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The Pretender (Animorphs #23)

by K. A. Applegate

Someone's looking for Tobias. Someone who says she's his long-lost cousin. Tobias isn't sure the person is telling the truth, but she's really nice, and knows a lot about him. And what she tells Tobias definitely gets his attention. It seems a lawyer has discovered Tobias's father's last will and testament. So, Tobias needs to attend the reading. His cousin even offers to go along. But something just doesn't feel quite right. That's when Tobias and the other Animorphs decide to do a little checking on this "cousin." And what they discover will change the rest of Tobias's life...

The Solution (Animorphs #22)

by K. A. Applegate

David, the newest Animorph, is not what he appears. His need to control the other Animorphs is all he thinks about. And the things he does are starting to break up the group. Rachel and the others know that time is running out. The newest battle against the Yeerks is the most important one yet. And it's not one that will wait. Winning this fight could mean slowing down the invasion. But no one knows what to do with David. Because the newest Animorph is more than just a little problem. He's deadly...

The Threat (Animorphs #21)

by K. A. Applegate

There is a new Animorph. And he's arrived just in time, because the Yeerks are preparing their biggest takeover ever. Their ultimate target: the world's most powerful leaders, all gathered together in one place. What better way to get into the minds of humans? Literally. At first, David joins the fight with a vengeance. But there's definitely something wrong. Because he's starting to break the rules, taking risks that could get them all captured. Or killed. The Animorphs don't know what to do. There was a time when the Yeerks were their greatest enemy, but that's about to change...

Mastering Embedded Linux Programming - Second Edition

by Chris Simmonds

Master the techniques needed to build great, efficient embedded devices on Linux About This Book • Discover how to build and configure reliable embedded Linux devices • This book has been updated to include Linux 4.9 and Yocto Project 2.2 (Morty) • This comprehensive guide covers the remote update of devices in the field and power management Who This Book Is For If you are an engineer who wishes to understand and use Linux in embedded devices, this book is for you. It is also for Linux developers and system programmers who are familiar with embedded systems and want to learn and program the best in class devices. It is appropriate for students studying embedded techniques, for developers implementing embedded Linux devices, and engineers supporting existing Linux devices. What You Will Learn • Evaluate the Board Support Packages offered by most manufacturers of a system on chip or embedded module • Use Buildroot and the Yocto Project to create embedded Linux systems quickly and efficiently • Update IoT devices in the field without compromising security • Reduce the power budget of devices to make batteries last longer • Interact with the hardware without having to write kernel device drivers • Debug devices remotely using GDB, and see how to measure the performance of the systems using powerful tools such as perk, ftrace, and valgrind • Find out how to configure Linux as a real-time operating system In Detail Embedded Linux runs many of the devices we use every day, from smart TVs to WiFi routers, test equipment to industrial controllers - all of them have Linux at their heart. Linux is a core technology in the implementation of the inter-connected world of the Internet of Things. The comprehensive guide shows you the technologies and techniques required to build Linux into embedded systems. You will begin by learning about the fundamental elements that underpin all embedded Linux projects: the toolchain, the bootloader, the kernel, and the root filesystem. You'll see how to create each of these elements from scratch, and how to automate the process using Buildroot and the Yocto Project. Moving on, you'll find out how to implement an effective storage strategy for flash memory chips, and how to install updates to the device remotely once it is deployed. You'll also get to know the key aspects of writing code for embedded Linux, such as how to access hardware from applications, the implications of writing multi-threaded code, and techniques to manage memory in an efficient way. The final chapters show you how to debug your code, both in applications and in the Linux kernel, and how to profile the system so that you can look out for performance bottlenecks. By the end of the book, you will have a complete overview of the steps required to create a successful embedded Linux system. Style and approach This book is an easy-to-follow and pragmatic guide with in-depth analysis of the implementation of embedded devices. It follows the life cycle of a project from inception through to completion, at each stage giving both the theory that underlies the topic and practical step-by-step walkthroughs of an example implementation.

