Phyllis Reynolds Naylor tells stories, lots of stories. She has more than 120 books to her credit. Some are funny, some quite serious; some are for young readers, others for older readers, while still others are especially for adults. Naylor's work has received numerous awards including a Newbery Medal. Her books are authentic and so continue to resonate with readers of all ages. Meet Phyllis Naylor and a select few of her books.
When 8-year old Emily is orphaned she heads west to find her kindly Aunt Hilda. Emily's rip-roaring adventure involves a dastardly uncle, a huge fortune, and a good friend. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger sure to keep even the most reluctant reader reading!
Going Where It’s Dark
Buck Anderson’s friend, David, has moved; now Buck has no one to share his underground explorations or his everyday troubles including being bullied for his stutter. How Buck overcomes his problems and has a cave named in his honor is told in a tense, fast narration.
How I Became a Writer
Anecdotes, examples of her work, and photographs combine to present a sketch of a popular and prolific author and insight into her work. Naylor's memoir — like her writing — uses humor to great effect while presenting a memorable self-portrait.
I Can't Take You Anywhere!
Amy Audrey is a clumsy kid; she trips, tumbles, drops things, and more wherever she goes. One day, however, things change and Amy learns that she's not always the klutz! Rhythmic language combines with lighthearted illustrations for a reassuring and funny look at growing up.
King of the Playground
Sammy, the self-declared King of the Playground, keeps Kevin from playing on the equipment. With advice and support from his father, Kevin learns that words can effectively solve problems — and may even begin a friendship. Subtly told, this is recognizable story presents a way to solve a problem.
Roxie and the Hooligans
Roxie must figure out how to deal with Helvitia's Hooligans, the school bullies who are tormenting her. Roxie learns that she is as capable as her explorer uncle as her adventures unfold in this fast-paced tale told with humor and verve.
Eleven year old Marty must decide whether or not to return an abused beagle to its rightful owner, an unkind man. His dilemma includes hiding the dog, Shiloh, telling his parents the truth, and more in this riveting, award-winning novel which is ideal to read aloud with slightly sophisticated listeners. It was adapted into a live action film in 2000.
Starting With Alice
This book is the first of three prequels that takes readers back to Alice's elementary school days. Here, Alice is in a new school where she makes friends (and unfortunately, enemies). Alice ages through the series, and other books depict Alice in middle school and high school, making this series one that girls can grow up with.
The Agony of Alice
Alice was four when her mother died. Though her father and brother do what they can, it's tough being the only girl in the family. But as Alice begins 6th grade, she learns that there's more to a person than just good looks. Readers will appreciate Alice's sturdy but unattractive teacher, Mrs. Plotkins, and grow to respect her as did Alice. Both poignant and funny, this first in the Alice series introduces a girl who grows up literally in each successive installment. As Alice grows, so does the sophistication of the issues with which she deals.
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