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Harry Potter Collection

J.K. Rowling - 2005
    Follow Harry from his first days at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, through his many adventures with Hermione and Ron, to his confrontations with rival Draco Malfoy and the dreaded Professor Snape. From the thrilling search for the Sorcerer's Stone to the Triwizard Tournament to the return of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, each adventure is more riveting and exhilarating than its predecessor, and now all six books are available together for the first time in an elegant hardcover boxed set.


Tamora Pierce - 2005
    With her mother, the lady knight Alanna, forever being summoned to some crisis or other, and the young men of Tortall little more than diversions, Aly is bored and restless. Her father is second-in-command of the country's spies- of only he would let her be one! The former king of thieves, he had trained her in the arts of espionage and knows that she is capable of taking care of herself. But he won't risk losing his only daughter to the dangers of the field, so she spends her time helping him decode messages and dyeing her hair blue.But everything changes when Aly, sailing alone down the coast of Tortall, is captured by pirates and winds up a slave to the Balitangs, a kindly noble family of the Copper Isles. Years of lessons in the Isles' history have prepared her for their dual cultures- those of luarin, or white, conquerors and those of the brown-skinned, or raka, natives. Fueled by prophecies of a twice-royal queen who will free them, the rakas' resentment keeps the realm in constant turmoil. But Aly is no weeping captive; she's determined to free herself.Enter Kyprioth, patron god of the Isles, also known as Trickster, who is looking to shift the balance of power back to his raka worshipers. Aly makes a deal with the god: she will use her own trickster gifts to keep the Balitang children, especially the two teenage girls, safe through the summer. In exchange, Kyprioth will give her magical assistance in the form of spying crows and knowledge of events at court- and eventually, her freedom. But deals with gods are never simple matters; she doesn't count on becoming personally involved in the raka revolt, or with an unusual young man who has his own plans for Aly. ...

Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 3

Robin Jones Gunn - 2005
    It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she'll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy's high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she'll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a "peculiar treasure." Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.Whether you're meeting her for the first time or have known her for years-- Christy Is a Forever FriendTrue Friends What is a true friend? Christy Miller knows she has two of them: Todd and Katie. To show how much she appreciates them, she writes to Todd, who's off surfing in Hawaii, and she agrees to join the ski club with Katie...even though she's scared of skiing! Fortunately, Christy and Katie can laugh as they bumble their way around the bunny slopes at Lake Tahoe. But Christy finds herself caught between new friends and her loyalty to Katie. Will Christy find a way to be a true friend when it counts most? And will she ever hear from Todd?Starry Night It's Christmastime, and Christy Miller has so much going on: family time, work, and maybe, just maybe, going to the Rose Bowl Parade with a bunch of friends. If only she could answer Uncle Bob's tough questions. Todd's buddy Doug gives her some insight, and she starts to appreciate him in a whole new way. Rick Doyle shows up again...but is he pursuing Christy or the cutest elf at the mall? Through it all, will Christy find someone special to count the stars with?Seventeen Wishes It's summer, and that means the beach and other adventures. And Christy Miller's best friend, Katie, is always full of ideas. They'll be camp counselors! But when Katie can't go, Christy is bewildered and overwhelmed by her fifth-grade girls, who have boundless energy for anything except what Christy wants them to do. Do they even hear a word she says? Soon they're playing matchmaker between Christy and Jaeson, a handsome counselor...and he doesn't seem to mind. When Christy's seventeenth birthday arrives later in the summer, just what will she be wishing for?Story Behind the Book"The Christy Miller series was actually born when a group of thirteen-year-olds challenged me to write a novel. I'd been questioning the content of their favorite books when they said, 'Why don't you write a book for us?' I told them no, I only wrote picture books. But they persisted: 'How hard could it be? We'll even tell you what to write! We want a love story with teenagers at the beach.' And there you go. Summer Promise first released seventeen years ago and is now translated into five languages. I continue to hear from readers all over the world, many girls saying that they gave their life to Christ after reading Summer Promise. I love that!" --Robin Jones Gunn

Christy Miller Collection, Vol. 1

Robin Jones Gunn - 2005
    It all starts the summer Christy vacations on a California beach and meets two friends who change her life forever. But after moving across the country with her family, Christy must begin her sophomore year of high school uncertain where she’ll fit in. A red-headed new best friend, a try at cheerleading, a job at a pet store, and expectations for the prom fill Christy’s high school years with a string of laughter-and-tears moments. Fireball Katie keeps everyone guessing what she’ll do next, and surfer Todd keeps showing up while popular Rick has determined to get her full attention! As these memorable years unfold, Christy and her God-loving friends find out what it means to be a “peculiar treasure.” Follow Christy Miller as she stays true to her identity in Christ, drawing closer to God for help in realizing her dreams and dealing with her disappointments.Book Details: Format: Box Set Publication Date: 12/22/2005 Pages: 496 Reading Level: Age 12 and Up

The Twilight Saga Complete Collection

Stephenie Meyer - 2005
    This stunning set, complete with five editions of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn, and The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, makes the perfect gift for fans of the bestselling vampire love story.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, The Twilight Saga capture the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires.

Eragon & Eldest

Christopher Paolini - 2005
    With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and his dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. This beautiful boxed set includes books I and II in the Inheritance trilogy.

The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan - 2005
    And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena - Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

The Secret Journal of Brett Colton

Kay Lynn Mangum - 2005
    Her family talks as if he were perfect! All Kathy knows for sure is that Brett is dead. He died of leukemia when he was sixteen and she was only two. But when Kathy turns sixteen, she discovers her brother s hidden journal - a journal written especially for her - and learns about the brother she never knew. At the same time, Kathy is mortified by an assignment to tutor the popular high school quarterback Jason West, a football jock who, even worse, is a Mormon. Author Kay Lynn Mangum brilliantly weaves the dual stories of a dying brother and a coming-of-age sister who learn the importance of loving our family and our friends and nurturing our faith.

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie

Jordan Sonnenblick - 2005
    But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

Vampire War Trilogy

Darren Shan - 2005
    Vampire War Trilogy comprising: Hunters of the Dusk, Allies of the Night and Killers of the Dawn. Join Darren Shan's descent into the darkness. In 'Hunters of the Dusk' Darren Shan leaves Vampire Mountain on a life or death mission. Darren scours the world in search of the Vampaneze Lord, but the road ahead is lined with the bodies of the damned. In 'Allies of the Night' Darren Shan faces his worst nightmare yet - school! But bodies are piling up, and the past is catching up with the hunters fast! In 'Killers of the Dawn' Darren Shan becomes public enemy Number One. As the vampires prepare for deadly confrontation - is this the end for Darren and his allies? Ages 9+

Vampire Destiny Trilogy

Darren Shan - 2005
    In 'Lord of the Shadows', Darren returns home and confronts the demons of his human past. In 'Sons of Destiny', Darren faces archenemy Steve Leopard for a fight to the death. With time running out, can Des Tiny be foiled, or is the world doomed?

Lord Loss

Darren Shan - 2005
    Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.


Morris Gleitzman - 2005
    At least Once.Once I escaped from an orphanage to find Mum and Dad.Once I saved a girl called Zelda from a burning house.Once I made a Nazi with a toothache laugh.My name is Felix. This is my story.Once is the first in a series of children's novels about Felix, a Jewish orphan caught in the middle of the Holocaust, from Australian author Morris Gleitzman - author of Bumface and Boy Overboard. The next books in the series Then, Now and After are also available from Puffin.