Android Things Projects

by Francesco Azzola

Develop smart Internet of things projects using Android Things. About This Book • Learn to build promising IoT projects with Android Things • Make the most out of hardware peripherals using standard Android APIs • Build enticing projects on IoT, home automation, and robotics by leveraging Raspberry Pi 3 and Intel Edison Who This Book Is For This book is for Android enthusiasts, hobbyists, IoT experts, and Android developers who want to gain a deeper knowledge of Android Things. The main focus is on implementing IoT projects using Android Things. What You Will Learn • Understand IoT ecosystem and the Android Things role • See the Android Things framework: installation, environment, SDK, and APIs • See how to effectively use sensors (GPIO and I2C Bus) • Integrate Android Things with IoT cloud platforms • Create practical IoT projects using Android Things • Integrate Android Things with other systems using standard IoT protocols • Use Android Things in IoT projects In Detail Android Things makes developing connected embedded devices easy by providing the same Android development tools, best-in-class Android framework, and Google APIs that make developers successful on mobile. With this book, you will be able to take advantage of the new Android framework APIs to securely build projects using low-level components such as sensors, resistors, capacitors, and display controllers. This book will teach you all you need to know about working with Android Things through practical projects based on home automation, robotics, IoT, and so on. We'll teach you to make the most of the Android Things and build enticing projects such as a smart greenhouse that controls the climate and environment automatically. You'll also create an alarm system, integrate Android Things with IoT cloud platforms, and more. By the end of this book, you will know everything about Android Things, and you'll have built some very cool projects using the latest technology that is driving the adoption of IoT. You will also have primed your mindset so that you can use your knowledge for profitable, practical projects. Style and approach This book is packed with fun-filled, end-to-end projects that you will be encouraged to experiment on the Android Things OS.

Python Network Programming Cookbook - Second Edition

by Pradeeban Kathiravelu Dr M. Sarker

Discover practical solutions for a wide range of real-world network programming tasks About This Book • Solve real-world tasks in the area of network programming, system/networking administration, network monitoring, and more. • Familiarize yourself with the fundamentals and functionalities of SDN • Improve your skills to become the next-gen network engineer by learning the various facets of Python programming Who This Book Is For This book is for network engineers, system/network administrators, network programmers, and even web application developers who want to solve everyday network-related problems. If you are a novice, you will develop an understanding of the concepts as you progress with this book. What You Will Learn • Develop TCP/IP networking client/server applications • Administer local machines' IPv4/IPv6 network interfaces • Write multi-purpose efficient web clients for HTTP and HTTPS protocols • Perform remote system administration tasks over Telnet and SSH connections • Interact with popular websites via web services such as XML-RPC, SOAP, and REST APIs • Monitor and analyze major common network security vulnerabilities • Develop Software-Defined Networks with Ryu, OpenDaylight, Floodlight, ONOS, and POX Controllers • Emulate simple and complex networks with Mininet and its extensions for network and systems emulations • Learn to configure and build network systems and Virtual Network Functions (VNF) in heterogeneous deployment environments • Explore various Python modules to program the Internet In Detail Python Network Programming Cookbook - Second Edition highlights the major aspects of network programming in Python, starting from writing simple networking clients to developing and deploying complex Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) systems. It creates the building blocks for many practical web and networking applications that rely on various networking protocols. It presents the power and beauty of Python to solve numerous real-world tasks in the area of network programming, network and system administration, network monitoring, and web-application development. In this edition, you will also be introduced to network modelling to build your own cloud network. You will learn about the concepts and fundamentals of SDN and then extend your network with Mininet. Next, you'll find recipes on Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) and open and proprietary SDN approaches and frameworks. You will also learn to configure the Linux Foundation networking ecosystem and deploy and automate your networks with Python in the cloud and the Internet scale. By the end of this book, you will be able to analyze your network security vulnerabilities using advanced network packet capture and analysis techniques. Style and approach This book follows a practical approach and covers major aspects of network programming in Python. It provides hands-on recipes combined with short and concise explanations on code snippets. This book will serve as a supplementary material to develop hands-on skills in any academic course on network programming. This book further elaborates network softwarization, including Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and orchestration. We learn to configure and deploy enterprise network platforms, develop applications on top of them with Python.

