Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.
"Just what I'd hoped for"
Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose's father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose's father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn't have much patience for his special-needs daughter.
"Beautiful; touched my heart; made me cry!"
Margaret Simon, almost 12, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She's just moved from New York City to Farbrook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends -- Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.
"Shared a childhood favorite with my daughter"
Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” by the entire school. He’s the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she’s going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it’s not going to end well.BronteMy brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way — no right to threaten him. There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends — why he can’t care about too many people.
"4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!"
Two classic Judy Blume titles are available together! How exactly does one get freckles? For 50 cents, know-it-all Sharon has the answer: a secret family freckle recipe. In The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo, second-grader Freddy Dissel feels left out. Life can be lonely when you're the middle kid in the family. But now, it's Freddy's chance to show everyone how special he is and, best of all, prove it to himself!
Abandoned in a library book-drop slot in the dead of winter, the small kitten who came to be known as Dewey Readmore Books miraculously endured the coldest night of the year. When librarian Vicki Myron found him in the morning, she wrapped him in her arms, gave him his first bath, and then introduced him to his new home: the library. Dewey charmed Spencer, Iowa’s library-goers, young and old, with his ability to know just which visitors needed a friend.
"Dewey the Library Cat"
Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She's made a promise to herself: don't let anyone in, and don't let anyone love her. She's learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she's focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road--her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.
"Red letter read....."
In a powerful book set in post-World War II Oregon, sixth graders from rival towns prepare for the 50th annual softball game. Two of the players - a Japanese American who spent the war in an internment camp and a girl whose father was killed at Pearl Harbor - collide with tragic results on the day of the big game.
Don't get caught with your pants down! Experts provide step-by-step instructions on what you need to know FAST: How to fend off a pickup artist, how to remove difficult clothing, how to fend off an obsessive ex, and how to determine if your date is an axe murderer. Tasteful and useful, and with a handy appendix of body language, pickup lines, and useful excuses, this is the book you need when you wake up next to someone whose name you can't remember.
"It sounded funny! I was wrong."
Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don’t presume to be singers or dancers. They aren’t athletes or artists, good listeners or model citizens. Until tomboy Tugs befriends the popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a brand-new Brownie camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve, she looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back. But it’s a summer of change, and it just may be that in the end, being a Button is precisely what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and observant young heroine decides to make of it.
Thirteen year old Callie is accused of bullying at school, but Rebecca knows the kind and gentle girl she's raised is innocent. While Callie is eventually exonerated, threatening notes from her alleged victim, Robyn, begin to surface, and as the notes become suicidal, Rebecca is determined to save the unbalanced Robyn. As Rebecca navigates school disapproval and mean moms while trying to comfort Callie and help Robyn, she recalls her own intense betrayals and best-friendships at that age.
Billboard magazine had this to say about The World's Shortest Stories Vol. 1, "What is most impressive in this collection of great stories is the sheer variety. Let's hope a second volume of these tiny gems will not be long in coming!"
"Very attractive-- had me WATING for WHAT"S NEXT?"
For Alex Davidson, being a celebrity publicist at a Los Angeles PR firm isn't the glamour job she thought it would be. Her love life is zilch, her newest client is an actor fresh out of rehab, and her firm has just been bought out by a rival agency. Suddenly, Alex finds her once-secure job at stake.
Linda Delgado has the best nose in all of Arizona - for cooking, that is. She may be only 14, but Linda loves making fresh Mexican food with her aunt Elba and blogging about food with her best friend, Julia. But after Aunt Elba suffers a ministroke, Linda is catapulted across the country and into a whole new life. In Pittsburgh, living with bossy Aunt Pat and her seven kids, Linda feels completely out of place. Aunt Pat wants Linda’s help with Angel, a young foster child in the family who speaks only Spanish, but he seems impossible. And Linda’s cousin Chloe treats her like a total intruder.
"predictable story and annoying narration"
If you're like most women, the mere thought of having to dump a guy makes you cringe. You agonize for weeks, whine to your friends, buy silly books on how to fix your dysfunctional relationship, and do just about anything to avoid confronting the issue. But don't despair. How to Dump a Guy can help even the most cowardly of women master the subtle art of ditching.
"Entertaining! Enjoyed the laughs."
The Gift Bag Chronicles, the follow-up to So 5 Minutes Ago, continues the outrageous misadventures of Hollywood girl-about-town Alex Davidson, who has moved up the ladder at her firm. Formerly a mere publicist, she's now the head of the 'event planning' division, which means she's a party planner. And what goes on behind the scenes while the real stars (and the plastic surgeons who want to be treated like real stars) sip champagne, makes for the funniest, zingiest, sexiest story yet.
"Would Not Recommend"
Every-child experiences are refreshingly depicted with reassurance, humor, and sensitivity in these satisfying stories. Award-winning narrator Laura Hamilton gives a delightful voice to the delicious character of Vera, a winning little girl whose stories of typical childhood experiences make every child feel special!