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Las Vegas has never seen stars as bright as these. The four young women of "The Council" know that what happens in Vegas-and among their clique-stays in Vegas. Meet the girls of The Council: Vegas is Courtney's playground. Her Daddy's glammed-out penthouse overlooking the strip is the hangout for The Council. She rocks the high life, but a secret, seedy hook-up might be the one indulgence that destroys her rep. Reign, the celebutante, is the daughter of two hot movie stars who are never around. She's either hitting the red carpet or hooking up with hotties-but always goes back to her boyfriend, Blake. So do her sisters. Lisa, the fashionista, has design in her DNA. From a long line of trendsetters, she can't help but look fabulous. She loves taking fashion charity cases on the side, but The Council thinks that being so nice is just asking for trouble. Claude is a grit-chick rebel trapped in the life of a pampered princess. Oh the torture! It's hard to cry the blues when you have a diamond encrusted silver spoon in your mouth. But it sure does make for righteous hook-ups. Now these four Vegas divas are taking the city by storm-if they can only find hotties worth their precious time.
It is 1993, and Cedric Jennings is a bright and ferociously determined honor student at Ballou, a high school in one of Washington D.C.'s most dangerous neighborhoods, where the dropout rate is well into double digits and just 80 students out of more than 1,350 boast an average of B or better. At Ballou, Cedric has almost no friends. He eats lunch in a classroom most days, plowing through the extra work he has asked for, knowing that he's really competing with kids from other, harder schools. Cedric Jennings's driving ambition-which is fully supported by his forceful mother-is to attend a top-flight college.In September 1995, after years of near superhuman dedication, he realizes that ambition when he begins as a freshman at Brown University. In this updated edition, A Hope in the Unseen chronicles Cedric's odyssey during his last two years of high school, follows him through his difficult first year at Brown, and now tells the story of his subsequent successes in college and the world of work.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Patricia Cornwell turns from forensics to police procedures in her latest novel, Hornet's Nest. This book is less a thriller than a character study of the main characters: Judy Hammer, chief of police in Charlotte, North Carolina; Hammer's deputy, Virginia West; and Andy Brazil, a young reporter assigned to ride with the police as they go about their jobs.
Describes life in Andersonville, a notorious Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the last months of the American Civil War.
This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him. It is during this glorious era in Narnian history that Shasta, a young boy living in Calormen with a cruel man who claims to be his father, dreams of traveling to the unknown North.
With a deadly judgment from God, Judd's life changes forever. Lionel and the others in Israel try to help, but Judd must endure this trial alone. Vicki and the others at the schoolhouse witness a powerful answer to prayer. Then their worst fears are realized as the Global Community sets a plan in motion to trap believers. Will the kids be forced underground? Follow the Young Trib Force as they struggle to survive and tell others the truth.
Presents an overview of the hospitality industry.
- Clear, well-organized presentation of a complex and diverse industry. <BR>- Profiles of fascinating and inspiring industry leaders. <BR>- Supplements provide worksheets and strategies to reinforce learning.
Regina's life is in Jeopardy... When Elizabeth Wakefield learns that Regina Morrow has returned unexpectedly to Sweet Valley from Switzerland, she drops by to visit. A strange woman answers the door and says Regina cannot have visitors. With the help of Jessica, her twin, and Bruce Patman, Regina's boyfriend, Elizabeth discovers that Regina and her parents are being held hostage! If Elizabeth calls the police, the Morrows may be killed. So she, Bruce, Jessica, and Regina's brother, Nicholas, vow to rescue the Morrows on their own before the kidnappers take desperate action!
From the back of the book: Double-edged death An antiterror convention in Washington, D.C., is rocked by a real-life hijacking-and Frank Hardy's girlfriend, Callie Shaw, is among the hostages. When Callie appears on the TV news she sends the Hardys a coded message. Trouble is, the government doesn't believe them. Agent O'Neill orders Frank and Joe off the case, forcing them to try a rescue on their own. Suddenly the brother sleuths are running from the law, straight into a terrorist death trap-while Callie watches her life tick away. ============== From inside the book: SCREAMING DEATH Frank opened his hand, studying the detonator for a long moment. "Drop it, I say!" The ragged edge to Habib's voice was far more convincing than the volume he used. Shrugging, Frank turned his hand, letting the detonator fall. Passengers screamed as they saw the instrument of their destruction drop to the floor. Even Habib flinched, drawing back from the expected explosion. Frank used that second to stomp on the detonator, crushing its radio microcircuits. Then he dove for the floor, praying that Joe would take his lead.
The Baudelaires need a safe place to stay - somewhere far away from terrible villains and local police. A quiet refuge where misfortune never visits. Might Heimlich Hospital be just the place? In Lemony Snicket's eighth ghastly instalment in A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'm sorry to say that the Baudelaire Orphans will spend time in a hospital where they risk encountering a misleading newspaper headline, unnecessary surgery, an intercom system, anesthesia, heart-shaped balloons, and some very startling news about a fire. Ages 10+
Hot Fudge Monday: Tasty Ways to Teach Parts of Speech to Students Who Have a Hard Time Swallowing Anything to Do with Grammarby Randy Larson
Since its initial publication in 1993, this entertaining grammar book has helped thousands of middle school teachers teach even the most reluctant learners using lessons that de-emphasize rote learning and treat the parts of speech as building blocks for crazy writing assignments. Prompts include using at least 10 prepositional phrases from a list to write a scene from the new vegetable horror novel Squash Cemetery, and using lively verbs to write the monologue of a soda can telling his miserable life story to a psychologist. This new edition offers quirky quizzes to check student progress, even more writing ideas, and a guide to Internet enrichment activities, including "Stupid Roadside Attractions," in which students research goofy tourist traps in America and use vivid adjectives to describe the six that they think are the stupidest.