A Mango-Shaped Space

Wendy Mass - 2005
    No one knows, and Mia wants to keep it that way. But when trouble at school finally forces Mia to reveal her secret, she must learn to accept herself and embrace her ability, called synesthesia, a mingling of the senses.

Sierra Jensen Collection, Vol. 1

Robin Jones Gunn - 2005
    She's cute, she's fun, and she's following God. She's Sierra Jensen, Christy Miller's good friend, ready for her junior year of high school! All twelve books in the popular Sierra Jensen series come together in four volumes to reveal the ups and downs of Sierra's incredible God-led journey!Volume One: In Only You, Sierra, she's nervous to be the "new girl" after her family moves to Portland and wonders if meeting Paul in London was only by chance. Just when everything important seems to elude her, all it takes is one weekend In Your Dreams to prove otherwise. But even a vacation doesn't keep her troubles away in Don't You Wish. Christy Miller knows a good friend when she meets her, and so will you-- Get ready for Sierra Jensen! Only You, SierraThe Europe mission trip brought Sierra Jensen the best gift possible: two new friends, Katie and Christy. But now Sierra is headed home, and she can't help but wonder will her friendships last? And what about her new home? Her family moved while she was gone, and that means facing a new high school. And the biggest question of all: Will she ever find love? Then a chance meeting in a London airport answers that question. Paul makes her heart leap. But she'll never see him again! Or will she?In Your DreamsSierra has had it! She's done everything she can to find the right job, good friends, and most important, true love. But nothing is working out. Now she has to stay home to care for her grandmother. By herself. For the whole weekend! It will be terrible. But a series of startling surprises shows Sierra just how wrong she is--and before she knows it, she's on her way to the perfect job, her first real date, and an encounter with a mysterious stranger.Don't You Wish Sierra has three wishes: visit her California friends; have her older sister, Tawni, disappear; and learn more about the mysterious stranger. When Easter break arrives, Sierra's first wish comes true! She's headed to Newport Beach for fun, sun, and surf. Unfortunately, not only does Tawni not disappear, she accompanies Sierra on her escape. What's worse, everyone has a boyfriend except Sierra. But will her wishes begin to change as she realizes God wants to mold her according to His wishes?Story Behind the Book"After writing the twelve-book Christy Miller series for teens, a new character showed up on the pages of the final novel. Her name was Sierra Jensen, and she was so compelling as a teenage character that readers began asking for a series about Sierra in order to hear more about her life choices. Our family had just moved to Portland at the time, and I found it easy to picture a sixteen-year-old like Sierra shopping at the local vintage clothing stores, hanging out with friends at a garage band concert, and serving at the homeless shelter on weekends."--Robin Jones Gunn

The Will of the Empress

Tamora Pierce - 2005
    Sandry has avoided the invitation for as long as it was possible. Now Sandry has agreed to pay that overdue visit. Sandry's uncle promises guards to accompany her. But they're hardly a group of warriors! They're her old friends from Winding Circle: Daja, Tris, and Briar. Sandry hardly knows them now. They've grown up and grown apart. Sandry isn't sure they'll ever find their old connection again - or if she even wants them to. When they arrive at the pala

A Wreath for Emmett Till

Marilyn Nelson - 2005
    The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention.Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to “speak what we see.”


Sharon G. Flake - 2005
    Bang! And people bleed from everywhere, and blood is redder than you think. And little kids look funny in caskets. That's 'cause they ain't meant to be in one, I guess.Mann is only thirteen, yet he has already had to deal with more than most go through in a lifetime. His family is still reeling from the tragic shooting death of his little brother, Jason, each person coping with grief in his or her own way. Mann's mother has stopped eating and is obsessed with preserving Jason's memory, while his father is certain that presenting a hard edge is the only way to keep his remaining son from becoming a statistic. Mann used to paint and ride horseback, but now he's doing everything he can to escape his emotions: getting involved in fights at school, joyriding at midnight, and much worse. His father, at his wit's end, does the only thing he thinks will teach his son how to be a man: he abandons him and his friend Kee-Lee in the woods, leaving them to navigate their way home, alone.Now Mann, struggling to find his way back to civilization, must also reconcile himself to the realities of a world that has stolen his little brother, and that isn't even sure it still wants Mann in it. One wrong turn and it could all be over for him, too. Bang.

The Cry of the Icemark

Stuart Hill - 2005
    Its king has been killed in battle, its enemy lies in wait, and its fate rests on the shoulders of one girl. Thirrin Freer Strong-in-the-Arm Lindenshield, a beautiful princess and an intrepid warrior, must find a way to protect her land from a terrible invasion. She will forge an extraordinary alliance of noble Snow Leopards, ancient Vampires, and ferocious Wolf-folk. She will find unexpected strength in her friendship with a young warlock. And she will lead her allies to victory with her fierce battle cry: "Blood! Blast! And Fire!"

Day of Tears

Julius Lester - 2005
    More than 400 slaves were sold. On the first day of the auction, the skies darkened and torrential rain began falling. The rain continued throughout the two days, stopping only when the auction had ended. The simultaneity of the rain storm with the auction led to these two days being called "the weeping time." Master storyteller Julius Lester has taken this footnote of history and created the crowning achievement of his literary career.Julius Lester tells the story of several characters including Emma, a slave owned by Pierce Butler and caretaker of his two daughters, and Pierce, a man with a mounting gambling debt and household to protect. Emma wants to teach his daughters-one who opposes slavery and one who supports it-to have kind hearts. Meanwhile, in a desperate bid to survive, Pierce decides to cash in his "assets" and host the largest slave auction in American history. And on that day, the skies open up and weep endlessly on the proceedings below.Using the multiple voices of enslaved Africans and their owners, Julius Lester has taken a little-known, all-true event in American history and transformed it into a heartbreaking and powerfully dramatic epic on slavery, and the struggle to affirm humanity in the midst of it.

Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder - 2005
    She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

Broken China

Lori Aurelia Williams - 2005
     China Cup Cameron might miss school or fall asleep in class sometimes, but she's trying hard to be a good mother to Amina, her two-year-old daughter. When tragedy befalls the small family, China must quit school and work full-time to make ends meet. But the only place in town that's willing to hire a fourteen-year-old high-school dropout is Obsidian Queens, a strip club, and China is forced to make some difficult and potentially self-destructive decisions.

Zahrah the Windseeker

Nnedi Okorafor - 2005
    Thirteen-year-old Zahrah Tsami feels like a normal girl -- she grows her own flora computer, has mirrors sewn onto her clothes, and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle. But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki, Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks. Only her best friend, Dari, isn't afraid of her, even when something unusual begins happening -- something that definitely makes Zahrah different. The two friends investigate, edging closer and closer to danger. When Dari's life is threatened. Zahrah must face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different.In this exciting debut novel by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, things aren't always what they seem -- monkeys tell fortunes, plants offer wisdom, and a teenage girl is the only one who stands a chance at saving her best friend's life.-from the Hardcover edition

Inkspell, Volume 1 (Inkheart, #2 Part 1 of 2)

Cornelia Funke - 2005
    When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would ever have imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?This book has been split into two volumes. When you are done listening to Volume 1, be sure to download Volume 2.

