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For as long as she can remember, Lucy Dolan has been jotting down her hopes on slips of paper and saving them in a pickle jar-her jar of dreams. It was the first thing she saved when the beloved family diner went up in flames, and it's safely buckled in her beat-up minivan when she lands in Taft, Indiana, to start over. She rents a room and goes into business with her landlady, but then Gert's nephew comes charging in to "rescue" his aunt.Boone Brennan will be damned if he'll let Lucy take advantage of Aunt Gert, who raised him and his sister. Believing that she's just passing through, he's deeply suspicious of her-despite the sparks that fly between them.Just as Boone and Lucy are starting to open up to each other, a series of fires throws Lucy under suspicion. Boone wants to trust her and his feelings, but with the whole town against her, will he stay by her side? Or will Lucy move on and find another place to make her dreams come true?74,000 words
A sample of poems by poets who have received the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Poetry for Children, including David McCord, Aileen Fisher, Karla Kuskin, Myra Cohn Livingston, Eve Merriam, John Ciardi, Lilian Moore, Arnold Adoff, Valerie Worth, and Barbara Esbensen.
Always the black sheep, Jared Trager came to Texas, looking For The truth about his heritage, not to get hitched! But sassy single mom Dana Shayne, and her spunky son, Evan, needed Jared's help to save their ranch. . . and he needed them more than his heart was willing to admit. Dana was crazy to fall for another man promising her the moon, yet she couldn't resist Jared's generous proposal. He seemed determined to care for them, but Dana worried he might leave to pursue old dreams. How could she convince him that the path to true happiness led back to home. . . to her and Evan?
The author weaves his experiences in war with vivid accounts of boot camp, reflections on the mythos of the marines, and remembrances of battles with lovers and family.
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terry Brooks's The Measure of the Magic.More than a quarter of a century after The Sword of Shannara carved out its place in the pantheon of great epic fantasy, the magic of Terry Brooks's New York Times bestselling saga burns as brightly as ever. Three complete series have chronicled the ever-unfolding history of Shannara. But more stories are still to be told--and new adventures have yet to be undertaken. Book One of High Druid of Shannara invites both the faithful longtime reader and the curious newcomer to take the first step on the next extraordinary quest. Twenty years have passed since Grianne Ohmsford denounced her former life as the dreaded Ilse Witch--saved by the love of her brother, the magic of the Sword of Shannara, and the destruction of her evil mentor, the Morgawr. Now, fulfilling the destiny predicted for her, she has established the Third Druid Council, and dedicated herself to its goals of peace, harmony among the races, and defense of the Four Lands. But the political intrigue, secret treachery, and sinister deeds that have haunted Druid history for generations continue to thrive. And despite her devotion to the greater good as Ard Rhys--the High Druid of Paranor, Grianne still has bitter enemies. Among the highest ranks of the Council she leads lurk those who cannot forget her reign of terror as the Ilse Witch, who covet her seat of power, and who will stop at nothing to see her deposed . . . or destroyed. Even Grianne's few allies--chief among them her trusted servant Tagwen--know of the plots against her. But they could never anticipate the sudden, ominous disappearance of the Ard Rhys, in the dead of night and without a trace. Now, barely a step ahead of the dark forces bent on stopping him, Tagwen joins Grianne's brave young nephew, Pen Ohmsford, and the wise, powerful elf Ahren Elessedil on a desperate and dangerous mission of search and rescue--to deliver the High Druid of Shannara from an unspeakable fate. Expect no end of wonders, no shortage of adventure, exhilaration, suspense, and enchantment, as Terry Brooks demonstrates, once again, that there is no end to his magic of invention and mastery of storytelling.
Based on a true story from the author's family history, "Jarrettsville" begins in 1869, amid chaos and confusion in the moments following Martha Jane Cairnes's murder of her fiance in front of 50 witnesses and former Union militia members.
Teenage sisters Chloe and Shana recall fondly the days when their mother wove stories about kingdoms under the sea. Now that Mom is "away", Chloe does not allow herself to believe in fairy tales. She is too busy caring for her adopted brother, Micah, because Dad has become withdrawn. Shana copes by escaping every night under the cover of Goth garb. The day the family visits Mom for the first time is the day Chloe learns why Shana will never allow their mother to return. It is up to the sisters to pull together and form a new definition of family.
Jasmine James is thrilled at the thought of taking her first real jumping class at Pine Hollow Stables. She and her pony, Outlaw, have done some jumping before, but now they are going to learn the correct way to get over those fences.
Jasmine loves her new little sister. But having a baby in the house isn't easy! Sometimes Jasmine feels like they forgot all about their first kid. Then a baby foal is born at Pine Hollow Stables, and Max is going to let Jasmine help take care of it. Finally, maybe someone will appreciate having Jasmine around.
