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The passengers were dropped off with their map and restaurant guide of Historic Dallas in hand. We were each given a smartphone size audio device and a set of headphones to guide ourselves around the 6th floor — the floor on which Oswald supposedly took the shots that killed JFK. The exact spot that Lee Harvey Oswald supposedly took his shots at the passing Kennedy motorcade is blocked off in plexiglass and recreated exactly like it was, with boxes all around the open window to hide him from view. As you look down to Dealey Plaza from the nearby window at approximately the same angle Oswald had, you see a painted X on the road below at the exact spot Kennedy was shot.
One soon comes to the conclusion that Oswald could never have shot Kennedy from the front, and if he did take a shot and hit him, the bullet would only go into his back.
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The passengers really enjoyed the Kennedy Museum. Meanwhile, Hank was kind enough to take our luggage to the Holiday Inn Express. We drove to the Hotel and had an hour to freshen up before going to dinner at the El Fenix Restaurant. We all sat in two long tables and ate family style. The service was wonderful as two young ladies put a plate of crushed tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese in front of each of us. Next came the rice and beans which we passed around. Finally, they served the chicken, steak, onions, and pepper platters along with the tortillas to share.
We each made our own delicious fajitas. Today was an educational, emotional, satisfying, and very successful day. Breakfast was good. Another passenger had party hats and birthday beads and we put them on Darcy and other passengers and took pictures off the bus. Unfortunately, Paul was not able to be here in person.
This stop was pure Texas and Americana. The bathrooms were clean. We rode quietly for the next hour and a half until we arrived at our lunch stop in Vernon, Texas. This stop had something for everyone. Seventeen passengers chose to go to Walmart to shop and find something for lunch. Fifteen chose a fast food establishment on the other side of the highway.
Hank dropped off and picked up in both locations. We had a little over an hour to have lunch and shop. Everyone enjoyed their time. It depicts racial discrimination and how NASA overcame differences to get John Glenn safely into space and back in The movie is mesmerizing and breaks stereotypes in a positive way. Everyone enjoyed the movie and many praised it. Weatherwise, we had intermittent showers while on the bus and one heavier storm.
Hank was grateful because the rain cleaned the bus and windshield of all the bugs. After a stop at our hotel, we arrived at the Great Texan Steak Ranch and I took a group picture outside in front of the giant cow. We were seated right up front, adjacent to the stage where contestants try to eat their 72 ounce steak along with 3 pieces of shrimp, a baked potato, a dinner roll, and a salad in 60 Minutes. If they succeed, they get their meal for free. While we were eating, two young men accepted the challenge and both failed. I invited the musicians to join us for the remainder of our trip, but they made some excuse and sauntered off to another table.
Everyone was so thrilled to be experiencing this extremely informal Texas Style steakhouse. Passengers were taking many pictures and sharing many laughs. After dinner, everyone had an hour to shop for Route 66 and Texas souvenirs as well as explore the unique settings in which they could take funny photos in jail and on a large high chair.
Everyone had a fabulous time. Request accepted! We departed another Drury Inn and drove to Cadillac Ranch. It is an artistic anomaly with 10 Cadillacs representing the years through planted front end down into the ground with the fins of the Cadillacs sticking high up into the air. It was created in by three hippies from San Francisco and a billionaire who funded the project and provided a piece of his own land for the project.
Each car is spray painted in psychedelic colors and has been totally stripped over the years. There are spray paint cans lying on the ground to encourage onlookers to paint their own idea. We took a few nice pictures and were soon on our way. It also marked the beginning of Mountain Time and turning our clocks back one hour.
I encouraged passengers to gather a free color map of Old Town Albuquerque to use today. Many found free books and pamphlets on the state of New Mexico to their delight. As we continued driving through New Mexico, the skies were overcast with patches of sun. The terrain was flat and dry with a mixture of green and brownish vegetation. The land was becoming desert like. You could see for miles from all sides of the bus. One could almost picture cowboys on horseback galloping through this territory. Railroad tracks were adjacent and parallel to I West off the right side of the bus and soon we saw endless freight trains rolling down the track pulled by Diesel engines.
We counted three different long trains in all. I played some Johnny Cash, John Denver, and a few other songs. Many people were tired so the bus remained quiet until our final 15 minute rest stop, 90 minutes from Albuquerque. Hank did a great job driving through New Mexico. We arrived in Old Town Albuquerque and everyone was happy to spend two hours exploring this pretty section of town.
