Each anthology in this critically acclaimed series contains short stories featuring clever, courageous, and determined girls from around the world. This groundbreaking series is perfect for girls ages 7-13. These books have multicultural and international appeal. They are a great alternative to the all-American formula of American Girl.
The eighth graders at Walden Lange Middle School are super excited. They are going to outdoor education camp. Five days in the mountains with their friends. No siblings. No parents. No homework. Sure, it's school. But the kids will be studying nature. Marlon and his friends can't wait. On the way to camp, Marlon streams the news on his phone. He learns that there has been a prison break in a nearby town. But who cares? Arrow Pines is large. The chance of anything happening in the middle of nowhere is remote. Once they arrive at camp, everyone stows their gear and preps for a hike. But Marlon is a slowpoke. He and Steve miss the hike. While searching for their group, they come across an old cabin. It's a wreck. And who are those two bearded and dirty men hiding out inside? Oh no! The escaped prisoners! Walden Lane is a quintessential small city. And these chapter books describe a typical American family, with busy schedules and the usual problems. The series explores suburban life in a fun way, with topics appropriate for younger readers. These gentle reads are innocent, hopeful, and sometimes funny, with no unsettling surprises or storylines. Each book is 5,000 words (approx.) and 10 chapters.
Ten boldly illustrated stories tell classic tales from different cultures of battles between heroes and powerful opponents. Tales include: Theseus versus the Minotaur, and Perseus versus Medusa, from Greek mythology; Beowulf versus monsters and dragons from Anglo-Saxon mythology; and the Mayan twins versus the lords of the Underworld. Other well-known stories feature Sinbad the Sailor from Arabic literature and the Swiss hero William Tell. Feature boxes add additional details to help readers better understand concepts in the story as well as the time period in which the story was written.
There sat a spaceship in the middle of the scary woods! Of course, we knew what a spaceship looked like. It looked just like the Galaxy Diner. It had the same silver dome and little round windows all the way around. There was a pink glow around the base of the ship. Lights were flashing everywhere-white lights and red lights, blue lights and purple lights. There was a really high whistling sound in the air. And it was getting louder by the minute.
When Kioni is captured and taken aboard a pirate ship, he finds adventures on new shores.
Two inner-city boys spend the weekend mountain climbing. After straying from the trail, they are trapped in a narrow gorge with two prison escapees and a hungry mountain lion on the loose.
While on a field trip to study native plants, Kenneth and Aleesa are transported to Hawaii in the 1890s, where they see first-hand the final days of the reign of Queen Liliuokalani and learn about native rights.
David travels back in time to 1906 San Francisco to try to save the lives of Antonio Giovanni and his family who were victims of the devastating earthquake.
David and his family travel back in time to California in 1849 to experience the ups and downs of prospecting for gold.
David and his family meet William Henry Lewis, an African American football hero who travels to the future with them when he's injured.
David and his family travel back in time to San Antonio, Texas in 1836 and meet such brave defenders of the Alamo as Davy Crockett.
David and his family travel back in time to 1880 to experience life in the American South as the Reconstruction era following the Civil War came to an end.
David and his family use his grandfather's time travel machine to go back in time to the Chicago World's Fair in 1893.
David and his family use his grandfather's time travel machine to travel to 1853 Ohio, where they assist runaway slaves on their journey north on the Underground Railroad.
Kenneth and Aleesa, working on an extra credit project about Socrates, suddenly find themselves in ancient Athens, where they meet the famous philosopher and try to save his life.
Brothers Tim and Josh find themselves alone in the wilderness after surviving a plane crash in which the pilot dies and must make their way back to civilization.
While studying migrant farm workers of the 1960's, Kenneth and Aleesa travel back in time and meet Cesar Chavez during the farmworkers' strike for fair treatment and better pay. Can they protect Chavez and his dream for his people from sabotage?
Judd dreams of becoming a firefighter, but his dad wants him to work on the family ranch. When a city kid with a know-it-all attitude and a motorcycle comes to his valley for the summer, a forest fire breaks out. How will Judd prove himself?
When a classmate is accused of stealing, Kevin decides to solve the crime.
Medusa's Scream is a thrill-ride that hurtles a train through an out-of-service gold mine in the Fraser Valley. Chase can't believe his luck when he lands a summer job in the food truck outside the ride's entrance. But then he notices strange things happening at the old mine. Chase starts to piece things together, and soon his life is threatened by a villain even scarier than the snake-headed Medusa of myth.
Dylan O'Connor is in trouble again. While riding his bike home after dark, he has a run-in with a truck but doesn't give it a second thought until police show up at his door the next day. CCTV cameras put Dylan at the scene of a crime, and when the police question him, Dylan realizes he was an inadvertent witness. But he doesn't tell them the driver of the truck was Jeff Walker, a nasty piece of work. Dylan knows it's in his best interests to keep his mouth shut. Then he starts getting stalked by Jeff's weirdo sidekick, Eliot Barnes, a classmate of Dylan's. Is Eliot trying to protect Dylan, or is he making sure he stays silent?
Sam and Annabel are on vacation with Annabel's parents in Italy. While visiting the small hilltop town of Civita, they hear rumors of looted gold from World War II buried somewhere in the town's network of underground tunnels and caves. Once again the two friends cross paths with their old nemesis, Humphrey Battleford, but he is not the only one in pursuit of the gold. An intimidating man named Kurt, the grandson of a ruthless Nazi, is also snooping around. After Annabel is kidnapped, Sam must solve the mystery of the hidden treasure to save his friend.
Dan is not sure he'll survive the boring field trip to a remote heritage farm. How could a place with no running water, telephone or electricity be anything but dull? The farmer knows nothing about farming and is angry about having to conduct the tour. And what's with his tattoo? The teacher requests a private word with the farmer and then mysteriously disappears. After a messy attack of allergies, Dan is excused to find a tissue. He sneaks back to the school bus and discovers the driver and teacher have been bound and gagged. The farmer is really an escaped convict with nasty plans. Will Dan be able to find help in time?
Paisley and Ben build a time machine so they can see first-hand what dinosaurs looked like.
The town concert is in jeapordy, ulness Paisley and Ben figure out why the sound in the new music hall is so terrible.