Participating in a Big Sister/Little Sister project at the riding academy, Jasmine is alarmed when jealous fellow rider Erin Mosley attempts to ruin Jasmine's project.
It's Christmas time at Pine Hollow Stables, and the riders prepare for a horse show and the annual Starlight Ride into town.
Jasmine is thrilled to be getting ready for her first horse show. Then bad things start happening. Her pony, Outlaw, can't be ridden. Her baby sister, Sophie, gets sick and her parents have to stay home to take care of her. Jasmine's first horse show is ruined before it's even begun. Then Jasmine learns that sometimes you can't get everything you want, but life has a way of working out anyhow.
Jasmine wants nothing more than to dance ballet. Her father has other plans for her, believing that academics are more important. Jasmine is afraid to talk to her father about her dream of being a ballerina. She is sure that he won't change his mind about requiring her to quit ballet lessons once she turns eleven. Outspoken Rose comes to the rescue. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes is right, that Jasmine should be allowed to pursue the thing that she loves. Is Jasmine's father too stubborn to change his mind about what is best for his daughter?
Taj and Cheyenne. Twenty years ago, they were young and innocent and on the brink of passion. Then something terrible happened. Now a chance encounter will take them back to the night that changed their lives forever...It is eight P.M., a few weeks before Chritsmas. New York is vibrantly alive with holiday cheer. With snow blanketing the ground, last-minute shoppers rush in and out of brightly lit stores, while carolers brave the cold to bring music to the streets. Stopping at an old stone church with his girlfriend, Nicole, Taj joins in song with the other worshippers...and hears a soulful, hauntingly familiar voice. Moments later, Cheyenne, seated in the front pew, is stunned when a stranger leans in and softly murmurs a name she thought she'd never hear again: "Jazz..." Suddenly, she is hurled back through the years, to the brutal event that shattered their innocence and ideals, and the pact she and Taj made in its horrific afemath. But two decades have brought changes. Cheyenne is married now. Yet from the moment she and Taj meet again -- awakening long-buried memories and rekindling desire -- they realize that they hold the power to liberate themselves from the dark echoes of the past. For they have been given a precious gift -- one that will determine the rest of their lives. The choice is up to them.Introducing a pair of unforgettable characters, whose bond transcends time and distance, Jasminium tells a mesmerizing story of the very human need for connection, and of the power of love to transform lives.
Jason and Kyra are paired up for a class project. Jason tells things to Kyra that he can't even tell his best friend and finally he falls in love. No one in school can believe it especially Jason's ex-girlfriend who is determined to get him back.
The voyage of Jason and the Argonauts and their hunt for the Golden Fleece is one of the most enduringly popular of all of the Ancient Greek heroic myths. Accepting the quest in order to regain his kingdom, Jason assembled a legendary crew including many of Greece's greatest heroes such as Hercules, Orpheus, Atalanta, Telamon, and the twins Castor and Pollux. With this band of heroes and demi-gods, Jason set sail in the Argo on a journey across the known world. During their quest, the Argonauts faced numerous challenges including the harpies, the clashing rocks, the Sirens, Talos the bronze man, the sleepless dragon that guarded the fleece, and of course the fickle will of the gods of Olympus.Dr. Neil Smith retells this classic myth, examining its origins, its history, and its continued popularity. The text is supported by numerous illustrations both classical and modern, including numerous artwork plates especially commissioned for this work.
It is a land of wonders. It is a land of mystery. It is a land that time forgot (or chose specifically not to remember). Cut off from the civilized world for untold years by prohibitive interstate tolls at the New Jersey border, this land is called: Delaware. It is into the mist-shrouded heart of this forbidden mountainous realm that our plucky and intrepid heroes, Jasper Dash: Boy Technonaut, and his friends Lily Gefelty and Katie Mulligan, must journey to unravel a terrible mystery in this third weird and wacky installment of M. T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales.
Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night. Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion. He locks horns with his tempestuous mother, falls nervously in love, and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.
Jatropha curcas or Physic Nut is a small tree (bush plant) that produces fruits under tropical climate. The fruits contained seed that are ~40% oil rich. This oil is excellent for biodiesel. The bush is a now new coming crop because it may cope with harsh environmental conditions such as semi-aridity and poor land. It is considered as one alternative for climate mitigation that does not compete with arable land normally dedicated to food crop and can be used to regain degraded land or fight desertification. This bush has been considered seriously by the international community only recently (~2006-2008), but worldwide scientists did an outstanding job to drawn Jatropha out of its semi-wild status and bring it on the industrial scene. Problems remains, but we have now a comprehensive picture of this crop and almost every technological challenged were addressed. From now, the job will have to concentrate on breeding in order to domesticate this species. Therefore, it is the right time to sum up worldwide contributions in a comprehensive book with a breeding looking to improve the chance of this plant to stabilize as a crop and to fulfil with the expectations that humans invested in it. A book with this perspective will help international community to give a step on. The book will be a broad and comprehensive look on Jatropha until the details since the book is being contributed by international experts worldwide that have already published works in the international press of Science. Illustrations, tables geographic maps, GPS location, etc are added by each contributors according to the feeling they have concerning what they think their contribution should be.
