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In the fifth book of the Calendar Mysteries--a new early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives--twins Bradley and Brian Pinto are getting ready to celebrate Mother's Day by treating their mom to a show by Hypo, the world's greatest hypnotist. Brian hopes that if Hypo can hypnotize his mom into loving ducks, then she will let him raise ducks in their backyard. But when the Pinto family gets home from the show, the twins' mom starts acting strange. She splashes in the bathtub for hours, she leaves corn kernels all over, and--could it be?--she quacks! Bradley thinks his mom has actually turned into a duck! How did this happen? Can Bradley and Brian, with help from their friends Lucy and Nate, turn their mom back into their mom?From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the sixth book of the Calendar Mysteries--a new early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives--Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy are getting ready for Father's Day. They've decided that strawberry jam from the Pintos' strawberry patch would be a great gift. But something or someone has been taking bites out of the strawberrys! Polly the Pony, Pal and the dog, and the twins' brother Josh are all suspects. If the kids can't protect the strawberry patch from the mystery chomper, they might be in a real jam! Ron Roy's sixth Calendary Mysteries book has a fan Father's Day and all the sweetness of summer.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the eighth book of the Calendar Mysteries--an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives--Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy go to trapeze school! But their high-flying fun is interrupted by another mystery to solve.From the Trade Paperback edition.
It's a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! January is for Joker. . . In the first book of the Calendar Mysteries--an early chapter book mystery series featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries detectives--Green Lawn has a problem! When Bradley Pinto wakes up in the night to strange lights in his backyard, he wonders if there are aliens in town. When he sees three-toed tracks in the snow, he's sure of it. His twin, Brian, and friends Lucy and Nate aren't so certain. But then Lucy's cousin Dink, the twins' brother Josh, and Nate's sister Ruth Rose all disappear. Are therereallyaliens in Green Lawn? And where could they be taking Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose? Parents, teachers, and librarians agree that these highly collectible chapter books are perfect for emerging readers and any kid who love mysteries! From the Trade Paperback edition.
It's St. Patrick's Day in Green Lawn. Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy dress up a leprechaun statue For The town's yearly contest. They leave it out on the porch overnight, but the next morning, it's missing! Who is behind the mischief? it will take fo
This is the first-ever English-language edition of the book Leo Tolstoy considered to be his most important contribution to humanity, the work of his life's last years. Widely read in pre-revolutionary Russia, banned and forgotten under Communism; and recently rediscovered to great excitement, A Calendar of Wisdom is a day-by-day guide that illuminates the path of a life worth living with a brightness undimmed by time. Unjustly censored for nearly a century, it deserves to be placed with the few books in our history that will never cease teaching us the essence of what is important in this world.
Award-winning New York Times bestseller and consummate storyteller Susan Wiggs brings you three enthralling historical romances about unconventional women and the men who learn to love them. Included in this bundle are The Charm School, The Horsemaster's Daughter and Halfway to Heaven.
Best-selling author presents two novellas in this volume: "Courting Catherine" and "A Man for Amanda"
Somewhere in the teeming heart of London is a man on a lethal mission. His cause: A long-overdue lesson on the importance of manners. A parent gives a public tongue-lashing to a misbehaving child, a parking lot attendant is rude to a series of customers, and the next thing either sees is the beginning of his own grisly end. When this Manners Killer starts mailing letters to the Southeast London police squad, he'll soon find out just how bad a mans manners can get. The Southeast is dominated by the perpetual sneer of one Inspector Brant. And while he might or might not agree with the killers cause and can even forgive his tactics to some degree, Brant is just ornery enough to employ his trademark brand of amoral, borderline-criminal policing to the hunt for the Manners Killer. For if theres one thing that drives the incomparable inspector, its the unshakable conviction that if anyone is going to be getting away with murder on his patch itll be Brant himself, thank you very much.
This heartwarming and enthralling classic is the story of a young girl who is left orphaned and alone shortly after her French family arrives in the New World. First published in 1931, this memorable story by a Newbery Award winner offers a historically signiricant portrait of pioneer life in the eighteenth century.
The Montana territory was supposed to be the land of dreams for Elizabeth O'Brian. But when influenza claims her husband and baby, Elizabeth doesn't know if she can go on. Then a stranger approaches her with a plea she can't ignore. Jake Hargrove is desperate. His brother's death left him in charge of his two part-Sioux nieces--one an infant. Jake knows the baby can't survive the harsh western winter without a wet nurse. A marriage of convenience with this grieving mother seems to be the only answer. Fighting for the acceptance of their charges gives Jake and Elizabeth new purpose. With the Christmas season approaching, dare they hope that they also could receive the gift of love?
Describes the geography, plants and animals, history, economy, language, culture and people of the state of California.
Looking for your next outdoor adventure? Grab your sleeping bag, pack the car, and head out to discover everything the Golden State has to offer. Whether you're RV camping, hiking into the backcountry, or just looking for a quick weekend experience, the 13th edition of the best-selling Foghorn Outdoors California Camping gets you where you want to go. Book jacket.
