Description: The Stone Soup Annual 2018 brings together the full year of Stone Soup magazine in one volume. In addition to the eleven edited collections of poetry, stories, art, reviews, and more by talented kids aged 13 and under that we published in 2018, the Annual includes bonus materials—blog posts, music and contests—from the year on our website, Stonesoup.com.
The Annual showcases the massive output and tremendous variety that our young writers and artists produce. There are one-page stories that evoke a 'sense of place'. There are long stories that explore what it means to move house and to lose a friend, to bully and be bullied. There are small poems that take on the meaning of the world, and long poems that describe a single thing. There are contemporary fairytales, and stories that attempt to upend our idea of the "fairytale". There are photographs, pastel drawings, paintings, collages, and watercolours. There is a screenplay, a movie review, a couple of self-portraits. From our bloggers, there are book reviews, musical compositions, graphic novellas, and essays on a range of subjects.
Full color, soft cover, 411 pages, measuring 6.14 x 9.25 x 1.13 (inches)
Wedding bells are ringing—and a widowed mother of two hopes the occasion will reunite her daughters in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.
“A delightful beach-town tale about family relationships and second chances.”—Kirkus Reviews
A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.
As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?
Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.
Description: An unforgettable, inventive, and riveting epic saga with the literary force and evocative imagination of Station Eleven, Zone One, and The Road, that signals the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.
A little more than a century from now, the world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, starting with the great coastal cities, rising floodwaters have left America an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water. Civilization as it once was is gone. Bands of pirates roam the waters, in search of goods and women to breed. Some join together to create a new kind of society, while others sail alone, barely surviving.
Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious and feisty eight-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting small hamlets and towns on dry land only to trade for supplies and information. Just before Pearl’s birth, when the monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska, Maya’s oldest daughter, Row, was stolen by her father.
For eight years Myra has searched for the girl that she knows, in her bones and her heart, still lives. In a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment of raiders on the coast of what used to be Greenland. Throwing aside her usual caution, she and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas to rescue the girl, now thirteen.
On the journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship, a band of Americans like them. In a desperate act of deceit and manipulation, Myra convinces the crew to sail north. Though she hides her true motivations, Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers, men, women, and children who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world.
But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten to capsize their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.
A compulsively readable novel of dark despair and soaring hope, After the Flood is a magnificent, action-packed, and sometimes frightening odyssey laced with wonder—an affecting and wholly original saga both redemptive and astonishing.
Description: From the author of the summer hit It Happens in The Hamptons comes an unforgettable new novel about the women who live and love in the Hamptons.
In the Hamptons, no rules apply, especially in matters of money—and the heart…
Raised in East Hampton, Caroline never thought she’d be one of the “city people” who spent summers and weekends at the beach. But, once her husband’s business takes off, a job stint transplants the couple permanently into Manhattan life—where the phrase When you marry for money, you work for it every day, reflects her neighbors’ lives. And where entitled husbands, like hers, embark on affair after affair with little consequence.
Time for the wives to get even.
When Caroline’s friend Annabelle suggests they experiment as their wayward mates have, Caroline resists at first. That is, until a scroll through an iPad makes her reconsider…and a pact between two friends is made.
The agreement quickly turns serious when Caroline begins to confront the man her husband has become, or perhaps always has been. Will a summer affair give Caroline clarity or make her lose hold on the reins of her life? And, when an old lover returns, is she ready to risk all for a chance at happiness…
Description: A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.
Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel’s director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other.
Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi “guests,” spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.
But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone—the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself.
Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.
Description: New York Times bestselling author Joshilyn Jackson—”an admired writer who deserves to be a household name” (Kirkus Reviews)—displays her masterful talent in this dark and deliciously addictive tale of domestic suspense.
In this game, even winning can be deadly...
Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.
Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.
When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.
To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.
A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.
Description: Infused with the keen insight of Joyce Carol Oates and haunting power of Kelly Link, a radiant collection of linked stories that explore the vulnerability, resilience, and hidden desires of women, following six girls over the course of sixty years, from their first semester at boarding school to the twilight of their lives.
“These are stories of magical lyricism, contemporary in their exploration of the obsessions of girls and young women, mythic in their scope and mystery….Remarkable. The work of an exceptional writer.” —Joyce Carol Oates
It begins with a drowning. One day Mr. Arcilla, the romance language teacher at Briarfield, an all-girls boarding school, is found dead at the bottom of Reed Pond. Young and handsome, the object of much fantasy and fascination, he was adored by his students. For Lilith and Romy, Evie and Claire, Nellie and Grace, he was their first love, and their first true loss.
In this extraordinary collection, Kate McQuade explores the ripple effect of one transformative moment on six lives, witnessed at a different point in each girl’s future. Throughout these stories, these bright, imaginative, and ambitious girls mature into women, lose touch and call in favors, achieve success and endure betrayal, marry and divorce, have children and struggle with infertility, abandon husbands and remain loyal to the end.
Lyrical, intimate, and incisive, Tell Me Who We Were explores the inner worlds of girls and women, the relationships we cherish and betray, and the transformations we undergo in the simple act of living.
Description: "The twenty-five mysteries that Katherine Hall Page has cooked up for her sleuth, Faith Fairchild, make for delectable reading. What a body of work! Dig in."
— Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
Amateur detective and caterer Faith Fairchild is at her Penobscot Bay, Maine cottage preparing for a summer wedding, when she stumbles across . . . another body in this 25th entry in the beloved mystery series.
For the first time in years, Faith Fairchild has time for herself. Her husband Tom is spending days on the other side of the island using a friend’s enhanced WiFi for a project; their son, Ben, after his first year in college, is studying abroad for the summer; and their daughter Amy is working at the old Laughing Gulls Lodge, now a revamped conference center.
Faith is looking forward to some projects of her own. Her friend Sophie Maxwell is also spending the summer on Sanpere Island, hoping for distractions from her worries that she isn’t yet pregnant. And the daughter of Faith’s good friend Pix Miller is getting married to a wonderful guy . . . with a less-than-wonderful mother. Between keeping Sophie’s spirits up and Pix’s blood pressure down, Faith has her hands full.
And that’s before a body with a mysterious tattoo and connections far away from small Sanpere Island appears in the Lily Pond. Once again, Faith will get to the bottom of this strange case—and whip up a delicious blueberry buckle on the side.
Description: Julian believes he’s finally escaped his father’s calamities. Until a vaguely familiar 20-year-old man walks out of the bedroom closet and says he’s future Julian.
Turns out his (their?) inventor father’s latest contraption, the eTab, alters time. When grown-up Julian travelled into the past, he dropped his cell phone on a Civil War battlefield. It was, what the sarcastic crowd might call, a bone-headed move.
Now, Grown-Up Julian needs Young Julian to help him retrieve his cell phone, before the future is unpredictably changed.
Description: The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?
Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.
Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.
The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.
Description: “Stitched together with love, this is a story just waiting for your favorite reading chair. With her signature style and skill, Susan Wiggs delivers an intricate patchwork of old wounds and new beginnings, romance and the healing power of friendship, wrapped in a lovely little community that’s hiding a few secrets of its own.” — Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling author of Before We Were Yours The #1 New York Times bestselling author brings us her most ambitious and provocative work yet—a searing and timely novel that explores the most volatile issue of our time—domestic violence.
At the break of dawn, Caroline Shelby rolls into Oysterville, Washington, a tiny hamlet at the edge of the raging Pacific.
She’s come home.
Home to a place she thought she’d left forever, home of her heart and memories, but not her future. Ten years ago, Caroline launched a career in the glamorous fashion world of Manhattan. But her success in New York imploded on a wave of scandal and tragedy, forcing her to flee to the only safe place she knows.
And in the backseat of Caroline’s car are two children who were orphaned in a single chilling moment—five-year-old Addie and six-year-old Flick. She’s now their legal guardian—a role she’s not sure she’s ready for.
But the Oysterville she left behind has changed. Her siblings have their own complicated lives and her aging parents are hoping to pass on their thriving seafood restaurant to the next generation. And there’s Will Jensen, a decorated Navy SEAL who’s also returned home after being wounded overseas. Will and Caroline were forever friends as children, with the promise of something more . . . until he fell in love with Sierra, Caroline’s best friend and the most beautiful girl in town. With her modeling jobs drying up, Sierra, too, is on the cusp of reinventing herself.
Caroline returns to her favorite place: the sewing shop owned by Mrs. Lindy Bloom, the woman who inspired her and taught her to sew. There she discovers that even in an idyllic beach town, there are women living with the deepest of secrets. Thus begins the Oysterville Sewing Circle—where women can join forces to support each other through the troubles they keep hidden.
Yet just as Caroline regains her creativity and fighting spirit, and the children begin to heal from their loss, an unexpected challenge tests her courage and her heart. This time, though, Caroline is not going to run away. She’s going to stand and fight for everything—and everyone—she loves.
Description: The New York Times bestselling historical novelist delivers her biggest, boldest, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.
Barbados, 1854: Emily Dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan— merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter, at that. Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, Emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned.
When Emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, reduced to ruins in 1816, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames. Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts.
Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, the Davenants, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past— a tangled history of lies, greed, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, and a bold bid for freedom.
A brilliant, multigenerational saga in the tradition of THE THORN BIRDS and NORTH AND SOUTH, THE SUMMER COUNTRY will beguile readers with its rendering of families, heartbreak, and the endurance of hope against all odds.
Description: Young lawyer Daniel Pitt must defend a British diplomat accused of a theft that may cover up a deadly crime in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Twenty-one Days.
Daniel Pitt, along with his parents, Charlotte and Thomas, is delighted that his sister, Jemima, and her family have returned to London from the States for a visit. But the Pitts soon learn of a harrowing incident: In Washington, D.C., one of Jemima’s good friends has been assaulted and her treasured necklace stolen. The perpetrator appears to be a man named Philip Sidney, a British diplomat stationed in America’s capital who, in a cowardly move, has fled to London, claiming diplomatic immunity. But that claim doesn’t cover his other crimes. . . .
When Sidney winds up in court on a separate charge of embezzlement, it falls to Daniel to defend him. Daniel plans to provide only a competent enough defense to avoid a mistrial, allowing the prosecution to put his client away. But when word travels across the pond that an employee of the British embassy in Washington has been found dead, Daniel grows suspicious about Sidney’s alleged crimes and puts on his detective hat to search for evidence in what has blown up into an international affair.
As the embezzlement scandal heats up, Daniel takes his questions to intrepid scientist Miriam fford Croft, who brilliantly uses the most up-to-date technologies to follow an entirely new path of investigation. Daniel and Miriam travel to the Channel Islands to chase a fresh lead, and what began with a stolen necklace turns out to have implications in three far greater crimes—a triple jeopardy, including possible murder.
Description: GIs returning after World War II created an entirely new automotive market niche when they bought surplus Jeeps and began exploring the rugged backcountry of the American West. This burgeoning market segment, which eventually became known as sport utility vehicles (SUVs), numbered about 40,000 units per year with offerings from Jeep, Scout, Toyota, and Land Rover. In 1966, Ford entered the fray with its Bronco, offering increased refinement, more power, and an innovative coil-spring front suspension. The Bronco caught on quickly and soon established a reputation as a solid backcountry performer. In Baja, the legendary accomplishments of racers such as Parnelli Jones, Rod Hall, and Bill Stroppe further cemented the bobtail’s reputation for toughness. Ford moved upstream with the introduction of the larger Bronco for 1978, witnessing a huge increase in sales for the second-generation trucks. The Twin Traction Beam front end was introduced in the third generation, and further refinements including more aerodynamic styling, greater luxury, and more powerful fuel-injected engines came on board in the generations that followed. Through it all, the Bronco retained its reputation as a tough, versatile, and comfortable rig, both on and off the paved road. With the reintroduction of the Bronco for 2020, Ford is producing a vehicle for a whole new generation of enthusiasts that looks to bring modern styling and performance to the market while building on the 30-year heritage of the first five generations of the Bronco so dearly loved by their owners.From the development process and details of the first trucks through the 1996 models, author Todd Zuercher shares technical details, rarely seen photos, and highlights of significant models along with the stories of those people whose lives have been intertwined with the Bronco for many years. This book will have new information for everyone and will be a must-have for longtime enthusiasts and new owners alike!
