Science fair projects stump students

Jennifer Minicus | 21 March 2014
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.

When should a child be told he is adopted?

Jennifer Minicus | 25 February 2014
Separated at birth, Jack and Jake have a bone to pick with their parents.

A mother’s love; a father’s sacrifice

Jennifer Minicus | 18 January 2014
Two million copies sold so far.

Ruby Holler

Tim Golden | 23 August 2012
A gentle story about a pair of fiercely united twins.

Nancy and Plum

Jennifer Minicus | 20 July 2011
a sweet story from the author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books

The Missing Series

Jennifer Minicus | 01 February 2011
This fast-paced series should appeal to reluctant readers.

Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye

Tim Golden | 30 January 2011
Before heading to college, Natalie decides to find her birth mother.

The Magician’s Elephant

Jennifer Minicus | 29 June 2010
An orphaned boy searches for his lost sister with the help of a mysterious elephant.

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