The maps provided were extremely helpful. There were numerous shops selling gifts, jewelry, hot air balloon replicas, and clothing. Many fine restaurants lined the Town as well. The architecture of the buildings was Spanish adobe style with light brown colors. The passengers shopped, walked, and ate lunch. They really enjoyed their time in Old Town Albuquerque.
We then drove to the entrance of the Sandia Peak Tramway. When I arrived at the ticket counter, there was an announcement that lightening was sighted at the top of Sandia Peak and the tram was temporarily closed until the lightening passed by.
Thirty minutes later, the lightening passed and the tram reopened. All but one of us boarded the Tram as we crowded close together for the fifteen minute ride to Sandia Peak. The skies had miraculously cleared and the sun was shining brightly. The views were breathtaking. We were traveling 12 miles per hour up the mountain.
As we go up, another Tram goes down which creates a gravitational pulley system. The ropes and overall system is tested and checked every day. The Tram Cars are replaced every twenty years. Passengers took many pictures from the top. We were 10, feet above sea level! We strolled around on the man made wooden platforms and took beautiful pictures at different vantage points of the breathtaking scenery. The next Tram arrived and we were soon on our way back down the mountain.
It was a magnificent experience for everyone. The Drury Inn Albuquerque was ready for us as we arrived and everyone was on their own after getting settled in. A large majority of our group took advantage of the Kickback for complementary drinks and dinner foods. Another wonderful day. I reviewed the details of our itinerary and played a video detailing the formation of the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. It contained many scientific facts and the passengers seemed to enjoy learning about it. Again, many really enjoyed this. We have a lot going on with rest stops, time changes, and Port of Entry stops.
The Navajo Center has some of the lowest prices on blankets, turquoise jewelry, and New Mexico and desert souvenirs. We continued west for 16 miles and entered Arizona. Our electronics jumped back one hour once again. We were now in the Pacific Time Zone and will remain in this zone for the next 12 days. A few more miles west, we entered the Port of Entry for Arizona. Hank had to bring all of the paperwork from the bus into the building where Arizona officials registered us and issued a permit.
We used the restrooms, many bought memorabilia, and we received a short newspaper with information about the Park. We began our 26 mile drive through the Painted Desert. I was now the Local Guide for this beautiful park with its scenic vistas and iron, manganese, and gypsum soil. We stopped at the Kachina Point Overlook and got our first breathtaking glimpse of the Painted Desert. After fifteen minutes, our next stop was Chinde Point where we found our picnic tables and ate our lunch. After lunch, I devised a fun auction to give away 11 prizes from the generosity of Starr.
I want to thank Mary and Jacque, two passengers, for doing a great job in running the auction. Every passenger received a piece of paper and wrote their name on it. Then, a prize was described. If a passenger was interested in that item, they put their name into a hat. One name was then called and the winner received the prize. The winner was now eliminated and could not put their name into the hat again. Papers were given back and then the next prize was introduced and interested passengers put their name into the hat once again.
A winner was drawn and the prize was awarded. This went on until all 11 prizes were given away. The passengers all loved this. We continued south and headed into the Petrified Forest. We stopped at three overlooks. The first, Newspaper Rock, depicted petroglyphs on rocks from thousands of years ago.
The second was Agate Bridge. We saw a huge reinforced petrified log that spans across a water gap. The third stop, Crystal Forest, is the place where 15 of our passengers braved the warm sun and high elevation 5, feet to complete a. We were surrounded by magnificent pieces of Petrified Logs, all sparkling like multicolored crystals. There are Petrified Logs as far as the eyes can see. The amazement and beauty of this area was appreciated by all the passengers.
Passengers were able to view a video on The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest, use the restrooms before our upcoming 90 minute trip to Flagstaff, and browse the gift shop. Hank drove the final 75 minutes into Flagstaff, Arizona, gateway to the Grand Canyon, and after checking into the Holiday Inn, passengers were on their own for the remainder of the evening.
This was another perfect day. Hank chose to join us for the day on his day off as he has never been to the Canyon. Before the documentary ended, we were entering Grand Canyon National Park. We parked at the Desert View overlook and it was here that the passengers caught their first glimpse of the most magnificent view they will probably ever see. The sun was being absorbed into brilliantly colored rock formations reflecting a magical illusion back to our eyes. It looked like a huge multicolored mural that an artist painted with water colors.