Learning Angular for .NET Developers

by Rajesh Gunasundaram

Build efficient web apps and deliver great results by integrating Angular and the .NET framework About This Book • Become a more productive developer and learn to use frameworks that implement good development practices • Achieve advanced autocompletion, navigation, and refactoring in Angular using Typescript • Follow a gradual introduction to the concepts with a lot of examples and explore the evolution of a production-ready application Who This Book Is For If you are a .NET developer who now wants to efficiently build single-page applications using the new features that Angular 4 has to offer, then this book is for you. Familiarity of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is assumed to get the most from this book. What You Will Learn • Create a standalone Angular application to prototype user interfaces • Validate complex forms with Angular version 4 and use Bootstrap to style them • Build RESTful web services that work well with single-page applications • Use Gulp and Bower in Visual Studio to run tasks and manage JavaScript packages • Implement automatic validation for web service requests to reduce your boilerplate code • Use web services with Angular version 4 to offload and secure your application logic • Test your Angular version 4 and web service code to improve the quality of your software deliverables In Detail Are you are looking for a better, more efficient, and more powerful way of building front-end web applications? Well, look no further, you have come to the right place! This book comprehensively integrates Angular version 4 into your tool belt, then runs you through all the new options you now have on hand for your web apps without bogging you down. The frameworks, tools, and libraries mentioned here will make your work productive and minimize the friction usually associated with building server-side web applications. Starting off with building blocks of Angular version 4, we gradually move into integrating TypeScript and ES6. You will get confident in building single page applications and using Angular for prototyping components. You will then move on to building web services and full-stack web application using ASP.NET WebAPI. Finally, you will learn the development process focused on rapid delivery and testability for all application layers. Style and approach This book covers everything there is to know about getting well-acquainted with Angular 4 and .NET without bogging you down. Everything is neatly laid out under clear headings for quick consultation, offering you the information required to understand a concept immediately, with short, relevant examples of each feature.

The Hunger Moon

by Suzanne Matson

A moving first novel about the power of friendship to change lives, that will remind readers of Anne Tyler and Alice Hoffman. Renata, a waitress, has left her boyfriend Bryan without telling him he is about to become a father. She drives cross-country to begin a new life in Boston with her baby son, Charlie, hoping to stay free of emotional entanglements and the associations of a painful childhood. Eleanor, a seventy-eight-year-old widow, finds herself gradually stripping away the layers of complication in her life until she is living in virtually a plain white room. June, a young dance student, is dangerously obsessed with thinness to mask her loneliness. The three women, from very different social backgrounds and age, meet by chance and their lives become unexpectedly linked. An emergency involving baby Charlie and the unannounced appearance of Bryan culminates in a dramatic and satisfying conclusion.

Trainspotting

by Irvine Welsh

Trainspotting is the novel that first launched Irvine Welsh's spectacular career--an authentic, unrelenting, and strangely exhilarating episodic group portrait of blasted lives. It accomplished for its own time and place what Hubert Selby, Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn did for his. Rents, Sick Boy, Mother Superior, Swanney, Spuds, and Seeker are as unforgettable a clutch of junkies, rude boys, and psychos as readers will ever encounter. Trainspotting was made into the 1996 cult film starring Ewan MacGregor and directed by Danny Boyle (Shallow Grave).

