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Stanwyck

by Axel Madsen

A compelling portrait of one of Hollywood's most invincible women, the late Barbara Stanwyck. Stanwyck was a most unusual movie star, an actress of considerable and neglected talent who continually elevated every role she had, a woman whose personal life matched the rocky road her career eventually took. Whispered to be among Hollywood's scandalous "Sewing Circle," a group of internationally famous actresses who hid their potentially career-ending lesbianism and bisexuality, Stanwyck always kept her liaisons as secretly shrouded as possible. Despite her steely resolve and her image as a take-control kind of woman, Stanwyck suffered from turbulent marriages and relationships, including her sensational marriage to, and divorce from, the beautiful and abusive Robert Taylor. Madsen offers a fresh look at this fascinating, complex screen goddess, offering provocative and shocking details from one of Hollywood's most interesting lives.

Shadow of a Hero

by Peter Dickinson

To save a country, a girl and her grandfather must learn what it means to be a hero The greatest hero in the history of Varina was baptized in a cave. Every schoolchild knows the story. His parents were on their way to the city when a storm drove them to take shelter in the mountainside, along with a priest, a bandit, and a scholar. When the storm did not abate, they asked the priest to give their child a name, and he christened the boy Restaur Vax. The boy would grow to be a warrior, a scholar, and a man of god, and his name would lead an oppressed people to independence for the first time. Alas, that liberty would not survive. Generations later, Vax's oldest living descendant is in London, teaching the language of Varina to his inquisitive young granddaughter. When his homeland is torn apart once more by war, calls come for this man to take up the mantle of the Vax name--and become a hero for a new age. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

In the Palace of the Khans

by Peter Dickinson

In a far-off kingdom, an English boy befriends the mad ruler's daughter The Khan of Dirzhan is a monster. Nigel, the son of the English ambassador to a backward Asian country, is transfixed by stories of the Khan's brutality. It is said that he had his own brother strangled, that he once shot two cabinet ministers to death during a government meeting, and that he will stop at nothing to keep his daughter safe. At first, these are nothing but stories, but when Nigel and the Khan's daughter form an unlikely friendship, the terror of the Khan will become all too real. Enlisted by the Khan to help beautiful young Taeela with her English, Nigel gets a firsthand look at life in a palace ruled by fear. When the Khan's enemies threaten Taeela, Nigel helps her escape. Together, they flee across a barren countryside where sheer survival is an adventure. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

A Box of Nothing

by Peter Dickinson

For one young boy, a box full of nothing is a ticket to adventure While skipping school, James sees his mother on the street. He ducks inside an abandoned store, where an aged shopkeeper asks what he wants to buy. When James says "nothing," the old man sells it to him: a heavy cardboard box stuffed full of top-quality nothing. James tries to explain this to his mother, but she doesn't believe him and throws the box over the fence and into the dump. He sneaks in to retrieve his new possession--and finds himself trapped in another world. The dump is an eerie place populated by hyperintelligent rats, monstrous seagulls, and a very clever pile of garbage called the Burra. Once it was a thriving community, but something strange has happened, and the dump has become stuck in time. To get back home, James must help the Burra save the dump--using all the nothing he can find. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

The Gift

by Peter Dickinson

A boy with psychic powers struggles to save his loved ones When Davy's mother deserts their family, Davy's father packs his children into a rickety old car and takes them on a vacation. They drive to their mysterious old grandparents' house in the sprawling Welsh countryside, a place so rural that running water is a novelty. It is there that Davy learns he has the gift. He has always seen the pictures--images in his head that tell of the future or the past--but his grandmother explains that the gift is both a remarkable power and a terrible curse. It was the gift that killed Davy's great-uncle--and it is the gift that could save his life. Seven years later, Davy is in high school, and for the first time he can remember, life is almost normal. But when he starts having troubling visions of his father's new employer he knows that only he can save his family from destruction. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

The Blue Hawk

by Peter Dickinson

In an ancient kingdom, a boy and his hawk challenge the gods All his life, Tron has been destined to join the priests who rule his strange desert kingdom. When the old king grows sick, a ritual is called for to restore his health: the sacrifice of a blue hawk, the symbol of the god Gdu. For the first time, Tron is chosen to take part in the ritual. Just before the bird is sacrificed, the young priest notices that its eyes are cloudy. The bird is sick, and to give its soul to the king would be to kill him. And so Tron steals the bird away. The priests are enraged at his disruption of the ritual. Some call for his head, but others see Tron's potential. They give him three months to train the wild bird--three months to save its life and rescue the kingdom from the wrath of the gods. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

