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Julie Garwood's tales always sparkle with the magic that comes from falling in love. Now her talent shines brighter than ever in an unforgettable tale about young love meant especially for younger readers. Summer never meant to lie. She just wanted to keep the most perfect guy she ever met interested in her. She had been surprised when David began hanging out with her every day. . . and dizzy with happiness when he kissed her. David seemed to like her unconventional Irish family, even her eccentric Grandpa. Everything was going great -- until Ann entered the picture. She collected boys like trophies. How could Summer compete with someone like that? Before she knew it, Summer was boasting to David about her passion for long-distance running. She never dreamed he'd enter them in a six-mile race. Summer dreaded the moment when he would discover the truth: she couldn't run six blocks. And the flirtatious Ann was already working on David. Then Summer's Grandpa came up with a plan that was just crazy enough to save the day. . . .
After a tragic accident kills their parents, Meg and Susan come to live in suburbia with a distant aunt. Little do they know that their lives are about to get infinitely worse.
As seventeen-year-old Sam desperately tries to help her best friend and neighbor Jesse through aggressive treatments for a rare and usually fatal form of cancer, they find themselves falling deeply in love.
He pledged to protect his neighbor, in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents: Guts and Glory miniseries When Gabrielle Harper's gutsy investigative reporting attracted a serial killer, her new neighbor began keeping an eye on her. But Cooper Marshall was more than his chiseled frame suggested. He was an Elite Operations Division specialist who thrived on adrenaline, who always took risks, whose every instinct was geared to protect. Even if it meant breaking cover. Gabrielle wasn't the sort to hole up in her Washington, D.C., walk-up, waiting to be the next victim. So when the time came, he'd throw her on the back of his motorcycle and ride with a vengeance to save her life. Until then, he'd watch and wait, and try not to get carried away with attraction to the girl next door....
The dazzling new novel from Ruth Rendell. When the bones of two severed hands are discovered in a box, an investigation into a long buried crime of passion begins. And a group of friends, who played together as children, begin to question their past. 'For Woody, anger was cold. Cold and slow. But once it had started it mounted gradually and he could think of nothing else. He knew he couldn't stay alive while those two were alive. Instead of sleeping, he lay awake in the dark and saw those hands. Anita's narrow white hand with the long nails painted pastel pink, the man's brown hand equally shapely, the fingers slightly splayed.' Before the advent of the Second World War, beneath the green meadows of Loughton, Essex, a dark network of tunnels has been dug. A group of children discover them. They play there. It becomes their secret place.Seventy years on, the world has changed. Developers have altered the rural landscape. Friends from a half-remembered world have married, died, grown sick, moved on or disappeared. Work on a new house called Warlock uncovers a grisly secret, buried a lifetime ago, and a weary detective, more preoccupied with current crimes, must investigate a possible case of murder. In all her novels, Ruth Rendell digs deep beneath the surface to investigate the secrets of the human psyche. The interconnecting tunnels of Loughton in THE GIRL NEXT DOOR lead to no single destination. But the relationships formed there, the incidents that occurred, exert a profound influence -- not only on the survivors but in unearthing the true nature of the mysterious past.
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.
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.
*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.
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.
"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.
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.
An unforgettable novel about competition, ambition, and a woman's struggle to earn a place in a man's world, Girl Runner is the story of 1928 Olympic gold medalist Aganetha Smart. Will Aganetha's undeniable talent help her to outrun the social conventions of her time, or the burden of her family's secrets?As a young runner, Aganetha Smart defied everyone's expectations to win a gold medal for Canada in the 1928 Olympics. It was a revolutionary victory, because these were the first Games in which women could compete in track events--and they did so despite opposition. But now Aganetha is in a nursing home, and nobody realizes that the frail centenarian was once a bold pioneer.When two young strangers appear asking to interview Aganetha for their documentary about female athletes, she readily agrees. Despite her frailty, she yearns for adventure and escape, and though her achievement may have been forgotten by history, her memories of chasing gold in Amsterdam remain sharp. But that triumph is only one thread in the rich tapestry of her life. Her remarkable story is colored by tragedy as well as joy, and as much as Aganetha tries, she cannot outrun her past. Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner peels back the layers of time to reveal how Aganetha's amazing gift helped her break away from a family haunted by betrayals and sorrow. But as the pieces of her life take shape, it becomes clear that the power of blood ties does not diminish through the years, and that these filmmakers may not be who they claim to be. . . .
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.
"A fast-paced narrative. . . . compelling and intense reading, by turns funny, tender, and horrifying, Girl Singer is the real deal--a captivating, well-told tale." --Fred Kasten, Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist"Carlon is a natural heir of Robert Louis Stevenson. If you like good fiction, you'll like Girl Singer." --Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz"Carlon is a unique educational force, bringing young readers into the pleasures and drama of jazz." --Nat Hentoff, Jazz Country, Boston Bay, etc."An arresting and wonderful story that communicates--through a deep relationship between a singer and a Holocaust survivor--the joy of music, self-discovery, pain, and racism." --Dick Golden, host of George Washington University Presents American Jazz"Avery's story tackles hard topics--racism, women's rights--which transcend time and place. A tale with deep resonance and educational force, that will keep readers turning pages." -Marilyn Lester, executive director, the Duke Ellington Center for the ArtsHarlem 1938: eighteen-year-old Avery, aspiring singer, is heard by Lester "Pres" Young, Count Basie's tenor saxophonist. Pres recommends her to Basie, and Avery is whisked into the jazz life. Years later, with several hit records to her credit, Avery settles in Greenwich Village. But her life takes a sharp turn when she meets Karl, a Jewish refugee from Hitler's Germany.Mick Carlon is a thirty-year veteran English and journalism teacher at the high and middle school levels, and the author of the middle-grade novels Riding on Duke's Train and Travels with Louis. He is a frequent contributor to Jazz Times.
