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Winnie Perry is fourteen now, and the countdown to high school is shaping up to be as eventful as an entire year of middle school. Not only are things shaky with her boyfriend, Lars, but BFFs Dinah and Cinnamon have been acting weird, big sister Sandra is college-bound, little brother Ty has smuggled a stolen penguin home in his backpack, and new baby sister Maggie has everything turned upside down. It?s a lot for anyone to handle, and loyal Winnie is so busy worrying about everyone else that she hardly notices that she might just be struggling a little bit herself. With humor and honesty, Lauren Myracle brings us another pitch-perfect novel featuring the characters that her legions of fans have grown up loving. .
Over six Tuesday evenings a group gathers at Miss Marple's house to ponder unsolved crimes. The company is inclined to forget their elderly hostess as they become mesmerized by the sinister tales they tell one another. But it is always Miss Marple's quiet genius that names the criminal or the means of the misdeed. As indeed is true in subsequent gatherings at the country home of Colonel and Mrs. Bantry, where another set of terrible wrongs is related by the assembled guests-and righted, by Miss Marple.
"This is a book of stories," writes Henry Louis Gates, "and all might be described as 'narratives of ascent.'" As some remarkable men talk about their lives, many perspectives on race and gender emerge. For the notion of the unitary black man, Gates argues, is as imaginary as the creature that the poet Wallace Stevens conjured in his poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." James Baldwin, Colin Powell, Harry Belafonte, Bill T. Jones, Louis Farrakhan, Anatole Broyard, Albert Murray -- all these men came from modest circumstances and all achieved preeminence. They are people, Gates writes, "who have shaped the world as much as they were shaped by it, who gave as good as they got." Three are writers -- James Baldwin, who was once regarded as the intellectual spokesman for the black community; Anatole Broyard, who chose to hide his black heritage so as to be seen as a writer on his own terms; and Albert Murray, who rose to the pinnacle of literary criticism. There is the general-turned-political-figure Colin Powell, who discusses his interactions with three United States presidents; there is Harry Belafonte, the entertainer whose career has been distinct from his fervent activism; there is Bill T. Jones, dancer and choreographer, whose fierce courage and creativity have continued in the shadow of AIDS; and there is Louis Farrakhan, the controversial religious leader. These men and others speak of their lives with candor and intimacy, and what emerges from this portfolio of influential men is a strikingly varied and profound set of ideas about what it means to be a black man in America today.
At last, some real luck - 4B gets a substitute teacher. And double luck - she's never even taught a class before. A sinkable sub!
Discover the scintillating new novel from the bestselling author of Pictures of Lily and The Longest Holiday! Sometimes you have to step out of the light to see clearly again... Bronte never expected to see Alex after their one night together, but she never stopped thinking of him. So when she arrives at work one day to find that Alex is a new colleague, she is secretly thrilled. The only problem is that Alex is now engaged to Zara, the girl he was on a break from the night they met. Determined to move on with life, Bronte becomes a part-time wedding photographer, alongside her day job. Surrounded by loving couples, warring couples, tearful bridesmaids, mischievous pageboys and interfering mothers-in-law, she tries to navigate her way through wedding after wedding while her heart is being torn apart. As Alex's own wedding day draws ever nearer, Bronte and Alex's chemistry becomes harder to ignore, and Bronte must decide whether to fight for the man she loves, or to let him go forever. Praise for Paige Toon:'We devoured this in one sitting, relaxing on a sun-lounger - and our, er, tireless research revealed that it's the perfect beach read' Cosmopolitan'Fun, summery, chick-lit with bite - if you want a bit of escapism, this is perfect' Cosmopolitan'It's fresh, incredibly confident, with a very strong cast and sense of place. This wonderful page-turner kept me guessing right until the end' Marian Keyes
First Alfred Kropp lost--and found--the legendary sword Excalibur. Then he defeated King Paimon, arguably the nastiest of the demons to escape when the Seals of Solomon were stolen. What could be left? Plenty, it turns out. Not only is someone out to kill Alfred, but the very people who have sworn to protect him are now trying to use him for deadly means: creating a superhuman army. Trust and betrayal will clash in terrifying ways as Alfred struggles to hold his enemies at bay, even as he learns the full scope of OIPEPs plans for him.
A tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden, and a devastating fire.
