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Wiglaf 's latest assignment for the DSA school paper is to write an in-depth article about the headmaster: Who is the real Mordred de Marvelous? Wiglaf, with help from his buddy Angus, decides the best way to learn all about the headmaster is to follow him around school for a day. But when the boys overhear Mordred and his scout, Yorick, whispering about "twins," "kidnapped!" and "gold," they decide to investigate and end up getting much, MUCH more than a newspaper story. .
Ten years ago, the spy satellite Medusa burned upon re-entry - but not before its sensors revealed a secret buried deep in the earth. A priceless discovery that some would die to find - and kill to possess . . . With uncanny talent as a geologist and a quick intelligence matched by savvy and courage, Philip Mercer is fast becoming a legend in powerful circles around the world. And at least two groups in those circles need his help. One group - of unknown allegiance and with a reputation for violence - snatches and holds hostage his oldest friend, forcing Mercer to help them. In a harsh and hostile land ravaged by violence, Mercer races to find the one thing that will save his friend. But the location of this ancient treasure is elusive. He is thwarted by brutal competing forces, and suddenly, he learns that there is much more at stake than either his life or the life of an old friend: The fate of thousands of innocent souls depends on him - and him alone . . .
Professional psychic Abby Cooper has invested in a fixer-upper, hoping to make a killing in the real estate market. But a killing of another kind puts her plans awry, as the ghost of a murdered woman and some troublesome poltergeists lead her into a mystery that stretches all the way back to World War II. .
"Call[ing] to mind the forensic mysteries of Aaron Elkins and Patricia Cornwell" (Chicago Sun-Times), Beverly Connor's spellbinding series proves that the dead do tell tales--and reveal secrets that can threaten the living in the most chilling of ways... In the depths of an unmapped cave, forensic anthropologist Diane Fallon makes an astonishing discovery: the decades-old skeleton of a caving victim. Soon, the remains of two more bodies are found--one in an old car submerged in the waters of an abandoned quarry, another buried in the Georgia woods. At first, with nothing to link the dissimilar victims except desiccated bones, Diane can't fathom the connection. But someone in her shadow does. It's the key to a mystery that reaches back seventy years in a heritage of love, greed, and murder--and an unearthed family secret that still holds the power to kill.
With vivid prose and unswerving attention to historical detail, the author of Empire of Ashes spins a tale of two brothers who rise through Spartan society and meet their fate--surrounded by the Athenian navy on the barren island of Sphacteria.
It begins deep beneath the Pacific Ocean, where a nuclear bomb strikes at the fiery hot heart of the earth. Churning, spewing boiling lava, a volcano rises with unnatural speed from the ocean floor -- the source of a new mineral that promises clean, limitless nuclear power. It continues in hot spots around the globe: Hawaii, where a secessionist movement is about to turn violent and the American army may be asked to fire on U. S. citizens; Washington, D. C. , where the subway system becomes the site of a running gun battle; the Far East, where disrupted diplomatic negotiations jeopardize world peace; a rogue Russian submarine, circling the infant volcano. Caught in the middle is Philip Mercer, a geologist and a one-time commando with shady contacts in all the right (or is it wrong?) places. When Mercer learns that the daughter of an old friend is being kept under armed guard in a local hospital, he vows to rescue her, not knowing that this is the first step in unraveling the fantastic secrets of Vulcan's Forge. .
Emako Blue was supposed to be a star. She was beautiful and good-hearted. She was Monterey's best friend. She was the only girl Jamal cared about, the one who saw through his player act. She was the one who understood the burden of Eddie's family. She was the best singer anyone had ever heard, with a voice like vanilla incense, smoky and sweet. She was Savannah's rival, the one who wouldn't play by the rules. She was destined for greatness, already plucked from South Central Los Angeles by the record producers. She was only fifteen when she died. .
