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 😊"
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.
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.
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??"
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.
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.
It's Ginger's birthday, and she has to invite all the girls in her class to her party, including Lyla Browning. Lyla isn't like the other girls: she smells like old leaves, doesn't talk much, and once brought a tarantula to school for show-and-tell. On the day of the party, Lyla is much earlier than everyone else. But even after the others arrive, Ginger's party doesn't go quite the way she'd hoped: Some of the girls change the rules to the games, and no one likes her silver and gold birthday cake - except Lyla.
Meet Minerva, a doggie who's been very naughty today, as her parents would say. She ripped all the stuffing out of dad's comfiest chair, she peeled off wallpaper, she knocked over the milk, and she even poked her poor brother. But despite all her mischief, no one is paying any attention to her. What does a cute little Boston terrier like Minerva have to do to get noticed?
Author Wednesday Kirwan became a new favorite of beginning readers with the publication of Nobody Notices Minerva. Although Minerva - the cute but mischievous Boston terrier - learned a valuable lesson last time, she still barks her way into trouble every now and then. And when Minerva gets her very own monster costume, she starts acting just like a little monster!