Description: Perhaps the most charismatic automobile ever, the Volkswagen Beetle was the longest-running, most-manufactured automobile on a single platform of all time. From 1938 to 2003, more than 21.5 million "Bugs" were assembled, distributed, and sold on nearly every continent in the world. Throughout the Beetle's successful run, many of these cars have been relegated to project car status due to their age or condition. Airkooled Kustoms, a VW restoration shop in Hazel Green, Alabama, brings its expertise in restoring these cars to book form with this all-encompassing compilation. Restoring your Beetle is covered through step-by-step sequences from unbolting that first nut through polishing the paint on your freshly restored Bug. The specialists at Airkooled Kustoms walk you through the proper disassembly methods, restoring versus replacing components, and reassembling your restored Bug, covering everything related to the body, undercarriage, and interior along the way. It's about time a thorough, hands-on restoration book has been authored by authorities who know the Beetle like the back of their hands. With this book, you will have everything you need to bring your old or new VW Beetle project back to life.
Description: Impoverished Southern belle Joelle Daughtry has a secret. By day she has been helping her sisters in their quest to turn the run-down family plantation into a resort hotel after the close of the Civil War. But by night and under a male pseudonym, she has been penning articles for the local paper in support of the construction of a Negro school. With the Mississippi arm of the Ku Klux Klan gaining power and prestige, Joelle knows she is playing a dangerous game.
When childhood enemy and current investor in the Daughtry house renovation Schuyler Beaumont takes over his assassinated father's candidacy for state office, Joelle finds that in order to protect her family and her home, she and Schuyler will have to put aside their longstanding personal conflict and develop a united public front. The trouble is, what do you do when animosity becomes respect—and even love—if you're already engaged to someone else?
Description: When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.
In Mike's absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike's safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.
Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family's home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.
Description: No, rape isn't funny – but having a sense of humor does help in dealing with the aftermath. When Edie, a record label talent scout, is raped by her date, she has no idea what her post-rape future will look like. Navigating sex, pleasure, work, friends, and her forever-changed mental state in the aftermath of her assault is hard enough. But when the perfect guy turns up at the worst possible time, Edie has to figure out what romance and sex mean to her after her assault. This offbeat feminist romantic comedy moves beyond “girl meets guy,” dealing with sexual dysfunction, the ubiquity of rape culture, and what recovery looks like in a world filled with reminders of your assault.
About the author: Louise MacGregor is an internationally-published writer of fiction, pop culture criticism, and feminist social commentary. A graduate of journalism and history from the University of Stirling, Louise brings her passion for women-centric stories to both her fiction and non-fiction. As well as running the long-standing pop cultural blog The Cutprice Guignol and film criticism outlet No But Listen, Louise has written boundary-pushing, genre-defying works such as Ruthless and Trouble Clef under her pen name, Kara Lowndes. She resides in Glasgow, Scotland, with her partner and her cat.
Categories: New Adult Fiction, Women's Fiction, Romance/Erotica
Description: How millennials are changing our ideas about work, the “gig economy,” social mobility, opportunity and technology
Millennials are coming of age at a time when work is temporary, underpaid, incommensurate with their education, or downright unsatisfying. Despite these challenges, media scholar S. Craig Watkins argues that this moment of precarity is rife with opportunities for innovation, and that millennials are leading the charge at turning that into an inventive and surprisingly sustainable future.
At the intersection of ethnography, sociology, social history, and pop culture, Don’t Knock the Hustle is one of the first attempts to document how millennials are building a creative, entrepreneurial, and civically engaged innovation economy. Here, we meet people like Prince Harvey, a hip hop artist who recorded his album entirely on an Apple showroom laptop; screenwriter, producer and actor Issa Rae, who first used YouTube and Kickstarter to develop the web series that became her hit HBO show, Insecure; and start-up companies like Qeyno Group in San Francisco and Juegos Rancheros in Austin, TX that help make tech more accessible to people of color. Don’t Knock the Hustle offers a timely analysis of the sheer ingenuity and persistence of young people who cobble together the resources they need to pursue the lives and careers they want.
Drawing on over 10 years of interviews and data, Watkins reveals the radical ways in which our society is expanding who we think of as innovators, what qualifies as innovation, and the spread of wealth beyond traditional corridors of powerful tech companies, venture capitalism, and well-endowed universities. Forward-thinking and dynamic, Don’t Knock the Hustle shows the diversity and complexity of a generation on the rise.
Description: A powerful look at the non-scientific history of “race science,” and the assumptions, prejudices, and incentives that have allowed it to reemerge in contemporary science
Superior tells the disturbing story of the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science.
After the horrors of the Nazi regime in WWII, the mainstream scientific world turned its back on eugenics and the study of racial difference. But a worldwide network of unrepentant eugenicists quietly founded journals and funded research, providing the kind of shoddy studies that were ultimately cited in Richard Hernstein’s and Charles Murray’s 1994 title, The Bell Curve, which purported to show differences in intelligence among races.
If the vast majority of scientists and scholars disavowed these ideas, and considered race a social construct, it was still an idea that managed to somehow make its way into the research into the human genome that began in earnest in the mid-1990s and continues today. Dissecting the statements and work of contemporary scientists studying human biodiversity, most of whom claim to be just following the data, Saini shows us how, again and again, science is retrofitted to accommodate race. Even as our understanding of highly complex traits like intelligence, and the complicated effect of environmental influences on human beings, from the molecular level on up, grows, the hope of finding simple genetic differences between “races”—to explain differing rates of disease, to explain poverty or test scores or to justify cultural assumptions—stubbornly persists.
At a time when racialized nationalisms are a resurgent threat throughout the world, Superior is a powerful reminder that biologically, we are all far more alike than different.
Description: In a remote wilderness, mysterious secrets and sinister forces are unleashed in this heart-pounding literary thriller. Colin is scheduled to die. His wife already has. He took the government money and enjoyed his last twenty years in perfect health, never aging a day. With one year left and little to lose, Colin begins a race against time. Can he find out why some people are still alive when they shouldn't be, and how the woman who enters his life has saved herself from an incurable disease? Colin goes looking for answers and crosses paths with a killer in this tense and thought-provoking tale.
Description: Honestly, what amazes me the most with a lot of the people I meet is that they think they’re so big. They think, ultimately, that the universe revolves around them. And I’m beginning to think that it’s only when you live a life like mine—it’s only when you’re in a position where you don’t even really own yourself, when you can’t even really say that you’re a citizen of any particular country—that you realize that we’re all just tiny pieces of cosmic dust floating through the void until we disappear forever and we’re never heard from again.
So begins the life story of our uber famous twenty-two year old narrator. A teen idol since he was twelve, when a video of him singing went viral, his star has only risen since. Now, haunted by the suicide of his manager-father, unsettled by the very different paths he and his his teenage love (and girl pop-star counterpart) “Mandy” have taken, and increasingly aware that he has signed on to something he has little control over, he begins to parse the divide that separates him from the “normal people” of the world. Sneakily philosophical, earnest and funny, Famous People is a rollicking, unforgettable look at the clash between fame and the human condition.
Description: Two Catholic priests fall in love amid deadly conflicts in the Amazon between the Colombian government, insurgent groups, and drug cartels.
For the last fifty years, the Colombian drug cartels, various insurgent groups, and the government have fought over the control of the drug traffic, in the process destroying vast stretches of the Amazon, devastating Indian communities, and killing tens of thousands of homesteaders caught in the middle of the conflict.
Inspired by these events, Jaime Manrique’s sixth novel, Like This Afternoon Forever, weaves in two narratives: the shocking story of a series of murders known internationally as the “false positives,” and the related story of two gay Catholic priests who become lovers when they meet in the seminary.
Lucas (the son of farmers) and Ignacio (a descendant of the Barí indigenous people) enter the seminary out of a desire to help others and to get an education. Their visceral love story undergoes stages of passion, indifference, rage, and a final commitment to stay together until the end of their lives. Working in a community largely composed of people displaced by the war, Ignacio stumbles upon the horrifying story of the false positives, which will put the lives of the two men in grave danger.
Description: Three bite-size stories kick off a series based on a popular TV show about all the fun (and maybe a little trouble) that happens at snack time.
Little Lunch — aka snack time — is only fifteen minutes long, but it’s always full of surprises. In this trio of tales, Rory forgets his snack and does something that shocks everyone, Battie thinks he might have ruined Grandparents Day, and Melanie decides to hold a bake sale to raise money for homeless puppies . . . but the only thing she’s selling is a lumpy cake that smells weird. Who knew so much could happen in fifteen minutes? Based on the hit Australian TV series picked up by Universal Kids and Netflix, Little Lunch is a little silly — and a lot of fun.
Megabat was looking forward to Christmas morning: presents, playing toys, smooshfruit and watching Star Wars. But then Daniel opened his last, most special present.
Daniel thinks this might be the best Christmas present yet: a beautiful cat named Priscilla! He's always wanted a pet.
Megabat is not sure he likes this cat. She tastes most hairy.
Daniel loves his new cat! She's fun to play with, and she's so soft and fluffy.
Megabat is not soft OR fluffy. He's not purebred and he doesn't have a big, beautiful swishy tail. What if Daniel loves Priscilla more than Megabat? This is truly a disturbance in the Force. Megabat and Birdgirl must find a way to get rid of this trubble cat once and for all!
Calamity ensues as Megabat and Birdgirl try to come up with ways to get rid of Priscilla. But is there more than meets the eye with this furry menace? Kass Reich's adorable illustrations paired with Anna Humphrey's hilarious text make for another unforgettable Megabat adventure.
Mermaids come in all shapes and sizes! In this sweet picture book, a shy little girl goes on a magical underwater adventure filled with adorable mermaids, silly sea creatures, games with new friends and wonderful surprises!
One sunny Saturday, Finn and her parents visit the beach. Finn loves the beach: the warm sand feels wonderful between her toes. But it would be more fun if she had a friend. Too shy to say hello, Finn watches the kids play nearby, and slowly her eyes droop closed . . .
When Finn awakens she has been transported to a magical underwater world. Finn admires the sea creatures flitting around her, and she discovers that she too has a beautiful tail. Finn is a mermaid! But who is calling out a greeting from behind that coral? Whose bright eyes are peering at her from the sea grass? Whose laughter does she hear? Could it be a new friend? Or just another sea creature?
This adorable picture book will delight the youngest daydreamers and shows us that making new friends may not be as hard as you think — if you have a good imagination!
Twelve-year-old Mya Parsons could save the world and organize her family, if only she had her own cell phone. A Dork Diaries for today's socially conscious young readers.
Mya Parsons runs her school's social justice club with her best friend, Cleo. Her lifelong desire is to work for the United Nations and change the world, and then bask in all the ensuing adulation. Her more immediate desire is to get a phone, preferably one like Cleo's, with a leopard-print case to match. When her distracted dad and her long-distance mom (temporarily in Myanmar taking care of Mya's grandmother) both say no, no way, and possibly never, Mya launches a campaign to prove herself reliable and deserving. She advertises her babysitting services, takes on more responsibility around the house, and attempts to supervise her sister's skateboarding lessons. Her efforts leave her ego bruised and the kitchen slightly scorched. She's no closer to touch-screen victory, let alone the Nobel Peace Prize she deserves. But all that changes after an accident leaves Mya to take charge—an experience which helps her realize how much she's grown, with or without access to proper communications.
Description: A captivating retelling of the story of Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Ireland, and her struggle to protect the friends, family, and country that she loved.
A true daughter of the fearsome O’Malley clan, Grace spent her life wishing to join the fight to keep Henry VIII’s armies from invading her homeland of Ireland — only to be told again and again that the battlefield is no place for a woman. But after English conspirators brutally murder her husband, Grace can no longer stand idly by. Leading men into battle on the high seas, Grace O’Malley quickly gains a formidable reputation as the Pirate Queen of Ireland with her prowess as a sailor and skill with a sword. But her newfound notoriety puts the lives of Grace and her entire family in danger and eventually leads to a confrontation with the most powerful woman in England: Queen Elizabeth I. With a gripping narrative and vivid, action-packed illustrations, the fourth entry in Tony Lee and Sam Hart’s Heroes and Heroines series captures the intensity and passion of one of history’s fiercest female warriors.
Description: Cult graphic novelist Dylan Meconis offers a rich reimagining of history in this beautifully detailed hybrid novel loosely based on the exile of Queen Elizabeth I by her sister, Queen Mary.
