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Meet Lucy - a teenager who's about to get an A in fighting vampires Lucy Hellenberg is not your typical Pacific Cedar High student. Because in between hanging out with her friends, hating her hair and her math teacher, and trying to decide whether she should dump her on-again off-again boyfriend, she has to deal with a father who refuses to go outside and a house that bears way too much resemblance to the set of The Munsters. And that's not all. Lucy has just discovered that she's a descendent of the lovely Lucy in Bram Stoker's Dracula-and that vampires really do exist (right here at Pacific Cedar High!). Now, she has to accessorize her homecoming dress with a necklace of garlic and learn how to drive while driving away vampires-without becoming their next victim.
HIGH SCHOOL BOUND is a fun-filled, entertaining yet practical guide for young people preparing to enter high school. It is filled with over 30 topics of interest from tips on studying, handling peer pressure, cultivating good attitudes, dating, to sports, homework, and much more! Spethman also includes a special section for parents, 12 essential ways to get involved in your high schooler's education.
It's spring semester at Mirador High in Southern California, and twenty-four-year-old Jeremy Iversen is going deep undercover to deliver the real deal about the dull classes and fast times of American teens today. Trading in his suit and tie for jeans and skater shoes, Iversen posed as a senior transfer student. He took six classes five days a week, dissected a cat, got sent to detention, hung out at the mall, signed yearbooks, and graduated in cap and gown. He infiltrated the homes of his teenage friends, met their parents, and went to their parties. For one entire semester, he led the life of a modern-day high school student -- and lived to tell all about it. Going way beyond the usual clichés of jock and nerd, the book introduces readers to a revolving cast of fascinating characters from every walk of social life: promiscuous freshmen girls, lunchtime alcoholics, evangelical Christians, perfectionist drug dealers, masochistic vampires, steroid-raging baseball stars, and one principal who will stop at nothing to make her failing school look good. In this fast-paced exposé, Jeremy Iversen blows the lid off a secret world in which the sexual revolution runs unchecked, where the use of recreational drugs is chronic, and where apathetic teachers don't even bother to teach. This Wild West wonderland, however, lives by strict unwritten rules and ultraconservative politics, creating a pressure cooker of conflict that's bound to explode. High School Confidential isn't confidential anymore.
Good-bye, school and Hello, summer! But for Troy, Gabriella, Chad, and Taylor, this vacation is no day at the beach. That's because they're all working at a country club founded by Ryan and Sharpay's family! And with the club's annual talent show right around the corner, Sharpay's competitive instincts are sizzling. She dumps her brother Ryan as her singing partner and starts wooing Troy to join her onstage instead. Gabriella is less than thrilled that Troy has agreed to sing with Sharpay. How could he do that to her? She never sees him these days. He's too busy on the golf course, dining in style, playing basketball with a college team and all of it managed by Sharpay. Things are heating up on the lawns of high society. Will Troy and Gabriella realize that they're meant to be?
Developed specifically to be used in the first part of a two-year global history course, this text covers world history through the Enlightenment period.
Asher Wellingham, Duke of Carisbrook, was captivated by her! He had happened upon Lady Emma Seaton swimming naked and, beyond her beauty, had seen the deep curling scar on her thigh--a wound that could only be the mark of a sword. Who was this creature of contradictions? Something about her brought back tantalizing memories from the past. Her ill-fitting, threadbare clothes concealed the body of an angel, but what kind of woman truly lay behind her refined mask? Highborn lady or artful courtesan, she intrigued him and Asher wanted to possess both!
HOSTILE TAKEOVERFlatly refused a promotion by her tycoon father, heiress Tempest Lambert offered her services to his worst enemy. But was it the job she wanted, or just her new boss, the devastatingly handsome Gavin Renard? He'd made millions as a corporate raider, but taking over the Lambert's retail conglomerate wasn't about business-- Gavin wanted revenge. Using Tempest as a pawn in his takeover game was a possibility. Making her his mistress--that was an offer he couldn't refuse.
