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By Nigel Packer. 2014
Elderly retired architect Otto Laird lives a peaceful, if slightly bemused, existence in Switzerland with his second wife, Anika. Once… renowned for his radical and controversial designs, he now spends his days communing with nature and writing eccentric (and un-posted) letters to old friends. But Otto's comfortable life is rudely interrupted when he learns that his most significant and revolutionary building, Marlowe House, a 1960s local authority tower block in south London is to be demolished. Otto is outraged. Determined to do everything in his power to save the building, he reluctantly agrees to take part in a television documentary, which will mean returning to London for the first time in twenty-five years to live for a week in Marlowe House. Once Otto becomes reacquainted with the city he called home for most of his life, his memories begin to come alive. And as he explores his past, ponders his present and considers the future -- for himself and his building -- Otto embarks on a most remarkable journey, one that will change everything he ever thought he knew about himself and those closest to him. Funny, moving and heart-warming, this is a novel featuring one of the most endearing protagonists you will ever meet, whose story will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
By Joyce Carol Thomas. 1986
By Pat Lowery Collins. 2009
While studying under Vivaldi, three girls in a Venice orphanage forge their own notions of love in a sensuous, engrossing… novel told in three narrative voices. It is a longing search for love that motivates three girls living in the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage renowned for its extraordinary musical program. But for Rosalba, Anetta, and Luisa, the love they seek is not where they expect to find it. Set in the early 1700s in the heart of Venice, this remarkable novel deftly weaves the history of Antonio Vivaldi's early musical career into the lives of three young women who excel in voice and instrument. Under the composer's tutelage and care, the orphans find expression, sustenance, and passion. But can the sheltered life of the orphanage prepare them for the unthinkable dangers outside its walls?
By Richard Lewis. 2004
Isaac Williams, twelve-year-old son of American doctors at a mission hospital in Java, Indonesia, is certain that his friendship with… Ismail Sutanto is as solid and enduring as the majestic flame tree in the yard. <P><P>But the haven of their small world is shattered when a fundamentalist Islamic organization begins to threaten the hospital. Terrorists infiltrate, the State Department orders an evacuation, bombs ex-plode, and Isaac is taken hostage. <P><P>The experience embitters Isaac. He knows that he should forgive those who have hurt him, yet he doesn't think that he can. His life is changed forever, but will it be forever crippled by his bitterness? <P><P>Set against the backdrop of September 11, 2001, The Flame Tree is a fierce novel of friendship, faith, and forgiveness. Richard Lewis tells a story that is at once timely and timeless, one that has the power to move hearts and open eyes.
By Joyce Carol Thomas. 1988
By Helen Cowcher. 1991
Author Helen Cowcher addresses environmental concerns in this children's book. A tiger and her cubs leave their forest sanctuary to… hunt. What will happen when they unknowingly attack a farmer's bull?
By David Levithan, Stephen Sommers. 1999
By Melanie Crowder. 2013
In this haunting, lyrical novel told from three perspectives, Sarel has just witnessed the violent murder of her parents. But… she is not completely alone on the drought-ridden land. Nandi is the leader of a pack of dogs who looks out for her pups and for skinny Sarel-girl. Nandi knows they are all in trouble, and she knows, too, that a boy is coming--an escaped prisoner with the water song inside him. A hard-hitting but ultimately hopeful survival story.
By Pam Muñoz Ryan. 2005
A very rare pitacohi bird falls in love with a swallow and plucks his colorful feathers to transform dry, barren… San Juan Capistrano into a haven of flowers and flowing water, which the swallows can easily find when returning from their annual migration.
By Meg Cabot. 2009
It's not easy being Nikki. Ever since former tomboy Emerson Watts's accident at the SoHo Stark Megastore and subsequent brain… transplant into the body of teen supermodel Nikki Howard, her life has changed dramatically. Em's trying to handle the demands of school, modeling, fending off Nikki's creepy ex-boyfriends, and living with celebutante Lulu Collins. She's also trying to figure out what the Stark Corporation is really up to, and why she can't stop thinking about her former best friend Christopher and British heartthrob Gabriel Luna. Will this former tomboy be able to make it in the world of high fashion? And ...what will happen if she can't?
By John Hersey. 1977
John Hersey's novel documents the Warsaw ghetto both as an emblem of Nazi persecution and as a personal confrontation with… torture, starvation, humiliation, and cruelty -- a gripping and visceral story, impossible to put down.
