Mateo Garcia is a young city boy who wants desperately to be good at something -something that will take him from that skinny kid with the big hair to someone who matters. Despite struggling with celiac disease, Mateo keeps his sense of humor and channels his innermost strength into an incredible ride on roller skates all the way to regionals.
Chronicles the history of roller skating as both a recreational and competitive sport, and discusses why the International Olympic Committee has been unwilling to recognize it as an Olympic sport
Intended for individuals involved in teaching children to read--parents, teachers, librarians, and reading specialists--this handbook provides activities and resources to supplement programs designed to encourage children's enjoyment of books. The reading activities presented in this handbook have been developed around a sports theme. The introductory sections are designed to acquaint the user with the interests and abilities at various age levels and to help in setting goals, scheduling, recruiting and using volunteers, and publicizing programs. The major portion of the handbook is made up of ideas and activities related to the following sports categories: individual sports, partner sports, racing sports, team sports, water sports, winter sports, and miscellaneous sports. Within each category are display and exhibit ideas corresponding to the particular type of sport, suggestions for special events, and a variety of activities that may be used individually or in combination. Also included are several pages of "camera-ready" copy that may be used for flyers advertising various programs, designs for bookmarks, and patterns for mobiles and awards, or to decorate writing or drawing assignments. Concluding each sports category is a list of books, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as journals and nonprint media that may be used in conjunction with the activities already suggested or as resources for further programing ideas. (EL)
Newbery Award-winning author Betsy Byars’s heartwarming and timeless books about the irrepressible Blossom family are back. In this introduction to the one-of-a-kind clan, Pap, the Blossoms’ grandfather, has landed himself in jail for disturbing the peace. Even though Junior is laid up in the hospital with two broken legs after jumping off the barn roof to test his new homemade wings, he and his sister and brother, Maggie and Vern, have come up with a plan to rescue Pap. A new generation of readers will fall head over heels for this engaging, hilarious family.
Crime's most unlikely detective team find themselves back on familiar turf... In the second book in Lilian Jackson Braun's acclaimed 'The Cat Who...' series, Jim Qwilleran, Koko and Yum Yum must find out who has murdered the owner of an exclusive residence. Perfect for cat lovers and crime fans. 'This droll and engaging mystery... firmly grips the reader... a lively witty tale bolstered by sharply etched characters' - Publishers Weekly Jim Qwilleran is not exactly overwhelmed by his new assignment for the Daily Fluxion. Interior design has never been one of his specialities and now he's supposed to turn out an entire magazine on the same subject. But the first issue of Gracious Abodes is barely off the presses when Qwilleran finds himself back on more familiar territory - the exclusive residence featured on the cover has been burglarised and the lady of the house found dead... Now Qwilleran, with the help of Koko and Yum Yum, the brilliant Siamese cats, have their respective moustache and whiskers twitching, and when Koko starts pawing clues in the dictionary and sniffing designer furniture, Qwilleran finds himself doing a feature on a very clever murderer. What readers are saying about The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern: 'A traditional whodunit, well written with an intriguing plot - this book is a thoroughly enjoyable read' 'Quirky - lovely for anyone who owns or has owned an intelligent cat' 'Has all the required components of a good murder mystery: Interesting characters, unusual setting, mystery, tension (and more than one cat)'
Danielle's sleuthing skills are suddenly put to the test when her partner is brutally attacked. Can she discover the identity of the attacker before he strikes again?