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From the back of the book: Jungle fever! The Hardy boys have come to the Yucatan to take on a gang of grave robbers. Stolen Mexican artifacts have appeared in Bayport, and Frank and Joe intend to cut the smugglers off at the source. But the jungle is full of deception and distraction, including a bevy of beautiful models who have appeared at the site for a photography shoot. A different kind of shooting, though, quickly puts the Hardys back on track. The raiders of the Mayan pyramids are packing automatic weapons, and they're not about to give up their lucrative looting without a fight. They plan to draw Frank and Joe into the jungle and add two deep new chambers to the ancient tombs! =============== From inside the book: UNFINISHED BUSINESS Frank and Joe crouched down in the middle of a thick grove of trees, watching Professor Ortega. He was waiting in the clearing at the base of the pyramid for his contact to appear. "Professor!" The sudden cry came from the top of the pyramid. The Hardys peered up at the man who now stood on the steps of the ancient structure. He was the one who had shot the professor at the airport! "Professor!" Frank yelled. "Get out of there! It's a trap!" The assassin clambered down the last few steps of the pyramid toward the professor. Ortega, frightened by the man's sudden advance, stepped back and stumbled, falling to the ground. Frank saw that this time the man wasn't carrying a gun. He had a machete. The blade glinted in the light as he raised it over his head. "Now, Professor, I'll finish the job."
In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place -- he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings -- such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.<P><P> Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.<P> The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal, and is also a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.
Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisa ana'Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he's concerned, the princess's family as good as killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen. <P> Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it-he's saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive-and even that might not be enough.<P> The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.
A collection of fun nonsense poems for children and reading out loud which includes, I do not like thee, Doctor Fell, Moll-in-the-Wad, My Pussy Cat has got the Gout, and many others.
This is a description of the history surrounding the Great Depression, highlighting the causes and key figures.
Humbled, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman -- and one day he finds himself in possession of "great expectations." One of Dickens' finest novels, this is a gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward.
Set in 19th-century England, it tells the story of Pip,an orphan, who travels to London intending to live life as a gentleman.Pip is forced to re-examine his values and to establish a life that is not based on wealth.
Literature based study guides for secondary students and adult students. Each study guide includes teacher's notes and 35 project sheets.
"Your fortune lies to the west. Keep your face to the sunset . . . and one day you'll ride the greatest wheel in all the world." When Aunt Honora reads this fortune in his tea leaves, Conn Kilroy knows he is destined for greater things than his small Irish village can offer. A letter from his uncle Michael in America offering Conn a partnership in his New York contracting company sets Conn on his western adventure. Just a few short months later Conn's Uncle Patrick lures him even farther west to Chicago, where they join the hardworking crew building what some called Ferris's Folly--the first Ferris wheel--then the largest wheel in the world and the showpiece of Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.<P><P> Newbery Medal Honor book
What these ten ladies have in common is that they significantly influenced education in the United States. These ten, short biographies commence with the implementation of education for girls (Willard) in the 1800s and end with a sketch of the twentieth-century teacher (Gildersleeve) who promoted International studies.
Keep Your Friends Close. . . and Your Frenemies Closer!They've fought over guys, sorority elections and who gets the last Cheeserito. Casey Cartwright thought that made her and her ZBZ little sis Rebecca Logan closer. But when Casey's ex, Evan, nominates Rebecca as the next Omega Chi fraternity Sweetheart and Rebecca hesitates, Casey vows to play hardball. ZBZ's status on campus depends on Rebecca winning that title. It's time for some sisterly guidance. . . . Meanwhile, Casey's brother Rusty wants to create a truly spectacular legacy for his fraternity, Kappa Tau, and KT prez Cappie is hoping to live up to Casey's expectations for their fragile new relationship. The pressure is getting to everybody. When Casey goes overboard trying to advise Rebecca on how to win Sweetheart, things reach the breaking point. Will a surprise finish to the competition shake everything apart, or is it just the shock needed to bring best frenemies together?
Excitement, suspense--and KAY TRACEY go together! Brantwood is a quiet town, but it seems to have more than its share of excitement. Sometimes it's a kidnapping, or a mysterious theft in a "haunted" house, or a series of fires set by a sinister arsonist that alarms the townspeople. Whatever it is, Kay Tracey always finds herself right in the middle of the excitement! Kay, attractive sixteen-year-old high school girl, has a sixth sense for sleuthing. It has earned her a reputation as an amateur detective that many a professional might envy. Kay's closest friends, who share most of her adventures, are blue-eyed, blond Betty Worth, always full of pep, and her shy, sensitive twin, Wilma. The three somehow manage to combine common sense and .alertness and at the same time have a great deal of fun--sometimes in the tightest spots. If you like a mystery with plenty of hard-hitting action and suspense right down to the last line, follow Kay and her friends in this thrilling modern series. You'll find her books identified by the words "A Kay Tracey Mystery" and this insignia. It's the sign of good reading.
