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.
When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This ancient proverb of the Kikuyu people, a tribal group in Kenya, Africa, is as true today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. Its essence is simplicity: when the large fight, it is the small who suffer most. And when it comes to war, the smallest, the most vulnerable, are the children. When Elephants Fight presents the stories of five children from five very different and distinct conflicts. Along with these very personal accounts, the book also offers brief analyses of the history and geopolitical issues that are the canvas on which these conflicts are cast. When Elephants Fight is about increasing awareness. For the future to be better than the past, better than the present, we must help equip our children with an awareness and understanding of the world around them and their ability to bring about change. Gandhi stated, "If you are going to change the world, start with the children."
Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. Includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.
An action-packed, contemporary novel about surviving in the wilderness. Thirteen-year-old Karma is desperate to become a certified falconer. At her dad's bird education center, she helps give demonstrations to guests and can fly the birds. But when her favorite rescued falcon, Stark, hurts Karma, her parents insist that they return the bird to its previous owner -- in Canada. On the way to bring Stark back, a car accident in the middle of nowhere leaves Karma's dad trapped, and it's up to Karma to find a way to rescue him and her younger brother. When Karma loses her way trying to get help, she crosses paths with Cooper, a troubled teenaged boy. Lost for three days, the two figure out how to survive, and Karma teaches Stark to hunt like an actual bird of prey. Karma may be closer than she thinks to becoming a real falconer and having a real friend.
Middle graders will laugh and cry with thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin as she tries to be like Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America. In this semi-autobiographical debut novel set in 1983, Vanessa Martin's real-life reality of living with family in public housing in Newark, New Jersey is a far cry from the glamorous Miss America stage. She struggles with a mother she barely remembers, a grandfather dealing with addiction and her own battle with self-confidence. But when a new teacher at school coordinates a beauty pageant and convinces Vanessa to enter, Vanessa's view of her own world begins to change. Vanessa discovers that her own self-worth is more than the scores of her talent performance and her interview answers, and that she doesn't need a crown to be comfortable in her own skin and see her own true beauty.
Take an in-depth peek at the life of legendary Pocahontas , the famous historical figure who helped create peace between the American Indians and European settlers. With the Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend e-Book, students will examine what happened with John Smith and the daughter of Chief Powhatan, as well as Pocahontas' new life in an English village. Bring a greater understanding to historical events with this e-Book filled with primary source documents from this time period. Build literacy and subject content knowledge with this high-interest book that explores US history, geography, and other social studies topics. Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend provides access to every type of learner with appropriately leveled content. The reader contains text features such as captions, bold print, glossary, and index to increase understanding and build academic vocabulary. Aligned to McREL, WIDA/TESOL, NCSS/C3 Framework and other state standards, this text readies students for college and career readiness.
The Cold War lasted for more than 40 years. This interesting book gives readers a look at what caused the Cold War and some of the important events from this time. The helpful glossary, index, and easy-to-read text allows readers to further understand such things like totalitarian government, communism, capitalism, atomic bombs, blacklisting, espionage, and arms race. The fascinating images and photos along with the vibrant scrapbook layout, introduce leaders and events like the Berlin Wall, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Fidel Castro, and the Cuban missile crisis. This book will have children fascinated and engaged from beginning to end!
Confucius is now considered the greatest philosopher in Chinese history. This inspiring and enlightening biography will allow readers to discover Confucius' life of peace and harmony, his beliefs, and his philosophies that people still use today through interesting sidebars, facts, clear photos, supportive text, and a helpful glossary and index. Readers are also introduced to other important aspects of this period in China's history including the Zhou Dynasty, Meng-Tzu, and legalism.
Mansa Musa was the king of Mali as it became one of the largest empires during the time of Musa's rule. Readers will discover the life of Mansa Musa in this appealing biography that uses vivid images, appealing maps, and stunning facts to engage children. A glossary and index work in conjunction with the easy-to-read text to teach readers about the Mali ruler, griots, Mali trade, Mecca, Malian religion, and other kings and queens.
From pharaohs to hieroglyphics, readers will learn all about the Egyptian dynasty in this fascinating book! The appealing photos and engaging text invite readers to learn about the Ancient Egyptian civilization, the construction of the great pyramids, mummies, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, Mark Antony, and Cleopatra. Working in conjunction with easy-to-read text, the table of contents, glossary, and index combine to create a helpful and accommodating learning tool.
Describes the requirements, education, and duties associated with becoming a movie director. Includes profiles of prominent pioneers in the field of movie making.
When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to ruin Renata's reputation.
One girl's journey from wealth to poverty changes her perspective during the Great Depression.
A young newsie's perfect summer is marred by a run-in with gangsters in the 1920s.
This title highlights all the gross jobs that people do every day.
A familys move to the South brings a young African American into the hub of racial inequality.
Historical novel set during Industrial Revolution about child labor at a watch factory.
A young boy meets a runaway slave in this historical novel set during the Civil War.
When Colin accepts the job to clean up the graffiti in an upscale neighborhood he worries that he might be targeted by gangs. But he didn't expect to become a suspect in a series of robberies. Every time he is sent to clean up graffiti, the police are nearby investigating a crime. Colin knows he's done nothing wrong, but even he acknowledges his presence at the crime scenes looks suspicious. The only way he can clear his name is to figure out what is really going on.
Find out what life is like for a professional screenwriter and decide if it is the right career for you.
The author of Urban Animals, Isabel Hill once again captures images of creatures large and small that adorns the buildings all around our nation's capital. Includes a glossary of architectural terms and a list of buildings where each animal resides.
Maddie has big-city dreams, and this summer she's found her chance to visit New York. An art magazine is holding a portrait painting contest, and the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple. Maddie plans to win, but her mother has different plans for her: a mother-daughter adventure in organic farming. Maddie is furious. How will she find an inspiring subject for her portrait amid the goat poop and chickens? And worse, her new age mother's attempts at pig reiki are an embarrassment. But Maddie befriends the farmer's daughter, Anna, and between dodging her mother and doing her chores, she finds the perfect subject for the portrait contest.
In most ways, Poe is like the other kids in his school. He thinks about girls and tries to avoid too much contact with teachers. He has a loving father who helps him with his homework. But Poe has a secret, and almost every day some small act threatens to expose him. He doesn't have a phone number to give to friends. He doesn't have an address. Poe and his father are living in a tent on city land. When the city clears the land to build housing, Poe worries that they might not be able to find another site near his school. Will Poe have to expose his secret to get help for himself and his father?
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Clay would much rather work as a lifeguard at the beach than at Safari Splash, the new water park in town. He's certain the summer will drag along, despite his position at the Boa, the park's fastest slide. The summer job starts to get interesting when he learns that someone has been wandering the park in a lynx costume, scaring the staff. When forty thousand dollars is stolen from the till, and his friends are under suspicion for the theft, boring is starting to look good. But Clay is certain that the mask and the thefts are connected, and he's determined to solve the crime.
Sable wears only black and has always felt that doom is near. Lacey wears pink and seeks beauty everywhere. A sadistic art teacher pairs Sable and Lacey together for their final project. The girls have to get to know one another and select a suitable poem for the back of each other's decorative mirror. Sable is less than thrilled at having to spend time with Lacey, who she believes to be nothing more than a brainless doll. As the project progresses, and Sable gets past her resentment, she learns some surprising truths about who Lacey really is. All of Sable's images begin to change, including the one she holds of herself.