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A storm begins suddenly, trapping them in an old abandoned cabin. They see Shadow again and realize that an older woman is with him.

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As they follow the woman back to her cabin, they learn the truth about Shadow and solve the mystery of what happened to a girl who disappeared over fifty years ago. The story includes background on Balto and the other sled dog teams that helped bring medicine to Nome during the Diptheria epidemic, giving credit to all sled dog teams. Nov 30, Allison rated it it was amazing. Hopefully I can coax my group members to make this an all-read! This ghostly mystery is laden with intrigue and reader appeal for grades When Anita moves to Alaska temporarily, she meets a new friend who is just as interested as she is in reading and Anita's parents are "taking a break" while writer-Dad researches sled dogs for his new book.

Meanhiwle, Anita and her new bff think they have seen a ghost dog. Is it the legendary Balto?


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Or is this ghost dog related to another local t Hopefully I can coax my group members to make this an all-read! Or is this ghost dog related to another local tall tale? With her little brother in tow, Anita decides to solve the mystery Sorry, I couldn't resist! Could these stories be true? And if so, who is this ghost dog For an adult book, this only rates about 3 stars, but since it is a children's book, it rates a full 5 stars.

Part of that rating is, it does not ask the reader to analyze the story at the end, a fault which appears in many books sold to schoolchildren. I enjoyed the mystery, and was swept along with the children as they tried to determine first if there really was a ghost, and what it was, and then as their story merged with the consciousness of the first narrator, the story became smoother and For an adult book, this only rates about 3 stars, but since it is a children's book, it rates a full 5 stars. I enjoyed the mystery, and was swept along with the children as they tried to determine first if there really was a ghost, and what it was, and then as their story merged with the consciousness of the first narrator, the story became smoother and more enjoyable.

Over all, the biggest drawback to the story, especially as read from the viewpoint of a contemporary a 7th grader this story starts with a narration from the early days of Americans in Alaska, and then segues to the present. However, that seque is not obvious until the reader makes a conscious determination - oh - the story line changed - after the narrator changes to the child instead of a mystery voice. Oct 21, Logan Cummings rated it it was amazing. The author is Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, the genre is mystery This book is The Legend of the Ghost Dog.

I read this book because it's a wonderful and amazing book. The story takes place in Alaska in a winter cold. Most of books don't have that type of climate as the background so it just gives it more amazing qualities. The characters as well are interesting and phenomenal too. The characters give the book more flavor to this book. The connections are so intriguing as well.

You make the connections is this and that and where are they. The storyline and plot twist makes you think "wow why didn't I think of that!? Aug 12, Sarah Sammis rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , netgalley. Set in Nome, Alaska both in the present and in the s, Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is inspired by the serum run to stop a diphtheria outbreak. The two real life heros were Balto and Gunner Kaasen. Here, though, the ghost dog isn't Balto who is stuffed and on display in Chicago , but a littermate.

Most of the story is set in the present day, with Anita Tee , her younger brother, Jack, their father and dog, Henry. While Tee is making friends with the only nearby kid, Quin, Set in Nome, Alaska both in the present and in the s, Legend of the Ghost Dog by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is inspired by the serum run to stop a diphtheria outbreak. While Tee is making friends with the only nearby kid, Quin, something in the forest is spooking Henry. Quin through his knowledge of local legends and history helps Tee solve a decades old mystery and save her life.

Too much effort, though, is spent on the flashbacks, leaving holes in character development for Tee and her family. We're mostly told what they are like without the benefit of seeing them in action. Jun 19, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: primary , fiction , ya.

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Tee, her brother Jack, and her father are in Alaska for him to do research on a book about sled dogs and races. While walking their beagle in the woods nearby, she sees a shadowy vision that looked like a dog. In talking with her new friend, Quinn, she finds that others who live there year round have seen the same shadowy figure that has been named Shadow.

Told in two parts, a girl named Dodie talks about racing sled dogs prior to the Vietnam War. She and her siste Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. She and her sister, Silla, had a favorite puppy that was called Caspian. Silla and Caspian went missing during a storm. When Caspian was found he had blood on his mouth and their father tried to shoot him.

