Blades of Glory

The True Story of a Young Team Bred to Win

Author: John Rosengren

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402200472

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 354

View: 3262

An exposé of high school hockey as reflected by the author's season-long relationship with the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars describes the tremendous pressure and other factors contributing to their championship status, citing such issues as divorce, teen suicide, and performance-enhancing drugs. 25,000 first printing.
Posted in Sports & Recreation

Judy Blume

A Biography

Author: Kathleen Tracy

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313342721

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 127

View: 8669

Highlights the life and achievements of the author who is best known for her candid works about children going through puberty and other life changes.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Educational Assessment

Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability

Author: Robert J. Wright

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412949173

Category: Education

Page: 563

View: 6461

Educational Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability is a core text for use in a first level graduate course in educational measurement and testing. In addition to covering the topics traditionally found in core textbooks for this course, this text also provides coverage of contemporary topics (including national testing programs, international achievement comparisons, the value added assessment of schools and teachers, and the public policy debate on selective admissions vs. affirmative minority enrollment).
Posted in Education

Hotel For Dogs

Author: Lois Duncan

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 054528371X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 192

View: 1768

A charming story for dog lovers everywhere--and now a major motion picture!
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Texas School Finance Reform

An IDRA Perspective

Author: Jose A. Cardenas

Publisher: Intercultural Development Research Association (Idra)


Category: Education

Page: 386

View: 910

A master story-teller, Dr. Jose A. Cardenas, offers us an insider's view of the 28-year history of school finance in Texas. Dr. Cardenas is the founder & director emeritus of IDRA & is the only person who has been actively involved in the entire school finance reform effort since the early days of the RODRIGUEZ VS. SAN ANTONIO ISD litigation when he was superintendent of the Edgewood Independent School District. More than a history, this book provides a blueprint for persons interested in bringing about future reform in schools & other social institutions. Beginning with a description of the Texas system in 1950, the account covers court cases, legislation, & advocacy efforts & concludes with the status & future of school finance reform. Personal vignettes sprinkled throughout offer glimpses of those special untold moments that impacted history. Much of this volume - including the myths of school finance & lessons learned - relate to reform efforts in other states as well. Dr. James A. Kelly, president of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, provides a foreword, "Fighting the Good Fight," describing Dr. Cardenas as a trailblazer & pioneer. (ISBN 1-878550-63-2; 1997; 387 pages; hardback) Distributed exclusively by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA); 210-684-8180; FAX: 210-684-5389; E-mail: [email protected]; URL:
Posted in Education

Highland Park and River Oaks

The Origins of Garden Suburban Community Planning in Texas

Author: Cheryl Caldwell Ferguson

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292759371

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

View: 6292

In the early twentieth century, developers from Baltimore to Beverly Hills built garden suburbs, a new kind of residential community that incorporated curvilinear roads and landscape design as picturesque elements in a neighborhood. Intended as models for how American cities should be rationally, responsibly, and beautifully modernized, garden suburban communities were fragments of a larger (if largely imagined) garden city—the mythical "good" city of U.S. city-planning practices of the 1920s. This extensively illustrated book chronicles the development of the two most fully realized garden suburbs in Texas, Dallas's Highland Park and Houston's River Oaks. Cheryl Caldwell Ferguson draws on a wealth of primary sources to trace the planning, design, financing, implementation, and long-term management of these suburbs. She analyzes homes built by such architects as H. B. Thomson, C. D. Hill, Fooshee & Cheek, John F. Staub, Birdsall P. Briscoe, and Charles W. Oliver. She also addresses the evolution of the shopping center by looking at Highland Park's Shopping Village, which was one of the first in the nation. Ferguson sets the story of Highland Park and River Oaks within the larger story of the development of garden suburban communities in Texas and across America to explain why these two communities achieved such prestige, maintained their property values, became the most successful in their cities in the twentieth century, and still serve as ideal models for suburban communities today.
Posted in Architecture

Because of Savannah

Author: Sarah Patt

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 1480819913

Category: Fiction

Page: 290

View: 2892

Dakota Buchannan believes there can be nothing worse in life than losing her motheruntil her father suddenly dies, leaving her orphaned at sixteen. As she attempts to muddle her way through the funeral, Dakota is introduced to a man twice her age who looks remarkably like her father. Moments later, it is revealed that Luke is the son her father never knew he hadand her brother. Luke invites her to join his family with the option of returning to Fort Worth to live with her bachelor uncle if she is not happy. Despite influence from Lukes narcissistic wife, it does not take long before their adorable four-year-old daughter, Savannah, captivates Dakota. As things begin looking up for Dakota, she meets a college graduate at a barbeque, setting off fireworks in her love life. But when her uncle falls victim to a near fatal hit-and-run, Dakota is compelled to revisit her old home where the past collides with the present as she comes face-to-face with a killer and a shocking secret. In this gripping story, an orphaned teenager is led down an unexpected path through pain, fear, and danger to the eventual realization that everything in life happens for a reason.
Posted in Fiction

