The author's upbeat, positive tone is refreshing and his enthusiasm about his topic is contagious." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)Pssst! Do you know the difference between a code and a cipher? Can you tell a St. Cyr slide from a Cardano grille? Did you know that the discovery of a substitution cipher caused Mary Queen of Scots to lose her head? Don't look now, but packed into this practical field guide is everything a young person needs to know about the art of concealment - making and breaking codes, mastering cipher systems, and experimenting with secret writing. Offering plenty of hands-on practice sessions, tips for creating a code-making kit, sidebars on secret codes in history, and an amusing pair of spies to illustrate techniques, Paul B. Janeczko's tantalizing TOP SECRET won't stay a secret for long.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 4/11/2006Pages: 144Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Adults, stop reading now. We mean it. This book is TOP SECRET and it’s FOR KIDS ONLY! (Are the grownups gone? Good.) Now that it’s just the kids, we’ll let the cat out of the bag: This book is full of disgusting things and nasty (but funny) pranks. It’s also got weird superstitions, freaky facts, unbelievable myths and legends, and did we mention gross stuff? Like boogers. And farting ghosts. And armpit sniffers. And entomophagy. (What’s that? It’s the practice of eating worms.) But there’s more than just gross stuff in this illustrated and easy-to-read book. You’ll be briefed in…- How to make your own secret code- Where the Jolly Roger” pirate flag came from- Mermaid tales and other unbelievable sightings- The original alchemist and the search for the Philosopher’s Stone- The Captain Underpants story- A secret recipe for edible glass- Sneakers of the future And a whole bunch more!Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 6/22/2004Pages: 288Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
Little Willy has a big job to do. When his grandfather falls ill, it is up to Willy alone to save their farm from the tax collector. He enters the National Dogsled Race, where he must beat the Indian Stone Fox and his five beautiful Samoyed dogs.Book Details:Format: Audio BookPublication Date: 7/20/2006Reading Level: Age 7 and Up
MSR Fast Stash Shelter 2 Person Tent, YellowMSR Fast Stash Shelter TentWhen talk turns into the lightest and most versitle ultralight shelters ever made, the Fast Stash is sure to be at the top of the list. With more than ample room for two plus gear, a full protection, single wall body pitches quickly and a range of ventilation options allow it to be used across a broad spectrum of conditions.
By the time you're done reading this diabolically clever book, you'll have entire countries groveling at your feet. Kings and prime ministers will bow before you and beg for mercy. Maybe even cry. Doesn't that sound insanely fantastic? Of course it does. That's why I wrote this book.All you have to do is follow the instructions I've laid out and in no time at all you will be laughing maniacally as the world cowers before you...Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 7/1/2011Pages: 208Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
When her grandfather is injured, 10-year-old Ellen Toliver replaces him on a top-secret patriotic mission. Disguised as a boy, she manages to smuggle a message to General George Washington. Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/19/1993Pages: 176Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
The Secret of Rover follows the clever and resourceful twins Katie and David as they race across country in their attempt to outwit an international team of insurgents who hold their parents and baby sister captive in a foreign land. Held hostage because they invented a spy technology called Rover that can locate anyone in the world, Katie and David’s parents are in grave danger. Now, it’s up to Katie and David to rescue them. But first they must find their reclusive uncle, whom they have never met—the only person they know who can help them. This page-turning story from a debut author with insider knowledge of Washington is fun, suspenseful, and convincingly real.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 3/1/2011Pages: 368Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon = pure magic! A depression era story that is just as timely as it is enchanting, this is a stunning picture book for the ages. There’s just not enough…not enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land —with some left over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, “Child, sometimes a thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore….You caught catfish when catfish were needed…you will not find the river again. This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with riches—stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous, wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be beautiful, this unforgettable picture book is a classic in the making.Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 1/4/2011Pages: 56Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
Harriet the Spy refuses to become ruffled when an unidentified person starts leaving disturbing notes all over the quiet little beach town of Water Mill. She’s determined to discover the author of the notes. And she drags her best friend, mousy Beth Ellen, into all kinds of odd and embarrassing situations in her efforts to reveal the culprit. Observing in her own special, caustic way with her ever-present notebook, Harriet the Spy is on the case. But will she be ready to face the truth when she finds it?Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/12/2002Pages: 288Reading Level: Age 9 and Up