I was back home! We met our local guide, Cowboy Bob, and began our two hour tour. Bob was extremely passionate about the Grand Canyon and showed us so many fabulous secrets as we stopped at different overlooks. At one overlook, Bob pointed out holes in the Canyon Walls that were carved by Native Americans who once lived there. Whenever an invasion was suspected by another tribe, they would move their wives and children into these holes for protection.
Today, these holes are probably homes for bears. Cowboy Bob was extremely informative and very funny with a wonderful personality. Following the tour, the passengers were on their own at the Bright Angel Lodge in Grand Canyon Village for lunch, shopping, and the opportunity to walk the rim of the Canyon.
We had two hours to eat and explore this section. Some ventured down the Bright Angel Trail for a short distance to experience the Canyon from within. The Trail is one of two trails that leads hikers all the way down to the Colorado River. Others shopped in the Gift Shop desiring to bring memories of the Grand Canyon home.
But no matter what activities we chose to do, we had the time to experience the Grand Canyon in our personal ways. Once back on the bus, we proceeded to the General Store for another half hour of shopping. Our final stop for the day was the new Visitors Center Complex along with a short walk out to Mather Point Overlook and another spectacular view of the Canyon. All the passengers were fully content as we said our goodbyes to the Grand Canyon.
The shadows and sunlight paint a different portrait on the Grand Canyon from hour to hour and overlook to overlook. The magnificent views never look the same from moment to moment. This is one of the qualities that makes the Grand Canyon so unique, thus earning it the distinction of being one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. We arrived in Flagstaff and the passengers were now on their own for the remainder of the evening.
Today was another spectacular day. We had another nice breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express. He received a rousing sitting ovation the bus was moving. We traveled Route 89A, the narrow winding road bringing us down feet into the beautiful red rocks town of Sedona.
The ride was bumpy and gently swayed us from side to side. The wonderful drivers made the experience exciting enough for each of us to get the sense of the rugged conditions of riding in the back country while keeping it gentle enough for us to thoroughly enjoy it. Following the ride, we had two hours for lunch and shopping. I gave everyone a fun challenge to eat at Cowboy Bills and try the Appetizer Sampler. And to my great surprise, 21 ate at the restaurant and 15 tried the rattlesnake sausage.
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All were happy they tried it and they had so much fun in the process. Lunch was a treat. The stretch of highway from Sedona to Las Vegas, has no rest stops and no civilization. The first rest stop is at Exit 66 in Arizona, over three hours away.
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I kept the passengers occupied by first reviewing everything in their Las Vegas bag including my 11 page Las Vegas booklet. So as we approached the Dam, I announced to the passengers to have your cameras ready and look to your right. Hank slowed down the bus as we passed the Hoover Dam so we were able to take pictures. It is a powerful sight to behold with the solid concrete structure holding back mega gallons of water Lake Mead with what appears to be hundreds of electrical wires extending in all directions. One of the options for tomorrow is a five hour Tour of Hoover Dam.
The porters were waiting for us and before I was able to return to the bus to hand out the keys to the passengers, the luggage was gone. I wished everyone good luck and told them to call me anytime if the need arose. They were now on their own until Tuesday morning at AM. After getting settled in my room, I met 8 passengers who wanted to see a Las Vegas show and guided them over to the discount ticket booth by the MGM.
The passengers laughed as I cried all in fun , but we were all disappointed as I had built up the show. Six of us bought tickets and made our way over to the Mandalay Bay by walking over two bridges and taking a free tram. The show was very good. The special effects and acrobatics were a bit weak at first but really picked up later in the show.
The Michael Jackson music was boooooming and you felt the vibrations throughout your body. I loved it. The visual effects were constant and came at you from all angles. We made our way back to the New York New York and went our separate ways. Craving a slice of New York pizza, I had a delicious midnight snack before turning in. What appears below is a summary of major activities by our Cross Country Tour Guests provided to me on Tuesday, September I also wished all of our Jewish passengers a healthy and happy New Year on this Rosh Hashanah morning.
Before the bus pulled away from the New York New York, I lead everyone in a moment of silence to honor the who lost their lives 17 years ago. The buildings have been resurrected in their exact same place as they were in The passengers enjoyed exploring this little town.
Hank continues to do an outstanding job driving the bus and the traffic into the Los Angeles area was surprisingly light. The weather continues to be perfect.
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Some passengers took advantage of the beautiful pool that sits in the center of the hotel. It also has a swim-up bar and serves food. Others were so tired that they retreated to their room. Some went out to a nearby restaurant for dinner. There was excitement in the air as Judy Parisi, our local guide and expert on everything Los Angeles, introduced herself to everyone. Judy is extremely outgoing and friendly and has a deep passion for her city.
