Twelve-year-old Silence wants a chance to call Lily--a beautiful snow-white mare-- her own which her mother disapproves. Silence learns that someone has kidnapped Lily and begins to worry that if she doesn't do something drastic, she may lose Lily forever.
During almost four years at sea with her whaling captain father, thirteen-year-old Rebecca finds life both boring and difficult--especially when the ship is nearly sunk by a hurricane.
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December, 1941. I just hope the war stays far, far away from us. Janey loves the beautiful trees, delicious fruits, and exotic mix of people on the island of Oahu, where her father has come to work at Hickam Airfield. But she's terribly homesick for her friends back in Kansas -- especially with all the frightening talk about war and rumors of a Japanese invasion of Hawaii. Then, on December 7th, Janey's worst nightmares come true. Japanese bombs and bullets shatter the early morning peace. Fleeing with her mother, brother, and Akiko -- the girl across the street, who barely speaks to her -- Janey is terrified for her father at the airfield. During the long, tense hours of worry and fear, Janey must try to find her courage. Will the war turn everything upside down? Will Janey be scared and lonely forever?
Palouse, Washington, 1943. Please god, let us win this lousy war soon. World War II has changed life for everyone in the little farming town of Palouse, Washington. Josie Poe spends long nights afraid that bombs could begin to fall at any moment. Her days are consumed with trying to find ways to help the war effort. Like most American kids, she is growing a Victory Garden, wearing clothes that are two or three years old, and saving up money to buy war stamps and bonds. But the harder she works to help the war effort, the more Josie Poe is ashamed of her older brother. Tom hasn't enlisted in the armed services, even though all his good friends have. Everyone in town has a loved one fighting in Europe or the Pacific -- none of the other young men were cowardly about their duty. When a robbery seems to involve Tom, Josie has to find out the truth about her brother. What she learns -- and what she does -- will change her relationship with him forever.
Heart is convinced that the old man from Castle Avamir can help her find her family -- the only people she dares to trust with the Unicorn's secret. But the old man has been taken prisoner by Lord Dunraven. Heart's search for the truth is leading her into the most dangerous place of all: the depths of Dunraven's heavily guarded castle. Heart's quest is nearing its end -- and what awaits her is beyond her wildest imaginings. . . .
Heart Trilby has no family and lives in the village of Ash Grove. She finds a mare in the forest and names her Avamir. Avamir is in foal. The colt is born weak and disfigured. Simon, her guardian decides to sell the horses to be slaughtered. Can Heart find a way to protect them?
Heart must get her beloved unicorns to the safety of the Mountains of the Moon, but the Mountains are guarded by Lord Dunraven's men. It takes a miracle--but an even bigger miracle awaits her there.
Ellis Island, 1904. Still aboard the ASTORIA. February 12, 1904. I want to get off this cold, gray ocean more than I have ever wanted anything. . . . oh, how I just wish we would arrive and be off this smelly ship. The ship is nearing Ellis Island. Arriving in America will mean seeing her father again after two long years, but Nell Dunne is still miserable. The journey has been awful; the food is stale and the ship is filthy. Nell's mother and baby sister have been seasick off and on, and her grandmother's forgetfulness and confusion have gotten worse. And now Nell is worried about rumors saying the American inspectors at Ellis Island can send infirm, elderly people back. If Granny Rose is sent home to Ireland, Nell will have to go, too, to take care of her. Has Nell endured the arduous ocean crossing only to end up being separated from her family?
Rosa dreams of being a movie star. Then her aunt, a Hollywood make-up artist, allows her to take a look behind the scenes. And Rosa's illusions of stardom are shattered, until she finds a new dream.
Having been driven out of their home by fire, Sadima, Franklin and Somiss escape and seek refuge in the secret cave hidden in the rocks. Somiss, now exiled and desperate, continues to hoard the magic he is recovering from the ancient documents, while Sadima and Franklin struggle to contain his egomaniacal ambitions. In Haph and Gerrard's world, forced to continually endure the painful ordeals used to 'teach' magic, the boys come to an uneasy and fragile truce as they vow to work together to stop the evils of the academy. But their tenuous pact falters as they plot to destroy Somiss and the dark academy and set the magic free.
