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First Person Fiction is dedicated to the immigrant experience in modern America. "Flight to Freedom" is closely based on Suarez's own story of leaving Cuba during the Freedom Flights of the 1960s. Yara Garcia and her family live a middle-class life in Havana, Cuba. But in 1967, as Communist ruler Fidel Castro tightens his hold on Cuba, the Garcias, who do not share the political beliefs of the Communist Party, are forced to flee to Miami, Florida. There, Yara encounters a strange land with foreign customs. She knows very little English, and she finds that the other students in her new school have much more freedom than she and her sisters. Tension develops between her parents, as Mami grows more independent and Papi joins a militant anti-Castro organization.
Tamora Pierce returns to the land of Tortall with a heroine who refuses to quit in this first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Protector of the Small series.Ten years after knighthood training was opened to both males and females, no girl has been brave enough to try. But knighthood is Keladry's one true desire, and so she steps forward to put herself to the test.Up against the traditional hazing of pages and a grueling schedule, Kel faces one roadblock that seems insurmountable: Lord Wyldon, the training master of pages and squires. He is absolutely against girls becoming knights. So while he is forced to train her, Wyldon puts her on a probationary trial period that no male page has ever had to endure. Further set apart from her fellow trainees, Kel's path to knighthood is now that much harder. But she is determined to try, and she's making friends in the most unlikely places. One thing is for sure, Kel is not a girl to underestimate.From the Hardcover edition.
From the book jacket: Alissa doesn't believe in magic, stories about the Hold, a legendary place where human Keepers learn from enigmatic Masters, until her mother insists that her father's magical abilities are dormant in her and she must go to the Hold-the only place her talents can be trained. On her way, she crosses paths with Strell, a wandering musician from the plains. And though Alissa is not sure she can trust a plainsman, Strell has something Alissa needs-one of her father's old maps. Traveling together, they can reach the Hold before the snow sets in. But they don't know that the Hold is nearly empty. The Keeper Bailic has sent the Masters on a fool's errand and systematically killed the other Keepers in his search for the first Truth, a book of magic that will give him ultimate power. And he believes that Alissa and Strell hold the secret of the book's hiding place.
"Utterly unique and absolutely riveting-I couldn't put it down! What a marvelously cool world."--New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. MaasFrom the author of the New York Times bestselling White Rabbit Chronicles series comes book 1 of a brand new series in which life as we know it is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl...who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live-after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death. In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she's drawn to isn't where the boy she's falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision...
Here are the 250 most important words students need to know to be successful in high school and beyond, from the former education editor of the New York Times and a leading educational authority. Each entry contains a complete definition, word origin, and example sentences, making it both the perfect gift for eighth grade graduation and an effective tool for expanding a student's vocabulary, preparing them for standardized tests, and increasing their writing skills. This is the perfect book for giving students who are entering high school a clear advantage before they begin.
This book will help you decide what kinds of physical activities you need and help you develop a personal fitness plan for getting fit on your own. You will learn about the benefits of being fit.
Text contains the Following -- Unit 1: Getting Started. Unit 2: Becoming and Staying Physically Active. Unit 3: Physical Activity Pyramid: Level 2 Activities. Unit 4: Physical Activity Pyramid: Level 3 Activities. Unit 5: Healthy Choices. Unit 6: Wellness and Personal Program Planning.
After losing their parents in a car accident four years ago, a pair of sixteen-year-old twins share an abusive relationship that is almost beyond control. Outside the house, the extremely shy girl and her violent brother get by...until the day when she is confronted by a reminder of her old life. She escapes to the only place she feels safe: the elephant habitat at the city zoo. Against all odds, she makes friends with the head zookeeper's son and spends the summer there, hiding from the life she used to know. She bonds with the elephants, who have the tough skin she so desperately yearns for, and a chimp who has been abused. But how long will she be able to outrun the horrors of her past? And will she be able to find the strength to live the life she deserves? Rune Michaels crafts another powerful psychological drama in which the past has an incredible power to influence the present. Questions of identity, trust, and what it means to be exposed punctuate this gripping novel, which ultimately leaves readers with a profound sense of hope.
Things in Delilah Hannaford's life have a tendency to fall apart.She used to be a good student, but she can't seem to keep it together anymore. Her "boyfriend" isn't much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family's painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery.
Christina, a young orphan sent to live with her cousins and uncle at decaying country estate Flambards, comes into herself amid the world-changing events preceding World War I. Her cruel and alcoholic wheelchair-bound uncle lives vicariously though the adventures of his son, Mark, immersed in their shared love of hunting, hounds, horses and leisure. Mark's gentle brother William, equally passionate about design, building and flying the new technology of airplanes, is as despised by his father as Mark is loved. Christina grows up torn between both cousins by her love of William's personality and Mark's passion for horses and the fox-hunt. Recommended for grades 7 - 9
Sarah O'Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago -- James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she's watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she'll give it freely.Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.Sam Donavon has been James' best friend -- and the boy Sarah's had a crush on -- for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she's in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he's going to save her. Neither of them realize James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he's not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . .
From the back of the book: Family with a vengeance A tornado has hit Bayport, but the deadliest storm is still brewing-in the Hardy home. Years ago, Fenton Hardy sent a criminal named Leonard Mock to prison. Now Mock's son has returned to Bayport to seek revenge. He has vowed to put Frank and Joe's father away for good! But Leonard Mock lost his son to adoption when the boy was five. His name was changed, and the only clue to his identity is that he has since befriended the Hardy boys. Then the brothers uncover a shocking and horrifying piece of evidence. The person out to murder their father may very well be none other than Chet Morton-their best and most trusted friend! ================ NO TIME TO LOSE "I'm going to open the screen door real fast," Frank whispered to Chet. "You think you can kick the front door open?" "No sweat," Chet answered. Frank peered back in through the window and saw Joe peek around the corner of the inner room. That was what he had been waiting for. He pulled the screen door, and it creaked loudly. "Now!" he barked to Chet. Chet planted his foot next to the door knob, then kicked hard. The door groaned and snapped open. Frank dashed in and confronted the figure sitting in the chair. "Frank!" Joe shouted. "It's Callie." Frank would have been relieved to find his girlfriend, but the digital timer on the bomb that was ticking at her feet showed that in thirty seconds they would all be dead.
