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[From the back cover:] ONE SUNDAY WHEN SHE IS TEN YEARS OLD, VELVA JEAN HART IS SAVED. But being saved isn't anything like Velva Jean expected, and life soon brings devastating changes: her father disappears on one of his adventures, and her loving mother becomes gravely ill. Before her mother dies, she urges Velva Jean to "live out there in the great wide world." The only world Velva Jean knows is her home in the gold-mining and moon-shining mountains of Appalachia. Her secret dream is to become a big-time singer in Nashville--until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome truant-turned-revival preacher. As their tumultuous love story unfolds, Velva Jean struggles to find happiness. Will it be as the demure wife Harley wants her to be? Beautifully written, this is an unforgettable story about love, spirit, and finding the courage to follow one's dreams.
Book I of the Runestone Saga ends with a terrifying reversal. The grandfather who showed Sky how to use the power of the runes to travel back in time, revealed his secret plans--which turn out to involve murder and possession. Sky must now find a way to fight his powerful teacher--for his cousin's very soul. And so he travels to Corsica, home of his other forbearers, hoping to find some knowledge, some power. The blood feud of vendetta still runs hot in Sky's family, as does the supernatural power of the Mazzeri, the Corsican dream hunters of death. Sky must again travel back through time, inhabiting the life of Tza, a fierce girl from the 1500s. As he sinks into Tza's mind, Sky wonders - are all of his ancestors murderers? Vendetta is a heady, exciting blend of supernatural possibility and historical truth that will leave readers gasping for the final installment of the trilogy. (From the Hardcover edition.)
After assuming new identities and hitting the road to escape their wicked stepmother, New York City natives Sophie and Sam find themselves calling small-town Venice, Indiana, home. Venice is a far cry from New York -- which isn't always easy for the sisters -- but it's the perfect place for them to settle down and try to blend in. Teaming up with the local private investigator, the two sisters begin working on a series of missing persons cases... while at the same time trying to stay missing themselves.
The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen's quest for revenge...no matter how far it takes her. Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory's mind houses the Furies--the hawk and the serpent--lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them. Cory's perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can't figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory's finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory's mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she's worked so hard to build.
After the shocking revelation that Reed and Noelle are descended from witches, and the harrowing ordeal at Reed's birthday party that followed, the Billings Girls are faced with their final test: getting out of Easton alive. Whether they'll succeed or not remains to be seen as this New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling series with more than 1.6 million copies in print comes to an astonishing close.
Forget what you know about prophecies--this epic middle-grade fantasy about a clumsy boy born into a family of thieves is fresh, fun, and anything but predictable! The first in an unforgettable trilogy, this Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year takes everything you thought you knew about fantasy and spins it into pure magic. Jaxter Grimjinx is a born thief. At least, he's supposed to be. For generations, the Grimjinx clan has produced the swiftest, cleverest thieves in Vengekeep. The problem is, Jaxter is clumsy. So clumsy that in his first solo heist, he sets the Castellan's house on fire and lands his family in prison. Even Jaxter's talent for breaking magical locks can't get them out of this bind. Then a suspiciously convenient prophecy emerges, naming the Grimjinx clan as the soon-to-be heroes of Vengekeep. It's good enough to get his family out of jail, but when the doomsday prophecy starts to come true, Jaxter is pretty sure a life behind bars would be a better fate. Now, with the help of his new friend, Callie, Jaxter will have to face down flaming monsters, a bazaar of thieves, and a renegade sorcerer to become the hero he was truly born to be.
Spencer is sure someone is doping the racehorses at the stable where he works, but no one will listen to him until he gets some proof.
This is a nice summary of the properties and features of Venus, the second planet out from the sun.
Traces the history of Vermont from prehistoric times to the present day.
This story about a Vietnamese family's first year in Paris introduces the Vo family. The move is almost more than nine-year-old Vo can manage, and she devises imaginative activities like raising a prize snail and engineering a fake monster to scare her older brother, Philippe. Over the course of the year, everyone in the family learns to adjust to their new home.
Nine stories: The Gnomecoming Party; Very Different; Fabric Crafts; Getting the Messages; Two of These and One of Those; Falling Apples; Partners in Crime; Poor, Poor Cordelia; and The Ship of Theseus.
Very LeFreak has a problem: she's a crazed technology addict. Very can't get enough of her iPhone, laptop, IMs, text messages, whatever. If there's an chance the incoming message, call, text, or photo might be from her super-secret online crush, she's going to answer, no matter what. Nothing is too important: sleep, friends in mid-conversation, class, a meeting with the dean about academic probation. Soon enough, though, this obsession costs Very everything and everyone. Can she learn to block out the noise so she can finally hear her heart? From acclaimed author Rachel Cohn comes a funny, touching, and surely recognizable story about a girl and the technology habit that threatens everything.
A Very Lizzie Summer (Lizzie McGuire Super Special): Get ready to jump into summer with this super-sized, totally original Lizzie McGuire junior novel! It's summertime and the living is sweet. Er, well, it's going to be if Lizzie finishes at the top of her junior lifeguard class. Then she'll get to assist that hottie head lifeguard at the Hillridge Community Pool for the rest of the summer. There's only one snag-Queen of Mean Kate Sanders wants the top spot too. Hello! Can you say sabotage? Will Lizzie get sunk or will she get a summer job near a hunk? Meanwhile, Lizzie's best friend, Miranda, starts crushin' on an Internet chat pal. And her other bestie, Gordo, gets an extremely disturbing extreme makeover. Get psyched for a sizzling summer with Lizzie!