Silla and Caspian were never seen again. The novel evolves around the merging of these two story lines. Of course, being a dog story, it has a sad ending. Students will love reading this book. Jan 28, Ryan Buddenbohn rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think this book was really good!! The book is about a girl named Tee and her brother Jack who go on vacation to Alaska. While Tee is walking her dog Henry, when he starts to act weird near an old mining village. Tee's dad meets up with his business friend and his daughter Quinn.

Quinn told Tee that there is a legend of a mysterious force that can hypnotize dogs. They go to investigate, when the ghost dog pulls Tee's I think this book was really good!! They go to investigate, when the ghost dog pulls Tee's brother away, and they chase after it.

They end up at a cabin in the woods, and they meet an old lady, who says her dog is the ghost dog. I would recommend this book to young authors who like mystery. May 20, Andrew Humphreys rated it liked it. It was about a family, john, tee, and dad who went to Nome Alaska. Their dad brought them to Nome so he could get background data for his book that he is writing. When tee went walking with her beagle, Henry, they encountered dark shadow in the woods that was following them. I thought the book was pretty good. There were a few parts in the beginning that were a bit slow.

I give this book a rating of 4 starts out of 5. I might go back and read this book again someday. It was suspenseful in a good way. Jan 20, Animallover added it. The ghost dog was named Caspian, and he was not free until Silla was found. Silla was a girl who went into the woods, with Caspian when he was alive, and a bad storm hit. The storm lasted 3 days and 3 nights, and Dodie knew that Silla's lungs would not take it.

Silla said that she was going to the pool to search for gold, but instead she went to a old abandoned miner's cabin, and hid in a root cellar and died there. Caspian was set free when people found Silla's bones in the root cellar, just li The ghost dog was named Caspian, and he was not free until Silla was found. Caspian was set free when people found Silla's bones in the root cellar, just like Dodie assumed.

The real story is in a book, in the story, and I thought that this book was great! Oct 11, Ethan rated it it was amazing. This book was full of action and suspense because these two girls that just met are friends and they both have heard stories about this dog in the forest that one of the girls have already encountered. Legend of the Ghost Dog was very stressful at some times because you would always get the sense of a spooky dog coming up on your back without you noticing. I would rate this book four and a half stars because it was very intense but other times it was just getting a little boring but then would e This book was full of action and suspense because these two girls that just met are friends and they both have heard stories about this dog in the forest that one of the girls have already encountered.

I would rate this book four and a half stars because it was very intense but other times it was just getting a little boring but then would eventually come back to be intense. I would also recommend this book to my friends because if they like mystery, then they would like the Ghost Dog. Mar 15, Lauren Walsh rated it it was amazing Shelves: fav-books. The legend of the ghost dog is a good book and really recommend it. She lives in Portland with her husband and an adorably evil cat. Printz and Robert F. Jack was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and when he was seven, his family moved to Barbados.

He attended British schools, where there was much emphasis on reading and writing, and teachers made learning a lot of fun. When the family moved to south Florida, he found his new classmates uninterested in their studies, and his teachers spent most of their time disciplining students. Jack retreated to an abandoned bookmobile three flat tires and empty of books parked out behind the sandy ball field, and read for most of the day. Later, he incorporated many of these anecdotes into stories. While in college, he and an illustrator friend, Nicole Rubel, began working on picture books.

After a series of well-deserved rejections, they published their first book, Rotten Ralph, in He now devotes his time to writing books and educational speaking. He lives with his family in Boston, Massachusetts.


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    Now Naomi is friend-ending mad at Mya for breaking a promise--even though Mya couldn't help it--and everyone at school is calling Mya names. She and her megapopular best friend Naomi Jackson even made a pinky promise to be Spirit Week partners so they can win the big prize: special VIP tickets to the Fall Festival. But when the partner-picking goes horribly wrong, Mya gets paired with Mean Connie Tate--the biggest bully in school. Good gravy! Now Naomi is "friend-ending" mad at Mya for breaking a promise--even though Mya couldn't help it--and everyone at school is calling Mya names.