The only way to ensure your company's success is to change faster on the inside than the world is changing on the outsideNo one knows the ins and outs of successful companies better than bestselling author Jason Jennings. Back in 2001, with It's Not the Big That Eat the Small, It's the Fast That Eat the Slow, Jennings proved that speed was the ultimate competitive advantage. But in 2015, companies of all sizes still struggle to adapt quickly. They know it's crucial to their future but need help to get everyone implementing speed and urgency at all levels.Jennings and his researchers have spent years up close and personal with thousands of organizations around the world--figuring out what makes them successful in both the short and long term. He understands the real challenges that keep more than eleven thousand CEOs, business owners, and executives up at night. And he knows how the best of the best combine speed and growth to deliver five times the average returns to shareholders.The High-Speed Company reveals the unique practices of businesses that have proven records of urgency and growth. The key distinction is that they've created extraordinary cultures with a strong purpose, more trust, and relentless follow-through. These companies burn less energy, beat the competition, and have a lot of fun along the way.Jennings shows how you can implement the same strategies that have made companies such as CoBank, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Grainger, Henry Schein, Google, and Johnson & Johnson great, including: * Encouraging employees to make the right moves without hesitation. J.M. Smucker has done this well by creating five guiding principles that employees at every level can apply to faster individual decision making. * Doing more to constantly innovate and bring in new customers. Besides spending more than $2 billion on research and development, Procter & Gamble sends its senior executives to the homes of families who use their products in one hundred different countries, to learn their stories and connect with them, gaining fresh insights for new products. * Being transparent about management decisions. Sonic Corp. knows this is the best way to drive trust and engagement with both employees and customers. Breathe easier. Handle any hurdle. Get things done faster. That's the way of the high-speed company . . . and Jennings shows you how to build and sustain your own.
The material provides the reader with an understanding of the features and functions typically found on HSS devices. It explains how these HSS devices are used in protocol applications and the analysis which must be performed to use such HSS devices. The book is an assimilation of various topics with a focus on what chip designers need to understand in order to design chips using HSS cores. The reader is first introduced to the basic concepts and the resulting features and functions typical of HSS devices. HSS devices are used in the context of a protocol application. The reader is then introduced to the basic concepts used by protocols, and overviews are provided for several protocol standards in which HSS devices are commonly used. Additional chapters describe the features, functions, and considerations associated with designing and analyzing a reference clock distribution network, as well as testing HSS hardware, analyzing signal integrity, and analyzing power consumption. Finally, any HSS core is not complete without a set of design kit models to facilitate integration within the chip design, and special topics uniquely related to design kits for HSS cores are discussed in the final chapter.
The Northeast National Offshore Races are coming to Bayport, showcasing some of the fastest and most powerful racing boats in the world. The winner will walk away with a $100,000 prize, but much more than money is at stake. Someone is rigging the boats and rigging the game--putting every racer's life at risk! The Hardy's are not about to stand onshore and let danger take its course. They're going to rev up their engines and make some waves of their own. The fix may be in, but once Frank and Joe kick into gear, all bets are off--because when the fists and the flames begin to fly, they're sure to be right in the thick of it! Check out Bookshare for over 200 more adventures with the Hardy boys.
High Stakes was the fourteenth of Dick Francis's best selling thrillers and was first published in 1975. Fast-moving and exciting, it is an enthralling tale of unscrupulous goings-on in the racing world.
It didn't take Angelina Marlowe long to realize that her legacy was a terrible liability. Her parents had been ruthlessly murdered, and inheriting their fortune put her at risk, too. She needed to know why. So did Hawk Bladehunter, a key player at Marlowe Inc. Together they were determined to expose the past, but neither had gambled on how far some people would go to protect their investment--nor how blissful ignorance would seem as the stakes in a deadly game of truth or dare kept rising.
A CHILD'S LIFE IS AT STAKE When Christopher Jordan sees the fear in Ashley Wilson's eyes, he knows he can't let her request for help go unanswered. Despite their tumultuous history, he's the only person his ex-fiancée can trust to find her kidnapped nephew. But how can Christopher trust her when he finds out that Ashley's "nephew" is actually his son, the one she never told him about? With a terrorist cell convinced Ashley holds the key to accessing top secret government files, time is running out. And Christopher will stop at nothing to bring their little boy home in time for Christmas. The Security Experts: Defenders against danger
When love's at stake, the sky's the limit! Just when Carole Hanson thinks she knows where things stand with Ben Marlow, an old boyfriend reappears and sweeps her off her feet. Suddenly everything is roses and candlelight, and it's perfect. Lisa Atwood's romance isn't perfect anymore. She and Alex Lake have put their relationship on hold for a while and have agreed to see other people. Lisa knows Alex isn't sitting at home, so neither should she. Callie Forester isn't worrying about romance. She's back in training and determined to be a winner. But Callie isn't the only one on the trails around Pine Hollow. But someone else is in the woods, very interested in what Callie's doing.
Red-hot attraction is dangerous in this new Prescott Bachelors romance by New York Times bestselling author Cindy Dees! To help his brothers, marine pilot Archer Prescott goes undercover to find out who's sabotaging their movie set. But the die-hard bachelor isn't ready for what he finds in the High Sierras: his doe-eyed, girl-next-door camerawoman is the prime suspect. Marley Stringer isn't as innocent as she seems. As Marley turns irresistible and the aerial "accidents" turn deadly, Archer begins to wonder who's more dangerous-the perfect woman who threatens his heart...or the desperate killer who threatens his life.