Java 2D Graphics describes the 2D API from top to bottom, demonstrating how to set line styles and pattern fills as well as more advanced techniques of image processing and font handling. You'll see how to create and manipulate the three types of graphics objects: shapes, text, and images. Other topics include image data storage, color management, font glyphs, and printing.
This guide first covers XML basics, including XPath, XSL, DTDs, and XML Schema, then focuses on using XML from Java applications. This third edition covers all major Java XML processing libraries, as well as the latest version of the Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) and Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB). The chapters on Web technology have been entirely rewritten to focus on today's most relevant topics: syndicating content with RSS and creating Web 2. 0 applications. The book will be useful to Java developers, those involved in the peer-to-peer movement, messaging, or web services, and people developing software for electronic commerce. McLaughlin is a Java and XML programmer. Edelson is a software developer. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
Thorough knowledge of both Java and XML is indispensable if developers want to build modern web applications. Because both languages are platform independent, they are ubiquitous in the world of web development, and the combination of the two allows enterprises to lower the costs of information sharing for e-commerce and other high-octane web applications and services. Our third edition of Java and XML is ideal for any Java developer who wants to take advantage of XML without having to become an expert on the markup language. So, unlike other XML titles, this book is written from a Java developer's point of view, and assumes no prior knowledge of XML. The new edition has been thoroughly revised with coverage of Java 5.0 as well as new standards for SOAP, a key web services technology that works with XML and provides a central part of Microsoft's .NET platform.
While the XML "buzz" still dominates talk among Internet developers, the critical need is for information that cuts through the hype and lets Java programmers put XML to work. Java and XML shows how to use the APIs, tools, and tricks of XML to build real-world applications, with the end result that both the data and the code are portable. This second edition of Java & XML adds chapters on Advanced SAX and Advanced DOM, new chapters on SOAP and data binding, and new examples throughout. A concise chapter on XML basics introduces concepts, and the rest of the book focuses on using XML from your Java applications. Java developers who need to work with XML, or think that they will in the future--as well as developers involved in the new peer-to-peer movement, messaging, or web services--will find the new Java and XML a constant companion. This book covers: The basics of XML, including DTDs, namespaces, XML Schema, XPath, and XSL The SAX API, including all handlers, the SAX 2 extensions, filters, and writers The DOM API, including DOM Level 2, Level 3, and the Traversal, Range, CSS, Events, and HTML modules. The JDOM API, including the core, a look at XPath support, and JDOM as a JSR Using web publishing frameworks like Apache Cocoon Developing applications with XML-RPC Using SOAP and UDDI for web services Data Binding, using both DTDs and XML Schema for constraints Building business-to-business applications with XML Building information channels with RSS and dynamic content with XSP Includes a quick reference on SAX 2.0, DOM Level 2, and JDOM.
This book is an introductory text in computer science, focusing on programming principles and practices. Why should you choose this book for your first course in computer science? Here are the key reasons.
You have a choice: you can wade your way through lengthy Java tutorials and figure things out by trial and error, or you can pick up Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition and get to the heart of what you need to know when you need to know it. With the completely revised and thoroughly updated Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition, Java developers like you will learn by example, try out new features, and use sample code to understand how new additions to the language and platform work--and how to put them to work for you. This comprehensive collection of problems, solutions, and practical examples will satisfy Java developers at all levels of expertise. Whether you're new to Java programming and need something to bridge the gap between theory-laden reference manuals and real-world programs or you're a seasoned Java programmer looking for a new perspective or a different problem-solving context, this book will help you make the most of your Java knowledge. Packed with hundreds of tried-and-true Java recipes covering all of the major APIs from the 1.4 version of Java, this book also offers significant first-look recipes for the most important features of the new 1.5 version, which is in beta release. You get practical solutions to everyday problems, and each is followed by a detailed, ultimately useful explanation of how and why the technology works. Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition includes code segments covering many specialized APIs--like those for working with Struts, Ant and other new popular Open Source tools. It also includes expanded Mac OS X Panther coverage and serves as a great launching point for Java developers who want to get started in areas outside of their specialization. In this major revision, you'll find succinct pieces of code that can be easily incorporated into other programs. Focusing on what's useful or tricky--or what's useful and tricky--Java Cookbook, 2nd Edition is the most practical Java programming book on the market.
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