Brash and impatient, sixteen-year-old Blaas Rakendo believes he has all the answers, or at least knows where to find them, even in a locked file at Council headquarters or a room hidden behind a temple nave.
Armed with a collection of his grandfather’s journals and notes and a handful of relics, Rake struggles to steer clear of interference from what he considers an attack on his independence by those in authority as he solves the puzzle of his inheritance.
But powers beyond his understanding—or control—soon draw him deep into a labyrinth of political intrigue and dark secrets, and all thoughts of a summer spent digging for clues dissolve, especially when the Council Leader threatens detention, people disappear, and two students are found dead by uncertain means.
Determined to escape the Leader’s scrutiny, Rake must join forces—willingly or not—with a special team to safeguard cryptic artifacts and unravel the long-buried scandal they represent.
#children's books, #teen
Eleven-year-old Hattie is on vacation. But rather than splash in the water, she’s trapped inside a cottage as storm-tossed waves pummel sand and wind bashes shutters. As if that’s not enough, she’s also stuck babysitting for her new stepsister Dacey. Bored to the brink of tears, upset over Dacey and her monstrous cat invading her life, Hattie prods her stepsister into action, and the two girls embark on a treasure hunt, hoping to find something—anything—to keep their minds off the miserable weather.
The discovery of a treasure map stuffed in the drawer of an old desk leads Hattie and Dacey on an enchanted journey, where they encounter fairy tale characters and struggle through a maze filled with intrigue and danger, riddles and traps. The maze, however, is not the worst of what they meet, for as they travel, one by one, their new friends disappear, victims of an evil that threatens their world, and it is this evil that Hattie and Dacey must work together to defeat.
#children's books, #middle grade
Priscilla is a word collector. She collects all sorts of words.
The problem is, although Priscilla collects lots of words, all she does is write them in large notebooks. She never, ever shares her words.
And because of this, she never, ever makes friends.
She wants to make friends, but she doesn’t know how.
She needs help.
But who can help her?
Read Priscilla’s adventure with word collecting to find out how she solves her problem, and, in the process, discovers how to use the words she has collected.
First in a grammar and composition series for 6- to 11-year-olds, The Word Collector features Priscilla, a word collector too shy to share her words, making it difficult for her to make friends. Written and illustrated in a style that captures and keeps students’ interest, the story encourages a love of language—and a willingness to help others—as it reviews the four main parts of speech: noun, verb, adverb, and adjective.