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First Meet (The Gymnasts #2)

by Elizabeth A. Levy

(Back Cover) The first meet's going to be exciting... but it isn't going to be easy. It's the Pinecones very first meet - and they're competing against the Atomic Amazons. That team is tough! It's a real challenge for all the gymnasts, especially Cindi. She'll have to perform a very difficult move on the uneven bars - the Eagle. It's not enough to do it right - she'll have to do it with a style all her own. Cindi wonders if she can meet the challenge, for herself and for the team.

First Meetings in Ender's Universe

by Orson Scott Card

"The Polish Boy" is John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender. In the years between the first two Bugger Wars, the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. They may have found their man - or boy - in John Paul Wiggin. In "Teacher's Pest" - a novella written especially for this collection - a brilliant but arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now a university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student. "The Investment Counselor" is set after the end of the Bugger Wars. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, twenty-year-old Andrew Wiggin wanders incognito from planet to planet as a fugitive - until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide.

The First Men in the Moon

by H. G. Wells Ursula K. Le Guin

"Why do people read science fiction? In hopes of receiving such writing as this--a ravishingly accurate vision of things unseen; an utterly unexpected yet necessary beauty." So says Ursula K. Le Guin in her Introduction to The First Men in the Moon, H. G. Wells's 1901 tale of space travel. Heavily criticized upon publication for its fantastic ideas, it is now justly considered a science fiction classic. Cavor, a brilliant scientist who accidentally produces a gravity-defying substance, builds a spaceship and, along with the materialistic Bedford, travels to the moon. The coldly intellectual Cavor seeks knowledge, while Bedford seeks fortune. Instead of insight and gold they encounter the Selenites, a horrifying race of biologically engineered creatures who viciously, and successfully, defend their home. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The First Midnight Spell: A Spellcaster Novella

by Claudia Gray

In this suspenseful companion novella to New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray's Spellcaster, learn the tragic origins of the dark witch Elizabeth. It's 1695, and Elizabeth Cooper is a young witch in Fortune's Sound, Rhode Island. She spends her days perfecting spells with the local coven and dreaming about one day marrying Nat Porter. But Nat is the son of Widow Porter, another witch and the leader of their coven. According to the First Laws of the Craft, Elizabeth is strictly forbidden to marry him. Elizabeth never imagined dabbling in the dark arts, bringing herself close to serving the One Beneath. But as she feels Nat slipping away from her, she will do anything to secure his love. How much harm could she do with one single spell, even if it is black magic?HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.

The First Miracle

by Jeffrey Archer

From the book jacket. "From one of the world's greatest storytellers, Jeffrey Archer, and featuring illustrations from renowned British artist Craigie Aitchison, here is a Christmas treasure to delight children of all ages--one in which the story of the Nativity takes an unexpected turn." [Note to readers. All paintings are described.] "In the forty-third year of the reign of the Emperor Augustus Caesar, ruler of half the known world, a mischievous thirteen-year-old Roman boy is sent on an errand by his mother. On the way he encounters all the usual sights and sounds of village life in Judaea. But that evening Bethlehem is even more crowded than usual, since his father, the governor of the province, has ordered a census so he can tax all the emperor's subjects. Then the boy comes across a sight he will never forget--a man and his pregnant wife are being turned away from an inn, and are preparing to spend the night in a stable....With a marvelous final double twist that could have come only from the pen of Jeffrey Archer, The First Miracle is destined to take its place beside Dickens's A Christmas Carol and Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales as, classic of the season. JEFFREY ARCHER is one of England's most leading political figures and one of the world's most successful writers. All of his story collections and novels from 1974's Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to 1994's Twelve Red Herrings--have been international bestsellers. CRAIGIE AITCHISON is one of Britain's most celebrated artists. He is a Royal Academician and his highly sought- after paintings appear in numerous public and private collections."

The First Modern Jew

by Daniel B. Schwartz

Pioneering biblical critic, theorist of democracy, and legendary conflater of God and nature, Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was excommunicated by the Sephardic Jews of Amsterdam in 1656 for his "horrible heresies" and "monstrous deeds." Yet, over the past three centuries, Spinoza's rupture with traditional Jewish beliefs and practices has elevated him to a prominent place in genealogies of Jewish modernity. The First Modern Jew provides a riveting look at how Spinoza went from being one of Judaism's most notorious outcasts to one of its most celebrated, if still highly controversial, cultural icons, and a powerful and protean symbol of the first modern secular Jew. Ranging from Amsterdam to Palestine and back again to Europe, the book chronicles Spinoza's posthumous odyssey from marginalized heretic to hero, the exemplar of a whole host of Jewish identities, including cosmopolitan, nationalist, reformist, and rejectionist. Daniel Schwartz shows that in fashioning Spinoza into "the first modern Jew," generations of Jewish intellectuals--German liberals, East European maskilim, secular Zionists, and Yiddishists--have projected their own dilemmas of identity onto him, reshaping the Amsterdam thinker in their own image. The many afterlives of Spinoza are a kind of looking glass into the struggles of Jewish writers over where to draw the boundaries of Jewishness and whether a secular Jewish identity is indeed possible. Cumulatively, these afterlives offer a kaleidoscopic view of modern Jewish cultureand a vivid history of an obsession with Spinoza that continues to this day.

