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In these days of corporate scandal, there's a far more pervasive and serious problem going on right under our noses.It's a family takeover orchestrated by our kids.That's right - children are taking control of family units in record numbers.When a man and woman marry, says author Ed Young, they occupy the leadership roles in their relationship.But in some cases, as children enter the family arena, that begins to change.The kids slowly become the center of the family universe as parents relinquish control to them.In effect, the children become Kid CEO's and the parents become the support staff.As parents, we have charge of our children for only a short time. It's up to us to prepare them for life.
When they lose their coach, Scott and his teammates decide that he should try his hand at coaching, but it takes teamwork and the efforts of a player they call "Brain" to produce a winning season.
The kids who grew up to be president were like a lot of other children. Some struggled with schoolwork and got into fights; others pranked their teachers and infuriated their parents. William Howard Taft was forced to take dance lessons. Gerald Ford struggled with dyslexia. Teddy Roosevelt had a bedroom "museum" full of dead animals. Kid Presidents features 20 captivating true stories from the childhoods of American presidents, complete with lively text and more than 200 cartoon illustrations. Laugh-out-loud funny and packed with cool facts, it's the perfect read for all young future leaders of the free world.
Joe Harbin hadn't killed a man for a fortune in gold just to sit in prison and let Rodelo collect it. But when he and his men break out and head for the stash, they end up with a pair of unwelcome partners: Rodelo and a beautiful woman with a hidden past. To get fifty thousand dollars in gold across fifty miles of desert, the desperate band quickly learns how much they need each other---and how deep their greed and suspicion can run. At the end of the journey lie the waters of Baja and a new life in Mexico, but first they have to survive the savage heat, bounty-hunting Yaqui Indians, and the shifting, treacherous nature of both the desert sands and their own conflicting loyalties.From the Paperback edition.
This is the intimate and fascinating account of the rise and fall and rise again in show business of Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans. From Errol Flynn to Ava Garnder to Francis Ford Coppola and Mia Farrow, Evans spares no reputation, least of all his own, in this sizzling, tell-all biography.
Arranged in alphabetical order with anecdotal, fun-to-read text, this fascinating book is packed with the stories behind over 100 inventions.
Sylvester loved baseball, but he wasn't what you'd call a good hitter. He had decided against joining the team, when he met George Baruth. He promised Sylvester he would help him become one of the best players ever. Before long he was hitting homers.
IF BABIES CAME WITH A USER'S MANUAL-THIS WOULD BE IT! Here is a lifeline of reliable, reassuring information for those busy days and often sleepless nights from pregnancy through the first year. This trouble shooting, sanity-saving book covers more than five hundred topics-everything from allergies to zoster (commonly known as shingles)-and is filled with warm, comforting advice from an experienced pediatrician and father of two. Wondering about those little bumps or spots? Worried that your baby sleeps or eats too much (or too little)? Coping with colic? Concerned about teething? Confused about car seats, medications, vaccinations? Designed to console even the most stressed-out parents during the always challenging first twelve months, this essential guide includes * Guidelines for a healthy pregnancy (tip: limit fish and avoid peanut butter)-and what supplies to have on hand when baby arrives * Advice on choosing a pediatrician: three vital questions for the prenatal interview * The advantages (and disadvantages) of breast- and bottle-feeding, as well as time-tested tips on feeding schedules * Hints for getting through the night-and avoiding ineffective bedtime rituals, including the "Sneaky" and "Buddy" approaches * Crucial facts about shots, screening tests, and immunizations (yes, kids still do get whooping cough) * At-your-fingertips information on common illnesses, fevers, when to call the doctor, and what to do in an emergency * Special advice for working moms, single parents, adoptive parents, and parents of twins, triplets, and preemies Plus-handy checklists, growth charts, eye-catching diagrams, "Myths and Truths" about baby care, and Kidfixer FAQs-real questions from parents and Dr. Altman's helpful advice From the Trade Paperback edition.
Okay, it's certainly an unconventional way for Manhattan heiress Tate Baxter to conquer her fears. But when your whole life takes place behind the tinted windows of a limo and your household staff are all gun-toting ex-CIA, drastic measures have to be taken. Especially when one member of that staff has got her all hot and bothered. Chauffeur Michael Caulfield has just one assignment -- keeping Tate safe. But when she's kidnapped for real, the only way he can save her is to become a prisoner with her. He may be just the help, but as her take-charge protector, he's the Michael of her sexual fantasies. Maybe a man she can trust and even dare to love? Except once out of his uniform, he isn't exactly laying bare all his secrets -- to Tate.
