Things to know about Billy Miller: He's worried about second grade; he thinks bats are cool; his little sister is annoying; he had a spectacular accident this summer; he doesn't like poetry much; his dad makes really good cookies; Ned is his best friend; his mom likes rainy days; he thinks Emma Sparks is a pain; he can run really fast; this is his year.
"Great Story for 7 yo and 9 yo boy"
What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry, and inquisitive, and brave, and fast, and persistent, and unlucky…then lucky! What a night!
"Where are the pictures?"
When Mrs. Tweezers convinces Owen's parents that their son is too attached to Fuzzy, his beloved blanket, Owen vehemently disagrees.
"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."
One good turn deserves another as Sophie teaches Wendell a lesson he won't soon forget, turning their conflict into good humor.
When Penny spots a marble in Mrs. Goodwin's front yard, she picks it up, puts it in her pocket, and takes it home. It's a beautiful marble - it's big, shiny, blue, smooth, and fast, and Penny loves it. But does the marble really belong to Penny? What do you think will happen?
When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a good song, a really wonderful song... and Penny wants more than anything to sing it.
What do you think will happen?
When Penny receives a surprise box in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled. The surprise is a doll, and she is absolutely perfect, from her head to her toes. Penny loves her immediately. She introduces her new doll to Mama and to the babies and to Papa. But then Papa asks what the doll's name is, and Penny realizes that she doesn't know. What do you think will happen?
"Love the voice"
She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. "I'm named after my grandmother," said Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn't improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed...
"I read this when I was just a young girl, I <3 it."
A girl dreams of creating a garden full of chocolate rabbits, flowers that change colors, seashells and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
Returning to the beach cottage, a cottage named Scallop, where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice. Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?