White Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his 'creative side. This leads him to The Giver, a man who holds all the memories of the past. Through this man, Jonas learns the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Rowling Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.
Judy Moody is about to become a poop scooping, hinny riding, one girl band extraordinaire as she takes on her very own Bucket List. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe.
Soon, a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld located in a recording studio in Hollywood and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Lewis Four English school children enter the magic land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe and assist Aslan, the golden lion, in defeating the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Read by Michael York. Travers ; illustrated by Mary Shepard An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences. However, her life is far from perfect. She has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Matilda uses her intelligence to get revenge on her father, but her skills are put to the test by her horrible nightmare of a principle, Mrs.
Over the summer she pieces together his story.
Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos, including some old letters that mention a spy known as the Rattler.
These mysterious letters send Abilene and her new friends, Lettie and Ruthanne, on an honest-to-goodness spy hunt, even though they are warned to "Leave Well Enough Alone. It seems that Manifest's history is full of colorful and shadowy characters--and long-held secrets. The more Abilene hears, the more determined she is to learn just what role her father played in that history.
And as Manifest's secrets are laid bare one by one, Abilene begins to weave her own story into the fabric of the town. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! Charles and Lizzie Peterson are very good with puppies. They want one of their own, but their mom isn't ready for them to have one full time. So for now, they take care of puppies that need help finding new homes. The Peterson kids hear about Snowball. Someone left the fluffy puppy all alone at the gas station.
Snowball is sick and hungry. He needs a family of his own. Can Charles and Lizzy find one that is just right? A nine-year-old girl named Henry, who lovingly cares for her pet duckling Rosalie, faces a difficult decision after Rosalie grows to adulthood. When Rana's family has to leave for India, Susan promises to look after their pets. She just knows she'll make the perfect cat-sitter. But things don't go exactly according to plan: Tiger the cat gets sick, a deer gets stuck in the Christmas lights, and her friend Richard gets hurt trying to help her!
And then Tiger goes missing. How is Susan ever going to get things right? When her parents take her to visit a very special pet store in the park across from her apartment, both Sophie and Mr. Noah, the pet store owners, have their secret wishes fulfilled. Eight-year-old Ellie has to give up her life-long dream of getting a puppy after her parents agree to take in the dog that Great-aunt Margaret can no longer keep.
Charlie and her new friend Mona ride their horses out to a sand bar, but when a sudden sea fog comes up they try to make their way back to the island, fearing the ghost stories they've been told might be true. When Lily's grouchy neighbor dies, the year-old becomes responsible for finding homes for his four ugly, noisy cats. And she only has three days to do so before the landlord calls the S. Remembering the time Mr. Freeman was nice to her when she was locked out of her apartment and how much he loved his pets, Lily uses all her tenacity to find homes for three of the felines.
When his teacher asks him to write a persuasive argument about something he really wants, fourth-grader Calvin creates a unique way to express his desire for a dog.
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Still grieving over the death of her hero, and missing her stolen horse and kidnapped younger sister, Kaya tries to earn the trust of a lone and starving dog who is about to have puppies. In Williamsburg in , nine-year-old Felicity rescues a beautiful horse who is being beaten and starved by her cruel owner.
A collection of short stories from favorite authors, all about dogs and the kids who love them. Whether drooling, dueling, or just fooling around, these captivating canines will show you why the dog is kid's best friend! Maggie's grandmother runs an animal clinic, Dr.
Mac's Place, so Maggie knows her way around animals who are in danger. When she learns that the abused and sick puppies flooding the clinic are from an illegal puppy mill, she knows that she has to find out who's running it, where it is--and save the rest of the dogs! Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder. In mid-twentieth-century England, fourteen-year-old Velvet Brown, determined to turn the unruly horse she wins in a raffle into a champion, learns that she needs more than hard work and dedication to achieve her goal of riding her horse in the Grand National steeplechase.
Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father King and the rest of the pack and to earn a new name. A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family. While visiting his uncle's farm, Tom discovers a black fox's den, and after watching it all summer, comes to like animals for the first time.
In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.
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In , fifteen-year-old Tad, an orphan, helps a girl attempting to get a mighty Indian elephant to friends in Nebraska, all the while pursued by two unscrupulous villains who claim that the elephant is theirs. Ten-year-old Kyo, an Eskimo boy, faces a difficult moral choice between friendship for a seal and loyalty to his family. Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.