"It all happened so fast that even now, a month later, I still have trouble believing it, and I have to tell myself over and over again: Leszli, you have been kidnapped." On April 12, 1999, Leszli Kálli boarded a plane in Colombia to work on a kibbutz in Israel, but she never made it. The plane was hijacked by a leftist guerrilla group and forced to land on an abandoned runway in the jungle. Leszli, along with her father and the other passengers, were held hostage for 373 days. Her diary reveals her innermost thoughts, darkest fears, and visions of hope. Leszli vividly presents this painful time in her life: trapped, held at gunpoint, and never knowing if she would live to see another day. Although never close before, the bond between her and her father grows as they provide one another with vital support. Alienated as the only woman in her group, she maintains her guard but finds comfort caring for animals, including a tarantula living beneath her bed. As the pages of her diary unfold, so, too, does the incredible story of one girl's fight for survival against overwhelming odds.
This is the story of sixteen-year-old David Balfour, an orphan, who after being kidnapped by his villainous uncle manages to escape and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.
Framed for a crime she didn't commit, Nora must prove her innocence For Nora Mulgrew, the days between the end of Salem University's summer session and the start of fall semester are the "dead time." The campus is deserted, and Nora is the only resident in eerie old Nightingale Hall, a ramshackle dorm whose dark past has earned it the nickname "Nightmare Hall." Nora hasn't heard any of those rumors, but her own nightmare is about to begin. An education major, Nora has spent the summer working at a day care where her favorite pupil is a darling child named Mindy. When Mindy goes missing, campus security suspects Nora. As she battles migraines and the suspicions of the police, Nora hunts the campus for the child. Someone has framed her for a terrible crime, and Nora must find out who it is before it's too late. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Diane Hoh including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
For use in schools and libraries only. Early chapter book mystery series set in landmarks of Washington, D. C. from the author of the popular A To Z mystery series.
K. C. Corcoran and her best friend Marshall Li searching Washington, D.C., for K. C.'s mom and President Zacary Thornton, who mysteriously disappear while the two kids are buying ice cream at the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Jack and Amy have come to London during the 1860s as orphans searching for a relative. London society is cruel to the needy, and Jack and Amy are left on their own without money, food or shelter. When Amy is stolen away to be sold, Jack turns to an unlikely source for help.
A dangerous cult has entered Sweet Valley and Jessica has fallen under its spell. Elizabeth is worried so she is trying to help Jessica.
Back Cover Copy:"Am I About to Die?"OnDecember 5, 2012, American medical doctor Dilip Joseph and two colleagues aredriving back to Kabul, Afghanistan, after serving villagers that morning at arural clinic. Suddenly a man waving an AK-47 blocks their path. More armed menjump out of hiding. For Dilip, it is the beginning of a nightmare--he's being kidnappedby the Taliban.Dilip and his friends endure anine-hour march into the mountains, gruesome images of torture and death, andrepeated threats of execution. Four days later Dilip is freed in a daring anddeadly rescue that claims the life of a SEAL Team Six operator. Yet this ismore than a story of desperation, survival, and loss. It is also a tale ofsurprising connection, compassion, and inspiration. As Dilip begins to view theTaliban not as monsters but as men, both he and his captors are challenged toreexamine everything that matters: courage, sacrifice, hope, and faith.Flap Copy:Witha jerk of his rifle, the leader points up the mountain on the left. There is nopath. I look higher and see more armed men at the top of a hill about twohundred feet above us.Apprehensionsurges up in me like black oil from a well. These aren't ordinary robbers. Thisis too systematic.I'vebeen kidnapped by the Taliban.Aswe walk, I fear the worst--that when we reach the top, they will shoot us. God, however this is going to end, pleasedon't let them torture me to death. Let it be one shot and done.Itis amazing how quickly everything we take for granted can be ripped away. Inthe space of a few minutes, I have lost all control of my life. All I can do istake a step, draw a breath, and hope I will be given the chance for another.Step.Breathe.Hope. Kidnapped by the Taliban is a story of both terror and triumph.After reading this dramatic and inspiring account, you will never viewAfghanistan or the Taliban in the same way again.
First published in 1904, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, describes the action of some uncommon events in the land of Santa. Not far from the Laughing Valley where Santa and all his magical helpers live, and beyond the Forest of Burzee, there stands a huge mountain that contains the Cave of Demons. Each demon has a specialty: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance. Because the promise of Santa puts all girls and boys on their best behavior, the demons have hardly any visitors to their caves. In order to remedy their dismal foot traffic, they conspire to kidnap Santa! But oh! even when it looks as if the demons might win, one can never underestimate the power of devoted (and magical!) friends.<P> Adapted by Alex Robinson, author of several graphic novels, the action and menace of the tale will be enhanced and lightly spoofed. It seems a most appropriate treatment of Baum's work -- he was an author who often let his profound and unsettling meanings roil beneath the surface of his otherwise fanciful stories.<P> Advisory: Bookshare has learned that this book offers only partial accessibility. We have kept it in the collection because it is useful for some of our members. To explore further access options with us, please contact us through the Book Quality link on the right sidebar. Benetech is actively working on projects to improve accessibility issues such as these.
