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Books with author Janet McDonnell

  • Spellbound

    Janet McDonald

    Mass Market Paperback (Speak, Dec. 1, 2003)
    Raven never expected to be a mother at sixteen. Is she going to be just another high school dropout, a project girl with few prospects? Could be, except Raven has ambition. Still, when is she going to find the time to finish school? Then her older sister tells her about a spelling bee that promises the winner a scholarship for college. Spelling? There isn't a subject she's worse at. But once Raven's got her mind set, nothing gets in her way...
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  • The Christmas Gift

    John McDonnell

    language (, Nov. 2, 2010)
    A heartwarming story about a doll named Constance who is stolen during the Great Depression, and the adventures she has with the homeless little girl named Sarah who stole her. Sarah travels with a group of hobos, riding freight trains all over America in search of work, and it is a very different life than Constance had in the mansion in Philadelphia where she used to live. The Christmas Gift is a story of separation, love, and the true meaning of Christmas toys.
  • Off-Color

    Janet McDonald

    Hardcover (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Oct. 16, 2007)
    Spunky and headstrong, Cameron blasts music, challenges adults, and cuts class when she feels like it. She lives with her single mom in Brooklyn and hangs out with best friends Amanda, P, and Crystal. Life in their working-class neighborhood is pretty cool until Cameron's mother suddenly loses her job and can no longer afford the rent. Move to public housing? YG2BK! But no one's kidding, and Cameron finds herself living in the projects. Can a white girl from across town hope to be accepted by the black girls in the projects? A revelation from the past forces Cameron to confront a startling truth that just might put things in perspective . . . that is, if Cameron can handle it. Hilarious, surprising, and defiantly candid, Off-Color is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining new novel from Janet McDonald. Hip and wise, the author grabs the readers and doesn't let go.
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  • Kinetic History

    C. McDonnell

    language (, Jan. 31, 2020)
    Friendships can be complicated…A month after the Hyndon excursion, Jaden is still rattled at meeting the infamous Faust, once a myth, now a horrible reality.When Jessi gets kidnapped by the demonic soldier, it’s up to her and Kiran to rescue her. Faust’s clues lead them to new information, self-realizations, and reunions with old friends. However, playing his game can’t be their only option, if they want Jessi back in one piece. When the answer for turning the tables lands in her lap, Jaden doesn’t have faith that she can do it. But, she doesn’t want Faust to get under her skin either.Faust wants to play a game?Then he better be prepared to lose.
  • Kangaroo's Adventure in Alphabet Town

    Janet McDonnell, Jodie McCallum

    Library Binding (Childrens Pr, Aug. 1, 1992)
    Little Kangaroo meets several "k" words on her adventure in Alphabet Town, including some alphabet activities
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  • Bear's Adventure in Alphabet Town

    Janet McDonnell, Linda Hohag

    Library Binding (Childrens Pr, April 1, 1992)
    Bear meets a lot of "b" words on his adventure in Alphabet Town, including some alphabet activities
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  • Raccoon's Adventure in Alphabet Town

    Janet McDonnell, Helen Endres

    Library Binding (Childrens Pr, Oct. 1, 1992)
    Raccoon meets several "r" words on his adventures in Alphabet Town
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  • Chill Wind

    Janet McDonald

    Paperback (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (B.Y.R.), Jan. 24, 2006)
    A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow awayThe good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends, dancing, listening to music, whatever . . . but it doesn't include worrying about the future. Chilling out is her mantra until she receives a sixty-day termination-of-welfare-benefits notice. Without her monthly food stamps and assistance checks and with no help from the father of her two children, Aisha's life threatens to become a little too "chilly." The clock is ticking and she doesn't have many options, but one thing she knows for sure: workfare is not for her. There's no way she's going to scrub subway cars or sweep city sidewalks. Aisha tries to come up with other ways to get money, but things don't look good. Soon another notice comes: only thirty days left. Then she sees an ad on TV for BIGMODELS, and she figures she might as well check out the agency. After all, she is pretty enough. But just when it looks like Aisha's problems might be solved, things grow crazy again. In Aisha, Janet McDonald has created a larger-than-life heroine who finds and succeeds at what is right for her.Chill Wind is the winner of the 2003 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.
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  • Brother Hood

    Janet McDonald

    eBook (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Sept. 13, 2004)
    From the winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award, this provocative story about a young man straddling two very different worlds unfolds against a backdrop of brotherhood and betrayal, friendship and loyalty, and captures the dilemma of those who would carve out a unique destiny for themselves. Nate Whitely's life at a prestigious prep school in upstate New York takes him far from his Harlem home but not so far as to sever the strong bond he has to his neighborhood. Like his prep school friends, Nate is doing well academically and has his sights set on college. But complications from one life intrude into the other. His childhood friend Hustle won't give up his street-smart ways and doesn't want Nate to either. Nate's older brother, Eli, just can't seem to keep things together and is headed for major trouble. Will Nate be able to sustain these powerful ties without jeopardizing all that he's achieved?
  • Chill Wind: A Novel

    Janet McDonald

    eBook (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jan. 24, 2006)
    Chill Wind is the 2003 winner of the Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe New Talent Award.A tough and funny project girl manages to make that chill wind blow away in Janet McDonald's sequel to Spellbound.The good life, according to Aisha Ingram, is easy. It's hanging with friends, dancing, listening to music, whatever . . . but it doesn't include worrying about the future. Chilling out is her mantra until she receives a sixty-day termination-of-welfare-benefits notice. Without her monthly food stamps and assistance checks and with no help from the father of her two children, Aisha's life threatens to become a little too "chilly." The clock is ticking and she doesn't have many options, but one thing she knows for sure: workfare is not for her. There's no way she's going to scrub subway cars or sweep city sidewalks. Aisha tries to come up with other ways to get money, but things don't look good. Soon another notice comes: only thirty days left. Then she sees an ad on TV for BIGMODELS, and she figures she might as well check out the agency. After all, she is pretty enough. But just when it looks like Aisha's problems might be solved, things grow crazy again. In Aisha, Janet McDonald has created a larger-than-life heroine who finds and succeeds at what is right for her.
  • Off-Color

    Janet McDonald

    eBook (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Oct. 16, 2007)
    Spunky and headstrong, Cameron blasts music, challenges adults, and cuts class when she feels like it. She lives with her single mom in Brooklyn and hangs out with best friends Amanda, P, and Crystal. Life in their working-class neighborhood is pretty cool until Cameron's mother suddenly loses her job and can no longer afford the rent. Move to public housing? YG2BK! But no one's kidding, and Cameron finds herself living in the projects. Can a white girl from across town hope to be accepted by the black girls in the projects? A revelation from the past forces Cameron to confront a startling truth that just might put things in perspective . . . that is, if Cameron can handle it.Hilarious, surprising, and defiantly candid, Off-Color is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining new novel from Janet McDonald. Hip and wise, the author grabs the readers and doesn't let go.
  • Winter: Tracks in the Snow

    Janet McDonnell, Linda Hohag

    Library Binding (Childrens Pr, Oct. 1, 1993)
    While searching for a friend to have winter fun with, Mouse follows the tracks of many animals in the snow, eventually ending at Groundhog's hole
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