In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well.
"Not her best"
Longing to be one of the popular girls in her new town, Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into their club. Now Kammie's trapped in the dark, counting the hours, waiting to be rescued. (The girls have gone for help, haven't they?) As hours pass, Kammie's real-life predicament mixes with memories of the best and worst moments of her life so far, including the awful reasons her family moved to this new town in the first place.
"The girl that's writing this is me 😊"
In this sixth entry in Jim Benton’s New York Times best-selling series, pint-sized Franny K. Stein dreams up a zany cure for having too much to do. Being a mad scientist in the modern world is tough enough already—without the added burden of soccer, cooking, and bagpipe classes. To keep up with her many activities, Franny decides to clone herself, the mad-science way, by building three customized, steel-plated Franbots.
Jim Benton delivers a madcap tale starring the strange yet endearing Franny K. Stein. The new kid at school, Franny approaches making friends as an exciting science project. After taking careful notes, she brews a potion that changes her into a perfect girl. But when a monster snatches her teacher, Franny knows there's only one way to save the day - even if it risks her new popularity.
New York Times best-selling author Judith Viorst is well-known for her popular children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Here Viorst crafts a magnificent tale about a young girl determined to get her way. It’s Lulu’s birthday, and she wants a pet for a present. Not just any pet will do, though—Lulu MUST have a brontosaurus. But when her parents tell her that’s impossible, Lulu makes her way through the forest to prove them wrong.
In this episode of Jim Benton’s New York Times best-selling series, the classmates of Franny K. Stein show no appreciation for her passion—mad science. Even when Franny displays her two-headed robot, they show little interest. But after Franny makes herself invisible and whispers robot-improving suggestions, a few kids believe they’ve actually become mad scientists and cause the robot to run amuck.
"Franny is at it again!"
This second installment in AJ Stern’s Frankly, Frannie series is sure to stir up a barrel of belly-laughs. When the career-minded Frannie notices her aunt’s dog limping, she sees it as her big chance to be a vet. So it’s off to the veterinarian’s office, where she can showcase her doggy-diagnostic skills. But in true Frannie form, she soon finds herself struggling to avoid a doggy disaster.
In this episode of Jim Benton’s New York Times best-selling series, mad scientist Franny K. Stein thinks her new canine lab assistant, Igor, is useless, ordering him to keep his paws off everything in her bustling laboratory. But after the hapless dog’s bouncing toy accidentally triggers Franny’s Manifester, it creates a living Cupid who soon grows into a 50-foot giant. When the giant’s huge arrows threaten a bus full of kids, intrepid Franny must come to the rescue.
Zoe Baxter has spent 10 years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss, she throws herself into her career. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. Will happiness give Zoe one final chance to have a child?
"What world does she live in??"
In this madcap episode of Jim Benton’s New York Times best-selling series, Franny K. Stein must find and disarm her Doomsday Device before it blows up half the world. While mesmerized by TV’s mind-numbing spell, Franny’s lab assistant Igor accidentally gobbles up this tiny bomb. Putting on her protective suit, Franny shrinks herself, slips into Igor’s snout, and heads for his foul-smelling stomach.
In this seventh madcap entry from Jim Benton’s New York Times best-selling series, pint-sized Franny K. Stein has the perfect solution for getting elected class president - the mad science way. In the privacy of her laboratory, Franny combines the DNA of a dog, a chameleon and a parrot to create the Frandidate—a candidate who says and does exactly what appeals to her classmates. But just as the Frandidate is poised to win the election, something goes terribly wrong.
The Chicken Squad is back for their second (mis)adventure, and this time they’re solving the mystery of a kidnapped…HOUSE? A hilarious chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy are the four members of The Chicken Squad, and business is booming.
AJ Stern’s beloved Frankly, Frannie series delights young readers with each adventure starring pint-sized career gal Frannie B. Miller. In Funny Business, Frannie is vacationing in Florida with her parents when she’s wonderstruck by the very “official” happenings inside the hotel - including an actual business conference! Armed with her briefcase and resumé, Frannie isn’t about to miss this opportunity to find a job.
Ballet Cat is getting her friend, Butter Bear, ready for her big ballet debut. "Leap, Butter Bear, leap!" Ballet Cat prompts. But Butter Bear would prefer to just point her toe. When Ballet Cat keeps pushing, Butter Bear gets hungry, then thirsty, then sleepy. The bottom line is that Butter Bear would rather do almost anything to avoid making a big leap. Why? Because her bottom is covered in silly underpants! This second entry in the Ballet Cat series will have young listeners rolling on the floor with laughter.
Considering her last field trip ended in disaster, Frannie is relieved she’ll be allowed to attend the upcoming excursion to a local radio station. Deciding it’s time to get a job, Frannie brings everything she’ll need—including business cards she made herself and a resume. But when things don’t go as planned, Frannie ends up in trouble once again.
Talented author and illustrator Wong Herbert Yee is the recipient of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor. Mouse and Mole can hardly contain their excitement when they hear the beloved magician Minkus the Magnificent is in town. But at the show, something goes wrong - and Mole discovers that what seems to be magic, really isn’t. Mouse must figure out how to show her friend that real magic is all around them - even in the friendship they share.
In this zany episode of Jim Benton’s New York Times best-selling series, pint-sized mad scientist Franny K. Stein dreams up a time-reversing cake plate that lets her “have her cake and eat it too.” As the principal honors her, however, people laugh at her middle name, Kissypie. But when Franny timetravels to change it to Kaboom, she accidentally turns Teenage Fran into an evil villain. Now Franny Kissypie must stop Franny Kaboom before it’s too late.
David Ezra Stein pens irresistible tales that win over chldren while earning such distinctions as the Caldecott Honor and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. In this engaging audiobook, a young mouse sits down to write her grandmother a letter, but she can’t think of anything to say. All of a sudden, though, she is flooded with ideas and starts scribbling down all the wonders of her life. A warmhearted story, Love, Mouserella may even inspire young listeners to write letters to people they care about.
In Norton Juster’s brilliant sequel to Caldecott winner The Hello, Goodbye Window, Nanna and Poppy never quite know who will show up for a visit - Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie. In a heartbeat, their precious granddaughter can change from a pure joy to a real grouch. One moment she’s kind and cooperative, and the next she’s stubborn and mean. And when she lies down to sleep as Sweetie Pie, her grandparents wonder what she’ll be like when she wakes up. But Nanna and Poppy will love her, no matter what.
Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy are the four members of The Chicken Squad, and business is booming. A weird blue bird has just flown into Chicken Squad headquarters squawking on about a house-napper (yes, house-napper), and it is once again up to the squad to uncover who is up to no good. But there is something nuts about this story that the squad can’t quite put their feather on.