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What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion. . . all in one hour or less? With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. A special bonus story marks the publishing debut of Rick Riordan's son Haley, the inspiration for Percy Jackson, who introduces readers to a Kronos-siding son of Hecate who finds an unlikely mortal ally in his search for redemption. Original art, enlightening character interviews and illustrated profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection that is sure to delight legions of loyal fans.
Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common--and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose? Rick Riordan wields his usual storytelling magic in this adrenaline-fueled adventure.
The #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson series--including The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse and The Battle of the Labyrinth--features a 12-year-old dyslexic boy who discovers he is the son of a Greek god, the target of mythical Greek monsters and the center of a prophecy that could change the balance of power in the world forever. <P> In Demigods and Monsters, YA authors take on Greek gods, monsters and prophecy, to add insight and even more fun to Riordan's page-turner series.<P> The book also includes an introduction by Percy Jackson series author Rick Riordan, that gives further insight into the series and its creation, and a glossary of ancient Greek myth, with plenty of information on the places, monsters, gods and heroes that appear in the series.Demigods and Monsters is a collection of essays on Rick Riordan's wildly popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and is not authorized by the author, publisher or any entity associated with the series.
The name Democratic Republic of the Congo is a misnomer: the country has never been truly democratic or a republic. For decades this country in central Africa, which was once known as Zaire, was ruled by a brutal and corrupt dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko. Since the mid-1990s, when Mobutu's government was overthrown, various groups within Congo have been fighting for power. Although a peace agreement was signed in 2003 and a new constitution adopted in 2006, fighting has continued in the eastern part of the country. Overall, the Second Congo War involved nine African nations and caused more than 5.4 million deaths, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second-largest country in Africa and possesses a wealth of natural resources. However, the government still has no control over large areas of the country, and the years of fighting have devastated the economy. Although the prospects for peace have improved, it will take years for Congo to fully recover from its devastating civil war.
Mia's ordinary life is disrupted for good in the most horrifying way possible when she is possessed by a hungry and powerful demon--and saved only by the arrival of relatives from Italy, the country her grandfather fled many decades ago. Now her cousins, the charming and gorgeous Emilio and stern, elderly Giuliano, say the only way to keep Mia safe is for her to come back with them to Milan, to live, to learn Italian, to fall in and out of love, and to master the family trade: fighting all demons with the ancient lore of bell, book, and candle. Milan is not what Mia expected, but it will change her forever.
"Action-packed and fast-paced...will appeal to fans of the '39 Clues.'" -School Library Journal on The Magician's FireYoung Harry Houdini is a master magician, an impressive performance artist who dazzles crowds with his daring feats. But when Harry and his friends Billie and Arthur are called to New Orleans by the mysterious Order of the White Crow, the trio is faced with magic of an entirely different kind.Whispers of voodoo and demonic spells rip through the streets as the city's mayor continues to suffer from a strange, zombified coma. What's more, the town is turning blame on the local fisherman-the very community that helped raise Billie. But it soon becomes clear there are other evils at play, and the three friends know something even more sinister is afoot. To save the city from this truly terrifying evil, Harry will be forced to pull off his most spectacular escape yet!Praise for The Magician's Fire:"A fast paced mystery. Middle-grade readers [...] will gallop through this spellbinder." -Kirkus"Nicholson smoothly blends Houdini's prowess as an escape artist with his fictional hero's sleuthing skills as he tracks down a missing elderly magician... A cliffhanger ending will leave readers eager for the next installment." -Publishers Weekly
The UK's #1 bestselling children's author, David Walliams, hailed as "the heir to Roald Dahl" by the Spectator, bursts onto the American market with Demon Dentist--and this is one dentist appointment you don't want to miss.Something strange is happening in Alfie's town. Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to dead slugs, live spiders, and other icky, terrible things under their pillows. Who would do something so horrific? Alfie is sure that Miss Root, the new dentist in town, is behind it all. There's nothing Alfie hates more than going to the dentist, but to solve this mystery, he may have to book a dreaded appointment. . . .
