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Escaping the Giant Wave
Peg Kehret
0689852738
September 2004
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Grade 5-8-An earthquake, followed by a tsunami, hits the Oregon coast where 13-year-old Kyle is vacationing with his family. His parents are on a yacht, celebrating his realtor father's Salesman of the Year award, and Kyle must get his eight-year-old sister out of their burning hotel and up the hill, away from the beach. As they escape, he also saves the life of a bully who has tormented him since grade school. Later, after seeing Daren for the lying coward he is, Kyle stands up to him, ending the abusive behavior. Kyle's self-image is transformed through his experience with the tsunami and the bully. While this is a satisfying read for victims of bullying, it is unremarkable in plot and style. One character does stand out, Kyle's sister, BeeBee, a financial whiz who follows the stock market and names her...


Spy Cat
Peg Kehret
014240151X
June 2004
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Grade 4-7-In this second adventure starring the feline, the Kendrill family is alarmed when they hear that a neighbor's house has been burglarized. Sixth-grader Alex and his six-year-old brother, Benjie, worry and wonder what they would do if their house were robbed. Everyone is understandably nervous, except Pete, who is sure he can protect his family; after all, he is a perfect watchcat. He does see the next robbery in progress and tries to warn Alex and his friend Rocky. However, while Pete can understand human speech, people can't understand Cat, much to his disappointment and frustration. Then all of his abilities are needed when the Kendrills' house becomes the next target. He tries to stop the burglars, only to have his plan backfire and turn serious when Benjie is missing. It takes the child's...


Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays
Peg Kehret
0807573361
February 2003
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Grade 3-6-Written with affection and conviction, these anecdotes chronicle the lives of eight unwanted strays who were dumped at animal shelters, many at the Humane Society of Seattle/King County in Washington State. After their adoptions, these dogs went on to accomplish great things and changed the lives of their loving owners. Each story begins with a black-and-white photo of the canine and proud human companion, and closes with a short section on a topic of related interest. The writing is clear and straightforward, letting the drama and pathos of the dogs' triumphs, and the owners' dedication, carry the stories. It is hard to remain unmoved by the tale of Kirby, a small terrier mix, who was left for six days in an apartment when his elderly owner died in the hospital. Hostile and unapproachable, he was...


Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio
Peg Kehret
0807574589
March 2000
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Grade 4-6-Although young readers today might only associate the word "polio" with a vaccination, this well-written account gives them a hard look at the devastating physical and emotional effects of the disease. In l949, there were 42,000 cases reported in the U.S.; the author was the only one stricken in her hometown that year. She writes in an approachable, familiar way, and readers will be hooked from the first page on. The author details her diagnosis, treatment, frustration, and pain. Perhaps the most startling part of the book is her description of the sudden onset of the illness, coming with no warning and leaving her paralyzed. Although this is an excellent record of the progress of the disease, it is also a fascinating account of how an ordinary girl with crushes and homecoming dreams had to live...


Earthquake Terror
Peg Kehret
0140383433
May 1998
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Grade 4-6-On a family camping trip to a deserted island, Jonathan's mother is injured. The 12-year-old volunteers to stay alone with his 6-year-old physically disabled sister so their parents can get to the hospital as quickly as possible. What should have been only an afternoon's inconvenience turns into a deadly situation when an earthquake strikes, destroying the camping area and threatening to flood the entire island. With no food, supplies, or means of contacting help, Jonathan must find a way to save Abby and himself. The tautly written story sustains the suspense without ever becoming melodramatic. Jonathan is a sympathetic and realistic character. His sensitive response to Abby's fears is mature but never unbelievable. This exciting tale is a fine choice for most collections.Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln...