The stakes are higher and the zombies are deadlier in this third of an action-packed series that's "an impressive mix of meaning and mayhem" (Booklist).Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists then humanity itself must have survived...somewhere. Finding it is their best hope for having a future and a life worth living. But the Ruin is far more dangerous than any of them can imagine. Fierce animals hunt them. They come face to face with a death cult. And then there's the zombies--swarms of them coming from the east, devouring everything in their paths. And these zoms are different. Faster, smarter, and infinitely more dangerous. Has the zombie plague mutated, or is there something far more sinister behind this new invasion of the living dead? One thing Benny and his companions can't afford to forget: In the great Rot & Ruin, everything wants to kill you.
The tragedy of Flight #116 will be life-altering--for those who surviveSeventeen-year-old Patrick is a junior EMT, fully qualified to deliver babies and give CPR. But in high school, he still needs a hall pass to leave class, which, in his estimation, is ridiculous. Also ridiculous is the fact that he can't be a full-time EMT yet. He needs a way to show everyone he's an adult, like the cops and paramedics he admires.Heidi's family owns the Dove House estate, with its beautiful grounds, at the edge of town. She has all the advantages money can buy, but can't seem to make good grades or fit in with her private school classmates. Should happiness be so hard to achieve?Daniel and Tucker are flying to their father's wedding. He's remarrying, to a woman who is not their mother. Daniel is angry. Angry at his parents for splitting up, angry at his younger brother, Tucker, for turning into such a little creep after the divorce, angry at his counselors for being idiots.Each of these teenagers has something to prove. To their parents, to their town, to themselves. And they all get the chance when Flight #116 crashes in the woods on the Dove House estate. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Caroline B. Cooney including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
For the first time in his life, Edward Macleod has a purpose. He's sprouted wings and finally found confirmation that he is indeed one of the magical Guardians of the Afterlife. Now Edward must rescue his mother and all his new friends from the Jackal. But time is quickly running out and he needs to master his Guardian powers first. Without them, he doesn't stand a chance in the ultimate battle-- and the souls of those closest to him will be lost forever.
From the back of the book: Top gun! Frank's old friend Ray Adamec, former ace navy pilot, has been hired to test pilot a superhot, supersleek jet-the MAX 1. But then Ray disappears, and the MAX is nowhere to be found. Frank's pilot license proves invaluable as the Hardys take control of the MAX 2. Their mission: find Ray and recover the MAX 1 before it falls into dangerous hands. Finding a clue to the whereabouts of the MAX 1 in the Utah desert, the boys set out to investigate. Instead they find themselves outnumbered and outgunned in a high tech, high-altitude air battle. They've flown into the middle of a subversive plot posing a deadly threat to the top levels of the U.S. space program and the U.S. government! =============== From inside the book: CHOPPER ATTACK Aloft in the blue MAX-2, Frank pointed to the southwest. "Look!" Down below was the MAX-1. As he and Joe watched, their quarry hit the turboboost, and the MAX-1 rocketed away at supersonic speed. "There are the two Apaches," Joe said, indicating two predatory helicopters swooping toward them. "They must have spotted him, too." "Too bad they didn't catch him," said Frank. "I guess it's up to us. Let's go." Frank started to bank in pursuit of the MAX-1, but the two Apaches kept coming, straight for the MAX-2. "What's wrong with those chopper jocks? Can't they tell the difference between the MAX-1 and the MAX-2?" shouted Frank. Then realization dawned on his face. "Didn't someone tell them to go after the red one?" As if in answer, the lead chopper launched a pair of missiles straight at them! "They've mistaken us for the bad guys!" Joe yelled. "Let's get out of here!"
In this second book of the smiler series, 16-year-old Smiler, in trouble and on the run, seeks refuge for himself and a wounded goose with a Laird on a Scottish island. The man takes in the pair, and the boy repays the kindness when he finds the Laird's long lost family treasure.
This third adventure based on the WB's hit TV series is by two noted authors who have written screenplays for the show, and follows a young, legendary Clark Kent, Lana Lang, and Lex Luthor, complete with all the thrills and strange happenings that fans of "Smallville" expect.
Flirtin' with the Monster is a compelling journey through the complexities of Hopkins' beloved bestselling works.
A Jazz Age socialite impulsively adopts an orphaned boy in this humorous, heartwarming tale from New York Times-bestselling author Margery Sharp In 1929 London, twenty-eight-year-old Lesley Frewen lives a privileged, cultured life. But one thing is missing: love. When her aunt's female companion dies suddenly, leaving behind a young son, Lesley decides on a whim to adopt four-year-old Patrick--which is odd, because she doesn't have any particular affection for children. As soon as Patrick moves in with her, Lesley gets to work using her connections to enroll him in the finest boys' school. But she soon discovers that London is no place to raise a child. Relocating to the country, however, comes with its own set of daunting challenges. The tiny village of High Westover boasts a post office, a church, and a vicarage. There's an apple orchard and children for Patrick to play with, but Lesley can't imagine how she'll entertain her friends there. But life with Patrick will change her, bringing out her capacity to love and showing her the difference between pleasure and happiness.