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Book The House of the Scorpion

Download or read book The House of the Scorpion written by Nancy Farmer and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2013-08-01 with total page 414 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Newberry Honour Award Winner & National Book Award Winner. Matt is six years old when he discovers that he is different from other children and other people. To most, Matt isn't considered a boy at all, but a beast, dirty and disgusting. But to El Patron, lord of a country called Opium, Matt is the guarantee of eternal life. El Patron loves Matt as he loves himself - for Matt is himself. They share the exact same DNA. As Matt struggles to understand his existence and what that existence truly means, he is threatened by a host of sinister and manipulating characters, from El Patron's power-hungry family to the brain-deadened eejits and mindless slaves that toil Opium's poppy fields. Surrounded by a dangerous army of bodyguards, escape is the only chance Matt has to survive. But even escape is no guarantee of freedom . . . because Matt is marked by his difference in ways that he doesn't even suspect. Praise for The House of Scorpions: 'It's a pleasure to read science fiction that's full of warm, strong characters... that doesn't rely on violence as the solution to complex problems of right and wrong. It's a pleasure to read.' Ursula K. LeGuin 'Fabulous' Diana Wynne Jones Also by Nancy Farmer: The Sea of Trolls Land of the Silver Apples The Islands of the Blessed The Lord of Opium

Book Lord of Opium

    Book Details:
  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2013-09-26
  • ISBN : 1471118304
  • Pages : 395 pages

Download or read book Lord of Opium written by Nancy Farmer and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2013-09-26 with total page 395 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Matt has always been nothing but a clone - an exact replica, grown from a strip of old El Patron's skin. Now, age fourteen, Matt suddenly finds himself thrust into the position of ruling over his own country, Opium, on the one-time border between the US and Mexico, stretching from the ruins of San Diego to the ruins of Matamoros. But while Opium thrives, the rest of the world has been devastated by ecological disaster… and hidden somewhere in Opium is the cure. And that isn't all that's hidden within the depths of Opium. Matt is haunted by the ubiquitous army of eejits, zombie-like workers harnessed to the old El Patron's sinister system of drug growing... people stripped of the very qualities which once made them human. Matt wants to use his newfound power to help stop the suffering, but he can't even find a way to smuggle his childhood love Maria across the border and into Opium. Instead, his every move hits a roadblock - both from the traitors that surround him and from a voice within himself. For who is Matt really but the clone of an evil, murderous dictator?

Book The Lord of Opium

Download or read book The Lord of Opium written by Nancy Farmer and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2022-06-07 with total page 448 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As the teenage ruler of his own country, Matt must cope with clones and cartels in this riveting sequel to the modern classic "House of the Scorpion, " winner of the National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Printz Honor.

Book Long Lost

    Book Details:
  • Author : Jacqueline West
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2021-05-18
  • ISBN : 0062691775
  • Pages : 288 pages

Download or read book Long Lost written by Jacqueline West and published by HarperCollins. This book was released on 2021-05-18 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “Perfect to be read late into the night.”—Stefan Bachmann, internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar “A spooky sisterhood mystery that is sure to be a hit with readers.”—School Library Journal (starred review) “Grab a flashlight and stay up late with this one.”—Kirkus Reviews Once there were two sisters who did everything together. But only one of them disappeared. New York Times–bestselling author Jacqueline West’s Long Lost is an atmospheric, eerie mystery brimming with suspense. Fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Victoria Schwab’s City of Ghosts series will lose themselves in this mesmerizing and century-spanning tale. Eleven-year-old Fiona has just read a book that doesn’t exist. When Fiona’s family moves to a new town to be closer to her older sister’s figure skating club—and far from Fiona’s close-knit group of friends—nobody seems to notice Fiona’s unhappiness. Alone and out of place, Fiona ventures to the town’s library, a rambling mansion donated by a long-dead heiress. And there she finds a gripping mystery novel about a small town, family secrets, and a tragic disappearance. Soon Fiona begins to notice strange similarities that blur the lines between the novel and her new town. With a little help from a few odd Lost Lake locals, Fiona uncovers the book’s strange history. Lost Lake is a town of restless spirits, and Fiona will learn that both help and danger come from unexpected places—maybe even from the sister she thinks doesn’t care about her anymore. New York Times–bestselling and acclaimed author Jacqueline West weaves a heart-pounding, intense, and imaginative mystery that builds anticipation on every page, while centering on the strong and often tumultuous bond between sisters. Laced with suspense, Long Lost will fascinate readers of Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Secret Keepers and fans of ghost stories.

Book A Perfect Time for Pandas

Download or read book A Perfect Time for Pandas written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House Books for Young Readers. This book was released on 2012 with total page 130 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: While time-traveling brother and sister team Jack and Annie journey to a village in the mountains of southeast China, they find they have arrived on the day of a historic earthquake.