For nearly two decades before Mark Twain published his finest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he was refining his craft and winning tremendous popularity with his short stories and sketches. This richly entertaining and comprehensive collection presents sixty-five of the very best of Mark Twain's short pieces, from the classic frontier sketch "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to the richly imaginative fable "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven." Compiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning Twain scholar and biographer, Justin Kaplan, this collection represents some of Mark Twain's wittiest and most insightful writing.
From hags and harpies to sorceresses and sirens, this volume features twenty all-new tales that prove women are far from the weaker sex-in all their alluring, magical, and monstrous roles.
A bold debut set in a richly detailed, well-imagined world (Publishers Weekly), the first installment in the Dragon Temple Saga is a vivid tale by a powerful new voice in fantasy. . . . Like her half-breed mother, young Zarq Darquel can't always hold her tongue. A peasant on a large dragon estate, she goes unnoticed by the Temple of the Dragon-until she accidentally captures the attention of an eccentric and dangerous dragonmaster, unleashing a storm of tragedy. Her clan is plunged into destitution, her beautiful sister, Waivia, sold into slavery, and her mother lost to madness. Desperate to find Waivia, Zarq and her delirious mother flee through the underworld of their land. Consumed with the desire for revenge, Zarq develops a taste for the highly addictive venom of the dragons she has been taught to revere-and with this poison, she imbibes their memories and glimpses a plot for social revolution. But to achieve it, she must defy not just sexual taboos and patriarchal conventions, but the Emperor who rules her nation. . .
At Cold Devil, Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack and Marshal Pete Summers apprehend two wanted men--one of whom has posted a bounty on the lawmen's heads. When Sam is dry gulched and Pete is wounded, a pretty young woman and her family nurse the lawmen back to health.
Of Nathaniel Hawthorne's insight into the Puritan's simultaneous need for fulfillment and self-destruction, D. H. Lawrence wrote, "Nathaniel knew disagreeable things in his inner soul. He was careful to send them out in disguise." By means of artfully crafted and compelling tales, Hawthorne explored the destinies and concerns of early American settlers and citizens. In several of the stories in this collection, characters who hold themselves apart from their fellow man fall prey to the corroding desires of lust for perfection. Then they unwittingly commit evils--against themselves and others--in the name of pride. Edgar Allan Poe noted of Hawthorne's writing: "Every word tells, and there is not a word which does not tell."
When Katie's dad, a trivia buff, gets a chance to be a contestant on his favorite TV game show, she quizzes him to prepare him for every possible question. But the one thing she can't prepare for is the magic wind--which turns her into her dad right as the show is about to air! She's in a real mess, and this time it's on national television! .
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Katie's actress friend Rosie invites her to a movie shoot at a ski lodge during winter break. Katie can't wait to hit the slopes for the first time. But unfortunately, the magic wind doesn't ever take a break. When Katie turns into the ski instructor, she lands in a very slippery situation. How will Katie fix her troubles this time? .
STORM OF WINGS: When the uneasy peace of the three kingdoms is threatened by war, Hal's dream of riding dragons becomes reality. For this is a conflict like no other. For the first time, wild dragons have become living weapons, ridden by men of cold daring and ruthless ambition. And the greatest of them is Hal Kailas. Dragonmaster. KNIGHTHOOD OF THE DRAGON: When he first dreamed of riding a dragon to war, Hal Keilas was laughed at. Then the war between the kingdoms of Deraine, Sagene and Roche compelled a solution daring beyond their people's wildest dreams. But Hal, Dragonmaster, knows that the war and the killing have only begun. THE LAST BATTLE: As predicted, with the end of the war both dragon fliers and dragons have been cast aside. However, what or who is savaging the dragons in their native lands? Hal embarks on a new crusade, and discovers a threat, not just to the dragons but to man himself.
