What if I was… the size of this plant?

I could sit under this tree and chant a chant..

I could play under this tree and dance a dance…

I could be under this tree and sew some pants…

What if I was… the size of this plant?

I could see the world in a whole new way..

I would fall asleep, just so i could see it in another day……….



Vera’s spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend, Charlie Kahn. And over the years she’s kept a lot of his secrets. Even after he betrayed her. Even after he ruined everything.

So when Charlie dies in dark circumstances, Vera knows a lot more than anyone—the kids at school, his family, even the police. But will she emerge to clear his name? Does she even want to?

Edgy and gripping, Please Ignore Vera Dietz is an unforgettable novel: smart, funny, dramatic, and always surprising

Maura and Patrick have escaped the desperate poverty and danger of leaving home in Ireland to face even greater peril as they continue their daring voyage to the New World with their friend Laurence Kirkle. Aboard ship, they are crowded into the stench-filled pit of steerage, where they come face to face with illness and death, trying their best comfort and protect eight-year-old Bridy, who has lost both her parents. They find themselves at the mercy of fellow passengers—shady characters like Mr. Shagwell, an American in dire need of cash, and the conniving Mr. Clemspool, who sails first-class with young Mr. Grout, haunted by his criminal past. Ahead lies their future in America, fraught with danger and more crisis than they ever anticipated.

Maura O’Connell, 15, and her brother, Patrick, 12, escape Ireland’s brutal poverty with only the belongings in their bundles and tickets for ocean passage. Sir Laurence Kirkle, 11, flees a life of privilege to seek justice. When fate brings them together, the three join forces in a daring scheme that may lead to freedom and glory…or dire consequences.

All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends’ obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What’s a 21st-century girl to do when she’s stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read

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Laying on that grass, looking at the sky, along comes a balloon way up high.

It was covered with dots, of all sorts of colors, flown by kids, probably brought by their mothers.

If you look to the left, maybe a yard or two, you’ll see a horse, along with its shoe.

Down on the ground families watch, a sparkle of awe in the children’s eyes.

The balloons take their journey, up in the sky, they float across the park, and every one waves good-bye.

They land gracefully, maybe with a thump.

These balloons will stay grounded until it is again, time to fly.

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