This teen collection contains two wintery short stories. Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year's Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time. Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan. Both have been previously published but appear here with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker. A little treat for the New Year.
When the unexpected moves in next door, anything can happen in this YA-friendly debut. Freddy doesn't want people to think she's weird. Her family makes that difficult, though: her deaf stepbrother is a major geek, and her genius little sister is training to be the next Sherlock Holmes. All Freddy wants is to survive high school. Then two extremely odd neighbors move in next door. They are definitely not normal. Neither is their house, which defies the laws of physics. Nor is Freddy's situation, when she suddenly finds herself stuck thousands of years in the past with her very weird neighbors. And that's only the beginning. Discover your inner child once again in this fantasy adventure for fans of Madeleine L'Engle, Diana Wynne Jones, and E. L. Konigsburg.
Camri Coulter's search for her missing brother, Caleb, leads her deep into the political corruption of San Francisco, and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock. As the two try to find Caleb, the stakes rise and threats loom. Will Patrick be able to protect her from danger?
If you’re in the mood for a classic, give this one a try. It follows the rise of the grandest department store in 19th-century Paris and one its young salespeople, Denise. Zola's detailed descriptions of the retail experience—stressful working conditions, frenzied shopping behavior—still ring true. - Heather
Introducing herself to the Cotswold village she’s moved to after early retirement, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local contest and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies. To clear her name, she turns amateur sleuth. This is the first in a long-running cozy mystery series that finds the former owner of a London PR firm is a feisty outsider who takes on investigations, annoying the local constabulary and slowly warming to life in a small village. These are quick-reading stories filled with delightful characters. After reading, watch the series on AcornTV.
Documents the adventures and legacy of 19th-century botanist and food explorer David Fairchild to reveal the stories of how diverse crops ranging from avocadoes and mangoes to seedless grapes and pomegranates were introduced to America from faraway cultures.
In the hallowed halls of Oxford's Merlin College, the most talented--and highest born--sons of the Kingdom of Britain are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover...
A thickly plotted literary mystery set in a small drought-stricken town in the Australian outback where old and new murders have unhinged the inhabitants. A former resident, now a federal investigator, is summoned to his hometown for the funeral of the three current victims, which include his one-time best friend. The investigator, a suspect in the earlier case, can’t wait to leave, but various circumstances draw him in and delay his departure.
A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry--both black and white--through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.
The daughter of a woman who has wanted nothing more than a quiet life in her small beachside home embarks on a desperate search for answers when she discovers the explosive truth about her mother's true identity.
Stephen has sinned. He knew it was wrong at the time but he did it anyway. Now he's begging for forgiveness. Based on the popular segment of The Late Show, his most shameful secrets are now revealed to all (although, he'd like you not to tell anyone). An illustrated collection of Stephen Colbert at his most brilliant and irreverent.
A bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir from cultural icon and culinary standard bearer Alice Waters recalls the circuitous road and tumultuous times leading to the opening of what is arguably America's most influential restaurant, Chez Panisse.
A beautiful memoir of one woman's journey from her rural Midwestern hometown to the world of New York City fine dining--and back again--in search of her culinary roots. It pulses with energy, a cook’s eye for detail, and dry Midwestern humor as she realizes the marrow running through her bones is not demi-glace but gravy--thick with nostalgia and hard to resist.
Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it's like to be in service to them. "I'd become a nameless ghost," Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients' lives-their sadness and love, too-she begins to find hope in her own path.
The remarkable story of one endearing dog's journey home after she is separated from her beloved human and travels through 400 miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness to find him. A beautifully told, charming tale that explores the incredible power of love and resilience of spirit that ties us together. From the author of A Dog’s Purpose.
When her father is diagnosed with Hungtington's disease, eighteen-year-old Vanni abandons her plan to flee her small New Mexico hometown after high school graduation and instead spends the summer keeping herself busy with part-time jobs and boys, but that changes after she meets Leigh, whose friendship dares Vanni to ask herself big questions and make new plans.
A group of teens who all attended the same elite prep school reunite a year after graduation. After a night on the town, the teens are faced with an impossible choice--only one of them can live and the decision must be unanimous.
A lush fantasy series inspired by Japanese mythology follows the adventures of a secret shapeshifter who escapes an attack on her temple with a piece of an ancient scroll before meeting a samurai who would kill her for it.
Ghouls live among us, normal except their craving for human flesh. Ken Kaneki is an ordinary college student until a violent encounter turns him into the first half-human half-ghoul hybrid in this horror manga.
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father's tragic car accident
Kamala Khan, a Pakistani American girl from Jersey City who lives a conservative Muslim lifestyle with her family, suddenly acquires superhuman powers and, despite the pressures of school and home, tries to use her abilities to help her community.
The year is 1988. Sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade, but lately Gretchen has been acting bizarrely. When Abby discovers that Gretchen has a demon living inside her, it’s up to Abby to rescue her friend in this pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.
When Marjorie, who’s in charge of her family's laundry business, encounters Wendell, a ghost seeking purpose in the forbidden human world, the pair must find a solution to Wendell's hauntings that are causing chaos in Marjorie's life.
With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure in this steampunk novel set in an alternate war-torn Europe.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. First in the delightful Finishing School series.
When seventeen-year-old Abby Turner is rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart” she gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger's story (#5) to fall in love (#8). Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
Emma Nash may be down, but after months of wallowing, stalking her ex online and avoiding showering—because, really, who’s going to care?—Emma’s ready to own her newly single status, get out with her friends and chronicle her dating adventures on her private blog.
Willa, a young night-spirit of the Great Smoky Mountains, is her clan's best thief. She creeps into the homes of day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won't miss. It's dangerous work-the day-folk kill whatever they do not understand--but Willa will do anything to win the approval of the padaran, the charismatic leader of the Faeran people.
When Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn't overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different
Seven strange and adventurous siblings tackle problems together even when their new neighbors try to tear them apart.
Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, this is an unforgettable tale of finding the courage to face any problem heart-first.
A brick may seem like just a simple block, but in groupings of ten, twenty, and more, it can create many impressive structures, from hotels to schools to skyscrapers. This is a terrific introduction to counting in quantities for children.