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Intrigue and danger increase as Princess Kazunomiya's once-sheltered life in 19th-century Japan changes in this latest addition to the Royal Diaries series by a Newberry Honor-winning author. Illustrations.
The acclaimed #1 New York Times bestselling military thriller writer and coauthor of the bestselling Rogue Warrior series goes beyond the headlines and worldwide speculation in this pulse-pounding fictional account of the breathtaking hunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, Usama Bin Laden. KBL Some truths are better told in fiction. In this riveting novel drawn from actual events and based on real-life heroes whose identities remain classified--including soldiers, sailors, intelligence operatives, technocrats, analysts, and policymakers--John Weisman fills in the blanks of what may have happened during the hunt and capture of Usama Bin Laden. Moving from the political battlefields of Washington, D.C., and the secure, seventh-floor suite of the CIA director in Langley, Virginia, to the dusty streets of Peshawar, Lahore, and Abbottabad, Pakistan, to the rough Afghan interior, to the Middle East and western Europe, this fictional narrative brings to life the drama behind SEAL Team 6's breathtaking raid in which Bin Laden--a.k.a. Crankshaft, a.k.a. al Mas (the Diamond), the ghost, the wraith, the grail for counterterrorists for more than a decade--met his fate. In the Oval Office, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the State Department, Washington's power brokers, the president, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Secretary of Defense conduct secret meetings, battle for political supremacy, and make life-and-death choices. Meanwhile, at an anonymous naval installation just south of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group trains in secret for the mission of a lifetime. And at Vallhalla Base, the CIA's safe house in Abbottabad, dedicated intelligence officers gather intel critical to locating and capturing the elusive Bin Laden. KBL: Kill Bin Laden probes the hearts and minds of America's secret warriors, revealing what the job means to them and the toll it takes. Here are the Navy SEALs who can never admit what unit they work for; the CIA paramilitary operators who risk their lives among the enemy, putting themselves in harm's way knowing their existence will be denied if they are killed or captured; and the elite cadre of gritty leaders who bravely put country and security above politics. Filled with pulse-pounding excitement and the tactics, intelligence tradecraft, and operational sources and methods used in real-world CIA and special-operations missions, KBL: Kill Bin Laden is a thrill-a-minute dramatization that sets the standard for adventure novels as it brilliantly imagines the action, intrigue, and suspense of this real-life event and offers a glimpse of the new face of warfare.
Charlie Beresford would rather be doing anything this summer than hauling furniture for a moving company. Come September, hell be leaving for college, away from the awkwardness of Augustinian Academy, away from his fathers constant hints about prospective girlfriends. Then Kevin Conroy-the Mighty KC--joins the moving crew. A star baseball player bound for the big leagues, Charlie is shocked when cool, confident KC suggests hanging out, especially when KC asks him to stay over--and the happiness their connection brings Charlie. But the summer is changing Charlie--putting muscles on his skinny frame, compelling him to face hard truths, showing him how it feels not just to lose your heart but to break someone elses. Funny, sweet, and moving, Tom Mendicinos insightful coming-of-age story perfectly evokes that moment when you stop living life from the safety of the bleachers--and finally step up to home plate. Praise for Tom Mendicinos Probation"Thoughtful, textured and poignant. . . an exciting impressive debut. " --"Time Out NY""A smart, engaging, witty, sad and unusual book about the complicated nature of family and love. " --Bart Yates29,141 Words
The kea, a crow-sized parrot that lives in the rugged mountains of New Zealand, is considered by some a playful comic and by others a vicious killer. Its true character is a mystery that biologists have debated for more than a century.
Keeker and her pony Plum enter their very first horse show, where they are confronted by much more experienced riders.
When Keeker and Plum take a family road trip to upstate New York, Keeker is sure it will be the best family vacation yet. (Plum, on the other hand, is not convinced!) Keeker is excited to splash in the neighborhood pond and ride ponies in the country with her cousins. What she doesn't know is that the nearby town of Sleepy Hollow holds a mystery that will make this a very memorable family vacation!