When her sister seizes the throne, Queen Eleanor of Albion is banished to a tiny island off the coast of her kingdom, where the nuns of the convent spend their days peacefully praying, sewing, and gardening. But the island is also home to Margaret, a mysterious young orphan girl whose life is upturned when the cold, regal stranger arrives. As Margaret grows closer to Eleanor, she grapples with the revelation of the island’s sinister true purpose as well as the truth of her own past. When Eleanor’s life is threatened, Margaret is faced with a perilous choice between helping Eleanor and protecting herself. In a hybrid novel of fictionalized history, Dylan Meconis paints Margaret’s world in soft greens, grays, and reds, transporting readers to a quiet, windswept island at the heart of a treasonous royal plot.
Description: It’s time for Dot and her friends to build rockets at the Creative Fair, where the sky’s the limit for ingenuity.
Dot is at the Creative Fair, where everyone’s excited about making fizz-powered rockets. “Make your rocket ship your own!” says Dot’s mom. Dot is keen on making the fastest rocket of them all, with no decorations to weigh it down. When it’s time for liftoff, Dot’s rocket soars out of sight, while Ruby’s snows down glitter, Nev and Dev’s sprays out shaving cream, and Hal’s makes a huge noise. Everyone’s rockets are totally different, and it turns out they’re all the best!
Description: Jocelyn and Simon are unlikely neighbors in a luxury condo building on the Pacific Coast Highway. Simon is, by all appearances, the ultimate American success story: a Rwandan refugee who has become a successful landscape architect. But Simon’s tasteful, spare apartment is filled with ghosts—the daughter he lost twenty years ago in the genocide, and the men who took her.
Jocelyn has the same immaculate accessories as the wealthy white women who populate her world—charming husband, her beautiful mixed-race daughter, python handbag—but her body is marked by her traumatic childhood. A fine net of scars covers her back, and worse, she senses that there is something in her—a smudge, a stain—that invited abuse when she was young, which she thinks she has passed on to her child.
The careful equilibrium of both lives is disturbed when Jocelyn enters into an unlikely affair with her female tennis coach and Simon is confronted with a letter that tells him that his daughter, whom he thought he had lost forever, is alive and wants to reconnect with him now she is expecting a child of her own.
In writing that is bold and evocative, SMALL SILENT THINGS examines the ways we restlessly coexist with our own past selves, and the wonder and horror we are capable of in our ferocious love for our children.
Description: Stonebreaker is the much anticipated sequel to Peter (Avatar: The Last Airbender) Wartman's acclaimed first Graphic Novel, Over the Wall. With stunning fantasy vistas, immersive world building, and fluid, action packed art, Stonebreaker cements Wartman’s status as a break-out new talent to watch out for.
See what happens when anger is unleashed in New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket's youngest, most energetic picture book yet.
Swarm of Bees! Swarm of Bees! You are SO angry! What will you do?
Watch out! A mischievous boy has unleashed an angry swarm of bees! The result is a zany gallop through a charming town where readers will encounter evidence of some bad behavior, some frenzied anger and thankfully, a hug and some spaghetti.
It can feel good to be angry. It can feel better to stop.
Description: The planet is overwrought, overcrowded, and overcooked. Now the world looks to one, final summit of the world’s most powerful people to save humanity. Then this guy gets invited…
Professor Magnus Adams has failed at literature, at love, and, it seems, at life. After inexplicably receiving an invitation to a gathering of the world’s most influential one-percenters, he finds himself harassed by anonymous text messages from someone who seems to know his most shameful secrets. Against the backdrop of a Trumpian world sliding into irrevocable catastrophe, Magnus grapples with technocrats and terrorists, cosmic horror and crushing hangovers as he tries to discover the identity of his tormentor. But little does Magnus know that there’s much more at stake than his precarious sanity.
Description: A young WWI soldier's unauthorized visit home has dire consequences in a haunting story reimagined in miniature tableaux.
About one hundred years ago, the whole world went to war. The war was supposed to last months. It lasted years.
It is Christmastime, 1914, and World War I rages. A young French soldier named Pierre had quietly left his regiment to visit his family for two days, and when he returned, he was imprisoned. Now he faces execution for desertion, and as he waits in isolation, he meditates on big questions: the nature of patriotism, the horrors of war, the joys of friendship, the love of family, and how even in times of danger, there is a whole world inside every one of us. And how sometimes that world is the only refuge. Its publication coinciding with the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, this moving and sparely narrated story, based on true events, is reenacted in fascinating miniature scenes that convey the emotional complexity of the tale. Notes from the creators explore the innovative process and their personal connection to the story. *
Description: A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.
In the summer of 1987, 25-year-old Eve Rosen is an aspiring writer languishing in a low-level assistant job, unable to shake the shadow of growing up with her brilliant brother. With her professional ambitions floundering, Eve jumps at the chance to attend an early summer gathering at the Cape Cod home of famed New Yorker writer Henry Grey and his poet wife, Tillie. Dazzled by the guests and her burgeoning crush on the hosts’ artistic son, Eve lands a new job as Henry Grey’s research assistant and an invitation to Henry and Tillie’s exclusive and famed "Book Party"— where attendees dress as literary characters. But by the night of the party, Eve discovers uncomfortable truths about her summer entanglements and understands that the literary world she so desperately wanted to be a part of is not at all what it seems.
A page-turning, coming-of-age story, written with a lyrical sense of place and a profound appreciation for the sustaining power of books, Karen Dukess's The Last Book Party shows what happens when youth and experience collide and what it takes to find your own voice.
Description: From Gill Paul, the author of Another Woman’s Husband and The Secret Wife, comes a powerful new chapter in her Romanov saga… a gripping journey through the decades and across the continents, a novel of eternal love, devastating loss, and courage against all odds.
Summer 1918: Pretty, vivacious Grand Duchess Maria Romanova faces an uncertain future. The nineteen-year-old daughter of the fallen Tsar Nicholas II, she now lives with her family in suffocating isolation, a far cry from their once-glittering royal household. Her days are a combination of endless boredom and paralyzing fear; her only respite is a clandestine friendship with a few of the guards imprisoning the family—never realizing her innocent flirtations could mean the difference between life and death.
1973: When housewife Val Doyle hears her father’s end-of-life confession, “I didn’t want to kill her,” she’s stunned. So, she begins a search for the truth—about his words and her past. The clues she discovers are baffling—a jewel-encrusted box that won’t open and a camera with its film intact. What she finds out pulls Val into one of the world’s greatest mysteries—what really happened to the lost Romanov daughter?
Description: When investigative journalist Jack Logan hears a knock at his door late one night in Washington, DC, he knows it can’t be good news. But he opens the door to the last person he’d expect: US Senator Malcolm Phillips, who swears that he’s about to be killed over his vote on an upcoming bill and pleads with Jack to look after his wife Taylor, who happens to have been Jack’s childhood sweetheart.
Just days later, Phillips is found dead in a hotel room in Micronesia, the apparent victim of an allergy attack. While the nation mourns what looks like an accidental death, Jack and Taylor race to find the one man who may be able to help them. As they run, pursued by men at the highest levels of U.S. government, they start to uncover the truth about the Institute, a school that’s educated many members of the American elite. Led for decades by one man, Damon Crosse, the Network has ties to broadcast news, internet startups, law enforcement, Congress, and more—but who’s really pulling the strings, and what are they after? And why do they think that Taylor can provide the key?
As THE NETWORK takes readers on a thrill ride from the hallowed halls of Washington, DC to the Vermont countryside to a remote Greek island, they will be entertained, riveted, and shocked until the very last page.
Description: Between snowstorms, visiting relatives, and chocolate raisins, everything’s piling up around Tom Gates in his sixth doodle-packed diary.
Tom’s hoping to be made a Star Pupil at school, but that means he needs to put more effort into his homework than his doodles. Easier said than done! Meanwhile, his grandparents (the Fossils) are about to celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and Uncle Kevin wants to plan something special. Then the cold weather turns to snow and school gets canceled, leaving Tom is snowed in at home with quite the crew, including his especially grumpy sister, Delia; his cousins, and his annoying classmate, Marcus Meldrew. Aren’t snow days supposed to be fun?
Description: A story about childhood friendships, anticipation, and the magic moments that arise while you’re waiting for something else to happen.
Every year a young boy stays in the same cabin at the beach with his family. And every year his friend Chicken Smith stays in the next cabin over. But this year, something’s different: Chicken Smith hasn’t shown up yet. The boy’s little sister, MaryAnn, keeps trying to get his attention, but he’s too busy remembering all of his adventures with Chicken Smith — and thinking about everything they’re going to do this summer. Is Chicken ever going to show up? And just what has MaryAnn been yelling about? David Mackintosh’s ode to small summer wonders will make readers of all ages open their eyes to the quick, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments happening all around them. *
From New York Times-bestselling illustrator Kady MacDonald Denton and award-winning author Cary Fagan comes a charming sibling story that has the makings of a contemporary classic.
Benny's little brother is really good at a lot of things — making potions and paper airplanes, building forts, putting on puppet shows, even petting the neighbor's cat (he has a special way of scratching her just behind the ears). But whenever he tries to join in Benny's activities, all Benny ever says is "No." Maybe his little brother can watch him do cool stuff, if he's lucky. What is a little fox to do, except give Benny a taste of his own medicine? Totally familiar yet fresh and original, tenderly told and consistently funny, this story perfectly captures the joys (and annoyances!) of sibling relationships.
Description: For Margaret Roach gardening is more than a hobby, it’s a calling. Her unique approach, which she refers to as “horticultural how-to and woo-hoo,” is a blend of vital information to memorize (like how to plant a bulb) and intuitive steps you must simply feel and surrender to. For more than twenty years, Roach has shared her deep garden knowledge, first at Martha Stewart Living and now on her popular website and podcast. Now, with A Way to Garden, she explores how she and her way of gardening have changed over the years. Following the life cycle of the garden, Roach shares helpful advice on seasonal gardening, ornamental plants, vegetable gardening, design, and organic practices. She also challenges gardeners to think beyond garden borders to consider the ways gardening can enrich the world.
Description: National Geographic Fellow and TED Prize-winner Dr. Sarah Parcak welcomes you to the brave new world of “space archaeology,” a growing field of exploration that has brought humanity to a tipping point of mass discovery in the ancient world
Dr. Sarah Parcak pioneers the young field of satellite archaeology, using futuristic tools to unlock secrets from the past and transform how discoveries are made. As an archaeologist, she has worked on remote sensing projects across twelve countries and four continents, using multispectral and high-resolution satellite imagery analysis to identify thousands of potential archaeological sites. These include previously unknown settlements, roads, fortresses, palaces, tombs, and even potential pyramids. She presently directs major crowdsourcing efforts to map ancient civilizations across Peru and India.
In Archaeology from Space, Sarah describes the field’s evolution, major discoveries, and future potential. From surprise advancements after the declassification of spy photography, to a new map of the mythical Egyptian city of Tanis, she shares her field’s biggest discoveries, revealing why space archaeology is not only exciting but essential to the preservation of the world’s ancient treasures for future generations.
Sarah’s stories take readers back in time and across borders, into the day-to-day lives of ancient humans who displayed grit, ingenuity, and brilliance across the millennia. We share those same traits, and those same underlying genes. If we heed the lessons of the past, we can shape a vibrant future.
Description: From the very first week of Tim Clancy's 25-year career as a high school English teacher, he began to notice and collect funny and strange moments he discovered in his students' writing, such as: "The word 'witch' has become a household word, like 'spatula,'" and "Wherever excitement is, there will always be romance. Trust me." He would occasionally share them with his classes, who enjoyed them as much as he did, and so this book was born. Best in Class collects nearly 200 of the most entertaining of these moments culled from real student writing and complements them with dozens of playful illustrations to create a sympathetically hilarious book for anyone who has muddled their way through the wilderness of a school writing assignment.
Description: Artist Kristin Llamas (her real name) has been drawing adorably odd portraits of llamas for years. Inspired by a name and her affection for these delightfully expressive animals, she creates detailed, personality-rich portraits in her realistic and humorous black-and-white style. The results are charming and funny, raising the question, which llama are you? Some mornings are Claire mornings. Allyn, we know just how you feel.... This smile of a gift book collects 60 of Llamas's most amusing and endearing portraits, pairing them with biographical quips and jewel-tone color washes to capture these llamas' quirky inner lives, and our own.
