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Ballpark Mysteries #8: The Missing Marlin

by David A. Kelly Mark Meyers

It's the eighth inning! The Missing Marlin is book #8 in our early chapter book mystery series, where each book is set in a different American ballpark!Mike and Kate are in Miami visiting Kate's Uncle Oliver--and the Miami Marlins ballpark, of course! Uncle Oliver is in charge of keeping the new fish tanks at the ballpark fully stocked, but strange things keep happening. Kate swears she saw an endangered sea turtle in one of the tanks. Then some of Uncle Oliver's rare fish go missing, including his favorite, Marlin. Something fishy is going on in Miami!The Missing Marlin includes several pages of "Dugout Notes," fun facts about Miami's recently built ballpark with its homerun statue, fish tanks, and swimming pool.Cross Ron Roy's A to Z Mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein fans.

Ballplayers and Bonesetters: One Hundred Ancient Aztec and Maya Jobs You Might Have Adored or Abhorred

by Laurie Coulter Martha Newbigging

Ever thought of becoming a bug farmer? Or how about a stone slinger? Imagine growing up in Mesoamerica before the Spanish Conquest (1350-1521). What does your future hold? The ancient Aztecs, Maya and other Mesoamericans believed that the gods created a world where everyone had a role to play. Some people were born to rule, others to serve. If you were lucky, you might have been a high priest or a queen. On the other hand, you could have ended up as a latrine boatman or a slave destined to become a sacrificial victim. Find out what it was like to be a tax collector (don't try to keep any money for yourself; the penalty is death!) or a porter (only if you enjoy carrying heavy packs up mountains). Or perhaps you'd prefer building pyramids, raising dogs or being a royal cook (frog casserole with green chile, anyone?). Other jobs you might have held include: Counterfeiter Bell maker Mosaic mask maker Beekeeper. Featuring a fact-filled introduction, a timeline and humorous illustrations, this book offers a unique view of one of the most remarkable civilizations of all time.

Ballroom to Bride and Groom

by Kate Hardy

TV presenter Polly Anna Adams has spent a lifetime living up to her name. Suddenly single, Polly hides behind her cheery facade and enters a celebrity dance competition. Her partner? None other than gorgeous but wary professional dancer Liam Flynn.Liam has learned the hard way to keep his heart on lockdown, but Polly's joie de vivre puts a spring back in his polished step. As the competition heats up, so does their unstoppable attraction. If only they could convince themselves their hot tango passion is just for the cameras....

Baltasar and Blimunda

by Jose Saramago

From the recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, a "brilliant...enchanting novel" (New York Times Book Review) of romance, deceit, religion, and magic set in eighteenth-century Portugal at the height of the Inquisition. National bestseller. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.

Balthazar

by Claudia Gray

For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone-without allies, without love. When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye's newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye's powers for his own evil purposes. Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer-first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her. . . . In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray's New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet #2)

by Lawrence Durrell

"Balthazar", is the second volume of Durrell's "The Alexandria Quartet", set in Alexandria, Egypt, during the 1940s. The events of each lush and sensuous novel are seen through the eyes of the central character L.G. Darley, who observes the interactions of his lovers, friends, and acquaintances. "Balthazar", named for Darley's friend, a doctor and mystic, interprets Darley's views from a philosophical and intellectual viewpoint.

Baltimore Blues

by Laura Lippman

Until her paper, the Baltimore Star, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately -- from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent -- including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost everyday, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety -- and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancee -- make the case front page news...and points to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence couls prove costly to Tess -- and add her name to that infamous ever-growing list.

The Baltimore Chronicles Saga

by Treasure Hernandez

Two brothers . . . Two different sides of the law . . . One hustle. Derek Fuller and Scar Johnson were separated as young boys in the Baltimore foster care system. When they finally reunited, it didn't matter to them that they were operating on different sides of the law. Derek was a cop, and Scar a notorious drug dealer, but family came first, and these two formed a partnership that was bound to make both of them very rich men-until Scar realized he couldn't keep his hands off Derek's wife. Tiphani Fuller may have been unsatisfied by her husband, but she never expected to fall for her brother-in-law. Now she's in over her head, doing things that make her no better than the criminals she sees in her courtroom. She's using her new position as a circuit court judge to feed information to Scar and his Dirty Money Crew so they can go on a crime spree with no fear of prosecution. Throw in a cast of characters including an ex-convict who'll do anything for love, a detective who's hell-bent on revenge, and a mayor who breaks more laws than the criminals on the streets, and you have a story that could only come from the mind of Treasure Hernandez. In The Baltimore Chronicles Saga, there is no difference between the bad guys and the good guys. Everyone has an agenda, and every page is full of lust, lies, revenge, and murder.