His temporary lover...Greek tycoon Nikos Pandrossos needed someone to look after his little boy, and Chelsea was perfect for the job. Only, Nikos had more than child care on his mind. He wanted Chelsea in his bed!Chelsea Lovatt knew that for her heart's sake she should resist-there was no future in an affair with Nikos. But one month of knowing him in the way she yearned for was better than a lifetime of wondering what she might have missed. Besides, after thirty days and nights, Nikos might want more than just a temporary affair....
30 Days to a Good Job puts you on a strategic, systematic 30-day program that leaves you no time to become discouraged. This positive, highly focused program provides you with an accelerated schedule that reduces the conventional six- to twelve-month job search "sleepwalk" into a well thought out blitz that gets you not one but a half-dozen contacts in each of your prospective companies and up to 150 job contacts in a single month. 30 Days to a Good Job will show you: -How to arm yourself with the most effective self-marketing techniques to beat out the competition. -How to use a highly structured 30-Day Job Planning Calendar, complete with specific assignments to perform daily. -How to speed up your job search by employing Job Prospect Cards (listing company names and key decision-makers within the organization), Life Experience Cards (documenting work, education, and social experiences to help individualize resumes and cover letters), and a Contact Notebook (featuring pertinent information for follow-up letters and phone calls). -How to develop your own original, hand-tailored letters and resumes as adjuncts to the all-important and decisive job interviews -How to computerize your job search
Hunter St. John wants Gillian Cassidy. In his bed fulfilling his fantasies. For thirty nights, that's the deal. He's going to make her scream with wild, wanton pleasure. Enjoy a little sweet revenge in the process. The perfect way to get her out of his system, right? Maybe. Gillian is shocked by his proposition--and aroused. She's never forgotten Hunter and the way he can make her feel. But it's emotional blackmail. It could also be the best sex of her life... Except what happens when the thirty days are over?
SCOTLAND, 1272. Connor MacKiernan, a descendant of the Fae Prince, is a warrior who lives only for honor and duty. Though he's vowed never to marry, that's exactly what he must do to save his sister. Enter a little Faerie magic, and the search for a bride is on. DENVER, 2007. Caitlyn Coryell is having a really bad day -- she just discovered her fiancé with another woman! Imagine her surprise when she puts on some sexy lingerie and an antique pendant and Connor appears in her bedroom, begging for her help. He offers a simple yet outrageous adventure: travel to his time, marry him, and return home. But nothing's simple when Cate is trapped in the thirteenth century. The wedding's delayed, someone's trying to kill her, and in the middle of all this, she realizes she's falling in love with a man who can only be her husband for thirty nights.
A collection of poems by Chris Mosdell written in homage to Rabindranath Tagore and based on Tagore's Stray Birds collection of verse.
While there are many studies and commentaries on the book of Acts, few focus on the amazing achievement of the people found within its narrative. The first Christians chronicled in Acts turned the world upside down in the space of a generation. In this book Michael Green opens up the gripping story of Acts, highlighting the volcanic eruption of faith described there and comparing it to the often halfhearted Christianity of the modern Western world. Combining trusted scholarship with a popular, enjoyable writing style, "Thirty Years That Changed the World" is an ideal book for church, group, or personal study. Green explores the life and faith of the Christians of Acts, answering such questions as "What kind of people were they? How did they live?" and "How did they organize and practice as members of the new church?" Besides unveiling the nature of life in the early church, Green discusses how we today can apply the first Christians' dynamic efforts at church planting, pastoral care, social concern, gospel proclamation, and prayer.
The Thirtymile Fire in the North Cascade Range near the Canadian border of Washington began as a simple mop-up operation; in a few hours, a series of catastrophic errors led to the entrapment and deaths of four members of the fire crew--two teenage girls and two young men. Each had brought order and meaning to their lives by joining the fire world. Then the very flames they pursued turned on them, extinguishing their lives. When the victims were blamed for their own deaths, the charge brought a storm of controversy that undermined the firefighting community. Continuing a tradition established by his previous books, and by his father Norman's Young Men and Fire, John Maclean re-creates the harrowing few minutes when the rogue wildfire burst out of a remote canyon to trap the surprised firefighters. Maclean's unflinching analysis exposes the details of the fire's unexpected violence--which is matched by the passions released by the official verdict of the blaze. Weaving together the astonishing stories told by the fire's witnesses and, later, the victims' family members and the response to the official reports, Maclean creates a telling narrative of a catastrophe that continues to divide a community. He also offers new information that could help to prevent such tragedies in the future. Even though the Thirtymile Fire is changing the way fire is fought, the author believes the fire world has been slow to adopt flexible field-tested procedures over traditional firefighting rules and regulations. "Fire has a life of its own beyond scientific absolutes," Maclean writes. It's deadly and unpredictable. The biggest unsolved mystery of the Thirtymile Fire concerns its erratic behavior. Why did it take that tragic left hook, entrapping four youths on that fateful July day? It's a question that will haunt readers of this dramatic true story.