Stop the Violence in Latin America: A Look at Prevention from Cradle to Adulthood

by Laura Chioda

The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region has the undesirable distinction of being the world's most violent region, with 24.7 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. The magnitude of the problem is staggering and persistent. Of the top 50 most violent cities in the world, 42 are in LAC. In 2010 alone, 142,302 people in LAC fell victim to homicide, representing 390 homicides per day and 4.06 homicides every 15 minutes. Crime disproportionately affects young men aged 20 to 24, whose homicide rate of 92 per 100,000 nearly quadruples that of the region. The focus of Crime Prevention in Latin America and the Caribben is to identify policy interventions that, whether by design or indirect effect, have been shown to affect antisocial behavior early in life and patterns of criminal offending in youth and adults. Particular attention is devoted to recent studies that rigorously establish a causal link between the interventions in question and outcomes. This publication adopts a lifecycle perspective and argues that as individuals progress through different stages of the lifecycle, not only do different sets of risk factors arise and take more prominence, but their interactions and interdependencies shape human behavior. These interactions and the relative importance of different sets of risk factors identify relevant margins that can effectively be targeted by prevention policies, not only early in life, but throughout the lifecycle. Indeed prevention can never start too early, nor start too late, nor be too comprehensive.

Financial Modeling in Excel For Dummies

by Danielle Stein Fairhurst

Make informed business decisions with the beginner's guide to financial modeling using Microsoft Excel Financial Modeling in Excel For Dummies is your comprehensive guide to learning how to create informative, enlightening financial models today. Not a math whiz or an Excel power-user? No problem! All you need is a basic understanding of Excel to start building simple models with practical hands-on exercises. Before you know it, you’ll be modeling your way to optimized profits for your business in no time. Excel is powerful, user-friendly, and is most likely already installed on your computer—which is why it has so readily become the most popular financial modeling software. This book shows you how to harness Excel's capabilities to determine profitability, develop budgetary projections, model depreciation, project costs, value assets, and more. You'll learn the fundamental best practices and know-how of financial modeling, and how to put them to work for your business and your clients. You'll learn the tools and techniques that bring insight out of the numbers and make better business decisions based on quantitative evidence. You'll discover that financial modeling is an invaluable resource for your business, and you'll wonder why you've waited this long to learn how! Companies around the world use financial modeling for decision making, to steer strategy, and to develop solutions. This book walks you through the process with clear, expert guidance that assumes little prior knowledge. Learn the six crucial rules to follow when building a successful financial model Discover how to review and edit an inherited financial model and align it with your business and financial strategy Solve client problems, identify market projections, and develop business strategies based on scenario analysis Create valuable customized templates models that can become a source of competitive advantage From multinational corporations to the mom-and-pop corner store, there isn't a business around that wouldn't benefit from financial modeling. No need to buy expensive specialized software—the tools you need are right there in Excel. Financial Modeling in Excel For Dummies gets you up to speed quickly so you can start reaping the benefits today!

¿Solo una chica buena? (Bdb)

by Fabiola Arellano

Libro 2 de la serie Solo chicas Maricela ha vivido siempre bajo las estrictas reglas de sus padres. Su mayor deseo era ser la directora comercial de la empresa de alimentos SAACSA y formar una linda familia al lado de un esposo que la quisiera y respetara. A raíz de su turbulenta relación con Javier Montalbán, su mundo cambió convirtiéndose en un auténtico caos. El puesto que tanto añoró fue entregado sin más a otra persona, pero no a cualquiera, sino a Manuel Rodríguez, su primer amor, el hombre que le rompió el corazón. Enamorada de uno y casada con otro… Solo a ella le podía ocurrir algo así, ¿cómo haría para salir bien librada de semejante lío? Manuel había esperado cinco años para reclamar lo que por derecho era suyo. Lo que jamás esperó es que al regresar, su chica buena se hubiese convertido en todo un enigma del cual no sabía ni qué pensar. Sorpresa tras sorpresa, Maricela lo tenía realmente consternado, pero al mismo tiempo fascinado.

