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Manny Pacquiao, 31, was recently named "Fighter of the Decade" by the Boxing Writers' Association and is the only fighter ever to capture seven championship belts in seven different weight classes. But few could have imagined that Pacquiao would have ever reached the pinnacle of his sport, considering his background. He ran away from home-a cardboard shack in General Santos City in the Philippines-at age fourteen. After making his way to Manila, and eventually the United States, Pacquiao hooked up with trainer Freddie Roach in 2001, and, from there, his fighting career took off.Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" last year, the aptly nicknamed Pac-Man is a fascinating figure who will go down as one of the greatest boxers in history.
A young boy is trapped by a crafty witch who will not free him unless he can guess her name. A Puerto Rican folk tale, with a glossary to help young readers understand the Spanish words.
Homer Hickam, author of the memoir Rocket Boys (made into the movie October Sky), recalls his first years as a NASA engineer while also telling the story of his fluffy black and white cat Paco who had the magic ability to make people smile and give them hope. But when Paco was struck down by a disease that left him unable to walk, Hickam was faced with a terrible decision, let his beloved cat live in misery or put him to sleep. Before that decision could be made, the space mission Hickam was working on needed to be rescued and there was only one sure way to save it: Paco's magic meow! This is a true story of the space age that is also a delightful tale of the love between an engineer and his cat.
Sampson, George, and Rameck could easily have followed their childhood friends into drugdealing, gangs, and prison. Like their peers, they came from poor, single-parent homes in urban neighborhoods where survival, not scholastic success, was the priority. When the three boys met in a magnet high school in Newark, they recognized each other as kindred spirits who wanted to overcome the incredible odds against them and reach for opportunity. They made a friendship pact, deciding together to take on the biggest challenge of their lives: attending college and then medical school. Along the way they made mistakes and faced disappointments, but by working hard, finding the right mentors, separating themselves from negative influences, and supporting each other, they achieved their goals--and more. In We Beat the Street, award-winning YA author and teacher Sharon Draper brings the doctors' childhood, teenage, and young-adult anecdotes vividly to life. Brief "conversations" with the doctors at the end of each chapter provide context and advice in a friendly, nonintrusive way. Youngsters will be captivated by the men's honest accounts of the street life that threatened to swallow them up, and how they helped each other succeed beyond their wildest expectations. .
The Brown family should have known that it spelled disaster when they put Paddington in charge of maps and the itinerary for their vacation in France, for as Paddington fans well know, despite all his good intentions this little bear has a special knack for making havoc of the most innocent situations. In this latest of Paddington adventures he gets himself into one delightful scrape after another. As Mrs. Bird says, however, that's the best of being a bear. Things happen to bears-and the wonderfully amusing and startling things that happen to Paddington in Michael Bond's latest book prove that with Paddington abroad one had better watch out!
There'll always be an England, but the old place has never been quite the same since the Browns came across a small lost bear in London's Paddington Station. When the neighbor's lawn mower disappears into the branches of a tree; when a small furry face peers frantically out of the screen of the new TV set; when the spotless kitchen at 32 Windsor Gardens becomes a chaos of steam and spilled syrup; when a riot suddenly breaks out in the bargain basement; when a Christmas play imperceptibly takes leave of the script and soars off completely on its own, is it a part of a plot or a National Disaster? No. It's just Paddington at Large. That well-meaning bear with a talent for trouble continues to fill the lives of the Brown family with unexpected adventures, and this book about him--perfect for family reading--will delight the multitude of Paddington fans.
One Christmas Paddington announced he was taking the Brown family to Barkridges store to see Santa Claus. It's very good value," he explained. "Apart from meeting Mr. Claus, there's a sleigh ride through Winter Wonderland and you get to visit his workshop at the North Pole. We might even see where he makes his marmalade." But Santa only has gifts for boys and girls...none for bears and Paddington thinks the North Pole is Broken. He's going home disappointed, but there's still a Merry Christmas in store for Paddington Bear. You can read lots about Paddington Bear because Bookshare has at least eight more books about him.
