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Esther, the main character in the story contained in the biblical book of Esther, is a young Jewish maiden who rises to fame, wealth, and glory in ancient Persia during the days of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes). Her beauty sets her apart from other young women in the king's harem, and the king chooses her to be his queen. From this privileged position, Esther has an opportunity to save the Jewish community in Persia from the machinations of the king's evil grand vizier. Her success is celebrated each year in the joyous Jewish festival of Purim.
A Esther Earl le diagnosticaron cáncer de tiroides cuando tenía doce años. Murió en 2010, poco después de cumplir los dieciséis, pero antes inspiró a miles de personas. Estas extraordinarias memorias recogen los diarios, cuentos, cartas y esbozos de Esther. Además, las fotografías y escritos de su familia y amigos ayudan a narrar su historia, un testimonio conmovedor sobre el poder de la vida.
From master of suspense Paula Morris comes a tale of gods and goddesses, thrilling romance, and mystery set in present-day Rome. Laura Martin is visiting Rome on a class trip, and she's entranced by the majestic Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon . . . Everything in this city seems magical. That is, until the magic seems to turn very dark. Suddenly, statues of Cupid and ancient works of art come to life before her eyes. Earthquakes rumble and a cloud of ash forms in the sky. A dark-eyed boy with wings on his heels appears and gives her a message. Laura soon realizes she is at the center of a brewing battle -- a battle between the gods and goddesses, one that will shake modern-day Rome to its core. Only she and her group of friends can truly unravel the mystery behind what is happening. As tensions mount and secret identities are revealed, Laura must rely on her own inner strength to face up to what may be a fight for her life. Acclaimed author Paula Morris brings the ancient world to vivid life in this unstoppable tale of friendship, love, and the power of the past.
Avalon is under seige by the warlord Rhita Gawr, now a wrathful dragon, who is bent on destroying it. Three unlikely heroes--Tamwyn, Elli, and Scree--are Avalon's only hope. To succeed they must overcome enormous obstacles, both in the world around them and deep within themselves. But once they do, their success is only the beginning. Everything culminates in three great battles: one deep underground, one on the muddy plains, and one high among the stars. But will there be triumph for Avalon's survival?
There's an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want! This collection of original tales comes from some of the hottest, most popular, and best-selling YA writers, including: Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tithe) Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty) Melissa De La Cruz (Blue Blood) Cassandra Clare (City of Bones) Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires) Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (Wicked) Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, Queen of Cool) Kelley Armstrong (Women of Otherworld) Maria V. Snyder Sarah Rees Brennan Lili St. Crow Karen Mahoney Dina James They will make everyone a sucker for eternal kisses.
Haven Moore has always lived in the town of Snope City, Tennessee. But for as long as she can remember, Haven has experienced visions of a past life as a girl named Constance, whose love for a boy called Ethan ended in fiery tragedy. One day, the sight of notorious playboy Iain Morrow on television brings Haven to her knees. Haven flees to New York City to find Iain and there, she is swept up in an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Is Iain her beloved Ethan? Or is he her murderer from a past life? Haven asks the members of the powerful and mysterious Ouroboros Society to help her unlock the mysteries of reincarnation and discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again. But what is the Ouroboros Society? And how can Haven know whom to trust?
Can a prophecy of the world's end be undone--by a teenage vampire?The Anointment is approaching, and soon Oliver will receive the power necessary to journey to Nexia and fulfill his terrible destiny. But that isn't what he wants--and he may have finally found a way to change his fate. Yet the toughest part for Oliver hits closest to home: Whom will he choose--his friends or his family? No less than the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As powerful forces converge and sinister plots are hatched on all sides, Oliver, Emalie, and Dean race to pull off their dangerous plan. Nothing is certain--except that everything is about to change.
Ethiopia, unlike most African countries, remained mostly free from European colonial influence. This landlocked country in East Africa had been the site of a powerful ancient kingdom, which was overthrown by a military coup in 1974. A socialist government was established, under which millions of Ethiopians starved during the famines of the 1970s and 1980s. Rebel groups initiated a civil war and overthrew the government in 1991. Although Ethiopia adopted a new constitution in 1994 and held democratic elections the next year, the country is not truly a democracy. Instead, Ethiopia's government has been recognized as an authoritarian regime that uses force to stifle dissent. Ethiopia's economy grew rapidly in the late 2000s, but the country's people are among the poorest in Africa. In addition, a terrible drought in 2011 has caused a food crisis that threatens the lives of many people.
Ethnic or racial classifications often say more about culture and shared experience than about genetics or common ancestry. In Africa, a continent where up to 3,000 languages are spoken, ethnicity can be especially difficult to define. Unfortunately, perceived ethnic differences have all too often produced tragic results. This book analyzes the role of ethnicity in contemporary African politics and governance. It examines the corrosive legacy of the slave trade and European colonization, details some of the bloody conflicts that have erupted from ethnic frictions, and describes how divisions that appear to be ethnically based often have more to do with class and religion. The book also explores the possibility of a united Africa, able to harness its diversity rather than fight over its differences.
