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By Margaret Atwood. 2005
For Penelope, wife of Odysseus, maintaining a kingdom while her husband fights in the Trojan War is not easy -… already aggrieved by the shocking behaviour of her cousin Helen, she must bring up her wayward son, face down scandalous rumours, and keep over a hundred lusty, greedy and bloodthirsty suitors at bay. When Odysseus finally returns home and slaughters the suitors, he also brutally hangs Penelope's twelve beloved maids. What were his motives, and what was Penelope herself really up to? 2005.
By Steven Herrick. 2000
Billy runs away from an unhappy family situation to set up house in an abandoned freight car. The story is… revealed in alternating verse, describing the innermost thoughts of the three main characters: 16-year-old Billy; Caitlin, the wealthy townie with whom he forms a bond; and Old Bill, the lawyer-turned-alcoholic hobo to whom Billy reaches out - and who gives Billy an astonishing gift in return. For senior high readers. 2004, c2000.
By Vikram Seth. 1986
Extraordinary novel in verse form, focusing on the soap-operatic tribulations of a group of San Francisco Bay-area yuppies. The entire… work consists of 594 sonnets with four metric feet to a line, including such publication elements as the table of contents and note on the author. Love and ethics are the theme and literary references abound. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 1986.
By Kwame Alexander. 2019
Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander brings you How to Read a Book, a poetic journey about the experience of reading. Find… a tree-a black tupelo or dawn redwood will do-and plant yourself. (It's okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.) With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexander's evocative poetry takes listeners on a sensory journey between the pages of a book.
By Jasmine Warga. 2019
A gorgeously written, hopeful middle grade novel in verse about a young girl who must leave Syria to move to… the United States, perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Aisha Saeed. Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives. At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven't quite prepared her for starting school in the US-and her new label of "Middle Eastern," an identity she's never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises-there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is. This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.
By Sharon Creech. 2016
This uplifting New York Times bestseller reminds us that if weA??re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises.… Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon CreechA??s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. Following one familyA??s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow. When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesnA??t know what to expect. SheA??s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents A??volunteerA? Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named EdnaA??and that stubborn cow, Zora. This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.
By Marion Dane Bauer. 2018
In an astonishing unfurling of our universe, Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer and Caldecott Honor winner Ekua Holmes celebrate… the birth of every child. Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG! Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us.
By James Greer. 2010
The Failure is a picaresque novel set in Los Angeles about two guys who conceive and badly execute a plan… to rob a Korean check-cashing store in order to finance the prototype for an impossibly ridiculous Internet application James Greer one of the nimblest and most multilayered American fiction writers has with his latest novel The Failure pulled off a sublime and shivery-smooth literary hat-trick-cum-emotional-gotcha I defy anyone to come up with an equation to explain how this book s first impression as a ridiculously clever funny crime story can gradually disclose a metanovel built from far more encyclopedic scratch only to reveal upon its conclusion a central overriding thought so heartfelt literally it trembles your lower lip This is one stunning piece of work --Dennis Cooper author of Ugly Man James Greer s The Failure is such an unqualified success both in conception and execution that I have grave doubts he actually wrote it --Steven SoderberghJames Greer is the author of the novel Artificial Light Akashic Books which won a California Book Award for Best Debut Novel and the nonfiction book Guided By Voices A Brief History Grove Press a biography of the band for which he once played bass guitar He is currently working with director Steven Soderbergh on a rock musical about Cleopatra starring Catherine Zeta-Jones He lives in Los Angeles
By Dennis Cooper, Trinie Dalton. 2005
Trinie Dalton s voice is so charming in these stories and they fly right by so it takes a… little time to realize how deftly she is talking about death and sex and fear and love and fur and slumber parties how lightly she touches upon heaviness making an imprint so gentle you don t know it s there until later when the story floats back up in your memory light as a butterfly or a blood-oil lilypad in the bath --Aimee Bender Trinie Dalton is as radically original a young writer as I ve ever come across a post-punk post-apocalyptic post-everything sensibility casting spells of willed innocence against the powers of darkness she knows terrifyingly well --David Gates These charming stories vibrate with innocence and awe Trinie Dalton is an effortless purveyor of wonder strangeness and love She is a writer of high spirits and unguarded vision and this debut collection is an absolute pleasure to read --Ben Marcus In Wide Eyed a wonderfully eccentric and vibrant collection Trinie Dalton showcases her ability to put a fresh spin on the world leading the reader into places never explored--sometimes dreamlike sometimes nightmarish always riveting Her vision is wholly unique and memorable --Jill McCorkleIn Trinie Dalton s tweaked vision of reality psychic communications between herself and Mick Jagger The Flaming Lips Marc Bolan Lou Reed and Pavement are daily occurrences Animals also populate this book beavers hamsters salamanders black widows owls llamas bats and many more are characters who befriend the narrator This collection of stories is told by a woman compelled to divulge her secrets fantasies and obsessions with native Californian animals glam rock icons and horror movies among other things With a setting rooted in urban Los Angeles but colored by mythic tales of beauty borrowed from medieval times Shakespeare and Grimm s fairy tales Wide Eyed makes the difficulties of surviving in a contemporary American city more palatable by showing the reader that magic and escape is always possible Stories include Hummingbird Moonshine in which the narrator s frustrated hunt for authentic religion in botanicas and science books culminates in a spiritual connection made with a hummingbird In Oceanic she resolves to marry a manatee after a drunken pre-party for her best friend s wedding In Tiles four vignettes about bloody accidents in tiled bathrooms intermingle with scenes from Dalton s favorite scary movies Featuring oddball prose in the traditions of Dalton s literary heroes--Denton Welch Robert Walser and Jane Bowles--these stories have a dreamy imaginative quality that reveal a peculiar state of mental ecstasy To be inside the mind of Trinie Dalton is to be escorted into bliss
By Cricket Media. 2018
Children will love this traditional holiday poem with repeated words and rhymes about making Christmas pudding, a tasty holiday dessert.… Add plums, flour, eggs, and spice and stir it all together!
By Sonya Sones. 2018
Poignant and chilling by turns, The Opposite of Innocent is award-winning author Sonya Sones’s most gripping novel in verse yet.… It’s the story of a girl named Lily, who’s been crushing on a man named Luke, a friend of her parents, ever since she can remember. Luke has been away for two endless years, but he’s finally returning today. Lily was only twelve when he left. But now, at fourteen, she feels transformed. She can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees the new her. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops.Having Luke back is better than Lily could have ever dreamed. His lingering looks set Lily on fire. Is she just imagining them? But then, when they’re alone, he kisses her. Then he kisses her again. Lily’s friends think anyone his age who wants to be with a fourteen-year-old must be really messed up. Maybe even dangerous. But Luke would never do anything to hurt her...would he?In this powerful tale of a terrifying leap into young adulthood, readers will accompany Lily on her harrowing journey from hopelessness to hope.
By Ellen Hopkins. 2018
<P><P>Weekly Someone will shoot. And someone will die. #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and… white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel. <P><P>People kill people. Guns just make it easier. A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? <P><P> Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? <P><P>One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who? <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Rabindranath Tagore. 2015
Collected here are ten wonderful traditional Indian stories as told by Rabindranath Tagore The language is rich and the… narrative compelling Tagore was one of the greatest poets of the twentieth Century and that lyrical quality comes through in all of his work
By Edgar Poe, J Kennedy. 2006
A fully revised collection of Poe s work The first new edition of this landmark anthology since 1945 presents… a more complicated perverse and culturally engaged Poe Along with the author s familiar masterworks in poetry and fiction this new Portable Poe includes satirical tales that reflect his critique of American culture