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Kicked, Bittten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Exotic Animal Trainersby Amy Sutherland
Walking cougars on leashes, teaching a mandrill to get an injection, working with elephants, and teaching rats to run up mazes are some of the things students in the Exotic Animal Training and Management program do at Moore Park College. Follow the "first year" students as they learn and grow to develop confidence in handling animals and improve their ways of managing each other. Good read for anyone interested in any type of animal training.
Dime is fifteen and always angry. Her parents don't understand her, and her brother was paralyzed in an accident. When the fights and accusations become too much, Dime moves in with her brother. But her troubles follow her. Until she realizes that she has to start taking some responsibility, nothing will change.
Filled with on-the-field soccer scenes, black-and-white artwork, and sports statistics throughout, this short novel--ideal for newly independent readers, athletes, and all sports fans--follows nine-year-old Ben and his fourth-grade team, the Bobcats, as they race to the Kickers League playoffs. Ben knows he's one of the team's strongest players, but he's been struggling with the jitters. He's just freezing up on the field. Can he pull through for his teammates now that they really need him?From the Hardcover edition.
Introducing a soccer series for new readers Kickers #2The Kickers soccer league is heating up, and Ben's team, the Bobcats, has two losses, one win, and one tie. Ben knows he can pull his team out of its slump and right into the league play-offs with his new move: the fake-out. He practices the tricky footwork every chance he gets. But every time he tries it on the field, he flubs up, loses the ball, and hurts his team. Meanwhile, everyone else is faking him out. Is Ben out of his league?In his Kickers series, award-winning author Rich Wallace offers action-filled novels about the Bobcats, a fourth-grade coed soccer team, and their bid for the league play-offs. From the Hardcover edition.
The Tigers cannot do anything right on the field. They do not just lose games - they get clobbered. Enter Gian Piero and Massimo, two Italian boys better than anyone else in the whole league. Can the Tigers make it all the way to the finals? And can they do it together, working as a team?
Scientists are Only Human, and Not Immune to Dogma. A New York Times Best-selling Writer Examines the Facts in the Most Profound Controversies in Modern Science. Galileo may have been forced to deny that the Earth moves around the Sun; but in the end, science triumphed. Nowadays science fearlessly pursues truth, shining the pure light of reason on the mysteries of the universe. Or does it? As best-selling author James P. Hogan demonstrates in this fact-filled and thoroughly documented study, science has its own roster of hidebound pronouncements which are Not to be Questioned. Among the dogma-laden subjects he examines are Darwinism, global warming, the big bang, problems with relativity, radon and radiation, holes in the ozone layer, the cause of AIDS, and the controversy over Velikovsky. Hogan explains the basics of each controversy with his clear, informative style, in a book that will be fascinating for anyone with an interest in the frontiers of modern science. This book also discusses Asbestos and why the Twin-Towers should have stood for hours, long enough for most to have escaped. He also takes up the CFC Controversy and the myths about DDT. False Science costs lives, especially in the third world.
Jacob Scott, of Angel Park baseball fame, finds out first-hand that soccer is just as exciting as baseball, and maybe more demanding.
A business book for 21st-century entrepreneurs, THE KICKSTARTER HANDBOOK will be the first book to market on a phenomenally popular website--and a new way of financing your wildest dreams.
Texas Ranger Jake Kearney was astonished to discover that the "Kid" Calhoun he stalked, the same outlaw who saved him from ambush, was a woman--and an irresistible one at that! Now Anabeth Calhoun was an unwilling captive of the flinty-eyed Ranger as they pursued a gang of cold-blooded killers . . . and a cache of stolen gold that had mysteriously disappeared. But the lawman's problems had only just begun. Fighting his desire for the outlaw he had sworn would not escape justice, Jake Kearney was soon torn between his duty . . . and his love. . . .Anabeth knew she had found her match in the rugged loner who taught her the joys of passion . . . while she taught him the exquisite perils of love. She also knew that Anabeth "Kid" Calhoun was one outlaw both willing and eager to fall into the long arms of the law!From the Paperback edition.