From the book: That bear is back again, and his attraction for near disaster is as magnetic as ever. It is remarkable how much havoc one gently bred, well-meaning young bear from darkest Peru can cause when an English family adopts him, and in this new book Paddington will not disappoint his host of admirers who share his taste for excitement. Who but Paddington would set out to make a few dumplings for the stew and find himself chased from the kitchen by a something so nasty that only his friend Mr. Gruber could rescue him? Who but Paddington could do so many things wrong so fast with the washing machine and end up with chaos in the laundry? But then, who else could turn so many mistakes into triumphs and so completely captivate the hearts of young and old? Here he is again with another riotous series of adventures, as "highly diverting" (in the words of the Library Journal) as those in A Bear Called Paddington. This book includes picture descriptions. Other book about Paddington are available from Bookshare.
When Paddington arrives in London, he's excited to explore the city that he's heard so much about. Thanks to a stroke of luck, he meets Mr. and Mrs. Brown at the train station. They welcome him into their home and agree to help him find the explorer who visited his family in Peru. As Paddington sets out to search for the explorer and discover the many wonders in the city, he catches the eye of an evil taxidermist who would love nothing more than to come between the bear and the Browns. It will take every member of the Brown household to help Paddington learn that finding a home and a family is the greatest adventure of all.Paddington, the first-ever live-action film with CGI animation based on the classic book series by Michael Bond, lights up theaters on Christmas Day 2014. With Harry Potter producer David Heyman and an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Sally Hawkins, Paddington is a film that is sure to capture your heart.
A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region.
Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman-who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking-he runs his own woodshop-Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois-"I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield"-to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes. .
Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman; who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking; he runs his own woodshop; Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois. "I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield"; to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.
Just when you thought you read all about Julie, A Little Girl From Texas, there is more. Julie went swimming and her Grandfather said she looked like a duck paddling in the water. He called her, "Paddleduck." Paddleduck Julie also loved to jump off the diving board. Her friend Tama did belly busters. Paddleduck talks about Ashley and Kendall's mom, when she cooked her roast it looked like a log and when she fried her chicken, it looked boiled. Paddleduck tells about her summer in San Antonio, Uncle Albert's smelly feet, the family picnic and she remembers the, "Alamo." Her cousin Allison and Jean visit from New York and Ginnye, their driver, gets a speeding ticket on the way to the beach. Paddleduck sees Ms. Kandy with two men in white space suits. Honey Bees? A bird named, Ronnie, knocked on the window and said, "yee-ha". At Vicki's birthday party, someone hid onions in Kelly's hot dog and Paddleducks cupcake had a bite taken out, Rhonda had chocolate on her face. The Girl Scouts went on a trip to Busch Gardens and they rode a sweet elephant named, Alma. At the YMCA, Peggy told Darlene not to go near the alligators. See what happens when she does. Aron and Andie feed the goats they named, Dougy and Holdy. Did they see a ghost? Jessica and her dog, Baby, eating hamburgers, a snoopy cat named Little Debbie, and more. Enjoy as Paddleduck Julie shares her lively childhood stories.
Paddy Clarke, a ten-year-old boy who longs to be a missionary, experiences life's joys and setbacks--specifically his ma and da's fights--as he grows up in Liffey, Ireland, in the late 1960s.
This collection of inspiring, astonishing, and humorous anecdotes offers glimpses into the life and miracles of Padre Pio. Countless conversions were inspired through his gifts of bilocation, psychic ability, curative power, and multilingualism. Written by Pascal Cataneo, a fellow priest and contemporary of Padre Pio, readers are given a unique window into the humility, directness, and humor of this Capuchin friar.
"I'm a mystery to myself." With this simple admission, Padre Pio captured the feelings of many who knew him. In his latest work, Renzo Allegri, a journalist and writer, dispels some of this mystery with this unique and very human portrait of Padre Pio. It is a faithful description of an extraordinary person, a book that reads like a good novel. Beatified on May 22, 1999, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) was a Capuchin monk and mystic whose life was marked with miracles and wonders, but who said that his only desire was "to be a poor friar who prays."
