The Christmas Train
Author: David Baldacci
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
NOW A HALLMARK CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE One of America's most critically acclaimed storytellers, David Baldacci has enthralled millions with his popular novels. Showcasing his remarkable versatility, Baldacci gift-wraps a beloved holiday classic... Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington, D.C., to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost. David Baldacci's THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief...and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
Last Train Home
Author: Renée Wendinger
LAST TRAIN HOME is an American story about cultural identity and family history set during the nineteenth century at a time when America received an enormous influx of immigrants, and a quarter of a million children were sent west from East Coast cities to America's heartland by orphan train. The story highlights a little-known but historically significant moment in our country's past by tracing the individual journeys of two children, Johnny and Sophia, to bring about the distinction of these children to find families and homes.A true story of friendship and discovery, Last Train Home, weaves individual riders stories into a powerful tale of upheavel and resilience, of second chances, and triumph over tribulation building strength of mind and character into an incredible reserve.
The Last Train to Dachau
Author: Robert B. Niklewicz
The Last Train to Dachau is based on the real life plight of the Miller family during World War II. With the invasion of Poland by the Germans, the story follows the family and their experiences of: the occupation, hunger, cold, and the terror in their home town. This family of five was Polish Catholic, but had a German-like surname. This situation placed them between the Germans, who wanted them to sign a loyalty declaration, which they refused, and the community which assumed that they had. The story tells of the horrors and obstacles that they faced and had to overcome to stay together and live. Emilia, Alicia and Leszek are children that spend most of their youth surviving both the physical and emotional stresses of war. Wladyslawa, the mother, is a worker in a Red Cross shelter during the day, but often had to travel at night to find black market food for her family. Wiktor, the father, was conscripted to a labor train after the surrender of Warsaw. He worked under threat of great harm to his family while forced to travel and repair damaged trains and tracks across Poland and Germany. His travels and experiences on a recovery and repair crew gave him an avenue to stay alive while still resisting his oppressors. The intensity of the story increases as the Millers face the brutality of their captors who desperately try to accomplish their final solution for all Poles in the closing days of the war. The reader will find it hard to put the book down as the Millers face their fate.
Cuddle up with the beloved animal friends from the bestselling Steam Train, Dream Train and count on lots of fun! Little train enthusiasts will love counting from one to ten along with the dreamy train cars!
The perfect introduction to Thomas the Tank Engine! All aboard for a snowy adventure! When heavy snow blocks the tracks one Christmas Eve, everyone is worried. Will Connor be able to bring his train home in time for Christmas? Based on the classic tales from the Reverend W. Awdry, with a stunning, modern look. Thomas Engine Adventures is a great way to pass on the tradition of Thomas to early readers. Children aged 2 and up will love meeting classic characters such as Percy, James, Gordon, and Toby down on The Fat Controller's railway. These fun, short stories come with a bonus spot-and-see activity at the end. Perfect for bedtime. Thomas has been teaching children lessons about life and friendship for over 70 years. He ranks alongside other beloved character such as Paddington Bear, Winnie-the-Pooh and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage.
Last Train from Liguria
Author: Christine Dwyer Hickey
Publisher: Atlantic Books
A sweeping tale of consequences spanning the 1930s to the 1990s, moving between fascist Italy and modern Ireland In 1933, Bella Stuart leaves her quiet London life to move to Italy to tutor the child of a beautiful Jewish heiress and an elderly Italian aristocrat. Living at the family’s summer home, Bella's reserve softens as she comes to love her young charge, and find friendship with Maestro Edward, his enigmatic music teacher. But as the decade draws to an end and fascism tightens its grip on Europe, the fact that Alec is Jewish places his life in grave danger. Bella and Edward take the boy on a terrifying train journey out of Italy—one they have no reason to believe any of them will survive.
The Last Train
Author: Gordon Titcomb
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
A picture book about an old train station from a bygone era. The golden age of the railroad may have passed, but its legacy still fascinates us. Based on a song by the acclaimed musician Gordon Titcomb, The Last Train is a beautiful celebration of that bygone era. Titcomb's lyrics are matched by Wendell Minor's handsome, richly-detailed paintings. ALL ABOARD! "What a gorgeous tribute this is that preserves as it distills for future generations the life of a little railroad station."—Arlo Guthrie
The Polar Express
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1986 Caldecott Medal Winner A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note.
On a chill November night Thea Lorimar arrives on the last train to the small village of Kingston, Rhode Island. She patiently waits for someone to meet her, unaware it will be her killer. Who is she? Why is she sitting alone in the darkness? And why would anyone want to murder her? South Kingstown's Detective Lieutenant Kara Langley must find the answers and catch the person responsible for this disquieting death in the Peaceful Village.
Last Train to Istanbul
Author: Ayşe Kulin, John W. Baker
Traditional Chinese edition of Last Train to Istanbul (Original Turkish title: Nefes Nefese). Disowned by their families, the last of the royal of the Ottoman Empire and a Jewish man married and went to live in France right before WWII. The historical novel is based on a true story and highlights the courageous effort by Turkish diplomats who saved the lives of hundreds of Jews caught in Nazi occupied France. In Chinese. Distributed by Tsai Fong Books, Inc.
Author: John Grisham
Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree... where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they'll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties. But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn't much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn't bargain for... A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.
Last Train to Paradise
Author: Les Standiford
Publisher: Broadway Books
The fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores. In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean—an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” until its total destruction in 1935's deadly storm of the century. In Last Train to Paradise, Standiford celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.
From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes an enthralling novel about Victorian London’s most notorious gold heist. London, 1855, when lavish wealth and appalling poverty exist side by side, one mysterious man navigates both worlds with perfect ease. Edward Pierce preys on the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of his century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England’s industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive? Based on fact, but studded with all the suspense and style of fiction, here is a classic historical thriller, set a decade before the age of dynamite—yet nonetheless explosive…
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