When push comes to shove, timid Maggie is determined to overcome her catty rival!
Now that she can read, Maggie is eager to show her new teacher. But when Maggie is called to the front of the class, her knees shake like jelly, her mouth dries up like a desert, and she can't utter a sound. She's forced to sit down while snooty Kimberly takes over and reads with ease. And the next day is no better. When called on, a miserable Maggie silently prays for the floor to swallow her whole or a rocket to blast her into space. And Sneering old Kimberly, who coolly remarks that she's been reading since she was a baby, triumphs again.
All poor Maggie can do is hold back the tears while she imagines all manner of uncomfortable fates to befall her stuck-up rival. It isn't until Kimberly picks on the stuttering Sam that Maggie is able to forget her own fears. And indignant and determined, she summons up the courage to defend her pal and show everyone what she can really do.
The author of No Frogs for Dinner and So Long, Stinky Queen, Frieda Wishinsky addresses an all-too-common fear that primary students face, and gives it a delightful twist that will have early readers howling and turning the pages to find out what happens next. Artist Dean Griffiths (Ballerinas Don't Wear Glasses, Fairy) creates, in his feline subjects, a heart melting, all-too-human quality that readers will love. A must-have for all intrepid heroes in the making.
Second Chance Proposal A Man without Mercy by Miranda Lee Wealthy property developer Jack Stone offers recently heartbroken Vivienne Swan an offer she can't refuse. Vivienne has finally moved on from her ex, but now she's engrossed with her new boss. Vivienne wants to play with fire, but is she prepared to get burned? Bring it On by Kira Sinclaire Lena Fuller has fled her ruined wedding, only to end up on her honeymoon with her best friend, filmmaker Colt Douglas. The "honeymoon" is a week long photo shoot and quickly the lines of friendship slip and the couple aren't faking it any longer. Where will they be when the week is up...Rancher to the Rescue by Jennifer Faye Celebrity chef, Meghan needs a place to lie low after being jilted at the altar. Fleeing the press, she runs into the chiselled chest of rancher, Cash Sullivan. Cash offers her a place to hide and Meghan accepts. Slowly falling for the rancher, Meghan doesn't want to leave but she can't stay here forever carrying another man's baby, can she?
If you (presuming you are of the sex that does such things)-if you had gone into the Drapery Emporium-which is really only magnificent for shop-of Messrs. Antrobus & Co.-a perfectly fictitious "Co.," by the bye-of Putney, on the 14th of August, 1895, had turned to the right-hand side, where the blocks of white linen and piles of blankets rise up to the rail from which the pink and blue prints depend, you might have been served by the central figure of this story that is now beginning. He would have come forward, bowing and swaying, he would have extended two hands with largish knuckles and enormous cuffs over the counter, and he would have asked you, protruding a pointed chin and without the slightest anticipation of pleasure in his manner, what he might have the pleasure of showing you. Under certain circumstances-as, for instance, hats, baby linen, gloves, silks, lace, or curtains-he would simply have bowed politely, and with a drooping expression, and making a kind of circular sweep, invited you to "step this way," and so led you beyond his ken; but under other and happier conditions, -huckaback, blankets, dimity, cretonne, linen, calico, are cases in point, -he would have requested you to take a seat, emphasising the hospitality by leaning over the counter and gripping a chair back in a spasmodic manner, and so proceeded to obtain, unfold, and exhibit his goods for your consideration. Under which happier circumstances you might-if of an observing turn of mind and not too much of a housewife to be inhuman-have given the central figure of this story less cursory attention.
Just when you thought the fairies couldn't get any cuter. . . here come the baby animals!
A army is waiting at the gates of the kingdom preparing for battle, only the kingdom is not coming out. A barbaric tribe wants compensation from a civilization but the king is clever. A woman is about to raise a war against nature and a chance of survival for kingdom is just a fool's chance. These short stories revolve around the human notion of battle. The human need of war. Of civilizations, of kingdoms and of war.
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