Backwater

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Speak #ad - Ivy doesn't want to be a lawyer. But ivy wants to be a historian, a vocation that's getting quite a workout as she prepares a family history in honor of her beloved great-aunt Tib's eightieth birthday. Who cares? well, for starters, her father, who expects his daughter to take up the Breedlove family profession with dedication and enthusiasm.

. This undertaking takes ivy on a great journey, as she hikes into the wilds of the Adirondacks to find her reclusive aunt Jo -- and her own destiny.

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Hope Was Here

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Puffin Books #ad - Filled with heart, charm, and good old-fashioned fun, this is Joan Bauer at her best. When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny teenaged female characters, Bauer is in a class by herself . As always from bauer, packed with funny lines, starring a strong and idealistic protagonist, this novel is full of humor, and peopled with interesting and quirky characters.

Kirkus Reviews. Bauer tells a fast-paced, multilayered story with humor but does not gloss over the struggles. School library journal, poignant, starred review “Bauer has succeeded in creating another quirky, and funny novel about a strong girl who admits her frailties . A newbery honor bookjoan bauer's beloved newbery honor book--now with a great new look for middle grade readers! When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect.

Hope Was Here #ad - Hope’s story is highly recommended for both middle and high school students. Voya “another entry in bauer’s growing collection of books about likable and appealing female teenagers with a strong vocational calling. And as hope starts to make her place at the diner, she also finds herself caught up in G.

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Rules of the Road

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Speak #ad - Meet jenna boller, star employee at Gladstone Shoe Store in Chicago. Now jenna boller shoe salesperson is about to become a shoe-store spy as she joins her crusty old employer for an eye-opening adventure that will teach them both the rules of the road and the rules of life. Standing a gawky 5'11'' at 16 years old, Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons.

But that doesn't stop madeline gladstone, the president of gladstone's Shoes 176 outlets in 37 states, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother's company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire.

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Peeled

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Speak #ad - With rumors swirling and tensions high, can Hildy push past all the hype and find out the real truth? Hildy biddle wants something monumental to happen so she can finally prove herself to be more than a high school journalist. Unfortunately, her desire to uncover the truth is starting to cause a stir. But while the local paper is playing up people?s fears with shocking headlines of creepy happenings, Hildy is determined to discover what?s really going on.

The problem? her town?s biggest story stars a ghost, which is not an easy interview.

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Squashed

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Speak #ad - Humor, agriculture and young love all come together in Joan Bauer's first novel, set in rural Iowa. Sixteen-year-old ellie morgan's life would be almost perfect if she could just get her potentially prize-winning pumpkin to put on about 200 more pounds—and if she could take off 20 herself. In hopes of attracting Wes, the new boy in town.

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Close to Famous

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Puffin Books #ad - But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Puffin. A novel full of heart, humor, and charm from newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer! When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. Thanks to the folks in culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good.

Just as foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Soon foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read.

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Soar

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Puffin Books #ad - Newbery honor winner joan Bauer hits a home run with her newest protagonist, who always sees the positive side of any situation. Jeremiah is not one to let anything keep him down. When a weak heart keeps him from playing his beloved baseball, Jeremiah appoints himself the team coach. Puffin Books. Starting with his adoption by computer genius Walt, Jeremiah has looked on his life as a series of lucky breaks.

When walt has to move for another new assignment, Jeremiah sees it as a great chance to explore a new town. Jeremiah takes it as his personal mission to restore the town's morale and help the teams bounce back and remember how to soar. Full of humor, and baseball lore, heart, Soar is Joan Bauer at her best.

Soar #ad - Puffin. But no sooner do they arrive than a doping scandel is revealed and the town feels betrayed and disgraced.

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Best Foot Forward

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Speak #ad - Tanner's street smarts seem to be what Jenna needs, but can she trust him enough when the going gets tough? Puffin. Suddenly jenna's surrounded by crises, including a shoe empire on the verge of crumbling. She has a job she loves at gladstone Shoes, a best friend who makes her laugh, and a dysfunctional family she's learning how to handle.

Jenna feels ready for anything—until Tanner Cobb, and dangerously good looks, a guy with a past, a police record, walks into her life. Puffin Books. The must-read sequel to the beloved Rules of the Road, from award-winning author Joan Bauer. Jenna boller is dripping with newfound maturity after her life-altering summer on the road.

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Stand Tall

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Speak #ad - Speak. Puffin. Tree, a six-foot-three-inch twelve-year-old, and Sophie, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, a new girl at school. Puffin Books.

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Tell Me

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Puffin Books #ad - Award-winning author joan bauer latest novel is full of warmth, and a healthy dose of suspenseThe unofficial town motto is "Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont" where  twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, humor, hope, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents' troubled marriage.

She'll be busy with the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations. But before long, Anna finds herself involved in a very big problem. Puffin. Puffin Books. Speak. When you see something, say something" she's been told—but what good does it do to speak if no one will listen? Luckily, a take-charge girl like Anna is not going to give up.

Tell Me #ad - Told with joan bauer's trademark mixture of humor and heart, Tell Me will enthrall her many fans and win her new ones. Bauer establishes a multi-faceted plot combining crime drama with a modern coming-of-age story. School library journal “skillfully weaves subplots together as Rosemont citizens and Anna’s parents rise to the challenge of solving the mystery.

Publishers Weekly Puffin. When she observes a girl her own age who seems to be being held against her will, Anna can't forget the girl's frightened eyes and she is determined to investigate.

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Thwonk

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Speak #ad - J. McCreary. From the newbery honor author of Hope Was Here, Thwonk is a delightful story overflowing with funny, stylish writing. Imagine having a personal cupid—an actual winged being—pop into your life and offer to make your dreams come true. Puffin. But she's spent five torturous months obsessed with handsome hunk, Peter Terris.

Puffin Books. Knows she should concentrate on getting into a top-notch art school. J. A. Will have the undying devotion of handsome Peter. Forever. Speak. Just one shot from the cupid's bow and thwonk, A. J. That's what happens to aspiring photographer Allison Jean A. The catch is he can help you in only one way: artistically, academically, or romantically.

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