"It's a mistake ," Joey Bishop says, "to earn the reputation of being a liar. It seems harmless enough to make up stories to entertain yourself, but it can backfire." And when it does, it does so in a big way! The whole thing begins when Joey hits Willie Groves in the nose. It's an accident, but Willie doesn't want excuses. He wants revenge, and he's out to get Joey. Since Willie is a head taller and fifteen pounds heavier than Joey, Joey sees himself dead. So, of course. Joey hides from Willie. And because Joey is hiding, and because most of the other kids have already been picked up by their mothers or their chauffeurs from their expensive private school, only Joey sees what happens. Only Joey sees Willie being kidnapped. Joey doesn't like Willie, yet he doesn't like to think of what could happen to Willie at the hands of the kidnappers. But now, at just the wrong time, Joey's reputation kicks in. No one seems to believe him when he tells what he's seen. The truth is, however, that Willie has actually been kidnapped; and someone does really believe that Joey saw it. In fact, Joey suddenly finds himself in more danger, more involved with the event and even more involved with Willie than he ever thought he could be. Sometimes. Joey discovers in this exciting tale, truth really can be stranger than fiction.
Lisa Yee gives us her most fascinating flawed genius since Millicent Min. Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed. Then it's on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years. Four years of academic achievement. Four years of debate championships. Two years of dating the most popular girl in school. It was, literally, everything his parents could have wanted. Everything they wanted for Higgs's older brother Jeffrey, in fact. But something's not right. And when Higgs's girlfriend presents him with a seemingly innocent hypothetical question about whether or not he'd give her a kidney . . . the exposed fault lines reach straight down to the foundations of his life. . . .
How many times have parents heard "I'm bored" from their kids during summer vacation? No more! In this brand-new booklet, kids will find hours of enjoyment from 20 different crafts, games, and activities, designed especially for kids. This book is filled with fun ideas that are great for car trips, summer camp, vacation bible school, and rainy days. Projects are suitable for all skill levels and children ranging from age 5 to 13.
The first complete guide-for use by adults and children-to creating fun and educational book clubs for kids. As authors of The Book Club Cookbook, the classic guide to integrating great food and food-related discussion into book club gatherings, Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp hear a common refrain from parents, librarians, teachers, community leaders and kids themselves: "How about writing a book for kids' book clubs?" Indeed, in recent years youth organizations, parents, libraries, schools, and our local, state, and federal governments have launched thousands of book clubs for children as a way to counter falling literacy rates and foster a love of reading. Based on surveys representing five hundred youth book clubs across the country and interviews with parents, kids, educators, and librarians, The Kids' Book Club Bookfeatures: _- the top fifty favorite book club reads for children ages eight to eighteen; _- ideas and advice on forming great kids' book clubs-and tips for kids who want to start their own book clubs; _- recipes, activities, and insights from such bestselling children's book authors as Christopher Paolini, Lois Lowry, Jerry Spinelli, Nancy Farmer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Andrew Clements, Laurie Halse Anderson, Norton Juster, and many others. From recipes for the Dump Punch and egg salad sandwiches included in Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie to instructionson how to make soap carvings like the ones left in the knot-hole of a tree in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, this book provides a bounty of ideas for making every kids' book club a success.
The Swedish botanist Linnaeus named the cocoa bean "Theobroma cacao," from the Greek meaning Food of the Gods. Linnaeus sure "knew what he was doing! DO YOU PAUSE whenever you pass the candy counter in a department store or mall? Does your mouth water just smelling the chocolaty aroma? Do you carefully unfold the foil on each piece of chocolate as if you were inspecting a treasure? Do you break off small bites, letting that wonderfully delicious chocolate smother your taste buds? You do? Then this book is for you. Here are chocolate facts, and the history of chocolate from that wonderful day Cortes was served the frothy drink in Aztec golden goblets. This explains how luscious chocolate candies and candy bars are made; it gives chocolate recipes, tells chocolate jokes, and debunks chocolate myths. In fact, The Kids' Book of Chocolate is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about this favorite subject.
Explains ways kids can earn money; how to save for a big purchase; how to get the most value for your money; how the stock market works; plus money moments such as did you know that a stamp that cost 5 cents in 1947 was sold for a million dollars in 1981? [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 4-5 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
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