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Anna is desperate to be popular, but the key to being cool has devastating consequencesAbout to start her freshman year of high school, Anna wants more than anything to be popular. At a family reunion, her cousin describes a secret "slam book"--a notebook kids use to write all kinds of comments about one another. Anna decides this may be her key to success.Anna's friends Paige, Randy, and Jessie quickly jump in on the nasty fun and before long, Anna has realized her dreams of popularity. But the slam book keeps getting meaner, and Paige and Anna start using the book to fight with each other. Soon, Anna comes up with the ultimate prank, using lonely and insecure Cheryl as her means to pull it off. But Anna's vicious trick may lead to tragic consequences.This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Ann M. Martin, including rare images from the author's collection.
Sixteen-year-old Salvador "Slam" Amaro thinks being the assistant coach of the Brookfield High School girls' basketball team will be an easy gig. Show up, run a few drills and pad his resumé so he can win a spot on the Ontario Provincial Under-17 team. But Slam's job suddenly gets a lot harder when the girls' coach and her daughter, the star point-guard, vanish after being threatened. Getting to the bottom of their disappearance puts Slam in confrontation with a mysterious stalker. But that's not his only problem. With the girls facing playoff elimination, Slam has to come up with some new coaching strategies while he battles some tough competitors for a place on the Ontario squad.
Jamal's been asked to try out for the super-elite youth basketball team. His dad makes him a deal: If Jamal makes the team, he gets new shoes. But will the fancy new shoes really improve Jamal's game?
Newly minted prison officer Nicholas Glass has fallen in with the wrong crowd at "The Hilton," a Scottish prison for violent offenders. The problem is, there's no right crowd. Bullied and abused by inmates and colleagues alike, Glass finds that each day is getting longer than the one before. When a group of cons use outside help to threaten his wife and daughter, he agrees to do them a 'favor'. But, as their threats escalate, and one favor leads to another, he grows ever closer to breaking point. And when Glass breaks, he shatters...Slammer is a mile-a-minute thriller shot through with Guthrie's unique blend of dark humor and ultra-violent mayhem. His previous books have been lauded as "gripping noir" (Entertainment Weekly) and "character driven and exciting" (Cleveland Plain Dealer).
Born to rough cloth in working-class London in 1748, Mary Saunders hungers for linen and lace. Her lust for a shiny red ribbon leads her to a life of prostitution at a young age, where she encounters a freedom unknown to virtuous young women. But a dangerous misstep sends her fleeing to Monmouth and the refuge of the middle-class household of Mrs. Jones, to become the seamstress her mother always expected her to be and to live the ordinary life of an ordinary girl. Although Mary becomes a close confidante of Mrs. Jones, her desire for a better life leads her back to prostitution. She remains true only to the three rules she learned on the streets of London: Never give up your liberty; Clothes make the woman; Clothes are the greatest lie ever told. In the end, it is clothes, their splendor and their deception, that lead Mary to disaster. Emma Donoghue's daring, sensually charged prose casts a new sheen on the squalor and glamour of eighteenth-century England. Accurate, masterfully written, and infused with themes that still bedevil us today, Slammerkin is historical fiction for all readers.
The Slans are a super-race, capable of mind-reading, and equipped with bodies many times more resistant to fatigue than ordinary mortals. But they live in constant fear of discovery, for the rewards are great if anyone should capture a Slan, dead or alive. Jommy Cross was their only hope. He alone had the secret of his father's invention; he alone was capable of proving that the Slans' knowledge could benefit mankind.
"The immutable fact of politics in America is this: liberals hate conservatives." Ann Coulter, whose examination of the Clinton impeachment was a major national bestseller and earned widespread praise, now takes on an even tougher issue. At a time when Democrats and Republicans should be overwhelmingly congenial, American political debate has become increasingly hostile, overly personal, and insufferably trivial. Whether conducted in Congress or on the political talk shows, played out at dinners or cocktail parties, politics is a nasty sport. At the risk of giving away the ending: It's all liberals' fault. Cultlike in their behavior, vicious in their attacks on Republicans, and in almost complete control of mainstream national media, the left has been merciless in portraying all conservatives as dumb, racist, power hungry, homophobic, and downright scary. This despite the many Republican accomplishments of the last few decades, as well as the Bush administration's expert handling of the country's affairs in the wake of the worst attacks on American soil and of the war that followed. With incisive reasoning and meticulous research, Ann Coulter examines the events and personalities that have shaped modern political discourse-- the bickering, backstabbing, and name-calling that have made cultural mountains out of partisan molehills. She demonstrates how the media, especially, are biased-- and usually wrongheaded-- and have done all in their power to obfuscate the issues and the people behind them, bending over backward to villainize and belittle the right, while rarely missing an opportunity to praise the left. Perhaps if conservatives had had total control over every major means of news dissemination for a quarter century, they would have forgotten how to debate, too, and would just call liberals stupid and mean. But that's an alternative universe. In this universe, the public square is wall-to-wall liberal propaganda. Refreshingly honest and unerringly timely, Slander continues where Bernard Goldberg's number one bestselling Bias left off.
