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Sweet Valley is stunned by the news: Beautiful young Elizabeth Wakefield lies in a coma, on the brink of death after a horrible motorcycle accident. Elizabeth's boyfriend Todd is consumed by guilt; he was driving and escaped unharmed. He feels totally helpless. All he can do is wait for a change in Elizabeth's condition -- a change that might mean the loss of the only girl he's ever loved. But no one is more shattered than Elizabeth's twin, Jessica. As she keeps watch over the silent body of her sister, she's overwhelmed by despair. Without Elizabeth, can life go on?
Philip Beard's stunning debut novel is fifteen-year-old Tess DeNunzio's letter to her sister, Zoe, lost to a hit-and-run driver on a day when it seemed that nothing mattered but the tragedies playing out in New York and Washington. Dear Zoe is a remarkable study of grief, adolescence, and healing with a pitch-perfect narrator who is at once sharp and naïve, world- worried and self-centered, funny and heartbreakingly honest. Tess begins her letter to Zoe as a means of figuring out her own life, her place in the world, but the result is a novel of rare power and grace that tells us much about ours. BACKCOVER: "Like The Lovely Bones, [Dear Zoe] is a piercing look at how family recovers from a devastating loss. Everything about this moving, powerful debut rings true." --Booklist (starred review) "Beard peels away the layers of his protagonist's anguish simply and sensitively. . . and creates real, multidimensional and affecting characters." --The Washington Post "The whole novel . . . rings with truth." --The Buffalo News
A Global Community raid forces the kids in Illinois to abandon the schoolhouse, but not before Vicki has a final word for her satellite audience. In Israel, Judd and Lionel attempt to stop an assassination plot and prepare for a deadly prophecy. Will this be the end of two of their beloved friends? Join the Young Tribulation Force as they search for safety and witness good triumph over evil.
Cold-blooded murder can be hot as hell... In Las Vegas, the stakes are high--and so is the Scoville scale. Maxie Pierce and the Chili Showdown are in town for a very heated contest devoted to judging the legendary and notorious-for-being-self-combustible Devil's Breath chili. The guest judges are casino performers with a taste for chili and an eye for publicity. Maxie is already going mad organizing the event, dealing with her snide half sister, Sylvia, and trying to figure out her hothead of security, Nick. But when a local hack comedian drops dead in the middle of the Showdown, it isn't the spicy dish--it's poison. And Maxie is going to have to shuffle through a full deck of suspects to pick out the culprit. INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES!
Juggling lunchboxes, piano lessons, and baby-sitters has made Juliet a bit forgetful. Which explains why she very nearly overlooks her best friend's invitation to the big benefit gala.A little makeup and a lot of hair gel and she's all set to play with the grown-ups again. At the party she spots her old friend Lilly Green-movie star and mother of two-who lets Juliet in on a little secret. Her brother is in jail, accused of killing his father's wife, and Lilly needs some help in clearing his name. More than happy to oblige, Juliet takes off to investigate. But when she discovers that her famous friend may have played a role in the murder,she feels just plain sick. Or could that be morning sickness... again?
Recognized as one of the greatest living writers of the short story, William Trevor added "bestselling novelist" to his numerous accolades with the publication of Felicia's Journey. Death in Summer, a morally astute and emotionally resonant novel, again shows Trevor at the top of his form. There were three deaths that summer. Letitia went first, leaving her husband, Thaddeus, to relive their final, petty argument and to cope with raising their baby alone. The next death came after Thaddeus's mother-in-law moved into his country house. And finally, after the household seemed to settle down, an unwelcome guest appeared, heralding the third and last of the summer tragedies.
BAD MEDICINE The town of Medicine Bow, Arizona, gives Clint Adams a sick feeling right from the start. It seems a deadly epidemic swept through, claiming more than a few lives and driving the rest out in a hurry. But Clint isn't about to flee the scene--especially when he discovers a little girl abandoned by her parents and a feisty young woman determined to save her home. But he soon learns that there are more survivors in town--a group of bad men sicker than any epidemic could explain. OVER FIFTEEN MILLION GUNSMITH BOOKS IN PRINT!
The celebrated author, Gustave Aschenbach, burdened by his successes, comes to Venice for a holiday and encounters a vision of eros -- a vision for which he pays with his life. Death in Venice, Thomas Mann's intensely moving elegy for a man trapped between myth and modernity, was written at the peak of his powers.From the Hardcover edition.