Ironically, Judy is from Passaic, New Jersey and moved out here 25 years ago. Judy showed us the infamous Hollywood Sign on the hill in the distance. Stars became creative after this. Jimmy Durante, for example, put his nose print while George Burns stuck a cigar into the cement. A flower was placed at Burt Reynolds square who recently passed away. Route 66 ends some 20 miles west at the Pacific Ocean. We had two hours for lunch and shopping at the famous Farmers Market.
Many tried the Corned Beef sandwich at famed Magees Kitchen. Blanche Magee opened the original sandwich shoppe that started a new trend. Originally, the Farmers Market was a place for local farmers to sell their products, paying 50 cents a day for the privilege. Magee thought they might like to have lunch, so she filled a picnic hamper and started feeding them. After Magees opened, more entrepreneurs followed. Today there are over 80 eating establishments in the Farmers Market, not including the modern shops at the Grove, a single level mall adjacent to the property. Judy, our Tour Guide, was absolutely magnificent and told me she actually trained Chris, our Los Angeles guide from , who has since left the company to pursue a career in voice overs.
We arrived back at the Sportsman Lodge to drop off Judy and 4 passengers who chose to relax rather than go to the Universal Citywalk. Hank and I gave the passengers 3 hours for dinner and strolling around. Everyone enjoyed this opportunity in the beautiful Southern California weather. Five of us ate at Bubba Gumps for the first time. We arrived back at the Lodge tired and fulfilled with another perfect day.
We packed up and drove out of Los Angeles at AM and battled the rush hour traffic on The until we were considerably north of LA. I played a few wake up songs and then, to the total enjoyment of the passengers, showed the first two episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies. We arrived at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and eventually met our guide, Mike. Brilliant artwork, open corridors, and massive hallways with high ceilings strike the visitor.
Court was in session. An older, unshaven man locked in shackles was being escorted by an officer past our group. Women and men dressed in formal attire most likely attorneys , were scurrying either into one of the many courtrooms or the huge Library to do their research. The guide spoke about the history and decor of the building.
The hour passed quickly. We were soon on our way to the equally magnificent Santa Barbara Mission. Missions are places of worship and sanctuary. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to? From acclaimed author, Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In , in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it.
Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won. Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Indeed, her kaleidoscopic eyes may very well give her away to the ruthless Center government. Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe.
Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world. Now, desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy.
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Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run. Tyrell feels he needs to score some money to make things better. On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. March and Jules have no intention of staying put. Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical southern town until it became a refugee resettlement center. The author explores how the community changed with the influx of refugees and how the dedication of Lumah Mufleh and the entire Fugees soccer team inspired an entire community.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash.
But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.
Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill.
Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.
But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity. It offers a penetrating insight into not only one of the most controversial episodes of modern Chinese history, but into the very core of our human nature.
Gene Luen Yang is rightly called a master of the comics form, and this book will cement that reputation. Ben has a problem. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows his way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind!
With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends. In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And it all started with one family—the Fears. Go back to how it all began and discover the dark family secrets buried underneath years of terror, from who sentenced an innocent woman to burn at the stake, to why the Fear mansion caught on fire, and how forbidden love, a bloody feud, and dark magic unleashed the curse that has lasted for far too long.
In this riveting middle-grade adventure, the son of a Mississippi policeman finds a boy living on his own in the wilderness. Twelve-year-old Sam has been given a fishing boat by his father, but he hates fishing. Instead he uses the boat to disappear for hours at a time, exploring the forbidden swampy surroundings of his bayou home. Then he discovers a strange kid named Davey, mysteriously alone, repairing an abandoned cabin deep in the woods.
But this leads him to telling small lies that only get bigger as the danger increases for both boys and hidden truths become harder to conceal. When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.
Now the Magisterium awaits him. Are you made fainthearted by death? Does fire unnerve you? Is a villain something that might crop up in future nightmares of yours? Are you thrilled by nefarious plots? Is cold porridge upsetting to you? Vicious threats? Uncomfortable clothing? It is likely that your answers will reveal A Series of Unfortunate Events to be ill-suited for your personal use. A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to suggest books more appropriate for your fragile temperament.