Isabel of the Whales

Hester Velmans - 2005
    When her fifth-grade class goes on a whale-watch field trip, something amazing happens: Dozens of different species of whales surround the boat, bumping the deck and sending Isabel flying into the ocean. Isabel is shocked to hear the whales speaking to her—she is a mermaid, they tell her, a “Chosen One” who has the ability to turn from a human into a whale and back again. She is destined to live among the whales long enough to learn their ways, and teach them about the human world. Living among her pod is fun, at first, but Isabel has an important mission. She will change the whales’ future forever, and learn a lot about herself in the process.From the Hardcover edition.

The Angel Experiment

James Patterson - 2005
    Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind — or destroy it.

GOAL!: The Dream Begins

Robert Rigby - 2005
    So it is a dream come true when a British scout sees him playing in the park and offers him a trial with one of England's top Premiership clubs. Determined to succeed, Santiago leaves behind his struggling family and his modest home, and flies halfway around the world to give it his best shot.But it's not smooth sailing when Santiago arrives in northern England. Team practices are intense, and in this place where people live and breathe the sport, many seem eager to find fault with the new Latino player from L.A. The pressure even spurs Santiago to keep a secret that could sabotage his performance. There is no doubt that Santiago has skill, flair, and dedication. But does he have the stamina he will need for the English game? Based on the action-packed movie, Goal! is a gripping tale of trial and tribulation set against the backdrop of the world's most popular and exciting sport.


John van de Ruit - 2005
    Apartheid is crumbling. Nelson Mandela has just been released from prison. And Spud Milton?thirteen-year-old, prepubescent choirboy extraordinaire?is about to start his first year at an elite boys-only boarding school in South Africa. Cursed with embarrassingly dysfunctional parents, a senile granny named Wombat, and a wild obsession for Julia Roberts, Spud has his hands full trying to adapt to his new home. Armed with only his wits and his diary, Spud takes readers of all ages on a rowdy boarding school romp full of illegal midnight swims, raging hormones, and catastrophic holidays that will leave the entire family in total hysterics and thirsty for more.Winner of South Africa's Booksellers? Choice Award 2006

Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

John Feinstein - 2005
      When Stevie wins a writing contest for aspiring sports journalists, his prize is a press pass to the Final Four in New Orleans. While exploring the Superdome, he overhears a plot to throw the championship game. With the help of fellow contest winner Susan Carol, Stevie has just 48 hours to figure out who is blackmailing one of the star players . . . and why.   John Feinstein has been praised as “the best writer of sports books in America today” (The Boston Globe), and he proves it again in this fast-paced novel.   “A page-turning thriller and a basketball junkie’s bonanza.” —USA TodayFrom the Hardcover edition.


Charlotte McConaghy - 2005
    Strength, passion. goodness. For in the land of Paragor an oppressor travels closer. Four is the sacred number, and it is only by looking beyond ourselves that we will find salvation, and only through love that we will defeat the darkness that threatens to consume us forever. - Words of the Great One. It has been foretold. Two worlds will collide when six mortals from Earth enter Paragor through a portal. They will face forces of terrifying darkness. Their journey will become the stuff of legends. It is time.

Listening for Lions

Gloria Whelan - 2005
    But when influenza strikes down her missionary parents, she is left vulnerable prey to her family's wicked neighbors. Surrounded by greed and lies, Rachel is entangled in a criminal scheme and sent to England, where she is forced into a life of deception. Like the lion, she must be patient and strong, awaiting the moment when she can take control of her own fate—and find her way home again at last.

Emako Blue

Brenda Woods - 2005
    She was beautiful and good-hearted. She was Monterey's best friend. She was the only girl Jamal cared about, the one who saw through his player act. She was the one who understood the burden of Eddie's family. She was the best singer anyone had ever heard, with a voice like vanilla incense, smoky and sweet. She was Savannah's rival, the one who wouldn't play by the rules. She was destined for greatness, already plucked from South Central Los Angeles by the record producers. She was only fifteen when she died.

Shackleton's Stowaway

Victoria McKernan - 2005
    The crew stood on deck to watch the city fade away. All but one. Eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow hid below in a locker. But the thrill of stowing away with the legendary explorer would soon turn to fear. Within months, the Endurance, trapped and crushed by ice, sank. And even Perce, the youngest member of the stranded crew, knew there was no hope of rescue. If the men were to survive in the most hostile place on earth, they would have to do it on their own. Victoria McKernan deftly weaves the hard-to-fathom facts of this famous voyage into an epic, edge-of-your-seat survival novel.

Cherry Ames Boxed Set #1: Student Nurse; Senior Nurse; Army Nurse; Chief Nurse

Helen Wells - 2005
    With fully illustrated color covers and a soft-finished hardcover format just like the originals, these books will transport you back to the days when you were reading about this spunky young nurse. Series editor and registered nurse Harriet Forman was inspired by, and remains a devoted fan of, Cherry Ames: "...I was going to follow in her footsteps and become a nurse--nothing else would do."With a heart of pure gold and a true yearning to make a difference in the world, eighteen-year-old Cherry Ames leaves her hometown and enters nursing school, embarking on a lifetime of adventures. Follow Cherry through the introductory four-book set as she grows from student nurse to chief nurse, all the while making friends, pushing the limits of authority, leading her nursing colleagues, and sleuthing and solving mysteries. Smart, courageous, mischievous, quick-witted, and above all, devoted to nursing, Cherry Ames meets adventure head-on whereever she goes.Springer Publishing Company is delighted to be bringing Helen Wells's beloved heroine back into print for a new generation of younger readers (as well as a host of nostalgic older ones). The books are available as beautifully rendered facsimile hardcover editions and in boxed sets of four. We intend to have all of the Helen Wells books back in print by early 2008. Below is our reissue schedule:Cherry Ames, Student Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Senior Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Army Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Chief Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Boxed Set 1-4 (published)Cherry Ames, Flight Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Veterans' Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Private Duty Nurse (published) Cherry Ames, Visiting Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Boxed Set 5-8 (published)Cherry Ames, Cruise Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Boarding School Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Department Store Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Camp Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Boxed Set 9-12 (published)Cherry Ames, At Hilton Hospital (published)Cherry Ames, Island Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Rural Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Staff Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Boxed Set 13-16 (published)Cherry Ames, Companion Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, Jungle Nurse (published)Cherry Ames, The Mystery in the Doctor's Office (published)Cherry Ames, Ski Nurse Mystery (published)Cherry Ames, Boxed Set 17-20 (published)

One Tree Hill: #1 The Beginning

Jenny Markas - 2005
    The young cast -- including CINDERELLA STORY star Chad Michael Murray -- is tremendously appealing and commands a huge teen following.Lucas Scott is a moody rebel. Nathan Scott is a privileged preppy. Luke grew up poor, on the outskirts of town. Nathan grew up wealthy and owns the town. Now the two half brothers are basketball teammates and sometime rivals for the same girl. And they're about to face off for the first time, on the court and off.One thing's for sure: Their lives - and the lives of everyone around them - will never be the same.Scholastic's debut novelization takes readers deeper into the backstory and exposes secrets viewers have yet to learn.


Carl Deuker - 2005
    From the award-winning author of "Night Hoops" and "Painting the Black" comes this suspenseful, psychologically astute novel with themes of terrorism and patriotism, fear and courage.

They Came on Viking Ships

Jackie French - 2005
    When Hekja's village gets raided by huge Vikings and she is captured to be used as a slave for her new mistress Freydis, Hekja only has her trusty dog Riki Snarfari and her fast legs to guide her. But will it be enough to survive in enemy territory?