A haunting novella, Death in Venice tells the story of a man who falls into foolish love, only to reap his own ruin. Gustav von Aschenbach, a dignified but lonely writer in the twilight of his life, is enjoying a Venetian vacation when he notices the taut, lean figure of a Polish boy. His name is Tadzio--and he embodies the sleek perfection of youth. Aschenbach finds himself completely and hopelessly obsessed with this ideal. Death in Venice brims with mythical imagery, exploring the themes of beauty and decay, passion and pestilence. This translation of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's work by Jefferson S. Chase includes an additional novella, Tonio Kröger, and the short stories "Tristan," "Man and Dog: An Idyll," "Hour of Hardship," "Tobias Mindernickel," and "The Child Prodigy." Translated and with an Introduction by Jefferson S. Chase and an Afterword by Martin Swales
Whether it's to satisfy a craving for chocolate or pick up the hottest new bestseller, the locals in charming West Riverdale, Maryland, are heading to Chocolates and Chapters, where everything sold is to die for... Best friends Michelle Serrano and Erica Russell are celebrating the sweet rewards of their combined bookstore and chocolate shop by hosting the Great Fudge Cook-off during the town's Memorial Day weekend Arts Festival. But success turns bittersweet when Main Street's portrait photographer is found dead in their store, poisoned by Michelle's signature truffles. As suspicion mounts against Michelle, her sales begin to crumble and her career seems whipped. With Erica by her side, Michelle must pick through an assortment of suspects before the future of their dream store melts away... FIRST IN A NEW SERIES Includes Scrumptious Chocolate-Making Recipes!
The latest, greatest, high-tech thrill ride for Tom Clancy's legion of young fans.<P> The amateurs are beating the pros in this year's spatball playoffs-and some big bettors plan to lose a fortune. When they threaten a star player, the Net Force Explorers are called in to protect America's newest pastime.
First in a new series! At the San Francisco Seafood Festival, someone is steamed enough to kill a cook.... When restaurant reviewer Darcy Burnett gets served a pink slip from the San Francisco Chronicle, she needs to come up with an alternative recipe for success quickly. Her feisty aunt Abby owns a tricked-out school bus, which she's converted into a hip and happening food truck, and Darcy comes aboard as a part-timer while she develops a cookbook project based on recipes from food fests in the Bay Area. But she soon finds someone's been trafficking in character assassination--literally--when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder. The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in. With her aunt's business--and freedom--on the line, it's up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out-of-control killer.... RECIPES INCLUDED!
"If you like dogs, you'll love Laurien Berenson's Melanie Travis mysteries!" --Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling authorBetween her boisterous sons and a house full of Poodles, there's never a dull moment for Melanie Travis. But no matter how hectic life gets, she can always pick up the scent of a howling good mystery--and she'll stop at nothing to dig up the truth. . .It's summer in Connecticut, and Melanie's life has become an endless string of dog shows, soccer camp, and the antics of her energetic toddler. She hardly has time to pay much attention to her Aunt Peg's new protégé, Nick Walden, a self-proclaimed "dog whisperer" with an uncanny gift for decoding dog-speak. The well-heeled dog owners of Fairfield County are lapping up his alleged talents, anxious to discover exactly what their pampered pets are thinking--that is until the pooches start spilling their secrets. When Nick is discovered dead in his home, his sister Claire enlists Melanie to help track down the killer. Now, as she juggles the demands of marriage and motherhood--not to mention her six beloved Poodles--Melanie can scarcely even begin to nose through the growing list of suspects. But just when she thinks she's barking up the wrong tree, she'll find herself face to face with a purebred murderer. . .Praise For Laurien Berenson And Her Melanie Travis Mysteries!"Laurien Berenson just keeps getting better and better." --Harlan Coben"Berenson throws dog lovers a treat they will relish." --Publishers Weekly"A wonderful reason to celebrate--Melanie Travis is back on the job in this always charming and clever series." --Earlene Fowler, author of The Road to Cardinal Valley and the Benni Harper mysteries "A special treat." --Library Journal"Delightful. . .Four paws for this one." --Carolyn Hart"Fun reading." --Dog NewsPRAISE FOR GONE WITH THE WOOF"A sprightly pooch-packed escapade. With unexpected twists, humor, and a wealth of information about the story's milieu, Berenson wraps up this caper in a tail-wagging finale." --Publishers Weekly "Berenson, who has a nose for balancing fun and fright, devises another story that will appeal to dog aficionados and cozy lovers alike." --Kirkus"Berenson's canine frame story will have dog lovers' tails wagging, and it doesn't detract from either the savvy heroine or the smart mystery." --Booklist "A wonderful novel. Even better if you read it with a dog on your lap." --Suspense Magazine
Ranger Will's past is revealed in this story from the New York Times bestselling Ranger's Apprentice.<P> Halt reveals to Will the story behind his parents' deaths and how he came to live at the Castle Redmont Ward.
Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play that forever changed the meaning of the American Dream Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American way, living out his belief in salesmanship as a way to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age sixty-three, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his marriage and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the son in whom he invested his faith. Willy lives in a fragile world of elaborate excuses and daydreams, conflating past and present in a desperate attempt to make sense of himself and of a world that once promised so much. Widely considered Arthur Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman has steadily seen productions all over the world since its 1949 debut, including the multiple Tony-award-winning 2012 Broadway production directed by Mike Nichols and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman and Andrew Garfield as his son Biff. As the noted Miller scholar Christopher Bigsby states in his introduction to this edition, "If Willy's is an American dream, it is also a dream shared by all those who are aware of the gap between what they might have been and what they are. " .
In her classic tale, Charlotte Brontë introduced readers to the strong-willed and intelligent Jane Eyre. Picking up where Brontë left off, Jane's life has settled into a comfortable pattern: She and her beloved Edward Rochester are married and have an infant son. But Jane soon finds herself in the midst of new challenges and threats to those she loves... Jane can't help but fret when a letter arrives from Adèle Varens--Rochester's ward, currently at boarding school--warning that the girl's life is in jeopardy. Although it means leaving her young son and invalid husband, and despite never having been to a city of any size, Jane feels strongly compelled to go to London to ensure Adèle's safety. But almost from the beginning, Jane's travels don't go as planned--she is knocked about and robbed, and no one believes that the plain, unassuming Jane could indeed be the wife of a gentleman; even the school superintendent takes her for an errant new teacher. But most shocking to Jane is the discovery that Adèle's schoolmate has recently passed away under very suspicious circumstances, yet no one appears overly concerned. Taking advantage of the situation, Jane decides to pose as the missing instructor--and soon uncovers several unsavory secrets, which may very well make her the killer's next target...
"A satisfying and surprising read." --Sheila Connolly, New York Times bestselling author on Scrapped Spring is in the air, but the ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop hardly have time to stop and smell the roses. Not when famed Irish dancer Emily McGlashen is found murdered in her studio just after the St. Patrick's Day parade--and one of the Crop's own members is the prime suspect. Vera's dance studio may have suffered when Emily waltzed into town, but the croppers know she's not a vengeful murderer. Lucky for her, co-scrapbooker Annie is a freelance reporter eager to vindicate her friend. What she discovers is a puzzling labyrinth of secrets that only add question marks to Emily's murder. Just when it seems they've run out of clues, an antique scrapbook turns up and points the croppers in the right direction--and brings them face to face with a killer more twisted than a Celtic knot. . .Praise for Mollie Cox Bryan"Thought-provoking and well-paced. . . A great story, well told!" --Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft mysteries on Scrapped"Bryan's voice is rich with empathy, suspense, and a healthy dose of Southern charm." --Ellery Adams, New York Times bestselling author of the Charmed Pie Shoppe Mysteries"A font of ingenuity. . .superb entertainment." --Mystery Scene magazine on Scrapbook of SecretsIncludes tips and a glossary of terms for the modern scrapbooker!
When fashion reporter Lacey Smithsonian moved to Washington, D. C. , from rugged, small town Sagebrush, Colorado, she thought she'd never look back. But when her former boyfriend, cattle rancher Cole Tucker, is arrested for the murders of three women, Lacey digs her cowboy boots out of her closet and hops on the next plane. She is certain of Tucker's innocence, until he abducts her during a daring courthouse escape. Is Tucker capable of murder, too? Or is there a larger conspiracy in the small town? Lacey needs to rustle up all the help she can get for this case before her old flame is snuffed out for good. . . .
