Eleven-year-old Polly loves everything about her family farm: the rhubarb that tastes like chocolate, the lake where nothing bad ever happens, and the fact that it rains every Monday at exactly 1:00 p.m. But then the weekly showers suddenly stop, and her brother becomes mysteriously ill. Can Polly, with the help of some unusual friends, act in time to help help her brother and return things to the way they were? This story is as magical as the delights that abound on the Peabody Farm.
Armie is half Shawnee and half Armenian, but that’s not why he didn’t have friends while he was growing up. Other kids have always thought of him as a little weird, since he is able to “feel” things most people can’t. In addition, Armie is a big, hulking boy. So by the time our hero is a teenager and attending boarding school while his socially-conscious lawyer parents ply their trade, he is a loner. The mountain setting of the school suits Armie fine: it gives him plenty of opportunities to wander its paths and enjoy the natural world. But his “gift” tells him there is something out there, it’s not friendly, and it is calling him…
Four children. Each has their own reasons for entering the candy-making contest. As the entrants tour the factory where they will create their confections, we learn their secrets–and observe them through the eyes of the other participants. But when we think we begin to know Logan, Miles, Daisy, and Philip, events take a turn that makes us realize that there is more to each of these fascinating young people than we imagined. Wendy Mass has done it again.
Yuki is excited. Her mother has told her that she is big enough to ride her bike home from Grandma’s house at the end of the day. But first, there is much to do: feeding the koi in the pond, making origami animals, eating a dinner of Yuki’s favorite soup, watching the sun set over the lake, and listening to the “night music.” This beautiful story is matched by spectacular illustrations. It begs to be read aloud again and again.
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