Historic warriors who changed the world. But does your son know why these soldiers were fighting?
Find out in Great Battles for Boys, the bestselling series that takes young readers to the front lines of the world's most significant clashes. History leaps off the page with short, powerful chapters and plenty of historic imagery, capturing the attention of even reluctant readers.
In this installment of the bestselling series, boys travel to the ancient world to learn about twelve famous military battles that drastically altered world history. They'll also learn about the notable men who led those battles, including Alexander the Great, Julius Casaer, and William "Braveheart" Wallace, among many others.
Beginning in Ancient Greece and Persia, the battles continue into the Middle Ages—including the Crusades—and conclude with the year 1588 when the Spanish Armada's attemped invasion of England, and the dawn of modern naval warfare.
Description: n Professor Kimberly Wehle's essential—and timely—new book she spells out in clear, simple and common sense terms what is in the Constitution—and most importantly—what it means.
She covers everything from the three branches of government (Executive, Legislative and Judicial) through the rights of free speech, the power of the President, the right to bear arms, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Wehle's guide serves as a thoughtful, clear, and detailed refresher on the foundation of our country.
Description: Spanning the time period from 15,000 BCE to 1500 CE, Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 1) focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on early humans, the ancient world, classical antiquity, and the world in transition, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. Each section contains chapters that correspond to the scope and sequence of most world history textbooks. Each inquiry lesson begins with an essential question and connections to content and literacy standards, followed by primary source excerpts or links to those sources. Lessons include step-by-step directions, incorporate a variety of literacy strategies, and require students to make a hypothesis using evidence from the texts they have read.
Description: Spanning the time period from 750 CE to the present day, Inquiry-Based Lessons in World History (Vol. 2) focuses on creating global connections between people and places using primary sources in standards-based lessons. With sections on the world in transition, the era of revolutions, imperialism and global war, and the modern world, this book provides teachers with inquiry-based, ready-to-use lessons that can be adapted to any classroom and that encourage students to take part in the learning process by reading and thinking like historians. Each section contains chapters that correspond to the scope and sequence of most world history textbooks. Each inquiry lesson begins with an essential question and connections to content and literacy standards, followed by primary source excerpts or links to those sources. Lessons include step-by-step directions, incorporate a variety of literacy strategies, and require students to make a hypothesis using evidence from the texts they have read.
Description: Mindfulness can be used in the classroom as a method to increase overall teacher effectiveness, raise student achievement, and reignite the joy of teaching and learning. Mindfulness in the Classroom introduces eight mindful principles that support social and emotional learning for teachers and students in today’s schools, leading to increased empathy, kindness, self-awareness, integrity, self-control, and honesty. The book provides an introduction and theoretical overview of mindfulness, followed by a discussion of the eight mindful principles. Research-based evidence is presented alongside differentiated teaching activities and classroom examples, helping to bridge the gap from theory to practice. Larger implications for schools and society are also discussed, including a call to use these principles to teach the whole child. Mindfulness in the Classroom offers teachers and students a guide for the journey back to the heart of teaching and learning.
Description: Discover, Then Showcase, the True Value of Your Nonfiction Work
~Get your soul into the contemporary publishing game! ~Use a veteran publisher’s tools, checklists, hard-earned advice, and fundamental notions to your advantage. ~Explore in detail what a publisher considers in terms of book, author, and sales and marketing opportunities in advance of giving a book contract. ~Do the exercises to keep yourself on track, probe all you have to offer, and create the best thinking on your content. ~Craft top-notch work and an authentic proposal package…for a publisher, for your readers, and to meet your own goals and expectations. ~Follow a step-by-step strategic cheat sheet for finding and contacting the optimal publishers for your book.
Sharon Woodhouse is owner and publisher of Everything Goes Media, a nonfiction book publishing company with four imprints and a consulting division, Conspire Creative. She is an expert in small press publishing; building a cottage industry around one’s book; customized book marketing to fit an author, a title, an audience, and/or a purpose; and customized content and publishing solutions, particularly to accommodate specific budgets and personal/organizational goals.
Description: Who is the predator, and who is the prey? Illuminating poetry and vivid artwork capture the awe-inspiring ways that creatures use their resources to stay alive.
Who wins, the assassin bug or the spider? The bat or the frog? The ant or the honey bee? The male firefly . . . or the female? The battle for survival between predator and prey is sometimes a fight, sometimes a dance, and often involves spying, lying, or even telling the truth to get ahead. Biologist and debut author Susannah Buhrman-Deever explores these clashes in poems and prose explanations that offer both sides of the story. With beautiful, realistic illustrations that are charged with drama, Bert Kitchen captures the breathtaking moments when predator meets prey. Readers who hunger for more about the art of survival will find an extensive list of references in the back.
Description: A goblin with no body and a monster with no face. A resourceful samurai and a faithful daughter. A spirit of the moon and a dragon king.
This collection of 15 traditional Japanese folktales transports readers to a time of adventure and enchantment. Drawn from the works of folklorists Lafcadio Hearn and Yei Theodora Ozaki, these tales are by turns terrifying, exhilarating, and poetic. Each story is brought to life with a striking illustration by contemporary Japanese artist Kotaro Chiba, and this special gift edition features an embossed, textured case with metallic gold ink, and a satin ribbon page marker. It will delight fans of fairytales and ghost stories, and captivate those interested in Japan's rich history and culture.
Description: Perfect for the anti-aviary (or bird fanatic with a sense of humor), this snarky illustrated handbook is equal parts profane, funny, and—let's face it—true. Featuring 50 common North American birds, such as the White-Breasted Butt Nugget and the Goddamned Canada Goose (or White-Breasted Nuthatch and Canada Goose for the layperson), Kracht identifies all the idiots in your backyard and details exactly why they suck with humorous, yet angry, ink drawings. Each entry is accompanied by facts about a bird's (annoying) call, its (dumb) migratory pattern, its (downright tacky) markings, and more. With migratory maps and tips for birding, plus musings on the avian population and the ethics of birdwatching, this is the essential guide to all things wings. No need to wonder what all that racket is anymore!
Description: Beautiful as Aphrodite, stronger than Hercules, wise as Athena—for more than 75 years, Wonder Woman has inspired and empowered generations of fans with her strength and guidance. This gorgeous collection of quotes from throughout Wonder Woman's iconic history in comics, film, and TV, fully illustrated by a wide range of classic and modern visuals, showcases her wisdom on fighting systems of evil, defying expectations in Man's World, standing up for peace and love, and embodying the true meaning of strength. With a luxe foil cover and a golden lasso page marker ribbon, The Wisdom of Wonder Woman is an uplifting and powerful gift for wonder women everywhere.
Description: Danger! It lurks at every corner. Volcanoes. Sharks. Cyberbullies. Sinkholes. From wresting an alligator to evading drones to landing a plane if the pilot passes out, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook is here to help with expert, illustrated, step-by-step instructions for life's sudden turns for the worst. Needed now more than ever, this revised and expanded edition—published on the international bestseller's 20th anniversary—delivers frightening and funny real advice readers need to know fast. With crucial information added from across the Worst-Case series and 20 all-new scenarios for twenty-first century threats (extreme weather, "fake news," dropping a cell phone in the toilet), this action-packed hardcover handbook brings emergency instruction for anxious times.
Description: If you're dealing with a health situation, a weight issue or simply want to feel better every day, Tired and Hungry No More - Not Your Ordinary Guide to Reclaiming Your Health and Happiness was written for YOU!
Whether you're mentally, emotionally or physically exhausted, or starving for more satisfaction in your life, Tired and Hungry No More will guide you through effective, easy-to-follow ways to get results.
•A proven method to overcome the 10 most common habits that sabotage your life • Hundreds of lifestyle choices so you can decide what's right for you •50 Healthy Recipes will have you eating well to feel well
You CAN turn your health around and overcome what's getting in the way of making lasting positive changes in your life.
Description: Writing a rubric that can accurately evaluate student work can be tricky. Rather than a single right or wrong answer, rubrics leave room for interpretation and thus subjectivity. How does a teacher who wants to use performance-based assessment in this day and age of SMART goals find a way to reliably assess student work? The solution is to write clear rubrics that allow the evaluator to objectively assess the student work. This book will show classroom teachers not only how to create their own objective rubrics, which can be used to evaluate performance assessments, but also how to empower their own students to create rubrics that are tailored to their work.
Description: A young African-American woman, struggling to overcome the trauma of a racially motivated childhood rape, finds even deadly revenge insufficient. While searching for salvation as a fearless champion of endangered women, she tests her capacity to risk being loved.
Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent a coupon code and the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in ePub or Kindle format.
After a childhood of being tossed from foster homes for claiming she can detect liars by their scent, Fiona Malcolm McDonald does her best to conceal her secret these days. But when she sniffs a wrongdoer and drives him off with jalapeno cheesecake, she loses still another cooking job and is homeless again. She places her last hope on her mentor in Hillvale, a town as weird as she is.
Mayor Monty Kennedy has a secret too. He owns most of Hillvale but hasn't the cash to repair the only empty cabin. Still, even in his desperation, he refuses to repeat his father's sins by throwing people out of their jobs and houses just so he can have his own space.
Before either of them can find a solid roof for their heads, Fiona's mentor dies—and it isn't accidental. Determined to discover who wanted a good woman dead, Fiona camps out in Monty's cabin, setting her on a collision course with the mayor—and a killer. With the secret help of the town's spiritualists, Monty and Fiona must cooperate to solve a puzzle with only a dog, a ghost, and a seemingly useless key as clues to stop a murderous gang who stink of corruption.
If they survive, perhaps a hot chef and a cool mayor might learn to share a roof.
Description: An asteroid is bound toward earth, set to cause an Extinction Level Event. Luckily, Victoria won a space in a Survivors Lottery. Escorted by a sexy and frustrating Army officer, Victoria and other lottery winners are racing to claim their spot in an underground bunker. The longer they are on the road and the more they get to know one another. Tori suspects that the lottery was not so random after all. Will their new world be a Utopia or a Dystopia? That is if they can dodge meteorites and survive a world gone mad.
Description: This giveaway is for an eBook copy, we are only offering mobi files direct to a kindle email address or an Apple Bookstore file which will be issued with a giftcard code
Whatever happened to all those Classical gods and goddesses after those pesky mortals tossed them by the wayside? They didn’t just vanish; you know.
Goddesses of The Light such as Athena and Freya, continue waging a never-ending war against the Anubis-led Darkness as they vie for a portal controlling time and space. Not being one to trifle with such tedium, Apollo sips nectar and chases togas with his friend Bacchus, in the VIP section of Heaven’s hotel bar.
But life turns on a dime when Apollo finds himself trapped on modern-day Earth. A wonderful “New Earth” filled with electric guitars and street tacos and a morally-flexible tour guide named Coyote. But Apollo soon learns he’s lost his powers and immortality and, to make matters worse, he’s being stalked to feed an ancient Sumerian demon who grows stronger each time it consumes a god’s essence.
When the war in Heaven takes an unexpected turn, more gods are exiled to Earth. They must overcome their distrust of one another to get return tickets to Heaven – even if means saving humanity to do so.
Description: Therapist George Samuel creates an experimental form of group therapy for men dealing with grief. The men: a non-stereotypical bouncer, an ex-cop turned farmer, a quirky programmer, a clever history teacher, a carefree college kid, and an antagonistic redneck, are asked to write poems and take pictures on a given topic weekly.
Right before the sessions are about to begin, Dr. Samuel dies. After some persuading, his son, George Jr., takes over. George Jr. is not a therapist but an elementary teacher. The poems and dialogue are revealing, interesting, and more often than not comical. The grief the men are experiencing is not revealed to the last chapter, and even then, there is humor. East of Anywhere is optimistic, entertaining and a reminder of the healing power of art, honesty, and friendship.
Description: What had started out as one small panic attack has morphed into something else entirely for Jake Forest. One more Google search, one more squirt of hand sanitizer will surely keep him safe. In control. Alive. Because dying is not an option. He’s the twin who survived. The strong one, or so he’s been told. Jake becomes obsessed with controlling things in his life in order to keep from causing his mother more of the pain she’d felt when she’d lost Nathan. But trying to remain in control sends Jake into a constant state of high alert. Jake’s world spirals out of control as he begins lying to keep those close to him in the dark about his obsessive thoughts. Told through inner dialogues, conversations with a therapist and plot-twisting texts/emails from a mysterious girl he meets on a plane, Jake must decide which battle is worth fighting. Is his desire to appear strong more important than admitting that he suffers from mental illness? Is he willing to jeopardize his relationship with his girlfriend, Summer Matthews, his father, and his friends to maintain this perception of control?
