My mother interrupted us by giving me a head of lettuce and the salad spinner and handing my father the spoon to stir the chili. This is because she is a really big fan of the Little Red Hen story. Anyone who expects to eat something in our house should expect to help make it.
All of us worry about what other people think, even if we do not have to. It was easy to tell somebody to ignore that sort of thing; it was much harder to put such advice into practice.
–The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
Kristy Thomas is quick to pick up on a business opportunity, and the Baby-Sitters Club is born. Members Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey tackle starting a business, forming new friendships, and pooling their resources. But Kristy’s determined to avoid one client in particular. Continue reading
When the opportunity explore a land of adventure presents itself, September doesn’t hesitate to leave home behind to take up the adventure of a lifetime. Aided by a dutiful jacket, partly-educated dragon-kin, and a pair of magic shoes, September navigates the most dreaded, delightful, and deadly places in Fairyland.
Stories have a way of changing faces. They are unruly things, undisciplined, given to delinquency and the throwing of erasers. This is why we must close them up into thick, solid books, so they cannot get out and cause trouble.
Apprenticed under the unpredictable and unimpressive S. Theodora Markson, Lemony Snicket is swept off to a small town as strange as it is shabby. The duo is hired to find and return a valuable item to its owner, but while Theodora gets busy with the case, Lemony tries to solve a problem all his own.
You’ve probably never been to the Far East Suite at the Lost Arms in Stain’d-by-the-Sea, but I’m sure you’ve been in a room you couldn’t wait to leave, which is about the same thing.
Rose is pampered and protected by her fussy aunts, whose odd cures have left her just as fussy and unhappy as they are. Ready to prove that the simplest medicine is the most effective, Uncle Alec steps in and introduces Rose to the things she needs most. Fresh air, good food, hard work, and the company of her many rambunctious cousins.
If you dear little girls would only learn what real beauty is, and not pinch and starve and bleach yourselves out so, you’d save an immense deal of time and money and pain. A happy soul in a healthy body makes the best sort of beauty for man or woman.
Cucumber is all set to move into a prestigious magic school, but fate, a magic oracle, and his pushy parents have other plans. Instead, Cuco is sent on an epic quest across the Doughnut Kingdom, aided by his brave little sister, Almond, to try and prevent the return of the terrible Nightmare Knight.