The Summer of Mrs. MacGregor

The Summer of Mrs. MacGregor

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

Twelve-year-old Caroline feels torn. She grieves over her sister who has a severe heart problem that keeps her in and out of the hospital. But at the same time, she is jealous of her sister's beauty and sweet disposition, which causes everyone to admire her. Caroline longs to be beautiful, to get attention from her parents—just to be somebody, anybody, other than plain old Caroline Cabot. Her self-image changes, however, when she meets glamorous seventeen-year-old Lillina MacGregor. Lillina makes her feel like somebody, but does Lillina tell the truth? Is she really 17? And married? And a model in New York? Caroline must rely on her inner strengths as she discovers the truth about Lillina, and will face several challenging situations during "the summer of Mrs. MacGregor."
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A Ghost in the Window

A Ghost in the Window

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

Meg's nightmare about a thin, gray-haired man who beckons her to follow him through a dark doorway will no doubt come true. That's the way it is with all of her "real" dreams, the ones that her grandmother calls "a secret window into the future." Meg suspects that her dream is about sixteen-year-old Caleb Larsen's father, who died in a car crash after allegedly stealing $50,000 from a local bank. Could Mr. Larsen be trying to reach Caleb and his mother through Meg's dreams? Is he trying to reveal the truth about what happened? As Meg's nightmare begins to come true, she learns to cope with her own past as well as Caleb's, and to see the present in a different, more positive light.
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The Scariest Night

The Scariest Night

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

Erin enjoyed being Erin Lindsay, the much-loved only child of schoolteacher parents. Everything in her life was just he way she wanted it, until nine-year-old Cowper moved in. A musical prodigy, he was adopted by Erin's parents after his mother and father were killed in a car crash. Suddenly, Erin was no longer the center of attention. Her parents became obsessed with Cowper. Now Erin faces a long, lonely summer away from her friends and familiar surroundings. The Lindsays are renting an apartment in Milwaukee so Cowper can take piano lessons at the conservatory. Erin is crazed with boredom, until she meets senior citizen and medium Molly Panca . . . and experiences the scariest night of her life.
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Princess for a Week

Princess for a Week

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

Roddy Hall overhears his mother saying "Princess" is coming to visit. He's excited—he's always wanted a dog. But then he finds out that—ick—Princess is a girl and—yuck—she'll be staying for a whole week. One night, Princess, Roddy, and his best friend, Jacob, notice a mysterious car pull up to an abandoned house. Could it be a burglar? Or worse yet, a ghost? Princess is determined to find out, and against his better judgment, Roddy goes along with her. They sneak out of the house to investigate—but will they be ready for what they might find? Princess for a Week is a Society for School Librarians International Honor Book.
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The Wish Master

The Wish Master

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

Most years Corby likes summer vacation, but not now. He's stuck at his grandparents' house in Wisconsin, where his grandfather constantly reminds him how timid he is and how different his father was at his age. And his new friend Buck seems to think he's chicken, too, just because he'd rather be sensible than risk getting hurt. To prove he's tough, Corby joins Buck for a nighttime journey into the woods to find the Wish Master, a fierce, giant statue that is rumored to grant wishes. Soon it seems as if the Wish Master does have special powers—though it doesn't always get things exactly right. When Corby wishes for a puppy, a mangy stray comes into his life. He soon grows attached to the loyal mutt. Then the dog gets Corby in big trouble, and Corby decides it's time to wish for what he really wants: to go home. But will this wish bring more harm than good?
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The Secret Window

The Secret Window

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

"It was crazy to have dreams that came true. If you talked about them, it'd upset the people you loved and make them angry. Meg had learned something bad about herself, an ugly secret." And so she decided to keep the dreams to herself, writing them down in a special notebook. Sometimes her dreams were pleasant, but other times they were disturbing—especially the one about the cave with the blue light. When Meg's worst dreams begin to come true, she's convinced they bring bad luck. Why else would her father move out to "find himself" or her best friend desert her for a rowdy crowd of older kids? Meg's grandmother and a wonderful new neighbor finally help her realize that her "secret window" into the future can bring good luck, if understood properly.
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Rosie and the Dance of the Dinosaurs

Rosie and the Dance of the Dinosaurs

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

Even though Rosie has only nine fingers, she's always managed well. Until now. For some reason, she can't master the piano solo she's been rehearsing for the annual recital. It's called "The Dance of the Dinosaurs," and it's hard! As the recital draws near, Rosie is desperate. Why does everything seem so much more difficult now? Is it because she misses her father? Since he moved to Milwaukee to take a new job, Rosie's been miserable, and her mother has been acting kind of strange. Or is Rosie having trouble because she's worried about the burglar who's been secretly visiting her house? Then, too, there's Mary Jean, the new girl in town. Not only is she rich and pretty, but she plays the piano beautifully. In the weeks before the recital, Rosie fights some hard battles. To her surprise, she discovers that having nine fingers isn't such a bad thing after all.
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Getting Rid of Marjorie

Getting Rid of Marjorie

Betty R. Wright

Betty R. Wright

When summer comes, Emily is looking forward to spending more time with Grandfather. Ever since Grandma Ellen's death, Emily has felt especially close to him. He's never too busy to listen to her, and he always understands her feelings. But Emily's summer is unexpectedly ruined when Grandfather returns from a vacation with a new wife. Her name is Marjorie, and Emily hates her. There's no way Marjorie can replace Grandma Ellen, and she's certain to destroy Grandfather's happiness. So Emily decides to get rid of her. The jealousy and problems caused by Marjorie's arrival are refreshingly handled in the first novel by Betty Ren Wright.
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