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Meet Jeff Stone, author of Phoenix

Jeff Stone lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children and practices the martial arts daily.

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Patricia Reilly Giff

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“I want to see children curled up with books, finding an awareness of themselves as they discover other people’s thoughts. I want them to make the connection that books are people’s stories, that writing is talking on paper, and I want them to write their own stories. I’d like my books to provide that connection for them.”—Patricia Reilly Giff

Patricia Reilly Giff has recieved the Newbery Honor for Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily’s Crossing, which is also a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Nory Ryan’s Song was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Notable... Read More


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All the Way Home
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

It’s August 1941, and Brick and Mariel both love the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brick listens to their games on the radio in Windy Hill, in upstate New York, where his family has an apple orchard; Mariel, once a polio patient in the hospital in Windy Hill, lives in Brooklyn near the Dodgers’... Read More
 





All the Way Home
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
eBook

It’s August 1941, and Brick and Mariel both love the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brick listens to their games on the radio in Windy Hill, in upstate New York, where his family has an apple orchard; Mariel, once a polio patient in the hospital in Windy Hill, lives in Brooklyn near the Dodgers’... Read More
 





B-E-S-T Friends
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

That's what Stacy thinks the new girl Annie is.  And having to be Annie's partner in class is  horrible too. Annie stores her snack in the wrong place,  and she has no front teeth. Her whistling scares  away the birds outdoors. Annie just doesn't do one  thing the way everybody else  does.

It's not easy for Stacy to... Read More
 





Bears Beware
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Hardcover

Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave... Read More
 





Bears Beware
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave... Read More
 





Bears Beware
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
eBook

Mitchell really doesn't want to go camping with the other kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center. Sleeping in the woods with creepy crawly things, coyotes, and bears? Yikes! But his best friend Habib is going, and it's Mitchell's birthday that weekend. He's just got to find a way to be brave... Read More
 





The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
eBook

It's September again.What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew... Read More
 





The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
Trade Paperback

It's September again.What does it mean for Richard "Beast" Best to be left back? It means being teased by his old friends while he's stuck facing the same old teacher in the same old classroom. He even has to take a special reading class with "babies" like Emily Arrow and Matthew... Read More
 





Big Whopper
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Alasdair Bright
Trade Paperback

The author of the beloved Kids of the Polk Street School series introduces a new generation of readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center.

It’s Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center! Everyone writes their discoveries on a big sheet of paper in... Read More
 





Big Whopper
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Alasdair Bright
eBook

The author of the beloved Kids of the Polk Street School series introduces a new generation of readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center.

It’s Discovery Week at the Zigzag Afternoon Center! Everyone writes their discoveries on a big sheet of paper in... Read More
 





The Candy Corn Contest
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
eBook

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for... Read More
 





The Candy Corn Contest
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
Trade Paperback

It's almost Thanksgiving, and Richard Best can't stop thinking about Ms. Rooney's Candy Corn contest. Whoever can guess the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar on Ms. Roney's desk gets to keep them all. The only problem is Richard has to read a page in a library book for... Read More
 





The Case of the Cool Itch Kid
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

Dawn Bosco's on her way to summer camp. She can't wait for the fun to begin, but when her shell mirror and a favorite pin disappear, it's time for the Polka Dot Private Eye to investigate.

Dawn's sure one of the kids from the Coolidge School--a Cool-Itch Kid took her things. But... Read More
 





December Secrets
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
Trade Paperback

Emily is stuck with crybaby Jill Simon as her "secret Pal" to be kind to for the whole month of December. Read More
 





December Secrets
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
eBook

Emily is stuck with crybaby Jill Simon as her "secret Pal" to be kind to for the whole month of December.


From the Trade Paperback edition. Read More
 





Eleven
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

Sam must solve the mystery of who he really is.

Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s... Read More
 





Eleven
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
eBook

Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if... Read More
 





Emily Arrow Promises to Do Better This Year
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

Ms. Rooney asks her students to make New Year's resolutions and Emily promises "to do better"--at everything. But can she keep such a challenging resolution? Read More
 





Fish Face
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Blanche Sims
Trade Paperback

Emily Arrow may be a poor reader, but she's terrific in math and is also the fastest runner in her class. In October school gets even better when a newcomer from Florida, Dawn Tiffanie Bosco, joins the class and sits next to her.

When Emily sees that Dawn's a better reader and... Read More
 





Flying Feet
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Alasdair Bright
Hardcover

When Charlie hears that special buzz in his head, he knows it means one thing: an idea for a new invention. But Charlie's ideas tend to backfire—such as the flying feet that don't really fly. If only Charlie could make his inventions work, people might think he's as special as his... Read More
 





Flying Feet
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Alasdair Bright
Trade Paperback

When Charlie hears that special buzz in his head, he knows it means one thing: an idea for a new invention. But Charlie's ideas tend to backfire—such as the flying feet that don't really fly. If only Charlie could make his inventions work, people might think he's as special as his... Read More
 





Flying Feet
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by Alasdair Bright
eBook

When Charlie hears that special buzz in his head, he knows it means one thing: an idea for a new invention. But Charlie's ideas tend to backfire—such as the flying feet that don't really fly. If only Charlie could make his inventions work, people might think he's as special as his... Read More
 





Fourth Grade Celebrity
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

Tired of being compared with her popular older sister, Casey decides she will make herself over. Read More
 





Gingersnap
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Trade Paperback

It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret: they may have... Read More
 





Gingersnap
Written by Patricia Reilly Giff
Hardcover

It's 1944, W.W. II is raging. Jayna's big brother Rob is her only family. When Rob is called to duty on a destroyer, Jayna is left in their small town in upstate New York with their cranky landlady. But right before he leaves, Rob tells Jayna a secret: they may have... Read More
 

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