Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the middle of the night to talk about dying. Sometimes he just leaves without telling Robbie where he’s going. Once when Robbie was younger, he was gone for more than a week. Robbie was terrified of being left alone but even more scared of telling anyone in case he was put into foster care. No one can know. Until one day when Robbie has to show the tough new girl, Harmony, around school. Their first meeting ends horribly and she punches Robbie in the face. But eventually they come to realize that they have a lot more in common than they thought. Can Robbie's new friend be trusted to keep his secret?
Scott Schroeder dreams of a day when he and his father can have a home of their own. Following an accident that took his mother's life eight years before, doctors discovered Scott was suddenly deaf. Blessed with being an accomplished gymnast and skilled at signing and reading lips, Scott's biggest challenge is convincing others he is able to do all the same things as those in the hearing world. Picking up on conversations he observes along the way, Scott figures out a big family secret concerning his father and uncle and makes his mind up to play a part in their reconciliation.
Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad. But his dad has moved in with his new boyfriend Michael who serves weird organic food and is constantly nagging him. Worst of all, Michael rides a bicycle decorated to look like a unicorn. This is not the summer Jeremiah wanted. But Jeremiah soon learns that being a family comes in many surprising forms.
What will life be like in 100 years time? Humans will be living in outer space quite soon. Probably within the next 50 years - that's in the reader's lifetime - there'll be at least one small group of scientists inhabiting a different planet.
It's the school holiday break, and Iggy is going to Las Vegas to spend time with her dad and stepmom Tiffany. How exciting! Her dad must be planning something big. The Strip. Amusement parks. Thrilling roller coaster rides. But that's not what happens. Iggy is stuck at home in suburbia with Tiffany while her dad works. Then she meets Lucas. His mom is a showgirl, and his dad is an Elvis impersonator. Their house is loud. Colorful. One night Iggy sneaks out and goes with Lucas on an adventure. Her seemingly meek stepmother boldly rescues them when the kids' plan goes awry.
Fourteen-year-old Dylan is sent to live with his estranged grandfather, Angus. Basically strangers, the two avoid each other as best they can. One day Dylan discovers a young orca stranded high up on the rocky beach. Dylan runs to tell his grandfather. There’s nothing that can be done, says Angus. The sun is coming up, and soon the orca will die of exposure. But Dylan knows he has to try to save the whale. He collects towels to cover the delicate skin of the orca and begins transporting buckets of water from the ocean below to keep it hydrated. It’s grueling work, and it will be hours before the tide comes back in and the water is high enough for the orca to swim free. Angus is moved by his grandson’s determination and helps as best he can. They both desperately hope that soon the orca will be able to join its family, who have been calling out to it just offshore.
Moving to a new city and a new school is never easy. So Lauren is relieved when Callie, Treena and Maddy welcome her into their group. But then Lauren witnesses their reaction to a first grader in a wheelchair. That boy is her little brother, Will. But she’s afraid that if she tells them, they may not want to be friends with her. Soon Lauren finds herself living a double life as she struggles with the challenges of building new friendships and trying to make it up to Will for not acknowledging him at school. At some point Lauren will have to make a decision. What is more important? Friends or family?
Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. When Chloë agrees to help Uli look after his garden, she's determined to find out why he and her dad didn't speak to each other for years. For decades Uli has collected seeds from people in the community, distinct varieties that have been handed down through generations. The result is a garden full of unusual and endangered produce, from pink broccoli to blue kale to purple potatoes. But Chloë learns that the garden will soon be destroyed to make way for a new apartment complex. And the seed collection is missing! Chloë must somehow find a way to save her grandfather's legacy.
Better Together explores how people gather in groups of all kinds to fulfill the basic human need for companionship. From the smallest units of parents, siblings and friends to global organizations that try to build on a foundation of common human experience to meet their goals, people working together are a powerful force for change. Too often, we look at someone and see all the ways we are different. People all around the world come together to build things, teach and entertain each other, and provide everything from better health care to good food to security and education. Better Together examines the many ways we are the same, no matter where we live.
It's springtime! Rabbit is inspired by a daffodil, and throws a party. Discover why there's bubbly foam on plants and evergreen trees in the spring. Mandy and Ben play outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Sarah looks for a new spring coat. A frog sits near the meadow on a busy spring morning. Stories by Highlights for Children, Beverly J. Letchworth, Marianne Mitchell, Clara Gillow Clark, and Marilyn Kratz.
Family teamwork! The Timbertoes know that teamwork makes the dream work and that when things go wrong no one has your back like family. Stories by Rich Wallace and Marileta Robinson.
It takes work to have fun! Tommy searches for more honey for his snack. Tommy and Mabel build a tower, Pa builds a canoe, and the whole Timbertoes family puts together a picnic to enjoy. Stories by Rich Wallace and Marileta Robinson.
Fresh air adventures! Bert Beth and Grandpa explore the forest, walk around a lake, watch the stars, and play at the beach. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev.
Playing with Grandpa! Beth takes Bert and Grandfather on a plane ride right in their backyard. Bert and Beth get ready for Halloween with Grandpa. Bert and Beth remember a fun day with Grandpa. Bert and Beth seek help from Grandpa when there's no wind to fly their kite. Grandpa and Bert try to make Beth feel better when she is sick. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev.
Playtime! Grandpa gets creative to make Bert and Beth play together. Grandpa reads a bedtime story. Bert and Beth make bath time fun with their imaginations. Bert and Beth play basketball with their friends. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev.
Fun with Lulu! Lulu acts like different animals, rides an imaginary train, plays dress-up, and saves the day with her flashlight. Stories by Eileen Spinelli and Highlights for Children.
Pet cats! Cow gets stuck in a small space, Tex and Indi have to find away to free him. The whole family plays animal charades. Tex, Indi, and Mom go to the store to buy cat food for Cow. Tex and Indi explain why they named their cat Cow. Tex and Indi play with their kitten. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Taking care of Cow! Tex and Indi take good care their pet cat. They give him a bath, take him to the veterinarian's office, and even write him a poem. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
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.
Siblings, pets, and tv! Arizona figures out how to handle twin siblings. Arizona realizes that a lost pet should be returned to its family. Arizona learns to not revolve her life around watching television. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Playing with siblings! Gran teaches Arizona, Indi, and Tex how to play a rhyming word game to help them forget their fear during a scary thunderstorm. Arizona's little brother Tex gives her good advice about handling nightmares. Arizona, tired of doing the same old things with her little brother and sister, finds it's fun to play with them when they try new activities. Stories by Lissa Rovetch.
Winter Wonderland! Bert and Beth and Grandpa go ice skating and sleigh riding. Grandpa teaches Bert and Beth a fun way to bring winter indoors. Bert, Beth, and Grandpa make snowmen together. Stories by Valeri Gorbachev.
The Baldwin family decides that they could make a better life for themselves in Oregon. This is the story of their journey to Rainbow Valley. Thirteen-year-old Cotton becomes responsible for seeing his family safely across country to Oregon where they will join his father.
A chance friendship with an elderly ex-magician helps Jared come to terms with the tensions in his own family.
Fern and Roy must leave their mother in Denver to spend the summer with their Gran and Paw in the Rocky Mountains.