Otis P. Oliver is taking a stand. He is NOT taking another bath--ever. But when your opinions matter to the rest of the family about as much as the opinions of the family dog (who, it's worth mentioning, only has to bathe once a month), you have to get serious. So Otis borrows a spiffy suit from his dad and rouses a rabble of neighbor kids to stand up for what the know is right: a bathtub ban. This hilarious story about standing up for what you believe in, compromise, and family will have readers of all ages ready to hit the pavement for their cause--whatever it may be.
Reece's new dog, Ruckus, tears through life like a Tyrannosaurus rex. He bites everything that moves and drives Reece's mom nuts. The puppy was Dad's idea, to make things easier for Reece after his parents' separation, but Ruckus is not easy at all and Mom is getting fed up. When her diamond earrings go missing, it sends the family into a tailspin. What happens when a dog swallows something precious? Reece is about to find out. But they can't give up on this little Jack Russell terror, can they? He's family, after all. We first met Reece and his family in the Orca Echoes title Where's Burgess? by Laurie Elmquist.
Brad taught his younger sister how plants grow from seeds but what about the pencil stub bits of crayons and the other things she's planted?
Victoria is certain she doesn't like tomatoes until she tries to prove that her younger brother doesn't like them either.
Dikike's father surprises her with a wonderful gift--her very own canoe!
Amanda overcomes a language barrier and begins to relate to her newly adopted sister.
What can Jessica do about her sister's snoring?
After saying they're all too busy these family members end up helping hem Papa's new pants a little too much.
Henry may not be able to beat his cousins at racing or baseball but he can do one thing better than all of them.
Levi learns that there are advantages to the top and bottom bunks of a bunk bed.
A little boy explains everything he does in the big soft chair over the course of a day.
Nathan's new stepsister has asthma which means he has to find a new home for his cat.
Set in 1940s, a tornado hits as Opal her mother and her brother take lunch to her father who is plowing in the field.
Jim finds the best gift for his mom.
Todd chooses a commission over an allowance then makes it "work."
A sensitive story about divorce during winter when Izzie's father moves out.
Grandpa and Chelsea take care of their garden together, and Chelsea learns how to tell when the carrots are ready.
This girl realizes that it's no fun to be with a cranky person.
Everyone is too busy to listen to Teddy--except his baby brother.
Flora and Grandpa go to the fair. They have an exciting day eating ice-cream petting the animals and going on the rides.
Jimmy learns that a long-awaited special dessert is not the most important part of his family's Thanksgiving celebration.
In this Norwegian folktale Halvor discovers what treasure his mother would like best.
Angelo finds fun in his aunt's kitchen project.
Kristen thinks her cousin Maya is Gramma's favorite until Maya reveals the main topic of Gramma's letters.
Isabel has saved her family from a lifetime of having strawberry shortcake for dessert but . . .