Twelve original and interconnected stories in the traditions of Junot Díaz and Sherman Alexie. Victor D. LaValle's astonishing, violent, and funny debut offers harrowing glimpses at the vulnerable lives of young people who struggle not only to come of age, but to survive the city streets. In "ancient history," two best friends graduating from high school fight to be the one to leave first for a better world; each one wants to be the fortunate son. In "pops," an African-American boy meets his father, a white cop from Connecticut, and tries not to care. And in "kids on colden street," a boy is momentarily uplifted by the arrival of a younger sister only to discover that brutality leads only to brutality in the natural order of things. Written with raw candor, grit, and a cautious heart, slapboxing with jesus introduces an exciting and bold new craftsman of contemporary fiction. LaValle's voices echo long after their stories are told. (From the Trade Paperback edition.)
Slapstick presents an apocalyptic vision seen through the eyes of the current King of Manhattan (and last President of the United States), a wickedly irreverent look at the all-too-possible results of today's follies. But even the end of life-as-we-know-it is transformed by Vonnegut's pen into hilarious farce (a final slapstick that may be the Almighty's joke on us all.) "Vonnegut's ongoing puppet show... that fabulous is reborn." -- John Updike. "Both funny and sad... just about perfect!" -- Los Angeles Times. "Imaginative and hilarious... a brilliant vision of our wrecked, wacked-out future."-- Hartford Courant.
I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun. Playtime... T<P><P>Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago--before they became a force to be reckoned with--the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer. Almost. Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent--the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He's just hit town. He hasn't forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn't forgotten what they owe him. And now they are going to pay...and pay...and pay....
Do nice guys always finish last? In the new Extreme Risk novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff, a burnt-out underdog and a vulnerable tomboy defy the pressure to be perfect and go after what they really want. Bighearted and easygoing, Luc Jennings is falling behind in a family of serious overachievers. While he may be decent enough at snowboarding to turn pro and rack up some sponsors, he's never topped any podiums--unlike his friends Z, Ash, and Cam. Luc's always been head over heels for Cam Bradley, but she's never seen him as anything more than a friend. Now, after years of coming in second, Luc can't take it anymore--especially if it means watching Cam chase another guy. Cam hangs out almost exclusively with dudes, and that's fine by her. She'd much rather be shredding at the Olympics than primping in the mirror. Cam's wildest dreams have a way of coming true--except when it comes to getting her longtime crush and best friend, Z Michaels, to notice her. Then her mother suddenly shows up after being gone for, like, ever, and Cam's whole world comes crashing down. Desperate for a place to lay low, she turns to the one person who's always had her back. Try as he might to move on, Luc could never leave Cam hanging. He lets her crash at his place--and it isn't long before she winds up in his bed. With Cam running scared and her icy facade starting to melt at last, Luc's determined to finally win the only prize that matters.Advance praise for Slashed "Nothing is hotter than best friends who become lovers, and Tracy Wolff nailed it with Slashed. The story is sexy, emotional, and impossible to put down."--Stina Lindenblatt, author of the Pushing Limits series"Tracy Wolff does it again. Slashed is a sexy, emotional, and touching ride with a huge splash of girl power! I loved getting to know this group of friends over the first two Extreme Risk books, and was thrilled to finally see Luc and Cam get their moment. I read it twice in four days!"--Sophia Henry, author of Delayed Penalty Praise for the Extreme Risk series "Z from Tracy Wolff's Shredded is so hot he will melt your heart!"--New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy "Shredded features two gorgeously damaged characters and an amazingly written story that kept me on the edge of my seat! Love it!"--Toni Aleo, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Assassins series "A blazing story from start to finish!"--Fresh Fiction, on Shredded "My hat is off to Tracy Wolff, who has created a world filled with heart, humor, turmoil, and second chances."--Tome Tender, on Shattered "Spectacular . . . emotionally gripping, sensual, and carefully crafted . . . This book will take hold of your heart and remind you to live each day to the fullest."--Guilty Pleasures Book Review, on Shattered "After falling in love with Tracy Wolff's Extreme Risk novel Shredded and the way it left off, I couldn't wait for Ash's story. And man what a story it was!"--BookBesties, on Shattered
For fans of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lois Duncan, and Daphne Du Maurier comes a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the best writers of YA thrillers and horror A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea's April Genevieve Tucholke.Each story draws from a classic tale or two--sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not--to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.Fans of TV's The Walking Dead, True Blood, and American Horror Story will tear through tales by these talented authors:Stefan BachmannLeigh BardugoKendare BlakeA. G. HowardJay KristoffMarie LuJonathan MaberryDanielle PaigeCarrie RyanMegan ShepherdNova Ren SumaMcCormick TemplemanApril Genevieve TucholkeCat WintersFrom the Hardcover edition.
