Die for Me | 08/02/2014
An International Reading Association Children’s Choice: When high school student Holly Baldwin is murdered, her friends decide to consult a Ouija board—with disastrous consequencesWhen her classmates throw a party soon after the brutal murder of their friend Holly, Jessica can’t believe they could be so insensitive. But the festivities turn dark when several girls sitting at a Ouija board receive a frightening message about Holly’s death—and a warning. Nothing can prepare Jessica for the horror that follows.
A Midsummer Night's Dork | 08/02/2014
While preparing for his school’s Shakespeare fundraiser, dorky Jerry Flack goes head to head with the school bullyJerry Flack’s first order of business as the new sixth-grade class president? Raising money to help make Hawthorne Middle School the coolest, starting with an Elizabethan fundraising festival to coincide with the class reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There’s just one problem: As class president, Jerry is going to have to make a speech in front of everybody to kick off the event. What’s worse, class bully Craig Fox will see to it that Jerry embarrasses himself during his big moment. What’s a dorky class president to do?With a lot of hard work and a little bit of help from his best friends, Jerry is determined to make this event a success. Can he rise to the occasion and show Craig that the school’s biggest dork can organize the coolest Shakespeare festival ever?
T.J. and the Pirate Who Wouldn't Go Home | 08/02/2014
When his uncle invents a time machine that can summon people from the past, T.J. has his hands full with a seventeenth-century pirateT.J. O’Brien witnesses a break-in behind the library. But when he sees the burglar—a real, live pirate—he realizes he can’t go to the police. They’d never believe him!He decides to talk it over with his eccentric uncle Ainsley. But when he arrives at Ainsley’s house, he finds the pirate sitting on the floor, eating a chicken leg and watching TV. His uncle’s new invention, a time machine, brought Captain Billy here from his life on the high seas. Billy has been getting into terrible trouble, picking pockets and burglarizing businesses, and the police are sure to catch up with him eventually. T.J. and Uncle Ainsley can’t send the captain back to 1690 because the time machine is broken. And their biggest problem? Captain Billy has discovered game shows and Big Macs—he doesn’t want to go home!
Post of Honour | 08/02/2014
The second book in R. F. Delderfield’s acclaimed A Horseman Riding By saga of twentieth-century England is a memorable slice of rural life, as one war gives way to the gathering storm clouds of the nextThrough hard work and love of the land, Boer War vet Paul Craddock has transformed the sprawling West Country estate of Shallowford. With his wife and three children he enjoys a peaceful country life. But war has begun its inevitable march across England, and this remote corner of Devon cannot escape its cruel destruction. Young farmers of the village—barely men when they enlist—are dying in the field or coming home to a way of life that is rapidly disappearing. Yet as the Great War ends and another threatens to erupt, Craddock’s faith and the strength he derives from his family will sustain him and his beloved village through trying, tumultuous times.Filled with vivid imagery and timeless emotion, this is the unforgettable story of a farming family and a vanishing way of life. Post of Honour is the second novel in R. F. Delderfield’s A Horseman Riding By saga, which begins with Long Summer Day and continues with The Green Gauntlet.
A Student's Guide to Liberal Learning | 08/02/2014
A Student’s Guide to Liberal Learning is an inviting conversation with a learned scholar about the content of an authentic liberal arts education. It surveys ideas and books central to the tradition of humanistic education that has fundamentally shaped our country and our civilization. This accessible volume argues for an order and integration of knowledge so that meaning might be restored to the haphazard approach to study currently dominating higher education. Freshly conveying the excitement of learning from the acknowledged masters of intellectual life, this guide is also an excellent blueprint for building one’s own library of books that matter.
The Golden Enemy | 08/02/2014
In a changed reality, a curious boy confronts an ancient angerBoy Jaim’s world is a peaceful place where war and violence are a distant memory and man and beast live together as friends. Although his contemporaries prefer to fly far above the surface of the earth, Boy Jaim is an explorer who yearns to chart the mysteries of the forest floor. And so, accompanied by his dog, Doubtful, he ventures into the woods and finds something he believed the world had left behind: hate. Doubtful smells the beast first—a powerful animal, dangerous and full of rage. It is a bear, come to take revenge on humankind for slaughtering its brothers long ago, and its violence forces Boy Jaim’s people to take up weapons for the first time in generations. But when the bear begins communicating with Boy Jaim, he finds they have common cause and will have to work together to survive.
Lizard Flanagan, Supermodel?? | 08/02/2014
Lizard Flanagan is stunned when she is chosen as a model for the local fashion show—this tomboy in a dress has her work cut out for herWhen Lizard Flanagan finds out about a trip to Wrigley Field to see the Chicago Cubs play—for only fifty dollars—she is thrilled. It’s her big chance to see her favorite team in action! But how is she supposed to come up with fifty dollars before the trip?Lizard couldn’t care less about the local teen fashion show at the mall, and when she is unexpectedly chosen to be one of the models, she’s horrified. Parading around in a dress in front of other people is just not something she’s willing to do. Lizard is determined to quit the fashion show . . . until she learns that the winner will receive a prize of one hundred dollars, which would be more than enough to go see the Cubs.In this fun sequel to The Miraculous Makeover of Lizard Flanagan, Lizard has to face her fears and show the fashion world that a tomboy can rock the catwalk too.
The Magic Meadow | 08/02/2014
In the dark of a grim hospital ward, five children escape to another worldThey call themselves the incurables. They are five children doomed to spend their lives in Belleview’s Ward Nine, unable to walk, care for themselves, or even take a trip outside. Their days are gloomy, but they have one another, and at night they play the game. Whispering about places that could never be, they build worlds so vivid that they almost seem real. And then one night, their dreams come true. While the others sleep, Brick closes his eyes and thinks harder than he ever has about the place he calls the Magic Meadow—a lush hill where dandelions grow. When he opens his eyes, he has been transported. The meadow is real, and with his friends at his side, he will return there again and again—to learn, to walk, to live.
A Student's Guide to International Relations | 08/02/2014
Terrorist attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the rise of China, and the decline of Europe have underscored the necessity of understanding the world around us. But how should we approach this crucial but often misunderstood topic? What do we need to know about the international order and America’s role in it?A Student’s Guide to International Relations provides a vital introduction to the geography, culture, and politics that make up the global environment. Angelo Codevilla, who has taught international relations at some of America’s most prestigious universities, explains the history of the international system, the dominant schools of American statecraft, the instruments of power, contemporary geopolitics, and more. The content of international relations, he demonstrates, flows from the differences between our global village’s peculiar neighborhoods.This witty and wise book helps make sense of a complex world.
A Student's Guide to Literature | 08/02/2014
A Student’s Guide to Literature takes up these questions: In a time of mass culture and pulp fiction, can great literature still be discerned, much less defended? Why is literature so compelling? What should we read? Literary scholar R. V. Young addresses these timely issues in this guide to Western literature and poetry. He demonstrates that literature liberates the mind from cultural and temporal provincialism by expanding our intellectual and emotional horizons. Learn how great fiction and poetry are integral to a liberal education, and visit the classic works of literature again—or for the first time.