Del plays striker on his high school soccer team, the Cardinals, and they’ve gone almost three seasons undefeated. To Del, it’s just a game, but some of the players think winning is all that matters. When an ugly tackle results in a major loss for the Cardinals against their main rival, the Rebels, things get heated between the teams. That night, one of Del’s teammates has his ankle broken by an unknown assailant, leaving him unable to take part in the playoffs. As Del tries to figure out which of the Rebels’ players is responsible for the attack, his coach brings in a substitute player, and he’s actually really good. Is it just a coincidence, or did someone finally take the above all else mentality too far?
Sam Campbell's school team, the Laggan Lairds, always loses. When someone suggests that their name be the Laggan Lard Butts, Sam thinks the team should change its name. What is a Laird anyway? The basketball coach agrees, and soon the whole school is involved in an election for a new team name. Sam and his friends nominate the name Lard Butts. When the basketball team starts winning games after a warm-up cheer of "Go Lard Butts!" it seems the Lard Butt campaign might actually win the election.
Marta is an outsider at school. Partly because she chooses to be. With parents who were once farmworkers, she was used to moving a lot. It was hard to make friends. Though now the family is settled, trouble seems to follow her. To escape, she draws. Her art teacher thinks she has a gift. He signs her up for a program in another city. As she leaves behind the drama back home, she encounters other places, people, and events that are just as dramatic and even dangerous. Her drawings seem to be responsible. This series of books was designed specifically for struggling teen readers. The contemporary fiction is written at accessible levels and provides substantive content without being edgy. The relatable plots appeal to teens, especially those who are reluctant to read. Books in the series quickly grab their interest with fast-paced storylines that feature realistic, sometimes larger-than-life teen characters readers can identify with or would like to know. Then there is an unexpected twist. The characters' lives are suddenly on the edgeÑof fame, fear, or even sanity. What starts out as fun or routine becomes a nightmare, real or imagined. As characters are tested in mind, body, and spirit, readers have a sense of being there to experience the adventure.
One day Abby and Clara find a time portal and are swept into the future. No test! No school dance! But then they decide to abuse the portal's power. Some would call Largo Bay quirky. Others would call it downright strange. To Abby McQuade it's just home. Abby has a big imagination. And her curiosity always leads to trouble. Every adventurer has a sidekick. Holmes had Watson. Batman had Robin. Abby has her bestie, Clara Erickson. Clara is regimented, hyper-scheduled, and disciplined. Abby is … not. Abby is yin to Clara's yang. Would her bestie be bored without Abby's curious mind? Totally.
Party in Mazey Pines! Abby can only go if her responsible bestie comes too. But the party is a bust, and the girls bail...then find themselves stuck in a mystical maze.
It's time for Crazy-Con again. Sweet! The convention is pure pop culture. Abby and Clara can't wait. They want to watch the sequel to their fave movie, Scream Night.
Destiny has wanted a dog for a very long time, but her mom always sends her to her dad, who says no every time. Why does he say no? She can't figure it out, and he won't give a reason. After her uncle Jake helps her with a school report, she decides to ask for his help again. Can her father's brother convince him to let her have a dog, or will he come up with a game plan?
School's almost over, and best friends Ava and Sammi are heading to summer camp as volunteer camp counselors.
Paige and Coco are curious about the new boy in school. His name is Orion Wells, and from the beginning, the boy is different. Paige thinks it's Orion's magical green eyes. Could the boy be from another planet? After a few weeks at school, the entire culture has changed. The bully is nice. Lonely kids have made friends. Teachers are calmer. The principal smiles. Even Coco changes. During a major talent show, Coco doesn't get stage fright. She nails her song and wins the contest.
Annie and Erin were besties who loved YouTube kid star Cory Mall. Could the girls make a video that would go viral? They wanted to try. Their first attempt was goofy, but it worked! The girls got a lot of views. When other friends joined them, their next video was even better. Then TV host Big Don got involved. Were they ready to be superstars?
Offers young readers a look at the powers of fate and how they effect human lives as seen in a Greek myth and in stories by Saki, Frank R. Stockton, Anton Chekhov, and Guy de Maupassant.
Offers young readers a look at scary stories, including "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Canterville Ghost," and "The Monkey's Paw."
This collection contains stories about Zeus, Athene, Heracles, Odysseus, and more which ancient Greeks used to explain many things such as common human thoughts, feelings, and struggles.
Offers young readers a look at Jason, King Arthur, and other heroes of myth, history, and literature.
Four stories about honorable people, people who keep promises, who respect and help others, who possess excellent character, and who show courage in the face of great danger.
Extend cultural boundaries with this collection of fantastic folktales and legends from Latin America.
Offers young readers a look at another side of the author of "Little Women" in stories about the American Revolution and the New England settlers and the Indians, as well as fairy tales of a gift from the elves and a boy who shared a most unusual Thanksgiving feast.
Offers young readers a look at Mark Twain's distinctive sense of humor as revealed in tales of the old West, Missouri, and medieval Europe.
Offers young readers retellings of works by Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Mrs. Molesworth, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Offers young readers a look at stories that end with surprising changes from the works of O. Henry.
Offers young readers a look at the lives of elephants, wolves, and other creatures from India, and the seals of the North Pacific Ocean, from the stories of Rudyard Kipling.
Offers young readers a look at four adventures of the famous English detective, Sherlock Holmes, from stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Offers young readers a look at four comic tales, including "The Six Sillies," "Blockhead Hans," and "The Emperor's New CLothes."
Offers young readers a look at the adventures of James Butler Hickock and Gold Rush-era hotelier Luzena Stanley Wilson, as well as Western stories by Bret Harte, Mark Twain, and O. Henry.
Offers young readers a look at the origins of the tombs, temples, statuary, and other ancient creations known as the "Seven Wonders of the World" and what became of them.