Little Beauties By Kim Addonizio

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Little Beauties By Kim Addonizio
Diana McBride, a thirty-four-year-old former child pageant contender, now works in a baby store in Long Beach. Between dealing with a catastrophic haircut, the failure of her marriage, and phone calls from her alcoholic mother, Diana has gone off her OCD medication and is trying to cope via washing and cleaning rituals. When pregnant teenager Jamie Ramirez enters the store, Diana's already chaotic world is sent spinning. Jamie can't stand being pregnant. She can't wait to get on with her normal life and give the baby up for adoption. But her yet-to-be-born daughter, Stella, has a fierce will and a destiny to fulfill. And as the magical plot of Little Beauties unfolds, these three characters' lives become linked in ever more surprising ways

The Mystery of the Missing Everything By Ben H. Winters

The Mystery of the Missing Everything By Ben H. Winters
The Mystery of the Missing Everything By Ben H. Winters

There has been a shocking crime at Mary Todd Lincoln Middle School. In a glass case in the front hall, a trophy?the trophy, the first trophy ever won in the school?s lackluster competitive history?has been stolen.Even more horrifying, an outraged Principal Van Vreeland has canceled everythin

G fun until the trophy is back, including the eighth graders? long-awaited, once-in-a-lifetime field trip to Taproot Valley. Rock climbing, ropes courses, ecology hikes, s?mores . . . all gone!Luckily, Bethesda Fielding is on the case. As self-appointed sleuth extraordinaire, Bethesda?s confident she?ll be able to track down the culprit in no time and save her class trip! Except it seems like the more she searches for answers, the more mysteries she reveals. . . . Can Bethesda solve this baffling mystery?or are the eighth graders doomed for a Week of a Thousand Quizzes instead?


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