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Emily's littler brother has ADD and it's creating issues for Emily. Her parents are giving all there attention Ben. She loves her little brother, but she's somebody too!
Zipper, is a bright, well-intentioned fifth-grader whose impulsive behavior gets him into trouble at home and at school. He speaks before he thinks, making it hard to keep friends; he forgets to do his homework; and although he's a talented pitcher, he misses a key baseball game. Follow Zipper as he discovers a newfound talent and learns to manage his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
In a sequel to The Gift-Giver, Doris reluctantly starts helping Yellow Bird, the class clown, with his reading problem. To her surprise, Doris finds that in caring for and helping Bird, she develops a new friend.
Sophie is really, really angry! Her sister took her stuffed gorilla. Then Sophie triped on a toy truck. Furious, she slams out the front door and just keeps running. Soon, though, she calms down and starts to notice the ferns and birds. Before long she is ready to be back with her family.
Joey Pigza really wants his six-week visit with his dad to count, to show him he's not as wired as he used to be, to show his dad how much he loves him. But Carter Pigza's not an easy guy to love. He's eager to make it up to Joey for past wrongs and to show him how to be a winner, to take control of his life. With his coaching, Joey's even learned how to pitch a baseball, and he's good at it. The trouble is, Joey's dad thinks taking control means giving up the things that "keep Joey safe". And if he wants to please his dad, he's going to have to play by his rules, even when the rules don't make sense.
Meet Eddie Minetti, human whirlwind and third-grader. He thinks, moves, and speaks quickly and it often gets him into trouble. One day at school, Eddie arrives late because he forgot his lunch, misses part of his spelling test, is accused of cheating, knocks over things, and loses the classroom's pet rat and that's only part of the morning! His exasperated teacher, Mrs. Pinck, says, "I've had enough, Eddie, enough!" That's all it takes, and soon the entire class is taunting Eddie with his new nickname, Eddie Enough.
Gary just can't seem to fit in. He doesn't have any friends, his school work is always sloppy, and his teachers endlessly criticize him. But Gary has a way to escape—he spaces out. Then one day Gary accidentally hurts someone, and now he's being sent to a new school for kids with different learning styles. Will Gary finally be able to catch up and fit in, or will he remain the Spaceman forever?
Ted Cheltoni, 12, has a good friend, a great girlfriend, and would have a pretty normal life if it weren't for his little brother, Harry. Harry's not bad on purpose, but Ted would sure like to fix the kid up so everybody would stop asking him to undo Harry's hyperactive, outrageous behavior. The tension at home gets so bad that Ted's afraid his parents will get divorced. One day, after Harry finds out he's suspended from school and kicked off the bus for the following week, Ted finds him packing to leave home. Ted knows he has to do something, and quick, to help his little brother.
Davey Fischer is a fifth grader who can't seem to do anything right. He can't spell, do long division, or shoot baskets. When he finds out he has dysgraphia, a writing disability, his father can't admit he has a problem. Will Davey get the help he needs?
Ever since first grade, Ben's been in trouble, even though he's really not a bad kid. He just can't seem to stop doing things that get him sent to the principal's office. His parents and wise older sister, Meg, swear he'll be fine in his own time, but when a new kid shows up in Ben's fifth-grade class, he's not so sure. Trout sticks to him like glue, and it's clear from the start that Trout is a much bigger troublemaker than Ben ever was. So when Ben gets diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), just like Trout, and then has to take Ritalin, just like Trout, he's not sure what to make of his friendship — especially when he starts to get a bad reputation. Is Trout's badness rubbing off on him? Can Ben make people understand it's the ADD, not Trout, causing the problems before it's too late?