Sci-fi adventure for the elementary school set.
Stanley Yelnats, falsely convicted of stealing a
celebrity's sneakers, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile
detention center in the middle of the desert, where the inmates
are required to dig a large hole every day. Getting to know the
other inmates and getting used to the grueling routine is only
part of the story, though. There's a mystery behind this strange
punishment that is related to a treasure and the supposed curse
on Stanley's family dating back to his
"dirty-rotten-pig-stealing" great grandfather. The keys to the
mystery are scattered among a boy named Zero, a warden with
rattlesnake venom nail polish, and a boat that is named after an
onion-eating mule and sits in the middle of a dry lake
Through journal entries, 12-year-old Holly describes life
in foster care and then as a homeless runaway. On her own she
constantly searches for food, warmth, and shelter. She stows away
on buses, trains, and trucks while she makes her way West. She
eventually arrives in Los Angeles to find herself in East L.A.,
fearful of her life. Finally reaching the beach, she's made her
goal. But moving north up the coast, she befriends few and finds
life in the community of the homeless not very welcoming. Until
she makes one life-changing connection.
What happens when you take a curious monkey out of the
jungle and set him loose in the big city? When the monkey is
Curious George, the answer is chaos ... and a whole lot of fun!
It's one adventure after another until he is arrives happily at
When Jane says she wants to be a knight, everyone laughs at
her, that is, except for the court jester. She does not let that
stop her. Whenever she gets the chance, she practices, secretly
watching and learning from the real knights. One day, she gets
her chance and does the unexpected.
In 1920, fifteen-year-old Becca and her thirteen-year-old
brother Doug have become behavior problems since their parents
disappeared a year ago. They have been expelled from several
schools and bounced from relative to relative. Now they are sent
to Shanghai to stay with their Uncle Fitzroy MacKenzie, captain
of the research ship Expedient.
But Capt. MacKenzie's ship holds many secrets, not least of
which are the torpedo tubes and two powerful hidden naval guns on
hydraulic lifts. Soon the siblings are literally up to their
eyeballs (you'll have to read the book to find out how that can
be literal) in an adventure involving vicious 20th century
pirates, kidnappings, murder, gadgets, explosives, and a
centuries-old secret society of which their parents may have been
Game based on Disney show is fun and creative.