A Bone from a Dry Sea

by Peter Dickinson

On a prehistoric shore, a young girl fights to help her tribe survive She is at home in the ocean, as comfortable in the water as she is on dry land. The child's people have made their homes by the bay for as long as anyone can remember, diving for mussels and any other food the ocean will serve to them. They have no language; they have no names. Although they know love and jealousy and pride, they are not quite human--not yet. This child of the sea will show them the way. Two million years later, Vinny is visiting her father at an archaeological site in Africa when they discover the remains of that forgotten tribe of cliff dwellers. Across the ocean of time, these two young women will find a connection, an inexplicable bond that builds slowly but arrives with all the power of a tidal wave. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

Healer

by Peter Dickinson

To save his friend, a daring young boy infiltrates a healing center If it weren't for the migraines, Barry would be an ordinary boy. When a crushing headaches strikes him during the school day, he goes to the nurse's office to beg for aspirin. He is waiting for her help when a chubby-faced six-year-old girl puts her hands on his neck. Heat flows through them, and when it stops, the headache is gone. Her name is Pinkie, and she has the power to heal. When her stepfather uses her ability to found a highly profitable healing center, Barry fears the gentle little girl is being exploited. On the outside, Barry is just a scared, sickly teenager. But inside he is Bear--and Bear is afraid of nothing. To save his friend, he infiltrates the healing center, where he will find that those who plan to cure the world's ills also know something about causing pain. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

The Lion Tamer's Daughter

by Peter Dickinson

Four powerful stories of adventure and imagination--in this world and beyond When Keith's father dies, his mom sells their house and takes Keith with her to live in Scotland. He misses his dad and his home, but most of all he misses Melly, a girl whose father is a lion tamer, and who seemed to come from another world. Keith is in a park in Edinburgh when he sees a girl who looks exactly like Melly, and whose father once worked for the circus, taming lions. To save his best friend's life, Keith embarks on a perilous quest to untangle the mystery of Melly's doppelgänger. In these four tales, Peter Dickinson writes with clarity and wit about young people in extraordinary situations, characters whose adventures take place across space, time, and the boundaries of their souls. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

Annerton Pit

by Peter Dickinson

A blind boy and his brother set out on a motorcycle in search of their ghost-hunting grandfather It all starts with the postman. Jake cannot see the mail, but he is an excellent listener, and he can tell by the sound the mail makes when it hits the floor that bad news is coming. At the top of the pile is a very thin letter rejecting Jake's brother, Martin, from every college he applied to. Even worse, there is no news from their grandfather, an eccentric ghost hunter whose supernatural investigations have carried him into the wilds of northern England. Martin cashes in his college savings to buy a secondhand motorcycle, and the boys set out to find their grandfather. It is a trip that will change their lives forever. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

AK

by Peter Dickinson

A war behind him, a child soldier tries to learn the ways of peace Paul remembers nothing from before the conflict. Twelve years old, he is not a child. He is a warrior--one of a handful of elite commandos who live only to fight the corrupt government of Nagala. He has no family but the boys who fight beside him, and he owns nothing but his AK-47 rifle. This is the only life he has ever known, and it is one he understands--right until the day the standoff ends and his life changes forever. Paul buries his AK and heads north to join a school and attempt to live life as just another child. But at night, the battlefield consumes his dreams. When a rogue faction stages a coup in the capital and Paul's adoptive father is put in prison, the boy turns into a warrior once more. It is too late for him to have a childhood, but Paul will do whatever it takes to guarantee himself a future. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Peter Dickinson including rare images from the author's collection.

Tulku

by Peter Dickinson

When Theodore's safe, predictable world is destroyed, his life--and his faith--are in danger Thirteen-year-old Theodore has lived in China all his life and never felt terror, until his father's missionary settlement is attacked and burned in the night. Theodore follows his father's orders and hides in the forest, only creeping back the next morning to see if anything--or anyone--has survived. But before he reaches the smoldering wreckage he runs into the formidable Mrs. Jones, a botanist and adventurer who's traveling across China on horseback with her young companion, Lung. The three head into the Himalayan foothills, where a mountainside escape puts them at the mercy of the Lama Amchi. The holy man seems interested in Theodore and leads the group to an extraordinary hidden monastery. But deep in the mountains, with winter coming and monks following their every move, will rescue come at a price? Are Theodore and his friends honored guests--or prisoners?

Eva

by Peter Dickinson

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 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?