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education. Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail's legions of fans have come to adore.
Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Darwin, Hawking-- we know the names, but how much do we really know about these people? Galileo gained notoriety over his battle with the Vatican, but did you know that this "father of modern science" was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of course discovered the principle by which new species are formed, but his bold curiosity extended to the dinner table as well. (And how many people can say they've eaten an owl!) In Eureka! John Grant -- author of Debunk It!, Discarded Science, Spooky Science and many others -- offers fifty vivid portraits of groundbreaking scientists. From lutes and owls to astronomy and evolution, Eureka! explains how these scientific geniuses have shaped our understanding - and how they spent their free time as well.
This book looks at culture in several different ways. As you read about the ways of life of some of Europe and Russia's people, think about how their cultures might compare to your own.
Eva's hospital room looks out onto the skyscrapers of a huge city, but since waking up from her coma she only dreams of trees <P><P> Thirteen-year-old Eva opens her eyes to find herself in a hospital, her body paralyzed while it heals from a devastating accident. Her mother says that Eva will be able to move her hands and face soon and that everything is going to be fine, but something in her voice tells Eva it's not that simple. The doctors give Eva a keyboard that turns her typing into speech and controls a mirror that rotates to look around the room and out the window--every direction except back at her bed. What are the doctors trying to hide from her? And why, in an overpopulated world where humans have tamed all the wild places, does Eva keep dreaming of a forest she's never seen?<P> Winner of Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Senior Award
A girl's struggle to save her family's farm, told in verse, stands as a testament to the power of hope.Twelve-year-old Eva DeHart knows her family's farm is the best, most magical place in the whole world. The Farm has apple trees and sun daisies and a creek. The Farm has frightening things too--like cougars, bears, and a dead tree that Eva calls the Demon Snag. And everything at the Farm shoots out of Eva's fingertips into her poems. She dreams of being a heroine of shining deeds, but who ever heard of a heroine-poet? When a blight strikes the orchard and a letter from the bank arrives marked FORECLOSURE, Eva is given that very chance as she puts all the power of her imagination at work to save the Farm. From a booth at the farmer's market to the snowbound hills where the coyotes hunt, Eva discovers that we face our fears and find our courage in the most unexpected places. This novel by acclaimed author Dia Calhoun is about the transforming powers of imagination and hope, which can turn us all into heroes.
Ten spooky tales to tingle your spine. Change for The Strange, The Perfect School and eight others. Other books by this author are available in this library.
Earthquake! is an earth-science unit that follows the Event-Based Science (EBS) Instructional Model and is built around simulations of real-life events and experiences that affected people's lives and environments dramatically.
Falling in love is easy . . . . . . for Kezi, a beautiful mortal, dancer, and rug weaver, and for Olus, Akkan god of the winds. Their love brings Kezi the strength to fight her fate, and it gives Olus the strength to confront his fears. Together--and apart--they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice. Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens. Her story of love, fate, and belief is spellbinding.
Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian. Then May falls into the lake. When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that most certainly does not feel like a fuzzy mitten. In fact it is a place few living people have ever seen. Here, towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people -- people? -- walk through walls. Here the Book of the Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing. May Bird must get out. Fast. Within these pages, Jodi Lynn Anderson shares with us the beginning of May Bird's daring journey into the Ever After, a haunting place where true friends -- and one terrible foe -- await her on every corner.
This book is your glimpse into the delightfully twisted mind of the Evil Queen... find out what really makes her tick, and what malevolent lessons she wants to pass along to her daughter Raven. © 2016 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.
An exciting deluxe junior novel tied into brand new Ever After High Entertainment!©2016 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.
At Ever After High, Duchess Swan knows that her pet swan is the most talented bird of all -- even more talented than Daring Charming's pet peacock! Duchess arranges a Feathered Friends Talent Show to prove it, once and for all. But will stage fright get the best of the bird who does ballet? Or can she shine in the spotlight? Read this original short story about Duchess and her pet swan, Pirouette. This story by Suzanne Selfors is a companion to her novel Next Top Villain.
The fourth hexciting book in Suzanne Selfors' Ever After High: A School Story series. © 2015 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.
This short story by Suzanne Selfors is a companion to her novel Kiss and Spell. At Ever After High, Ginger Breadhouse is working on some hextra credit for Science and Sorcery class when a bit of potion spills on a gummy candy fish and brings it to life! Now Ginger has to figure out how to care for a pet made out of sugar! Read this original short story about how Ginger got her pet fish, Jelly.
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