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When an injured stranger staggers down a Hawaiian mountainside and into her backyard, Monica believes God has directed this mysterious young lady to her. But Monica's brother, an insurance fraud investigator, isn't so sure. He finds it hard to believe this green-eyed outsider doesn't know who she is, what has happened, or where she is.

Detective Isaac Bell returns in the extraordinary new adventure in the #1 New York Times- bestselling series. It is 1920, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. When Isaac Bell' s boss and lifelong friend Joseph Van Dorn is shot and nearly killed leading the high-speed chase of a rum-running vessel, Bell swears to him that he will hunt down the lawbreakers, but he doesn' t know what he is getting into. When a witness to Van Dorn' s shooting is executed in a ruthlessly efficient manner invented by the Russian secret police, it becomes clear that these are no ordinary criminals. Bell is up against a team of Bolshevik assassins and saboteurs-- and they are intent on overthrowing the government of the United States.

Have you ever wondered what makes popcorn pop' One second a kernel is sitting there, tiny and hard as a rock. Next thing you know, it bursts into a fluffy and delicious snack. If you're curious about this or any of the other mysteries surrounding us every day, then What Makes Popcorn Pop' is the book for you. For example, if salt isn't hot, then how come we use it to melt ice in the winter' Where exactly does wind come from, and how come we can't see it' Why is the sky blue' And while we're on the subject, why are lakes and oceans blue'is it because they reflect the sky' The answers to these questions and dozens more are explained in this fun book from Jack Myers, longtime science editor of Highlights for Children/ magazine. John McDonough's warm and enthusiastic narration captures the limitless joy and wonder of the world around us.

Rosie travels back in time to 1649: the period of Oliver Cromwell and the beheading of King Charles I. She must mend the relationship between her Puritan brother and the love of his life, who supports the Monarch - but will the two stay together after the King's beheading' And will Rosie be able to return the present if they don't reconcile'

A.J. and his friends are afraid that Ms.Todd, their substitute teacher, has killed their regular teacher and is trying to take over her job.

A compulsively readable story that starts as a conventional murder mystery and morphs, by degrees, into a horrifying supernatural thriller," The Guardian said of Mayhem . A virtuoso fantasy writer, Sarah Pinborough has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. In Mayhem Pinborough turns her attention to one of the most baffling and notorious crime sprees in Victorian times. A new killer that newspapers have dubbed " The Torso Killer" is terrorizing the streets of London' s East End, his crimes obscured and overshadowed by the hysteria surrounding Jack the Ripper' s Whitechapel crimes. The victims are women too, but their dismembered bodies, wrapped in rags and tied up with string, are pulled out of the Thames- and the heads are missing. The murderer likes to keep them. Mayhem is a masterwork of narrative suspense: a supernatural thriller set in a shadowy, gaslit London, where killers stalk the cobbled streets and hide in plain sight.

A futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states. Making full use of his inimitable humor, wild imagination, and style, Burroughs creates a world that is as terrifying as it is fascinating.

Return to New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop' s " phenomenal" ( Urban Fantasy Investigations ) world of the Others-- where supernatural entities and humans struggle to co-exist, and one woman has begun to change all the rules After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more. The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murder of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard-- Lakeside' s shape-shifting leader-- wonders if their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or a future threat. As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now, the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet-- and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Few activities grip our attention more than animal watching. Dolphins and seals bring us much joy, and sharks and alligators hold us in awe. But animals can also prompt a variety of fascinating questions. -Why do dolphins sometimes surf' -How well can birds of prey actually see' -Why do giant pandas eat bamboo fast food' -Why are cavities essential to one reptile's survival' -What effect can a slight temperature change have on alligator hatchlings' -How can some seals stay underwater so long and dive so deeply without harm' Jack Myers'acclaimed molecular biologist and science editor of Highlights for Children from 1956 to 2006'had a knack for simplifying science and making it interesting to children. For this book, he handpicked 12 captivating articles that explore puzzling animal mysteries from 'How Cats Purr' to 'What Happened to the Mammoths'' '' stimulating and sure to inspire young readers.''Children's Literature 'These articles ' spotlight significant scientific finds and tell the story of how they came about.''Publishers Weekly 'This useful collection of articles ' answers interesting scientific questions about animal behavior.''Booklist

Fuzzy and Coco are online again, and they've found the luxury guinea pig hotel of their dreams! Furry Towers promises the best food and fabulous facilities for guinea pigs - Fuzzy and Coco are so excited! But when they arrive, the friends find themselves in a smelly old hutch with only mouldy lettuce to eat. Coco is not impressed! And it soon becomes clear that something terribly sinister is going on at Furry Towers - can the friends save the day again'