At the top of her form and topping the charts, Rosemary Clooney looks back at a life of triumph and tragedy more dramatic than any work of fiction. Rosemary Clooney made her first public appearance at the age of three, on the stage of the Russell Theater in her hometown of Maysville, Kentucky, singing, "When Your Hair Has Turned to Silver," an odd but perhaps prophetic choice for one so young. She has been singing ever since: on local radio; with Tony Pastor's orchestra; in big-box-office Hollywood films; at the Hollywood Bowl, the London Palladium, and Carnegie Hall ; on her own television series; and at venues large and small across the country and around the world. The list of Clooney's friends and intimates reads like a who's who of show business royalty: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, Tony Bennett, Janet Leigh, Humphrey Bogart, and Billie Holiday, to name just a few. She's known enormous professional triumphs and deep personal tragedies. At the age of twenty-five, Clooney married the erudite and respected actor Jose Ferrer, sixteen years her senior and light-years more sophisticated. Trouble started almost immediately when, on her honeymoon, she discovered that he had already been unfaithful. Finally, after having five children while she almost single-handedly supported the entire family and endured Ferrer's numerous, unrepentant infidelities, she filed for divorce. From there her life spiraled downward into depression, addiction to various prescription drugs, and then, in 1968, a breakdown and hospitalization. After years spent fighting her way back to the top, Clooney is married to one of her first and long-lost loves- a true fairy tale with a happy ending. She's been nominated for four Grammys in six years and has two albums at the top of theBillboardcharts. In the words of one of Stephen Sondheim's Follies showgirls, she could well be singing, triumphantly, "I'm still here!"
When her blacksmith father takes a strange girl as his apprentice, Rhianna feels that no one cares about her anymore. Filled with jealousy and hurt, she uses her Wild Magic in an error, and brings two dogs of iron to life. suddenly, her world is in danger, not just from the dogs, but from evil forces who will want to use Rhianna's unwieldy power for their own benefit. It is up to Rhianna and the new apprentice, Eriseth, to put things right ... even if they have to risk their lives and their freedom.
Rhianna is failing out of magic school. She's rather clumsy, even though she tries her best. After she causes her biggest mess ever, a wizard appears with some astonishing news. Rhianna's magic is, in fact, stronger than anyone else's. She's a Wild Talent, which means that she possesses a pure form of magic that is full of power and energy. The hitch? Well, its very hard to control wild magic. And it tends to suck up all the other magic around it. So when a dragon comes to town, it's up to Rhianna to save the day.
A young man comes of age as his mysterious inheritance wreaks havoc. Very funny.
From John D. MacDonald, one of the enduring American novelists of the twentieth century, comes a science fiction classic with a timeless premise. An aimless young man discovers a way to stop the world in its tracks--and that's when his life truly begins.Introduction by Dean KoontzOnce an ordinary math teacher, Omar Krepps developed a knack for gambling, amassed a fabulous fortune, and spent the rest of his life traveling the world and giving away his millions. Upon his death, however, Krepps bequeaths nothing to his nephew and only living blood relative, Kirby Winter--nothing, that is, except an antique watch and a sealed letter to be opened after one year.But Kirby has much more in his possession than he realizes. The watch has the power to manipulate time. Not only does this revelation shed light on the mystery of his uncle's life, it puts Kirby on the path to unimaginable wealth and a new lease on love . . . as well as a whole host of deadly troubles. Even in a universe where time is no issue, Kirby must tread carefully to stay one step ahead of danger.Praise for John D. MacDonald"To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen."--Kurt Vonnegut"As a young writer, all I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me."--Dean Koontz"John D. MacDonald was a writer way ahead of his time."--John Saul
Stop the Hurting Mary Pipher's bestselling Reviving Ophelia triggered widespread interest in the culture of preteen and teenage girls and the seeming epidemic of relational aggression (bullying) among them. Gossip, teasing, forming cliques, and other cruel behaviors are the basis of this bullying, which harms both victim and aggressor. Until now, no one has been able to offer practical and effective solutions that stop girls from hurting each other with words and actions. But in Girl Wars, two experts explain not only how to prevent such behavior but also how to intervene should it happen, as well as overcome the culture that breeds it. Illustrated by compelling true stories from mothers and girls, the authors offer effective, easy-to-implement strategies that range from preventive to prescriptive, such as how to Adopt a "help, don't hurt" strategy Provide positive role models Teach communication skills online and off Stress assertiveness, not aggressiveness Learn conflict resolution skills Identify alternatives to bullying behavior With their combined experience in offering and evaluating programs that combat bullying, the authors show that girls not only want to help rather than hurt each other, they can do so with guidance from concerned adults.
A stunning debut from the heart of the American South From a fresh new voice in fiction comes this remarkable portrait of the perils and pleasures of growing up. Sissy is just becoming a teenager in a house full of busy adults, a demanding little brother, a bossy cousin, and far too many chickens. Whether she's sneaking into church for her cousin Delores, venturing into the Gypsy camp with her best friend Polly, or exploring the local garden called Eden, Sissy is always up for new adventures. Set in the South in the late 1950's, Sandy Richardson's hilarious and true-to-life chronicles of the irrepressible Sissy and her extended family are the perfect antidote for those caught-in-the-middle years!
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