    Perfect for fans of Clementine and Ivy and Bean. Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is in a triple heap of trouble. As the Tibbs household prepares for the new baby, Mya is extra excited to spend time with her mom watching their favorite Annie Oakley marathon before her new sister arrives. Until she's cornered into a bet with her number-one enemy, Naomi Jackson, that she can beat her in the famous fourth-grade Wall of Fame Game--which means Mya is stuck studying every night instead of hanging out with Mom.

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    In the tradition of his book Nothing But the Truth , Avi's newest novel tells a funny, insightful story packed with realistic period detail of a boy in mid-twentieth-century America. Its unique look at what it felt like to be an average family caught in the wide net of the Red Scare has powerful relevance to contemporary questions of democracy and individual freedoms. For middle-grade readers , who are fans of spy stories, baseball, and family dramas. Brooklyn, New York, In the tradition of his Newbery Honor book Nothing But the Truth, Avi's newest novel tells a funny, insightful story packed with realistic period detail of a boy in mid-twentieth-century America.

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    One of the most beloved writers of our time presents seven short stories exploring the vital ties between fathers and sons. Luke sees the ghost of his father but can't figure out what Dad wants him to do. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he's just met and discovers what lies behind the man's erratic behavior. Ryan has some surprising questions when he interviews his prospective stepfather for the job. In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys -- boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives.

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    Lambert has everything to gain and nothing to lose, or so he thinks. Yet in this dangerous battle for the throne, Lambert is not prepared for what's to come--or for what it really means to play at being a king. More than anything, Ida Bidson wants to become a teacher. To do that, she must finish eighth grade, then go on to high school. But her dream falters when the one-room school in her remote Colorado town shuts down. Her only hope is to keep the school open without anyone finding out.

    Yet even a secret school needs a teacher. Ida can't be it. Or can she? In the spirit of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Newbery Medal winner Avi creates an inspiring story of a headstrong girl determined to control her own destiny. Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts. Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie--and even dangerous--supernatural power in his very own photographs.

    When a wealthy lady orders a portrait to place by her daughter's gravesite, Horace's employer, Enoch Middleditch, schemes to sell her more pictures--by convincing her that her daughter's ghost has appeared in the ones he's already taken. It's Horace's job to create images of the girl. Yet Horace somehow captures the girl's spirit along with her likeness. And when the spirit escapes the photographs, Horace discovers he's released a ghost bent on a deadly revenge. Treason and treachery on the high seas! Thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle is excited to return home from her school in England to her family in Rhode Island in the summer of But when the two families she was supposed to travel with mysteriously cancel their trips, Charlotte finds herself the lone passenger on a long sea voyage with a cruel captain and a mutinous crew.

    Worse yet, soon after stepping aboard the ship, she becomes enmeshed in a conflict between them! What begins as an eagerly anticipated ocean crossing turns into a harrowing journey, where Charlotte gains a villainous enemy High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy's attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves.

    In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England, , Oliver Cromwell Pitts wakes to find his father missing and his house flooded by a recent storm. He's alone in his ruined home with no money and no food. Oliver's father has left behind a barely legible waterlogged note: he's gone to London, where Oliver's sister, Charity, is in trouble. Exploring damage to the town in the storm's aftermath, Oliver discovers a shipwreck on the beach. Removing anything from a wrecked ship is a hanging offense, but Oliver finds money that could save him, and he can't resist the temptation to take it.

    When his crime is discovered, Oliver flees, following the trail of his father and sister.


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    The journey is full of thieves, adventurers, and treachery--and London might be the most dangerous place of all. In the tradition of his Newbery Honor book The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi mixes high adventure and short, page-turning chapters with a vivid historical setting featuring a cast of highwaymen, pickpockets, and villainous criminal masterminds.

    A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of These nine very short stories for very young readers -- culled from Newbery Honor author Avi's first book and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Marjorie Priceman -- ingeniously capture the funny, surprising spirit of a child's imagination. Bildner, Phil. The heartwarming story of an estranged father and son brought together by the NFL championship game, known in football history as the Greatest Game Ever Played.