Book Dr  Maniac Will See You Now

Download or read book Dr Maniac Will See You Now written by R.L. Stine and published by Scholastic Inc.. This book was released on 2013-09-24 with total page 133 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this spinoff to the New York Times–bestselling Goosebumps series, a boy gets superpowers when he has to fend off a comic book villain come to life. Richard Dreezer loves reading comic books. He spends a lot of his time at the Comic Book Museum in his neighborhood. He even dreams of being a superhero with strange and amazing powers. But when the insanely devious Dr. Maniac appears in the real world, Richard has his hands full. If Richard doesn’t do something fast, everything he knows will be destroyed. But how do you reason with a maniac? Richard better figure it out fast because the doctor is now in . . . sane.

Book Here Comes the Garbage Barge

Download or read book Here Comes the Garbage Barge written by Jonah Winter and published by Schwartz & Wade. This book was released on 2010-02-09 with total page 41 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a mostly true and completely stinky story that is sure to make you say, “Pee-yew!” Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority, and this hilarious book (subtly) drives home the message that we can’t produce unlimited trash without consequences. Before everyone recycled . . . There was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do? Enter the Garbage Barge! Amazing art built out of junk, toys, and found objects by Red Nose Studio makes this the perfect book for Earth Day or any day, and photos on the back side of the jacket show how the art was created. Here Comes the Garbage Barge was a New York Times Best Illustrated book of 2010, a Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. The Washington Post said, “Cautionary? Yes. Hilarious? You betcha!” and the New York Times Book Review raved, “[A] glorious visual treat.”

Book Roman Fever and Other Stories

Download or read book Roman Fever and Other Stories written by Edith Wharton and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2013-11-05 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A side from her Pulitzer Prize-winning talent as a novel writer, Edith Wharton also distinguished herself as a short story writer, publishing more than seventy-two stories in ten volumes during her lifetime. The best of her short fiction is collected here in Roman Fever and Other Stories. From her picture of erotic love and illegitimacy in the title story to her exploration of the aftermath of divorce detailed in "Souls Belated" and "The Last Asset," Wharton shows her usual skill "in dissecting the elements of emotional subtleties, moral ambiguities, and the implications of social restrictions," as Cynthia Griffin Wolff writes in her introduction. Roman Fever and Other Stories is a surprisingly contemporary volume of stories by one of our most enduring writers.

Book Scorpions

    Book Details:
  • Author : Walter Dean Myers
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2009-10-06
  • ISBN : 0061975060
  • Pages : 228 pages

Download or read book Scorpions written by Walter Dean Myers and published by Harper Collins. This book was released on 2009-10-06 with total page 228 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Scorpions are a gun-toting Harlem gang, and Jamal Hicks is about to become tragically involved with them in this authentic tale of the sacrifice of innocence and the struggle to steer clear of violence. This Newbery Honor Book will challenge young men to consider their own decisions as they come of age in a complex and often frustrating society. Pushed by a bully to fight and nagged by his principal, Jamal is having a difficult time staying in school. His home life is not much better, with his mother working her fingers to the bone to try to earn the money for an appeal for Jamal's jailed older brother, Randy. Jamal wants to do the right thing and help earn the money to free his brother by working, but he's afraid to go against the Scorpions. Jamal eventually pulls free of the gang's bad influence, but only through the narrowest of escapes. Walter Dean Myers, five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, sensitively explores the loyalty and love between friends faced with hard choices. Scorpions is 25 years old, but the issues of poverty and violence make it a timeless powerful read—sadly as relevant as ever.

Book A Girl Named Disaster

Download or read book A Girl Named Disaster written by Nancy Farmer and published by Scholastic Inc.. This book was released on 2010-02-01 with total page 322 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Orchard Classics is a collectible hardcover line of Newbery award-winning titles from the Orchard backlist that have fresh, beautiful new designs and include author prefaces and discussion guides.A GIRL NAMED DISASTER is the humorous and heartwrenching story of young girl who discovers her own courage and strength when she makes the dangerous journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. Nhamo is a Shona girl living in a traditional village in Mozambique in 1981. When her family tries to force her into a marriage with a cruel man, she flees. What was supposed to have been a short boat trip across the border into Zimbabwe, where she hoped to find her father, turns into an adventure filled with challenges and danger that lasts a year.

Book Empty

    Book Details:
  • Author : Suzanne Weyn
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release : 2010-10-01
  • ISBN : 0545328829
  • Pages : 192 pages

Download or read book Empty written by Suzanne Weyn and published by Scholastic Inc.. This book was released on 2010-10-01 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A dystopic look at what happens to one American town when all the fossil fuels run out...It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.

Book The Warm Place

    Book Details:
  • Author : Nancy Farmer
  • Publisher : Putnam Juvenile
  • Release : 1996
  • ISBN : 9780140379563
  • Pages : 166 pages

Download or read book The Warm Place written by Nancy Farmer and published by Putnam Juvenile. This book was released on 1996 with total page 166 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she calls upon two rats, a street-smart chameleon, a runaway boy, and all the magical powers of the animal world to return to the warm place that is home.