Adventure, drama, wild horses running free. The American West is brought to life through the eyes of the horses who were there in a new program of books inspired by Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, the new film coming May 2002 from DreamWorks. Sierra is a feisty young filly when natural disaster separates her from her herd of free horses. Alone and struggling to survive in the harsh elements, she encounters another horse who leads her to a Lakota encampment. But can Sierra find a place with them without sacrificing her freedom and independence?
Unicorns are now free, but other magical folk are still in hiding--except for one faerie, Alida, who is a prisoner in Lord Dunraven's castle. That is, until she escapes and a fierce struggle begins. Alida fights to free the faeries from the terrible promise they were forced to make to Lord Dunraven--but Lord Dunraven is desperate to continue denying his people the hope they derive from the existence of magical beings.
Heart and her beloved unicorn Moonsilver must flee when Lord Dunraven offers a reward for Moonsilver's capture.
Moonsilver the unicorn is injured by a hunter's arrow, and Heart returns to Ash Grove for help from the village healer, Ruth Oakes. Rumors about Moonsilver raise new dangers for Heart when the lord of the village resolves to track down "his" unicorn.
Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule.<P>When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.<P>Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate -- and the first academic requirement is survival. <P>Sadima's and Hahp's worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways in this brilliant first book of Kathleen Duey's dark, complex, and completely compelling trilogy.
Filled with drama, adventure, and uplifting themes from the film, this full-length novel tells the whole story of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron for the fully independent reader. Following Spirit's life from his birth, through his capture, to his triumphant return to freedom, this is an ideal choice for fans of the film as well as a powerful addition to our Spirit of the Cimarron series. Available in both paperback and hardcover editions.
Heart believes the small book she finds in Lord Dunraven's castle reveals the secret to finding a safe haven for her beloved unicorns, Moonsilver and Avamir. But while Heart struggles to learn how to read, Lord Dunraven's men close in.
Bayou Teche, 1851No one in Lily LeGrand's Cajun community is willing to help search for Paul Courville, missing in the bayou along with his mean-spirited older brothers, William and Mark. Why should they? Paul's wealthy plantation-owner father has made no secret of his disdain for Cajuns like Lily's family. But Paul has always been kind to Lily, defending her against his brothers' merciless taunts and humiliating pranks -- and Lily refuses to turn her back on him when his life is in danger. On her own in the maze of the snake- and alligator-infested bayou, Lily knows she has more to fear than her father's wrath. Her treacherous journey will test both her knowledge of the swamp and her courage. Can she find Paul in time?
In the beautiful armor Joseph Lequire has created for Moonsilver, no one can tell he is a unicorn. It's safe for Heart to travel to Bidenfast, where she hopes to find her Gypsy friends. But the streets are jammed with people in town for the crowning of the new Lord Irmaedith, and the young lord himself takes a special interest in the unicorns. Will Heart be able to keep her secret?
Princess Alida has escaped Lord Dunraven's castle and defied his law to find her exiled faerie family. Using new magic to protect themselves, Alida and her family make the dangerous journey home, back to their beloved meadow near the human village of Ash Grove. When Dunraven's greed threatens the villagers with starvation, Alida wants to help them. But if Lord Dunraven's guards find out that fairies are helping humans, her family will be in terrible danger....
Lowell, Massachusetts,February 1834. Mrs. Gird is still asking me to spy on the girls for her. I don't want to do it. I don't think I can refuse to try. Grandmamma has died and Zellie has no other family. She desperately needs her job with mean-spirited Mrs. Gird, who runs a boardinghouse for the girls who work at the textile mills. When Mrs. Gird tells Zellie to eavesdrop and report what she hears, Zellie is surprised. The girls' conversations seem ordinary to her. Then Zellie finds a puzzling list in one of the girls' rooms. A hidden note and whispers in the dark add to the mystery, until a budding friendship leads Zellie to a secret meeting where things become clear. She doesn't want to betray the girls, but if she doesn't, she could find herself jobless and homeless. Will Zellie risk everything to stand up for what she believes?
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