering Hills High have a crush on Naughty, which drives a wedge between them (while Dreary is, well, dead to all the girls). Can their feelings for each other survive under the trials and tribulations of the dreaded Valentine's Day exchange? Taking us all back to the days when not everyone was remembered on the cardstock holiday, Friday the 13th of February is the perfect message about what's truly important in love and friendship.

The Talisman of Faerie

Jason N. Beil - 2004
    But when he discovers an ancient artifact of immense mystical power, he becomes the target of Salin Urdrokk, the dark sorcerer who desires it. With his friends Sarah and Kraig, Alec is forced to leave the life he knows and enter a world of danger and intrigue.Joined by a mysterious hermit and a warrior they cannot entirely trust, Alec and his companions flee Salin's agents, braving the uncharted wilderness north of Tyridan. Beyond deadly forests, plains, and mountains lies the realm of Faerie, the one place Alec might find sanctuary.For in this magical realm live the Fair Folk, a long-lived, pure-hearted race of great power and wisdom. Yet even the pure of heart can be corrupted, and a dark betrayal awaits Alec in Faerie. Weakened and divided by treachery, can the Fair Folk protect Alec from Salin's terrifying wrath?

God's Little Devotional Book For Girls

David C. Cook - 2004
    He knows you and wants the very best for you. These pages are filled with fun devotions and stories along with powerful scriptures for girls just like you. This cool book will help you find the road to an exciting power-packed life with God!

Popular Series Fiction for K� 6 Readers: A Reading and Selection Guide

Rebecca L. Thomas - 2004
    Series are not always easy to manage. Many do not have a series title and the component volumes can be hard to identify. This updated and expanded edition gives librarians and their patrons a handy guide to the best and most popular series, making it easier to satisfy young readers' desire to read all the books in a given series and then to find similar series to enjoy.For each of the 1,200 series included, the authors provide an annotation that describes the series' appeal and key characteristics. Also included are the publisher, grade level, genre, and a numbered list of the titles in the series with publication dates. This reading guide and selection tool is an invaluable resource for anyone working with preschool and elementary school children.

Spinning Through the Universe

Helen Frost - 2004
    And somehow, here we are,Spinning through the universe together.Unforgettable students in this fifth-grade classroom reveal their private feelings about birth and death, a missing bicycle and a first kiss, as well as their thoughts about recess, report cards, fitting in, and family.Using a rich array of traditional poetic forms, such as sonnets, sestinas, and acrostics, Helen Frost interweaves the stories of the kids in Room 214 and their teacher. A final section giving detailed analyses of the twenty-two forms will be of special interest.

Rush Hour: Reckless

Michael CartMo Willems - 2004
    Printz Honor winner Helen Frost and popular screenwriter Kirsten Smith; stories by Coretta Scott King Honor winner Sharon Flake and Lambda Literary Award winner David Levithan; and artwork by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Mo Willems. There is also a fascinating interview with Yann Martel, author of the international bestselling novel The Life of Pi, as well as original stories by rising stars like Martin Wilson and Greg Galloway.


Pamela Porter - 2004
    Sky focuses not only on the events of the historic flood of 1964 and its effects on Georgia and her people, but also on the poverty and discrimination that they experienced and how they found the courage to survive.

Tripswitch (Collins Modern New Zealand Classic S.)

Gaelyn Gordon - 2004
    But what power can Jocasta‚ Flora and Cilla find to free themselves from Aunt Lureene? Will their malevolent aunt succeed in her evil schemes? And what will the lives of her three orphaned nieces be like if she does succeed? What really killed the girls′ parents? What lies behind the magical power in Lureene′s hands? Are the twins‚ Cain and Abel‚ to be sacrificed by their own mother?. . . And who is the mystery man on the bicycle?Tripswitch is both dark and humorous. It was first published in 1992 by HarperCollins‚ and soon became a popular title. The fast−paced story is about three teenagers who find themselves unwilling victims of a witch′s evil plans. They must learn to harness their own powers and use them unseen by others if they are to have any hope of survival.Tripswitch has been chosen as the first title in an exciting new series of children′s books − Collins Modern New Zealand Classics. The jacket and design will include specially designed features that represent the series.