Being a teenager can be hell-especially when you're friends with someone who was born there. Kenzie Sutcliffe woke up to another normal morning-until a demon popped up in her shower. While trying to get rid of a monster zit, she dropped her acne lotion in the tub. And when fifty bucks' worth of it swirled down the drain, it freed a demon from his prison portal. A mysteriously geeky-looking demon.<P> So now Kenzie is saddled with a creature who looks and acts like every other guy she knows-that is, annoying. At least Levi has a job-if you can call it that. He has to stir up envy and jealousy in humans, or he starves. All he's tempting Kenzie to do is to crawl back into her bedroom and hide there forever. Because no one is going to be coveting her life after this.
It's scary to know the fate of the world lies in your hands--but even scarier to learn that it might be in your brother's It's the last night of summer and Oliver is hoping to have some fun with his two best friends. Once school starts, he'll be one step closer to receiving his demon . . . and to fulfilling the prophecy to open the Nexia Gate. Meanwhile, a series of gruesome animal attacks on humans has threatened to expose the vampire world. The evidence points to Oliver's brother, Bane, who has recently acquired Occupying power--the ability to inhabit animals. Yet Oliver, Emalie, and Dean suspect something else is going on--a sinister plot that involves Oliver's destiny, and possibly the mystery surrounding his human parents. Bane may hold the key to Oliver uncovering his past and changing his future--if the Half-Light Consortium doesn't get to him first.
The final assault on Longview was going to do more than just destroy the town -- it was going to rip open the world. In the blackness surrounding the town he thought he could see Rangda's enormous maw, open and hungry, ready to devour. Jesse is a boy with a mysterious past. In and out of foster homes his whole life, he believes he was abandoned in Los Angeles as a baby. When he comes under the scrutiny of Homeland Security in an incident involving a mistaken identity, he starts learning some unsettling facts about himself. Now he is living with the Mindells in a small Midwestern town, and for the first time he feels like he may have a real home -- until Honor Clarke shows up. Ever since Honor and her mother moved back to town following the gruesome death of Honor's father, strange things have been happening. Someone is murdering birds and painting odd symbols all over town, and Jesse feels as if he's losing his mind. He starts to see a man no one else can see, he is having violent nightmares, and it all seems to be leading to one conclusion -- he is here for only one reason: to fight the evil that is Rangda, the Demon Queen, and her loyal follower, Honor Clarke, no matter the consequences. Richard Lewis brings Indonesian mythology and legend to the present day in this chilling novel of unimaginable horror.
Daniel X's hunt to eliminate each and every intergalactic criminal on Earth is always relentless, but this time, it's getting personal. Number Three on the List of Alien Outlaws takes the form of raging, soul-possessing fire. And fire transports Daniel back to the most traumatic event of his life-the death of his parents. In the face of his "kryptonite", Daniel struggles with his extraordinary powers like never before, and more than ever is at stake: his best friends are in grave peril. The only way to save them is to travel back-through a hole in time-to the demon's arrival during the Dark Ages. Rip-roaring action and humor sets the pages afire in this gripping time-travel adventure with an Arthurian cast-and countless other surprises!
Denmark is a peaceful northern country that joined the EU in 1973. From the Vikings to the modern day, Denmark has a long history. Today, Denmark is a very environmentally conscious nation with a lot going on. It also must figure out how to deal with issues of immigration and the global recession as it looks to the future. Discover more about this exciting, modern nation!
