Ramona’s life is going along really well, until one day when her parents are acting a little strange. Ramona and her sister overhear an odd conversation. “…mother and father were no longer talking. Silence filled the house. …There was something unnatural about this silence. Uneasy, they waited for some sound, and then their parents began to speak in whispers.” Ramona knows that whispering is not a good sign. It turns out that Ramona’s Dad has lost his job.
Ramona, being Ramona, has some big ideas – like earning a million dollars by being in a television commercial. For his part, Ramona’s Dad takes a job he really doesn’t like. When that doesn’t work he goes back to school, but then can’t find the job he’s looking for. Eventually, he takes a job as a grocery store manager, which isn’t perfect, but good enough.
When Ramona asks him when they will be a happy family again, he tells her they already are a happy family, that sometimes challenging things happen, even in a happy family like theirs. He is a great lesson for Ramona, and for us. Sometimes things aren’t perfect, but they are good enough. And if you look real hard, you can always start a new list of good things – different things, but still good things. Author: Beverly Cleary
You probably remember reading Mike Mulligan when you were younger – he’s a perfect story to think about if you are looking at a big change. Mike and Maryann lose their job digging. They move from the city to the country to find a job…and eventually take on an entirely different kind of job…but they are all happy just the same. Mike and Maryann find new friends and a new home. Author: Virginia Burton
Don’t forget – tomorrow is the last day you can turn in books for points for the summer reading program!
ForestStock, a lumber company, has sent a logging team to survey land they recently purchased. The last shipment of supplies included payroll cash bonuses for the six member team. The day the bonuses were to be passed out – the cash disappeared. Look at the six suspects – the six team members that were at the site at the time of the disappearance. Can you solve the crime and figure out who did it? The Case of the Burgled Bonuses.
Lionus Hunt is an elderly stroke victim that is confined to his bed. He can’t talk, but he can blink – once for yes, twice for no. He can also listen, so Herculeah Jones has been visiting Mr. Hunt to read outloud. Mr. Hunt wants Herculeah to read the book “The Terror in Black Tower.” Oddly, Mr. Hunt’s creepy old mansion has a spooky tower too. In fact, neighbor kids call “Hunt House,” “Haunt House” because it looks so scary. Creepy doesn’t bother Herculeah a bit, especially when she finds out that the house not only looks creepy, but has a mysterious, murderous past too.
The questions start to pile up when Mr. Hunt appears to be trying to tell Herculeah something important, but his gruff nurse won’t let her ask him any questions. What is it that Mr. Hunt is trying to tell Hurculeah? Does it have to do with the tower and the murder that happened there many years ago? Author: Betsy Byars
The Secret in the Cellar is a Webcomic based on an authentic forensic case of a recently discovered 17th Century body. Using graphics, photos, and online activities, the Webcomic unravels a mystery of historical, and scientific importance. Online sleuths can analyze artifacts and examine the skeleton for the tell-tale forensic clues that bring the deceased to life and establish the cause of death. The Secret in the Cellar