The Ghost's Grave
Peg Kehret
0525461620
Aug 2005
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Grade 4-7–Josh, 12, is furious at his mom and step-dad, who are spending their summer in India while he is trapped in Carbon City, WA. Aunt Ethel is very peculiar–she serves dinner for breakfast and thinks the peacock living on the porch is her dead sister. Josh's luck turns when he discovers a tree house and a stray cat with kittens nearby. He also meets a ghost named Willie, who shares the tragic story of his death and convinces Josh to dig up his leg bones and reunite them with the rest of his body. When Josh stumbles upon a metal box full of money buried with Willie's leg, he heads home with the cash, planning to tell Ethel and to call the police. But she breaks her ankle and is rushed to the hospital before he gets the chance. Later that night, the owner of the cash tracks down Josh and...


Stranger Next Door
Peg Kehret
0142501786
December 2003
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Grades 4-8--Alex is less than thrilled when his family moves into a new housing development. The 12-year-old has left his old school and friends behind, and his new classmates blame him because the new houses were built over their old dirt-bike paths. He becomes hopeful when a family with a son his age moves in next door. However, sullen Rocky is not responsive to Alex's attempts at friendship. Things get worse when street signs begin disappearing and fires start in the neighborhood, one destroying Rocky's house. Alex is sure that the boy is hiding something. Part of the story is told from the point of view of Alex's cat Pete, who can understand the speech of humans, even if they can only interpret his meows as demands for food in return. The feline helps to solve the mystery and to save Alex's life....


The Volcano Disaster
Peg Kehret
0671009680
October 1998
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Grade 5-7-This is the first book in a planned series of "natural disaster" stories. Warren Spalding is sent to live with his grandmother after his father dies in an accident and his mother returns to college. There he discovers his grandfather's invention, an Instant Commuter. Accidentally, the boy is transported back in time to the slopes of Mt. St. Helens just minutes before its eruption in 1980. His new friend Betsy follows him in an effort to save him and both experience the whirlwind of ash that makes it difficult to breathe as well as move, the sharp earthquakes, and the frightening lightning. The fact that the two friends are working on a school report about the mountain allows the author to bring in other facts about volcanoes. Some readers will find this approach too didactic. There's no character...


Searching for Candlestick Park
Peg Kehret
0141303662
Oct 1999
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Grade 4-6. Life has hit the skids for 12-year-old Spencer Atwood. Since his parents' divorce, money has been very tight. When he and his mother are forced to move out of the house they can no longer afford, he is told that he cannot keep his cat, Foxey. Spencer takes his pet and leaves for San Francisco to find his estranged father, who, based on a recent postcard, might work at Candlestick Park. The journey tests the boy's principles when he is forced to steal food and transportation. His money lost, he puts his trust in a kind old man who agrees to care for Foxey temporarily. Arriving at the ballpark, Spencer finds his father, but soon realizes that he can't live with him. The boy returns to Mr. Woodworth's house, hoping that he and the cat can live there, but finds that the old man has just died of a...


Danger at the Fair
Peg Kehret
0142302228
November 2002
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Grade 5-8?A gripping sequel to Terror at the Zoo and Horror at the Haunted House (both Cobblehill, 1992). Ellen and her little brother Corey both go to a fair, but separately with their own friends. Ellen is made a bit uneasy by a fortune-teller's cryptic warning, but doesn't realize that her sibling is in trouble, or that he is alone (the boy he is with gets sick and goes home). After witnessing a series of pickpocketing incidents, Corey tries to report the thieves, but one of them traps him on the "River of Fear" ride and he is knocked unconscious. It's not until later that his family starts to wonder why he hasn't been brought home by his friend's mother. After a phone call clears up the misunderstanding, Ellen, guided by the fortune-teller and her own ESP, fights the robber and rescues her brother. The...


Five Pages a Day: A Writer's Journey
Peg Kehret
0807586501
October 2002
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Grade 3-6-This welcome autobiography focuses on Kehret's life as a writer, which began when, at 10, she gathered data from her neighbors and wrote a newspaper about dogs. The author tells about her experience with polio, covered in more detail in Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (Albert Whitman, 1996). She describes her job proofreading for the Daily Herald the summer between her junior and senior year of high school, and writing commercials for a local radio station the following summer. Throughout the book, Kehret explains what she learned from her various experiences. She discusses her techniques and the importance of researching data and revising her work. Thirteen black-and-white photographs appear in a centerfold. The lively, personable writing will carry readers along, especially would-be writers,...


