Sherman Alexie's humorous, semiautobiographical novel, illustrated by Ellen Forney, follows 14-year-old Junior — poor, skinny and with a freakishly big head — as he leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation for a mostly white school in a nearby town. Alexie captures the pain and awkwardness of adolescence while also meditating on the devastation that poverty, racism and alcoholism have wreaked on Native American communities.
When he comes into the possession of a special bag of sand that has the power to transform information, Alcatraz realizes the importance of this mysterious gift when it is stolen by a group of Evil Librarians who use it to suppress truth and spread lies in order to achieve world domination. 15,000 first printing.
Magus, the King's Scholar, releases Gen, a skilled thief, from prison so that he may lead him to an ancient treasure, yet once freed, Gen has plans of his own and has no intention of letting Magus walk away with all the goods. A Newbery Honor Book & ALA Notable Children's Book. Reissue.
The first young adult novel from the National Book Award-winning novelist Louise Erdrich, The Birchbark House follows Omakayas, a girl from the Ojibwa tribe, as she nurses her family during a devastating smallpox epidemic and discovers a mysterious secret from her past.
Details the life of an Alaska girl of Tlingit descent, looking at her daily activities, her family, the history of her tribe, and some traditional ceremonies and customs that are still observed today.
Presents a rhyming couplet featuring each letter of the alphabet, with such characters as David the dog-faced boy, who dons a derby despite being dirty, and Victor, whose frequent victories have made him vainglorious.
The first daughter reveals the life of a young woman she met while on an internship with UNICEF, and how, despite living with AIDS and losing her family to HIV, she is thriving and looking forward to giving her child a better life. 500,000 first printing.
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.The beginning reader may watch a hungey caterpillar eat his way to the cocoon stage, when he hibernates for two weeks to emerge as a beautiful butterfly
The mathematically advanced actress best known for her roles on The Wonder Years and The West Wing demystifies middle-school math concepts that are most challenging to today's student, sharing step-by-step instructions for developing real-world math skills. Reprint.