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The sparkling beaches and palm trees seem like a dream to eleven-year-old Su-Na, a Korean immigrant whose family has journeyed to the island of Hawaii hoping to find fortune. While her father works long hours on a sugar cane plantation, Su-Na and her two younger sisters, Jae-Mi and Hi-Jong, get their first glimpse of an unfamiliar culture, taste new foods... and see firsthand the racism that prevails among the different Asian populations. Discouraged by their experiences in Hawaii, the family moves to California. All of them struggle with language barriers, poverty, and prejudice in their adopted homeland -- and the sisters soon find that their new American lifestyle often conflicts with their traditional Korean heritage. Growing up in both worlds, the girls begin to understand that America will not truly be a free country until all its people are considered equal.
Series of articles on Japan/U.S. relations that originally appeared in a Japanese newspaper
Mammy Hardheart staffed her saloon, upstairs and down, with blacks, native Americans, Asians, and other minorities, including the faithful, drunken Mitya, who was called upon to perform all sorts of services for his powerful mistress. The Shining Light became the most famous joint in town despite many efforts to suppress it, and the fate of more and more San Franciscans was bound up in its success. This breathtaking and, in the deepest sense, entertaining novel evokes the early days of San Francisco in a definitive portrayal of frontier corruption, vigilante justice, and racial injustice.
Akhil Vyas, a new boy in school, reluctantly decides that in order to prevent a violent crime, he must tell Omar and Becky his secret.
Harry Smith is a lone wolf, and he likes it that way. When he's targeted to be co-alpha of the local pack, there is only one thing he can do to maintain his freedom: flee. But it'll take a miracle to stay a step ahead of shifters in their own territory.June Travis has been in love with Harry for years, but he doesn't know her real identity. He sees her as the sweet owner of the local tearoom-the facade June presents to humans and werewolves to keep them from finding out she's a witch. She may not be able to offer Harry a miracle, but she can help him escape.Harry is drawn to this new side of June, and not just because he's grateful for her help. With her magic temporarily hiding Harry from his pursuers, the witch and the wolf explore their mutual attraction. But there are consequences for witches who bed down with wolves...81,000 words
In Pack of Cards, Penelope Lively introduces the reader to slivers of the everyday world that are not always open to observation, as she delves into the minutiae of her characters' lives. Whether she writes about a widow on a visit to Russia, a small boy's consignment to boarding school, or an agoraphobic housewife, Penelope Lively takes the reader past the closed curtains, through the locked door, into a world that seems at first mundane and then, at second glance, proves to be uniquely memorable. Book jacket.
My name is Bonita Torres, and eight months ago I was an unemployed college graduate without a plan. Now I'm an investigator with the Private Unaffiliated Paranormal Investigations team of New York. Pretty awesome, right? The Cosa Nostradamus, the magical community, isn't quick to give up its secrets, though. Not even to fellow members. Not even when it's in their best interests. So we've been busting our tails, perfecting our forensic skills, working to gain acceptance. The team's tight. . . ; but we have our quirks, too. And our Big Dog, Benjamin Venec. . . ;well, he's a special case, all right. But we can't give up. We're needed, especially when a case comes along that threatens to pit human against fatae. But one wrong move could cost us everything we've worked for. . . ;.
At the age of 36, Caroline Knapp, author of the acclaimed bestsellerDrinking:A Love Story, found herself confronted with a monumental task: redefining her world. She had faced the loss of both her parents, given up a twenty-year relationship with alcohol, and, as she writes, "I was wandering around in a haze of uncertainty, blinking up at the biggest questions: Who am I without parents and without alcohol? How to form attachments, and where to find comfort, in the face of such daunting vulnerability?" An answer materialized in the most unlikely form: that of a dog. Eighteen months to the day after she quit drinking, Knapp stumbled upon an eight-week-old puppy at a local animal shelter, took her home, and named her Lucille. Now two years old, Lucille has become a central force in Knapp's life: "In her," she writes, "I have found solace, joy, a bridge to the world. " Caroline Knapp has been celebrated as much for her fresh insight into emotional and psychological issues as she has been for her gifts as a writer. InPack of Two,she brings the same perception and talent to bear on the rich, complicated terrain of human-animal relationships. In addition to mining her own experience with Lucille, Knapp speaks to a wide variety of dog people--from animal behaviorists and psychologists to other owners whose dogs have deeply affected their lives--about this emotionally complex, sometimes daunting, often profoundly healing alliance. Throughout, she explores the shift in canine roles from working partners to intimate companions and looks, too, at how this new kinship, this wordless bond, becomes a template for what we most desire ourselves.