Hatchet and The Return

Gary Paulsen - 2005


Douglas E. Richards - 2005
    But when they discover their parents are part of an ultra-secret project called Prometheus they are plunged into a nonstop adventure: one that will be the ultimate test of their wit, courage, and determination. Soon they are under attack and facing hostile alien worlds, alien technology, and unimaginable dangers at every turn. Now, with their mother facing certain death, they must race to solve a seemingly impossible mystery to have any hope of saving her. But if they save their mom, they will have no way to save themselves. . .Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 5/7/2010 Pages: 192 Reading Level: Age 9 and Up

Double Identity

Margaret Peterson Haddix - 2005
     As Bethany approaches her thirteenth birthday, her parents act more oddly than usual. Her mother cries constantly, and her father barely lets Bethany out of his sight. Then one morning he hustles the entire family into the car, drives across several state lines -- and leaves Bethany with an aunt she never knew existed. Bethany has no idea what's going on. She's worried her mom and dad are running from some kind of trouble, but she can't find out because they won't tell her where they are going. Bethany's only clue is a few words she overheard her father tell her aunt: "She doesn't know anything about Elizabeth." But Aunt Myrlie won't tell Bethany who Elizabeth is, and she won't explain why people in her small town react to Bethany as if they've seen a ghost. The mystery intensifies when Bethany gets a package from her father containing four different birth certificates from four different states, with four different last names -- and thousands of dollars in cash. And when a strange man shows up asking questions, Bethany realizes the's not the only one who's desperate to unravel the secrets of her past.

Inkspell, Volume 2 (Inkheart, #2 Part 2 of 2)

Cornelia Funke - 2005
    When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would ever have imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?This book has been split into two volumes. Have you listened to Volume 1?


Dana Davidson - 2005
    Tall and fine, with honey-colored skin and eyes, Ian is used to getting what he wants from girls. And if he succeeds in playing Kylie, he'll be down with the most popular crew in his high school. But this girl, who everyone considers a nobody, is turning out to be more surprising than he ever could have imagined.


Malcolm Rose - 2005
    He barely has time to celebrate his final exams when Malc, his Mobile Aid to Law and Crime, calls him to their first case. A fellow student has been mysteriously shot dead with an arrow. Two more grisly on-campus murders follow, and all the evidence points to Luke himself. The stakes are high as Luke sets out to prove his innocence and show that he has the talent to crack any crime.

Princess Academy

Shannon Hale - 2005
    Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.Miri soon finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires to be chosen and win the heart of her childhood best friend. But when bandits seek out the academy to kidnap the future princess, Miri must rally the girls together and use a power unique to the mountain dwellers to save herself and her classmates.

Do You Know the Monkey Man?

Dori Hillestad Butler - 2005
    Somewhere.A fateful decision sets into motion a chain of events and confrontations that will change Samantha's and her family's lives forever. As she sets out to find her father and discover what really happened the day her sister was presumed drowned, she uncovers painful secrets that threaten to destroy her family all over again.Dori Butler's dramatic, suspenseful, and sensitive story will draw readers into one family's crisis unwittingly brought on by an adolescent girl's search for the truth.


Kailin Gow - 2005
    A natural born leader, Barbie Barton's life is consumed with the typical teenage pursuit of popularity, good grades, and climbing the high school social ladder. She has risen to the very top of the social ladder as head cheerleader, prom queen, and co-producer of the school news show. She is even dating Peter Bailey, the star quarterback and a senior. But when she is stung by a genetically-enhanced queen bee and her friends are being mysteriously killed, Barbie is forced to confront her newfound powers and embark on a dual life of teenage queen and crimefighter. To complicate matters, Barbie meets Roman Reynolds, the brilliant handsome son of billionaire scientist Reginald Reynolds, who had recently returned from living in Europe to help his father run his empire. With his handsome dark looks and charming vulnerability, Barbie cannot help but feel an instant attraction for this new stranger. Scarred by the tragic death of his mother and living with the coldness of a tyrannical father, Roman has his own demons to wrestle. As fate would have it, one day he would become Queen B's greatest love and her greatest foe, but not today. Today they are close friends and neighbors watching out for each other in the small but growing town of Bigtown. Look for more great Queen B Superheroine titles in paperback and e-book: #2. Buzz Off #3. Kill Them With Honey #4. Competition #5. Blondetown #6. Exterminator #7. Queen for the Day #8. The Royal Family #9. Beesy Like a Bee #10. Holding Court #11. Mirror Mirror #12. Hives #13. Stinger #14. Beauty and the Beest.

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

Sampson Davis - 2005
    Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George, and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors.  It took a lot of determination—and a lot of support from one another—but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.

The Hoopster

Alan Sitomer - 2005
    He loves to play basketball. He loves to hang out with his friends. He loves to laugh. Andre has skills, brains, and heart. He also has a dream. Then he is viciously attacked. Now everything he ever believed about the world has been called into question. Even his deadly jump shot. How can a man get up when he has been unjustly beaten down? Andre is about to find out. Andre is The Hoopster.

Hot Lap

CJustMe - 2005
    But then along came sweet Emma. It wasn't her laugh.It wasn't her smile. It wasn't even her appearance.It was when she walked away from him. That's when he found himself undeniably hooked.

The Gravesavers

Sheree Fitch - 2005
    . . . I turned it over. . . . It was a tiny, perfect skull.”In the wake of a family tragedy, twelve-year-old Minn Hotchkiss is sent to spend the summer with her sour grandmother in the tiny seaside town of Boulder Basin, Nova Scotia. Almost as soon as she arrives, Minn discovers the skull of a human child on the beach. She is swiftly caught up in a mystery that reaches back more than a century, to the aftermath of the most tragic shipwreck in Maritime history before the Titanic.Over the course of this extraordinary summer, Minn will discover romance with a boy who turns out to be much more than he seems, and learn that the grandmother she resented is more curious, dedicated, and surprising than she had ever guessed. She might even meet a world-famous rock star!By summer’s end, Minn will solve a ghostly mystery and, most importantly, finally be able to give up the terrible secret she has kept locked in her heart.

Among The Hidden By Margaret Peterson Haddix: Literature Guide

Kathleen Woken-Rowley - 2005
    With our professionally developed teacher-written literature guides, Secondary Solutions® has provided you with the answer to your time management problems, while saving you hours of tedious and exhausting work. Guides include an author biography, vocabulary list and worksheets for reinforcement, study questions, graphic organizers, quizzes, tests, extension activities, essay ideas, fun review activities, alternative assessment ideas, pre-reading ideas, novel summaries, and more!! All Guides directly address the content standards for English/Language Arts and provide you with everything you need to teach the love of literature while preparing your students for the demands of state and national testing. Current titles include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Brave New World, The Great Gatsby, The Outsiders, The Miracle Worker, Of Mice and Men, Hamlet, Animal Farm, and more!

Love Rules

Dandi Daley Mackall - 2005
    To stay in touch while they're gone, Emma makes Jake and Mattie promise to send a postcard back to her once a week. Each postcard has to have a new Love Rule uncovered that week. In the process, Jake and Mattie discover that love was right under their noses.

Off the Crossbar

David Skuy - 2005
    But when some guys tell him he doesn't have a chance, Charlie feels he has to stand up for himself. Follow along as Charlie battles, both on and off the ice, for a spot on the team.