In these two wisecracking, sidesplitting mysteries from Chet Gecko's tattered casebook, the fourth-grade detective and his punning mockingbird partner, Natalie Attired, keep the peace at Emerson Hicky Elementary. In the first, the two sleuths blow the lid off a cheating ring in Mr. Ratnose's classroom, and in the second, they track down the winning ticket for the biggest, chocolatiest, most gut-busting dessert ever, the Malted Falcon. Danger has never been so delicious! Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 4/1/2004Pages: 128Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
The world is becoming more diverse, and so are the daily lives of our children. Accepting and valuing people and groups who are different from oneself and one's immediate family is a critical social skill. Accept and Value Each Person introduces diversity and related concepts: respecting differences, being inclusive, and appreciating people just the way they are. Includes questions, activities, and games that reinforce the ideas being taught.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 4/15/2006Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 4 and Up
On Club Penguin, kids can take a test to make their penguin a Secret Agent; then, they go on a series of exciting, simulated missions! In this -- top secret? guide, Secret Agent G tells readers about their missions and the gadgets they can use to keep Club Penguin safe and sound. Plus, they'll visit Secret Agent headquarters!Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 3/19/2009Pages: 64Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
It's come to our attention that tween girls have opinions. Lots of them. My All-Time Top 5 is a unique opportunity to immortalize those opinions in list form: lists of favorites, un-favorites, pet peeves, proudest achievements, weirdest phobias, secret crushes, wildest ambitions, and much more. The book features 60 pages of list ideas, games, and activities ranging from thought-provoking to just plain goofy. Comes with a custom-designed 150-page, coil-bound notepad and a coordinating pencil with a cute little charm eraser. Inside the book, special bound-in pocket pages will store finished lists for all eternity.Comes With: custom-designed pencil, coordinating eraser charm on a re-fastenable chain, 150-page coil-bound notepad, 5 bound-in keepsake pocket pages Create wonderful things Be good Have funBook Details:Format: Special FormatPublication Date: 3/10/2008Pages: 60Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
War is brewing in Mannahatta - the spirit city that coexists with Manhattan - as the truce between the Munsee Indians and the Gods begins to crack. Villain Willem Kieft is building an army against the Munsees, and Rory - the only person who can see both worlds - and his friends are trying to stop him. But despite their efforts, the city draws closer to the ultimate final battle. The question is, will Rory be able to restore order to the city, or will his attempt to save everyone fail?Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/18/2011Pages: 384Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
An all-new Skylanders sticker activity book!Skylanders continues to be one of the top video game properties for kids. It is a revolutionary new experience that allows kids to bring real-world characters to life in a video game. This 64-page sticker activity book includes 4 sheets of stickers and a page of perforated cards.
When a blizzard threatens to ruin Valentine’s Day, three seventh-grade friends make and distribute fortune cookies to their lonely neighbors—and confront the secrets they’ve been keeping from one another. Confident Kate doesn’t notice much but the latest gossip, and shy Georgia can’t say out loud what’s always on her mind. They’re joined by observant, careful Olivia, whose epic, single-minded crush on PBJ (real name: Phillip Becker-Jacobs) is starting to frustrate them. Using fortune cookies that mysteriously always seem to speak directly to the person who opens them, the three girls try to work together to bring some love to their building while reminding each other why they’re such good friends to begin with.Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 8/1/2011Pages: 320Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
Raisin Stackhouse doesn't mind doing odd jobs for old Miss Effie Pfluggins, but when Miss Effie talks her into cleaning up the old church cemetery, she has no idea what trouble she might dig up. Mama says Miss Effie talks much too much, but Raisin loves hearing her remember the old days--especially when one of her stories puts Raisin smack in the middle of real-life mystery.When Raisin is grounded for sneaking a night out, she not only misses her chance to compete in the Miss Ebony Pageant, but her efforts to uncover the famous person buried in the cemetery are brought to a half, too. Somehow Raisin's got to solve the big mystery no one in town wants to talk about. Will her discovery bring her glory, or is the past better off left buried?Book Details:Format: PaperbackPublication Date: 10/1/1988Pages: 208Reading Level: Age 12 and Up
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