When a lovely high school girl is destroyed by a blow to her head, the savage act sends the people of a small southern town reeling. For 30 years, the mystery behind the attack has festered, damaging countless lives. Now the town physician, who once loved the girl, must tell the dark story of what really happened that day. Cook creates a series of emotionally charged revelations that builds to a shocking conclusion.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr comes the story of four friends determined to find their stride. This honest look at marriage examines the challenges, heartaches and sacrifices along with the joy in discovering what it means to be a wife, mother, friend, loverand most important: your true self. Gerri can't decide what's more devastating: learning her rock-solid marriage has big cracks, or the anger she feels as she tries to repair the damage. Always the anchor for friends and her three angst-ridden teenagers, it's time to look carefully at herself. The journey for Gerri and her family is more than revealing- it's transforming. Andy doesn't have a great track record with men, and she's come to believe that for her a lasting love is out of reach. When she finds herself attracted to her down-to-earth, ordinary contractor- a man without any of the qualities that usually appeal to her- she questions everything she thought she wanted in life. Sonja's lifelong pursuit of balance is shattered when her husband declares he's through with her New Age nonsense and walks out. There's no herbal tonic or cleansing ritual that can restore her serenity- or her sanity. Miraculously, it's BJ, the reserved newcomer to Mill Valley, who steps into their circle and changes everything. The woman with dark secrets opens up to her neighbors, and together they get each other back on track, stronger as individuals and unfaltering as friends.

After a fire destroys Chicago, Mollie is desperate to save her business. With everything at risk--including her heart--can she rise from the rubble?

The stunning new thriller from the New York Times- bestselling author. When a Crow Indian acquaintance of Tomlinson' s asks him to help recover a relic stolen from his tribe, Doc Ford is happy to tag along-- but neither Doc nor Tomlinson realize what they' ve let themselves in for. Their search takes them to the part of Central Florida known as Bone Valley, famous primarily for two things: a ruthless subculture of black-marketers who trade in illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multibillion-dollar phosphate industry whose strip mines compromise the very ground they walk on. Neither enterprise tolerates nosy outsiders. For each, public exposure equals big financial losses-- and in a region built on a million-year accumulation of bones, there is no shortage of spots in which to hide a corpse. Or two.

When the platypus was first discovered by Europeans in the 1800s, it was well-known by Australian Aborigines'but no one knew how to classify it. It lived in the water and laid eggs like a reptile, had a bill like a bird, and was furry and warm-blooded like a mammal. Scientists had to come up with a way to solve this and many other mysteries of nature. Alaskan Polar bears sleeping in hidden underground dens caused problems for researchers wanting to drill for oil without disturbing the bears. Find out how scientists used infrared imaging to see the caves beneath the snow. One type of parrot from southern Peru munches on dirt from a riverbank each morning. Learn how these birds (and some people) use dirt as part of their diet. And also learn how a special kind of bird in Africa actually leads villagers to one of the town's main food sources, honey. This collection of articles by Jack Myers, long-time chief science editor for Highlights for Children magazine, answers some of the most interesting questions science has explored.

As his parents' shouting tears through the walls to the room where he is supposed to be sleeping, young Neil Waldman buries his face in his pillow and tries to swallow his tears. The trauma of his parents' fighting rips at him, but it will also open the path to Neil's career as an artist. Seeking refuge from a turbulent home life, Neil and his three siblings turn to the world of creativity. Their mother's book from an art museum in Russia is all the children need to set fire to their imaginations. And from there, drawing and painting become much more than pleasurable diversions'they become lifelines of hope that allow the youths to believe that there is lasting beauty in the world. Recipient of the ALA Notable and Parents' Choice Awards, Waldman has written and illustrated more than 50 books for children. Narrator George Guidall delivers a powerful performance of the author's engaging memoir. 'Waldman offers an engaging, insightful story of how childhood experiences informed his career.''Booklist

Internationally acclaimed author Philip Roth has won multiple National Book Awards for Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Award and numerous other literary accolades. In this epilogue to his Zuckerman trilogy, American writer David Zuckerman travels to Prague to retrieve the manuscripts of an unknown Yiddish writer. While there, Zuckerman embarks on an artist's odyssey through Russian-occupied Czechoslovakia. At times bawdy, often humorous, but always honest, this poignant tale explores the heart of the artist's soul with depth and grace.