America is becoming hooked on gambling. From the millions of dens and dorm rooms lit by online poker games to the neighborhoods transformed by new casinos and slot machine parlors, legalized gambling has become an integral part of our lives. With a singular blend of investigative journalism and poignant narratives of gambling addiction, award-winning journalist Sam Skolnik provides an in-depth exploration of the consequences of this national phenomenon. The result is High Stakes, an unflinching look at the explosive growth of legalized gambling in our country, the concurrent rise of addicted gamblers, and what it all means. Thirty-five years ago, casinos were legal in just one state, Nevada. Today, legalized gambling has morphed into a $92 billion industry established in all but two states. As elected officials are urging voters to expand gambling's reach, the industry's supporters and their equally impassioned detractors are squaring off in prolonged state-by-state battles. Millions of Americans are being asked to decide: Are the benefits worth the costs? Industry officials and their political allies assert that gambling is an effective way to raise revenue and create jobs. But these rewards come at a steep price. Fast-rising numbers of addicted gamblers are causing higher indebtedness and bankruptcy rates, as well as increased divorces, suicides, and gambling-related crime. Skolnik shows how the gambling industry is targeting Asian Americans--and why this population, more than any other ethnic group, is likely to develop gambling problems. He also illustrates how gambling has helped turn Las Vegas into America's most dysfunctional community, and how the upsurge of poker and Internet gambling has created a new generation of gambling junkies. In High Stakes, we meet politicians eager to promote legalized gambling as an economic cure-all, scientists wrestling with the meaning of gambling addiction, and ensnared players so caught up in the chase that they've lost their livelihoods and their minds. Throughout it all, Skolnik--an avid poker player--never loses sight of the human side of these struggles.From the Hardcover edition.
A powerful first-hand account of the many generations and ethnic groups of men who have built America's skyscrapers. From the early days of steel construction in Chicago, through the great boom years of New York city ironwork, and up through the present, High Steel follows the trajectory of careers inextricably linked to both great accomplishment and catastrophic disaster. The personal stories reveal the lives of ironworkers and the dangers they face as they walk across the windswept, swaying summits of tomorrow's skyscrapers, balanced on steel girders sometimes only six inches wide. Rasenberger explores both the greatest accomplishments of ironwork-the vaulting bridges and towers that define America's skyline-and the deadliest disasters, such as the Quebec Bridge Collapse of 1907, when 75 ironworkers, including 33 Mohawk Indians, fell to their deaths. High Steel is an accessible, thrilling, and vertiginous portrait of the lives of some of our most brave yet unrecognized men.
The golden age of tennis came crashing down suddenly at the 1981 U.S. Open. Bjorn Borg, the stoical Swede who had become the richest and most famous player in the sport's history, had just lost to his brash young rival, John McEnroe, in the final at Flushing Meadows. After his last shot floated out, Borg walked to the net, shook McEnroe's hand in silence, and disappeared from the game he had dominated for the last decade. No one realized it at the time, but the era that Borg and the three other semifinalists at that year's Open-McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Vitas Gerulaitis-had helped define had also ended. For nearly a century, the lawns of tennis had been reserved for wealthy amateurs-gentlemen, in the original British parlance-but in 1968, the game was opened to professionals and was forever changed. The 1970s were boom years for tennis. Thanks to charismatic young players and dramatic matches, participation skyrocketed in the United States and brought the game to a new peak of global popularity. In the ensuing decade, the sport would be taken further from its genteel roots than anyone thought possible. Through the lens of that era's final tournament, the 1981 U.S. Open, High Strung chronicles the lives and careers of the men who made those Wild West days of tennis so memorable. The Swede known as "Ice Borg," who secretly harbored an inner madman. McEnroe, the tortured, bratty genius who was destined to slay his idol. Connors, the blue-collar kid who tore the cover off the ball-and the game itself-becoming a beloved antihero. Ilie Nastase, the Romanian clown who tested the outer limits of acceptable behavior and taste. Gerulaitis, the New York charmer and Studio 54 regular who was friend to them all. And Ivan Lendl, the robotic Czech who became a harbinger of tennis's high-powered future. The struggles these men shared were as compelling off the court as they were on. Some thrived, some survived, some were destroyed, but none has ever been forgotten.