Contributors from biblical studies and from the nascent discipline of disability studies draw on recent articulations of critical disability theory to interrogate the use of disability as a conceptual category in biblical and other Near Eastern texts, and in scholarly interpretations of these texts. Among the perspectives they offer are: deformity and disability in Greece and Rome, the normate hermeneutic and interpretations of disability within the Yahwistic narratives, and disability and redemption in biblical literature.
It is the second stage of human colon-ization--the first age, humanity's initial attempt to people the stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's original superluminal drive did permanent genetic damage to all who used it--mutating Earth's far-flung colonists in mind and body. Now, one of Earth's first colonies has given humanity back the stars, but at a high price--a monopoly over all human commerce. And when a satellite in earth's outer orbit is viciously attacked by corporate raiders, an unusual young woman flees to a ship bound for the Up-and-Out. But her narrow escape does not mean safety. For speeding across the galaxy pursued by ruthless, but unknown adversaries, this young woman will discover a secret which is buried deep inside her psyche--a revelation the universe may not be ready to face. . . .
With her highly acclaimed Coldfire trilogy, C.S. Friedman proved herself a storyteller of amazing power and infinite subtlety, blending elements of fantasy, science fiction and horror to examine the nature of human desire for knowledge and the dangerous covenants necessary to attain it. Now, in THIS ALIEN SHORE, she turns her talents once again to science fiction, in an epic story which examines and explores what it means to be human. It is the second age of space colonization. The first age, humanity's initial attempt to people the stars, ended in disaster when it was discovered that Earth's original super- luminal drive did lasting genetic damage to all who used it-permanently mutating Earth's far-flung colonists in mind and body. Abandoned by their home planet, exiles in alien star systems, these variant humans had no choice but to survive any way they could. Now, one of Earth's first colonies-a world called Guera-has given humanity back the stars. But the new Outships can only be piloted by members of Guera's Outspace Guild, whose mysterious abilities allow them to monopolize galactic transportation, giving them control over all human commerce. Powerful companies from dozens of planets have tried to learn the secrets of the Guild, hoping to break the monopoly and topple Guera's stranglehold on the stars. One of Guera's opponents has even launched a potentially deadly computer virus which could threaten the stability of humanity's interplanetary computer-linked civilization. For to unseat the Guild could open the way to incalculable riches, and would be worth any risk. Jamisia has always lived in Shido Habitat, a corporate satellite in Earth's outer orbit. She has no memories of her parents, but has been nurtured by the fatherly care of her tutor. Protected by her biological brain- ware systems, and accompanied by the man> voices in her head, she has grown into a resourceful, if unusual, young woman. Wher Shido is viciously attacked by corporate raiders, Jamisia's tutor risks his life to smuggle her onto a ship bound for the nearest ainniq-the Gueran jump station to the Up-and-Out. But before he dies, he tells her something which rocks the foundation of her world-the raiders were searching for her....
Already Not Yet When Jesus announced, "the kingdom of God is at hand," what did He mean? Uncover the reality of the kingdom of God and what it might look like if followers of Christ practiced its in-breaking presence. What happens when we view life through the lens of the kingdom? How does the beauty of Jesus' reign break into the mess of our broken lives and world? What if we lived as though a world other than this one was here today?This Beautiful Messlaunches a paradigm-shifting journey inviting us to experience the kingdom of God in the ordinary miracle of our everyday lives. "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, hehellip; sold all he had and bought that field. " -Matthew 13:44 Jesus' sayings about the kingdom of God just might be the most overlooked of his teachings. Yet the Good News of the kingdom-a treasure beyond price-was what he came to preach. It's time to ask: What is the kingdom Jesus talked about? Could it be already here, hidden from sight? If so, where is it? How can I be a part of it? A new generation is tuning in to the teachings of Jesus and to their revolutionary implications. Could it be that living under Christ's reign is not merely a future vision but a present reality? Rick McKinley's exploration is fresh, accessible, and timely. With careful attention to historical texts, he unveils new understandings of authentic personal and social transformation. The time is now. Your opportunity is here. In the mess of everyday life, you can live in the beautiful presence of the kingdom. Story Behind the Book "When we started Imago Dei Community, it was with a passion to be people who live in love with Jesus and live out the values of His kingdom in our city. But we had no idea how to do that. God let us stumble into grace and discover the wide-open plains of His kingdom. This has ruined us in the best way possible. Because once you taste untamed life in the kingdom, you will never go back to the sterile hallways of religion. The beautiful, transforming grace of Christ shows up in the messiness of life and the kingdom breaks in as a beautiful mess. "-Rick McKinley From the Trade Paperback edition.
