As a Chicano boy living in the unglamorous town of Hollywood, New Mexico, and a member of the graduating class of 1969, Sammy Santos faces the challenges of "gringo" racism, unpopular dress codes, the Vietnam War, barrio violence, and poverty.
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Harper Collins
With the candid quirkiness of Awkward Family Photos and the confessional intimacy of PostSecret, Ransom Riggs's Talking Pictures is a haunting collection of antique found photographs—with evocative inscriptions that bring these lost personal moments to life—from the author of the New York Times bestselling illustrated novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Each image in Talking Pictures reveals a singular, frozen moment in a person’s life, be it joyful, quiet, or steeped in sorrow. Yet the book’s unique depth comes from the writing accompanying each photo: as with the caption revealing how one seemingly random snapshot of a dancing couple captured the first dance of their 40-year marriage, each successive inscription shines like a flashbulb illuminating a photograph’s particular context and lighting up our connection to the past.
“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don’t know.” This reader’s companion to the casework of Sherlock Holmes explores the methodology of the world’s most famous consulting detective. From analyzing fingerprints and decoding ciphers to creating disguises and faking one’s own death, readers will learn how Holmes solved his most celebrated cases—plus an arsenal of modern techniques available to today’s armchair sleuths. Along the way, readers will discover a host of trivia about the master detective and his universe: Why did Holmes never marry? How was the real Scotland Yard organized? Was cocaine really legal back then? And why were the British so terrified of Australia? Full of fascinating how-to skills and evocative illustrations, The Sherlock Holmes Handbook will appeal to Baker Street Irregulars of all ages. From the Hardcover edition.
After fleeing an army of terrible monsters, Jacob Portman and his peculiar friends find themselves lost at sea, but the only person who might be able to get them ashore safely, their illustrious headmistress Miss Peregrine, is stuck in the form of a bird! Hoping to find a way to get Miss Peregrine back to normal--or as normal as a peculiar can get--the children journey to London. But no matter where they go, trouble lurks after them... Cassandra Jean's evocative visuals once again work seamlessly with Hollow City's vintage photographs and Ransom Rigg's twisting fantasy narrative to make for a wholly immersive reading experience for fans of the original novels, fans graphic novels, and fans of reading great stories alike!
Anoche En Las Trincheras
Author: Alberto Villarreal
Publisher: Planeta Publishing
Soñar era lo que mejor sabíamos hacer, quién diría que nuestros sueños terminarían por consumirnos. En esos días desconocía lo mucho que me costaría dejar de vivir con miedo. Quisiera regresar a temerles a las ratas y a los monstruos bajo la cama. Necesito salir de esta trinchera. Anoche en las trincheras es una explosión de las emociones que se experimentan al crecer: el miedo a no ser suficiente, a amar, a no querer salir de nuestra zona de confort, a arriesgar todo por nuestros sueños. Encontrarse a uno mismo requiere valentía, pero también dejarse llevar por los latidos del corazón. Cuatro relatos sobre la valentía que necesitamos para saber quiénes somos
The Wonderful O
Author: James Thurber
A evil sea captain banishes the letter O from the island Ooroo.
The Bestselling Author of The Blessing Stone and Daughter of the Sun She came to them from the sea, and to the sea they returned her. . . . A story of sacrifice and survival in the New World. Tonina lives an idyllic life on a small island in the Caribbean hundreds of years before Europeans discovered it. But she has always been an outsider among her people. Unlike them, Tonina is tall and lean and light skinned, and her origins remain a mystery. Her adoptive parents had found her floating in a basket in the sea—a sacrifice? A shipwreck? No one knows. When Tonina turns nineteen, her parents know she must return to the sea so that the gods don't become angry with the village for keeping something that is not theirs. Under the guise of finding a medicinal plant, they send Tonina to the mainland, a terrifying place she can't even imagine. They know, however, that they will never see her again. And here is where her adventure begins. It is a tale of survival and sacrifice, of luck, magic, intrigue, and danger, romance and betrayal, an epic filled with ancient lore, tales of bearded white men who sailed to this shore in giant ships, and discoveries of medicinal miracles in faraway places. But most of all, it's the story of one woman's quest to discover where—and to whom—she really belongs. This sweeping story of the undiscovered world before the time of Columbus is Barbara Wood at her very best.
The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers.
Illustrations By: Tara Larsen Chang Inside you is the power to do anything Meet Beth, who's just discovered something incredible... she is a fairy, a marigold fairy, to be exact. But Beth must learn to be a fairy during an emergency! The Feather of Hope has been lost and Beth must enlist the aid of her dog, Peanut, in a daring mission to rescue it from a house occupied by dangerous gremlins. And if Beth, her new fairy friends and Peanut can't get the Feather back, all hope will be lost...forever. What if you discovered you had magical fairy powers? Meet the girls of The Fairy Chronicles, otherwise normal girls like you who are blessed by Mother Nature with special gifts. Their extraordinary adventures will change the world!