Did you know that poor dental hygiene can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke? Or that the incidence of cavities and tooth decay increases in the teenage years? Did you know that countries with a higher standard of living (like the United States, Canada, and England) actually have higher rates of tooth loss and decay than countries with a lower standard of living? Or that dental drills existed for thousands of years before people even had electricity? Dental hygiene is extremely important to both your physical and emotional health. Your teeth are an integral part of many important activities, such as eating, speaking, and smiling. From the Mayan practice of inlaying semi-precious stones into teeth to today's practices of braces and high-tech dental care, this book covers a wide range of dental topics. It will tell you how dental care has developed throughout the ages and will introduce you to some of today's most cutting-edge technologies. Most important, it will guide you through everything you need to know about caring for your teeth and maintaining a beautiful smile today and into the future.
The denial of the Holocaust has no more credibility than the assertion that the earth is flat. Yet there are those who insist that the death of six million Jews in Nazi concentration camps is nothing but a hoax perpetrated by a powerful Zionist conspiracy. Sixty years ago, such notions were the province of pseudohistorians who argued that Hitler never meant to kill the Jews, and that only a few hundred thousand died in the camps from disease; they also argued that the Allied bombings of Dresden and other cities were worse than any Nazi offense, and that the Germans were the "true victims" of World War II. For years, those who made such claims were dismissed as harmless cranks operating on the lunatic fringe. But as time goes on, they have begun to gain a hearing in respectable arenas, and now, in the first full-scale history of Holocaust denial, Deborah Lipstadt shows how--despite tens of thousands of living witnesses and vast amounts of documentary evidence--this irrational idea not only has continued to gain adherents but has become an international movement, with organized chapters, "independent" research centers, and official publications that promote a "revisionist" view of recent history. Lipstadt shows how Holocaust denial thrives in the current atmosphere of value-relativism, and argues that this chilling attack on the factual record not only threatens Jews but undermines the very tenets of objective scholarship that support our faith in historical knowledge. Thus the movement has an unsuspected power to dramatically alter the way that truth and meaning are transmitted from one generation to another.
ATAC Briefing for Agents Frank and Joe Hardy MISSION: To join the cast of a new reality show called Deprivation House - featuring a group of teens competing to see who can survive the longest without modern luxuries - and to determine who's behind the death threats received by other contestants. LOCATION: A huge villa in Beverly Hills, CA. POTENTIAL VICTIMS: All the contestants and crew of the show. SUSPECTS: The show's million-dollar prize offers strong motivation to each contestant, and some members of the crew are hiding big secrets.
Jack and his sister Penny investigate suspicious activities at the mattress store and visit Aunt Irene in Ohio where Jack is almost kidnapped. Written for 5th graders.
Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos are the offspring of some of the most terrible villains of all time. They're offered a chance to leave the Isle of the Lost, where they have been imprisoned all their lives, and go to prep school in the idyllic kingdom of Auradon with all of the "good" kids.
Fans of the New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series won't want to miss this all-new story set in the dangerous and thrilling world of dragons! Six-Claws is a happy and industrious SandWing, always working hard and loyally for his queen. So when the youngest SandWing princess, Blaze, wanders off during a sandstorm, Six-Claws doesn't think twice before trying to rescue her. But it turns out that loyalty isn't always enough to stay safe in the Sand Kingdom... Before the war of SandWing succession, there were three SandWing princesses... and a queen. Discover the New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series with this ebook exclusive origin story! Author Tui T. Sutherland soars further into the world of Pyrrhia's dragons than ever before! In these brand-new short stories, fans will meet old friends and new ones, uncover shocking secrets, and learn more about the terrible challenges that will test all dragonkind!
Investigating the planet's biomes and examining the modern threats to each ecosystem, this interactive series challenges young readers to look at how their own actions influence the planet's health. With compare-and-contrast facts and vocabulary-building sidebars, each engaging guide reveals how environmental threats-both human and natural-affect plants and animals. Examining this growing biome, this guide shows that the desert is more than just a giant sandbox. Discussing desertification and how environmental change-such as ranching, overdevelopment, and cactus collection-in this area can threaten life outside the desert, this resource instructs students on the need to treat the desert with care.