Corazón desnudo (Trilogía Corazón 3)

by Elena Montagud

Has dudado mucho, pero ahora ya lo sabes: es el hombre de tu vida. ¿Cómo conseguirás retenerlo a tu lado? Corazón desnudo es el esperadísimo y ardiente desenlace de la trilogía «Corazón» de Elena Montagud, iniciada con Corazón elástico y Corazón indomable. ADVERTENCIA:El esperado desenlace de esta ardiente e inolvidable trilogía puede dejarte sin respiración. Blanca y Adrián deben separarse cuando él acepta la oferta de montar su obra musical en los escenarios de Broadway. Pero no se trata solo un distanciamiento físico por trabajo y Blanca lo sabe. Detrás de esa separación se esconden también otros miedos que ella no llega a entender del todo y que le hacen temer que Adrián se esté replanteando su relación. Por eso, cuando por fin él la invita al estreno de la obra en Nueva York, una Blanca más decidida y hermosa que nunca se decide a tomar la Gran Manzana al asalto y dejarle claro que ese músico que la enamoró en la adolescencia es el hombre a quien sigue amando y deseando, el único que la hace vibrar de placer y temblar de verdadera emoción. Una novela para quienes se atreven a saltar al abismo del amor sin más red que un corazón sincero. Intenso, vertiginoso, sensible, sexual...Nunca lo olvidarás.

Succeeding with Senior Management: Getting the Right Support at the Right Time for Your Project

by G. Michael Campbell

Senior managers speak the language of strategy. Project managers use the language of tasks and activities. While they rely on each other to achieve their goals, this core incompatibly can lead to communication breakdowns and project setbacks.Succeeding with Senior Management explains how to bridge the gap and engage the upper ranks. By establishing relationships early on, understanding executives, and keeping them involved, project managers win the support they need—especially critical when problems arise. This one-of-a-kind communications guide explains how to:Navigate the company?s political watersLink the project to the businessDevelop a case for change with an executive sponsorUse the right listening styleProvide options and recommendations for major decisionsInvolve the sponsor in resolving cross-functional problemsAnd moreMany executives will set a project in motion and then move on. Learn how to keep them involved, motivated to push obstacles aside, and focused on a successful conclusion. Your career prospects depend on it.

Excuse Me: The Survival Guide to Modern Business Etiquette

by Rosanne J. Thomas

Blending different generations, genders, and cultures brings energy and fresh perspectives to the workplace. But the flip side is an environment ripe for confusion and social blunders. Mix in increasingly open-plan workplaces and constant connectivity, and the chance that we?ll unintentionally annoy or offend others increases exponentially.Exactly what are the rules these days? Is it acceptable to text your boss at home? What is the polite way to ask a colleague to take a distracting conversation behind closed doors? What about the use of smartphones in meetings? Merging classic rules of behavior with new realities of modern business, Excuse Me spotlights dozens of puzzling situations, with suggestions for bridging divides. The book untangles the nuances of: Meeting etiquetteInterview expectationsProper office attireElectronic mannersPrivacy in tight spacesEye contact and nonverbal cuesSmall talkBusiness diningSocial media useWorking remotely and flexiblyAnd more.While the youngest employees might seem unruly, the oldest can seem rigid. Good manners create an atmosphere of respect, and smooth the way for everyone to succeed.

