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The Secret Tree

A New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2012

"The Secret Tree" takes its rightful place in the now classic genre of "neighborhood kids" that began with Beverly Cleary.... From a child, there is no higher praise than, "The ending was satisfying." And this one is. "The Secret Tree" is a welcome addition to the canon....These children are far too real to let their captivating tales end here.
-Lisa Von Drasek, The New York Times Book Review

The Secret Tree

Switched at Birthday

What if your birthday wish turned you into someone else?

Lavender and Scarlet are nothing alike. Scarlet is tall, pretty, and popular. And Lavender is...well, none of those things. There's only one thing Lavender and Scarlet know they have in common: the same birthday.

 

They've never had parties together. They've never swapped presents. But this year, they're about to swap something much bigger. Because of two wishes that turn all too true, Lavender and Scarlet are going to wake up in each other's bodies. And in order to change back, they'll have to figure out how to be someone completely opposite...without messing up their lives completely.

Switched at Birthday

The Only Girl in School

She's the only one who knows what it's like to be the only one.

When Claire's best friend, Bess, moves away, she becomes the only girl left in her entire school. At first, she thinks she'll be able to deal with this--after all, the girls' bathroom is now completely hers, so she can turn it into her own private headquarters and draw on the walls. When it comes to soccer games or sailing races, she can face off against any boy.

 

The problem is that her other best friend, Henry, has begun to ignore her. And Webby, a super-annoying bully, won't leave her alone. And Yucky Gilbert, the boy who has a crush on her, also won't leave her alone.

 

It's never easy being the only one--and over the course of a wacky school year, Claire is going to have to make it through challenges big and small. The boys may think they rule the school, but when it comes to thinking on your feet, Claire's got them outnumbered.

The Only Girl in School

How to Say Goodbye in Robot

*"A decidedly purposeful not-love story, this has all the makings of a cult hit with a flavor similar to Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

How to Say Goodbye in Robot

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

*". . . a delightful tale . . . Standiford makes reading about Baltimore high society and the flawed, pampered, but likable Sullivans feel like a wickedly guilty pleasure....Readers will wish that more family members had confessions to make."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

The Boy on the Bridge

*"... a love story tinged with intrigue.... Besides offering readers passion and suspense, Standiford raises thought-provoking questions about how far people should go for the sake of love and freedom."

-Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Boy on the Bridge

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

It is one of the worst storms ever--the snow has not stopped for days and it is 30 degrees below zero. But somehow Balto must get through. He is the lead dog of his sled team. And he is carrying medicine to sick children miles away in Nome, Alaska. He is their only hope. Can Balto find his way through the terrible storm? Find out in this exciting true story!

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto

Modern Love essay and links to book reviews

The New York Times Book Review
The Los Angeles Review of Books
The New York Times Style Section: Modern Love

Modern Love essay and links to book reviews