Baltimore Chronicles Volume 1

by Treasure Hernandez

From the same author that brought you the Flint series comes a new town . . . a new drama. Treasure Hernandez is back with her second street series, chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market. Derek Fuller is the head detective of a Baltimore narcotics unit. His team has been assigned to take down the biggest drug operation in the city. There's only one problem: the head of the operation is his brother, Scar Johnson. Separated in Baltimore's foster care system, they came from two different walks of life, but both met at the top on opposite sides of the law. With the Assistant District Attorney in their back pocket, this was a marriage made in heaven--until the drama and deceit enters. Delve into this treacherous story of love, deceit, lies, and murder. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and once one brother feels betrayed, the only retribution is death.

Baltimore Chronicles Volume 2

by Treasure Hernandez

From the author of the action-packed Flint series comes the second book in a powerful new street series chronicling both sides of Baltimore's black market.

Balwant Singh: Selected Short Stories

by Jai Ratan Gopi Chand Narang Balwant Singh

Anthology of short stories by Balwant Singh, translated from Urdu.

Bambi: A Life in the Woods

by Felix Salten

One of the best-loved stories ever, it is a wise and humane tale of life and death in the forest, taking Bambi from a fawn to the stag leader of the herd.

Bambi's Children

by Felix Salten Richard Cowdrey Barthold Fles R. Sudgen Tilley

Meet the new fawns in the forest: the descendants of Bambi discover the woods in this refreshed edition of the sequel to Bambi, complete with new illustrations.Twin fawns Geno and Gurri are the children of Faline and Bambi. The pair must grow up and navigate the world of the woods with the help of their mother and Bambi, the new Prince of the Forest. But for young fawns, the wild can be dangerous. Gurri is injured by a fox and has a run-in with the most dangerous of creatures: man. Geno is challenged by rival deer and worries about the impending fight. But when the family begins to fall apart, it is the familiar presence of Bambi who tries to set it right again. This beautiful repackage of the sequel to the beloved classic Bambi, tells the story of a forest family and the struggles of growing up. Complete with brand new illustrations from artist Richard Cowdrey.

Bambi's Children: The Story of a Forest Family

by Felix Salten

The story of Bambi's fawns.

Bamboo and Lace

by Lori Wick

Christian Fiction - 24-year-old Lily travels to Hawaii to visit her older brother. Although born to American parents, Lily has lived her entire life in far-off Kashien where her father has set up a church. When Lily was still a child, her mother died and the tragedy lead her father to make his children follow very strict traditional Kashien rules. Although Lily is excited about the trip to Hawaii, she finds the American culture, technology, and freedoms difficult to adjust to. When Lily's brother is unexpectedly called away for his job, Lily suddenly finds herself staying with the family of her brother's best friend Gabe. While the family is made up of loving Christians like Lily, their ways are still very different from those she has always known. And when Lily and Gabe start having feelings for each other, she soon finds herself torn between two cultures and two men who are very important to her. Can Lily trust God to help her make the right decision? Will Lily's father learn to accept Gabe?

The Bamboo Cross: Christian Witness in the Jungles of Viet Nam

by Homer E. Dowdy

Native missionaries attempt to spread Christianity into the isolated tribes of the jungles of Viet Nam. At the same time, the Viet Cong, or "junglemen" are trying to chase the French colonists out of the country. The Viet Cong are also trying to eradicate all French influences, such as Christianity.

Banana Bats and Ding-Dong Balls: A Century of Unique Baseball Inventions

by Dan Gutman

Anecdotes describing various baseball inventions.

Banana Fun Bread

by Lear Riojas

A story about fun with banana bread.

Banana Republic: The Enemy of My Enemy II

by Anshumani Ruddra

Are you a Knight of Order or a Crusader of Chaos? Choose a side. A mission will be assigned to you. And pay attention to the rules of engagement. Good luck.

Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas

by Steve Striffler Mark Moberg

Over the past century, the banana industry has radically transformed Latin America and the Caribbean and become a major site of United States-Latin American interaction. Banana Wars is a history of the Americas told through the cultural, political, economic, and agricultural processes that brought bananas from the forests of Latin America and the Caribbean to the breakfast tables of the United States and Europe. The first book to examine these processes in all the western hemisphere regions where bananas are grown for sale abroad, Banana Wars advances the growing body of scholarship focusing on export commodities from historical and social scientific perspectives. Bringing together the work of anthropologists, sociologists, economists, historians, and geographers, this collection reveals how the banana industry marshaled workers of differing nationalities, ethnicities, and languages and, in so doing, created unprecedented potential for conflict throughout Latin American and the Caribbean. The frequently abusive conditions that banana workers experienced, the contributors point out, gave rise to one of Latin America's earliest and most militant labor movements. Responding to both the demands of workers' organizations and the power of U. S. capital, Latin American governments were inevitably affected by banana production. Banana Wars explores how these governments sometimes asserted their sovereignty over foreign fruit companies, but more often became their willing accomplices. With several essays focusing on the operations of the extraordinarily powerful United Fruit Company, the collection also examines the strategies and reactions of the American and European corporations seeking to profit from the sale of bananas grown by people of different cultures working in varied agricultural and economic environments. Contributors Philippe Bourgois Marcelo Bucheli Dario Euraque Cindy Forster Lawrence Grossman Mark Moberg Laura T. Raynolds Karla Slocum John Soluri Steve Striffler Allen Wells