Bombay Fever

by Sidin Vadukut

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

The Picture House by the Sea

by Holly Hepburn

The brilliant new novel from the bestselling author of A Year at the Star and Sixpence. Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley. All four Picture House novellas in one book! The picture house by the sea is the Palace at Polwhipple – a lovely art deco cinema, nestled in front of azure Cornish seas. But it is long past its heyday now, and its only saving grace is Ferrelli's, the family run ice-cream concession in the foyer, which is widely known as the best ice-cream for miles. So when Ferdie, the owner of Ferelli's, breaks his leg, his granddaughter Gina drops everything to come and help out. But when she arrives she is dismayed by the state of the cinema, which she remembers fondly from summer holidays when she was little, and she is determined to give it the makeover it deserves. Along with local renovation expert Ben, she sets about reviving the Palace to its former glory. But the cinema needs more than a lick of paint. Its very future is under threat from a developer with greed in his eyes. Can Gina save the place before it is too late? 'Fabulously feel-good, funny and fresh, it will sweep you off your feet' Rowan Coleman 'Deliciously romantic and sprinkled with the magic of the movies – it's the perfect treat!' Miranda Dickinson 'Pure pleasure, a delight from opening credits to closing reel' Julie Cohen** Disclaimer: originally published in four parts as eBooks –Brief Encounter, Singing in the Rain, Dirty Dancing and Some Like it Hot**

The Boy With One Name

by J. R. Wallis

Twelve-year-old Jones is an orphan, training as an apprentice hunter alongside his mentor, Maitland, tackling ogres, trolls and all manner of creatures that live in the Badlands – a hidden part of our own world, and which most people think exist only in fairytales and nightmares. But all Jones secretly wants to be is an ordinary boy and to leave the magical world forever... When an ogre hunt goes wrong and Maitland is killed, Jones finally has a chance to find out where he came from. But the truth he uncovers isn’t what he’s expecting and it seems that if Jones is going to make his dream come true he’ll have to defeat a creature not even Maitland had dared take on and he won’t be able to do it alone… He’s going to need help from Ruby, the first girl he’s ever met. She’s outspoken, fearless and determined to prove she’s as good as any boy, and unlike Jones, being ordinary is the last thing on her mind. Ruby’s desperate to find her place in the world and thinks the Badlands could be it. So, working together isn’t going to be straightforward. In fact, it could be downright dangerous. But who said getting what you want is supposed to easy, even if it is just wanting to be ordinary?

Keegan and Dalglish

by Richard T Kelly

A COMPELLING JOINT BIOGRAPHY OF TWO MEN WHOSE FOOTBALL CAREERS SO OFTEN OVERLAPPED. In May 1977, Kevin Keegan, the self-made son of a Yorkshire miner, helped inspire Liverpool to their first European Cup triumph. By then, the Kop hero had already decided to move abroad, joining Hamburg in a lucrative deal. His replacement, the man who would take over his No 7 jersey, was Kenny Dalglish, who joined from his hometown club Celtic. It was a daunting challenge, but the Scot would go on to achieve even greater things for the Anfield team than his distinguished predecessor. From then on, their careers would intertwine for almost 40 years. In this superb biography, Richard T Kelly looks at how the two men personified different styles as both player and manager. Keegan was all-action on the field, and as a manager became a heart-on-the sleeve inspirational figure. He rose to manage his country and as a 'Geordie messiah' came within a whisker of winning the league title at Newcastle United. Dalglish, meanwhile, pulled the strings on the pitch, and stepped up smoothly to take the reins at Liverpool, winning the Double in his first sesason in charge in 1986. Then came the horrors of Hillsborough, and Dalglish had to move on. At Blackburn, his pragmatic style, backed by Jack Walker's millions, earned him another league title. Both men would subsequently return to the clubs where they were most loved - Liverpool and Newcastle - but found that the game had changed, and they could no longer conjure the same magic. Keegan and Dalglish is a brilliant book that goes beyond the stories of the two men to ask broader questions about the changing nature of the game, andthe challenges that our sporting heroes have to face every day.

