Description : Ten-year-old Comfort Snowberger has attended 247 funerals. But that's not surprising, considering that her family runs the town funeral home. And even though Great-uncle Edisto keeled over with a heart attack and Great-great-aunt Florentine dropped dead--just like that--six months later, Comfort knows how to deal with loss, or so she thinks. She's more concerned with avoiding her crazy cousin Peach and trying to figure out why her best friend, Declaration, suddenly won't talk to her. Life is full of surprises. And the biggest one of all is learning what it takes to handle them. Deborah Wiles has created a unique, funny, and utterly real cast of characters in this heartfelt, and quintessentially Southern coming-of-age novel. Comfort will charm young readers with her wit, her warmth, and her struggles as she learns about life, loss, and ultimately, triumph.
Description : Twelve-year-old House Jackson—star pitcher and team captain of the Aurora County All-Stars—has been sidelined for a whole sorry year with a broken elbow. He's finally ready to play, but wouldn't you know that the team's only game of the year has been scheduled for the exact same time as the town's 200th-anniversary pageant. Now House must face the pageant's director, full-of-herself Frances Shotz (his nemesis and perpetrator of the elbow break), and get his team out of this mess. There's also the matter of a mysterious old recluse who has died and left House a wheezy old dog named Eudora Welty—and a puzzling book of poetry by someone named Walt Whitman. Through the long, hot month of June, House makes surprising and valuable discoveries about family, friendship, poetry . . . and baseball.
Description : Ruby Lavender used to have a good life. She and her grandmother, Miss Eula, were inseparable--they even drove the getaway car together for chickens rescued from the slaughterhouse! But this summer, Miss Eula will be in Hawaii, and Ruby's sure it'll be a lonely, empty, horrible season without her. What happens instead? Ruby makes a new friend, saves the school play, writes plenty of letters to her favorite (and only) grandmother . . . and finally stops blaming herself for her grandfather's death.
Description : This straightforward guide contains 51 classroom-tested ideas for using reading and writing to help students become better thinkers. The activities are applicable for use with not only language arts but also science, social studies, and math content. Aligned to International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English standards, the strategies cover all six stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, conferencing, revising, editing, and publishing. Many of the strategies are accompanied by examples. Grades 4-8. Resources. Illustrated. Good Year Books. 138 pages.
Description : A year of daily reflections. When our time is limited, a short reflection can be as much as we can manage. When life is complex and difficult, a simple idea may be all we need. When each day is about making sense of what's happening to us, a reflective sound bite might help us through. Tom Gordon's reflections are simple and direct, but from his experience and wisdom he offers deep insights for the 'very life of life' we are living today.
Description : The Wisdom of John Muir marries the best aspects of a Muir anthology with the best aspects of a Muir biography. The fact that it is neither, and yet it is both, distinguishes this book from the many extant books on John Muir. Building on her lifelong passion for the work and philosophy of John Muir, author Anne Rowthorn has created this entirely new treatment for showcasing the great naturalist's philosophy and writings. By pairing carefully selected material from various stages of Muir's life, Rowthorn's book provides a view into the experiences, places, and people that inspired and informed Muir's words and beliefs. The reader feels able to join in with Muir's own discoveries and transformations over the arc of his life. Rowthorn is careful not to overstep her role: she stands back and lets Muir's words speak for themselves.
Description : This is an essential companion to The Presbyterian Hymnal and Hymns, Psalms, & Spiritual Songs. Church musicians and pastors will welcome the ease with which they can locate keywords, topics, and scriptural references.
Description : THE STORY: It is parents' weekend of Parker's freshman year, but Parker's very famous parents aren't coming--which, trust him, is just as well. Confrontations both painfully funny and deeply poignant are sparked when Althea and Clarence show up unin
Description : “90 Days of Spiritual Intimacy is a life-changing, mind-transforming and soul-inspiring work of excellence. By making the profound simple and the simple profound, the energetic, enlightened C. W. “Terrific” Roberts has put spiritual intimacy within the reach of all who are willing to embrace it. Purchase it! Read it! Be transformed by it!” Pastor Howard Simon Family Therapist and Author of 101 Elements of Excellence. “90 Days of Spiritual Intimacy takes you on a journey of abundance and excellence. It lays the foundation for discovering and experiencing the depth of God’s love for each of us and thereby it opens up a vast new range of opportunities and successes.” Nichole Grant Information Technology Instructor “In time when many are extremely busy with the demands of a fast paced society, Clephane Roberts has provided us with a systematic format to keep us in tune with our Saviour Jesus Christ. This simple, yet profound approach to spiritual development is long overdue. As a Minister/Counselor, I view this book as a must read for those seeking spiritual direction and emotional healing. Christians who often struggle in maintaining a strong devotional life, now have a great resource to assits them in their quest for spiritual intimacy with God. It is my belief that this book will inspire all Christians in their walk with God.” Pastor Cecil Cornelius Minister of Counseling and Pastoral Care Cornerstone Baptist Church Arlington, Texas “If 90 Days of Spiritual Intimacy accomplishes one thing, it is this: it parachutes spirit-filled insights into your everday-ness. More than a devotional book, C. W. “Terrific” Roberts offers readers the participatory manual that is at once eminently sophisticated, analytically user-friendly, provocatively practical, and profoundly transformational. Read this book and you will discover its compelling power to challenge and change you.” Dr. Isaac Newton Inspirational Speaker and Author of Several Books including: Fix It Preacher: Meditative Conversations Between Pulpit and Pew