Description: This is an eBook not a physical book **Recipient is asked to provide a review in exchange for this book. What is the most challenging thing about learning German? It is finding helpful and engaging reading material that you can actually understand…. That is precisely what motivated us to write this book. How is a student supposed to learn when language instructors love providing materials that are tough expert-level literature with tons of grammar and rules? That style of book for new language learners can be overwhelming, and lead you to flip back and forth between a dictionary and your book… constantly! Not an effective use of your time nor the best way to learn. Is this how children learn their language skills? No. Enter German Stories for Beginners Vol. 1: You will find 10 easy-to-read, engaging, and fun stories that will help you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the German language. Improve your comprehension, grow your vocabulary and spark your imagination with these ten unconventional German short stories! All stories are written using vocabulary that you could easily use in your day-to-day conversations. The stories are written with beginner German learners in mind. With that said, it is highly recommended to have a basic understanding of German to achieve maximum enjoyment and effectiveness of the lessons. This program is excellent for those who want to get an introduction to the language or brush up on their German language skills. How to Read German Short Stories for Beginners:
Each story contains an important lesson in the German language involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.
A summary in German and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to gauge your comprehension of what the tale was about.
At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of vocabulary found in the lesson, as well as phrases that you may not have understood the first time!
Finally, you’ll be given clever questions in German, so you can prove that you learned something in the stories.
Even if you have tried multiple times to learn German these short stories will give you the jumpstart you need to finally grasp the language! Act now and grab your copy of German Short Stories and start learning the fun way! This book has been written by a German author and is recommended to A2+ level learners.
Description: Note: Haunted Collection Series Books 7 - 9 is the third volume in the Haunted Collection Series compilation. We'll also be sending Haunted Collection Series Books 1 - 3 and 4 - 6 to the giveaway winners for the best reading experience.
Horror and mayhem are everywhere as the number of mysterious deaths increase with every haunted item released into the world.
But as Victor Daniels and Tom Crane track down the man responsible for this deadly game, they come face to face with secrets that will change the course of their lives forever.
7 - Last Breath With terrors closing in from all sides, Victor, Tom and Ariana will go to great lengths to survive. There’s no escaping the horrors they must face, or the pain they must endure. The stakes have never been higher, and one mistake could end up being their last…
8 - Ticket to Death A faded boat ticket glows with an unholy light, and bodies begin piling up. But before Victor can put a stop to the murderous spirit’s killing spree, Stefan takes their blood feud to the next level. The final clash between good and evil has begun, and only one man can emerge victorious.
9 - Death Rattle In the haunted depths of the Korzh’s ancestral home, Victor and Stefan finally come face to face. And only one man will live to see the dawn.
Description: Hunting Spirit Animals is a surreal murder mystery set inside a Native American tribal school where the young die, too soon. Xenia O’Donnell is a Caucasian art teacher working inside a Pacific Northwest tribal school. Dubbed Crazy White Bird by her students, she has dreamwalked through the school year, barely able to function after the suspicious death of her fiancé. Enter Pink Flamingo, a goth-inspired Pow Wow dancer, complete with black Regalia adorned with glow-in-the-dark skulls. Xenia admires the teen’s creativity, though she knows defiance of tradition results in consequences. And when her Navajo or Dine’ best friend suspects her of murder, Ms. O reluctantly employs the help of Junior Class President Treaty Raven, who is also considered a suspect. Together, these two unlikely sleuths ferret out a murderer in a community where there are too many dead, too soon.
Description: Azza Amari, a headstrong, hijab-wearing international student flees her dangerous life in the Paris ghetto to enroll at staid Northwestern Ohio State College. As the twentysomething refugee navigates her way among the commuter school’s working-class environs in tiny Fremont, Ohio, Azza comes into the orbit of 17-year-old Kip Beckelhymer, a precocious, history-obsessed senior trying to win back the love of Birdie Hudgins, his mercurial high-school sweetheart. Together, Kip and Azza discover an extraordinary kinship. All the while, the conservative hamlet—and especially Birdie—struggles to come to grips with what seems like the whole of the Islamic world having intruded into their workaday lives. Things come to a head when Kip and Azza find themselves on an unusual treasure hunt. Their whimsical search takes on deadly serious overtones as the strange duo inadvertently finds themselves peeling back the corrosive layers of cowardice and hate that linger just below the surface of their society in the Heartland.
Description: This is an eBook not a physical book **Recipient is asked to provide a review in exchange for this book. What is the most challenging thing about learning Italian? It is finding helpful and engaging reading material that you can actually understand…. That is exactly what inspired us to write this book. How is a student supposed to learn when language instructors love providing materials that are tough expert-level literature with tons of grammar and rules? That style of book for new language learners can be overwhelming, and lead you to flip back and forth between a dictionary and your book… constantly! Not an effective use of your time nor the best way to learn. Is this how children learn their language skills? No. Enter Italian Stories for Beginners Vol. 1: You will find 10 easy-to-read, engaging, and fun stories that will help you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the Italian language. Improve your comprehension, grow your vocabulary and spark your imagination with these ten unconventional Italian short stories! All stories are written using vocabulary that you could easily use in your day-to-day conversations. The stories are written with beginner Italian learners in mind. With that said, it is highly recommended to have a basic understanding of Italian to achieve maximum enjoyment and effectiveness of the lessons. This program is excellent for those who want to get an introduction to the language or brush up on their Italian language skills. How to Read Italian Short Stories for Beginners:
Each story contains an important lesson in the Italian language (Verbs, Adjectives, Past Tense, Giving Directions, and more), involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.
A summary in Italian and in English of what you just read, both to review the lesson and for you to gauge your comprehension of what the tale was about.
At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of vocabulary found in the lesson, as well as phrases that you may not have understood the first time!
Finally, you’ll be given clever questions in Italian, so you can prove that you learned something in the stories.
Even if you have tried multiple times to learn Italian these short stories will give you the jumpstart you need to finally grasp the language! Act now and grab your copy of Italian Short Stories and start learning the fun way! This book has been written by an Italian author and is recommended to A2+ level learners.
Description: When justice becomes revenge, a monster is born...
After the unsolved murder of her teenage sister, Violet Kendal spirals down a path of violence and self-destruction. A group of mysterious individuals lead her into a nightmare world, where she encounters a force more primal than man itself. As past secrets unfold, they bring her closer to the truth of how her life is connected to Isabelle’s death. Will Violet bury the monster inside her or use it to exact bloody revenge?
Description: Members of the elite National Time Standard Agency flash back in time in order to solve some of history’s great mysteries. They are charged with solving the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, only to discover that the kidnapping did not happen the way it is typically portrayed. Members of a flashback team are forbidden from interacting with or changing anything in the past during a flashback. However, when they flash back to stop a serial killer from adding to his list of more than 20 young girls killed in New England, they return to the present to find that things are not the same as when they left. Have they indelibly changed the future now? The Agency also takes on the challenge of videotaping the cremation of Adolph Hitler in order to prove that Hitler is actually dead. Not only can they not prove that Hitler was cremated, their efforts suggest that things are not what they appear to be. NTSA scientist Karen O’Neil is surprised when her old crush from the Air Force Academy, Trent Tucker, is newly assigned to the unit. Karen is forced to face the fact that she still has feelings for him. Trent and Karen have to work together to help solve the mysteries that kept them apart in their own past as well as those they are being charged to solve at the NTSA.
Description: Format: Open, non-DRM file. Winners will be sent a coupon code and the URL of a webpage where they can download the eBook in ePub or Kindle format.
Science fiction and fantasy are renowned for immersing their readers in rich, inventive settings. In this follow-up to the collection NEW WORLDS, YEAR ONE, award-winning fantasy author Marie Brennan guides you through new aspects of worldbuilding and how they can generate stories. From beauty to books, from tattoos to taboos, these essays delve into the complexity of different cultures, both real and imaginary, and provide invaluable advice on crafting a world of your very own.
This volume collects essays from the second year of the New Worlds Patreon.
Description: Note: Poisonous Whispers is a standalone book 5 in the Haunted Village Series. We'll also be sending Worthe's Village (Book 1), Hell's Hammer (Book 2), Butcher's Hands (Book 3), and Soul Harvest (Book 4) to the giveaway winners for the best reading experience.
Trapped between a killer and an army of the dead, Subject B must make a final stand…
Marcus Holt is a decorated combat veteran, a survivor of the brutal Vietnam War. But to the brilliant Professor Abel Worthe, Marcus is known as Subject B — a human lab rat, forced to participate in a deadly experiment. Worthe intends to see just how much fear Marcus can survive, by trapping him in a village stocked with supernatural killers.
When a new building appears in the village’s dark, snow-swept streets, Marcus and his team are haunted by the cries of panicked children. After they investigate the decaying cobbler’s shop, they are shocked to find twin boys, cowering in fear. Marcus is determined to rescue these helpless children from the danger that Worthe has unleashed. But the twins are not the only inhabitants in this house of horrors.
Marcus and the others soon find themselves stalked by the venomous spirit of a bitter old woman, whose touch brings a painful death to her victims. But as they flee this hateful ghost, they quickly realize they are surrounded by an army of restless spirits. And even Worthe cannot control this horde of deadly wraiths.
Marcus’s back is against the wall. He swore he would fight to the death to escape Worthe’s fiendish game. But against these new foes, this may be a battle he cannot win.
Description: Some memories are too painful to forget…
American History lecturer Paul Mahan was looking for a little peace and quiet. A place to recover from his personal demons, and pursue his academic career. But when he moves into the newly refurbished Rookwood Apartments, he soon finds himself trapped in a living nightmare.
A series of terrifying events forces Paul to question his sanity. Strange messages scrib-ble themselves across the walls. His beautiful neighbor seems to vanish without a trace. And a deadly accident tears away the veil from Rookwood’s dark past.
As these violent incidents escalate, residents call in a paranormal expert, hoping to end the strange accidents once and for all. But only Paul understands the chilling truth. The pain and torture of Rookwood’s blood-soaked past can no longer be contained…
And a terror beyond anything they have ever experienced is about to be unleashed.
Description: Wrath of the Wendigo is the third book in J.L. Hickey’s bestselling YA adventure the Secret Seekers Society. Hunter and Elly prepare for their second year in their Enlightenment classes which includes a dangerous field trip alongside their parental Seekers deep into the Michigan wilderness to investigate the recent sightings of one of the most vicious cryptids they've ever encountered, a Wendigo. Elly struggles with her new "curse" stemming from her run-in with Solomon's Seal, and Hunter attempts to come to an understanding of his true feelings for Olivia.
Description: Innocent people in the fictitious small town of Clover Valley in Washington State are being randomly slaughtered. The killers are dressed in mysterious costumes and use medieval weapons to wreak their vengeance. Police are baffled by the frequency and number of murders. There are almost as many suspects as victims in this mystery/thriller that has many twists and turns. Eventually, a motive for the slaying emerges. The ending will leave the reader stunned. Somethings are not what they appear to be.
Description: In this tale of modern resistance, a man and a woman are caught up in bitter post-2016 cultural and political conflicts. Both are librarians; she is an activist brought up in an historic and tumultuous Chicago neighborhood and he is a classical music lover and idealist devoted to improving lives. As their stories unfold, he risks his livelihood as he chooses resistance over security and she risks losing him. This is a down-to-earth look at censorship, homophobia, and the definition of freedom in a workplace that’s not your mother’s public library.
Description: Hired by the city’s bankers to track down and apprehend the thief who is plundering their banks, private detective Sheldon Minick develops a friendship with his chief suspect, Nicholas Hale, an elegant young man-about-town who is in every way the sober Methodist detective’s opposite. They agree to a truce and undertake each to show the other the city that he knows and values. Further adventures follow, including a visit to a whorehouse with leap-frogging whores, but when the truce ends, the inevitable finale comes in the dark midnight vaults of a bank.