California Dreaming... Former child star Meredith Alcott knows life isn't like the movies. But now she has a chance to realize her own Hollywood dream by restoring a run-down amusement park to its former glory before Christmas. Clashing with the owner's arrogant, all-business son wasn't in the job description...even as Jake Walters sweeps her into a romance she never wants to end. As financial adviser to the stars, Jake always has his eye on the bottom line. He doesn't want an outsider anywhere near the legendary institution that's been in his family for generations. Yet Meredith gets top billing when she's hired to revamp his family's park. The bewitching designer challenges him at every turn while arousing a desire that fulfills Jake's wildest fantasies. But sabotage threatens to turn all their passionate hopes to dust. Unless Jake can come up with a loving plan that keeps the magic going past the holidays-and Meredith in his arms forever....
California Classics: The Creative Literature of the Golden State: Essays on the Books and Their Writersby Lawrence Clark Powell
Essays by 31 writers, from California, about California, or who at least passed through California and the books they wrote that have had some lasting impact on how California is viewed; from its discovery to the 1970s (when the book was published). Herbert E. Bolton, ANZA'S CALIFORNIA EXPEDITIONS; Walter Nordhoff, THE JOURNEY OF THE FLAME; William L. Manly, DEATH VALLEY IN '49; Mary Austin, THE LAND OF LITTLE RAIN; George Wharton James, THE WONDERS OF THE COLORADO DESERT; Louisa Smith Clapp, THE SHIRLEY LETTERS; Bret Harte, THE LUCK OF ROARING CAMP; Mark Twain, ROUGHING IT; Gertrude Atherton, THE SPLENDID IDLE FORTIES; William H. Brewer, UP AND DOWN CALIFORNIA IN 1860-64; Clarence King, MOUNTAINEERING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA; John Muir, THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA; Richard Henry Dana, Jr., TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST; Robert Louis Stevenson, THE SILVERADO SQUATTERS; Frank Norris, MCTEAGUE; Jack London, MARTIN EDEN; Smeaton Chase, CALIFORNIA COAST TRAILS; Robinson Jeffers, GIVE YOUR HEART TO THE HAWKS; John Steinbeck TO A GOD UNKNOWN; Charis and Edward Weston, CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST; Idwal Jones, THE VINEYARD; Robert Glass Cleland, THE CATTLE ON A THOUSAND HILLS; Helen Hunt Jackson, RAMONA; Horace Bell, REMINISCENCES OF A RANGER; Charles E Lummis, LAND OF SUNSHINE; Lincoln Steffens, BOY ON HORSEBACK; Upton Sinclair, OIL!; Harry Leon Wilson, MERTON OF THE MOVIES; Nathanael West, THE DAY OF THE LOCUST; Aldous Huxley, AFTER MANY A SUMMER; Raymond Chandler FAREWELL, MY LOVELY.
Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of the California condor, its decline in numbers due to human population growth and activities, and the efforts being made to maintain its population.
The most controversial issues in the history of California.
Widely recognized as the godfather of modern American cooking and a mentor to such rising celebrity chefs as Mario Batali, Jeremiah Tower is one of the most influential cooks of the last thirty years. Now, the former chef and partner at Chez Panisse and the genius behind Stars San Francisco tells the story of his lifelong love affair with food -- an affair that helped to spark an international culinary revolution. Tower shares with wit and honesty the real dish on cooking, chefs, celebrities, and what really goes on in the kitchen. Above all, Tower rhapsodizes about food -- the meals choreographed like great ballets, the menus scored like concertos. No other book reveals more about the seeds sown in the seventies, the excesses of the eighties, and the self-congratulations of the nineties. No other chef/restaurateur who was there at the very beginning is better positioned than Jeremiah Tower to tell the story of the American culinary revolution.
Mary-Kate takes a summer job as a lifeguard and meets a very cute fellow lifeguard who seems to want to ask her out but never does. Meanwhile, Ashley works for a wedding planner, but planning the perfect wedding proves difficult.
Mathematics textbook for 6th grade students.
Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule--"You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved"--and plunges into the case.Real estate mogul Nicky Vale's house is one of the most valuable properties on this stretch of the Southern California gold coast--large, luxurious, crammed with antiques, set on a nice piece of land with a perfect ocean view. After a disastrous blaze tears through a wing of the house, it's only normal that Vale would file an insurance claim. But a $3 million claim is rarely normal, especially not when it's filed within hours of the horrific death of the owner's young and beautiful wife. The County Sheriff's Department investigator, Brian "Accidentally" Bentley, has declared the fire, well, accidental--caused by Mrs. Vale's passing out in bed with a bottle of vodka and a lit cigarette--although a careful look at the evidence points to something more sinister. When Jack begins his investigation, he draws on his skill, experience and sheer stubbornness to uncover the truth of what's going on, but each step leads him further into a situation that's becoming increasingly dangerous. Soon arson is the least of Jack's worries, as the case grows to involve the Russian mob, Vietnamese gangs, real estate scams, counterfeiting and corporate corruption. In addition, Jack's forced to confront his own ghosts, including a fatal professional error, and to cope with the sudden reentry into his life of the best thing that ever happened to him: Letitia del Rio, a Sheriff's deputy whose bombshell looks are exceeded only by her smarts and guts. As the investigation spins out of control, Jack finds himself pulled so far in that he might not make it out. His outrageous behavior and defiant integrity, usually about as helpful to him as third-degree burns, may now be the only things that will keep the investigation--and Jack himself--from being snuffed out.
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