    Now, Phil Bildner tells a heartwarming father-and-son story against the backdrop of this historic moment. He convinces his skeptical Pop to come with him to the Game, and as Johnny Unitas engineers Baltimore's legendary comeback, Sam and Pop rediscover the joy of rooting on their heroes together. The extraordinary story of James Banning, the first African-American pilot to fly across country During the Great Depression, the ace black pilot James Banning decided to fly from coast to coast to serve as an inspiration to people everywhere.

    So with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of heart, he fixed up the dilapidated OXX6 Eagle Rock plane with his co-pilot and mechanic, Thomas Allen, earning them the derisive nickname, "The Flying Hobos. This exceptional story of determination and pride, shown through John Holyfield's energetic flight scenes and sweeping landscapes, will put you in the cockpit right alongside Banning and Allen as they complete the journey of a lifetime.

    A fascinating dual biography of tennis greats Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert celebrates the power of equality, respect, and sportsmanship. Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert come from completely different places and play tennis in completely different ways. Chrissie is the all-American girl: practiced, poised, with perfect technique.

    Martina hails from Czechoslovakia, a Communist country, and her game is ruled by emotion. Everything about them is different, except one thing: they both want to be the best. But as their intense rivalry grows, something else begins to swing into place, and a friendship forms that will outlast all their tennis victories. Phil Bildner and Brett Helquist tell the engaging true story of these two masters of the court as they win title after title -- and, most importantly, the hearts of the fans.

    In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi--and a storm greater than anyone had seen before.

    In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rip and Red are best friends whose fifth-grade year is nothing like what they expected. They have a crazy new tattooed teacher named Mr. Acevedo, who doesn't believe in tests or homework and who likes off-the-wall projects, the more "off" the better.

    They also find themselves with a new basketball coach: Mr. Easy-going Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. And for Red, who has autism and really needs things to be exactly a certain way, the changes are even more of a struggle. But together these two make a great duo who know how to help each other--and find ways to make a difference--in the classroom and on the court.

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    With its energetic and authentic story and artwork, this is a fresh, fun book about school, sports, and friendship. This title has Common Core connections. They have a crazy new teacher named Mr. Acevedo who doesn't believe in tests or homework and likes off-the-wall projects - the more "off" the better. Now Rip is knocked completely out of his comfort zone, and for Red, who has ASD, the changes are even more of a struggle. But the boys are a great team who know how to help each other and find ways to make a difference in the classroom and on the court.

    Just when they think they've got the hang of things, Rip and Red find that fifth grade continues to challenge them in head-spinning ways. Tiki, a new girl whose Egyptian dad is an animal-rights activist, has just joined their class. She's charismatic, funny--and she's got game! Rip has his world turned upside down as Tiki proves to be tough competition on the Clifton United basketball team and leads a rebellion against the lousy new food service in the school cafeteria. Red--a kid on the autism spectrum--is struggling with the upheavals as well. But as these two funky and funny best friends discover, sometimes radical change is the right move, on the court and off.

    It's spring of their fifth-grade year and Rip and Red have a thrilling opportunity to participate in a weekend basketball tournament with a few other members of Clifton United. While the tournament is only a short bus ride away, both boys will travel outside their comfort zones. Ultra-competitive Rip must play on a team with kids he doesn't like. But he faces an even bigger hurdle when someone from his past returns, someone he hasn't seen in years, someone who just may derail the entire weekend.

    As for Red, because of his autism spectrum disorder, he's never traveled anywhere without his mother. Will he muster the courage to take the trip? Fortunately for both boys, also on the team is an unlikely addition, a source of inspiration who helps everyone discover the true meaning of the word champion. Griffith, Graham, and Ruby's father passed away in the war. And now they must join their mother and their father's wartime traveling baseball team, The Travelin' Nine, on a tour of America to raise money. No one will tell the kids why the team needs money so badly.