The First Mountain Man

by William W. Johnstone

A Mountain Man In Disguise A big city like St. Louis is the last place where a mountain man like Preacher would pick a fight. But how else will he get at the ruthless power broker who is using fear and bloodshed to take over the Western fur trade? A Killer In Control Shaving his beard, posing as a greedy hayseed from Ohio, the Preacher comes face-to-face with Shad Beaumont--who is leaving St. Louis with an army of hired gunmen. . . with the Preacher on his tail. And A Fire That's Just Begun To Erupt The odds couldn't be worse and the battleground couldn't be better. For the wild frontier is no place for fancy plots or poor disguises--but a fine spot for a killing ground. . .

The First Mountain Man #1

by William W. Johnstone

A legend is born...and the saga begins. He'd come to the Rockies as a runaway twelve-year-old and grown into a living legend. He could out fight, out drink, out cuss, out dance, out ride and out lie any man alive. They called him Preacher... All Preacher has on his mind is a hankering for some companionship at the annual mountain man rendezvous in Popo Agie. But his plans change when he rides down into Fort Hall and finds he's the only man knowledgeable enough to lead a train of sixty wagons on the last leg of the rugged trail to Oregon, guiding a hundered greenhorns through the wilds of the northwest. Knowing he can't leave these settlers prey to all the bloodthirsty cutthroats and renegade Indians waiting in the wilderness, Preacher mounts the lead horse. He'll get the pilgrims through safely--or end up dead along the trail with the rest of them.

The First Mountain Man #10: Preacher's Justice

by William W. Johnstone

He Fought For His Freedom In a land of towering mountains and howling winds, a man has found a home--away from other men and away from memories of the past. A trapper by trade, a fighter at heart, he has earned the name "Preacher," and a legend of his own. He Fought For His Life In the wilds, Preacher has learned the rules of survival, and he has killed in order to live. But now something is forcing him out of his Rocky Mountain range for the so-called "civilized" world. It is the memory of a woman. It is her blood calling out for revenge... Now, He'll Fight For The Truth In St. Louis, a girl from Preacher's past has been murdered. For the man whose heart she once touched, the time has come to leave the high wild country--for truth, justice and a new reason to kill...

The First Mountain Man #11: Preacher's Journey

by William W. Johnstone

Before he became a legend, Preacher was a trapper peacefully plying his trade in the Rocky Mountains. But people needed a hero...and Preacher was the only one around. Now, a wagon train of pioneers is struggling Westward toward Oregon through the howling winter - and a band of Arikara warriors are hot on their trail. Little do the Arikaras suspect that they're about to come face-to-face - and gun-to-gun - with a ferocious fight they never expected...courtesy of a wily mountain man. As Preacher struggles to bring the settlers to safety, he learns the real reason they were attacked - and begins to suspect that the secrets they've been keeping equal a worse kind of danger. With treachery in the air, more Arikaras on the warpath, and a deadly deep freeze bearing down, trust is a thing of the past-and survival is the only thing that matters.

The First Mountain Man #12: Preacher's Fortune

by William W. Johnstone

They call him Preacher. And they call only when they need help. Now, a Mexican brother and sister have asked the legendary frontiersman to accompany them into the Sangre de Cristo mountains--to find a missing family fortune of gold and silver. In a land stained by cruelty and war, the Spanish treasure has drawn the interest of a treasure hunter with ruthless paid killers as his partners. And by the time Preacher finds the bounty, bullets have begun to fly. No gunfight will ever scare Preacher. But betrayal, greed, and a deadly mystery are enough to have him looking over his shoulder. The caves dotting the wild mountainside are guarding an explosive secret. And Preacher's gut tells him that whoever next claims the Spanish treasure will be the next to die...

The First Mountain Man #13: Preacher's Quest

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

The harsh, unforgiving frontier is no place for innocents. And when an old friend of the Preacher's asks him to guide a gaggle of wide-eyed Easterners through the Rockies, Preacher responds with a polite: "Hell no." But the pilgrims are pursued by a gang of outlaws and then ambushed by angry Indians. With his friend caught up in the melee, Preacher has no choice but to try to rescue him and anyone else who happens to be within reach. Suddenly a battle turns into an all-out war as one of the Easterners has an explosive secret that could get them all killed. Add some stone cold cutthroats with a chilling plan, and this man of God will have a devil of a time saving some souls and sending others to meet their Maker.

