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?
Amanda overcomes a language barrier and begins to relate to her newly adopted sister.
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.
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.
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 . . .
Josefina proves to Papa that she can be a helpful cowgirl.
Sometimes it is great to have a mom who is different from the rest.
Rupert is lonely and a little scared at his grandmother's country home. How can an empty cupboard in the toolshed make him feel at home?
When Arizona ruins Abuela's scarf on a ski trip, she has to muster the courage to admit it and apologize.
A series of misadventures turn into fun for Derrick and Steve.
Ollie wants to do something special for Abuela for Mother's Day. When Arizona and Ollie find out Abuela's favorite treat is homemade ice cream, they have just the thing.
Athena's family's custom of picking and cooking dandelion greens embarrasses Athena. But when she sees her new friend try the food, she realizes she could be more open-minded herself.
When Gran and Poppy have to cancel their annual trip due to Gran's knee surgery, Arizona is very disappointed. But after "talking things over" with her cat, Cow, she realizes she can keep in touch with her grandparents in other ways.
When ten-year-old Cyrus sees a For Sale sign plunged into his front lawn, it’s a complete and utter disaster. Usually, his younger brother, Rudy, is the scaredy-cat, but for the first time in his life, Cyrus is terrified. He’s lived at 637 Petunia Boulevard since he came to live with his adoptive mom and dad at two months old. Won’t he go hurtling into outer space without these four familiar walls to hold him in? Luckily, Cyrus has a few sneaky tricks up his sleeve to stop this moving business before it even gets started.
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?
Bedtime! Little Bunny tries to be quiet as Baby Bunny naps. Baby Bunny prepares for a sleepover with Squirrel. Little Bunny tries to take a nap. Little Bunny tries to stay up late. Stories by Eileen Spinelli.
A chance friendship with an elderly ex-magician helps Jared come to terms with the tensions in his own family.