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Peter Benchley's fascination with the sea and its magnificent inhabitants inspired such classic novels as Jaws and The Deep, making him the preeminent author of ocean adventure and suspense. The Girl of the Sea of Cortez was his most heartfelt, cherished story of the relationship between man and the sea, both those that live in it and those who love it. On an island in the Gulf of California, an intrepid young woman named Paloma carries a special legacy from her father--a deep understanding of the sea and a sixth sense about the need to protect it. Every day, Paloma paddles her tiny boat into the ocean and anchors over a seamount--a submerged volcanic peak sixty feet underwater that is clustered with spectacular sea animals and a wondrous web of marine life. It is there that an astonishing event takes place, when on one of her dives Paloma is shadowed by a manta ray--an animal so large it blocks the sun. She develops an extraordinary relationship with this luminous, gentle creature, but instinctively knows its existence is a secret she must fiercely protect. Benchley's novel paints a poignant picture of humanity's precarious relationship with the ocean, which unfolds alongside a heartrending story of familial bonds, often revealing that the ignorance of man is far more dangerous than the sea. Full of beauty, danger, and adventure, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez is triumphant--a novel to fall in love with. Praise for The Girl of the Sea of Cortez "It's hard not to compare Benchley's tale . . . with Hemingway's classic The Old Man and the Sea."--The Christian Science Monitor "Charming."--The New York Times Book Review "For a hot summer's day, The Girl of the Sea of Cortez is the next best thing to looking through a clear face mask into blue water swimming with fish."--United Press InternationalFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Noelle was once the girl who had everything. Until the piano prodigy fell from grace. Destitute and desperate, she's forced to accept billionaire Ethan Grey's convenient proposal.Ethan wants revenge-all he needs is Noelle's signature on the marriage certificate. Yet his carefully composed façade cracks in the face of her innocent attempts at seduction.Noelle's only ever felt love and excitement whilst at her beloved piano-yet now her traitorous body craves the passion ignited by Ethan's skilled touch. But will he ever see her as more than a means to an end?
A baby-faced sadist sprung from the death-house . . . Two trigger-happy hoods . . . A voluptuous redhead trying to outrun the vengeance of the Mob . . . Here was a carload of killers, ready to fight each other and the world for a chance at the Big Money. $100,000 in unmarked ransom bills was the prize, hidden somewhere in the trackless woods of the Pacific Northwest. And they all knew that only one of them would come out alive. The hunters become the hunted in this vicious game of winner-kill-all.
Acclaimed author Karen White returns with the sequel to the national bestseller The House on Tradd Street.Melanie has grown accustomed to renovating old houses, but she never imagined she?d have to renovate her own life to include her estranged mother. Ginnette Prioleau Middleton left Charleston thirty-five years ago. She?s returned wanting to protect the daughter she?s never really known after receiving an ominous premonition. Melanie never wanted to see her mother again, but with some prodding from her partner, Jack Trenholm, she agrees?and begins to rebuild their relationship. Together Melanie and Ginnette buy back their old home. With their combined psychic abilities they expect to unearth some ghosts. But what they find is a vengeful dark spirit whose strength has been growing for decades. It will take unearthing long buried secrets to beat this demon and save what?s left of Melanie?s family?
On a small island off North Carolina's coast, Kate Killigrew helps Martin Donnerly, an innocent paroled felon, find the real murderer of his promiscuous wife Donna Sue.
The book that damned an entire townFERN FULTON: ''I'm the only friend Gloria Wealdon has in this town. How could she write those dreadful things about me and my husband and our daughter?''VIRGINIA FULTON, age 15: ''Mrs Wealdon's a stinker and I'd like to murder her and write a sequel to her book. I'd call it Population 12,359.''DR. JAY MANNERHEIM, psychologist: ''Gloria Wealdon has simply touched off unpleasantries that in many cases would have exploded sooner or later anyway.''MILO WEALDON: ''I never realized my wife had such contempt, such loathing for me until I read her book.''MIN STEWART: ''My family has been here for generations. I consider Gloria Wealdon so vulgar as to be quite beneath contempt.''GLORIA WEALDON: ''The hell with everybody in this snotty town. They made my life miserable. Now we're even.''
The girl of the title is red-haired, dog-loving Wilhelmina "Billie" Bennet, and the three men are Bream Mortimer, a long-time friend and admirer of Billie, Eustace Hignett, a lily-livered poet who is engaged to Billie at the opening of the tale, and Sam Marlowe, Eustace's dashing cousin, who falls for Billie at first sight.
