Acclaimed author Peg Kehret has written the true story of the year when she was twelve and stricken with polio. At first paralyzed and terrified, she fought her way to recovery, aided by doctors and therapists, a loving family, supportive roommates fighting their own battles with the disease, and plenty of grit and luck. With the humor and suspense that are her trademarks, Peg Kehret vividly recreates a year of heartbreak and triumph.
"Wonderful story for modern kids (and adults)"
Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean. But Kyle's vacation becomes a nightmare when he's babysitting his sister BeeBee and an earthquake hits. Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves from tsunami terror?
Amy learned a lot in her babysitting course - but not what to do if two thugs show up, intent on kidnapping. When Amy agreed to babysit little Kendra Edgerton, she had no idea she was stepping into a kidnapping plot. Armed with misinformation and a weapon, the two men force the girls out of the house and take them to a remote cabin in the woods. There they make videos of the girls and mail them to Kendra’s wealthy parents in an effort to get ransom money.
From the beginning Jonathan is spooked by the deserted island where his family is camping - and his premonitions come true. After Jonathan's mother breaks her ankle, Jonathan and his younger sister, Abby, are left alone. Then a devastating earthquake hits. The bridge is destroyed, the trailer is smashed, and there's no food or water. Suddenly Jonathan and Abby are fighting for their lives...
Matt is missing. Bonnie's brother left his classroom to use thebathroom - and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their abductor or pay with their lives.
When sixth-grader Rosie Saunders asks her best friend Kayo Benton to come along on her family's summer trip, the girls look forward to a perfect vacation. Their first stop is a campground in the colorful Arizona desert, where Rosie and Kayo busily explore trails lined with the almost-human forms of the Saguaro cactus.
When Josh is forced to spend a summer with his eccentric aunt, he thinks it will be the most boring summer ever. Instead, he finds himself talking to a ghost from one hundred years ago! In order for the ghost to finally be at peace, it needs some help, and Josh reluctantly agrees to assist. But Josh needs to dig in the old cemetery, and when he does, he finds much more than he bargained for.
"Fairly interesting even for an adult"
Matt is missing. Bonnie's six-year-old brother left his classroom to use the bathroom - and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find her brother. In a chilling climax on a Washington State ferry, Bonnie and Matt must outsmart their abductor or pay with their lives.
If there’s a mystery to be solved, Pete’s your man. Er, your cat. Pete’s a cat, specifically, Alex’s cat. And since Alex and his family moved into a new housing development, Pete is Alex’s only friend. Things start looking up for Alex when Rocky moves in next door. But Rocky isn’t very friendly, and Alex starts to suspect he’s hiding something. And when the neighborhood is terrorized by a rash of fires and vandalism, Pete knows that he’s got to investigate.
A collection of true stories about the amazing lives of eight shelter dogs. Many of these dogs were unwanted because of their size, behavior, or medical condition. All of the dogs found owners who loved and cared for them.
"Fun book of stories about rescue pets"
Erin Wrenn and her friend David are in big trouble because they refuse to go on a field trip to the Glitter Tent Circus. They wrote a report on the sad lives of circus animals, and discovered that the Glitter Tent Circus is one of the worst animal abusers of all. Mrs. Dawson is determined to give her students the happy circus experience she remembers from her childhood; she won't let Erin and David share their report or pass around a petition asking for a different field trip.
Pete the cat can't actually talk to his owner, Alex, but he's a crime-solving cat, and he knows when things aren't right. And now, Pete knows something is wrong. Someone's been breaking into houses in the neighborhood, and they're not just stealing people's property—they're kidnapping pets! When the burglars come to Alex's house, they nab Pete! Lucky for Pete, Alex's brother, Benjie, comes to the rescue, but gets himself kidnapped by the thieves. Can Pete and Alex uncover the clues and rescue Benjie?
The police are on the alert. Vandals are attacking local schools with spray-paint and graffiti. When the gang's next target is Kayo and Rosie's elementary school, the two sixth-grade friends are angry and frightened by the senseless crime. Suddenly one night, the two girls and their canine buddy, Bone Breath, surprise the vandals in action. In the silence, Bone Breath barks. As Kayo and Rosie run, they hear footsteps behind them. A hand reaches out for Rosie.
Sixth graders Kayo and Rosie are on a motor-home trip with Rosie's parents in the North Cascades National Park. The two girls can't resist a chance to hike high up into the hills, where they sight several bald eagles. But when a poacher nabs one of the baby eaglets from its lofty nest, Kayo and Rosie suddenly find themselves on a dangerous chase that will lead them deep into unfamiliar territory.
A new Pete the Cat mystery in paperback for the first time! Alex and his friends witness a pig falling from a speeding red truck. Working with the police and an animal rescue group, the kids get permission to keep the pig. But after a local TV station runs a story about the rescue, the angry truck driver shows up at Alex's house, determined to take the pig to slaughter. Who is this man? What is he hiding? Pete uses his skills to solve the mystery but, as usual, his humans don't understand. When the dangerous situation turns deadly, can Pete save himself?
In a moment of madness, Jeremy Holland's parents were killed by a gunman in a Seattle mall. Now he faces a new life with his uncle Ed, a man with a vastly different lifestyle from the one Jeremy is used to. As he sits on the train hurtling toward Chicago, he can barely believe the terrible truth. He has no mother, no father, no home. Suddenly the impossible happens - again - as the train crashes in a blaze of fire, twisted metal, and screaming people. Jeremy staggers off, wandering aimlessly. He finds a deserted cabin in the woods, which seems to be just waiting for him.
A mother cat and her kittens, shot with a pellet gun. A poacher illegally stalking a bear. Peg Kehret tells these true stories and more as she invites readers into her life on a small wildlife sanctuary. Vividly showing the joys of animal rescue while providing facts about the animals and birds she encounters, Kehret also shares the tragedy of her husband's sudden death, and the pain of losing Pete, the shelter cat who co-authored three of her books.
The Oakwood Doll Museum is one of six-graders Kayo and Rosie's favorite places. After thieves break into it one night, the girls are worried. Are the dolls okay? Is the French musical cat still there? When the girls rush to the site, they see that everything is all right - the police have scared away the burglars. While Kayo and Rosie enjoy the dolls, they hear strange music coming from a locked glass case. The musical cat is playing by itself! Could there be a ghost in the Oakwood Doll Museum?
Sixth-grader Kayo Benton and her friend, Rosie, are busy trying to find a good home for old Mrs. Tallie's cat, Muffin. But when Rosie gets a menacing phone call warning her to stay away from the old woman, the girls begin to realize that it isn't just the cat that needs help.
Sixth-graders Rosie and Kayo have a new Care Club project. They are taking Bone Breath, Rosie's dog, to the Oakwood Nursing Center to visit the residents. Old Mr. Winters is one of the girls' favorite people there, even if he does ramble on about crazy things, like seeing a man with a gun across the street. One night, when Rosie and Kayo watch the evening news, they discover that Mr. Winters isn't so crazy after all. A murder has occurred in the house opposite Oakwood.