Rich and poor. Lennox Kemp knew they all had their peculiarities. Chasing errant husbands could be both irritating and frustrating. And rude, unwashed-and broke-Mrs. Sorrento didn't make the job any easier. On the other side of the tracks and just as seamy-although disguised behind fine crystal and patrician smiles-were the Courtenays. Twins Vivian and Venetia were rich, reckless and probably quite ruthless. They needed Kemp to oversee the legalities of rather bizarre plans for their massive inheritance. It's only when the paths of these clients cross that Kemp discovers he's unwittingly become a bit player in an elaborately staged performance of greed, deceit and murder... and that the next body that falls may be his own.
Did you know that Washington, D. C. was not the first capital of the United States? Or that two U. S. presidents died on the exact same day? Do you know there is a secret vault hidden behind Mount Rushmore? Peek inside to learn some little-known secrets from U. S. history.
Between the pages of this book lies the secret to the best-tasting chocolate in all the world. I promise, your taste buds will tingle. Your palette will sing! Oh no, have I accidentally tempted you to read this book? I will warn you, however, the most delicious things are never good for you...and this story is particularly scrumptious! In this tooth-rotting adventure, Cass's mom has been kidnapped by the evil dessert chef and chocolatier, Señor Hugo! The ransom...the legendary tuning fork. Can Cass and Max-Ernest find the magical instrument before it's too late? Will they discover the evil secret ingredient to Señor Hugo's chocolate success? If you're tempted, take a taste, but just remember...this book is not good for you.
KIRKUS REVIEWS called this winning tale of a queen-sized queen bee "Hilarious and fresh." Manhattan It Girl Riley Swain is no pudgy wallflower. She's brash, bold, fashionable, and yes, fabulous. Riley has no qualms about kissing her best friend's crush, or bribing her dad's lawyer. But this spring break, Riley's dad and wicked stepmother are shipping her off to New Horizons, a two-week fat camp in upstate New York. And it's miserable: like military school without carbs. But then Riley gets to know adorable Eric, who sees beyond Riley's tough exterior. Soon, Riley might just realize that maybe it's not her shape that will change at New Horizons. . . but her heart.
Chamara is difficult to translate from Korean to English: To stand it, to bear it, to grit your teeth and not cry out? To hold on, to wait until the worst is over? Such is the burden Samuel Park's audacious, beautiful, and strong heroine, Soo-Ja Choi, faces in This Burns My Heart, an epic love story set in the intriguing landscape of postwar South Korea. On the eve of marriage to her weak, timid fiancé, Soo-Ja falls in love with a young medical student. But out of duty to her family and her culture she turns him away, choosing instead a world that leaves her trapped by suffocating customs. In a country torn between past and present, Soo-Ja struggles to find happiness in a loveless marriage and to carve out a successful future for her only daughter. Forced by tradition to move in with her in-laws, she must navigate the dangers of a cruel household and pay the price of choosing the wrong husband. Meanwhile, the man she truly loves remains a lurking shadow in her life, reminding her constantly of the love she could have had. Will Soo-Ja find a way to reunite with her one true love or be forced to live out her days wondering "what if " and begin to fully understand the meaning of chamara? He is not just telling her to stand the pain, but giving her comfort, the power to do so. Chamara is an incantation, and if she listens to its sound, she believes that she can do it, that she will push through this sadness. And if she is strong about it, she'll be rewarded in the end. It is a way of saying, I know, I feel it, too. This burns my heart, too.
The Headmaster, aka 'The Fish,' separates Bruno and Boots. Bruno must now room with the ghoulish Elmer Drimsdale. Boots is stuck with nerdy, preppy, paranoid George Wexford-Smyth III. Bruno and Boots are determined to get their old room back, no matter if it means war.