Schooled in Magic

Author: Christopher G. Nuttall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781606192986

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 310

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Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns the locals believe that she is a "Child of Destiny," someone whose choices might save or damn their world... a title that earns her both friends and enemies. A stranger in a very strange land, she may never fit into her new world... ...and the necromancer is still hunting her. If Emily can't stop him, he might bring about the end of days.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

The Book of Blood and Shadow

Author: Robin Wasserman

Publisher: Ember

ISBN: 0375872779

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 431

View: 2338

When Nora Kane discovers her best friend murdered and her boyfriend the apparent killer, she is caught up in a web of secret societies and conspirators, all searching for a device purported to allow direct communication with God.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Past Tense

Author: Christopher Nuttall

Publisher: Schooled in Magic

ISBN: 9781606193167

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 6632

Their past is not what they think it is... Thrown back in time after the spells binding Whitehall School together nearly collapsed, Emily finds herself in the days of Lord Whitehall. But everything she knows about the past is a lie. The Whitehall Commune is in hiding from a great and terrible foe, while some of the legendary founders bicker like children and others call on deadly and untrustworthy entities with agendas of their own. Desperately seeking a way back to her own time, her mere presence a boon and a curse to established history, Emily is drawn into a conflict against both rogue wizards and a mysterious force intent on exterminating all magicians before the future school can take shape. But as deadly powers converge on the castle, her time is running out... ...And, deep beneath Old Whitehall, something dark and dangerous is about to be born.
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The God Decrees

Devan Chronicles 1

Author: Mark E. Cooper

Publisher: Impulse Books UK

ISBN: 1905380054

Category: Fiction

Page: 322

View: 5254

Ripped from our world to theirs, will she be their savior or their destroyer? Julia is pure dedication. The 19-year-old gymnast works herself to the bone each day to prepare for the upcoming Olympic Games. A competition she'll never reach. When she's summoned by a wizard to save his people, she'll be stranded on an alien world where women are sheltered, magic is real, and there's no way home. As she comes to terms with her new role, she must make new allies and friends if she wants any chance of survival. The God Decrees is the first book in the Devan Chronicles, a four-book fantasy series. If you like strong, three-dimensional characters; vivid descriptions; and enchanting magic, then you'll love a series that grabs you and keeps you through the very last page. Buy the book to start Mark E. Cooper's magical sword and sorcery series today! 1. The God Decrees 2. The Power that Binds 3. The Warrior Within 4. Dragon Dawn 5. Destiny's Pawn This fantasy story is about a woman summoned to a magical world where she becomes a sorceress and champion for good. An epic fantasy set in a world at war with historical fantasy overtones. Wizards battle with sorcerers and sorceresses while ordinary men fight to survive tumultuous times with nothing but their sword, dagger and bravery.
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The Cost of All Things

Author: Maggie Lehrman

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062320769

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 416

View: 7632

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets We Were Liars in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama. What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari's boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember. Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

Infinite Regress

Author: Christopher G. Nuttall

Publisher: Paladin Timeless Books

ISBN: 9781606193143

Category: Fiction

Page: 258

View: 1688

Emily returns to Whitehall, only to discover that things have changed. The new Grandmaster doesn't want her in his school - and is only willing to accept her as a probationary student. If she wishes to remain at Whitehall, she must work for Professor Locke as an assistant while managing her studies and her growing relationship with Caleb. And, as if that wasn't enough, she is also expected to mentor a bunch of younger students. Her time is no longer her own. But when Professor Locke starts opening the tunnels under the school, hunting for the lost secrets of Old Whitehall, he triggers off a series of catastrophes that threaten to tear the school apart. As the staff and students struggle to survive, Emily is forced to solve a disturbing mystery... ...And figure out what it has to do with her private research. Praise for Schooled in Magic by Christopher Nuttall "...Schooled in Magic is a fun new take on an otherworld fantasy that brings magic to life. By the end of this book, the reader will feel as if he has been schooled in magic himself. Yet the story has clearly only begun. More please!" ~ Christine Amsden, award-winning author of the Cassie Scot series
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The Little Book of Little Activists

Author: Penguin Young Readers

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0451478568

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 544

A celebration of political activism by America's youngest citizens--our children. You're never too young to care about your community or to stand up for your beliefs. That's the empowering message of this book, which is all about how real kids exercise their first amendment rights. Filled with inspiring photos of children at recent demonstrations and rallies, The Little Book of Little Activists also includes inspirational quotes from kids themselves on topics of equality, diversity, and feminism, as well as an introduction by Bob Bland, co-chair of the Women's March on Washington, and an afterword by civil rights activist Lynda Blackmon Lowery, author of Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. Five percent of gross proceeds go to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. The Little Book of Little Activists is a child's very first introduction to political activism, presented at a level that they can understand and relate to. Perfect for parents who want to raise their kids to become participatory members of a democracy.
Posted in Juvenile Nonfiction