Karigan G'ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception. But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future - and the expulsion it was bound to hold - a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount's neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there. There's nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider - one of the legendary messengers of the king - and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary. Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to 'beware the shadow man . . .' Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time . . . and a race for her life . . .
From bestselling author Alice Hoffman, a resonant tale of overcoming grief and tragedy, as only she could tell it. In this powerful, lovely sequel to GREEN ANGEL, Green must learn the stories of a number of "witches" and free her true soul mate from a prison as she grapples with life, love, and loss in a post-disaster world.
Greensleeves is a 310 page romantic coming-of-age novel for teens and adults first published in 1968 and written by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, author of the Newbery Honor novels The Moor Child, The Golden Goblet, and Moccasin Trail. During the summer before she begins college, the clever and independent-minded Shannon Lightley, the first person narrator, persuades her uncle to let her go on an adventure in which she plays the role of a spy in order to expose what she suspects is a conspiracy to fraudulently exploit a cryptically worded will. In the process, she becomes romantically involved with a mysterious young man who has a generous heart, who is as brilliant as she is, and who has scholarly ambitions equal to hers. At the end, she must make a decision about her future, to follow love or to pursue freedom and the promise of life.
The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in a book William Gass called "one of the finest of our contemporary fictions."From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sebastien Ranes's single mom and her feckless boyfriend can't be bothered to take care of a stuttering twelve-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country alone, without a clue how to fend for himself. Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out across the America of Ronald Reagan's 1980's, encountering temperamental bus drivers, charming, shifty, and downright dangerous strangers, the music of Daryl Hall and John Oates, and an ex-con named Marcus, who takes the boy under his wing. In an unforgettable trek that evokes Oliver Twist and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the unlikely pair lurch from one misadventure to another, tumbling toward an elusive understanding of where and how, in a troubling world, to look for light.
Warning: Your day will become very dark - and possibly damp - if you read this book. Plan to spend this spring in hiding. Lemony Snicket is back with the eleventh book in his New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to provoke suspicion and despair in readers the world over. In the eleventh and most alarming volume yet in the bestselling phenomenon A Series of Unfortunate Events, the intrepid siblings delve further into the dark mystery surrounding the death of their parents and the baffling VFD organisation. Ages 9+
In this honest, emotionally captivating short story collection, renowned author and National Book Award finalist Julie Anne Peters offers a stunning portrayal of young women as they navigate the hurdles of relationships and sexual identity. From the young lesbian taking her first steps toward coming out to the two strangers who lock eyes across a crowded train, from the transgender teen longing for a sense of self to the girl whose abusive father has turned her to stone, Peters is the master of creating characters whose own vulnerability resonates with readers and stays with them long after the last page is turned. Grl2grl shows the rawness of teenage emotion as young girls become women and begin to discover the intricacies of love, dating and sexuality.
This is an excellent book for parents and young people to read together as it provides basic sex instruction and encourages young people to welcome their bodily changes and to make considered and informed choices about their conduct. "Examines the physical and psychological changes that come with maturity and explores the choices and responsibilities that each person faces as he or she grows up."
Innocent until proven guilty? Not here, you're not. He's fifteen. He's hasn't done anything wrong. It was supposed to be just a trip to visit his mum's family in Pakistan. But for Khalid Ahmed, it was the beginning of a living nightmare. He's kidnapped--then taken to a place thousands of miles from his home in the UK. A place where torture and terror are the daily routine. A place he may never be allowed to leave ... A place called Guantanamo Bay.
Eighteen-year-old New Zealand boarding school student Ellie Spencer must use her rusty tae kwon do skills and new-found magic to try to stop a fairy-like race of creatures from Maori myth and legend that is plotting to kill millions of humans in order to regain their lost immortality.
The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James. Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.
Jay, Kelvin and Cia are The Lunar Ticks, a dedicated band, convinced they are on their way to the top. They hope to win an upcoming battle of the bands where the first prize is a full day in a recording studio. Going up against Indigo Daze, a band from another school, Jay finds himself falling for Rowan, the leader of the other band. When Rowan's guitar is trashed right before the contest, The Lunar Ticks are the prime suspects.
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