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Presidents' Weekend is coming up, and Tori's parents have invited four of her closest friends to their Tahoe home for a ski trip!
A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart, from the celebrateD author of The Kommandant's Girl Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day. Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam-a Jew-but Helena's concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all-and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.
Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that's taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters. Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses. Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman's own farm. His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons. A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it "just can't be done. "
Anxious to be a hero, a young boy relates how he becomes involved in Shays' Rebellion begun by farmers in western Massachusetts against unfair taxation levied on them by the Boston government.
From Philip Kerr, the New York Times bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, comes a breathtaking journey of survival in the dark days of WWII, perfect for fans of The Book Thief, Milkweed, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.It will soon be another cold winter in the Ukraine. But it's 1941, and things are different this year. Max, the devoted caretaker of an animal preserve, must learn to live with the Nazis who have overtaken this precious land. He must also learn to keep secrets--for there is a girl, Kalinka, who is hiding in the park.Kalinka has lost her home, her family, her belongings--everything but her life. Still, she has gained one small, precious gift: a relationship with the rare wild and wily Przewalski's horses that wander the preserve. Aside from Max, these endangered animals are her only friends--until a Nazi campaign of extermination nearly wipes them out for good.Now Kalinka must set out on a treacherous journey across the frozen Ukrainian forest to save the only two surviving horses--and herself.This sensitive, inspiring tale captures the power of sacrifice and the endurance of the human spirit.From the Hardcover edition.
Wrongly accused and sentenced to death, Will Barlow breaks out of jail-only to find his life is in as much danger on the other side.
Recovering from the aftereffects of an airplane crash, highly successful businesswoman Kate Smithers retreats to her hometown of Shady Pointe for the holidays. In the safety of her parents' home, she hopes to escape from her horrible memories of the crash, and from the relentless pursuit of reporters. What Kate doesn't expect is to find her feelings reawakened by Grady Meredith, the town veterinarian. Grady and Kate were sweethearts throughout high school and college, but Kate had left Grady behind when she went off to the big city to pursue fame and fortune. With Shady Pointe torn apart by a feud between the mayor and the townspeople, and with Grady involved with a local schoolteacher, there's nothing to keep Kate from leaving again after Christmas is over. Or is there?
As fresh and enchanting as a new snowfall, Laura had always adored Fletcher Thomas. Yet she feared she would never win the trapper's heart until one passion-filled night in his father's barn. Lost in his heated caresses, the innocent beauty succumbed to a desire as strong and unpredictable as a Michigan blizzard. But Laura had barely cleared her head of Fletch's musky scent and the sweet smell of hay before circumstances separated them and threatened to end their ... Winter Love.
This intoxicating debut novel tells the story of Hannie Bennet, a battle-scarred divorcee and widow who embarks upon her fifth marriage with a clear objective: to put a roof over her head and food in her stomach. But Hannie's marriage to aging Ned is doomed from the start. In the unnervingly tranquil Irish countryside where the couple settles, a secret past and an unwelcome visitor not only threaten their chance at a life of uneventful coexistence but menace the entire community. Ultimately, it is up to Hannie-faced with the most difficult choice a mother could ever confront-to prevent a deadly finale.
New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey: In an isolated land where the lure of the "Moontide" leads to shipwrecks, a woman is torn between obeying her father or her king. When she chooses to follow a Fool, she discovers magic she'd never expected... at a price that might be too high. World Fantasy award winner Tanith Lee: Struggling under the curse of a dead comrade, Clirando, a warrior priestess unready to face the powers trapped within her, must face "The Heart of the Moon" to reveal what has been hidden. C. E. Murphy: In "Banshee Cries," ritual murders under a full moon lead Jo Walker to confront a Harbinger of Death. Maybe this "gift" she has is one she shouldn't ignore-- because the next life she has to save might be her own!