Book The Virgin Suicides

    Book Details:
  • Author : Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Publisher : Vintage Canada
  • Release : 2011-09-20
  • ISBN : 0307401936
  • Pages : 258 pages

Download or read book The Virgin Suicides written by Jeffrey Eugenides and published by Vintage Canada. This book was released on 2011-09-20 with total page 258 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: First published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides announced the arrival of a major new American novelist. In a quiet suburb of Detroit, the five Lisbon sisters—beautiful, eccentric, and obsessively watched by the neighborhood boys—commit suicide one by one over the course of a single year. As the boys observe them from afar, transfixed, they piece together the mystery of the family’s fatal melancholy, in this hypnotic and unforgettable novel of adolescent love, disquiet, and death. Jeffrey Eugenides evokes the emotions of youth with haunting sensitivity and dark humor and creates a coming-of-age story unlike any of our time. Adapted into a critically acclaimed film by Sofia Coppola, The Virgin Suicides is a modern classic, a lyrical and timeless tale of sex and suicide that transforms and mythologizes suburban middle-American life.

Book A Buccaneer s Atlas

    Book Details:
  • Author : Basil Ringrose
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 1992-01-01
  • ISBN : 9780520054103
  • Pages : 338 pages

Download or read book A Buccaneer s Atlas written by Basil Ringrose and published by Univ of California Press. This book was released on 1992-01-01 with total page 338 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: On July 29, 1681, a band of English buccaneers that had been terrorizing Spanish possessions on the west coast of the Americas captured a Spanish ship, from which they obtained a derrotero, or book of charts and sailing directions. When they arrived back in England, the Spanish ambassador demanded that the buccaneers be brought to trial. The derrotero was ordered to be brought to King Charles II, who apparently appreciated its great intelligence value. The buccaneers were acquitted, to the chagrin of the king of Spain, who had the English ambassador expelled from the court at Madrid on a seemingly trumped-up charge. The derrotero was subsequently translated, and one of the buccaneers, Basil Ringrose, added a text to the compilation and information to the Spanish charts. The resulting atlas, consisting of 106 pages of charts and 106 pages of text, is published in full for the first time in this volume. Covering the coast from California to Tierra del Fuego, the Galapagos, and Juan Fernandes, Basil Ringrose's south sea waggoner is a rich source of geographical information, with observations on navigational, physical, biological, and cultural features as well as on ethnography, customs, and folklore. After almost exactly three hundred years, this secret atlas is now made available to libraries and individuals. The editors have provided an extensive introduction on historical, geographical, and navigational aspects of the atlas, as well as annotations to the charts and text, and they have plotted the coverage of the charts on modern map bases. On July 29, 1681, a band of English buccaneers that had been terrorizing Spanish possessions on the west coast of the Americas captured a Spanish ship, from which they obtained a derrotero, or book of charts and sailing directions. When they arrived back in England, the Spanish ambassador demanded that the buccaneers be brought to trial. The derrotero was ordered to be brought to King Charles II, who apparently appreciated its great intelligence value. The buccaneers were acquitted, to the chagrin of the king of Spain, who had the English ambassador expelled from the court at Madrid on a seemingly trumped-up charge. The derrotero was subsequently translated, and one of the buccaneers, Basil Ringrose, added a text to the compilation and information to the Spanish charts. The resulting atlas, consisting of 106 pages of charts and 106 pages of text, is published in full for the first time in this volume. Covering the coast from California to Tierra del Fuego, the Galapagos, and Juan Fernandes, Basil Ringrose's south sea waggoner is a rich source of geographical information, with observations on navigational, physical, biological, and cultural features as well as on ethnography, customs, and folklore. After almost exactly three hundred years, this secret atlas is now made available to libraries and individuals. The editors have provided an extensive introduction on historical, geographical, and navigational aspects of the atlas, as well as annotations to the charts and text, and they have plotted the coverage of the charts on modern map bases.

Book The Monstrumologist  The Terror Beneath

Download or read book The Monstrumologist The Terror Beneath written by Rick Yancey and published by Simon and Schuster. This book was released on 2010-03-04 with total page 447 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Will Henryis anassistant to a doctor with a most unusual speciality: monster hunting!In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown usedto late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was feeding on her, Will's world changes forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagi- a headless monster that feeds through the mouthfuls of teeth in its chest - and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi.Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatening to consume our world and find the rest of the monsters before it is too late...

Book The Handmade Alphabet

Download or read book The Handmade Alphabet written by Laura Rankin and published by National Geographic Books. This book was released on 1996-11-01 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gorgeous pencil illustrations of diverse human hands—male and female, young and old—signing the letters of the alphabet make this alphabet book an incredible learning resource. The entries are further supplemented with objects that begin with the same letter. Author Laura Rankin was inspired to create this book by her deaf stepson. It is a wonderful introduction to the alphabet and to sign language, and the art is beautiful enough to merit sharing it with adults as well. Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book “Brilliant . . . Hauntingly luminous.”—The New York Times Book Review “Exquisitely detailed, realistically portrayed hands of different ages, sexes, and colors demonstrate the positions for the manual alphabet used in American Sign. An excellent introduction.”—Kirkus Reviews

Book House of Dark Shadows

Download or read book House of Dark Shadows written by Robert Liparulo and published by Thomas Nelson Inc. This book was released on 2009-09-29 with total page 306 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: When fifteen-year-old Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in the middle of a dense forest outside of a small California town, they discover that not only are some of the rooms portals into other places, but that malevolent forces are at work.