Nightmare Mountain
Peg Kehert
0141306459
Oct 1999
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Grade 4-8-- Twelve-year-old Molly was looking forward to a relaxing and interesting month-long stay with relatives while her mother traveled in the Orient. Although she and her aunt's new husband have never met before, they hit it off immediately. But, for some unspoken reason, her cousin, Glendon, seems to resent her visit and does his best to make Molly feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. Then, when his stepmother becomes deathly ill, Glendon blames Molly. Left alone on the ranch while Aunt Karen is in the hospital, Molly and Glendon discover that someone is rustling valuable llamas. They become involved in an action-packed adventure which culminates in a near-fatal battle. Some of Molly's actions and miscalculations seem designed to increase suspense and are a bit unbelievable and melodramatic, but they do...


Saving Lilly
Peg Kehret
0671034235
October 2002
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Gr 3-6-Erin Wrenn learns about animal cruelty in circuses while researching for a school report. When her sixth-grade class earns a field trip in a reading competition, it turns out to be to a circus owned by a relative of the teacher. When the performers arrive, some of the kids see Lilly the elephant unloaded using painful hooks and notice other signs of mistreatment. Erin convinces most of the class to stay in school on the day of the field trip and together the classmates decide to raise money to buy Lilly in order to send her to an elephant sanctuary. The circus owner sets the purchase price at $8000, and the students start on a three-week project of raising that amount through car washes, lawn mowing, baby-sitting, etc. The plot moves quickly from event to event leading to Lilly's release....


Cages
Peg Kehret
0141312300
June 2001
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Grade 6-9-- In a vulnerable moment of self-pity, 14-year-old Kit Hathaway pockets an expensive gold bracelet in a department store and is arrested for shoplifting. Sentenced by a juvenile-court committee, she is assigned 20 volunteer hours at the humane society. There she falls in love with a spirited little terrier who, tragically, is euthanized before Kit can find a home for her. She also finds it increasingly difficult to keep her shoplifting a secret, especially from her best friend. It is during a final class speech that Kit decides to reveal what she has done. With painful realism, Kehret shows the legal and emotional ramifications of teen shoplifting, but this is much more than a cautionary tale. Corollary themes of parental alcoholism and its incipient child abuse and animal population control are...


Don't Tell Anyone
Peg Kehret
0142300314
December 2001
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-A great story with intriguing plot twists and plenty of action. Twelve-year-old Megan is a likable, determined heroine. She discovers and then cares for a group of feral cats living in a field near her house, so she is horrified to learn that the area is soon to be cleared for construction. When her efforts to save the animals inadvertently interfere with a construction worker's criminal scheme, her life is threatened. After a kidnapping and a balloon ride, Megan and the cats are saved. The subplot, involving a teenage girl and a hit-and-run accident, adds complications to the story and keeps readers guessing. Each part of the tale ties neatly together in this exciting book that children won't want to put down.Julie Ventura, Fresno County Library System, CA Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information,...


I'm Not Who You Think I Am
Peg Kehret
0141312378
June 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Ginger Shaw first senses she is being watched at her 13th birthday party in a restaurant, and the suspicion seems borne out when an odd woman approaches her. During the next several days (while her parents are conveniently out of town), Ginger sees the stranger wherever she goes. Readers gain information about the stalker early on, when a shift in the narrative identifies her as Joyce Enderly, a former mental patient who believes that Ginger is her long-lost daughter. Joyce's plot to abduct Ginger begins to take shape as Ginger becomes involved in a crusade to prevent a harassed basketball coach from losing his job; the conflict distracts her, to some extent, from Joyce's presence. However, readers may find the somewhat overblown school conflict a distraction as well, as Kehret's (Searching for Candlestick Park)...

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