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Heartfelt, touching, and unforgettable, Life on the Refrigerator Door is a glimpse into the lives of mothers and daughters everywhere. In this deeply touching novel told through a series of notes written from a loving mother and her devoted fifteen-year-old daughter, debut author Alice Kuipers deftly captures the impenetrable fabric that connects mothers and daughters throughout the world.
Moving and rich with emotion, Life on the Refrigerator Door delivers universal lessons about love in a wonderfully simple and poignant narrative. Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
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Booked by Kwame Alexander. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. Eleven by Tom Rogers. Alex Douglas always wanted to be a hero. But nothing heroic ever happened to Alex. Nothing, that is, until his eleventh birthday. Radar, his new dog, pretty much feels the same way. But this day has bigger things in store for both of them.
This is a story about bullies and heroes. About tragedy and hope. About enemies with two legs and friends with four, and pesky little sisters and cranky old men, and an unexpected lesson in kindness delivered with a slice of pizza. Illuminae by Amie Kaufan and Jay Kristoff. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
Now with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. Legend by Marie Lu. What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors.
But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. But in truth, Michael is extremely special—he has electric powers. Michael thinks he is unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor has the same mysterious powers.
A communications blackout with Earth hits, and all of Perses is on its own for three months. But they never prepared for an attack. Landers, as the attackers are called, obliterate the colony to steal the metal and raw ore. Now in a race against time, Christopher, along with a small group of survivors, are forced into the maze of mining tunnels. The kids run. They hide. But can they survive? Need by Joelle Charbonneau. They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people.
Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied.
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Stop all that quivering. Eragon by Christoper Paolini.
Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. The Maze Runner by James Dashner. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Love from A to Z by S. In this companion to When Dimple Met Rishi , two teens discover what love means to them. A toxic friendship turns deadly in this debut novel. In this series debut, a girl disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors who ride phoenixes into battle.
Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of the Girls of Innovations Academy, in this near-future series launch. Interconnected short stories by YA authors explore family, culture, and food in the lives of 13 teens. A queer teen navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the world of drag.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett Apr. After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel work together in a hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious life. Ruse by Cindy Pon Mar. A Storm! If You Love Paper Mice by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illus. Two paper mice have a nighttime adventure as they explore their new home. When two jellyfish brothers are separated, ocean creatures help them reunite.
A friend rescues 16 geometric shapes after they get tangled in the neighborhood jungle gym. Jesse is on the case when money goes missing from the library fund and her father is a suspect. Emily accompanies her parents to China to adopt a new baby sister. Kids Can Code! Two teens test a scientific theory that anyone can fall in love with anyone. Wreck by Kirstin Cronn-Mills Apr. Creeper Diaries by Greyson Mann, illus. Rich Apr. Stevens, illus. A potato chip and a curly fry complete for first place at the annual Spud City Festival.
Badger and his friends plant what they hope will be the perfect garden. This bedtime story bids good night to everything at the library. Little Yellow Truck by Eve Bunting, illus. Ollie on Stage by Keith Brockett, illus. Ollie the Ogre wants to demonstrate his skills at the upcoming talent show. Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore by Susan Wood, illus. Children at the beach investigate footprints to identify sea creatures. A boy sets out on a lifelong quest to reforest the barren Majuli Island in his native northeastern India.
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Ages 1—3. Dinosaurs Count by S. Bushue, illus. Prehistoric hatchlings help kids learn to count. A small crane befriends other cranes on the way to a faraway project. Pinky helps neighbors prepare for the county fair. A crocodile whose singing scares away other animals tries to gain acceptance. In this wordless story, a man and his giant lizard try to catch luminous creatures to light up their town. I Need a Plan! A sunburn-prone lizard tries to find a way to join his friends in the sun.
Selkie by Josephine Birch Mar. And Spider by Natalie McKinnon, illus. Rosie frees the butterflies in her belly and helps another shy student do the same. Ages 3—up. Holy Squawkamole! No one wants to help Little Red Hen make guacamole, but everyone wants a taste, in this Southwestern-flavored retelling.
A prince who is afraid of the dark bans all darkness once he is King, until he conquers his fears. Deenihan, illus. Bug by Robin Michal Koontz, illus. When a bug-crazy girl needs to ace a math test, she finds a clever way to solve her problems. Ages 4—up. Just Read! A Little Chicken by Tammi Sauer, illus. Some Days by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illus. Gray, illus. At camp, Koala joins the Bear Cabin, only to learn she does not belong there.