The Reynolds tobacco family was an American dynasty like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. R.J. "Dick" Reynolds Jr. was born into privilege and decadence, but his disastrous personal life eventually destroyed almost every relationship he cherished and stole his health at a relatively young age. Dick Reynolds was dubbed "Kid Carolina" when as a teenager, he ran away from home and stowed away as part of the crew on a freighter. For the rest of his life he'd turn to the sea, instead of his friends and family, for comfort. Dick disappeared for months at a time, leading the dual life of a business mogul and troubled soul, both of which became legendary. Despite his personal demons, Dick played a pivotal role in shaping twentieth-century America through his business savvy and politics. He developed Delta and Eastern Airlines, single handedly secured FDR's third term election, and served as mayor of Winston-Salem, where his tobacco fortune was built. Yet below the gilded surface lay a turbulent life of alcoholism, infidelity, and loneliness. His chaotic existence culminated in a surprise fourth marriage and was shortly followed by a strange death, the end of a life every bit as awe-inspiring as it was disturbing.
In these days of corporate scandal, there's a far more pervasive and serious problem going on right under our noses.It's a family takeover orchestrated by our kids.That's right - children are taking control of family units in record numbers.When a man and woman marry, says author Ed Young, they occupy the leadership roles in their relationship.But in some cases, as children enter the family arena, that begins to change.The kids slowly become the center of the family universe as parents relinquish control to them.In effect, the children become Kid CEO's and the parents become the support staff.As parents, we have charge of our children for only a short time. It's up to us to prepare them for life.
When they lose their coach, Scott and his teammates decide that he should try his hand at coaching, but it takes teamwork and the efforts of a player they call "Brain" to produce a winning season.
Joe Harbin hadn't killed a man for a fortune in gold just to sit in prison and let Rodelo collect it. But when he and his men break out and head for the stash, they end up with a pair of unwelcome partners: Rodelo and a beautiful woman with a hidden past. To get fifty thousand dollars in gold across fifty miles of desert, the desperate band quickly learns how much they need each other---and how deep their greed and suspicion can run. At the end of the journey lie the waters of Baja and a new life in Mexico, but first they have to survive the savage heat, bounty-hunting Yaqui Indians, and the shifting, treacherous nature of both the desert sands and their own conflicting loyalties.From the Paperback edition.
This is the intimate and fascinating account of the rise and fall and rise again in show business of Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans. From Errol Flynn to Ava Garnder to Francis Ford Coppola and Mia Farrow, Evans spares no reputation, least of all his own, in this sizzling, tell-all biography.
Dan Savage and his partner go through the open adoption process.
Arranged in alphabetical order with anecdotal, fun-to-read text, this fascinating book is packed with the stories behind over 100 inventions.
With this first book of fiction, a gifted young writer brings together eight superbly crafted stories that peer deeply into the human heart, exploring lives derailed by the loss of a vital connection to the land and to the natural world of which they are a part. "Mule Killers" evokes the end of an era and of a grandfather's dreams when he decides to replace animal power on his farm with tractors. Two restless young girls in "Sweethearts of the Rodeo" live out their last summer of innocence, riding ponies recklessly and spying on their boss and the wealthy women who visit him. In "Phantom Pain," the Tennessee woods are a sliver of what they once were, men now hunt with GPS and cell phones, and the rumor of a dangerous panther on the loose stirs up a small town. An unexpected vision of the beauty and mystery of life redeems the darkest moments in this stellar debut collection, a book that readers will want to read and reread.
IF BABIES CAME WITH A USER'S MANUAL-THIS WOULD BE IT! Here is a lifeline of reliable, reassuring information for those busy days and often sleepless nights from pregnancy through the first year. This trouble shooting, sanity-saving book covers more than five hundred topics-everything from allergies to zoster (commonly known as shingles)-and is filled with warm, comforting advice from an experienced pediatrician and father of two. Wondering about those little bumps or spots? Worried that your baby sleeps or eats too much (or too little)? Coping with colic? Concerned about teething? Confused about car seats, medications, vaccinations? Designed to console even the most stressed-out parents during the always challenging first twelve months, this essential guide includes * Guidelines for a healthy pregnancy (tip: limit fish and avoid peanut butter)-and what supplies to have on hand when baby arrives * Advice on choosing a pediatrician: three vital questions for the prenatal interview * The advantages (and disadvantages) of breast- and bottle-feeding, as well as time-tested tips on feeding schedules * Hints for getting through the night-and avoiding ineffective bedtime rituals, including the "Sneaky" and "Buddy" approaches * Crucial facts about shots, screening tests, and immunizations (yes, kids still do get whooping cough) * At-your-fingertips information on common illnesses, fevers, when to call the doctor, and what to do in an emergency * Special advice for working moms, single parents, adoptive parents, and parents of twins, triplets, and preemies Plus-handy checklists, growth charts, eye-catching diagrams, "Myths and Truths" about baby care, and Kidfixer FAQs-real questions from parents and Dr. Altman's helpful advice From the Trade Paperback edition.