Bananas

by Virginia Jenkins

Before 1880 most Americans had never seen a banana. By 1910 bananas were so common that streets were littered with their peels. Today Americans eat on average nearly seventy-five per year. More than a staple of the American diet, bananas have gained a secure place in the nation's culture and folklore. They have been recommended as the secret to longevity, the perfect food for infants, and the cure for warts, headaches, and stage fright. Essential to the cereal bowl and the pratfall, they remain a mainstay of jokes, songs, and wordplay even after a century of rapid change.Covering every aspect of the banana in American culture, from its beginnings as luxury food to its reputation in the 1910s as the "poor man's" fruit to its role today as a healthy, easy-to-carry snack, Bananas provides an insightful look at a fruit with appeal.

The Bancroft Strategy

by Robert Ludlum

Todd Belknap is cut loose from Consular Operations after an operation goes bad. At the same time, his friend Jared Rinehart is abducted by a militia group.

Band Fags!

by Frank Anthony Polito

"Ever since I first heard that Lionel Richie and Diana Ross song, 'Endless Love,' all I've wanted is to find The One. Someone to love. Who will love me back. " September, 1982. John Cougar's "Jack and Diane" is on endless radio rotation, and Dallas and Dynasty rule the ratings. Jack Paterno is a straight-A student living in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park, with his own Atari 5200, a Beta VCR, and everything a seventh-grader could ask for. The only thing he has in common with foul-mouthed Brad Dayton, who lives on the gritty south side near 8 Mile, is that both are in Varsity Band. Or maybe that's not the only thing. Because Jack is discovering that while hanging around with girls in elementary school was perfectly acceptable, having lots of girl friends (as opposed to girlfriends) now is getting him and Brad labeled as Band Fags. And Jack is no fag. Is he? As Jack and Brad make their way through junior high and then through Hazel Park High School, their friendship grows deeper and more complicated. From stealing furtive glances at Playgirl to discussing which celebrities might be like that, from navigating school cliques to dealing with crushes on girls and guys alike, Jack is trying to figure out who and what he is. He wants to find real, endless love, but he also wants to be popular and "normal. " But, as Brad points out, this is real life--not a John Hughes movie. And sooner or later, Jack will have to choose. Filled with biting wit and pitch-perfect observations, Band Fags is an exhilarating novel about lust and love, about the friendships that define and sometimes confine us, and about coming of age and coming to terms with the end of innocence and the beginning of something terrifying, thrilling, and completely unpredictable. Advance praise for Band Fags! "For those of us who came of age in the 80s, reading Frank Anthony Polito's novel is like being teleported back to high school. Filled with pop culture references that will have you saying, 'I remember that!,' this is a love letter to a time when happiness was a pair of Calvin Klein jeans, and every heartbreak could be fixed by listening to your Bonnie Tyler or REO Speedwagon albums. Most important, though, it is a portrait of a friendship between two boys struggling to find themselves without losing each other. "--Michael Thomas Ford, author of Last Summer "With the Motor City running on empty in Reagan's America, Frank Anthony Polito's characters dance their mystery dance of teenage longing as if Motown never left for California. Sexy, funny, and wiser than it wants to be, Band Fags! pulses with a ragged beauty and bounces to its beat. I give it a 98. 6. " --Thorn Kief Hillsbery, author of What We Do Is Secret "More than just a novel, Band Fags! is a virtual time machine that transports you smack dab into the cheesy heart of the 80's. It's like a queer Wonder Years as it follows Brad and Jack's memorable journey through high school hell. Screamingly funny, surprisingly charming and, ultimately, truly moving, it's a fresh take on the importance of friendship during the worst/best years of your life. " --Brian Sloan, A Really Nice Prom Mess and Tale of Two Summers "A consistently hilarious story of the best-friendship we all seem to have had, set in a time we can never seem to forget -- the totally awesome '80s -- Band Fags! never misses a beat in its affectionate, moment-by-moment chronicling of the complicated journey we take from cradle to closet to what lies beyond. " --Matthew Rettenmund, author of Boy Culture "Band Fags! is like the gay teen flick John Hughes never got around to making. Let's face it, there's a Band Fag in all of us and Frank Anthony Polito has his on speed dial. This book is a sweet, funny, deeply felt valentine to the wonder/horror of coming of age in the 1980's. You might just pee your parachute pants. " --Dennis Hensley, author of Misadventures in the (213) and Screening Party

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