A new enemy. An even deadlier challenge. The NEW YORK TIMES best-selling series returns. The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. The Cahills were wrong. Powerful enemies -- the Vespers -- have been waiting in the shadows. Now it's their time to rise and the world will never be the same.
The Vet's Daughter combines shocking realism with a visionary edge. The vet lives with his bedridden wife and shy daughter Alice in a sinister London suburb. He works constantly, captive to a strange private fury, and treats his family with brutality and contempt. After his wife's death, the vet takes up with a crass, needling woman who tries to refashion Alice in her own image. And yet as Alice retreats ever deeper into a dream world, she discovers an extraordinary secret power of her own. Harrowing and haunting, like an unexpected cross between Flannery O'Connor and Stephen King, The Vet's Daughter is a story of outraged innocence that culminates in a scene of appalling triumph.
Eleven-year-old Vhan Zeely is unhappy with her dull life and bored by what seems to be an endless summer. When the McPreveys and their two obnoxious boys move into town, however, life on 2nd Street changes forever. Vhan soon realizes her parents have been keeping a secret from her-a secret she is determined to uncover. In an attempt to unlock her family's past, however, Vhan is thrust into a world she is little prepared to understand. After her parents mysteriously disappear, Vhan and her best friend, Amy, embark on a bizarre journey through space and time. The young girls' wits and loyalties are tested as they attempt to rescue Vhan's family from the Prevaricators-evil pursuers who will stop at nothing to possess all of the special timepieces that will enable their owners to rewrite history!
When fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she's the newborn daughter of a meth addict he's been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse. His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan--the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies. In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.
Returning to New York City on a routine flight from the South, Vicki finds a runaway girl on her plane, Joan Purnell. The young girl's bewilderment and panic arouse Vicki's ready sympathy. Persuading Joan to return home, Vicki promises to help her solve her strange problem. Back in New York once more, Vicki is drawn swiftly into the gay pattern of life in the cosy apartment she shares with five other young stewardesses. Dates with her favorite copilot, Dean Fletcher, the growing romance between her friend Jean Cox and the young newspaperman Pete Carmody, a brief but happy visit home, and most of all, her work, absorb Vicki's time. But she does not forget her promise to Joan. In trying to help her new friend, Vicki lands herself in the middle of a mysterious plot to defraud Joan's father of a valuable timber tract. How Vicki manages to unravel the mystery and restore happiness to Joan and her harassed parents make a fascinating story and a worth successor to Silver Wings for Vicki, which already has won thousands of friends for the gay little flight stewardess with her unquenchable spirit of adventure.
In 1906 Victoria, an eleven-year-old Mormon girl, prays to Heavenly Father when the terrible earthquake destroys her San Francisco home and separates her from her family.
Two Children, Two Struggles, One Battle... One child is Sam Robbins, a powder monkey aboard HMS Victory, the ship in which Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The other is Molly Jennings, an English girl transplanted from London to the United States in 2006, fighting a battle of her own against loss and loneliness. This extraordinary time-shifting adventure tells the interwoven stories of Sam and Molly, linked by a mystery. Sam is a farm boy, kidnapped at eleven years old by the "press gang" to serve in the Royal Navy. At first terrified and seasick, Sam is transformed gradually into a sailor. In the rowdy, dangerous world of a hundred-gun warship enduring the Napoleonic Wars, he meets both cruelty and kindness, and survives a fearsome battle whose echoes reach through the years to involve Molly as well. Like Sam, Molly has lost her childhood but will find her future, with help from a very unexpected source. Separate yet together, Sam Robbins and Molly Jennings struggle through fear and excitement to a final ordeal that terrifyingly tests their courage. And the moving climax of the book shows two lives joined forever by the touch of Nelson, one of the greatest sailors of all time.
A high-seas adventure that follows the stories of an eleven-year-old girl in the present day, and an eleven-year-old boy in 1803 serving in the English Royal Navy aboard the HMS.
Video games are one of today's most popular forms of entertainment. Every day, video game developers draw more and more people into their virtual worlds. If you've got a creative mind and a knack for computers, video game developer might be the job for you. Hear from the pros themselves about what it takes to succeed in this exciting, high-tech career.
Provides background information on the Vietnam War and on the memorial that was built to honor those who died during this conflict.
From the book's foreword: "The United States was directly involved in the Vietnam War for twelve years, from 1961 to 1973. But for the Vietnamese, the years of American involvement were only one chapter in a far longer struggle. It began as a fight for independence and ended in a bitter civil war that tore the country to pieces". This book provides young adults with an accessible overview of the Vietnam War, and it explores the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War. This book is part of the American War Series.
Rob believes that Mr. Calloway's death was an accident. Then a flowerpot almost falls on him. And three bullets just miss him. And someone tries to poison his food. When he tries to tell his family that he thinks there has bee a murder, they are too busy with his sister's wedding to care. If he's not careful, Rob may be the next victim.
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