Secrets of the Dead
Author: Tom Harper
Publisher: Random House
In a villa on the coast of Montenegro, Abby Cormac witnesses the brutal murder of her lover, diplomat Michael Lascaris. The last thing she remembers is a gun pointed directly at her. She wakes to find herself at the centre of a diplomatic nightmare. Everyone wants an answer but no one wants to listen. Even her employers at the Foreign Office believe she's hiding something. She is completely alone. As Abby tries to piece together the last few months of Michael's life in order to get at the truth, she soon realises that he wasn't quite what he seemed. What exactly was his relationship with one of the most ruthless men in the Balkans - a war criminal who has never been brought to justice? And what links Michael's gift to her of a gold necklace with its Christian monogram, a 4th century manuscript left in the shadow of Emperor Constantine's palace at Trier and an inscription on a tomb in Rome? When Abby investigates further, it becomes clear that someone wants to suppress a secret, one that has been kept hidden for centuries. And they will stop at nothing to do so...
Rebecca Patrick-Howard and her family had an enviable life:the All-American family with two beautiful children living in one of the nicest houses in town, good jobs, and enjoying their quiet life. She was finally fulfilling her dream of working as a full-time writer and things could not have been better for the young family. She and her husband had no idea that a year later they'd be burying their youngest son. What followed was a nightmare. Suddenly, they found themselves struggling not only emotionally, but financially and physically. Then, through a series of more unfortunate events, they found themselves in the one place nobody wants to be-the cold, unfriendly, metal chairs of the welfare office. Over the next few years they'd battle the shame, humiliation, and stigma of being in "the system", while still trying to deal with their individual grief, depression, and continuous financial setbacks. Then came the ghosts. FROM WELFARE TO BESTSELLER chronicles the events that led Rebecca's family to welfare and how, through a combination of hard work, ingenuity, and a little bit of luck, she became one of the top-selling paranormal authors on Amazon. Through child loss, brain surgery, job losses, and isolation Rebecca and her husband set lofty goals, determined to use her books to pull themselves out of the hole they felt trapped in. In this extremely personal memoir that's part inspiration, part guidebook, Rebecca shares the steps she took to reach the top and the stumbling blocks she met along the way.
Seven Deadly Samovars
Author: Morgan St. James, Phyllice Bradner
Twin sleuths Goldie and Godiva, the Silver Sisters, are at it again-tracking seven stolen teapots from Alaska to LA. When a shipment of Russian samovars fails to arrive in Alaska, antique shop owner Goldie Silver starts to track it down. The ladies from the Russian Orthodox church have ordered one of the fancy tea urns as a gift for the retiring priest, but before the wayward antiques are located, his young replacement is murdered. That's just the tip of the iceberg in quiet little Juneau! After Goldie's twin, the manipulative Beverly Hills advice columnist, Godiva Olivia DuBois arrives for a visit, the lost crate finally arrives. The samovars sell quickly, and Goldie has only one left when two menacing Russians bumble into her shop claiming that the fancy teapots belong to them and demanding their return. She throws them out, but by the next day it seems that the seven beautiful antiques are cursed. Everyone in town who received one of the samovars has been beaten or murdered, and two more customers are likely targets: a lady from Seattle and Godiva's boyfriend, chef Caesar Romano. What are the thugs really after? Will they get away with murder? Our curvy sleuths, Goldie and Godiva, are hot on their trail as they track the Russians from Alaska to Seattle and Los Angeles. To add to the fun, the twins' eighty-year-old mother and uncle, Flossie and Sterling Silver get into the act!
Agatha always saves the day in style! It's finally vacation time, and the Mistery cousins are enjoying a cruise on a luxurious transatlantic ship called the King Arthur. Unfortunately, crime never takes a rest! Agatha and her friends get caught up in a spy conspiracy, in which they must retrieve a top-secret document and capture an unstoppable killer. And they have to pull it off without Uncle Sam, Larry's nosy father, catching on!
Originally published in 1846, this little book contains some excellent examples of essays, lectures and poetry on a variety of subjects. It makes an amusing read and is a wealth of information about the time in which it was written. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. "The speaker or miscellaneous pieces selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads with a view to facilitate the improvement of youth, in reading and speaking . To which is prefixed an essay on elocution." Contents include: Narrative pieces- Didactic pieces- Argumentative pieces- Orations and harangues- Dialogues- Descriptive pieces- Pathetic pieces
Author: Mona L. Scott