Small Steps

The Year I Got Polio

Small Steps

In a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret writes about months spent in a hospital when she was twelve, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again.

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio

Almost twenty years ago, in a riveting story of courage and hope, Peg Kehret wrote of months spent in a hospital when she was twelve, first struggling to survive a severe case of polio, then slowly learning to walk again. The book deeply touched readers of all ages and received many awards and honors. This anniversary edition includes an updated and extended epilogue about the author’s experiences since the original publication. It also includes twelve pages of new photos and a lengthy section about polio, past and present.

Five Pages a Day

A Writer's Journey

Five Pages a Day

Peg Kehret, who told of her childhood battle with polio in Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, now shares the story of her writing career. It began at the age of ten when she wrote and sold the Dog Newspaper. The paper was supposed to feature the tales of local dogs, but mostly it was about her own dog, B.J. After four issues, it folded. But Peg learned a valuable lesson: If she wanted people to read what she wrote, she had to write something interesting. Peg went on to write radio commercials, prize-winning contest entries, magazine articles, plays, and adult nonfiction books before she discovered her true voice as a writer in books for young people.

Trapped

Trapped

When his owner, Alex, finds an illegal animal trap in the woods, Pete the cat faces grave danger as he tries to help his human friends find the culprit who set the trap.

Spy Cat

Spy Cat

Pete the Cat's second adventure is full of wild antics and mystery-solving fun! A series of burglaries in their quiet community upsets Alex's family, particularly his younger brother Benjie. What would they do if their house were robbed? Pete is confident that he can protect his family, but that doesn't stop the burglars from trying! Luckily, the bad guys are no match for the very protective family cat and Benjie's "spy" skills.

Lost to the World

Lost to the World

In 1954 Baltimore, Sean Reilly, the detective from DEATH IS THE COOL NIGHT, investigates the murder of a Johns Hopkins researcher. The death appears linked to the polio vaccine trials about to begin across the country. LOST TO THE WORLD captures a moment when the world waited for the "summer plague," that had afflicted thousands, including the late president, to be wiped out once and for all.

The Stranger Next Door

The Stranger Next Door

If there’s a mystery to be solved, Pete’s your man. Er, your cat. Pete’s a cat, specifically, Alex’s cat. And since Alex and his family moved into a new housing development, Pete is Alex’s only friend. Things start looking up for Alex when Rocky moves in next door. But Rocky isn’t very friendly, and Alex starts to suspect he’s hiding something. And when the neighborhood is terrorized by a rash of fires and vandalism, Pete knows that he’s got to investigate.

Gentle Reads

Great Books to Warm Hearts and Lift Spirits, Grades 5-9

Gentle Reads

Presents books for young readers that focus on positive themes like leadership, courage, nobility, and virtue, and includes descriptions and bibliographic information for each book listed.

Stolen Children

Stolen Children

Fourteen-year-old Amy's excitement over her first babysitting job ends when she and her three-year-old charge are kidnapped, but a daily videorecording sent to little Kendra's parents allows Amy to send clues, in hopes of being rescued before the kidnappers decide they no longer need her.