In Relax into Wealth, master storyteller Alan Cohen demonstrates the intrinsic link between passion, authenticity, and prosperity. He shows that nothing pays like . . . being yourself. This popular national speaker and bestselling writer delivers his prosperity principles in fifty-two true stories of successful people he has encountered, including celebrities, Midas-touch entrepreneurs, shuttle-bus drivers, wide-eyed children, and even a stripper. Then, in his unique way, Cohen highlights the lesson within each parable and expands upon it, enabling readers to apply the principle to their own lives. Cohen uses the story, the most cogent teaching device in history, to give readers an entertaining and accessible model. Relax into Wealth makes use of personal (and sometimes quite intimate) tales to capture the reader's attention and impart the wisdom found in the experience. Each of its fifty-two anecdotes ends with a personal affirmation to help readers remember the lesson and carry it into real life. Most popular books on success in business or personal finance are formula-driven, focusing on techniques to make more money, climb the corporate ladder, or outpower competition. Relax into Wealth is character-driven, shining the spotlight on the kind of heart, faith, and vision required to overcome fear, peer pressure, limiting beliefs, or a history of failure. The book is about real people--in whom readers can recognize themselves--featuring moneymakers who have been true to their passion and successful in their chosen domain. Every reader will see his own financial hopes--and how to achieve them--in the lives of the various characters. .
Young archaeologist Finn Ryan and charismatic pilot and photographer Virgil Hilts are scouring the Sahara for the long-lost tomb of an apostle. But they find something they weren't looking for: signs of a decades-old murder, along with an ancient Roman medallion bearing the infamous name of a fallen archangel. It doesn't take long for them to realize that they've found a piece of a much bigger puzzle--and a trail of clues that could get them killed. Forced to flee from a relentless enemy, Finn and Virgil are pursued across the globe. From the sinister ruins of an ancient monastery to a sunken ship in the Caribbean, the two desperately search for a truth that can save their lives, but might shake the foundations of history. . .
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When Miriam gets Suzanne's role in the school play (that is, the role Suzanne thinks belongs to her), Katie knows there will be trouble. But she certainly doesn't plan on being involved in it! Unfortunately, the magic wind has plans of its own -- it turns Katie into Miriam just before the show! Katie doesn't know the lines and she can't sing. Will the show go on? Will it go on with Suzanne instead?
Katie can't wait for the school science fair. But when she hears that a sixth-grader named Selena is using her pet mice as part of a science experiment, Katie does her best to put a stop to it. When she turns into Selena on the day of the fair, she gets her chance to set the mice free. What a disaster! How will Katie eek her way out of this one? .
It's the last day of the school year, so it must be time for Wiglaf and all his friends at Dragon Slayers' Academy to go home and enjoy the lazy hazy days of a medieval summer. Ummm, not quite. Not when Mordred the gold-hungry headmaster realizes there's money to be made running a camp. This double-sized summer super special packs in twice the fun for fans of DSA, and there's a full-color 8-page insert that pulls out and includes a ghost story, jokes, and more. The Horn Book calls DSA "a hilarious and deservedly popular magic-propelled series set in the Middle Ages. .
Here's a funny adventure that kids can really sink their teeth into! When Emma W. 's little brother Matthew overhears Katie talking about how awful going to the dentist is, he's terrified! So Katie accompanies him to Dr. Sang's in the hopes of calming Matthew down. Then in less time than it takes to say "open wide," she herself turns into the dentist! A predicament, to be sure, but one that ends with a smile. .
Young widow Passion Dare thought she'd never love again. But a handsome earl has been pursuing her--and after a lifetime of propriety, Passion ponders throwing caution to the wind. After several heady encounters, the pair must face blackmail, learn a shocking truth-and choose between duty and desire.
Russian mastermind Ivan Kerikov plans to use an ecological terrorist group to sabotage the Alaska pipeline and pollute the western coast of North America with oil, all to turn the United States from domestic to foreign sources of oil. He's being paid millions by a rogue Arab oil minister who is plotting a coup in his own country and in desparate need of foreign income to solidify his position. But Kerikov hasn't allowed for geologist Philip Mercer, who has a talent for being in the right place at the right time. When Mercer discovers that an apparant accident was actually murder, he investigates and soon begins to untangle Kerikov's web. At his side is Aggie Johnston, right-hand woman to the eco-terrorist, who has begun to question her leader's motives.
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