Magpie's Tearoom is a cozy haven in bustling L.A. -- a place for luncheons, baby showers, or simply hanging out. Its owner, British expat Margaret Moore, relishes tradition...but between a frustrated chef preoccupied with her neglectful producer girlfriend and the tearoom's waitstaff -- a talented but desperate TV star who hasn't acted since Detective Buck Love went off the air, and a twenty-something ingénue who'll do anything to get the part -- her grandmother's scones begin to feel irrelevant. When the critic from Tea Talk announces she is crossing the pond to visit, Margaret attempts to marshal her staff. But, being of the thespian variety, they all want to be doing something else. Yet despite the high personal drama at hand, the customers still demand their perfectly steeped tea and cucumber sandwiches.... As Margaret battles pilot season and produce-coordinator malfunctions, she begins to lose her will to live...in L.A. But can her L.A. neighborhood do without her tearoom? In this delightful debut novel with delicious recipes thrown in, Sandra Harper creates a hilarious world where Earl Grey and watercress make a meal, buttering the scones may get you scolded, and nobody does eggs anymore. Warm up the kettle and pull up a seat -- you don't want to miss High Tea!
High Tech Heretic: Why Computers Don't Belong in the Classroom and Other Reflections by a Computer Contrarianby Clifford Stoll
Interesting analysis of the use and misuse of technology in education.
Adam Malfitano still has nightmares about the night his girlfriend, Mitzi, died. He sees the blood. He sees her in the water. He is a lifeguard, and he can't save her. He wakes up screaming. Even worse, he has begun to see Mitzi while he is awake. He knows it is impossible, but she looks so real. What does she want from him?
"There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature," raves the Washington Post Book World, and it is right. She has been nominated three times for the ABBY award, and her critically acclaimed writings consistently enjoy spectacular commercial success as they entertain and touch her legions of loyal fans. In High Tide in Tucson, she returns to her familiar themes of family, community, the common good and the natural world. The title essay considers Buster, a hermit crab that accidentally stows away on Kingsolver's return trip from the Bahamas to her desert home, and turns out to have manic-depressive tendencies. Buster is running around for all he's worth -- one can only presume it's high tide in Tucson. Kingsolver brings a moral vision and refreshing sense of humor to subjects ranging from modern motherhood to the history of private property to the suspended citizenship of human beings in the Animal Kingdom. Beautifully packaged, with original illustrations by well-known illustrator Paul Mirocha, these wise lessons on the urgent business of being alive make it a perfect gift for Kingsolver's many fans.
"Gilstrap will leave you breathless."--Harlan Coben"Gilstrap pushes every thriller button."--San Francisco Chronicle"Rocket-paced suspense."--Jeffery Deaver"A great hero, a really exciting series."--Joseph FinderFirst Lady Anna Darmond has been kidnapped in a bloody gunfight. It's an unthinkable crime that, if revealed, could cause public panic, so hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave and his team must operate in absolute secrecy. But the mission is not all it seems. There are shadows in Mrs. Darmond's past. Cracks in the presidential marriage. Leaks in the country's critical shields of security. As Grave tracks the missing First Lady through a labyrinth of lies and murder, he confronts a traitor at the highest level of Washington power--and a devastating scheme to bring a nation to its knees. . .Praise for John Gilstrap"One of the finest thriller writers on the planet." --Tess Gerritsen"Gilstrap is the go-to guy among thriller writers." --John Ramsey Miller "If you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, you'll love John Gilstrap."--Gayle Lynds
It is the year of the most terrible flood in the history of the Mississippi, and five animals have climbed onto a small flood mound built by neighboring farmers to save their horses and cattle. The animals are Doc Raccoon, later the Mayor of Catfish Bend; Judge Black, the motto-quoting black snake who has become a vegetarian to clear the snake family's bad name; J.C., the sporty, fast-talking red-haired fox from Memphis; the silly rabbit; and the gloomy frog, whose only joy is directing the Indian Bayou Frog Glee Club. The black snake, when his lower nature grips him, is tempted to eat the frog; the fox is hungry for the rabbit. Unlike most warring humanity, they suddenly realize that if they are to survive, they must unite against the common enemy, the flood. With the high water over at last, they set out for New Orleans to demand that the riverbanks be made safe for wild animals. The strange and perilous adventures that befall them reveal that animals have much the same problems these days as human beings.
There was a stifling scent of summer on the Pasadena morning when he first called on Mrs Elizabeth Bright Murdock. Later Marlowe couldn't work out which was worse: air you couldn't breathe, or a client who didn't tell you the story. The job was to find a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. Easy. Probably too easy. Each time the Doubloon pops up, so does a murder. Soon Marlowe's got a full-scale tragedy on his hands. . . Throughout the 1940s and 1950s Philip Marlowe stalked the tawdry neon wilderness of Southern California. There Raymond Chandler's creation became the most famous fictional detective since Sherlock Holmes; often imitated, never bettered. Read the complete Marlowe novels in Penguin paperback.
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