The Kin

by Peter Dickinson

At the dawn of human history, four children who have been cast out of their home embark on a quest for a new landThey came to An and said, "Our brothers and sisters have each a Kin, but we have none. How is this?" An, knowing no better, said, "You were reared by Ammu and by me. You are of the Kin of People." It was from this that all sorrow came. Suth and Noli were orphaned on the night when the murderous strangers came, speaking an unfamiliar language and bringing violence to the peaceful Moonhawk tribe. Now the Moonhawks are running away into a wasteland with little hope of finding water or food before it's too late. Determined not to die in the desert, Suth and Noli slip away at night with two other orphaned children and only Noli's dreams to guide them. Their search for a new Good Place, one of food and safety, will take them across the valleys and plains of prehistoric Africa and bring them together as a tribe and as a family.

The Changes Trilogy

by Peter Dickinson

Gripped by a strange fear, England closes its doors to the outside world Something has gone very wrong in England. In a tunnel beneath Wales one man opens a crack in a mysterious stone wall, and all over the island of Britain people react with horror to perfectly normal machines. Abandoning their cars on the roads and destroying their own factories, many flee the cities for the countryside, where they return to farming and an old-fashioned life. When families are split apart and grown-ups forget how they used to live, young people face unexpected challenges. Nicola Gore survives on her own for nineteen days before she's taken in by a Sikh family that still remembers how to farm and forge steel by hand. Margaret and Jonathan brave the cold and risk terrible punishment in order to save a man's life and lift the fog of fear and hate that's smothering their village. And Geoffrey and his little sister, Sally, escape to France only to be sent back to England on a vital mission: to make their way north to Wales, alone, and find the thing under the stones that shattered civilization--the source of the Changes.

The Exploits of Arsène Lupin

by Maurice Leblanc Otto Penzler

On a transatlantic voyage, Europe's greatest criminal plots a daring caper The ship is several days out to sea when the telegram comes through with a warning that among the passengers is a disguised criminal: the fearsome Arsène Lupin. For months, Paris society has quaked at the name of the gentleman thief, whose manners are kind, whose tastes are exquisite, and who steals only from the best. When Lupin is spotted aboard the boat, his scandalous career appears to be finished. But in truth, it is just beginning. The moment he steps ashore, Lupin is captured by his nemesis, the detective Ganimard, and taken to France's infamous Prison de la Santé, where Ganimard plans to lock him up and throw away the key. But no jail in the world can hold the world's most ingenious thief for long; he has only to slip his shackles before beginning the adventure of a lifetime. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Man in Lower Ten

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Otto Penzler

A case of mistaken identity ignites this clever mystery from America's queen of crime A happy bachelor in Washington, DC, Lawrence "Lollie" Blakeley is just the right age to dance with the grown-up little sisters of the girls he used to know. He is without sentiment--so he claims--but is ruled and frequently routed by his elderly housekeeper. All he really wants is to relax with a round of golf and a trip out on the yacht. But when his law partner asks him to deliver important legal documents to a client in Pittsburgh, Lollie finds his cheerful life tremendously disturbed. In the course of one overnight trip, he ends up in the wrong berth, falls in love, and is accused of murder.The Man in Lower Ten was the first detective novel to appear on national bestseller lists and is just as deliciously thrilling today as when it was published more than a century ago. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Anne of Green Gables

by L. M. Montgomery

The beloved debut of one of literature's most irresistible young heroinesSent to Green Gables farm by mistake, eleven-year-old orphan Anne Shirley prays that Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert will decide to keep her nevertheless. The middle-aged brother and sister wanted a boy to help around the farm; a skinny girl with bright red hair and a fiery personality to match is not at all what they need. But Anne's quick wit and boundless imagination, developed over a lifetime spent in and out of orphanages, soon charm the Cuthberts and their Prince Edward Island friends and neighbors. The story of a special young girl finally finding her home, Anne of Green Gables is a masterpiece of children's fiction and a true delight for readers of all ages. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Forgotten Door

by Alexander Key

Lost in an unfamiliar world, a traveler searches for understandingAt night, Little Jon's people go out to watch the stars. Mesmerized by a meteor shower, he forgets to watch his step and falls through a moss-covered door to another land: America. He awakes hurt, his memory gone, sure only that he does not belong here. Captured by a hunter, Jon escapes by leaping six feet over a barbed-wire fence. Hungry and alone, he staggers through the darkness and is about to be caught when he is rescued by a kind family known as the Beans. They shelter him, feed him, and teach him about his new home. In return, he will change their lives forever. Although the Beans are kind to Little Jon, the townspeople mistrust the mysterious visitor. But Jon has untold powers, and as he learns to harness them, he will show his newfound friends that they have no reason to be afraid.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'. So many readers were to take the advice of the King of Hearts that by the end of the nineteenth century Alice had acquired a pre-eminent and unassailable position in children's literature. Lewis Carroll's use of logic, by which the ordinary is translated into the extraordinary in an entirely plausible way, is delightfully combined with an exceptional knowledge and understanding of the mind of the child. Satire, allusion, and symbolism weave deeper and mysterious meanings, lending a measure of immortality to Carroll's remarkable fantasy.