"Koontz is brilliant in the creation of his characters and in building tension."CHICAGO SUN-TIMESIn Los Angeles, a hot Hollywood director, high on PCP, turns a city street into a fiery apocalypse. Heroic LAPD officer Jac McGarvey is badly wounded and will not walk for months. His wife and his child are left to fend for themselves against both criminals that control an increasingly violent city and the dead director's cult of fanatic fans.In a lonely corner of Montana, Eduardo Fernandez, the father of McGarvey's murdered partner, witnesses a strange nocturnal sight. The stand of pines outside his house suddenly glows with eerie amber light, and Fernandez senses a watcher in the winter woods. As the seasons change, the very creatures of the forest seem in league with a mysterious presence. Fernandez is caught up in a series of chilling incidents that escalate toward a confronation that could rob him of his sanity or his life--or both.As events careen out of control, the McGarvey family is drawn to Fernandez's Montana ranch. In that isolated place they discover their destiny in a terrifying and fiercely suspenseful encounter with a hostile, utterly ruthless, and enigmatic enemy, from which neither the living nor the dead are safe.From the Paperback edition.
From the book jacket: In the realm known as the Summer Country-the violent land of blood and magic where myth and legend are all too real-Maureen Pierce has claimed her place among the powerful. But her many scars have yet to heal. She struggles to come to terms with her tragic life, while trying to find some way to allow the warrior Brian Albion into her heart. Her sister, Jo, still lives in the world of men-fighting the demons that have haunted her own nightmares. But the sisters' unresolved fear and anger are about to be turned against them-as Fiona, the dark witch whom they vanquished together, see cs revenge. And she has allied herself with the dread dragon Khe'sha. Now, the only chance they have is to overcome the pain that has cursed them their entire lives, and face sinister forces bent on their destruction...
It's Christmas time, and Candace is working as an elf at The Zone theme park, passing out candy canes. Her biggest worry is what to get Kurt for Christmas until she discovers that one of her coworkers may not celebrate at all. Will Candace and her friends pull together to show the true meaning of Christmas?
From the book jacket: Elsha was born in a world of fire and darkness, a child of the Quelled. The Quelled are a branded people, doomed always to mine coal to warm the ruling class, the Chosen. But Elsha has strange visions and a strength of spirit that sets her apart. Condemned to death on her sixteenth birthday for her defiance, Elsha is saved when she is called to be Handmaiden to the Firelord, the first Quelled female ever to be so honored. The Firelord is the most powerful being on earth, the only one with the gift for finding the coal vital to warm a dark world trapped forever in icy winter. As Elsha learns from the Firelord the ways of her new and dangerous world, her visions grow stronger, and so do her powers. The death of the Firelord puts her in a position to claim his title -- and bloody war breaks out. As Elsha fights to make a bold new world for her people, she learns the price of her power. But she learns, too, another power, and wins for all people, and for the earth, an unforeseen victory. Sherryl Jordan has created a bold and provocative story of extremes: good and evil, light and darkness, warmth and cold.
For any parent who's ever IM-ed their child to the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition. But it will also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive. When journalist and commentator Susan Maushart first decided to pull the plug on all electronic media at home, she realised her children would have sooner volunteered to go without food, water or hair products. At ages 14, 15 and 18, her daughters and son didn't use media. They inhabited media. Just exactly as fish inhabit a pond. Gracefully. Unblinkingly. And utterly without consciousness or curiosity as to how they got there. Susan's experiment with her family was a major success and she found that having less to communicate with, her family is communicating more. At the simplest level, The Winter of Our Disconnect is the story of how one family survived six months of wandering through the desert, digitally speaking, and the lessons learned about themselves and technology along the way. At the same time, their story is a channel to a wider view - into the impact of new media on the lives of families, into the very heart of the meaning of home.
Critically acclaimed author Kristiana Gregory's award-winning THE WINTER OF RED SNOW is now back in print with a gorgeous new package! Eleven-year-old Abigail Jane Stewart's fictionalized diary about her life, family, friends, and neighbors, and the sides they have to choose in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the height of the Revolutionary War, renders a vivid portrayal of one of the most memorable and crucial winters in American history. Abby's life with her family is quickly upended when they are awakened by the unfamiliar sound of drums. General George Washington is leading the Continental soldiers into their winter encampment at Valley Forge, PA.
