Walking the Tightrope

Walking the Tightrope

Every year at the end of the summer, Esme goes to visit her Granddad Stan and Nanna Queenie. Most things stay the same each year, but this year Nanna is gone. Grandad tells her that Nanna has left to join the circus to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a tightrope walker. Esme struggles to accept this change and wonders why they can’t call or see her while Grandad struggles to find the courage to tell Esme the truth. They go through the motions of a normal summer holiday, but missing Nanna casts a shadow over everything...

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

For those who have grown up reading the Harry Potter series and have always yearned for more, this is nostalgia at its finest. Harry, Ron, and Hermione return along with cameos from almost all other major characters. Harry Potter’s youngest son, Albus, has arrived for his first year at Hogwarts. He is placed in Slytherin house, much to the chagrin of his father. As the years progress, father and son grow apart while Albus worries about living up to his famous father’s reputation...

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Paper Lanterns Paper Cranes

Paper Lanterns Paper Cranes

When Kyushu wakes up and finds herself unexpectedly in a hospital she finds herself forced to confront her past. Orphaned at 5 years old after the atomic bomb drop in Hiroshima, she has lived on the streets and managed to scrape through. After collapsing in the street though, soldiers find her and bring her to a hospital that specializes in treating those with sicknesses related to the bombing. Kyushu is quickly losing her sight and the doctors find her condition hard to assess since she refuses to provide information about her past. The American psychiatrist trying to study and help her is also firmly rebuffed as the visions that have haunted Kyushu since the bombing – a “cockroach woman,” burned and horrible, constantly asking her for a drink of water...

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Circus Caravan

Circus Caravan

“ Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, presenting for your delectation and delight. . . Frieda the Fearless Funambulist!” This quite surely new word will grab a young audience’s attention and the masterfully crafted, heartwarming script will hold that attention as audiences journey with Frieda, aka Adele, in this coming of age story. Adele has recently lost her mother and with that her interest in anything other than sitting in front of the television. When an old family friend meets her on the street and invites her to join her duo troupe to become a ‘’funambulist,” (high-wire artist,) her father agrees that this will be the best choice for Adele. Stubborn and rebellious at first, through hard work and time spent with Marichka...

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15 Irresistible Mini-Plays For Teaching Math

15 Irresistible Mini-Plays For Teaching Math

This informative book is full to the brim with ideas and activities to help educators present math concepts in a fun and engaging way. Each section begins with a short play designed to introduce a concept. For example, Chicken Pox Party introduces skip counting. Students practice counting by 2s, 5s and 10s in a silly, counting chicken pox spots situation. The plays are followed by helpful suggestions for performing the play with multiple options to suit individual class needs. Each play is accompanied by extra activity ideas, including a reproducible, that help to drive the concept home. Students will play a dot-to-dot challenge game in teams continuing to practice skip counting and then move on to one of the many inventive arts and crafts activities in the book...

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City of Gold

City of Gold

The "true" story is sought to be told in this raw and unromantic version of an event in the life of Christopher Columbus. When the Santa Maria was run aground near present day Haiti during their first expedition to the new world, Columbus and his men were forced to land. They negotiated with a native tribe and were allowed to use the wood from the Santa Maria to build a fort and small settlement – La Navidad, the first Spanish settlement in the new world - and leave the crew behind since there was no room on the other ships. Through a series of misunderstandings that escalated into horrible atrocities against the native people, eventually...

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