Magus of Stonewylde

Kit Berry - 2005
    Suffering from baffling allergies and illnesses, her teenage daughter Sylvie has been written off by doctors. An offer of alternative therapy at a grand Dorset estate may be her last hope and so, against her better judgement, Miranda grabs this life-line.Stonewylde is a beautiful and magical place, a sanctuary free from modern taint. The retreat is remote, hidden away behind high walls and iron gates, and soon the rat-race outside fades to insignificance. Stonewylde is ruled by the charismatic Magus, who vows to cure Sylvie and give both their hearts' desires. He promises the earth and it seems he can deliver.But everything comes at a price. Life at Stonewylde is too idyllic, too wholesome, too perfect. The ancient rituals in the stone circle are not quite what they seem and neither is the Magus, whose sinister sensuality hides a darker secret. Sylvie and Miranda join the community and both fall in love for the first time. But their arrival triggers a brutal chain of events that could destroy the unique world of Stonewylde.Mother and daughter will eventually discover the truth: Stonewylde may cure, but it can also kill.

Looking for Alaska

John Green - 2005
    Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . . After. Nothing is ever the same.

Little Manhattan: The Movie Novel

Judy Katschke - 2005
    Gabe is just a normal kid growing up in the Big Apple, dodging bullies and playing basketball with his friends -- or rather, he was just a normal kid -- until Rosemary Telesco walked into his karate class. Tortured by his newfound love, Gabe decides to show Rosemary just how he feels. But before Gabe can successfully navigate the most romantic city in the world, he needs to learn more about life, love, and the most terrifying subject of all -- girls.

The Amethyst Road

Louise Spiegler - 2005
    By birth they are half Yulang, half Gorgio, but are accepted by neither race. The sisters get no help from the Yulang, because Willow’s child was born out of wedlock and the family has been declared outcast. The Gorgios are even worse, trying to take the child away.A run-in with social services, aptly nicknamed the Cruelty, launches Serena on a journey that is at once an escape and a quest to reunite her family. With the help of a boy named Shem, who is on a quest of his own, Serena travels deep into the mountains, where precious gems are mined, and across barren plains, where white-clad Trident Riders are terrorizing anyone who is not Gorgio. Along the way, Serena finds the answers she seeks—and some she didn’t even know she was looking for.The dynamics of racism and resistance are central themes of this modern adventure. Employing a mixture of gritty reality and richly drawn magical elements, this unique tale of selfdiscovery will captivate readers of contemporary fiction as well as fantasy fans.

Search and Destroy

Dean Hughes - 2005
    Maybe he's running from his dad, who has an uncontrollable temper. Maybe he's running from a lost love, his high-school sweetheart, who is a stranger to him now. Or maybe he's just running -- to find himself.Desperate to experience real life, Rick enlists in the army with the Charlie Rangers, a special unit in Vietnam. They infiltrate the jungle, kill with precision, and get out quickly. Rick isn't sure he can shoot anyone, but he wants to be tested, like his heroes, Hemingway and Conrad. If he can see the heart of darkness and survive, he'll be a man -- and finally have something to write about.But as Rick discovers, war isn't what anyone -- either the protestors, the politicians, or the writers -- say it is. It's far bigger, scarier, and more complicated than anything he could ever have imagined.Dean Hughes captures the sights and sounds of war -- and the courage of a young soldier fighting to survive.

Degrassi Generations: The Official 411

Kathryn Ellis - 2005
    Now, get the exclusive inside story on the amazing twenty-five year history of the "Degrassi" phenomenon With dozens of interviews and over 700 photos -- many from the personal collections of the Degrassi cast -- "Degrassi: Generation" is the ultimate fan book

Black and White

Paul Volponi - 2005
    Marcus is black; Eddie is white. Stars of their school basketball team, they are true leaders who look past the stereotypes and come out on top. They are inseparable, watching each other's backs, both on and off the basketball court. But one night—and one wrong decision—will change their lives forever. Will their mistake cost them their friendship . . . and their future?An ALA Best Book for Young AdultsAn ALA Quick Pick “Top Ten”IRA Children’s Book Award (Young Adult)

The A-List Collection

Zoey Dean - 2005
    Read all about the powerful, rich and beautiful teens of Beverley Hills High in this new collection of the first three titles in the national bestselling series The A-List.

More Outstanding Books for the College Bound

Young Adult Library Services Association - 2005
    Contains lists of recommended books for reading to prepare for college Section one divides the books into different genres, with a brief note each, and section two offers a chronological listing, giving snapshots history, and the evolution of the selections.

A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to Oregon, 1845

Linda Crew - 2005
    West. The sound of a wish in a single word. That's how seventeen-year-old Lovisa King put it that spring of 1845 as she set off with her parents, eleven of her siblings, and their assorted spouses and children for Oregon Country, the promised land. From the opening lines, the reader is immersed in the excitement, challenges, exhaustion and elation, triumphs and tragedies of the journey, as an oft-told tale takes on a new freshness, seen through the eyes and the heart of this gritty young woman. Lovisa King is a flesh-and-blood teenager-feisty, funny, and wise beyond her years. With the crossing as catalyst, we watch her mature from a headstrong girl to a young woman beginning her adult life in the Kings Valley of western Oregon, a goal attained only through the harshest of sacrifices. The importance of this novel's historical terrain-the Oregon Trail--cannot be disputed. Neither can the importance of its human terrain-loss of innocence, alteration of long-held attitudes toward the other, emerging concepts of love and family. dramatic, personal, and gripping way.

Diving Adventure / Amazon Adventure

Willard Price - 2005
    Amazon Adventure 1951- Hal and Roger Hunt explore uncharted waters of the Pastaza River, deep in the Amazon jungle and collect rare zoo specimens. Threats draw their father back home. The brothers evade villainour Croc and gang, headhunters, find piranhas, pythons, jaguars. Of natives, Napo is reluctant, Aqua enthusiastic.

The Noble Boy and the Brick Maker

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Teacher's Guides help build and assess children's cognitive skills, alphabet knowledge, and social-emotional development. Interactive charts with songs and activities inspire class discussion and build oral vocabulary. Big Books, Trade Books, and Little Books provide shared reading experiences and develop children's concepts of print.

The Constitution: Protecting Our Rights and Freedoms

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Social Studies 2006 Leveled Reader Grade 4 Unit 02cDescribes the principles of the United States Constitution and the separation of powers through development of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government.

Our Government

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Social Studies 2006 Leveled Reader Grade 4 Unit 02aDescribes the principles of the United States Constitution and the separation of powers through development of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government.

The People Who Gave Us the U.S. Constitution

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Constitution. It emphasizes drawing conclusions. Text features include captions and headings. It was developed for use with the 4th grade Scott Foresman Social Studies textbook.Scott Foresman Social Studies [Grade 5]:

Words of Freedom: The U.S. Constitution

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Describes the process of writing the United States Constitution and the ideas of some of the men most instrumental in drafting it, including George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, George Mason and Roger Sherman.

Mr. Grim and the Goose That Laid Golden Eggs

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Reading 2007 Leveled Reader Grade 3 Unit 1 Lesson 4 Advanced Advanced

D is for Democracy

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Social Studies 2006 Leveled Reader Grade 4 Unit 02bDescribes the principles of the United States Constitution and the separation of powers through development of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government.