By Joyce Hansen. 1994
When Kofi's father, an Ashanti chief, is killed, Kofi is sold as a slave and ends up in Massachusetts, where… his fate is in the hands of Paul Cuffe, an African American shipbuilder who works to return slaves to their homeland in Africa.
By Sharon Robinson. 2006
Ten-year-old Elijah Breeze, a.k.a. Jumper, is having the hardest summer of his life. His father has just died; his mother… has moved them from the suburbs to Harlem; and he has to spend the summer at baseball camp. Basketball is Jumper's game. He doesn't know anything about baseball, or city life, or how to keep going without his dad. Jumper struggles in his new life, but he's encouraged by the support of his coach and by his grandma's wisdom. He finds out it is possible to start over in a new place with new people ... and still hold on to what's important from his past.
By Victoria Christopher Murray. 2009
By Patricia C. Mckissack, Fredrick L. Mckissack. 1994
Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave… quarters just before the Civil War.<P><P>Winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal
By Lachelle Weaver. 2016
Three sisters and a baby equal family drama... Bridgette, Ivy and Savannah have always been close, and as with any… sisterhood, it hasn't been without its challenges, but they always manage to come together in times of need. When the youngest, Savannah is faced with a life altering illness which threatens her lifelong desire to have children, one of her sisters offer to give her the ultimate gift--to become her surrogate. While Savannah is overwhelmed with happiness and gratitude about motherhood, not everyone in the family shares her sentiments. The upcoming addition to their family seems to cause discord rather than joy.
By Ellen Potter. 2007
Olivia Kidney has been through a lot. Being able to communicate with ghosts means never a dull moment -- or… a normal life. But just when things have calmed down, Olivia's father insists she enroll at one of the most prestigious arts schools in Manhattan! Yet her school problems take a backseat when Olivia must help her friend Frannie solve an age-old mystery, one that forces her deep underground into the infamous, intricate subway system of New York City. And what awaits her makes ghosts look like child's play. Favorite characters return in this wild, funny, completely unforgettable adventure. Olivia Kidney remains one of the freshest heroines in children's literature.
By L. Divine. 2010
Ever since she discovered a love for drag racing, it's full speed ahead for Jayd Jackson. . .Fed up with… the way her school's handling Cultural Awareness Day, Jayd and her crew decide to form the first African Student Union. Now some notorious haters are out for blood. But that's not the only multicultural activity Jayd's got cooking. On the boy front, Jayd discovers she loves being behind the wheel of her friends' hot rods, but she can't deny her attraction for Emilio, the new Latino sophomore at South Bay High. Emilio seems to be crushin' hard on Jayd too. And now that Jayd may be South Bay's last virgin, she wonders if it's time to take things to the next level.But her magical grandmother thinks Jayd's already moving too fast--and if she doesn't slow down, she's sure to get burned. . .
By Donald Welch. 2010
Skylar and Storm Morrison may be gorgeous twin sisters, but they are as different as night and day. Skylar is… savvy and book-smart; Storm is shrewd and street-smart. But a twist of fate lands Storm in jail, where she must trade her Fendi bags and Prada boots for an orange jumpsuit and laceless white sneakers. Meanwhile Skylar makes a name for herself by transforming the restaurant that once belonged to the twins' late father, Dutch, into Legends, Philadelphia's hottest new nightclub. Now, newly released from prison, Storm has some serious living to do. And she's ready to take control of what's rightfully hers--a share of Legends--with the help of some of Philly's most notorious thugs. But moving back into the real world will prove much harder than Storm ever imagined. And as Skylar and Storm negotiate their new relationship, both women will feel the pull of Dutch, a figure so powerful he can keep his girls in line years after his death. In the end, the sisters will have to face their shared, tumultuous past--and a future that's both uncertain and wide open.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Set in China during the early twentieth century, Pearl S. Buck's timeless trilogy is the powerful story of a family--and… a nation--in transition The Good Earth is Buck's classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Wang Lung, a Chinese peasant farmer, and his wife, O-lan, a former slave. With luck and hard work, the couple's fortunes improve over the years: They are blessed with sons, and save steadily until one day they can afford to buy property in the House of Wang--the very house in which O-lan used to work. But success brings with it a new set of problems. Wang soon finds himself the target of jealousy, and as good harvests come and go, so does the social order. Will Wang's family cherish the estate after he's gone? The family's story continues in Sons and A House Divided, when the Revolution sweeping through China further unsettles Wang Lung's family in this rich and unforgettable portrait of a family and a country in the throes of widespread national change.