The Hungarian Gold Train, loaded with Jewish treasure. A dazzling jewelled pendant in the form of a stylized peacock. And three men who find their carefully-wrought lives turned upside-down by three amazing and fierce women,each locked in a struggle against her own history and the history or our times... Maine, 2012. An old man id dying with the weight of a plundered necklace on his conscience. As an US Army Captain in 1946 Salburg, guarding the 'Hungarian Gold Train' full of looted Jewish treasure, he fell in love with camp survivor and helped her escape to Israel. Now, as his granddaughter sets out to repatriate the necklace, secrets buried in the past are uncoverd,stories of love and deceit linked to that beautiful, peacock-shaped pendant and to a priceless,long-lost painting. spanning a century of European and Jewish history, from 1913 Budapest to comtemporary Israel, and filled with a vivid supporting cast of art dealers,freedom fighters,psychoanalysts and suffragette dwarfs, LOVE AND TREASURE is a thrilling, moving and haunting novel, one that bears an ever elusive question at its core, nested like a photograph hidden in a locket: where does the worth of a people and its treasure truly lie'

On the brink of adulthood, four high school seniors--Lauren, Jayda, Danielle and Brenda--struggle with various issues and must rely on their faith in God and their friendship with each other to see them through these tough times.

An ICU doctor in one of Seattle's most respected hospitals, Dr. Charlotte Reese is used to listening for the chop of the Medvac helicopter and preparing for the worst. But when a Jane hurtles through the doors of Beacon Hospital with tubes keeping her alive, Charlotte's stoic resolve begins to fail her and she becomes obsessed with unraveling the mystery of her patient's identity to solve what is looking more and more like an attempted murder. As Jane Doe's condition worsens over the course of days, Charlotte must decide what matters most as she grapples with the concept of life quality and the idea of letting Jane's fate be decided by a court-appointed guardian with no links to the patient. Filled with stunning medical detail and set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, GEMINI is a vivid novel of moral complexity and emotional depth that will resonate with readers of Sue Miller and Jodi Picoult.

Wherever your home is, it's probably not as tough as Gary, Indiana. Gary has been called a lot of things. The Armpit of Chicago. The Land of Robbing Hoods. Hell. For the children of Gary, living often boils down to surviving. Maybe these kids get caught up in games of gin rummy. Maybe they spin tops as a way to scratch something fun out of their desperation. Maybe they stand by helplessly as their tenement buildings go up in flames. Or maybe they get held up at gunpoint by somebody who wants more money than he could steal from his church collection box. Award-winning poet Curtis L. Crisler's work gives voice to the children of Gary, shedding some light on their experiences. Kevin R. Free, Dion Graham, and JD Jackson provides a haunting performance of Crisler's bittersweet poems. 'Written with skillful manipulation of sound, rhythm, and form, the poems are filled with sophisticated imagery and graphic words '''Booklist, starred review 'These poems are muscular and vivid, fierce with the sound and force of language.''School Library Journal, starred review

For thousands of years, the notion of dragons has struck fear in the hearts of men and women all over the world. The ancient Egyptians believed there was a dragon of darkness that attacked the sun god each day, and in Norway people thought that a dragon gnawed at the roots of the tree that sustained all life on Earth. Around the globe, dragons have been depicted as everything from massive, winged, fire-breathing creatures to beasts sporting a camel's head, deer's horns, rabbit's eyes, and eagle's claws! Dragons might hoard treasure in caves, or they might be responsible for floods and the death of livestock. Dragons, in fact, prove as diverse as the many cultures that tell of them. The works of Laurence Pringle have garnered major awards, including the Eva L. Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature, the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Philip Roth is one of the most acclaimed American authors of the 20th century. His Zuckerman novels, based on the 'fictional' exploits of emotionally conflicted Jewish novelist, Nathan Zuckerman, are a splendid mix of comedy and tragedy. Zuckerman Unbound considers the problem of artistic triumph born of domestic upheaval. Roth's prose finds an extraordinary complement with George Guidall's robust narration.

AD 848. Bernwyn of Lythe, the young daughter of an ealdorman, spurns marriage and chooses to remain a virgin dedicated to Christ. When she is found murdered in the chapel where she kept her nightly vigils, it is thought that she has fallen victim to the Viking raiders who are ravaging the country and the butterflies found resting on her body are taken to be a sign from God. But what if Bernwyn was not all she seemed? Could the saintly deeds attributed to her have been carried out by someone else and the people have set up a shrine to a false virgin?

The newest installment in J.R. Ward' s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Wrath and the Brotherhood are locked in an epic battle over his throne and the very future of the vampire race.

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