The First Mountain Man #14: Preacher's Showdown

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

ON A JOURNEY FOR DREAMERS In the bustling streets of St. Louis, two cousins have a dream: to travel west with a wagon train of supplies and make a fortune in trade. Since a rugged mountain man called the Preacher saved their bacon once before, they turn to him again... IN A LAND FULL OF DANGER Preacher needs a job and is heading west anyway. But he doesn't bargain on the beautiful woman who sneaks her way into the wagon train and the trouble she brings on board. Then, before he can wash his hands of the whole bunch, he's suddenly in a fight for his life. ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE PREACHER... Sensing easy prey, outlaws in a lawless land have swooped down on the band of pilgrims already bitterly divided by secrets, passions, and hatred. And for that, they will all answer to the Preacher...

The First Mountain Man #15: Preacher's Pursuit

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

DREAMS OF GOLD AND POWER. The mountains are brimming with the lure of fortunes-- from gold to a booming fur trade. A man at home in this once pristine wilderness, Preacher knows there's no turning back civilization now. What he doesn't know is that beyond the plans of some men is a deadly enemy with far more dangerous designs... SCHEMES OF BLOOD AND BETRAYAL. With vengeance-hungry criminals shadowing his every move, Preacher meets a beautiful woman working to bring a rail line to a remote settlement. And while Preacher is distracted by both the beauty and by beastly outlaws, Indians attack the outpost--and settlers fight furiously back for their survival. ONE MAN'S FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF A LAND... When the smoke clears and blood dries, Preacher realizes that he's in a war more deadly and complex than any he's known. Agents of a foreign government ignited the Indian attack. And they've got far bigger plans--and only Preacher stands in their way...

The First Mountain Man #17: Preacher's Assault

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

The Santa Fe Trail stretches from the Mississippi River to New Mexico Territory through the West's most savage lands. That's why a wealthy trader hires the mountain man called Preacher to keep his trade goods safe. and hopefully deliver a flock of pilgrims to a Promised Land. A young prostitute. The spoiled son of the wagon train owner. these are a few of the souls Preacher must protect. But then a rifle goes off at the wrong moment. A towering grizzly bear attacks. And both outlaws and Comanches ambush the wagon train. Now, the travellers are surrounded by predators of every shape and stripe. For Preacher, there is only one way to go. straight into the heart of danger, to blaze a killing trail of his own...

The First Mountain Man #18: Preacher's Fury

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

In the Montana Territory, a band of Assiniboine Indians give Preacher shelter for the winter, and a beautiful woman named Raven's Wing makes the sheltering even better-once preacher gets things straight with a jealous brave who wants to lift his scalp. Across the border is another wanderer and another tribe. Preacher's old enemy, Willie Deaver, plies a band of Indians with the deadliest combination possible: whisky, guns and bullets-then directs them to try out their killing tools on the Assiniboine. The raid reaps a harvest of devastating death, bloodshed, and helpless captives. Deaver is all the more delighted when he learns Preacher is among the fallen. But in the driving, drifting snow, with a handful of bloodied survivors by his side, Preacher is rising: a rifle in his hands, red-hot fury in his heart, and icy vengeance in his gun sight. . .

The First Mountain Man #19: Preacher's Massacre

by William W. Johnstone J. A. Johnstone

It's Springtime in Wyoming. Preacher is on the move, joining a trail drive led by freewheeling adventurer Wiley Courtland. Wiley has good horses to deliver to the American Fur Company at Fort Gifford. An Indian war party, led by the cunning and ruthless Red Knife, has other plans. Furiously fighting their way to safety, the horse traders make it to Fort Gifford, where the beautiful wife of the fort's commander makes a raid of her own, with the help of Preacher's newfound buddy Wiley. While jealousy erupts, Red Knife and his bloodthirsty legion of warriors come galloping over the horizon and lay siege to the fort. Before help can come, an act of treachery opens the gates to a massacre. Only one man survives the carnage. From the smoke and blood, he emerges, clinging to his life and loaded for bear. On his own the way he likes it Preacher begins his war of revenge.

The First Mountain Man #2: Blood On The Divide

by William W. Johnstone

As more and more settlers head west toward the rugged Oregon Territory, so do the number of human vultures who lie in wait for them. The most vicious of these are the Pardee brothers, who've just teamed up with a pack of bloodthirsty Utes--leaving a trail of bodies and burning wagons that stretches from Emigrant Gap to the High Rockies...where a legendary mountain man named Preacher and his wagon train are headed. Trapped on the Continental Divide by a blinding snowstorm, Preacher and his party are sitting ducks for the Pardee boys, who are about to close in for the kill in the dead of night. But the settlers have underestimated Preacher's will to survive. So have the Pardees. Inching the hammer on his Hawken slowly back, Preacher figures it's his turn to lie in wait....