Magic Thieves

Laura Gilfillan - 2005
    All of that changes when a boy who lives just down the street disappears mysteriously. Rita chances on the only clue of what might have happened to him when she finds his pendant caught on a bush. A pendant, made of a raccoon fang, that he never went without. All her preconceptions about normalcy are shattered once she discovers that the pendant is actually magical. This isn't something she can report to the authorities. And it convinces her that Ricky must be in a lot of trouble. That leaves it up to her to find him, and do what she can to sort things out. The problem is, things are even more complicated than she could possibly anticipate. Because there's also an angry wizard involved, and nothing in her nice life has prepared her for how to cope with that.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Saddleback Educational Publishing - 2005
    The adventures of a mischievous young boy and his friends growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth century retold in comic book format.

A Time of Change: Women in the Early Twentieth Century

Kristin Cashore - 2005

J.K. Rowling

Joanne Mattern - 2005
    As a young girl, Joanne Kathleen Rowling loved to make up stories and had dreamed of becoming an author.


Jeff Stone - 2005
    Raised from infancy by their grandmaster, they think of their temple as their home and their fellow warrior monks—their “temple brothers”—as their family. Then one terrible night, the temple is destroyed. Fu and his brothers are the only survivors. Charged by their grandmaster to uncover the secrets of their past, the five flee into the countryside and go their separate ways. Book #1 follows Fu as he struggles to find out more and prove himself in the process.

The Distant Mirror: Reflections on Young Adult Historical Fiction

Joanne Brown - 2005
    The genre is both complex and controversial, encompassing novels that range from romance and fantasy to stark historical realism. The book examines the various approaches to young adult historical fiction and explores the issues that it has engendered. Part One focuses on the broader issues spawned by the genre itself, including its various subgenres - the line between fiction and fact; to what degree must an author adhere to historical accuracy?; time boundaries; the diary format; the protagonist as the outsider; who is entitled to write what?; and literary concerns such as the relationship between accuracy and readability. Part Two explores issues of contemporary interest, such as race, class, gender, the immigrant experience, religion, war, and nationalism. Thought-provoking discussions of how these elements are treated in historical novels, with emphasis on how current cultural values have shaped the fiction, are presented. Finally, the question of whether novels in this genre are bound by anything other than their respective period setting is posed, and it is contended that there are features common to YA historical novels that not only set the genre apart from other YA fiction, but also contribute something unique to the larger genre. The genesis for much classroom debate, suggestions for class discussions and writing assignments as well as sample written responses of these debates from the authors' classes are included. Teachers, librarians, instructors of young adult literature courses, and teen readers will find this an insightful analysis of YA historical fiction.


K.R. Smith - 2005
    The main character is sent overseas at first against her choice, to an international boarding school in Ontario, Canada called Hamilton’s College.As Elisha is adjusting to her new surroundings, by chance one late night she and two friends witness a supernatural occurrence. Elisha and her new friends then come to believe that this school is haunted and decide to investigate the apparitions and to ultimately understand why they were chosen. As they continue forward to find answers, they only seem to come across more questions. Feelings of mistrust begin to divide the new friendships and Elisha even begins to become suspicious of her teachers.The investigations come to a climatic end when one night, Elisha and her friends are caught breaking into the Principal’s office. That night they are told the truth by their teachers… that the ‘ghosts’ they believed they had seen, were in fact members of a secular group of time travelers from the Circulate. These people have the ability to phase through the layers of time and during this process, would appear ghostly to an outsider. From this, they also learn the reason why Elisha and the rest of the students had been invited to study at this College, is because they will also one day be able to do this too.From this moment onwards, Elisha and her friends’ whole perception of the world, space and time is changed. Everything that they had previously known or been taught, is turned upside down, as they relearn new angles to the previously established ideas in the world of modern man. Time is no longer linear and the history of mankind could be their playground.On Elisha’s first supervised excursion back through time, she is taken to an English Aristocratic Ball in 1755 AD. There she meets and becomes entranced by a young Navy Captain, Guy Robertson. The handsome man becomes the crush of the teenaged protagonist, so much so she risks expulsion from both her school and the Circulate; when she attempts to change the time line that records Captain Robertson as dying in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 under the command of Sir Clive of India.

Rob, Mom, and Socks

Kristin Cashore - 2005
    Reading 2007 Leveled Reader Grade 1 Unit 1 Lesson 3 Below Level Below Level

Janey and the Band/Sing the Blues

Liz Berry - 2005
    If she works and studies she could be another Maria Callas, sing at Covent Garden! But Janey is reticent and shy, and is not at all convinced she has the ability or the confidence. HowJaney Adams, nearly 16, has a Voice - a great voice, according to her demanding music teacher. If she works and studies she could be another Maria Callas, sing at Covent Garden! But Janey is reticent and shy, and is not at all convinced she has the ability or the confidence. How is she to get the training? And will she be able to convince her parents that it is a practical idea? Her brother Mike and his friend Ronnie, chronically hard-up students, are forming a band, Night Mission, to help pay their college fees. The third member of the band, Dave, is tall, dark and charismatic, but Janey's instant attraction quickly fades in disappointment when one of his ex-girlfriends warns her that he is a scalp hunter, collecting girls, only to walk away. But the fourth member of the band, Steve, equally attractive, is friendly and laid back. Janey feels safe with him and loves his singing.It's not long before the new band recruit Janey to do their bookings and typing. When they play a gig for the PTA dance, which ends in an astonishing near-riot by their growing army of fans, they all realise that Night Mission is going to be something extra-special. Janey and the Band is the first book in a series about Night Mission's climb to fame, their loves and rivalries, their ambitions and mistakes, and Janey's own search for a way to gain confidence, achieve her singing ambitions - and stay out of Dave's clutches! Book 2:Sing the blues, JaneyJaney Adams is helping to manage the successful band Night Mission. Their music is fine, with the second single moving rapidly up the charts, but deep divisions have appeared. Bitter quarrels and jealousy are splitting them apart.Janey herself is in big trouble. She is trying to juggle her work for the band, the housework at home, and her school work. There are gigs to attend, bags of letters to answer, telephone calls to make. Her school work has begun to suffer, and she is worried that if she doesn't pass her exams she will not get into Music College to train as a singer.Dave's twenty-first birthday party goes terribly wrong and Janey finds herself accepting an invitation to sing at the famous Blues Room, although she knows she is under age. What will happen if her parents find out?

Harry Sue

Sue Stauffacher - 2005
    Her mom's in the slammer and she wants to get there, too, as fast as possible, so they can be together. But it's not so easy to become a juvenile delinquent when you've got a tender heart.

Four Steps to Death

John Wilson - 2005
    Their story is told over seven days of fierce and deadly street-by-street fighting. Vasily is a patriotic Russian soldier determined to rid his country of the hated Nazi invaders -- if he can stay alive long enough. Conrad is a German tank officer, part of the seemingly unstoppable force sweeping eastward over the steppe, expecting a quick victory over Stalin's ill-trained and badly equipped army. Between them is eight-year-old Sergei, whose home is the maze of rubble that used to be the city of Stalingrad. None of them can know that their fates will be intertwined as the cataclysm engulfs them.

