The year is 1965, and Kate Cadogan has just got her first bra and corset. It’s a watershed moment, even if she hates the way the girdle chafes the tops of her thighs, and even though what she really wanted was a polka-dot shift dress with a cool Peter Pan collar. Undaunted, Kate jumps headfirst into the thrills and heartaches of her teenage years, albeit under the watchful eye of her mother, Biddy, a woman so repressed and controlling she gives new meaning to the word ‘matriarch’. From her first crush, local bad boy Barry Finch, through to her scandalous period of ‘living in sin’ during her years at teacher training college, right up to her passionless marriage to Rodney, Kate seems to have a talent for picking the wrong men. Ultimately seeking Biddy’s approval in everything she does, Kate finds the parameters of her life shrinking before her eyes, and feels powerless to stop it. Fortunately, her lifelong friends, Moira and Ingrid, are on hand, giving her more support than a foundation garment ever could, helping her to realize that she can create a life for herself, and that starting over has no age limit.
Jessica is beside herself when Mr. O’Brien chooses her to be Daphne’s partner in the seventh grade Write-a-Book contest. All the kids at school think Daphne is strange. She dresses bizarre, mismatched clothes and she never speaks to anyone. Jessica is in for a pleasant surprise, though, when she spends magical afternoons working on the book with Daphne and her little sister, Hope. As their friendship deepens and Jessica begins to see beyond Daphne’s surface, she also comes to discover a tragic secret that Daphne must keep hidden from the world. Jessica promises never to tell anyone. But when the secret becomes a serious threat to Daphne and Hope, Jessica is torn between protecting her friendship with Daphne, and doing what she knows she must do. With warmth, humor, and finely wrought characterizations, Mary Downing Hahn weaves a poignant story that explores the limits of caring and responsibility.
Those memorable days of push lawn mowers, corner grocery stores, big-band music, burning leaves and filling stations that check the oil and wash the windshield. On this nostalgic canvas, Stanley West has set his riveting and heartwarming novel, the devastating story of young Sandy Meyer. Bright and outgoing, having grown up through the Great Depression and the World War II year, she is suddenly give one perplexing clue to her past that sets her on an incredible and harrowing journey in search of her lost family. A pilgrimage that brings her face to face with nerve-shattering suspense, unbearable terror and the magnificent capacity of the human heart. Surrounded by juicy and wacky characters, and without the knowledge of her adoptive parents, her devil-may-care friends or the boy she desperately loves, she summons the courage to doggedly follow where the faint trail leads. When she stumbles upon the buried past and long-hidden treachery, she is confronted by and evil that knows her by name and drawn into a darkness she never knew existed. Tenaciously refusing to quit, she discovers a heart-breaking heroism and an extraordinary triumph that changes her life forever.
Help! There’s a spy in Club Stephanie! Stephanie, Darcy, Anna, Allie, and Kayla have been working on a top-secret project making a float to compete in the marina’s big summer parade at sea! All the girls swore to keep their float idea a secret form their rival group, the Flamingoes. So why does the Flamingoes’ float look exactly like Club Stephanie’s? There can only be one explanation. Someone in Club Stephanie is a spy, working for the Flamingoes! Will Stephanie be able to uncover the traitor before her chances of winning the big parade are all washed up?
What’s with Stephanie’s friend Allie? She visited a fortune-teller once, and now Stephanie and Allie can’t go anywhere until Allie checks her horoscope, reads wet tea leaves or calls the Psychics’ Hot Line! Superstitions are running Allie’s life – and ruining Stephanie’s! So Stephanie comes up with a plan to prove once and for all that fortune-tellers are fakes!
Stephanie can’t wait for the class overnight. She’ll finally be able to prove to her father that she’s old enough to be on her own. But then disaster strikes! Dad says she can go only if he goes too! To make matters worse, Stephanie has to share a tent with Mia, the class troublemaker. With Dad and Mia driving her crazy, Stephanie’s ready to take a hike!
What gives? Stephanie and Darcy were supposed to be doubles partners in the tennis club. Then Darcy chose the new girl, Sara Albright, as her partner instead. Stephanie’s hurt. So hurt that she challenges Darcy to a face-off game in front of the whole school. Stephanie’s determined to win. There’s only one problem: if she does, Darcy will never forgive her. Is Stephanie really ready to lose her best friend forever?
Red, white, and . . . pink? Stephanie thought this summer was going to be the best one ever. But it’s turning out to be the absolute worst! She’s lost her boyfriend. She’s lost her best friend. Now she’s about to lose Club Stephanie for good! And it’s all because of the no-good Flamingoes! Sparks will fly when Stephanie tries to even the score!
Stephanie is steaming – the Flamingoes are at it again! First they stole her secret idea for the summer dance. Then they called the local newspaper and blabbed all about it taking all the credit, of course. But now they’ve really gone too far. Rene – Stephanie’s biggest enemy and head of the Flamingoes – has stolen Stephanie’s boyfriend! Enough is enough. Club Stephanie is out for revenge!
All summer Stephanie Searched for her dream guy. First she found Josh. Next, Stephanie dated Zach. But each time the super-snooty group, the Flamingoes, spoiled everything. Now, finally, Stephanie has found the date of her dreams – Evan! He’s perfect, Stephanie thinks. Except for one little thing. One of her best friends likes Evan just as much as she does! Now Stephanie must decide – is it worth competing with a friend to win the perfect boy?
Summer is here, and it’s off to a sun-sational start for Stephanie, Allie, and Darcy! They’ve made friends with two new girls, Kayla and Anna. Together, the five of them start a summer camp for kids called Club Stephanie – and it’s a sizzling success! But then everything flops – all because of the Flamingoes! They’ve started their own summer camp, the Little Flamingoes. Suddenly, all of Club Stephanie’s campers want to be Little Flamingoes too! Is Club Stephanie doomed? Have the Flamingoes won once again?
There’s a new girl in Stephanie’s class. Wendy’s really nice, but she’s well . . .a little geeky. Stephanie does her best to help Wendy fit in. She even takes her to the mall and helps her buy cool clothes and the right CD’s. But the Flamingoes, who think they’re the coolest kids in school, start playing nasty tricks on Wendy. Their teasing goes too far, and Stephanie gets mad. Then she decides to get even!