Wish by Barbara O’Connor

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Wish

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Mar 27, 2018
Number of Pages: 256
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A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young fans of A Dog’s Purpose Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all. From award-winning author Barbara O’Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places. This title has Common Core connections.

More books by Barbara O’Connor

1. Halfway to Harmony

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 12, 2021
Number of Pages: 256
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A heartfelt middle-grade novel from New York Times bestselling author Barbara O’Connor about a boy whose life is upended after the loss of his older brother—timeless, classic, and whimsical. Walter Tipple is looking for adventure. He keeps having a dream that his big brother, Tank, appears before him and says, “Let’s you and me go see my world, little man.” But Tank went to the army and never came home, and Walter doesn’t know how to see the world without him. Then he meets Posey, the brash new girl from next door, and an eccentric man named Banjo, who’s off on a bodacious adventure of his own. What follows is a summer of taking chances, becoming braver, and making friends—and maybe Walter can learn who he wants to be without the brother he always wanted to be like. Halfway to Harmony is an utterly charming story about change and growing up. Don’t miss Barbara O’Connor’s other middle-grade work—like Wish; Wonderland; How to Steal a Dog; Greetings from Nowhere; Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia; The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester; and more!

2. Wonderland

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Aug 28, 2018
Number of Pages: 288
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When her mother uproots them again to another home and takes a job as housekeeper, ten-year-old Mavis is determined to find a best friend in Landry, Alabama, where the summer also holds the promise of friendship and change for a sad man, a stray dog, and a timid girl.

3. The Irish Dancing

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 182
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Partly thematic, partly chronological, this account of dance in Ireland emerges out of a broader interest in the body in society as well as in the construction of national and gender identities. It comprises seven chapters each of which addresses a particular form of cultural identity. These include national, ethnic, gender, social class, postmodern and global identities. It is structured in such a way that many of the chapters are devoted to a specific identity formation while issues of gender and social class are interwoven into most chapters. Underpinning the discussion throughout is the assumption that dance both reflects and produces the social, cultural and politic contexts within which it is performed and represented. This is so because bodily movement including dance reflects societal structures, norms and values as attested to by sociologists and dance scholars alike. Interwoven into the dance narrative, therefore, is the flow of Irish society over this time; a flow that incorporates social stability and social change, tradition and modernity, men and women, rural and urban, as well as the local, the national and the global.

4. On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Oct 02, 2012
Number of Pages: 181
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Sherman, a one-legged pigeon, sets everyone aflutter in a small southern town.

5. The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Aug 31, 2010
Number of Pages: 176
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An amazing secret has tumbled off a freight train into Carter, Georgia, and Owen Jester is the only person who knows about it. If he can simply manage to evade his grandfather’s snappish housekeeper, organize his two best friends, and keep his nosy neighbor, Viola, at bay, he just might be in for the summer of a lifetime. With her trademark wit and easy charm, Barbara O’Connor spins a fantastic fable of friends, enemies, and superbly slimy bullfrogs. This title has Common Core connections.

6. The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Sep 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 160
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Nothing ever happens in Fayette, South Carolina. That’s what Popeye thinks, anyway. His whole life, everything has just been boring, boring, boring. But things start to look up when the Jewells’ Holiday Rambler makes a wrong turn and gets stuck in the mud, trapping Elvis and his five rowdy siblings in Fayette for who knows how long. Popeye has never met anyone like Elvis Jewell. He’s so good at swearing he makes Uncle Dooley look like a harp-strumming angel, and he says “So what?” like he really means it. Then something curious comes floating down the creek—a series of boats with secret messages—and it sends Popeye and Elvis into the big world on the hunt for a small adventure. With a healthy helping of humor and the signature Southern charm that has captivated children and critics alike, Barbara O’Connor’s newest tale is a heartwarming look at the joy that can come out of being a Royal Rule Breaker, and learning to find one’s own adventures. This title has Common Core connections.

7. How to Steal a Dog

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Apr 27, 2009
Number of Pages: 208
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Georgina, who lives with her family in their car after their father leaves, persuades her younger brother to help her in a scheme to get money by stealing a dog and claiming the reward that the owners are bound to offer.

8. Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Apr 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 112
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Will a spelling bee be the answer to all of Bird’s problems? All her life, all Bird has ever wanted is to be noticed in her small town and to get to Disney World. As it turns out, Bird just might have a chance to realize at least one of her goals because of a state spelling bee, and she might get to make a friend along the way – a boy named Harlem Tate who has just moved to Freedom. Harlem seems like a kindred spirit – someone like Bird, whom people don’t usually take the time to find the good in. (Unless it’s someone like Miss Delphine, who always makes Bird feel special.) But as much as Bird tries to get his attention, Harlem is not easily won over. Then Harlem agrees to be her partner in the spelling bee, and if they study hard enough, the two might just win everything Bird’s always wanted. In Barbara O’Connor’s funny new novel, a spunky young girl discovers that sometimes all it takes to feel famous is a little recognition from true friends. Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia is a 2004 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year. This title has Common Core connections.

