This is the story of a reluctant adventurer who battles enormous forces. Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist, likes his creature comforts and is unsure as he sets out on an incredible journey to complete an important task. In order to succeed he needs to learn how to get along with others and stand up for what he believes in. It is an inspiring tale of adventure, fellowship, uncertainty, and strength.
This beautiful and absorbing book follows the life of a bravely determined young woman, Malala, living in the Swat Valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Malala publicly supported female education which was a strong defiant act toward the local Taliban. With poise, strength, and courage Malala gives us a first person account of what it is like to live in current Pakistani society. Her detailed narrative of being shot by the Taliban along with her miraculous recovery is truly moving.
The hellstrip—the space between a street and a public sidewalk which finally gains attention as a space to add curb appeal to your home. This oft-ignored gardening space can be reclaimed as a small paradise with environmentally friendly plants that thrive in tough situations and with limited water needs.
Gorgeous color photographs of hellstrip gardens offer inspiration and visual guidance to tackle this new gardening frontier.
Was the British luxury ocean liner Lusitania, sunk in British waters during World War I, an inevitable casualty of war? Was there anything that could have been done to save her or her civilian passengers, which included a record number of infants and children? Had wartime rules of engagement changed?
Erik Larson’s considerable research illuminates the remarkable series of coincidences and decisions that converged to consign the Lusitania and most of her passengers and crew to a watery grave. Larson skillfully brings individual passengers, captain, crew, and military leaders to life while detailing the behind-the-scenes machinations that played such a significant role in the Lusitania’s sinking.
Whether you enjoy historical nonfiction or have shied away from reading it because of concern about dry text or an avalanche of dates, names, and places, this riveting read is for you.
“What happened, Jens?” is a question Julia continues to ask her son. The problem is her son is missing and Julia has been living with that unanswerable question for years. Julia has not recovered from receiving that devastating phone call from her father that Jens had vanished. On a foggy October night, Jens' grandfather, Gerlof, fell asleep in his chair while babysitting Jens, who must have left their beach house and disappeared into the ocean. Or did he? Twenty years after that fateful day, Gerlof receives one sandal in the mail. He calls his daughter, Julia, to inform her of this mysterious package. Could this be Jens' sandal? Father and daughter patch their strained relationship to pursue clues in search of an answer. This award-winning mystery is an excellent read.
Finn and Cara live with their family in a village off the western coast of Ireland. One day the children end up castaways landing on Fog Island, a dark and mysterious place. What will happen to the children? Who would believe the story of the island? A timeless story from a classic picture book author will delight readers ages 5 and up.
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a big, horrible, dinosaur-like, green monster. When he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all. A good lesson for all ages, but especially ages 4 and up.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures. Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.
Tiny, Moonpie and Andre are three cats who want to know if there is a yappy, snappy dog in their house! Lift the flaps to discover what is going on in their world! A fun, interactive story for ages 3 and up.
It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon. To grab some much needed funding and attention, they decide to launch a historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to the once top secret moon base DARLAH 2. Mia, Antoine, and Midori are going on the trip of a lifetime, and only one is coming back.