Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease ("osteo-something-something-itis"). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.
Cassie, who is spending the summer with her aunt while her parents go through a divorce, becomes friends with Joey, a boy in a wheelchair who lives nearby with his grandmother.
The woods are frightening at night. Matt is desperate to fit in at summer camp. One night he gets lost when he goes off on his own to retrieve a forgotten life preserver. A wolf appears and Matt overcomes his fears and follows it. He finds a half-wolf, half-dog pup whose mother is dead. Is the big wolf who guides him the same wolf that his father rescued years before from a trap?
Eleven-year-old Kaden has managed to stay under the radar for most of his life. With the exception of Kubla, a pet crow, Kaden doesn't have any friends his own age and he's okay with that. After all, friends can ask inconvenient questions. Questions like Why do you live with your grandmother and where is your father? Questions Kaden doesn't want to answer. Apart from school and a few trips to town, Kaden and Gram keep to themselves, living a simple life at their cabins outside the small community of Promise. But now Kaden's life is getting a lot more complicated. He's starting middle school, which brings its own set of problems for a boy who doesn't fit in. And then he learns that his father, a man he has never known, is getting out of prison and moving to Promise. After years of being the outsider at school, Kaden is given a chance to come out of his shell when Yo-Yo, a new boy, moves to the area and offers friendship. But can Kaden trust him? Will Yo-Yo be a real friend after he learns about Kaden's father? The true meaning of friendship, love, responsibility, and loyalty is explored in this novel for middle-grade readers.
A chance friendship with an elderly ex-magician helps Jared come to terms with the tensions in his own family.
Matthew wanted only one thing on Earth: a dog. He lived in a children's home, and they weren't allowed to have a real dog. The toy dog he got for Christmas was broken; the other animals he tried out as pets didn't live up to his expectations. He never ever thought about wanting a Mother or a Fatherâ€”but one day, when a couple comes to adopt himâ€”he decides to keep an open mind. . . . Matthieu ne veut qu'une seule chose au monde: un chien. Il habite dans une maison d'accueil oÃ¹ il n'est pas permis d'avoir un chien. Le chien en peluche qu'il a reÃ§u pour NoÃ«l est dÃ©jÃ en morceaux. Les autres animaux favoris qu'il a reÃ§us n'ont jamais fait l'affaire. Il n'a jamais songÃ© Ã l'idÃ©e d'avoir des parents. Mais un jour, quand un couple se prÃ©sente pour l'adopter, il commence Ã y songerâ€¦
Her really good friend has moved far away to another country. What to do now? How can they stay friends without seeing each other? They learn that there is friendship in thinking about each other, in writing to each other, in remembering each others' favorite things, but most of all: it is in the heart. Sa meilleure amie est partie vivre dans un autre pays. Que faire maintenant? Comment resté amies sans se voire? Elles apprennent qu'il y a de l'amitié à penser l'une à l'autre, à s'écrire, à se rappeler leurs choses favorites et que par-dessus tout l'amitié est une affaire de coeur.