Anxious about starting middle school, eleven-year-old Izzy Newton proposes a STEM club and, with her best friends Allie Einstein and Charlie Darwin, investigates why the building is so cold--and why former friend Marie has shut them out.
Born into a family of over-achievers, fifth-grader Allie Velasco has never finished first in anything, and lately things have been going badly: her science project is ruined by a well-meaning student, her former best friend is hanging out with another girl--but now she is determined to win the Trailblazer contest with a photographic presentation about her great grandfather, the first Congressional Medal of Honor winner from their town.
The story of Spanish explorer Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca brims with his adventures and misadventures throughout the North American Southwest. As of the sixteenth century, no European had journeyed over such a large extension of territory, from the Florida Peninsula to northern Mexico, and survived. This lively and informative volume goes on to examine his eight years of wandering in this unknown land, during which he learned natural medicine from...
Appointed Earth's ambassador to the universe, twelve-year-old Gabe Fuentes faces two sets of "alien" problems when he discovers his parents are illegal aliens and face deportation, and the Earth's in the path of a destructive alien force causing multiple mass extinctions.
"Welcome to Animal Rescue Friends, where any stray can find a friendly face--furry or otherwise. This first collection of middle-grade comics includes five tales of found family: A lonely girl living in the suburbs finds happiness with a stray pit bull; a protective mama ferret and her six kits learn to trust a shelter volunteer; a shy boy stands up for himself with the help of a strong-willed bunny; a cantankerous cat helps to mend a troubled relationship;...
When thirteen-year-old Erica "Chia" Montenegro finds out her mother has breast cancer, she makes a promise to God to raise money for breast cancer awareness and discovers that when family and friends work together, miracles can happen.
"David can't wait to go back to school and get far away from his trickster neighbors. But he's in for a surprise when a set of equally prank-loving triplets move onto his block--and into his class! Now the twins and triplets are battling for control of the playground and David is stuck in the middle. Can he end the prank war before recess gets cancelled for the whole year?"--Provided by publisher.
"In 1984 Newark, Beatriz Mendez navigates romance, gang culture, and her family's past. After her gang-leader brother is killed, Beatriz gives up her dreams of dancing in order to run the gang. But her eyes are reopened to her dream of a career in dance when the school brainiac asks her to compete in a dance competition with him--but will the gang let her go?"--
A young readers' companion to the adult novel Kid Quixotes by Stephen Haff. Narrated by one extraordinary ten-year-old girl, this inspiring memoir tells the story of a daughter of Mexican American immigrants who finds her voice through the power of words and performance of Cervantes' Don Quixote. When a shy girl named Sarah Sierra first joins an after-school program in her neighborhood, she never expects to travel back in time and discover the words...
"I always thought that the biggest trial in my life was my name, Naomi Guadalupe Zamora Outlaw, but little did I know that it was the least of my problems, or that someday I would live up to it."
One evening, everything Naomi has known with Gram and her little brother begins to unravel. Naomi's mother wants to kidnap her. Gram is willing to go to the end of the earth to save Naomi, but will that be enough? A quiet life in Lemon Tree, California,