Cat Kin

Nick Green - 2005
    What they found was Mrs Powell - mysterious Mrs Powell with her silent feet, unnerving stare and merciless warm-up exercises. What they found was pashki, a lost art from an age when cats were worshipped as gods. But Ben and Tiffany wonder: who is their eccentric old teacher? What does she really want? And why do they suddenly seem to be able to see in the dark? For readers aged 10 to adult.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo - 2005
    Her tragic personal life has been the subject of numerous biographies and a major film starring Salma Hayek. In recent times, public interest in Kahlo's life has threatened to eclipse serious consideration of her artistic achievement. This beautifully produced publication presents an enlightening retrospective of her work, refocusing on the artistic qualities that have made her paintings some of the most iconic images of the last hundred years. Presenting major works alongside the lesser known, and incorporating paintings, drawings and photographs, the volume offers a thoroughly researched, accessible overview of her life's work. At the heart of the book, lavishly illustrated thematic sections illuminate the genres and themes which motivated her art, offering an ideal introductory survey, while also enabling those readers more familiar with her work to encounter some of her most famous pieces afresh. works, a chronology charts the dramatic events of her personal, artistic and political life is combined with an extensive, illustrated glossary explaining the symbolic background to certain key elements that recur in her paintings, making this an essential purchase for anyone with an interest in this most public and yet enigmatic of artists.

To Live For: Why Did You Think You Were Here?

Ryan Dobson - 2005
    This book explores the many dimensions of a life that’s sold-out for Jesus. It’s one that involves laying down your pride, increasingly trusting God to have His way with you. It involves motion—constant and purposeful progress, courageous risk taking, always loving, and forever giving, giving, giving. Because once you’re committed to serving God twenty-four seven, no questions asked, the next step is a nonstop, breath-taking adventure: living for Him…every time, ALL the time! You gave up your life for the sake of Christ, but you can’t just stop there. Now it’s time to really come alive. Try an honest, raw and real, deeper, more passionate pursuit of Jesus Christ. Building on the call to die to self in To Die For, Ryan Dobson explores now what’s truly worth living for. Discover the reason you’re here and begin taking the kind of risks that continually propel you toward a deeper, more meaningful existence. It’s an irresistible life marked by pure, unencumbered passion. Story Behind the BookTo Die For emphasized the importance of dying to self in order to live fully for Jesus. But what about that full life in Christ? This book is the necessary “part two” that launches readers full-speed-ahead into the only life truly worth living. Ryan’s heart for the younger generation, and his extensive contact with them as he travels around the country for more than 100 speaking engagements a year, qualifies him to speak with authority on the subject and to meet readers right where they’re at.

Bright Lights Shining/Fool's Gold

Liz Berry - 2005
    But when old Mrs Wicks invites her in and treats her faintness with several large glasses of vintage port, Janey remembers that Mike, her brother, is appearing with his band, Night Mission, at an important rock festival, and decides to go there to borrow some money.She arrives at the hotel in the middle of a crazy press reception, but the next morning when she wakes up in Dave's hotel bedroom, she is horrified to find that she has caused a massive scandal, and set off a chain of events, which leaves Night Mission in crisis, just before they are due to appear at the biggest and most important concert of their careers. Can they deal with this disaster and survive?Book 4: Fool's goldNight Mission have climbed to success and is touring the US. But while Mike Adams, and Cliff Hawkins revel in acclaim, Ronnie Craig is finding the experience of a successful touring rock a nightmare. Dave Hampton, too, has his problems. His relationship with Janey Adams, is not going well. Janey wants some fun and freedom before she settles down. Her singing career has taken off in a big way, and Dave is obsessively jealous of her friendship with another musician, Jay Bird.When Ronnie hears bad news from home he is desperate. He has lost Janey to Dave and now there seems to be no point in the search for fame and success, he has nobody to share them with him. The drugs he is taking are making him ill.Will an enforced rest, a change of scene and a new girl friend help him turn his life around? Or have Dev and Chris thrown a spanner in the works?

The Mystery Unravels

Mel Odom - 2005
     "You were afraid of my father....That's why you had him murdered. You were of afraid of him, and I'm going to teach you to be afraid of me." Just weeks after his father's horrific death, Matt Hunter confronts the murderous Lucius Creighdor and vows revenge. But battling this vicious foe is treacherous for Matt -- and his steadfast league of friends. Yet without Paul's financial wizardry, Emma's scientic genius, Gabriel's cunning street smarts, and the historical expertise of Narada Chaudhary, Matt knows he will be lost. When Creighdor unleashes a mind-mutilating creature that can control a person's will, Hunter's League must pull together by drawing on their individual strengths, all the time wondering if they've stumbled upon one terrifying secret too many -- and one blood-thirsty monster too much.

The Pirate Queen

Christina Bauer - 2005
    You start having nightmares about a dark figure who asks you to visit the past and find her treasure. Suddenly the dream becomes real: you travel through time, battle ancient pirates, face down demons and search for a hidden hoard of riches. You're Jessica Ross, heroine of The Pirate Queen - A Timewalker Journey, an action-packed book inspired by the real-life adventures of Grace O'Malley, the Irish Pirate Queen. The story: While traveling in Ireland, seventh-grader Jessica Ross is haunted by strange dreams of a mysterious figure. That otherworldly presence turns out to be Grace O'Malley, a real-life, sixteenth-century pirate queen. After the ghostly queen asks Jess to find her treasure, Jess travels through time to relive scenes from the pirate queen's thrilling life, such as fighting an epic sea battle, planning a secret wedding, and battling the evil Clan Mannix, the arch-enemy of Clan O'Malley. Along the way Jess discovers a secret society of Timewalkers with powers just like her own. One member warns her that she must find Grace's hidden treasure… or else! That means Jess has just six hours to unearth the treasure, get her mischievous brother out of trouble, and confront the Shadow Cat, a spectral assassin with a deadly interest in Jess's quest. But is she ready for the adventures ahead?

Wilma's Wicked Spell

Kaye Umansky - 2005
    Her aunt has been plotting for a hundred years and Wilma has just three days to help.

El Mundo Inferior/the Inferior World (El Barco De Vapor)

Carlo Frabetti - 2005

No Longer a Stray: The Gospel According to Puppup

Terry Deffenbaugh - 2005
    Terry Deffenbaughg, OSA, has worked with young people for many years, through his work counseling and giving retreats.This book will grab the imagination of many young people, as well as adults who are young at heart. They will become good friends of Christ and embrace his mission and make it their own. They will be surprised and hurt by those who oppose Christ, horrified by his passion and death. But they will begin to understand the redemptive meaning of Christ's love and sacrifice, to appreciate the meaning and value of suffering, and then to read the Gospel.

Dark Times

Ann Walsh - 2005
    The stories develop highly contemporary situations: a First Nations boy mourns the death of his mother; a girl copes with the loss of her grandmother to Alzheimer's disease; a boyfriend's death takes a girl through the five stages of grief; a destitute family loses their home; a daughter loses a parent when her mother leaves; a fetal alcohol syndrome child is lost to his family when he is sent to prison; a boy loses the brother he loves to mental illness; the death of a small child challenges a girl's belief in God; and a young girl discovers her father in an affair and confronts him - with devastating results. Well-known children's writer Ann Walsh has chosen the stories and one of her own is included. "A fine collection of gritty and compelling stories for young people about loss and grief, stories that will rivet the reader, and in the end, inspire hope because of the indomitable spirit of youth." - Norma Charles

Secret Power to Joy, Becoming a Star, and Great Hair Days: A Personal Bible Study on the Book of Philippians

