As a journalist writing for a travel magazine, Lo Blacklock has just received her first big professional break. She’s covering a new luxury cruise ship that has a handful of cabins while it travels around the Norwegian fjords for a week. Things get off to a rocky start when Lo meets a woman in cabin 10, which is next to hers, who’s less than excited to meet her. Then in the middle of the night after something awakens her, Lo hears a loud splash—like a body hitting water. She stumbles to her private balcony in an alcohol-induced haze and sees a dark, oily smear on cabin 10’s glass safety barrier. It looks a lot like blood. Lo’s attempts to have this mysterious event investigated while at sea leads nowhere, largely it appears, due to her self-medicating with alcohol—witnessed by many on board. It doesn’t help that word gets out she also takes anti-anxiety medication and has for years. Is something going on here or is it all in Lo’s mind? Filled with surprising twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the end.
15 year old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians in the fading world of magic. When visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic! Also available is #2 The Song of the Quarkbeast.
Three high school students, Shelly, Eric, and Fatima, have nothing in common except for a mysterious blackmailer who knows their secrets. They try to identify and stop the blackmailer by performing very specific acts of bullying at their high schools.
It is the year 1854 and a deadly cholera outbreak has come to Broad Street in London. A young Orphan named Eel and his best friend Florrie team up to help Dr. John Snow prove that cholera is spread through water and not by poisonous air, as is the belief at the time. This is a great story about the history of public health and about one young orphan finding a purpose through science. Based on true events,this book combines historical fiction, a medical mystery, and a survival story all into one exciting tale. (Grades 5-8 School Library Journal)
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim is dragged from her home in Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi. When she learns that her mother is sick in Ohio, Mim confronts her demons on a thousand-mile odyssey from “mosquitoland” to her Ohio mother that redefines her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
You think your emails are private? Is your credit card number secure? That government secrets and nuclear codes are safe from hacking? Th1ink aga1n. Robert 'Smiles' Smylie and his friend Ben become embroiled in a high-stakes negotiation with a pair of suspicious Feds when Ben cracks a code with the power to unlock all the Internet's secrets.
Celebrate the fresh food available at the farmer's market. There are many poems about the vegetables and fruits that people love to enjoy, from squash and okra, to tomatoes and watermelon. School Library Journal recommends for Preschool to Grade 1.
When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart? Age 0-8
When a young Cleopatra (yes, that Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, really far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo's style). With help from her teacher Khensu and new friends, Cleo learns what is takes to be a great leader–all while trying to figure out how she's going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention! Ages 8-10
Farmer's markets and harvest festivals will be going strong through harvest season. Learn where and how we get our food, whether from animal, land or sea. Full of vibrant and up-to-date photography, Grow! Raise! Catch! is perfect for discovering the source of our food and how we humans participate in the process of food making.