Kyla's memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost forever. She's been slated. The government claims that she was a terrorist and they are giving her a second chance--if she plays by their rules. But scenes from the past haunt her as she tries to adjust to a new life, family, and school, leaving her unsettled. Who is she really? And if only criminals are meant to be slated, why are so many other teens disappearing? As she and her friend Ben seek answers, Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation.
FAMILY SUCCESSION...Buried within the walls of Slater House lived a tale of lost love and not-so-accidental death. And it would bring high-society Slater heiress Melanie Pierce to the sprawling estate to meet the only thing money couldn't buy-a family she never knew existed.BUT WHO WOULD BE THE LAST STANDING?Ross Bennet was an architect who knew more about the house than he was saying. But did even he know the truth behind the Slater Curse that continued to diminish the family's numbers?With only each other to trust, Melanie and Ross sought to escape the tragic past. But could they do it before their chance for a future together was forever destroyed?
The author of The Devil's Posse returns with the tale of one man's journey from mines to mountain trails and the dangers hunting him every step of the way....After gunfire and fear of the law drive him away from his home, young John Slater Engels is forced to seek refuge in the mountains of Montana. There he meets Teddy Lightfoot, who invites the boy to live with his wife and him in a small Crow village nestled in the Absaroka Mountains. In case lawmen are still searching for him, Engels decides to drop his legal name, keeping only his middle name: Slater.As the years go by and Slater grows into manhood, he also becomes an excellent scout--so much so that he's hired to assist the soldiers based out of Fort Ellis. But just when Slater's future begins to look bright, he crosses paths with a dangerous Sioux war chief named Iron Pony, who vows to take his life. And as Slater's past comes back to haunt him, he's forced to make some tough decisions--decisions that may cost him everything he holds dear....
When fifteen-year-old orphan Alex Taylor sees an odd sign in a shop window and goes inside to investigate, he is sent on a quest to defeat an evil dragon, and in the process he confronts his fears and learns about his future and his past.
There were no special punishment places in Monica's house. Robin hurried to the largest bedroom and gasped with delight because Monica had lit candles on her shelves and window sills and in her corners, casting wavering, subtle lights and shadows over the room. The bedcovers had been pulled off, and piled to one side, and leather cuffs were laying on the bed, along with a riding crop and two whips. Robin put the cuffs on when Monica pointed to them and eagerly got into position on her belly, spreading her arms and legs wide for Monica to fasten them down. "First, the punishment," Monica whispered, trailing a soft bundle of leather tresses over Robin's back, "and then the welcome."
"Hot, dangerous, and sexy. " --Candace Havens, author of Charmed & Deadly "I found him in the slave market on Orpheseus Prime, and even on such a god-forsaken planet as that one, their treatment of him seemed extreme. " He may be the last of a species whose sexual talents were the envy of the galaxy. Cat is an enslaved warrior from a race with a feline gene that gives him awesome beauty, fearsome strength, and sensuality and sexual prowess unmatched by any other males in the universe. Even filthy, chained, and beaten, he gives off an aura of power and virility and his feline gene gives him a special aura. Jacinth is an intergalactic trader on a rescue mission and she needs a man she can trust with her life. She has spent years pursuing her kidnapped sister from planet to planet. Now her quest leads her to a place where all the women are slaves. "Jack" needs a slave of her own-one who can masquerade as her master. Enmeshed in a tangle of deception, lust, and love, they must elude a race of violent killers and together forge a bond stronger than any chains. "A sexy adventure with a hero you can't resist!"- Candace Havens, author of Charmed & Deadly
Taken as a possession, Judy Thornton, an Earth resident, is found meandering in the wilderness of the Earth-like planet of Gor. In keeping with the culture of the Goreans, she is trained and used as a slave. What her masters don't know is that Judy is more than just beautiful chattel. She has the power to obliterate Gor and all that is related to it. Determined to seize control of her, priest-kings and Kur-Monster enter combat, unaware of the fact that the fate of Gor rests in the hands of the ethereal Judy.Rediscover this brilliantly imagined world where men are masters and women live to serve their every desire.