Martin pens a warm, funny, and intimate diary of her voyage into the world of therapy, which she calls the strangest journey of my life. Martin's fantastic journey of self-awareness is heartbreaking and hilarious--Julie Klam, author of "Please Excuse My Daughter. "
Mixing Machiavellian intrigue and the high fantasy of authors like Scott Lynch, Den Patrick's fantasy novels, with their Renaissance Italy like setting have brought an enticing new flavour to the fantasy genre. In a castle that is, itself, reminiscent of Gormenghast in its size and brooding presence a collection of young, flawed but resilient outsiders find their way in a dangerous society teetering on the brink of dramatic change, even as it learns the fantastical secrets of its past.Anea is the Silent Queen and she is struggling to bring change to the ancient society of Landfall. Vested interests and dark magics alike are determined to hold onto power and in a society where the loyalties of many are fluid and the true nature of the players is hidden the game of politics can be a lethal one even for those close to the throne.Den Patrick has won an enthusiastic audience for this series and has rapidly become a key figure amongst a new generation of fantasy writers bringing a fresh engagement to the genre world both on the page and within the fan community.
A riveting, edgy Young Adult thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Gregg Olsen with a memorable protagonist who is a mix of Lisbeth Salander and Dexter Morgan.A twisted murder, a tangle of lies . . . Now Rylee must run for her life. What if you discovered that everything you thought you knew about yourself was a lie? Rylee has spent her life being shuttled from city to city by her parents. She assumes the reasons are normal. But the truth couldn't be more shocking. One day Rylee comes home from school to find the most horrifying thing imaginable - her father dead, with a knife through his heart, and a key clutched in his hand. Her mother's purse is on the counter, but she appears to be long gone. A message in blood is written on the floor . . . RUN.With her brother in tow, Rylee begins a dark journey that will uncover horrific and chilling crimes and lead her to an unexpected and gruesome discovery and who is behind these horrific crimes. Run is the first book in the Vengeance series, following Rylee as she begins to piece together the story of her life.
He's a real catch . . . if only she could catch him up Abby Rogers has been on health kicks before - they involve eating one blueberry muffin for breakfast instead of two. But since starting her own business, after watching one too many episodes of The Apprentice, the 28-year-old's waistline has taken even more of a back seat than her long-neglected love life. When Abby is encouraged to join her sporty best friend's running club - by none other than its gorgeous new captain - she finds a mysterious compulsion to exercise. Sadly, her first session doesn't go to plan. Between the obscenely unflattering pink leggings, and the fact that her lungs feel as though they've been set on fire, she vows never to return. Then her colleague Heidi turns up at work and makes a devastating announcement, one that will change her life - and Abby's - forever.
Nicole Williams is the tell-it-like-it-is career expert who you wish could fight your work battles for you. But with her ingenious approach-taking the tactics used to land a man and applying them to your career-you'll be able to handle any work situation and come out on top. Here, Nicole introduces twenty tried-and-true dating rules such as "Don't Give Away the Milk for Free" and "Don't Waste the Pretty" and reveals how they can be applied just as effectively in the office. Other strategies include: · Keep It Brief · Don't Bash Your Ex · Have Others Sing Your Praises · Play Hard to Get · Keep the Fire Alive · Be Willing to Walk Away Among other topics, Nicole dishes on how much to reveal at work as well as what to put up with from your boss (and, more importantly, what not to). She tackles everything from having the money talk to leaving them wanting more on a job interview. And sprinkled throughout GIRL ON TOP is fashion advice ("Top Ten Commandments of Style") and checklists to determine if you need to get a life. Nicole's keen insight and candid advice will teach you how to recognize the good guys from the bad, win the kudos of those who matter, and create the career of your dreams. Praise for GIRL ON TOP:"Nicole Williams is both frank and funny. She's full of witty advice that's not only relatable-but doable-for the girl who's just getting started or the woman, like me, who's on her second time around in the career game.Here's my advice to you about GIRL ON TOP: Read it. Laugh. Learn."-Veronica Webb, model"Only Nicole can make career this much fun. Sassy, relevant and packed with great advice. It's a must-read for any woman looking to get ahead." -Liz Lange, founder, Liz Lange Maternity"GIRL ON TOP is a sensational book. In the most delightful and hilarious way, Nicole Williams serves up loads of excellent advice for anyone wanting to get ahead." -Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, producers, Milk "Every girl should have this-the little black book for career success!"-Susan Cohn Rockefeller, author, Green at Work"GIRL ON TOP is a fabulous read. It's chock full of actionable insights and laugh out loud advice for any woman (of any age) who is serious about getting to the top of her career. I highly recommend it."-Julie Cottineau, vice president brand, Virgin USA
*Silent Scream!* Kass Kennedy is nobody's idol. She does forget the lyrics. She's not a gleek. The x factor? Not her! Read her lips: She has the right to remain silent. Just try telling that to her dad. Because he's totally lost it this time, demanding Kass audition for a TV talent show. Which would be slightly less than death-by-embarrassment if Kass could (duh!) actually sing. And if even the smallest part of her craved the spotlight. Stardom is her dad's dream, not hers. But he's so fragile, she's afraid he just might crack if she doesn't go through with his latest, craziest plan. Not helping: Her hopelessly MIA mom. The budding criminal mastermind also known as her kid brother. And amateur shrink Izzy and used-to-be-sweet Char, who've gone all frenemies over a boy in brown boots. (Don't ask.) It's only rock n' roll? If only! Inside, Kass is screaming, but no one is listening. How loud does a girl have to shout to be heard?