Keeker and Plum get to go to sleepaway camp for a whole week. But fun turns to surprise when Keeker learns that her bunkmate is none other than her horse-show rival, Tifni. The girls put aside their differences and become fast friends, but when Tifni's spirited pony bolts, Keeker has to decide whether to play it safe or save her friend.
When eight-year-old Keeker gets a pony, she is faced with the challenge of winning the animal's trust and friendship, and they both come to understand the phrase "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."
Meet Catherine Corey Keegan Dana (everyone calls her Keeker). What she wants most of all is a pony.Meet Plum. Plum is a Shetland pony (who's known to be a teeny bit sneaky). She rarely, if ever, thinks about little girls. She certainly doesn't want one.When Plum moves to Keeker's farm, Keeker faces the challenge of winning a pony's trust and friendship. And when Plum and Keeker find themselves lost in the woods, they learn that working together is the best way to get out of a fix. This fast-paced story of adventure and friendship will have new readers galloping back for more.
In the fourth adventure in the Sneaky Pony series, Keeker and Plum have discovered all kinds of surprising things on the farm: a baby bird to take care of, a family of groundhogs living in the field. They also learn that Mrs. Dana's horse is going to have a baby. But soon Keeker and Plum get tired of being ignored and Keeker decides staging a play will be just the thing to win back her parents' attention. By the time the play is over, Keeker and Plum receive a surprise more exciting than they ever could have imagined!
It's mud season in Vermont and Keeker is so bored she doesn't know what to do. But when a new neighbor starts mixing a strange concoction in the shack on her farm, Keeker and Plum get wrapped up in an exciting investigation!
The delightful, timeless Sneaky Pony series concludes with Keeker and the Crazy, Upside-Down Birthday. Keeker's birthday is always full of surprises. But when she discovers what her parents are planning for this year's birthday surprise, Keeker is sure it will ruin her life! When she decides to run away with her pony Plum, Keeker learns that change can be exciting and that no matter what, some friendships will always remain true.
Meet an irrepressible young lady with a flair for getting into trouble! Sassy, fun-loving Keena Ford always tries to do the right thing, but somehow, she just keeps making things worse. Keena is super excited about starting second grade and she's eager to impress her new teacher, but why does Ms. Hanson think Keena's birthday is tomorrow? It was a small mistake, but now Keena can't turn down her very own chocolate cake and sparkly crown, can she? No more than she can help sneaking into her best friend Eric's classroom to see if it's really as much fun as he claims. Too bad nothing turns out quite the way she plans... This laugh-out-loud book by first-time author Melissa Thomson has short chapters and lively illustrations, making it perfect for beginning readers.
Keen's Latin American Civilization introduces readers to the sweeping panorama of Latin American history through a classic collection of primary documents. More than 140 readings, organized chronologically and placed in context by insightful introductory notes and essays, provide vivid glimpses of life in Latin America from the Conquest to the colonial and republican eras to contemporary Latin America. In the ninth edition, editors Robert Buffington and Lila Caimari document dramatic recent changes in Latin America, including the resurgence of leftist governments in South and Central America, the feminization of politics from the grassroots to the presidency, the devastating effects of narco-trafficking and political corruption on law and order, and growing concerns about the environment.
The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author follows Charlotte Tucker, the young girl from Garlock's most recent novel, Stay A Little Longer, into adulthood. As a child, Charlotte Tucker was raised in small town Minnesota where the only real company was the people who came to her aunt Louise's boarding house. Several years later, Charlotte is a young woman and thirsty to get out of her hometown and see the world. When a teaching position opens up in Oklahoma, she jumps at the opportunity to take a room on John Grant's ranch in Sawyer, a small town to the north, to begin her new career. She soon befriends Owen and Hannah Wallace, a brother and sister who have come from Colorado following the death of their mother. Abandoned at an early age by a father they never knew, they are set on revenge against the man who left them -- a man they believe is John Grant. As the summer heats up and a brutal storm wreaks havoc on the town, a secret is revealed that threatens to change Charlotte's life -- and her new friends -- forever.