Six-year-old Ben is very small for his age, and gets along better with animals than people. One June day in , Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk's Hill and disappears into the waving prairie grass. This is the story of how a shy, lonely boy survives for months in the wilds and forges a bond with a female badger. Meet Ginger Pye, the smartest dog you'll ever know. Jerry Pye and his sister, Rachel, feel pretty smart themselves for buying Ginger. It was the best dollar they ever spent. Ginger steals everybody's heart. Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life.
Following their rescue, their adventure continues in America. Faced with the prospect of a disagreeable arranged marriage or a journey acoss the barren Alaskan tundra, year-old Miyax chooses the tundra. She finds herself caught between the traditional Eskimo ways and the modern ways of the whites. Miyax, or Julie as her pen pal Amy calls her, sets out alone to visit Amy in San Francisco, a world far away from Eskimo culture and the frozen land of Alaska.
During her long and arduous journey, Miyax comes to appreciate the value of her Eskimo heritage, learns about herself, and wins the friendship of a pack of wolves. After learning the language of the wolves and slowly earning their trust, Julie becomes a member of the pack.
A very sick dolphin is nursed back to health by the staff of a marine aquarium and years later has a baby that becomes the star of the show there.
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But even after her marriage ended, she continued to seem ambivalent about stardom. But everyone wanted to look. She was the most beautiful woman even in a room full of other beautiful women. Can we get him back? Fawcett, whose likeness was featured on everything from fashion dolls to bubble-gum cards and a board game, demanded 10 percent and refused to settle for less. Her departure from the show dealt a powerful blow to her career. Such defiance was unexpected, since Fawcett was known for the breathy little-girl voice and playful flirtatiousness that many saw as a crucial aspect of her appeal.
It was very appealing to men at a time when women were standing up for themselves and their rights.
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She had a stubborn streak of pride and righteousness. She winged a skillet at Jay Bernstein, her agent, because money was missing. What did she fight about? Anything and everything. We started fighting about Redmond by the time he was three. Fawcett tried hard to broaden her range with challenging roles, earning an Emmy Award nomination for her performance as a battered wife in the television movie The Burning Bed and surprising critics with her creditable acting in the stage and movie versions of Extremities, in which she played a vengeful rape victim who turns the tables on her attacker.
People have very short memories, and the next flavor comes along. Fawcett also seemed to lack the fierce ambition that fueled the careers of others. Ryan was very cocky, self-confident, very masculine, and gorgeous, and he had every beautiful girl in the world going out with him.
Aging only exacerbated her ambivalence about an acting career. And the process is always harder for women who have traded on their looks. But she was very high-maintenance. She took a long time getting ready to go anywhere, and that started to drive me nuts. We were late to see the president of the United States, and she was his dinner partner!
So we were an hour late for Ronald Reagan. So I excused myself, and I was lucky enough to meet this young girl. She was more a daughter to me than a lover, and my own daughter had flown the coop, so here was this replacement.
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I tried to put my pants on, but I put both legs in one hole. Having spent years trying to escape her status as a sex symbol, Fawcett suddenly seemed desperate to reclaim it; although she had resisted taking her clothes off for the cameras throughout the s and 80s, she did a nude pictorial for Playboy when she was 48 that sold four million copies, making it the best-selling issue of the s. When I saw her on Letterman, I thought she was acting. She was selling Playboy magazine, and she thought she was being Playmate-ish. Others were not convinced. I rode with her to the doctor for some kind of much-needed injection.
Stewart scoffs at the rumors of substance abuse, saying that Fawcett hid in bathrooms to avoid public attention. She tried to kick me out of the car once, and I was driving! The following night Fawcett returned and vandalized his house with a baseball bat, according to Orr.
When the police arrived, Fawcett told them they should arrest Orr for assault instead of arresting her for vandalism. In August , Orr was convicted on one count of misdemeanor battery. Fawcett turning down any proposal of marriage but rather with Ms. Fawcett being extremely jealous and angry over a suspected relationship between Mr. Fawcett … precipitated the violence. Fawcett had hired private detective Anthony Pellicano, who attended the trial and made public statements on her behalf. According to count No. On her behalf, he had been illegally wiretapping and recording conversations on my home phone, including privileged conversations with my attorney.
In December , Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison for what U.