The last thing most kids want to do is kidnap their own parents. But life has reached a crisis point for Steven and Benjy Marks. Their dad is always away on business, and ever since their mom began prosecuting a group of terrorists, the boys have been confined to their home with police protection. So where does that leave Steven and Benjy? Stuck in the house with a weird "nanny" named Dewey, whose idea of a good meal is Pop Tarts and Kool-Aid. The refrigerator's empty, their clothes aren't washed, and it's hard to get up for school when there's never a bedtime. It may sound like fun, but it wears thin after a while. That's when Steven and Benjy take matters into their own hands. On a weekend in the country, the boys take their parents by surprise with a plan that will assure them some quality family time. But the surprise is on Steven and Benjy, because there's a pair of terrorists outside their cabin and what they have in mind for the boys' mom is no joke!
FBI agent Kelly Jones has little left to lose. Following months of grueling rehab after losing her lower leg--and nearly losing her life--she knows she may never do fieldwork again. And in the slums of Mexico City, she's about to encounter an old and infinitely twisted enemy. Original.
When young David Balfour is orphaned, he discovers some surprising truths about his family. His meeting with his uncle Ebenezer turns out to have disastrous consequences leading to kidnap and imprisonment on board a ship bound for the Carolinas. The voyage is full of incident and, after violent conflict and a shipwreck, David finds himself in a daredevil chase across the Scottish Highlands in the company of the irrepressible warrior Alan Breck Stewart.
Okay, it's certainly an unconventional way for Manhattan heiress Tate Baxter to conquer her fears. But when your whole life takes place behind the tinted windows of a limo and your household staff are all gun-toting ex-CIA, drastic measures have to be taken. Especially when one member of that staff has got her all hot and bothered. Chauffeur Michael Caulfield has just one assignment -- keeping Tate safe. But when she's kidnapped for real, the only way he can save her is to become a prisoner with her. He may be just the help, but as her take-charge protector, he's the Michael of her sexual fantasies. Maybe a man she can trust and even dare to love? Except once out of his uniform, he isn't exactly laying bare all his secrets -- to Tate.
"It all happened so fast that even now, a month later, I still have trouble believing it, and I have to tell myself over and over again: Leszli, you have been kidnapped." On April 12, 1999, Leszli Kálli boarded a plane in Colombia to work on a kibbutz in Israel, but she never made it. The plane was hijacked by a leftist guerrilla group and forced to land on an abandoned runway in the jungle. Leszli, along with her father and the other passengers, were held hostage for 373 days. Her diary reveals her innermost thoughts, darkest fears, and visions of hope. Leszli vividly presents this painful time in her life: trapped, held at gunpoint, and never knowing if she would live to see another day. Although never close before, the bond between her and her father grows as they provide one another with vital support. Alienated as the only woman in her group, she maintains her guard but finds comfort caring for animals, including a tarantula living beneath her bed. As the pages of her diary unfold, so, too, does the incredible story of one girl's fight for survival against overwhelming odds.
When Irene Kelly's articles profiling missing children run in the Las Piernas Express, she anticipates the renewed public interest and the deluge of phone tips and remembered clues; she even anticipates the renewed pain of the anguished parents. What she doesn't expect is that the articles will set off a murderous chain reaction -- and put her life in peril. Perhaps one of the more tragic disappearances in recent Las Piernas history was that of Jenny Fletcher, just shy of her fourth birthday. The body of Jenny's father, Richard, a graphic artist, was found bludgeoned in his studio; hours later Jenny's stepbrother Mason was apprehended with the murder weapon and bloody clothing in his car. But little Jenny was never found. As the years pass, everyone assumes Jenny is dead. Everyone except her brother Caleb, who not only believes Jenny survived but steadfastly believes in Mason's innocence. Caleb, now a graduate student studying with forensic anthropologist Ben Sheridan, works on cases for the Las Piernas Police Department. When bones are discovered at the old Sheffield estate just days after the missing-children articles appear, Caleb finds himself drawn into a case that threatens to bring personal tragedies back to the present. He has a fierce ally in reporter Irene Kelly, who will stop at nothing to solve the mysteries of his father's murder and his sister's disappearance.
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