When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother in 1904, where better to go than America, the land of the new? By chance, they find themselves in Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together.
Set in 1906 against the backdrop of the murder that inspired Theodore Dreiser's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, Jennifer Donnelly's astonishing debut novel effortlessly weaves romance, history, and a murder mystery into something moving, and real, and wholly original.
At Queen Elizabeth's court, 16-year-old Miranda soon learns that a large part of her survival will depend on her knowing who to trust. When she distinguishes herself from the rest of the maidens at Court with her exquisite sewing and embroidery skills, Miranda is given the ultimate test to win Queen Elizabeth's favor --- to recreate Ann Boleyn's coronation gown. This could be Miranda's opportunity to escape marriage to the insufferable Lord Seagrave and establish an independent life at Court. But will she be able to reunite with Henry Raleigh, the man she has always loved?
Helen’s parents are brutally murdered. On top of that, she finds out she’s an angel charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Now, torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation is hard to resist, even for an angel.
Few works of literature are as universally beloved as ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole --- and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.
The Depression strikes a fatal blow to Jack’s life when his mother dies of sickness and his father commits suicide. Left with nothing, Jack, his classmate, Jane, and her brother, Tony, take their neighbor’s car and strike out for something, anything, better. But what they get is a dangerous and heart-pounding adventure that will change their lives forever.
Talullah, Louisiana. 1899. To 14-year-old Calogero, newly arrived from Sicily, Tallulah is a lush world full of contradictions, hidden rules, and tension between the Negro and white communities. Calogero’s family is caught in the middle: the whites don’t see them as equal, but befriending Negroes is dangerous. Every day brings Calogero and his family closer to a a terrifying, violent confrontation.
On the night of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, his frantic wife, Mary, calls for her best friend and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley. But the woman is mistakenly kept from her side by guards who were unaware of Mary Todd Lincoln’s close friendship with the black seamstress. With vivid detail and emotional power, Ann Rinaldi delves into the childhoods of two fascinating women who became devoted friends amid the turbulent times of the Lincoln administration.
Early 13th-century Languedoc is a place of valor, violence, and persecution. At age 16, Babylonne is tough, resourceful, and desperate to escape her arranged marriage to a senile old man devised by her strict aunt and abusive grandmother. Babylonne escapes disguised as a boy and embarks on an action-packed adventure that amounts to one choice: trust the mysterious Catholic priest who says he's a friend of her dead father, Pagan, or pursue her fairy-tale version of her future, one in which she will likely fight and die in a vicious war with the French.
Who invented the first balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Who first invented these “upside-down puppets”? Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg and his long-lasting gift to America --- the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade.
Part historical novel, part fable, part love story, BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS is a moving testament to the transformative power of literature. In 1971, as Mao's Cultural Revolution sweeps across China, two teenage boys are branded "ractionary intellectuals" and sent to live on a remote mountain. When they bargain their way into obtaining a forbidden Balzac novel from a friend, it opens up a new and dizzyingly vast world --- and leads to unexpected consequences that propel the novel to its stunning conclusion.
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. When disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
When Thomas Rose meets a mysterious French girl known as 'Ling,' he is pulled into a story of adventure and young romance. Thomas decides to help Ling recover the horse she used to dance upon in the circus, a steed named 'Belladonna,' and along the way they are aided by renowned English painter George Stubbs.
At the center of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning fifth novel is an almost unspeakable act of horror and heroism: a woman brutally kills her infant daughter rather than allow her to be enslaved. The woman is Sethe, and the novel --- part ghost story, part history lesson, part folk tale --- traces her journey from slavery to freedom during and immediately following the Civil War.
It's 1941, and Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl. That is, until Soviet officers barge into her home. Separated from her father, Lina, her mother and her brother travel north on a crowded train to a camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here, under Stalin's orders, they are forced to dig for beets --- and fight for their lives --- under the cruelest conditions.
William H. "Billy the Kid" Bonney Jr. loves to take risks. But Billy's luck runs out when, during a train heist, a passenger recognizes the nineteen-year-old outlaw. Fed up with his bad ways, Sheriff Willis Monroe, Billy's own cousin, decides to track him down. The Kid's two-timing partners are hunting him, too--and a posse wants Billy (and the sheriff) dead.
It is spring 1929, and Prohibition is in full swing. So when Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body washed up on the shore of their small town, they are sure it has something to do with smuggling liquor. Then Ruben meets the daring captain of the Black Duck, the most elusive smuggling craft of them all, and it isn’t long before he’s caught in a war between two of the most dangerous prohibition gangs.
When Sherlock visits his brother, what he finds shocks him to the core: a locked room, a dead body and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey where Sherlock is afoot in a world of secrets and danger.
The movie adaptation of Judy Blume's TIGER EYES, directed by her son, is out June 7th for a limited time in select theaters but is also on iTunes and other online outlets. And following up The Great Gatsby, a modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothinghits theaters this month, keeping English teachers happy and perhaps helping you clarify exactly what Shakespeare is saying.
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