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062316109

Category: Science

Page: 464

View: 4632

New York Times Bestseller A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas. Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become? Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316219304

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 272

View: 4149

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live. With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

Narwhal

Unicorn of the Sea

Author: Ben Clanton

Publisher: Narwhal and Jelly Book

ISBN: 1101918268

Category: JUVENILE FICTION

Page: 64

View: 7549

A happy-go-lucky, waffle-loving narwhal and a cynical, no-nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adventures while exploring the ocean together.
Posted in JUVENILE FICTION

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Thomas Piketty

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674979850

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 816

View: 7010

The main driver of inequality—returns on capital that exceed the rate of economic growth—is again threatening to generate extreme discontent and undermine democratic values. Thomas Piketty’s findings in this ambitious, original, rigorous work will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.
Posted in Business & Economics

The Poet X

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062662821

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 368

View: 421

“Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice.” —Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation “An incredibly potent debut.” —Jason Reynolds, author of the National Book Award Finalist Ghost “Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.” —Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing #ownvoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth. Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
Posted in Young Adult Fiction

A Mighty Long Way

My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School

Author: Carlotta Walls Lanier,Lisa Frazier Page

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 9780345517241

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 1667

BONUS: This edition contains an A Mighty Long Way discussion guide. When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America. For Carlotta and the eight other children, simply getting through the door of this admired academic institution involved angry mobs, racist elected officials, and intervention by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was forced to send in the 101st Airborne to escort the Nine into the building. But entry was simply the first of many trials. Breaking her silence at last and sharing her story for the first time, Carlotta Walls has written an engrossing memoir that is a testament not only to the power of a single person to make a difference but also to the sacrifices made by families and communities that found themselves a part of history.
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Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101994789

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 416

View: 2040

This captivating and colorful adventure that reads like a modern day fairy tale, from the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series is the perfect gift! "Brimming with color and magic." —New York Times Book Review ★ New York Times bestseller! ★ Featured on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," NPR, TIME, and Entertainment Weekly ★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year ★ A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year ★ A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year ★ Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly Holiday Gift Guide selections Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other. But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. It will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. “Tahereh Mafi is a maestro of words, and Furthermore the most magical painting that ever existed, bursting with color and heart and humanity. I wanted to stay inside this masterpiece forever.” – Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend and The Young Elites series "A place so full of enchanting beauty and topsy-turvy adventure, it even calls to mind Wonderland and Oz.... Friendship, family and self-acceptance. What makes this book truly sing is the lush world Mafi has created, brimming with color and magic." —New York Times Book Review ★ “Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi is a surprising, sensuous, delicious fantasy to devour.” –Shelf Awareness, starred review ★ "A fast-paced, funny, and richly imaginative story that embraces and celebrates individuality." —Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "Rich, luscious, clever prose." —Kirkus, starred review
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Conjectures and Refutations

The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

Author: Karl Popper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135971374

Category: Philosophy

Page: 608

View: 2714

Conjectures and Refutations is one of Karl Popper's most wide-ranging and popular works, notable not only for its acute insight into the way scientific knowledge grows, but also for applying those insights to politics and to history. It provides one of the clearest and most accessible statements of the fundamental idea that guided his work: not only our knowledge, but our aims and our standards, grow through an unending process of trial and error.
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Lessons in Etiquette

Author: Christopher G. Nuttall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781606193006

Category: Fiction

Page: 266

View: 5464

After completing her first year of learning magic at Whitehall School, Emily accepts an invitation from Princess Alassa to accompany her on her progress back to her home country of Zangaria, where the princess may meet her future husband. For Emily, it is a chance to relax and explore a world very different to Earth, meet new people and come to terms with her reputation in the Nameless World. And yet, as she sees more of the countries surrounding Whitehall, she feels more and more out of place. Even her friends are strange to her eyes. But dark forces are at work, plotting to capture the Princess, take power in Zangeria ... and undo all of Emily's work. As all hell breaks loose, Emily may be all that stands between Zangaria and a return to the dark ages of brute force.
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The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 9703

Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.
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The Beast Within

Author: Cory Barclay

Publisher: Cory Barclay

ISBN: 1986335461

Category: Fiction

Page: 370

View: 2241

In late 16th century Germany, the city of Bedburg is reeling from the recent werewolf and witch trials, while a despotic lord rules his people with an iron fist. No one is safe from suspicion or persecution. Until an unlikely hero steps forward -- a former priest working in secret to rescue as many lives as possible. Meanwhile, across the sea in England, a young woman escaping from the turmoil in Germany bands together with other refugees to start a new life in a new village. But each one’s quest for justice and lost family members draws them back to the chaos and tyranny they left behind -- where tyrants kill the innocent, friends betray allies, families question allegiances, and armies slaughter in the name of God. The Beast Within chronicles an improbable group of misfits -- a priest, a pirate, a magician, a whore, a thief, a beggar, and others with nothing in common but good souls -- willing to face pure evil no matter the odds.
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