Description: Sarah and Caleb, heirs to royalty in ancient Israel, are captured and sold into slavery. When their slave ship is struck by a hurricane and the crew is killed, the crippled boat drifts north into icy waters. After saving the lives of those on board, the siblings freeze to death. In 2016, while camping with his friends, Davy Carrington is surprised by a beautiful young woman who enters their camp., She says only, "My name is Sarah and my brother is Caleb" before vanishing into the cliffs of Salt River Canyon. When they show up in school three days later, Davy is smitten by the mysterious beauty. After several futile attempts to meet her, Davy convinces her to accompany him to the Fall Dance where chaos erupts. Sarah confides that she and Caleb come from a society inside the earth and have come to the surface to save their society from destruction. Thought to be aliens, Sarah and Caleb are hunted by the authorities and a special government task force. Davy and his family are drug into the pursuit, and Sarah and Caleb must call on their "people" who live beneath the earth, to rescue them. Hilarity and suspense ensue as alien ships come to rescue the young couple. Part One of a Trilogy.
Description: Hapless NATE HESTER yearns for the safety and affection of a group. He sets off on a hitchhiking trip to escape bad parenting and the Vietnam draft. Nate soon longs to be off the road. A drug dealer befriends him and introduces him to the Hells Angels. The Angels introduce him to the wonders of drug use and free sex, but the effects wane, and Nate leaps from mania to depression. He accidentally shoots and kills a man. Guilt and fear of arrest overtake Nate's thinking. Relief comes only from intoxication. He discovers heroin and plummets, narrowly escaping death, but is rescued from his addiction only to continue dealing drugs. The Irish mob comes after Nate because of stolen drugs. He survives one gun battle but has to fight for his life with the nephew of the Don of the Irish Mafia. The outcome changes his life.
Description: In his senior year at Tucker University, Will King has three problems. Will is recovering from an ill-fated breakup, he has an unforgiving literature professor who serves as his thesis advisor, and he develops a dependency on alcohol that requires an intervention. The Will of the World chronicles Will’s journey. With the help of a well-meaning, mechanically inclined landlord, input from his best friend over coffee and bagels at the various coffeehouses in town, and stolen moments with jazz music, Will learns that success and happiness comes to those who will it.
Description: While flying home, Kadie rushes to finish the latest Kurt McCarthy novel. When she does, her nosy seatmate, Paul, asks if she liked it. She claims it’s average at best and argues that McCarthy has lost his edge. Unbeknownst to her, her seatmate is Kurt McCarthy. Kurt McCarthy is Paul’s penname—a secret Paul doesn’t reveal. Paul’s headed to Chicago for his first public reading—a sold out performance in which Kadie has a ticket. However, minutes before Paul takes the stage, Kadie calls and asks him to meet her for dinner. Paul abandons the reading and his 1500 fans. Over the next three days, they fall in love. Paul never reveals he’s Kurt McCarthy, and he flies home promising Kadie he’ll return in two weeks. Unfortunately, an unexpected development unfolds, preventing him from returning. Can they reunite, or will the prospect of what might have been haunt them forever?
Description: The murder of a football coach affects not only his university but also the White House, which counts as alums the president, First Lady (the coach’s step sister) and other members of the administration. Another alumnus, Daniel Wells—a Silver Star recipient while serving in Iraq and currently head of a veteran’s organization—is also caught up in these events. Who and how many are responsible for the coach’s and several additional and related killings in the Washington area—and is Wells also a target? And just how closely related is the First Lady to these events? Fifteen years earlier Wells planned to marry her, but something happened that precipitated an end to the relationship—the full details Wells never knew. Will Wells finally learn what caused their break-up, and how her troubled past is associated with the recent murders in the Capital City?
Description: Historian Dyrne Samson doesn’t want to read about the past anymore. Now he visits it.
Abandoning University lecturing, he joins a classified research organisation, hidden beneath the streets of New London. Their time-distortion pods let him witness crucial moments throughout history. But when observing the past, Dyrne discovers that he can also change it. Of course, visiting events from his own life is forbidden – the only reason he can’t return to the day he’ll never forget… unless he can manipulate the rules.
Description: During junior year of high school, star student and stellar lacrosse player Alice Burton grew four inches, and, thanks to her mom’s experimental health food products, shed twenty pounds. Alice has mixed feelings about her surprising transformation. On the plus side: Chris Thompson, the hot college guy she has a crush on, talks to her. On the minus side: Her dad's creepy friend, professional athlete Karl Bell, lets his eyes, and his hugs, linger too long. After a disturbing encounter in a dark hallway, Alice realizes the response some men have to her new body isn’t just disgusting, it’s dangerous. Her life is further complicated by her parents’ crumbling finances and the family’s entanglement with Karl. Set in Pittsburgh in 1992, Wasted Pretty is about a girl determined to protect her body, her future, and her heart.
Description: In the space of a few days, Carrie loses her marriage, her career, and her home—all while working in Lagos, Nigeria. She is blindsided by the losses and realizes the story she painstakingly knit together over the past two decades—the story explaining her life and who she is—has unraveled.
With no plan for the future and only her deaf cat, Lucy, for company, Carrie decides to remain in Africa until she figures out what has just happened.
What happens next is an awkward, amusing, and ultimately inspiring journey as Carrie slowly lets go of who she thought she was and starts from scratch at middle-age: making unlikely friends, acquiring dump trucks, tumbling into an improbable love affair, and eventually learning to listen to the elusive and sometimes annoying voice helping her discover who she is, find the neglected artist inside, and piece together her unexpected new life.
Description: “...should be required reading for law enforcement personnel, educators, and parents alike. There's simply nothing like it in print—no other coverage approaches the depth of history, psychology, and criminal justice insights of this story.”—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Considered an expert in the area of psychopathic behavior, Dr. Espy has interviewed more than 30 serial murderers throughout the world including Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy.
But when he was assigned to be the lead evaluator for Montana State Prison inmate Nathaneal Bar Jonah, an already once convicted serial child molester and attempted murderer in Massachusetts, Espy encountered a parasitic personality beyond imagination: a modern-day Cronos, the Greek mythological figure who devoured his children.
Weighing over 375 pounds, Bar Jonah worked as a short order cook at Hardy’s, carried a stun gun, impersonated police officers, told masterful lies, wrote unbreakable codes, cooked and shared with friends strange-tasting chili and spaghetti sauces, and was thought by Montana State detectives to have murdered and cannibalized at least one victim, 10-year-old Zach Ramsay.
Culled from hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with Bar Jonah, dozens of others who either knew or were involved with him, Montana State investigators and prosecutors, and Zach Ramsay’s mother, Espy retells Bar Jonah’s entire life—from the time before he was conceived to after his death—and those who were harmed by him in unparalleled detail and scope.
Description: The Uncomfortable Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid is the story of a childhood controlled by the brutal hand of a narcissistic, closeted homosexual. Believing I could leave my upbringing behind and walk away unscathed, I escaped into marriage in hopes my husband could keep me safe. In the meantime, my father died of AIDS. The pain of his death fractured my biological family, and I clung to my husband, creating a cocoon that became a prison. As our sex life and bank account dwindled to nothing, fear kept me silent, bitter, and confused. Eventually, I was forced to see my husband’s homosexuality and refusal to work, realizations that brought me to the breaking point. I found the courage to be alone, to take care of my children no matter the cost, and the joy of my own sexual freedom. In the process, I fell in love with my own life.
Description: DEMON IN THE WHITELANDS is LET THE RIGHT ONE IN meets INTO THE FOREST, a debut YA novel from Nikki Richard.
Sometimes no matter how hard you try, some things cannot be explained.
Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Although he is destined to become clergy too, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from demons and holy roots.
When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel gets to know the prisoner, he finds her not to be very demonlike. Instead, she is intelligent, meek, and an exceptional artist. Despite her seeming goodness, some more concerning things cannot be explained. Samuel is hard-pressed to reconcile her uncanny strength and speed, missing arm, ambiguous gender, and the mysterious scars covering most of her body.
Samuel forms a deep attachment to the girl with predator eyes and violent outbursts, against his father’s advice. Their friendship could turn into something more. But when Samuel discovers the mayor’s dark intentions, he must decide whether to risk his own execution by setting her free or watch as the girl is used as a pawn in a dangerous game of oppression, fear, and murder.
Description: In this lush interplanetary tale, Novic is an immortal Sayneth priest who flouts the conventions of a matriarchal society by choosing a name for his child. This act initiates chaos that splits the boy in two, unleashing a Jekyll-and-Hyde child upon the universe. Named T-Mo by his mother and Odysseus by his father, the story spans the boy’s lifetime — from his early years with his mother Silhouette on planet Grovea to his travels to Earth where he meets and marries Salem, and together they bear a hybrid named Myra. The story unfolds through the eyes of these three distinctive women: Silhouette, Salem and Myra. As they confront their fears and navigate the treacherous paths to love and accept T-Mo/Odysseus and themselves, the darkness in Odysseus urges them to unbearable choices that threaten their very existence.
Description: A curse, a resurrection, and a centuries old witch hell bent on revenge.
Quintus is a dutiful son and soldier, sent to Britannia to improve his marriage prospects and ensure the Druids never rise again. Roman soldiers destroyed the last Druid stronghold in a battle of blood and fire. So, he never expects to be sacrificed to their sacred bog, trapped forever by the gods below.
Two thousand years later, Asenath Hayes discovers the most well-preserved body in history. And the last thing she needs is for him to wake up.
As the young archaeologist delves into Druidic rituals to grasp why Quintus was offered to a Welsh bog and then resurrected, she is forced to complete her research with the "missing" body, dodge her ex-lover and mentor with his own agenda, and keep her gorgeous new houseguest under wraps.
But, smitten with her as he seems, Quintus says he wants to go home.
Asenath is drawn to Quintus by the secrets they share, even if it scares her. As Asenath is pulled deeper into the mysteries of the bog, she must risk everything to keep him from hell's cold grasp as she uncovers forbidden rites, awakened deities, and an attraction that transcends the ages.
Description: “Anyone who believes that faeries are wee, golden-haired creatures with dragon-fly wings and sweet intentions has never met a real faerie.” –Suzanne Willis, “A Silver Thread Between Worlds”
Retellings of familiar favourites from new perspectives, and brand new stories share the pages of this fairy-themed collection. Within these offerings you’ll find fairy music and food, contracts (making and breaking them), changelings, circles and curses–these stories deliver all the things you already love about fairies and a few new tricks as well.
A dusting of dragons, shapeshifters and ogres accompany these tales which include feminist fairies overcoming trauma, Norse fairies breaking the rules to interfere in human affairs, intergalactic fairies hitching a ride to a new home, political satire featuring an idiot king and talking animals, a new Robin Archer story, fairy run nightclubs and so, so much more.
Altogether this anthology includes twenty-six brand new tales–one for each letter of the alphabet–from contributors Pete Aldin, Steve Bornstein, Andrew Bourelle, Stephanie A. Cain, Beth Cato, Sara Cleto, Cory Cone, Danielle Davis, Megan Engelhardt, Michael Fosburg, Joseph Halden, Lynn Hardaker, L.S. Johnson, Michael M. Jones, Jeanne Kramer-Smyth, Samantha Kymmell-Harvey, C.S. MacCath, Jonathan C. Parrish, Alexandra Seidel, Michael B. Tager, Rachel M. Thompson, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Brittany Warman, Lilah Wild, Suzanne J. Willis and BD Wilson.
Sandra Kelly has a take-no-prisoners policy when reporting the local news—and for getting what she deserves. For instance, first place in the Townsperson of Year contest, and a promotion at the station. Except, one man stands in her way.
Cooper Hall needs to win the upcoming Townsperson contest for reasons of his own—and a certain sexy journalist won’t stop him. No prank is too complicated, no scheme too elaborate, and her red lace panties will not distract him. Much.
They signed a peace treaty years ago and swore they’d never speak of the pranks again. But when they both set their eyes on the same prize, their prank war rekindles. This time, they aren’t stopping at tighty-whities on flag poles and stuffed tarantulas, either. Love has no place in war, and these two enemies play to win.
A captivating new novel about one family’s darkest secrets and the lengths to which a man will go to set things right.
“Suspenseful, touching, and beautifully written.”
-Margaret George, New York Times best-selling author of Elizabeth I and Helen of Troy
“A gorgeous, emotional book. An important, and timely, American story.”
-Karin Tanabe, author of The Diplomat’s Daughter
Sometimes the line that separates coward from hero is not easy to spot.
When that line is crossed, to what lengths will a remorseful man go to set things right?