The First Mountain Man #3: Absaroka Ambush

by William W. Johnstone

The Price Of Gold A wagon train winding through the remote reaches of the Rocky Mountain high country can attract plenty of scavengers, some of them human--like Vic Bedell and his gang of cutthroats. All he wants is the women, who can be traded for gold mine supplies...or used for whatever else he has in mind. But he didn't count on Preacher leading that train. The Color Of Blood Bedell's first mistake is leaving the First Mountain Man for dead. His second mistake is underestimating Preacher's strength...and cunning. And Preacher needs all he can get to lead a hundred and fifty helpless ladies out of captivity...through fifteen hundred miles of unforgiving territory filled with hostile Indians--and the deadliest threat of all: Bedell and his wild avengers...

The First Mountain Man #4: Forty Guns West

by William W. Johnstone

During a trip back east for a family reunion, Preacher learns that even the civilized Midwest can attract a mother lode of trouble... especially when a gang of local bully boys decide to pick a fight. Now wealthy landowner Elam Parks lies dead--and there's a $5,000 reward on the head of the man accused: the first mountain man. The fortune in blood money has dispatched a small army of bounty hunters after Preacher. Now, back in his once-peaceful homestead in the High Lonesome, as he sights down the barrel of his '33 Hall North breechloader, Preacher is ready for target practice. And he can't think of a more scenic place to pick off the bloodthirsty man hunters, one by one...

The First Mountain Man #5: Cheyenne Challenge

by William W. Johnstone

Ten years ago, the legendary mountain man Preacher taught a violent lesson to eastern bad man Ezra Pease when he ran the outlaw out of town. But Pease and his trail-scum are back shooting up the Big Empty to nail Preacher's hide to a tree. Preacher's riding to teach Pease one final deadly lesson. But he may be too late because Pease's vicious dealings have fired up an all-out Indian War. Now, with hard-riding death on both sides, Preacher, along with his old friends Beartooth, Dupre and Nighthawk, are heading straight into lead-flying scalp-smashing hell!

The First Mountain Man #6: Preacher and the Mountain Caesar

by William W. Johnstone

No one remembered when he'd come to the mountains - it seemed that Preacher had always been there. He'd seen a great deal in the unmapped mountains and forests of the grand North American frontier. In fact, he'd just told a friend that he wasn't surprised by anything anymore. But Preacher hadn't seen Nova Roma yet... Suddenly, Preacher is faced with the strangest, most dangerous army the High Lonesome has ever seen. Its leader is a blood-mad fanatic right out of the ancient history books. All Preacher's got on his side are his brother mountain men: tough as hardtack good old boys like Philadelphia Braddock and Frenchie Dupree; the Arapaho warrior Bold Pony; and his surefire Walker Colt...

The First Mountain Man #9: Preacher's Peace

by William W. Johnstone

FROM THE BACK COVER: Long before there was a mountain man called Preacher, a young adventurer set off with a team of fur traders from St. Louis for the time of his life. On a wild frontier, he sought a fortune. Instead, he found blood, betrayal and the beginning of a legend. Armed only with a knife, surrounded by a fierce Blackfoot war party, the young man was forced to kill a warrior chief in an act of audacious courage. But when a grizzly bear attack left him half dead, he could no longer protect himself. By the time the Blackfeet found him again, he had been abandoned and double-crossed with only one last trick up his sleeve. The ability to talk him self out of an impossible situation and into a battle for his life. So, began William Johnstone's masterful saga of the courageous loner who would become known as Preacher. Because when he was alone and desperate, he drew on a preacher's skills and a mountain man's cunning to give his enemies hell.

The First Muslims

by Asma Afsaruddin

A fresh look at the origins and development of Islam, this is a fascinating reconstruction of the era of the first three generations of Muslims. Using a wealth of classical Arabic sources, it chronicles the lives of the Prophet Muhammad, his Companions, and the subsequent two generations of Muslims, together known as the "the Pious Forebears" (al-salaf al-salih). Examining the adoption in contemporary times of these early Muslims as legitimizing figureheads for a variety of causes, both religious and political, Afsaruddin tries to establish where their sympathies really lay. Essential reading for anyone interested in the inception of the Islamic Faith, this important book will captivate the general reader and student alike. Asma Afsaruddin is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She is the author of /Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership/.

First Nations? Second Thoughts, Second Edition

by Tom Flanagan

Flanagan shows that this orthodoxy enriches a small elite of activists, politicians, administrators, and well-connected entrepreneurs, while bringing further misery to the very people it is supposed to help. Controversial and thought-provoking, First Nations? Second Thoughts dissects the prevailing ideology that determines public policy towards Canada's aboriginal peoples.

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