    Their only clue is a baseball with a hole the size of an acorn in it that their Uncle Owen gave to them the night of their father's funeral. They know very little about its significance except that their father made it with his own two hands and carried it with him throughout the war. And when all three kids hold the ball, strange things begin to happen The year is , and the Travelin' Nine are crisscrossing the good ol' U. As the team heads into the River City, Griffith is beginning to realize that there's more at risk than meets the eye, something beyond the need to raise money -- something involving the ball that could put his entire family in danger.

    Ruby is eager to help solve the mystery of the ball and plans on keeping her eyes and ears wide open and writing everything down. She knows the answer is out there. All she has to do is see the things that others don't. And figure out what those things mean. Then there's Graham, who usually only thinks about how to get more time on the baseball field.

    Even he's beginning to notice that there are strange and shady characters at just about every turn. Finally there's the Chancellor, one of the wealthiest and greediest businessmen in the entire world. And it looks like he's got his eye on the ball! Where there's smoke The year is and the Travelin' Nine are barnstorming their way across the good ol' U. Pulling into Chicago, Griffith has a run-in with an enormous thug and is more convinced than ever that the nefarious robber baron called "The Chancellor" knows about their magic baseball.

    Ruby also has an encounter with a mysterious stranger, and even though she doesn't know why, she knows that he will change the Travelin' Nine. And Graham launches a towering shot out of the park when he thinks no one is looking. Unfortunately, the wrong eyes may have seen what the youngest Payne can do with a baseball. Chicago is a hot town, so the Paynes better keep their cool. The Travelin' Nine still have more money to make! New York Times bestselling series! In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms. As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township.

    He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in , Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true. This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa's history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.

    It's Thanksgiving, and that means it's time for Ethan has waited his whole nine-year-old life to be old enough to play in the annual family Turkey Bowl football game. This is his year. He wakes up Thanksgiving Day, dresses in all of his football finest, and runs downstairs to greet the team -- his whole family.

    But the kitchen isn't full of aunts and cousins and uncles -- a blizzard has snowed them out. And it looks like the Turkey Bowl just isn't meant to be this year. After all, who could play football in a blizzard? Ethan, that's who! Step right up, ladies and gents. Believe the unbelievable and dream the impossible because Hannah, the little girl with big dreams, is coming your way.

    Come and see for yourself her bold acts of bravery, her courageous conviction as she proves to the world that the Brooklyn Bridge is safe to cross. But she can't do it alone. Barnum and his parade of twenty-one elephants provide a spectacular show that will save the day! Impossible, you say? Then you'll have to look inside. You won't want to miss this, the greatest show on earth. Blake, Kendare.

    Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead--keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill.

    What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

    Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. Yet she spares Cas's life. The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before--ones that put those around her in danger she can't seem to prevent.

    In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake's New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn's deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other. The sequel to the New York Times bestselling YA fantasy novel Three Dark Crown The battle for the crown has begun, and the unforgettable events of the Quickening have left a mark on each of the three sisters. Katharine, once the weak and feeble queen, is curiously stronger than ever before. Arsinoe has discovered a secret about her gift which could be her salvation or her undoing.

    And powerful Mirabella, believing that Arsinoe has betrayed her, is finally ready to fight. As time runs out on the Ascension Year, the triplets face attacks that will make them question their destinies and their paths to the throne. Friends and foes alike are forcing their hands, pushing them toward a shocking outcome that forever changes everyone involved.

    Picking up where the New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns left off, One Dark Throne continues with higher stakes, jaw-dropping twists, and an ending readers will never see coming. Together in print for the first time in this paperback bind-up, the dazzling prequels to the Three Dark Crowns series are finally available for fans to have and to literally hold.

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    Uncover the sisters' origins, dive deep into the catastrophic reign of the Oracle Queen, and reveal layers of Fennbirn's past, hidden until now. The Young Queens Get a glimpse of triplet queens Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine during a short period of time when they protected and loved one another. From birth until their claiming ceremonies, this is the story of the three sisters' lives The one who went mad. The one who orchestrated a senseless, horrific slaying of three entire houses.