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Books in Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books series

  • How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend

    Jerrie Oughton, Lisa Desimini

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 3, 1996)
    This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote.
  • An Enemy Among Them

    Deborah H. Deford, Harry S. Stout

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 26, 1994)
    Margaret must test her loyalty and courage when a wounded prisoner of war is brought into her Pennsylvania home in this novel of the Revolutionary era.
  • You Look Ridiculous Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus

    Bernard Waber

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 1, 1979)
    A hippopotamus learns to be happy with the way she looks in spite of the fact that the elephant tells her that she lacks ears, the leopard that she needs spots, etc.
  • Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather

    Bruce Koscielniak

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Feb. 2, 1998)
    Geoffrey Groundhog has become a local celebrity for successfully predicting how long winter will last. Everyone awaits his prediction each February 2, when he emerges from his burrow to look for his shadow. But Geoffrey’s fame has grown out of control—and so has the commotion surrounding his burrow! With television lights and cameras crowding him, he can’t even see the ground, much less his shadow. How will he make his spring prediction? How will anyone know if they should wax their surfboards or their skis?
  • Clive Eats Alligators

    Alison Lester

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin, April 1, 1991)
    Each child in a group is different in a special way -- when eating or at play, while shopping, and in bedtime routines.
  • Apple Is My Sign

    Troy Howell, Mary Riskind

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, March 29, 1993)
    A ten-year-old boy returns to his parents' apple farm for the holidays after his first term at a school for the deaf in Philadelphia.
  • Friday Night at Hodges' Cafe

    Tim Egan

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Aug. 26, 1996)
    When three mean and hungry tigers disrupt Hodges' Cafe and its customers one Friday night, it's Hodges' crazy duck who saves the day.
  • Chestnut Cove

    Tim Egan

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, March 1, 1997)
    When King Milford offers his entire kingdom to the person who can grow the largest juiciest watermelon, the inhabitants of Chestnut Cove become selfish and stop helping each other
  • Forty Third War Pa

    Louise Moeri

    Paperback (Sandpiper, Sept. 27, 1993)
    A twelve-year-old boy learns about death and the conflicts that grip his Central American country when he's pressed into military service and trained as a soldier. "In constructing her story, Moeri faced a formidable challenge: how to look at a war that uses children for fodder and make it comprehensible, even reasonable, without glorifying its existence or rendering her story completely hopeless. She succeeds, portraying complicated emotions in terms children can understand." -- Booklist
  • The Truth About the Moon

    Clayton Bess, Rosekrans Hoffman

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Oct. 26, 1992)
    An African child is told several stories about the moon but still he feels has not learned the truth.
  • How My Parents Learned to Eat

    Ina R. Friedman, Allen Say

    Paperback (Sandpiper, April 27, 1987)
    An American sailor courts a young Japanese woman and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.
  • Everybody's Daughter

    Marsha Qualey

    Paperback (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 1, 1993)
    Raised in a commune her own parents helped found, sixteen-year-old Beamer becomes frustrated by her close proximity to the commune's other members, until a forced examination of her life helps her understand how her unusual upbringing has shaped her life