A corpse in Arvanneth was nothing except food for stray dogs. That's why adventurer Josserek Derrain was so cautious as he slipped across the city's limits under cover of darkness. By now even the lowliest guard in the Southern Empire was looking to slit his throat for the reward. Josserek's intention was to see that no one ever collected that money. As he moved quickly onward looking for shelter, the wary traveler saw a naked child at play in the street. The boy was rolling a human skull around for sport. How Arvanneth had changed since the days of its great glory--before the Ice came! Those were the times--many thousands of years past --when men could fly, when myth says they went to the moon and beyond, and this city, under whatever name, stood as a shining monument to a long-forgotten civilization. But now the time for reveries was over ... some menacing words had just cut the still air. "Stand quiet," said a gruff voice--a voice not of the Empire. Donya of Hervar surveyed the captive with keen interest. He was quite unlike the other male specimens she'd seen in Arvanneth. This was someone to reckon with--a man with strong, challenging features similar to members of her own tribe, the Rogaviki, who roamed the North on the edge of the retreating ice caps. A proud and peaceful race, the Rogaviki hated and feared only one thing: invasion of their beloved hunting grounds. And this fear would shortly become a reality if the Empire moved ahead with its plans to invade and assimilate the Northern territories -- slaughtering both animals and people as they advanced. Donya knew that her tribe might soon have to fight for their survival. And if anyone could organize the Rogaviki into a defending army, this man called Josserek was the one who might do it! And so begins one of the most compelling science fiction adventures of the decade. Poul Anderson, the celebrated author of A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows, Fire Time and The Day of Their Return, has created a spellbinding novel of Earth's far future. It is a world where the beautiful Donya and courageous Josserek brave countless perils--including their stormy love for each other--to save the Rogaviki from extinction.
Ken Follett's Fall of Giants, the first novel in the extraordinary historical epic Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed as "sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks" (USA Today). Now Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs and the beginning of the long Cold War. Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed by the Nazi tide, until daring to commit a deed of great courage and heartbreak....American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles of the Pacific....English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism....Daisy Peshkov, a driven social climber, cares only for popularity and the fast set, until war transforms her life, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet intelligence that will affect not only this war but also the war to come.
Briefly discusses the international competition in winter sports, beginning with the Nordic Games in 1908, and describes some of the sports involved, including skiing, ice hockey, skating, and bobsledding.
Ron Judd devotes a chapter to each competitive sport, examining its history, key competitors in past Olympics, the newest athlete contenders, how the sport is played and judged, and more. Anecdotes and fun facts about the Winter Olympics give the reader a true sense of being at the games.
From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history's boldest women. The Winter Palacetells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to power--as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. Her name is Barbara--in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she's allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world's most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen--and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie's destiny at court is to marry the Empress's nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears. What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie's confidante--and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara's secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend--through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia. Impeccably researched and magnificently written,The Winter Palaceis an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history's grandest tales.
A suspense novel involving a man, his wife and his twin sister.
Saxso is fourteen when the British soldiers attack his Canadian village. It is the year 1759, and war is raging between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people--Saxso's people--by their side. In fact, most of the men of Saxso's village are away looking for the British elsewhere on the day of the attack. There aren't enough people home to put up a proper defense, and the village is destroyed. Many people are killed and some are taken hostage, including Saxso's own mother and two younger sisters. It's up to Saxso, on his own, to track the raiders and bring his family back home. Riveting and poignant, this novel sheds new light on history, offering the fascinating untold story of the Abenaki perspective on the French and Indian War. Joseph Bruchac is acclaimed for his novels about Native American history and culture, and he is at his very best with this tale of family and community, courage and sacrifice.
In the forests of Siberia, in the first years of the 20th century, a white pony runs free with his herd. But his life changes forever when he's captured by men. Years of hard work and cruelty wear him out. When he's chosen to be one of 20 ponies to accompany the Englishman Robert Falcon Scott on his quest to become the first to reach the South Pole, he doesn't know what to expect. But the men of Scott's expedition show him kindness, something he's never known before. They also give him a name--James Pigg. As Scott's team hunkers down in Antarctica, James Pigg finds himself caught up in one of the greatest races of all time. The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen has suddenly announced that he too means to be first to the Pole. But only one team can triumph, and not everyone can survive--not even the animals.From the Hardcover edition.
Called in to assist the sheriff from a remote, rural area of Wisconsin in his investigation into a brutal triple homicide, Lucas Davenport begins to uncover a shocking series of vicious crimes that stun even Davenport with their evil intent. The shattering New York Times bestseller by the author of Rules of Prey and Silent Prey. Lucas Davenport has tracked murderers in cities all across America, but he has never hunted a criminal as sinister as the Iceman of Wisconsin.
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