El feels left behind when her best friend starts getting taller. What Do You Celebrate? Ages 5—9. What would a birthday party on the moon be like? Ages 7—up. Bad Order by B. Mary and her brother, who communicates telepathically, fight to save the world from an inter-dimensional catastrophe. Just Ask! Make Music! Members of the Rathwa tribe in Gujarat create a wall painting as a way of worshipping their gods. A mother recalls her childhood adventures in South India.
Instead of wearing a white sheet like other ghosts, Roderic dons different items in hopes of standing out. Huggabie Falls Trilogy by Adam Cece, illus. The Ear by Piret Raud Feb. Stay, Benson! What would it take to relight the fire of a pet dragon that has lost its flames? A Song for Bear by Gabby Dawnay, illus. A bear who longs to sing finally finds his unique voice and style. Photos illustrate this look at babies and puppies bonding during a day together.
Good Night, Sleepy Moon Mar. In these shaped board books with die-cuts, a bear bids goodnight, and a chick celebrates spring. A Kiss for You by Patricia Hegarty, illus. Chunky flaps lift to show animal parents hugging and kissing their babies. Touch-and-Feel Farm by Isabel Otter, illus. This introduction to 50 farm words features various textures. Me and My Grandpa! Little Bear enjoys a day outdoors with Grandpa—who gives the best bear hugs. As We Grow by Libby Walden, illus.
In trouble for fighting with his sister, Cub enlists the help of the other animals to learn how to get his anger out. Good Night, World by Nicola Edwards, illus. Children around the world engage in many of the same activities to get ready for bed. A grumpy mouse who helps a lost badger discovers the happiness that comes from making friends.
When there is too much commotion on the ark for the animals to sleep, will Mrs. Noah find a solution? Perfectly Polite Penguins by Georgiana Deutsch, illus. Polly the penguin decides that being polite is boring, in this tale about the importance of manners.
With animals interrupting to invite her on adventures, Bella worries she will never have a chance to finish her book. A squid who never gets chosen to be on Deep Sea TV saves the day when disaster strikes. Stella and the Wishing Star by Suzanne Chiew, illus. In this tale of friendship and kindness, a girl wonders how she can use her wishing star wisely. The Tide by Clare Helen Welsh, illus. For one girl, a day at the beach with her beloved Grandpa is sometimes difficult, since he has become forgetful.
When the Bees Buzzed Off! In this lift-the-flap tale, three bugs and a snail bring the bees back after they go away. When a brave knight discovers that the dragon is on vacation, he ponders how he will finish his story. Fairy Tale Classics welcomes Aladdin , illus. Is Two a Lot? Ages up to 7. A girl sees geometric shapes and numerical concepts everywhere, in this celebration of math. Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley Apr.
Reluctant to embrace the outdoors on a family camping trip, a city girl learns to appreciate nature. Princess Puffybottom A pampered pet cat suddenly must contend with an ill-mannered puppy. What Are You Doing, Benny? Two fox brothers star in this tale of the joys and annoyances of sibling relationships. Two brothers navigate the highs and lows of a first day at the big top. Attending her first picnic, Anne meets a new friend. Moe and Peanut go camping in Now? Not Yet! Bim, Bam, Bop An odd duck discovers her unique strengths in this tale of friendship and being true to oneself. Ages 3—9.
The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root, illus. Ages 4—9. Whatever Normal Is by Jane St. Anthony Mar. The daughter of Appalachian snake handlers becomes a ward of the state after a tragedy leaves her orphaned. Ages 15— Ages 16— Monsters hidden in haunted castles, spooky forests, and outer space appear when a lens is held over them. Ocean: Secrets of the Deep by Sabrina Weiss, illus. This look at the changing seasons emphasizes the importance of respecting Earth. In this sequel to I Am Famous , Kiely feels like a has-been when her baby sister arrives.
The Kid and the Chameleon by Sheri Mabry, illus. Mango Moon by Diane de Anda, illus. When a father is taken away from his family and faces deportation, his grieving family confronts new challenges. Picture the Sky by Barbara Reid Mar. This companion to Picture a Tree explores the wondrous and ever-changing sky. Playdate by Maryann Macdonald, illus. Minimal text and colorful illustrations capture the fun of playtime. The mischievous wind switches up the sounds that farmyard animals make.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He Apr. Akko arrives at Luna Nova Academy with one hope: to become a real witch. Subscribers: to set up your digital access click here. To subscribe, click here. Simply close and relaunch your preferred browser to log-in. If you have questions or need assistance setting up your account please email pw pubservice.
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