9. Greetings from Nowhere

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Mar 18, 2008
Number of Pages: 208
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Aggie isn’t expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to impossible. The pool is empty, the garden is overgrown, and not a soul has come to stay in nearly three months. When she reluctantly places a For Sale ad in the newspaper, Aggie doesn’t know that Kirby and his mom will need a room when their car breaks down on the way to Kirby’s new reform school. Or that Loretta and her parents will arrive in her dad’s plumbing company van on a trip meant to honor the memory of Loretta’s birth mother. Or that Clyde Dover will answer the For Sale ad in such a hurry and move in with his daughter, Willow, looking for a brand-new life to replace the one that was fractured when Willow’s mom left. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that Aggie and her guests find just the friends they need at the shabby motel in the middle of nowhere. From an author long recognized for her true Southern voice and heartfelt characters, Greetings from Nowhere, with its four intertwining stories, brings Barbara O’Connor’s work to a new level of sophistication. This title has Common Core connections.

10. Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

by: Karin CadwellCynthia Turner-MaffeiCindy Turner-MaffeiBarbara O’ConnorAnna Cadwell BlairLois D. W. Arnold
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 147
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Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation: A Guide for the Practitioner, Second Edition explores the characteristics of breastfeeding problems that can be seen, heard, or observed, and allows the assessor to distinguish between breastfeeding problems and actual medical issues. This text is designed for healthcare professionals who are responsible for developing a process for determining the breastfeeding status of mothers and infants. While past experience can provide some direction for exploration, a thorough assessment demands detailed examination of the unique aspects of the new situation. Assessors must individually tailor their approach depending on the circumstances; this text offers appropriate solutions to various potential issues. The second edition of Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation includes extensive new colored pictures and diagrams, as well as additional key information on the challenges of breastfeeding a premature infant.

11. Taking Care of Moses

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Oct 13, 2004
Number of Pages: 134
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Unable to tell anyone that he knows who abandoned the baby on the steps of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church, Randall Mackey, burdened with this heavy secret, must figure out a way to do the right thing without hurting those he wants to protect.

12. Moonpie and Ivy

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Apr 02, 2004
Number of Pages: 160
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A girl abandoned by her mother discovers the feeling of family Pearl’s mother, Ruby, just up and left her with Aunt Ivy, who’s a complete stranger to Pearl. “Your mama’s done gone off the deep end,” Ivy says, and Pearl wonders if she’ll ever come back – Ruby has always been wild and irresponsible. So Pearl is stuck with Aunt Ivy, and Moonpie, the neighbor boy whose mother doesn’t want him, either, and John Dee, Aunt Ivy’s Beau. But these three people seem to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, in a way that Pearl can’t comprehend, and she feels left out. As she starts to understand what connects them, and how much she wants to be a part of it, Ruby appears. With a vividly depicted setting, emotional truth, and a distinctly Southern voice, Barbara O’Connor shows how Pearl develops a whole new notion of what she wants, and what she deserves.

13. Citizenship

by: Barbara O’ConnorRobin Nelson
Release date: May 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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A Story about Maria Montessori

14. Me and Rupert Goody

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Mar 24, 2003
Number of Pages: 112
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Learning to share love Things at Jennalee’s house are just plain crazy, which is why she loves her predictable days helping Uncle Beau (who isn’t really her uncle) at his general store. But then Rupert Goody shows up, claiming to be Uncle Beau’s son. Jennalee can’t believe it, because Rupert is black and Uncle Beau is white. But Uncle Beau tells her it is true and incorporates Rupert into his life, ruining Jennalee’s routine. Although Rupert is slow, he is kind-hearted and tries hard to please. When more unforeseen events — this time frightening ones — further interrupt life at the store, Jennalee comes to see that Rupert Goody, odd though he may be, is certainly not the worst unexpected thing that could come along, and that he belongs with Uncle Beau as much as she does. With a vividly depicted setting, emotional truth, and a distinctly Southern voice, Barbara O’Connor shows that there is love enough to go around.

15. Leonardo Da Vinci

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 112
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A biography of the notable Italian Renaissance artist, scientist, and inventor.

16. Katherine Dunham

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 104
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A biography of Katherine Dunham, emphasizing her childhood, her love of anthropology and dance, and the creation of her unique dance style.

17. Beethoven in Paradise

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Sep 10, 1999
Number of Pages: 160
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Set in a trailer park called Paradise “You’re just wasting your God-given talents if you don’t get yourself something besides a little ole harmonica to play.” Wylene made it sound so easy. Martin had always like music — liked to listen to it, liked to make up tunes in his head. But all he had to do was say the word “piano” to his father and all hell would break loose. His father thought music was for sissies, and was always mad at Martin for not being good at baseball. But with a lot of help from his friends Wylene and Sybil and his grandmother, Hazeline, Martin learns that, although he can’t change his father, he can learn to stick up for himself. With humor, pathos, and a colorful cast of offbeat characters, Barbara O’Connor shows that there’s room for genius wherever there’s a place for compassion– even in Paradise.

18. The World at His Fingertips

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 64
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A biography of the nineteenth-century Frenchman, accidentally blinded as a child, who created the dot system of reading and writing that is now used by the blind throughout the world.

19. The Soldiers’ Voice

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 80
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Offers a look at the newsman who brought the voices and lives of America’s soldiers to the homefront during World War II

20. Barefoot Dancer

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Jan 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 95
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Describes the life of the modern dancer who created a spontaneous, free-form dance style accompanied by literary readings and non-dance music.

21. Mammolina

by: Barbara O’Connor
Release date: Aug 01, 1992
Number of Pages: 64
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Describes the life and achievements of the Italian woman doctor who developed a revolutionary method of educating children.

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