You didn't think the only time we wrote down our thoughts was when we shipped off the Pants, now, did you? Here's a peek at the letters and, notes we wrote during this amazing summer and the (lame!) notes we sent to each other-when we were twelve! At the end of the book, there's a special section that tells how YOU can write the most amazing notes to your friends.
In this eighth installment, Jayd finds that even at holiday time, things can get heated at South Bay High.
From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O'Reilly's provocative writing--reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values. Bill O'Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an unparalleled track record as an author and with the #1-rated Fox News show, The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly has become a veritable institution of political insight and keen advice. In Keep It Pithy, O'Reilly offers a classic collection of the most memorable writings from his bestselling books, and looks back at how his opinions and ideas have been proven right or wrong by the passage of time. With his trademark candor and no-nonsense approach, each chapter focuses on a core theme as it gathers O'Reilly's thoughts on the most compelling issues of our time and provides readers an illuminating guide to the American cultural landscape. A spirited and personal book, Keep It Pithy is the perfect addition to an O'Reilly fan's library, or the best introduction for the few left uninitiated.
Judge Judy uses courtroom cases to illustrate commonsense advice on personal relationships.
Travis Wilder has returned from the otherworld of Eldh, hoping to settle back into his humdrum life in the mountains of contemporary Colorado. But he soon finds himself stalked by two shadowy organizations, each aware of his incredible journey and each determined to exploit it--whatever the cost to Travis...or to Eldh. Meanwhile, a terrifying new contagion is spreading like wildfire, a disease with no cure, which some are comparing to the Black Plague.When the disease strikes his closest friend, Travis is drawn back to Eldh, where the same epidemic, known as the Burning Plague, is wreaking another kind of havoc. There, in a realm of gods and monsters, myths and runecraft, Travis and his former companion Grace Beckett--herself from Earth, but now living on Eldh--must solve the riddle of the plague. Where did it come from? What is its purpose? And how can it possibly be stopped...before it completely destroys two coexisting worlds: ancient Eldh and modern Earth.
Pony Pal Trail is special to all the Pony Pals. The trail connects Pam's backyard to the pony paddock Anna and Lulu share. But now everything has changed. New neighbors have built a sheep pen that blocks the trail. What will the Pony Pals do now?
For young Kay, growing up in middle class America during World War II is a confusing and sometimes painful experience. Her stepmother, Amazing Grace, is a selfish woman who takes her unhappiness out on those around her. And for a little girl so concerned with pleasing others and doing the honorable thing, life with Amazing Grace is nearly unbearable. But Kay is also a believer. She's determined to "keep smiling through," as the song says, knowing that one day she will do something extraordinary. "A bittersweet historical novel."-Kirkus Reviews
Alva Jane has never questioned her parents, never questioned her faith, never questioned her future. She is content with the strict rules that define her life in Pineridge, the walled community where she lives with her father, his seven wives, and her twenty-eight siblings. This is the only world Alva has ever known, and she has never thought to challenge it. But everything changes when Alva is caught giving her long-time crush an innocent first kiss. Beaten, scorned, and now facing a forced marriage to a violent, fifty-year old man, Alva suddenly realizes how much she has to lose--and how impossible it will be to escape.
Gordon Comstock is a poor young man who works in a grubby London bookstore and spends his evenings shivering in a rented room, trying to write. He is determined to stay free of the "money world" of lucrative jobs, family responsibilities, and the kind of security symbolized by the homely aspidistra plant that sits in every middle-class British window.
Kick back, put your feet up, and settle in for an intimate conversation with the four young women of Point of Grace. In this delightful book of two dozen insightful reflections, the four artists of this award-winning musical group offer a rare glimpse into their lives as performers, wives, mothers, and friends -- and, most of all, give you a fresh perspective on Scripture and the wonder-working God they serve through their music. In each of the book's twenty-four chapters -- one for each featured #1 song -- a member of the group takes a turn sharing a story about the hits that have been especially meaningful to her. Keep the Candle Burning will encourage and inspire you as you read about the triumphs, struggles, and hopes of Shelley, Terry, Heather, and Denise -- the women of Point of Grace. Book jacket.
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