"When Vincent is sent to his aunt Mimi's city apartment for the summer, he's surrounded by more concrete than nature. Things are looking gray. But before long, Vincent meets Toma, and the boys bond while throwing some strange dirt balls into an empty lot. All summer long, they toss and launch, throw and catch. Little do they know, though, just as their friendship is growing, something is also blooming in the empty lot. A celebration of the joy of a budding friendship, The Concrete Garden shows us the value of community and reminds us that sometimes everything can come up roses."--|cProvided by publisher
"Escaping from a tall tower using one's hair is so fairy- tale old school. This STEM-smart Rapunzel uses the brain beneath her hair to educate her prince (and readers) on the ways the science of simple machines can save the day. A glossary and critical thinking questions reinforce the story's key physics concept"--|cProvided by publisher
Soon after her beloved grandmother's death, Trisha's family moves to a diverse California neighborhood where she meets Stewart and his grandmother, Miss Eula, who brings people together to help a grieving neighbor.
Shaun is strong enough to know that even things that don't come easily can be mastered through determination and hard work. Learning to ride his two-wheeler with the help of his friend Nadia, he overcomes his fear and the teasing of the other children in the park and manages to impress friends and bullies alike.
Ally isn't able to live with her mother. Instead she lives far, far away, on the other side of the country, with her gram and great-aunt. But one summer Ally goes to stay with her aunt and uncle in the "big city by the ocean" and gets to spend time with her mom. While exploring the shore, watching whales from the boat dipping into the salty water, Ally finds out something important: her mother loves to swim as much as she does.