Carole, Stevie, and Lisa are thrilled when they get a call from their friend Kate from The Bar None Ranch. Kate has an offer for them: Would the girls like to go on a pack trip in the mountains? The answer is an enthusiastic yes! When they meet the other riders, they couldn't be happier. Lisa feels instantly drawn to Seth, while his funloving sister Amy seems to be a perfect pal for Stevie. Another boy, John, is as serious and horse wise as Carole. The group hits it off immediately.But first impressions can be deceiving. Amy isn't just high spirited and impulsive, she's downright reckless. As her behavior gets more outrageous and dangerous Seth tries to cover for her, which puts Lisa in the middle. Can the girls figure out what to do about Amy before her next wild stunt threatens all their lives?
The packaging industry is under pressure from regulators, customers and other stakeholders to improve packaging's sustainability by reducing its environmental and societal impacts. This is a considerable challenge because of the complex interactions between products and their packaging, and the many roles that packaging plays in the supply chain. Packaging for Sustainability is a concise and readable handbook for practitioners who are trying to implement sustainability strategies for packaging. Industry case studies are used throughout the book to illustrate possible applications and scenarios. Packaging for Sustainability draws on the expertise of researchers and industry practitioners to provide information on business benefits, environmental issues and priorities, environmental evaluation tools, design for environment, marketing strategies, and challenges for the future.
Go under the hood of an operating Voice over IP network, and build your knowledge of the protocols and architectures used by this Internet telephony technology. With this concise guide, you'll learn about services involved in VoIP and get a first-hand view of network data packets from the time the phones boot through calls and subsequent connection teardown. With packet captures available on the companion website, this book is ideal whether you're an instructor, student, or professional looking to boost your skill set. Each chapter includes a set of review questions, as well as practical, hands-on lab exercises. Learn the requirements for deploying packetized voice and video Understand traditional telephony concepts, including local loop, tip and ring, and T carriers Explore the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), VoIP's primary signaling protocol Learn the operations and fields for VoIP's standardized RTP and RTCP transport protocols Delve into voice and video codecs for converting analog data to digital format for transmission Get familiar with Communications Systems H.323, SIP's widely used predecessor Examine the Skinny Client Control Protocol used in Cisco VoIP phones in networks around the world
Manny Pacquiao, 31, was recently named "Fighter of the Decade" by the Boxing Writers' Association and is the only fighter ever to capture seven championship belts in seven different weight classes. But few could have imagined that Pacquiao would have ever reached the pinnacle of his sport, considering his background. He ran away from home-a cardboard shack in General Santos City in the Philippines-at age fourteen. After making his way to Manila, and eventually the United States, Pacquiao hooked up with trainer Freddie Roach in 2001, and, from there, his fighting career took off. Named one ofTimemagazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" last year, the aptly nicknamed Pac-Man is a fascinating figure who will go down as one of the greatest boxers in history.
A young boy is trapped by a crafty witch who will not free him unless he can guess her name. A Puerto Rican folk tale, with a glossary to help young readers understand the Spanish words.
This story is told by the three young men who make a pact. This pact keeps them on track to fulfill their dreams.
Break up for the summer. . . That's the deal Indigo Summer makes with her boyfriend, Marcus Carter. That way, they can both enjoy their vacations, no guilt, no questions asked. Not that Indigo isn't worried when Marcus heads to Texas to spend time with his estranged mother--kissing Marcus goodbye is hard enough, and who knows who'll be kissing him in Houston? But Indigo barely has time to think about her temporarily ex-boyfriend by the time she gets to Chicago. She's hanging out with her cool cousin, who lives alone at seventeen and has her own life--a life Indigo thought she wanted, until things get way out of hand. She needs Marcus, but he has his own thing going on. . . and his mother wants him to stay with her permanently. Maybe it's time for a new pact.