Partition: The story of Indian independence and the creation of Pakistan in 1947

by Barney White-Spunner

Between January and August 1947 the conflicting political, religious and social tensions in India culminated in independence from Britain and the creation of Pakistan. Those months saw the end of ninety years of the British Raj, and the effective power of the Maharajahs, as the Congress Party established itself commanding a democratic government in Delhi. They also witnessed the rushed creation of Pakistan as a country in two halves whose capitals were two thousand kilometers apart. From September to December 1947 the euphoria surrounding the realization of the dream of independence dissipated into shame and incrimination; nearly 1 million people died and countless more lost their homes and their livelihoods as partition was realized. The events of those months would dictate the history of South Asia for the next seventy years, leading to three wars, countless acts of terrorism, polarization around the Cold War powers and to two nations with millions living in poverty spending disproportionate amounts on their military. The roots of much of the violence in the region today, and worldwide, are in the decisions taken that year. Not only were those decisions controversial but the people who made them were themselves to become some of the most enduring characters of the twentieth century. Gandhi and Nehru enjoyed almost saint like status in India, and still do, whilst Jinnah is lionized in Pakistan. The British cast, from Churchill to Attlee and Mountbatten, find their contribution praised and damned in equal measure. Yet it is not only the national players whose stories fascinate. Many of those ordinary people who witnessed the events of that year are still alive. Although most were, predictably, only children, there are still some in their late eighties and nineties who have a clear recollection of the excitement and the horror. Illustrating the story of 1947 with their experiences and what independence and partition meant to the farmers of the Punjab, those living in Lahore and Calcutta, or what it felt like to be a soldier in a divided and largely passive army, makes the story real. Partition will bring to life this terrible era for the Indian Sub Continent.

Violet and the Mummy Mystery

by Harriet Whitehorn Becka Moor

Can YOU solve the case of the missing mummy? Meet Violet Remy-Robinson, an amateur Sherlock Holmes in the making… When Violet’s cousin Agnes and her Aunt Mathilde arrive from Cairo, Violet is delighted. Aunt Mathilde is a Professor of Ancient Egyptology and has discovered a mummy that may be the key to revealing the secret location of Queen Nefertiti’s tomb. Violet can’t wait to find out more! So when the precious mummy is stolen from the British Museum, it’s a disaster. Who has managed to pull off this crime right under the security guards’ noses and where is the mummy now? It’s up to Violet and the gang to save the day! Complete with two-colour illustrations throughout by Becka Moor, this is a fresh and funny mystery and readers will fall in love with Violet’s quirky charm. Perfect for fans of Dixie O’Day, Ottoline and Goth Girl.

Strawberry Sisters: Completely Chloe

by Candy Harper

'A touching story about sisters and friendships, gentle and warm and funny' Jacqueline Wilson There’s never a dull moment with the Strawberry Sisters! Meet the Strawberry Sisters! Oldest sister Amelia wants to be Left Alone to have deep thoughts, so she's grown a fringe to hide under. Second up is Chloe who's sport-crazy and in training to be a wrestling star (this week anyway). Littlest sister Lucy is the cute one who's training an army of earwigs. Ella the "middle one" is still trying to work out what makes her "perfectly Ella" and how to stand out in a house full of big personalities. And now there's a new Strawberry Sister. Baby Kirsti who lives with Dad and his Finnish girlfriend. Along with her sisters and one very tired Mum who's struggling to keep it all together, their small home is crammed with almost-finished homework, nearly-clean jumpers and a vampire bunny called Buttercup. With so much going on, life can sometimes feel totally crazy but the Strawberry sisters have a secret weapon against the craziness of the world they live in - each other.Praise for THE STRAWBERRY SISTERS 'Candy Harper introduces thoughtful, self-conscious Ella and her three sisters, all beautifully rounded characters in an utterly believable family. This book will be immensely popular - sequels will certainly be demanded.' The Bookseller 'Told with plenty of touches of humour, this is a superb story about families, love and being there for one another' Parents in Touch