In the sequel to Death Wish, Paul Benjamin continues his vigilante killing spreePaul Benjamin was an ordinary New Yorker until a gang of drug addicts killed his wife and raped his daughter. When the police proved helpless, Benjamin bought a gun and found his own vengeance, methodically tracking the addicts and killing them one by one. Now he is in Chicago, and the cycle of violence is about to begin anew. On his first night in the city, he stumbles out of a bar in a bad part of town, pretending to be drunk. When two thugs set upon him, they find their quarry sober and armed. He kills them both, escaping before the police arrive. They will not be the last of Chicago's criminal class to suffer his wrath. Written by Garfield as "penance" for the success of the grisly film adaptation of Death Wish, this sequel shows that when a decent man relies on violence to settle scores, murder becomes addictive.
Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penetentiary has failed. This time his punishment will be much worse than before. Because in the hidden, bloodstained laboratories beneath the prison, he will be made into a monster. As the warden pumps something evil into his veins - a sinisterly dark nectar - Alex becomes what he most fears . . . a superhuman minion of Furnace. How can he escape when the darkness is inside him? How can he lead the way to freedom if he is lost to himself?
A horrifying future awaits the Young Trib Force. As Vicki fights for her life in a detention center, Judd sets a new goal that could put the group in the greatest danger yet. With conflict arising, Judd faces a decision that will affect the rest of his life. The rise of a rebel group, a global catastrophe, a disappearance, and the death of a friend give the kids a heartbreaking challenge.
Sue Gibbons, who's been staying with the Wakefields, has been kidnapped just weeks after gorgeous Jeremy Randall left her at the altar for Jessica! Now Sue's captor is threatening to kill her if the Wakefields don't pay up. Jeremy insists he'll find the kidnapper, but soon Jessica becomes suspicious of him.
Seventeen-year-old Silas Umber's father, Amos, mysteriously disappeared a year ago. Unbeknownst to his son, Amos was an Undertaker, responsible for settling the accounts of the dead in the Shadowland, the states of limbo binding spirits to earth. With Amos gone, Silas and his mother move back to Lichport, the town where his father worked to bring The Peace. There, Silas finds his father's Death Watch, the tool that allows the owner to see the dead, and he inadvertently becomes the new Undertaker. Now Lichport's secrets are making themselves known to Silas and it is up to him to settle the town's hidden history. With the help of some unlikely allies, Silas embarks on a path into the Shadowland to take up his new post--and ultimately find his father, dead or alive.s begins to unearth Lichport's secret history--and discovers that he has taken on his father's mantle as Lichport's Undertaker. Now, Silas must embark on a dangerous path into the Shadowlands to embrace his destiny and discover the truth about his father--no matter the cost.
From the back of the book: SAVAGE STRIKE FORCE Where is Biff Hooper? The Hardys' friend secretly went off to a survival game camp in Georgia-and never came back. But before leaving he did tell Joe. So when Orville Brand, the camp director, claims Biff was never there, the Hardy boys suspect foul play. Under cover of darkness Frank and Joe break into the camp grounds. To their amazement they find the Ultimo Survival Camp is actually a training site for an elite corps of attack troops, led by a shadowy strongman named Hammerlock. Suddenly the brothers are trapped in a real-life struggle for survival against the toughest enemy they've ever had to face.... =============== From inside the book: THE ULTIMATE EXAM "The five of you will be set loose in the jungle terrain beyond our fortress," Hammerlock said. "I'll give you until dawn and then start after you. I think that's a sporting chance. "I'll probably be back in time for breakfast, but it would be a pleasant surprise if you were tough enough to make the hunt last until lunch." Hammerlock drew his Super Blackhawk pistol. He twirled the gun about his forefinger. "Just consider this the final exam." Suddenly Hammerlock stopped the spinning gun. It was pointed right at Joe's head. "And I mean just that. You flunk this course-and you die!"
The hotly anticipated third book in Heather Killough-Walden's fantastic paranormal series, THE LOST ANGELS. It's time for Azrael's story. . . As the former Archangel of Death, Azrael has always stood apart from his brothers. Cursed to rule from the darkness, he is not only one of the four favored archangels, but the very first vampire, and king among his kind. Sophie Bryce is a woman scarred by the dark secrets of her past. Though she is overwhelmingly attracted to the brooding archangel, she simply cannot believe that she is the one fated to be with such an extraordinary being. But Azrael has known differently from the moment he laid eyes on Sophie and he will stop at nothing to win her heart - even if he has to fight an army of unimaginable evils to do so. . .
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