Susie Shellenberger - 2005
    They often don't have the material, discipline, or knowledge to establish an intimate, growing relationship with the Creator of the universe. Many students have become loyal to their youth groups and in love with worship... but after fellowship and music, they still feel empty for an intimate relationship with their Savior. Unfortunately, many Christian teens have settled for a casual, lukewarm relationship with God when they could have so much more! popular girls' magazine; and host of a top-rated call-in radio show for young students -- has a solution: Let's provide teen girls with exciting Bible study material that will challenge, provide spiritual-growth how-to material, and guide them into a fun yet disciplined time with the Lord. After completing these Bible studies, Susie says, readers will have ownership of a deepening growth with the Master. The Secret Power Bible Studies for Girls series, and its first release, Secret Power to Joy, Becoming a Star, and Great Hair Days -- Your own study on the book of Philippians is the next release in Youth Specialties StudentWare's Secret Power for Girls line... and the first release in Susie Shellenberger-authored Bible studies for young female students. Secret Power for Girls is the StudentWare line that offers young women innovative means to discover the secrets embedded in God's word -- rules for life, God's provisions as revealed in His word and His people -- and the many powers that the Lord makes available through the Holy Spirit. sorely lacks substantial Bible-study material for students. This series will fill that need, not only by form but in substance. expectations. They will be designed with fun graphics to keep readers' eyes moving through the material. Each chapter's study is packaged in a fun style, but will also contain the spiritual meat and depth for which young female Christians are searching. Amid the fast-paced 20-second sound-and-sight-bites that dominate a teen's world, it's necessary that these books compete in form and format. throughout the books: * Grab a Friend! (building accountability.) * Memorize It! (Scripture to memorize from the chapter just studied -- by innovative encouragement.) * Journal! (An ownership section for the reader to record her prayer requests and God's answers... charting the highlights of the chapter studied... and verses she wants to ask her parents or youth leader about.) Secret Power to Joy, Becoming a Star, and Great Hair Days -- the study on the book of Philippians -- begins with a girl-to-girl chat that is steeped is friendship, wisdom, and encouragement: a first-person talk by Susie with her readers. with brilliant explanations, challenges, lists, reality-checks and memory-processing, encouragements, dialogs and fiction, all in teen talk happily accessible to readers who need this material so much! me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. (Philippians 1:12-14). about God. Paraphrase the above verse (rewrite it in your own words), and pretend as you're writing, you can smell the dampness and feel the cold of the dungeon jail cell in which you're held prisoner.

Against the Tide

Theresa Tomlinson - 2005
    Here in one volume are three of her most gripping novels in which she describes the courage and humour with which the fishing families face up to the hard conditions of their lives.The Flither Pickers of Sandwick Bay spend their days gathering shellfish on the shore - limpets and mussels - and baiting the lines for the fishermen . The story centres on young Liza Welford whose mother is haunted by an accident in the past.In THE HERRING GIRLS, when tragedy strikes the Lythe family, 13-year-old Dory joins the tough world of the Scotch herring girls in Whitby in order to earn money and save her brothers and sisters from the workhouse.Family life is destroyed for Ann and Polly Lancroft in BENEATH BURNING MOUNTAIN when the violent and merciless press-gangs invade the cliffs where men and women create alum crystals for a livelihood - and their home is wiped out by a sudden landslide.Skilfully blending fiction with reality, Theresa Tomlinson has written three moving and absorbing stories of close-knit communities of fisher-folk a hundred years ago whose whole existence is governed by the sea.

South Sea Adventure / Volcano Adventure

Willard Price - 2005
    They share amazing experiences, but Dr Adams behaves strangely, and may be endangering them all. South Sea Adventure - Hal and Roger are commissioned to bring back extraordinary sea creatures and visit remote pearl-oyster beds of a secret lagoon. Others are after the pearls too, and strand the boys on a desolate atoll.

Bird in a Cage

Anne Schraff - 2005
    He soon discovers that the girl and her family are criminals, only after Clint's father's jewels.

Sister Surfer: A Woman's Guide to Surfing with Bliss and Courage

Kia Afcari - 2005
    Now, here’s Osborne’s introduction to the sport, the only guide for women who surf, and, more importantly, for those women who have always dreamed of paddling out beyond the breakers and catching the ideal wave. Osborne is a master of the slickest sport. Here she shares her wisdom with readers, on everything from putting on a wet suit (do wear your bathing suit underneath, ladies) to catching the first wave (don’t start too far out). There are tips on choosing a board, carrying it, knowing which boards need wax, finding a surfing buddy, figuring out what that leash is for and how it works, and finding the perfect spot.Sister Surfer is more than a technical manual filled with gorgeous images. It is also an inspirational guide, a handbook to freeing the spirit and overcoming the barriers of the world and of the self. This unique book, perfectly timed to ride the growing wave that is women and surfing, will appeal to anyone who loves the deep blue.When Mary Osborne won the longboard contest in MTV's Surf Girls, she immediately became the strong and beautiful figurehead for a nation of surfing women. Now, here's Osborne's introduction to the sport, the only guide for women who surf, and, more importantly, for those women who have always dreamed of paddling out beyond the breakers and catching the ideal wave. Osborne is a master of the slickest sport. Here she shares her wisdom with readers, on everything from putting on a wet suit (do wear your bathing suit underneath, ladies) to catching the first wave (don't start too far out). There are tips on choosing a board, carrying it, knowing which boards need wax, finding a surfing buddy, figuring out what that leash is for and how it works, and finding the perfect spot.Sister Surfer is more than a technical manual filled with gorgeous images. It is also an inspirational guide, a handbook to freeing the spirit and overcoming the barriers of the world qland of the self. This unique book, perfectly timed to ride the growing wave that is women and surfing, will appeal to anyone who loves the deep blue.

The Biography of Chocolate

Adrianna Morganelli - 2005
    Children will love learning how the ancient Aztecs created a special drink from the bitter beans of the cacao tree and how those beans later became the delectable treat known as chocolate. Mouth watering pictures illustrate this examination of one of the world's favourite commodities. Other topics include What is a commodity?; how and where cacao beans grow; the history of cacao cultivation and use; Hernan Cortez and the introduction of chocolate to Europe; Hershey, Cadbury, Lindt and other chocolatiers; Who made the first chocolate bar and chocolate-chip cookie?; the different ways to use cacao beans today, from food and drink to soap, suntan lotion, and moisturisers; slavery and chocolate.

Roxy's Baby

Cathy MacPhail - 2005
    She drew in a deep breath. She would not let her fear take over. She couldn't. She had too much to lose. She had to be strong, to be brave. For once in her life she had to think of someone other than herself.' Roxy is wild, uncontrollable. She hates her parents - and her goody-two-shoes sister. Her only solace is her equally wild friends, Pat, Tracey and Jacqueline. Then there is the night of the party, where she lets that boy kiss her, and more and Roxy is pregnant. Wilfully, she won't tell her mother, her family. She decides to run away to London. And in London Roxy is found by Mr and Mrs Dyce. They are understanding, sympathetic, and promise her a way out of her troubles. They will take her to a comfortable place, along with other girls in the same position and look after her and her baby - which is exactly what happens. Roxy cannot believe her luck. But Roxy eventually works out the dark truth of the outwardly genial Dyces. They are 'farming' the babies in a truly horrible way, and selling the baby organs. There is only one dramatic way out for Roxy - and it's dangerous. But she is dealing with dangerous people and she has to take it. And now she has her baby to look after. A gripping and completely compelling story of a girl forced to grow up and think of others other than herself in the most nightmare of circumstances. These circumstances would seem too horrible to be true - were they not based on fact. A network doing exactly this was discovered to be operating in Italy in 2003, causing outcry, and has formed the basis for this story.

Nightmares and Fairy Tales # 13

Serena Valentino - 2005