Is Mickey Williams about to become an international fashion phenomenon?! Mickey thought she'd gotten used to the heavy competition at the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn. But when the students of FAB get the chance to compete for a spot in an international fashion show, Mickey's ready to get tres fierce. Because the top two winners get to experience the holy grail of fashion: Paris Fashion Week. Mickey knows she's got what it takes to make it to Paris, especially with the support of BFF, JC, and her Apparel Arts teacher, Mr. Kaye. But Mickey's nemesis Jade wants it just as bad...and she'll do anything to get what she wants. Can Mickey push past Jade's selfish plans-and the pressure of representing FAB on the international stage-or will she have to kiss her dream au revior?
Dillontown was built upon a gold mine. Yet for the villagers, life is about something even more valuable: baseball. Home to the Dillontown Nine, they would give anything to join the ranks of professional ballplayers-even their gold. Yet to make it, they will need to defeat the world champion Chicago White Stockings-and their crooked owner, willing to wager anything for the mine, and willing to do anything to avoid losing. Fortunately, Dillontown is home to two boys who know a little something about winning. One is young Jack Dillon, nephew to Dillontown founder Long John Dillon. The other? A boy on the run, in need of a second chance: none other than Billy the Kid. One of the finest storytellers of our time, John H. Ritter brings the Old West to life in this prequel to his breakout success, The Boy Who Saved Baseball.
(Back Cover) AMERICA'S TOP TEEN DETECTIVES TEAM UP TO INFILTRATE A COMPANY OF CRIMINALS An urgent call from longtime friend Molly Keegan brings NANCY DREW to Arlington, Virginia, outside Washington, D.C. Molly's father, Lambert Keegan, a top scientist at Tercon Industries, has suddenly vanished, and the only clue to his whereabouts is a scribbled reminder of an afternoon meeting at the Reflecting Pool in the nation's capital. Nancy arrives at the rendezvous just in time to spot someone who looks like Lambert with a woman ... moments before the woman is shot! Meanwhile... As the man flees into the crowd, Nancy returns to find none other than Frank Hardy administering to the victim's wound. THE HARDYS, who have just flown in from Florida, also hoped to talk to the woman, an official with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A monster hurricane has destroyed a friend's new resort. The reason: a faulty product manufactured by Tercon Industries! Nancy, Frank, and Joe head to Lambert's remote mountain cabin in search of answers: Is Molly's father the author of the conspiracy -- or its next target?
The end of the world has come . . . and gone. When the world needed, there was the Eighty. Eighty people given the chance for survival. Given the chance to find a new place to live. Somewhere to start over after an asteroid had destroyed the entire human race. And now, after a five-hundred-year "nap," the Eighty have landed. But something about this new place isn't quite right. Not right at all. Jobs, 2Face, Mo'Steel, and the others don't know if they're on another planet, if they're dreaming, or if they're really still alive. And if they are, can they survive on this strange, new world?
Destruction of the Overworld: Herobrine Reborn Book Two: A Gameknight999 Adventure: An Unofficial Minecrafter's Adventureby Mark Cheverton
The Ender Dragon, infected by the Herobrine virus, has escaped into the Overworld! <P><P>Gameknight999 and his father, Monkeypants271, traveled all the way to The End and banished the evil virus Herobrine to the only place they knew nothing could survive: the Void. They thought they had finally destroyed the enemy . . . <P>But through the Void, Herobrine's viral lines of code were able to spread all throughout The End, infecting the horrible Ender Dragon. After gaining the teleportation powers of the endermen, the dragon escaped out into the Overworld! Terrorizing Minecraft, the dragon's evil presence is now transforming the lush and beautiful land into the dark and desolate world of The End. It will be up to Gameknight999, his dad, and their NPC friends to defeat the dragon without releasing Herobrine, while at the same time battling a massive army led by Feyd, the king of the endermen, and Xa-Tul, the zombie king. <P>With everything on the line, Gameknight must use every bit of skill and bravery to save the entire Overworld from destruction.
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