Tomorrow Is Forever

by Gwen Bristow

Set in World War II-era Hollywood, New York Times-bestselling author Gwen Bristow's emotional tour de force about a woman haunted by the ghost of her husband who died in World War IFor two decades, Elizabeth Herlong has been a devoted Hollywood wife, watching as her husband Spratt built an empire in the budding motion picture industry. But part of her still yearns for her first husband, who perished in France during World War I. As a second great war rages in Europe, something happens that will draw Elizabeth back to the old days, awakening feelings and longings that she thought she would never experience again.One night, Spratt introduces her to a German screenwriter, a crippled veteran of the last war attempting to make a new life for himself. Something in his face stirs Elizabeth's heart, setting her on a journey of discovery about the meaning of true love and the things that war cannot destroy.Tomorrow Is Forever was made into a film starring Claudette Colbert, Orson Welles, and Natalie Wood in 1946.

This Side of Glory

by Gwen Bristow

New York Times-bestselling author Gwen Bristow presents a captivating love story that dramatizes the struggle between the ways of the old Louisiana plantation families and those of the new twentieth-century SouthIn 1912, Eleanor Upjohn sits with her father near the work camp, overseeing the construction of a levee on the Mississippi. In a region shattered by war, levees mean stability, prosperity, and modernity. While Eleanor is a member of a modern clan--practical, impatient, and ready for the future--she cannot help but fall for a man steeped in the ways of the Old South.Kester Larne is the heir to Ardeith, a sprawling Louisiana plantation whose glory days are long behind it, and his antebellum charm sweeps Eleanor off her feet. Only after they marry does she learn that Ardeith is mortgaged to the hilt and she will need every ounce of her modern ingenuity to save it . . . and her marriage.This is the third novel in Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, which also includes Deep Summer and The Handsome Road.

The Handsome Road

by Gwen Bristow

New York Times-bestselling author Gwen Bristow brings to life Civil War-era Louisiana in the impassioned, poignant story of a plantation mistress and a poor seamstress--and the men they love--whose lives are irrevocably changed as the Old South fallsCorrie May Upjohn stands on the levee, watching men unload the riverboats and wishing she could travel far away. A poor preacher's daughter, she is only fourteen, and her life is already laid out for her: marriage in a year or two, and then decades of drudgery. At nearby Ardeith Plantation, Ann Sheramy Larne lives in luxury, but feels just as imprisoned as Corrie May. Their lives could not be more different, but when the horrors of war and Reconstruction come to Louisiana, these two women will band together to survive.This is the second novel in Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, which also includes Deep Summer and This Side of Glory.

Deep Summer

by Gwen Bristow

Bristow does "a grand job of storytelling" (the New York Times) in this memorable novel of the late eighteenth-century pioneers who settled the Louisiana wilderness, establishing a civilization of charm, luxury, and tragic injustice For his service in the king's army during the French and Indian War, Judith Sheramy's father, a Puritan New Englander, is granted a parcel of land in far-off Louisiana. As the family ventures down the Mississippi to make a new home in the wilderness, Judith meets Philip Larne, an adventurer who travels in the finest clothes Judith has ever seen. He is a rogue, a killer, and a thief--and the first thing he steals is Judith's heart.Three thousand acres of untamed jungle, overrun with jaguars, Indians, and pirates, wait for Philip in Louisiana. He and Judith will struggle with their stormy marriage and the challenges of the American Revolution as they strive to build an empire for future generations.This is the first novel in Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, which also includes The Handsome Road and This Side of Glory.

Jubilee Trail

by Gwen Bristow

Gwen Bristow's New York Times-bestselling novel brings the history of the American West to life in this enthralling tale of a New York debutante who marries a frontiersman and sets out on the trail of adventureOne look, and Garnet Cameron finds herself smitten with Oliver Hale. A rugged prairie trader, he has rough hands, tanned skin, and countless stories of adventure on the plains--all of which set him apart from the society dandies with whom Garnet has grown up. Captivated by the promise of life on the prairie, she marries him, and they set off toward the sunset. In New Orleans, Garnet befriends a dance hall girl named Florinda. Together, this unlikely trio travels the Jubilee Trail to California, finding danger, love, and excitement along the way--until the revelation of a terrible secret threatens to destroy all that they have endeavored to build.Briskly paced and filled with authentic historical detail and vivid characters, Jubilee Trail is a thrilling Western adventure that was made into a film in 1954.

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