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Books in Yearling Book series

  • The War with Grandpa

    Robert Kimmel Smith

    Paperback (Yearling, Sept. 1, 1984)
    Don't miss the laugh-out-loud classic about a boy who leaps into battle when he's forced to share a room with his grandfather--soon be a major motion picture in theaters October 9th and starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Jane Seymour, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, and Oakes Fegley! Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs. Peter loves his grandpa but wants his room back. He has no choice but to declare war! With the help of his friends, Peter devises outrageous plans to make Grandpa surrender the room. But Grandpa is tougher than he looks. Rather than give in, Grandpa plans to get even. They used to be such great pals. Has their war gone too far? WINNER OF TEN STATE READING AWARDSAN IRA-CBC CHILDREN'S CHOICE"Peter tells this story with honesty and humor....By the story's end, Peter has learned much about the causes and effects of war--and human dignity."-School Library Journal"The humor of the story derives from Peter's first-person account and from the reader's recognition of Peter's valiant effort to maintain two mutually exclusive emotions."-The Horn Book Magazine
  • Benny's Pennies

    Pat Brisson, Bob Barner

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, July 1, 1995)
    An easy-to-understand children's story about financial literacy and the value of giving and saving—even five pennies! Benny McBride starts his day with five new pennies and is determined to spend them all. His mother wants him to buy something beautiful. His brother wants something good to eat. His sister wants something nice to wear. Benny knows his dog and cat would like something too. With the help of generous and thoughtful neighbors, Benny fulfills each request with a penny and arrives home with five but simple gifts.
  • The Lucky Stone

    Lucille Clifton

    Paperback (Yearling, May 1, 1986)
    There is nothing Tee enjoys more than sitting out on the porch with her great-greatmother, listening to the fascinating stories about the lucky stone.Shiny and black as night, it brought good fortune to each of its owners for over one hundred years. First it helped Mandy, a runaway slave, win her freedom. Then it saved Vashti from death by lightning at a prayer meeting. And it even saved Tee's great-grandmother from the ferocious dancing dog and helped her meet her husband.Now Tee can't help wondering what the old stone has in store for her. She certainly could use some luck on Valentine's Day. But the lucky stone doesn't belong to Tee. How can her wish come true?
  • Beetles, Lightly Toasted

    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

    Paperback (Yearling, Feb. 1, 1989)
    Fifth-grader Andy Moller will do anything to win the Roger B. Sudermann essay contest so that he can win fifty dollars and get his picture in the local newspaper. His cousin and rival, Jack, feels exactly the same way. But how can Andy be inventive and imaginative in an essay contest on conservation?Bugs and beetles, that's how. Leave it to Andy to think of people eating insects as a way of conserving their food budgets. Before long he's preparing toasted beetles in brownies, mealworm-filled egg salad sandwiches, and batter-fried earthworms for his friends and family. They don't know what they're in for, and neither does Andy. Will he win the contest and lose his friends and family?

    Elizabeth Levy, Mordicai Gerstein

    Paperback (Dell Yearling, May 1, 1983)
    When the words Werewolf Power mysteriously appear on the school blackboard, all the children are frightened. Only days before Halloween there are terrifying screams and haunting sounds surrounding the classroom. Jill and Gwen know there's something queer happening. This is their spookiest case ever. What will the detectives discover?
  • The Lizard and the Sun / La Lagartija y el Sol

    Alma Flor Ada

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, March 9, 1999)
    A long, long time ago in ancient Mexico, the sun disappeared. Everything was dark, and the people were afraid. The animals decided to search for the sun through the fields and forests, rivers and lakes. But the sun was nowhere to be found. At last the animals stopped looking - all except the lizard. This is the story of a brave little lizard who would not give up until she had brought back light and warmth to everyone.Hace mucho, muchísimo tiempo, en el México antiguo, el sol despareció. Todo la tierra se obscureció y la gente tenía miedo. Los animales salieron en busca de sol por los campos y bosques, los ríos y los lagos. Pero el sol no estaba en ninguna parte. Al no encontrarlo, todos los animales abandonaron la búsqueda, excepto la lagartija. Ésta es le historia de una lagartija valiente que no quiso darse por vencida hasta poder restaurarles a todos la luz y el calor.
  • Helen Keller

    Stewart Graff, Polly Anne Graff

    Paperback (Yearling, March 1, 1991)
    From the age of a year and a half, Helen Keller could not hear. She could not see, and she did not speak. She lived in a dark and lonely world--until Annie Sullivan came to teach her. Annie traced letters and words in Helen's hand, and made Helen realize she could "talk" to people. Eager to make up for lost time, Helen threw herself into her studies. She decided to teach others about the special training deaf and blind children need. Helen traveled all over the globe and raised money to start up schools for deaf and blind children. Her courage and her determination to help others conquer the odds against them earned her the respect and admiration of the world.
  • Peter Spier's Circus

    Peter Spier

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, May 1, 1995)
    Come join the circus as Caldecott Medal-winner Peter Spier takes you for a look under the big top! The circus is coming to town! Take your front row seat to see how a circus runs—from setting up the tent to performing center ring. Go soaring through the air on the flying trapeze and see how performers from all over the world come together to put on a show. With showbiz excitement that only the circus can create—and Peter Spier's signature humorous details waiting to be discovered on every page—this book is a guaranteed ticket to fun and adventure."A treat!"—Kirkus"This premier illustrator offers a glorious new treat. . . . Children will undoubtedly want to pore over it."—School Library Journal
  • Falcon's Egg

    Luli Gray

    Paperback (Yearling, Aug. 11, 1997)
    Eleven-year-old Falcon has just found a mysterious egg in Central Park--a dragon's egg, though she doesn't know it yet. And when the egg hatches, magic will hatch with it. Falcon will begin to see her hectic life and eccentric family in a different and altogether more joyous way. After all, when magic comes into someone's life, it comes for a reason.
  • 100 Cupboards

    N. D. Wilson

    Library Binding (Turtleback Books, Dec. 23, 2008)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Waking one night to discover plaster in his hair that has fallen from a wall above his bed, Henry York pulls down the wall coverings and discovers cupboards of various shapes and sizes--each holding a world of its own.
  • Soup

    Robert Newton Peck

    School & Library Binding (Turtleback Books, Nov. 17, 1998)
    FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. This newly released paperback edition of the classic bestseller follows the adventures of mischievous Soup and his best friend, whose big adventures mean big trouble.
  • The Winter Room

    Gary Paulsen

    Paperback (Yearling, April 1, 1991)
    The winter room is where Eldon, his brother Wayne, old Uncle David, and the rest of the family gather on icy cold nights, sitting in front of the stove. There the boys listen eagerly to all of Uncle David's tales of superheroes.Then one night Uncle David tells the story, "The Woodcutter," and what happens next is terrible--then wonderful.