A Promise to Kill: A Clyde Barr Thriller

by Erik Storey

Discover a new hero…Clyde Barr, the drifter with lethal skills, is alone again, wandering the highways of the American West in search of something to believe in. As summer turns to autumn, he heads for the mountains, planning to clear his head and regain his edge with some hunting. But when he runs across an elderly sick man—a Ute Indian from a nearby reservation—Clyde’s dream of solitude is quickly dashed. On the reservation, Clyde finds the old man’s daughter, Lawana, and grandson, Taylor, as well as a group of menacing bikers called Reapers running wild in the struggling, half-abandoned village. Gripped by the desire to do good in a hard world, Clyde offers to stay on Lawana’s ranch to help out until her father is better. As tensions rise between the locals and the Reapers, Clyde’s efforts to protect the reservation become a fight for his, Lawana’s and Taylor’s lives…A Promise to Kill is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, pushing its no-hold-barred hero to new levels of improvisation and bare-knuckled blunt force.Praise for Clyde Barr and Erik Storey:?‘Clyde Barr — remember the name, because he could just become as famous as Lee Child’s anti-hero Jack Reacher. Utterly compelling from the first page...for my money, it will become a worldwide sensation’ DAILY MAIL‘Very, very good. Reacher is keeping an eye on this guy’ LEE CHILD ‘A singular new talent! Nothing short of brilliant. It grabs you from page one and simply doesn't let go. This man is a born storyteller!’ JEFFERY DEAVER'Nothing Short of Dying features great action scenes, fast pacing, and well-drawn characters, with sharp and blunt dialogue that always rings true’ Nelson DeMille 'Erik Storey’s writing is exceptional. This is a splendid debut, harsh and gripping throughout' THE TIMES ‘…the best debut thriller of the year – and don’t be surprised if before long Erik Storey ranks among the giants of the genre’ THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Glovemaker's Daughter

by Leah Fleming

FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE LAST PEARL AND DANCING AT THE VICTORY CAFE, this is a beautiful novel about dark family secrets, betrayal, love and redemption.1666. A child is born in the farmhouse at Windebank, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Named Rejoice (Joy) by her dying father, Joy grows up witness to the persecution of the farming community for following a banned faith. Defying the authority of the local priest, she joins a group of Yorkshire pioneers travelling to the New World to form a colony close to Philadelphia - a passionate, rebellious and courageous woman fighting against the constraints of the time. Will she find peace and love? 2014. A leather-bound book is found buried in the walls of the Meeting House in Good Hope, Pennsylvania. Its details trace the owner back to a Yorkshire farm in the Dales. And so a correspondence begins between Rachel Moorside and the man who found the journal, Sam Storer, as Rachel uncovers the tumultuous secrets of her family’s history.Praise for Leah Fleming 'I enjoyed it enormously.It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' RACHEL HORE 'A born storyteller' KATE ATKINSON

Kiss Carlo

by Adriana Trigiani

From the beloved bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife comes an exhilarating novel of friendship, family, love and loyalty. It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia is bursting with possibility. The arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone, a young man who, orphaned as a child, now lives with his Uncle Dom and his large and boisterous family in the city. Surely there is more to life than this, despite a steady job in the family business and a sweet-natured fiancee? In secret, Nicky begins moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theatre company and is quickly drawn to the stage, its colourful players… and to feisty Calla Borelli, who runs the show. Before long he finds himself on the horns of a dilemma: can he return to the conventional life his family expects of him? Or does he have what it takes to chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes? Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this epic novel brims with romance as long-buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love and the abiding power of la famiglia.*~*~*Readers love Adriana Trigiani!*~*~* '[Adriana Trigiani] has crafted a world of warm, lively characters whose charming idiosyncrasies lead them to collide and ricochet along the way to love. A delightfully sprawling comedy' Kirkus Reviews on Kiss Carlo 'A rich, sweeping epic... If you're meeting her work for the first time, get ready for a lifelong love affair. Splendid' Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help on The Shoemaker's Wife 'The breathtaking historical novel sparkles in exquisite details and vivid descriptions' Huffington Post on The Shoemaker's Wife ‘A tender tale of being torn between family, career and love’ -- Company on Lucia, Lucia ‘The author of BIG STONE GAP triumphs again’ -- Heat on Lucia, Lucia

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