From the back of the book: Race to danger! It's ninety degrees in the shade, and temperatures and tempers are boiling over. The Hardys are competing in the Suntex Solar Challenge, a race of super-charged, solar-powered cars across the Arizona desert. But for Frank and Joe, the 500-mile concrete speedway is about to turn into a crash course in sabotage! Not only is a $100,000 prize at stake, but so is the inside track on a multimillion-dollar contract for future car design. And someone's determined to win at any cost. Facing flash fires, stun grenades, and deadly electric shocks, the Hardys put the pedal to the metal in their scorching-hot chase after a high-speed, high-tech terrorist!
Alison Cole's got it all: She's gorgeous, dating a steamy surfer boy, and has just been crowned Beverly Hills High Freshman Class President. Then during a special "symmetry" surgery, a lightning bolt zaps her, and Alison instantly transforms into Hottie - that is, a totally sizzling superhero with the power to shoot fire from her fingers!<P> Shunned as a Pyro-Freak, Alison must adopt dorky David Eels as her crime-fighting sidekick. Worse, she's falling for the one guy who wants to "extinguish" her forever, Junior Class President of Cuteness - and wannabe firefighter - T. Hull. But she doesn't realize that a supervillain's lurking....<P> Has Hottie met her match?
"It's an ugly business, Watson, an ugly dangerous business, and the more I see of it the less I like it."Sherlock Holmes had been dead for eight years--killed of in another story--when Arthur Conan Doyle decided to bring the famous detective back for a new story that he told friends was turning into "a real creeper". The tale about the chilling re-animation of a curse haunting the Baskerville family since Medieval times, wherein a supernatural beast stalks the gloomy moors, would be the most sensationally successful of all the Holmes stories, and a century later, it is still the most thrilling of them all. Full of moody atmospherics, suspicious characters, and dramatic discoveries, The Hound of the Baskervilles also shows off something often overlooked about Doyle: his wonderful prose. Presented here as it first appeared in The Strand magazine in 1901, this great mystery still strikes many as the best ever written. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
Sherlock Holmes's most famous case: An irresistible blend of Gothic horror and intricately plotted mystery The curse of the Baskervilles dates to the seventeenth century, when the wicked Hugo Baskerville chased a farmer's daughter across the pitch-dark moor of Grimpen with vile intentions. The poor girl died of fright, but Baskerville's fate was worse--a giant black hound, eyes afire and jaws dripping with blood, tore out his throat and devoured it on the spot. Since then, the specter of that terrible beast has haunted Baskerville Hall, many of whose inhabitants have met violent, mysterious, and tragic ends. News of the latest death is brought to 221B Baker Street by a local doctor who hopes that Sherlock Holmes can solve the riddle of the curse before it claims yet another victim or leaves the hall forever empty. Sir Charles Baskerville perished alone on the edge of the moor, his face twisted in fright, the footprints of a gigantic hound marking the ground twenty yards from where his body was discovered. Has the mythical monster returned? Or does some other villain now inhabit the desolate moorlands? Holmes and Watson will be pushed to the very edge of reason as they seek to discover just who--or what--wants to see the Baskervilles destroyed. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Holmes and Watson are faced with their most terrifying case yet. The legend of the devil-beast that haunts the moors around the Baskerville family?s home warns the descendants of that ancient clan never to venture out ?in those dark hours when the power of evil is exalted.? Now, the most recent Baskerville, Sir Charles, is dead?and the footprints of a giant hound have been found near his body. Will the new heir meet the same fate?
The curse of the Baskervilles began in the 17th Century, when Sir Hugo swore he would give his soul to possess the beautiful daughter of a yeoman. He captured her, but she escaped. He saddled his horse and chased the girl over the moors until she dropped dead from exhaustion . . . and then a black hell-hound appeared, with eyes like fire, and ripped out Hugo's throat. Now, years later, the Hound has returned. Already it has caused the death of Hugo's descendant, Sir Charles Baskerville. Can Sherlock Holmes stop the curse before it claims Henry Baskerville, the heir of Sir Charles?
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah and her daughter Elissa find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared - leaving only a brother, Ryan, as the sole survivor. Against Sarah's wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan - and the closer they get, the deeper they're all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.
The book discusses on America's Civil War. Part of the Literature & Thought series.
Dream house . . . or bad dream? When the Kings move from L. A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land. But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house. They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school. Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.
Five 16 year old orphans are involuntarily placed in a house of endless stairs as subjects for a psycological experiment on conditioned human response.
Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico. Matt's first cell split and divided inside a petri dish. Then he was placed in the womb of a cow, where he continued the miraculous journey from embryo to fetus to baby. He is a boy now, but most consider him a monster -- except for El Patrón. El Patrón loves Matt as he loves himself, because Matt is himself. As Matt struggles to understand his existence, he is threatened by a sinister cast of characters, including El Patrón's power-hungry family, and he is surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards. Escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But escape from the Alacrán Estate is no guarantee of freedom, because Matt is marked by his difference in ways he doesn't even suspect.
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