The worst thing about having it all, is having to deal with it all -- the good, the bad, and the just plain weird. Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire, right down to a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But as Syrah reveals in her manga journal, most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-sibs hate her, her best friend's girlfriend is threatening their friendship, and a snowboarding accident exiles her from the mountains -- the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has. After Syrah rehabs her busted-up knee and broken heart, makes a new friend, uncovers a family secret, and discovers a way to help a young girl with leukemia, she is finally able to realize her real worth.
Everybody thinks Syrah is the golden girl. After all, her father is Ethan Cheng, billionaire, and she has everything any kid could possibly desire: a waterfront mansion, jet plane, and custom-designed snowboards. But most of what glitters in her life is fool's gold. Her half-siblings hate her, her best friend's girlfriend is ruining their friendship, and her own so-called boyfriend is only after her for her father's name. When her broken heart results in a snowboarding accident that exiles her from the mountains-the one place where she feels free and accepted for who she is, not what she has-can Syrah rehab both her busted-up knee, and her broken heart? Justina Chen Headley writes with an engaging wit and a powerful, distinct voice. Her first novel, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) was a Border's Original Voices nominee, a Book Sense pick, and received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly: "Headley makes an impressive debut with this witty, intimate novel."
Marina joins a group of international teens for a semester at sea in the Caribbean, learning about marine life and resolving some issues about her relationships and her future.
Parents and kids alike may think that getting teased or arguing with friends is just part of growing up, but where is the line between normal kid stuff and harmful behavior? This book is a guide for girls on how to deal with girl politics, God-style.
"In this extraordinary book you will discover the secrets and deepest needs of girls from all across the country - the thoughts, the fears, and the dreams of girls between the ages of thirteen and nineteen. You will hear from teen mothers and beauty queens, girl rappers and farm girls, surfers and sorority sisters. Theirs are voices that have too long gone unheard and unheeded, silenced and ignored. And now in this stunning collection they dare to reveal the things that will change your preconceptions and touch your heart."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Casey Smith, an 11-year-old reporter, revives her middle school's defunct newspaper and investigates what looks like an environmental pollution cover-up.
School newspaper reporter Casey Smith uncovers a plot to sabotage the elections at her middle school.
11-year-old Casey Smith decides to do an investigative story for the school paper about a cheating ring operating on campus.
Strange Epidemic Infects School! Symptoms include constant hair flipping, eye batting, and the sudden use of hair gel. Diagnosis: First Dance Flu! Could everyone really be more interested in going to the dance then tracking down a school vandal? Casey Smith, girl reporter, pushes past her dance-crazed classmates to find the culprit and enlists the help of Tyler McKenzie. Tyler with the deep brown eyes and really cute smile...Could Casey be coming down with Dance Flu herself? Get Real.
Casey's archrival and editor-in-chief, Megan, has gone too far. She's started an advice column, JAM (Just Ask Megan), and Casey is sure it will be nothing but a magnet for losers. Yet when JAM gets an anonymous letter from a student who clearly is in deep trouble, Casey is determined to investigate.
New Girl Scout Brownie Guide to Scouting talks all about the usual Girl scout experience like meeting new friends, going on outdoor adventures, and running your own cookie business--all while having fun and making the world a better place.
When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully. But the program took Melody's name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She's been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others--everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another town, she's stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it's a dangerous thrill that Melody can't resist. He's insistent that she's just a pawn in the government's war against the Bovaro family. But can she trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?
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