It's tough for a woman in the masculine world of high finance - there's no hiding the pleasure men take when a girl falls from grace. Like Ruth, a high-flying Relationship Director for a City bank. In the week her sadistic new boss takes over she loses an important client. If she wants to keep her job she'd better get the client back - quick. Deserted by her colleagues, Ruth turns to a well-connected family friend for help. But there's a price. David organises erotic entertainments featuring submissive young women. This is more than the sexually naive Ruth has bargained for. Now she finds it's not just her job that's on the line . . .
ABDUCTED BY ALIENS, FORCED INTO BONDAGE... Only a few years earlier, Rose Rico of Earth had no idea that her planet's government was secretly selling human beings to the alien Alphas in exchange for advanced alien technology. Then Rose found herself, along with hundreds of other human captives, bound for the far reaches of space, and compelled to cater to the depraved desires of her new alien masters. Rose broke her chains, freed some of her fellow captives and stole a spaceship of her own. Now they are wanted fugitives, and the galaxy is heating up for Rose and for her renegade band of former pleasure slaves. As her companions flee from the Alphas, Rose plots a one-woman strike against her former masters. Recaptured, tortured, and once again forced to serve as a pleasure slave, Rose escapes to rejoin her crew and battle the Alphas -- to free Earth from their domination!
The ten works collected in this volume demonstrate how a diverse group of writers challenged the conscience of a nation and laid the foundations of the African American literary tradition by expressing their in anger, pain, sorrow, and courage.Included in the volume: Narrative of the Most Remarkable Particulars in the Life of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw; Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano; The Confessions of Nat Turner; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; Narrative of William W. Brown; Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb; Narrative of Sojouner Truth; Ellen and William Craft's Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom; Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Narrative of the Life of J. D.Green.
In this riveting book, authors and authorities on modern day slavery Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery that exists now in the United States. In The Slave Next Door we find that slaves are all around us, hidden in plain sight: the dishwasher in the kitchen of the neighborhood restaurant, the kids on the corner selling cheap trinkets, the man sweeping the floor of the local department store. In these pages we also meet some unexpected slaveholders, such as a 27-year old middle-class Texas housewife who is currently serving a life sentence for offences including slavery. Weaving together a wealth of voices--from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers as well as from experts, counselors, law enforcement officers, rescue and support groups, and others--this book is also a call to action, telling what we, as private citizens, can do to finally bring an end to this horrific crime.
The slave ship was the instrument of history's greatest forced migration and a key to the origins and growth of global capitalism, yet much of its history remains unknown. Marcus Rediker uncovers the extraordinary human drama that played out on this world-changing vessel. Drawing on thirty years of maritime research, he demonstrates the truth of W. E. B DuBois's observation: the slave trade was the most magnificent drama in the last thousand years of human history. The Slave Ship focuses on the so-called golden age of the slave trade, the period of 1700-1808, when more than six million people were transported out of Africa, most of them on British and American ships, across the Atlantic, to slave on New World plantations. Marcus Rediker tells poignant tales of life, death and terror as he captures the shipboard drama of brutal discipline and fierce resistance. He reconstructs the lives of individuals, such as John Newton, James Field Stanfield and Olaudah Equiano, and the collective experience of captains, sailors and slaves. Mindful of the haunting legacies of race, class and slavery, Marcus Rediker offers a vivid and unforgettable portrait of the ghost ship of our modern consciousness.
Katie Castle, fabulously witty and unabashedly vain, has inserted herself into the perfect life. Working for the tres chic designer Penny Moss, Katie has snagged not only a townhouse in London's Primrose Hill but also a charming and gentle fiance, Ludo, who also happens to be Penny's son. Possessed of an uncanny ability to send off a verbal time bomb, Katie inexorably climbs the fashion food chain. Finding herself mesmerized by the lilting brogue of Liam, one of Penny's vendors, she succumbs to temptation and enjoys one final fling. But when Penny learns of her indiscretion, Katie loses her boyfriend, her job, and her apartment in quick succession. What follows is every upwardly mobile city slicker's worst nightmare: Homeless and jobless, Katie must piece together a life without her old connections. But Katie's misfortune is the reader's delight as this irrepressible wit recounts a series of adventures and scandals that once again propel her to the top. Reminiscent of the spot-on satire of Ted Heller's Slab Rat, Slave to Fashion marks the arrival of an uncommonly smart and funny new writer.