That’s a question that had never crossed Daniel Tokunaga’s mind until the U.S. government started calling, wanting to know more about his father’s service with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Something happened while his father was fighting the Germans in France, and no one is sure exactly what.
At least, no one who’s still alive and willing to give details.
Wanting answers, Daniel upends his life to find out what occurred on a small, obscure hilltop half a world away, in a quest for the truth that threatens his marriage, his sanity, and the love of everyone he holds dear. In unraveling his family’s catastrophic past, the only thing for certain is that nothing—his life, career, and family—can ever be the same again.
Description: Cass is a 22nd century university student who – like most young adults – has always believed her parents were a bit stuck in the past. But on her eighteenth birthday she learns exactly how true this is: not only are her parents time travelers, living in an era different than either was born in, but now, to ensure that history plays out as it's supposed to, she must travel to the year 1914 to live out her adult life.
Cass isn't the type, though, to just sit back and watch while all the tragic events she's learned about in her history courses play out in front of her. Not when she's the only one in the world with the foreknowledge – and determination – to change it.
Publisher's Note: Because The Cassandra Complex is the third book in the Place in Time novella series, winners will be offered the chance to download the first two books in the series as well: The Continuum and The Grandmother Paradox. Each book is a novella, between 100 and 200 pages each.
About the Author: Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and is forthcoming from Analog and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. For more info, visit wendynikel.com
Description: Pacific Northwest residents have seen what happens when a loosely organized group of anti-government militias and activists unifies around a common cause. The 41-day standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the winter of 2016 provided a sobering real-life example.
But what if one of those anti-government militias fell under the charismatic sway of a highly competent veteran of military special forces? VENGEANCE BURNS HOT features Ed Kline, a heli-tack firefighting pilot stationed at a fictional base at Snoqualmie Pass fifty miles east of Seattle. In the midst of a ferocious fire season and a budding romance, Ed receives a cryptic text pleading for help. He wonders if it originated from his adult son, who disappeared a year ago.
Then a group calling itself the PUMAs—Patriots United Militia of America—assassinates two state legislative senators and perpetrates a lethal armored truck robbery on the same day. Was Ed’s son one of the killers, trying to escape them, or both? To find the answer, he risks his career, his new relationship, and his life.
VENGEANCE BURNS HOT appeals to readers of stand-alone suspense novels such as those by Joy Fielding and Dennis Lehane. Moreover, readers in the Pacific Northwest, and those who are experienced with living in wildfire-prone regions will gravitate to this exhilarating debut novel.
Rick E. George writes suspense with substance. VENGEANCE BURNS HOT is his debut novel Another novel, Cooper's Loot, is forthcoming by The Wild Rose Press. He has been a sports writer, a wildland firefighter, and an educator. He lives with his wife April in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state.
Description: When a drag queen named Peaches meets Buster, a Mississippi ghost with partial amnesia, questions of past, present, and future surface.
Buster attempts to reckon with who he was and is in the presence of Peaches, whose gender-fluid identity perplexes him. Although he doesn't want to associate with Peaches, Buster realizes that he must push aside his biases to avoid eternal loneliness.
Who Killed Buster Sparkle? threads together dialogue on race, gender, orientation, and economics, showing oppression exists in many forms. Bateman masters the comic and gothic through two characters who need each other more than they understand.
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Description: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ACCOUNTING FOR STUDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS & FINANCE PROFESSIONALS!
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Description: THE ULTIMATE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO STARTING A BUSINESS IN 2019!
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Description: Readers and fans of the Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir will enjoy this science fiction/fantasy series by J.W. Garrett
A young man struggling to forge his own path… A priestess forced to conceive an heir… A forbidden love…
Captured in a sweep of beings from Earth to aid planet Remeon’s dying society, Jack is plagued by deep ceded deception and mind control from those on the planet who seek to dictate the end of life choices of their citizens.
Sides are chosen as ancient magical powers thought to be long dead align to intervene in the fate of the two young lovers forcing a chain of events in motion that cannot be undone.
Truths will be destroyed. Myths will find life. Whose ultimate power will reign?
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Description: This new novel from award-winning author Robert Davies crosses genres, blending elements of science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural into an unforgettable read that will be enjoyed by fans of The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston or The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack.
When Evan Morgan’s brother Damon dies suddenly, Evan is stunned to learn his inheritance, including property, has made him instantly wealthy. Traveling to North Wales seems to be a formality: pick up the valuables, sell the house quickly, and leave.
But everything changes when he arrives in Denbighshire and meets his neighbor, the alluring and mysterious Aline Lloyd. Evan feels an instant, powerful connection to not only her, but his new home in an ancient place.
As the details of Damon’s death become more bizarre, Evan is drawn deeper into the growing mystery surrounding Aline. Consumed by his feelings for her, Evan is determined to learn her secret.
Some things are better left unlearned.
Something is coming to their quiet valley. And it’s looking for Aline.
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Description: Emma Madison loves junkin’ for old baubles to turn into dazzling new creations, and launching her new career as a jewelry designer in the small town of Roseland, Georgia, is a dream come true. After making out like a bandit at a garage sale one morning, Emma goes to the Silver Squirrel antiques shop to share her fabulous finds with a fellow jewelry lover. She’s shocked to learn that a salesclerk friend, Tina, has just been found murdered.
When the police can’t get any firm leads, Emma decides to use her newspaper reporting experience to assist them. According to the local gossip mill, not everyone in town liked Tina, including her two siblings. Soon, the list of suspects is longer than a strand of opera pearls.
Someone is trying to stop Emma from helping, even going so far as to threaten her new business. While eager to get back to making jewelry, Emma is determined to find the person responsible for Tina’s death, even if that means coming face-to-face with the killer.
Description: This Clue Award winner pits troubled Los Angeles Detective Gabriel McRay against a killer on trial. A legal twist frees the killer, who then uses his theatrical skills to take revenge on Gabriel by bringing out Gabriel's inner demons. This is the third in a series, but the book is fine as a stand-alone thriller. The Mask of Midnight is available in Kindle (mobi) or epub format. A PDF is available, but not as pretty!
Description: Out of the fires of Caribbean revolution, shipwrecked onto the shores and jungles of Ecuador, a slave, a captive, and a shaman fight Inquisition-era Spain for freedom. In times like these, when power spends blood like pennies, what chance do these disparate underdogs have to create an independent nation?
Chance, no. Intelligence, daring, tactics, and magic, yes.
A sweeping slipstream historical epic from Matthew Hughes due out Summer 2019.
Description: PILOTVIEW WAS A QUIET, PEACEFUL TOWN where nothing much happened...until now.
Shelly Gale dreaded the phone call she had to make. Her student, Tucker, was falling behind in school, and his parents needed to know about it.
The phone rang.
Finally, she heard someone pick up but could barely hear him speaking.'Hello? Tucker? Is that you? Why are you whispering?'
'Oh, Miss Gale'he said, his voice interrupted with huge sobs and hiccupping'please come and help me. There's...'
Shelly heard the click of his phone hanging up. 'Tucker? Tucker!'
As a series of shocking events unfold, Shelly finds herself entangled in the search for answers. Why is someone targeting Tucker's family? What could a twelve-year-old have done to bring such terror to his home? What evil is plaguing the Irvins and turning Pilotview upside down? A Vengeful Spirit is a fast-paced and thrilling suspense novel that will keep readers busy turning pages as they follow Shelly in her perilous quest to uncover the truth.
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Description: Forest Gump meets Woody Allen in this endearing story about a sea turtle seeking to be reunited with the love of his life.
When Akela is separated from his migrant soulmate, Kalea, he will do anything to be reunited with her. Journey with this charming and neurotic sea turtle as he crosses paths with celebrities, politicians, and other moments in history with unbreakable determination to be reunited with his love.
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Description: Beverlee Beaz, the brown Burmese, longs for adventure and has the powerful imagination to make it happen. On a lovely, but otherwise ordinary day, she seeks excitement among the forests and fields surrounding her home. The ordinary suddenly becomes extraordinary in the eyes of this wildly creative little brown cat.
Follow Beverlee on her adventure through the forest, over the hills... and into the world of her imagination!
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Description: A new collection of short stories from Gwyneth Jones, the author of Bold As Love (Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2002), Life (Philip K. Dick Award, 2005), White Queen (Tiptree Award, 1991), Seven Tales and a Fable (World Fantasy Award 1996), “The Grass Princess” (World Fantasy Award, 1996), “La Cenerentola” (BSFA Award, 1998) and many other acclaimed works.
Big Cat gathers together the author’s finest work from the past decade and features a brand new story, “Stella and the Adventurous Roots”. It includes tales that revisit the world of Bold as Love and also the Aleutian Universe (White Queen etc), as well as venturing into brand new possible tomorrows.
Contents: Big Cat Stella And The Adventurous Roots The Flame Is Roses A Planet Called Desire The Old Schoolhouse The Kianna The Vicar Of Mars Bricks, Sticks, Straw Emergence The Seventh Gamer Cheats About the Author
Melanie is a broken-hearted chef who has a passion for fine food, but without any other job prospects, she's stuck at the Jivin’ Diner, where grease is the main ingredient on the menu. She’s desperate to get a new job so she can start cooking the food of her dreams, and when her best friend calls her about an opportunity as a live-in chef, Melanie jumps at the chance. Not once did she consider that her boss would be hotter than her oven.
Growing up in foster care, Erik had a rough start. He escaped to Arizona to save himself and his foster brother from their abusive foster father. Now the owner of a successful app development company, Erik has more money than he knows what to do with. He has a huge home, fast cars, and even faster relationships. His life seemed perfect, but something was missing. That is…until he hires Melanie. This little chef makes Erik’s blood sizzle more than the oil in her frying pan.
The fire between them burns hot, and though they try to resist the delicious temptation, the attraction proves to be too much. Emotions flare up, but the past hangs around like the smell of burnt popcorn, and neither can fully trust the other. Will Melanie and Erik overcome their past fears and embrace what is bubbling up between them? Or will their romance flop like a ruined soufflé?
Description: Resistance. Revolution. Standing up and demanding to have your space, your say, your right to be. From small acts of defiance to protests that shut down cities, Do Not Go Quietly is an anthology of science fiction and fantasy short stories about those who resist. Within this anthology, we will chronicle the fight for what is just and right, and what that means: from leading revolutions to the simple act of saying “No.”
Resistance can be a small act of everyday defiance. And other times, resistance means massive movements that topple governments and become iconic historical moments. Either way, there is power in these acts, and the contributors in Do Not Go Quietly will harness that power to shake our readers to the core. We are subordinates to a power base that is actively working to solidify its grip on the world. Now is time to stand up and raise your voice and tell the world that enough is enough!
Includes stories by Fran Wilde, John Hornor Jacobs, Sarah Pinsker, Brooke Bolander, E. Catherine Tobler, Maurice Broaddus, Rich Larson, and many more.
Inspired by the true story of a WWII marine and the love of his life, Christopher M. Struck has crafted a tragic tale of love, devotion, sacrifice…and betrayal.
Daniel Kennig only has one ambition: to be the greatest singer to have ever lived. While headlining at a mid-tier nightclub in Manhattan he meets Cynthia Gold. Smitten with the flaxen-haired heiress, the young couple begin a rendezvous at the possible expense of his career.
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Description: Kilpatrick's debut novel, "Off the Record," introduces us to Shae Rose, a feisty and loveable court reporter who lifts the veiled curtain, offering a unique and entertaining peek into the secretive world of deposition court reporting.
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All of that changes when Shae finds herself embroiled in a case involving a wealthy prominent local family. At first the case appears straightforward, but the court reporter soon discovers dark secrets lay just beneath the sheen of the family's polished exterior.
Her troubles begin after taking possession of an unusual deposition exhibit. Intrusions and personal attacks ensue, confirming a horrible truth: Shae has become the unwitting central player in events that have been forty years in the making. It doesn't take long for Shae to realize that someone is willing to do anything to keep the truth from being revealed.
With her career and her very life on the line, she accepts the aid of the handsome Sergeant Jackson Landers. As his investigation heats up, so does Shae's attraction to Jax, as he's known by his friends. But can she reveal her suspicions to him?
Will Shae be able to protect herself and those she loves, help solve a mystery, while maintaining her mandated professional confidentiality?
