Thirteen-year-old Sophie is the only girl among the surly crew of her three uncles and two bothersome cousins on a small sailboat bound for England to see her Grandpa Bompie. Through Sophie's and cousin Cody's travel logs, the amazing experiences of these six wanderers and their perilous journey unfold.
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Nine-year-old Amber Brown faces further complications because of her parents' divorce when her father plans to move back from Paris and she must decide which parent she will be with on Thanksgiving.
In Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown, Amber is excited and a little nervous about starting second grade. What if the new teacher doesnâ¿¿t like her? With best friend Justin and her new bear backpack, Amber decides she's ready for whatever happens - but is second grade ready for Amber Brown?
Amber's life has changed dramatically: her parents are divorced, her father lives in France, her best friend has moved to another state, and now her mother must decide whether to remarry.
Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn't enough. She straightens up her room - sort of. She does her homework - well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother's new boyfriend - but she doesn't agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh.
In Kidnap at the Catfish Café, Minnie's detective business is kind of slow - until one day a stray cat drops into her life, along with her first case. Soon Minnie is investigating a crime wave, and she's hot on the trail of a thief who would steal anything - even a cat!
Meet Amber Brown, the unforgettable third-grader whose spunk and good humor help her survive the joys and sorrows that life delivers in Amber Brown Sees Red.
Amber Brown is happy her dad has moved back to New Jersey, but her mom isn't. It means the beginning of shared custody, and that means more fighting. Amber feels as if half of her belongs to her mom and half of her belongs to her dad, and that doesn't feel good at all. Then her mom says she can't get her ears pierced, but her dad doesn't know that. Amber makes a decision. Something has to belong to her, so why shouldn't it be her ears?
Amber, her parents, her best friend Justin, and his family are all in the Poconos on vacation in It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown. Amber is hopeful for a perfect day at the county fair, and the morning almost goes as planned. Then her mom and dad get into a fight, and a perfect day at the fair turns into just a fair day in this warm-hearted tale of family and friendship.
"Featuring intrepid girl detective Minnie and helpful cat assistant Max, this vocal adaptation of Giff's story concerns a hotly contested pigeon race and some mildly sinister goings-on. Reader Dana Lubotsky has precisely the right vocal quality, suggesting a touch of uncertainty here, a bit of brashness there. The length is perfect: long enough to develop realistic details yet short enough to hold young listeners' attention for the duration." (Booklist)