The Brown family should have known that it spelled disaster when they put Paddington in charge of maps and the itinerary for their vacation in France, for as Paddington fans well know, despite all his good intentions this little bear has a special knack for making havoc of the most innocent situations. In this latest of Paddington adventures he gets himself into one delightful scrape after another. As Mrs. Bird says, however, that's the best of being a bear. Things happen to bears-and the wonderfully amusing and startling things that happen to Paddington in Michael Bond's latest book prove that with Paddington abroad one had better watch out!
There'll always be an England, but the old place has never been quite the same since the Browns came across a small lost bear in London's Paddington Station. When the neighbor's lawn mower disappears into the branches of a tree; when a small furry face peers frantically out of the screen of the new TV set; when the spotless kitchen at 32 Windsor Gardens becomes a chaos of steam and spilled syrup; when a riot suddenly breaks out in the bargain basement; when a Christmas play imperceptibly takes leave of the script and soars off completely on its own, is it a part of a plot or a National Disaster? No. It's just Paddington at Large. That well-meaning bear with a talent for trouble continues to fill the lives of the Brown family with unexpected adventures, and this book about him--perfect for family reading--will delight the multitude of Paddington fans.
Here he is once more: a familiar sight by now in his floppy wide-brimmed hat, his duffle coat, and leaving in his wake that inevitable trail of marmalade to remind us all that Paddington is back. He has just returned from a visit to darkest Peru where he went to celebrate his Aunt Lucy's birthday at the Home for Retired Bears, and past experience ought to have been enough to warn the Browns that, at 32 Windsor Gardens anyway, the peacefulness of the last few weeks is now a thing of the past. Certainly, Mrs. Brown's exclamation a few days later that they haven't had "a single disaster since he came back from Peru, not one!" proves somewhat premature. For trouble, as well as marmalade, seems to follow Paddington wherever he goes, no matter how helpful he tries to be. Fortunately, his adventures come out fine at the end, though in unexpected ways.
One Christmas Paddington announced he was taking the Brown family to Barkridges store to see Santa Claus. It's very good value," he explained. "Apart from meeting Mr. Claus, there's a sleigh ride through Winter Wonderland and you get to visit his workshop at the North Pole. We might even see where he makes his marmalade." But Santa only has gifts for boys and girls...none for bears and Paddington thinks the North Pole is Broken. He's going home disappointed, but there's still a Merry Christmas in store for Paddington Bear. You can read lots about Paddington Bear because Bookshare has at least eight more books about him.
From the book: That bear is back again, and his attraction for near disaster is as magnetic as ever. It is remarkable how much havoc one gently bred, well-meaning young bear from darkest Peru can cause when an English family adopts him, and in this new book Paddington will not disappoint his host of admirers who share his taste for excitement. Who but Paddington would set out to make a few dumplings for the stew and find himself chased from the kitchen by a something so nasty that only his friend Mr. Gruber could rescue him? Who but Paddington could do so many things wrong so fast with the washing machine and end up with chaos in the laundry? But then, who else could turn so many mistakes into triumphs and so completely captivate the hearts of young and old? Here he is again with another riotous series of adventures, as "highly diverting" (in the words of the Library Journal) as those in A Bear Called Paddington. This book includes picture descriptions. Other book about Paddington are available from Bookshare.
Since the Browns found Paddington on a railway platform and took him home to live with them, there has never been a dull moment at number 32 Windsor Gardens. But as he explained to them at the start, "Things happen to me: I'm that sort of a bear." There's the day his basket on wheels mysteriously disappears when he's out shopping in the market. And the time he locks the Browns' grouchy old neighbor, Mr. Curry, out of his house on Halloween night. However, everyone in the family, including Paddington, agrees that a surprise visit from a long-lost relative is the start of his most exciting adventure ever. For the first time in almost thirty years, everyone's favorite bear from Darkest Peru is starring in a brand-new novel-just in time for the fiftieth anniversary of his first adventure, A Bear Called Paddington.
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