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Description: Painting the Moon: When Noelle Cooke inherits a quaint English cottage and an art gallery from her famous Aunt Joy, she welcomes a departure from her San Diego routine. When her childhood sweetheart, Adam Spencer, begins work on a restoration project in Noelle’s village, their friendship blossoms. But as her feelings for Adam deepen, she struggles with memories of what might have been. Faced with a life-altering revelation Aunt Joy took to her grave and a wrenching choice regarding the man she loves, Noelle could lose far more than her heart.
Finding the Rainbow: Holly Newbury’s life is on hold in the cozy English village of Chilton Crosse. While her friends are marrying, having children, and embarking on successful careers, Holly is raising her three younger sisters and working part time at the village art gallery. Then a film crew’s arrival galvanizes the community, and Holly becomes fast friends with Fletcher Hays, the movie’s love-shy American writer. After years of sacrificing for others, Holly must find the courage to take a risk on a future she never dared to expect.
Seeking the Star: One December night, in the sleepy Cotswold village of Chilton Crosse, a drifter named Ben collapses on George and Mary Cartwright’s snow-covered doorstep. As Christmas cheer spreads throughout the village with a Dickens-themed festival, Mary nurses Ben back to health, but she becomes curious about the secrets he seems to carry. On Christmas Eve, one of Ben’s secrets accidentally comes to light, forcing him to confront the darkness of his past and to rediscover the faith he once knew.
Description: A regular contributor to both Asimov’s and Analog, and with stories in many other prestigious magazines and venues, Ian Creasey is one of genre fiction’s most accomplished short story writers. This collection features some of his finest work to date.
From the chilling implications of cloning to the potential of alternative realities, from alien life encountered in unexpected ways to the pitfalls of relying too heavily on technology, these stories explore what may lie ahead for all of us.
“You have to admire his effortless mastery. A series of flawless miniatures.” – Tony Ballantyne
Contents: Introduction After the Atrocity The Equalisers No Strangers Any More The Language of Flowers An Exercise in Motivation My Time on Earth “I Was Nearly Your Mother” Shooting Grouse Memories of the Knacker’s Yard The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains The Shapes of Wrath And Then They Were Gone Pincushion Pete Erosion About the Author
Description: ePUB version. This collection contains 40 short stories and one poem about animals, written by and for kids under the age of 13. Inside, you will find animal encounters of all sorts, from the day-to-day pleasures of a beloved pet to the imaginary space of a wild animal’s experience. You will read stories of joy, freedom, courage, danger, loss, sorrow, adventure, and love, and meet a few of the most memorable animals that have appeared in the pages of Stone Soup.
Description: ePUB version. The 46 stories and one poem in these pages are written by children aged 13 and under, originally published in Stone Soup magazine. They discuss all kinds of family—natural, adopted and blended—in all sorts of moods—sad, playful, resigned and joyful. You’ll meet siblings, cousins, parents and step-parents, newborns, grandparents, and everything in between. Prepare to be moved, challenged and entertained by our young writers’ insights into every aspect of family life.
Description: ePUB version. In this collection our young authors (all aged 13 and under) take us to fantastical lands ruled over by dragons, wizards, and princesses, and reveal strange happenings in mythical castles, secret gardens, and magical forests. We meet powerful unicorns, wicked barons, handsome princes, mysterious strangers, fearsome creatures, and armored knights (male and female). From ghost stories to fairy stories, come with us to be bewitched, bedazzled, and entertained: Once upon a time . . .
Description: ePUB version. Stone Soup publishes writing by children aded 13 and under. This volume of stories about Festivals and Holidays is part of a series of books in which we bring together some of our young writers’ finest work on particular themes. The 53 stories and 3 poems in these pages address all manner of celebrations in different cultures, times, and places all over the world. Join us for a year of secular and religious holidays, tackled with the imagination and energy of our young authors.
Description: ePUB version. These 42 tales and one poem written by children aged 13 and under, originally published in Stone Soup magazine, explore the many facets of friends and friendship. You will meet best friends and (fr)enemies, confident kids and worried nerds, new friends, old friends and long-lost friends. From the challenges of making friends in a strange place to the joys of relaxing and having fun with familiar faces, these stories reveal the importance of friendship in our lives.
Description: ePUB version. The 35 stories and one poem in these pages, all written by young authors aged 13 and under (originally published in Stone Soup magazine), will take you back in time and help you travel to distant lands. With this selection of fictional retellings of historical events— from building the pyramids, to the American Revolution, to the Wright brothers’ first flight, and beyond—join our young writers to learn about the past, and to bring yourself closer to those times and events through the power of strong characters and great storytelling.
Description: ePUB version. Stone Soup publishes poetry by children aged 13 and under, and in this collection of 120 poems brings readers some of the best. You will find a selection of 120 poems for every taste and mood, organized by theme and touching on every aspect of human experience. Within the broad categories of Seasons, Friends and Family, Animals, Night, Nature, and Reflections you will find our young poets making creative use of language and form to explore feelings, meaning, and the richness of life.
Description: ePUB version. Stone Soup published writing by young authors, aged 13 and younger. In this volume you will read about sports as diverse as canoeing, football, tennis, surfing, and running, with some baseball, rock climbing, basketball, skiing, and skateboarding in between. From the excitement of learning a new skill or winning a race, to the frustration of injuries–or just being a beginner– these 46 stories and one poem bring alive all the thrills and spills of sportsmanship.
Description: Author and meditation tutor Shelley Wilson takes you on a magical journey to a calm and happy place that you and your child will love.
Children of all ages can learn and enjoy the benefits of meditation, and this book is recommended for ages 5 up.
Designed to help access creative abilities through relaxation and imagination, these stories help develop the necessary tools needed at a young age for lifelong healthy habits of managing stress and anxiety while also improving learning skills.
Meditation for Children is a simple way to introduce children to mindfulness through guided visualization. Includes a handy reference guide and instructions.
Includes a handy guide for parents/guardians.
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Description: She's an empath who can read anyone's feelings, except his. He can sense her every emotion and possibly read her mind. It's like he stole her ability and is using it against her...
Megan Van Olsen didn't want to move to California. She prefers New York, with its melting pot of emotions that swathes her like a blanket, and all she can think about it going back. That is until the crystal embedded in her chest starts going haywire.
Bry Miller has a crystal, too, and a few secrets of his own. Secrets so strange he can't risk falling in love. Not when a simple dream could trigger his transformation into a scaly green monster.
Then he spots Megan and his crystal goes crazy. She's golden-haired, beautiful...and to the crystal tugging him in her direction, totally irresistible. If only he could turn off the plethora of mix messages he's picking up from her. Emotions that make him feel wanted one second and rejected the next.
The Golden Thread is a tie-in novella from The Chameleon Effect series, starring shape-shifter teens with extraordinary superpowers. If you're hooked on YA fantasy with a paranormal twist, The Golden Thread promises a fun ride with a few out-of-this-world surprises.
Description: There’s nowhere to hide in the Great Sea Reef in this heart-stopping thriller of a yarn
In this follow-up to 2018’s Arrow’s Flight, a tale of an 18th-century sunken ship and a fortune in gold sends Arrow and her crew on a venture that seems harmless enough. That is, until it attracts the attention of the flamboyant owner of the Golden Dragon, a 240-foot sailing machine crewed by cashiered ex-marine Lord Barclay Summers and his band of mercenaries. When Arrow and her crew are viciously attacked, they seek shelter in the treacherous Great Sea Reef where they become ensnared in a life-and-death sailing match against the murderous crew of the Golden Dragon.
Continuing the same heart-pounding excitement of Arrow’s Flight, Joel Scott weaves together terrific storytelling, breathtaking action, and an in-depth knowledge of sailing. Arrow’s Fall will be a battle of instinct versus science, old versus new, wood and cloth against steel and technology, with destruction and death waiting on a missed tack.
Description: It is not often that the unsung heroes or heroines of literature take centre stage, yet in his latest novel Anthony Ferner takes us to the tricky world of translating and relationships.
This translator finds it challenging enough to justice to the original text while dreaming of literary fame but it only slowly dawns how easy it is to misread events in his own life.
This is especially true of the women he meets on his travels as a jobbing translator: to London and Lima, Paris and Madrid, Leiden and back in London. Take the ambitious Julia Pinto Hughes, is she really set on wrecking his career, Dutch interpreter Sonja or enigmatic Ana Ortega, is she attracted to him? They are often unsuitable or unavailable, whereas his nerve tends to fail him at critical moments.
Will this bumbling translator succeed in disentangling the knotty syntax of his own life and relationships?
Description: Racing to find a killer before he strikes again, an unlikely investigator is haunted by an even more unlikely source in this gripping crime novel
“Clark writes well and has created some amusingly zany characters.” — Publishers Weekly on Clean Sweep
It’s the summer of 1985 and mechanic Steve Mahoney is dreaming big about owning his own shop. He’s getting there as slowly as possible, working one night shift at a time for a local towing company. One night, called to retrieve a car from the murky Red River, Mahoney finds the replacement body to his prized but damaged ’67 Camaro. There’s also a body inside the car, handcuffed to the steering wheel. Mahoney’s able to snap the Camaro up cheap at a salvage auction, but once he’s restored the car to its former glory, he discovers that its last driver is standard spectral equipment on his new ride, and she’s not leaving until she finds out who sent her to a watery grave.
Mahoney’s Camaro is a gritty, fast-paced crime novel that will appeal to fans of Ron Corbett and Stuart MacBride. Combining expertise in the automotive world and a passion for storytelling, Michael J. Clark delivers an action-packed joyride that will grip you until the last page.
Description: The true story of Folke Bernadotte’s heroic rescue of 30,000 prisoners during WWII
In one of the most amazing rescues of WWII, the Swedish head of the Red Cross rescued more than 30,000 people from concentration camps in the last three months of the war. Folke Bernadotte did so by negotiating with the enemy — shaking hands with Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo. Time was of the essence, as Hitler had ordered the destruction of all camps and everyone in them.
A Forgotten Hero chronicles Folke’s life and extraordinary journey, from his family history and early years to saving thousands of lives during WWII and his untimely assassination in 1948. A straightforward and compelling narrative, A Forgotten Hero sheds light on this important and heroic historical figure.
Description: See the world through a photographer’s eyes
Final Fire is a companion piece to Mitchell’s much-praised 2004 memoir, The Molly Fire, a finalist for both the Writers’ Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year.
Nearly a half century ago, Mitchell abandoned a safe and secure academic career to become a “cowboy” with a camera and a keyboard. While he has always kept one foot planted firmly in the arts, as a working photographer his search for adventure took him through the Americas, into the High Arctic, across Europe, on to the Middle East, India, and the Far East. He photographed famous athletes, musicians, actors, politicians, revolutionaries, and more than a few criminals. The sum of these scary, strange, heartrending, and funny episodes is one man’s prescription for how to live in a bizarre and, best of all, never boring world.
It is also a book about loss. Mitchell reflects on the invention of photography and its transformative effect on world culture and pays tribute to fellow photographers who led remarkable and frequently obsessive lives.
Description: An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his father
After a 25-year break from boating, Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.
In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.
Description: When Ferron Morgan's father dies in suspicious circumstances, his trauma is exacerbated by the conflict within his family and among his father's friends over whether the death was the result of medical negligence or if it was a political assassination. Ferron grew up in awe of his father's radical political endeavors, but in later years he watched as the resurgence of the political right in the Caribbean in the 1980s robbed the man of his faith.
Ferron's response to the death is further complicated by guilt, particularly over his failure to protect his fiancée from a brutal assault. He begins to investigate the direction of his life with great intensity, in particular his instinct to keep moving on and running from trouble.
This is a sharply focused portrayal of Jamaica at a tipping point in its recent past, in which the private grief and trauma condenses a whole society's scarcely understood sense of temporariness and dislocation.
Description: It seems like people are always talking about the end of the world, doesn't it? Y2K, the Mayan Apocalypse, Blood Moon Prophecies, nuclear war, killer robots, you name it. In Apocalypse Any Day Now, journalist Tea Krulos travels the country to try to puzzle out America's obsession with the end of days. Along the way he meets doomsday preppers—people who stockpile supplies and learn survival skills—as well as religious prognosticators and climate scientists. He camps out with the Zombie Squad (who use a zombie apocalypse as a survival metaphor); tours the Survival Condos, a luxurious bunker built in an old Atlas missile silo; and attends Wasteland Weekend, where people party like the world has already ended. Frightening and funny, the ideas Krulos explores range from ridiculously outlandish to alarmingly near and present dangers.