A first-hand glimpse at Padre Pio by those who knew him best. The holy friar's own Capuchin superiors and confreres, spiritual directors and doctors, the townspeople and pilgrims who were his spiritual children testify to their experiences with him. New and little-known information about Padre Pio's ministry and spiritual life will give you an intimate glimpse into the life of a modern man who may someday be canonized.
RITUALS AND RESOURCES FOR HONOURING DEATH IN THE CIRCLE OF LIFEBirth,growth,death,and rebirth are a cycle that forms the underlying order of the universe. This is the core of Pagan belief - and the heart of this unique resource guide to de
The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Overby Starhawk M. Macha Nightmare The Reclaiming Collective
Rituals and resources for honoring death in the circle of life, that forms the underlying order of the universe, the core of the Pagan belief system.
Bernard Cornwell--"the most prolific and successful historical novelist in the world today" (Wall Street Journal)--returns to his Saxon Tales saga with the epic story of divided loyalties, bloody battles, and the struggle to unite Britain.At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and his son Edward reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.Uhtred, once Alfred's great warrior but now out of favor with the new king, must lead a band of outcasts north to recapture his old family home, the impregnable Northumbrian fortress Bebbanburg.Loyalties will be divided and men will fall as each Saxon kingdom is drawn into the bloodiest battle yet with the Danes--a war that will decide the fate of every king, and the entire English nation.With The Pagan Lord, New York Times bestselling author Bernard Cornwell, "the reigning king of historical fiction" (USA Today), continues his magnificent epic of the making of England during the Middle Ages, vividly bringing to life the uneasy alliances, violent combat, and deadly intrigue that gave birth to the British nation.
When pregnant, you become the very essence of the Mother Goddess-she who transitions from maiden to mother. Embark on this sacred journey with special guided meditations, affirmations, and rituals. Designed to help you attune to the divine energies of childbearing,Passages: Pagan Pregnancyshows you how to: Prepare spiritually for this extraordinary time Conduct rituals to aide conception, safe pregnancy, and easy delivery Practice responsible magick during these critical nine months Deal with unexpected developments as well as miscarriage The first book of its kind,Pagan Pregnancyis the perfect companion to prepare you to take on the most magnificent-and magickal role of your life. Arin Murphy-Hiscockis the mother of one son. She is the author ofPower Spellcraft for Life, Solitary Wicca for Life, andThe Way of the Green Witch. She is the New Age consultant for Provenance Press, the Series Editor for the Passages series, a High Priestess within the Black Forest Clan, and has been active in the New Age community for more than ten years. She teaches a variety of workshops on topics such as designing rituals, spellcasting, and seasonal celebrations. She lives in Montreal, Canada.
This is the first survey of religious beliefs in the British Isles from the Old Stone Age to the coming of Christianity, one of the least familiar periods in Britain's history. Ronald Hutton draws upon a wealth of new data, much of it archaeological, that has transformed interpretation over the past decade. Giving more or less equal weight to all periods, from the Neolithic to the Middle Ages, he examines a fascinating range of evidence for Celtic and Romano-British paganism, from burial sites, cairns, megaliths and causeways, to carvings, figurines, jewellery, weapons, votive objects, literary texts and folklore.
Sandy is determined that his colt will not be shot as his mother had been. With determination, patience, and respect, Sandy trains and befriends a horse that others are convinced will be a man-killer. When a crisis arises, Sandy and Pagan have the chance to save lives and be named heroes--but only if Pagan's isn't the vicious man-killer that others claim he is.
A great, short introductory text to Paganism. This book reviews, briefly, the history of Paganism, the tools of the religion, how to keep an altar, how the modern-day pagan lives, and much more. It offers a glossary, chapter exercises, and suggested reading, at the end of each chapter.
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