A Century of Class

Public Education in Dallas, 1884-1984

Author: Rose-Mary Rumbley

Publisher: N.A


Category: Public schools

Page: 388

View: 1988

Posted in Public schools

Halo Effect

An Unauthorized Look at the Most Successful Video Game of All Time

Author: Glenn Yeffeth

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1935251597

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 188

View: 6824

Halo Effect
Posted in Games & Activities


An Autobiography

Author: Willie Nelson,Bud Shrake,Edwin Shrake

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0815410808

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 334

View: 2242

Willie Nelson is more than just a singer whose albums have captures this country's imagination for more than thirty years: he is the nearest thing we have to the poet laureate of America's heart and the heartland. Told with frankness, warmth and earthy humor, here is Willie's story: his depression ere childhood; his stormy marriages; his will experiences with drugs, booze and women; his long rise to stardom; his musical and personal experiences with Waylon Jennings, Julio Iglesias, Kris Kristopherson, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

The Winning Spirit

16 Timeless Principles That Drive Performance Excellence

Author: Tom Mitchell, Ph.D.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781532777875


Page: 222

View: 8081

Widely considered the best NFL quarterback of all time Joe Montana personifies performance excellence in personal integrity both on and off the field. Now making his message available to a broader audience, Montana teams up with performance coach, Tom Mitchell, to extend to all areas of life the truth of success. "The Winning Spirit" shows that ultimately performance excellence is fueled by desire, imagination, enthusiasm, practice, and appreciation.
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All Involved

A Novel

Author: Ryan Gattis

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062378813

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

View: 7679

A propulsive and ambitious novel as electrifying as The Wire, from a writer hailed as the West Coast's Richard Price—a mesmerizing epic of crime and opportunity, race, revenge, and loyalty, set in the chaotic streets of South Central L.A. in the wake of one of the most notorious and incendiary trials of the 1990s At 3:15 p.m. on April 29, 1992, a jury acquitted three white Los Angeles Police Department officers charged with using excessive force to subdue a black man named Rodney King, and failed to reach a verdict on the same charges involving a fourth officer. Less than two hours later, the city exploded in violence that lasted six days. In nearly 121 hours, fifty-three lives were lost. But there were even more deaths unaccounted for: violence that occurred outside of active rioting sites by those who used the chaos to viciously settle old scores. A gritty and cinematic work of fiction, All Involved vividly re-creates this turbulent and terrifying time, set in a sliver of Los Angeles largely ignored by the media during the riots. Ryan Gattis tells seventeen interconnected first-person narratives that paint a portrait of modern America itself—laying bare our history, our prejudices, and our complexities. With characters that capture the voices of gang members, firefighters, graffiti kids, and nurses caught up in these extraordinary circumstances, All Involved is a literary tour de force that catapults this edgy writer into the ranks of such legendary talents as Dennis Lehane and George V. Higgins.
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Germans of Louisiana

Author: Ellen C. Merrill

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

ISBN: 9781589802445

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 5473

During the antebellum period, New Orleans was the largest German colony below the Mason-Dixon line. Later settlements moved upriver between New Orleans and Donaldsonville, near Lecompte, and in North Louisiana near Minden. Germans of Louisiana is the first unified published study of the influence the German people made on the state of Louisiana and its inhabitants. Beginning with the French and Spanish colonial periods and working through the post-Civil War period, this book covers the heritage those German settlers left behind.
Posted in History

Legendary Locals of Jersey City

Author: John Gomez

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1467100927

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 9737

From its primordial inception as a Dutch trading post on the left bank of the Hudson River to its late-19th-century reign as one of the world s great industrial centers and transportation termini, Jersey City has always been a city about people the bold pioneers who reshaped its forested hills and elevated landscapes into a major municipality brimming with immigrant-filled neighborhoods, from which emerged even more distinct personalities. Legendary Locals of Jersey City highlights these timeless citizens, including Peter Stuyvesant, the director-general of New Netherland who rescued fledgeling settlements besieged by wars with the Lenni Lenape; Erminnie Smith, who launched an immensely popular intellectual society and salon in 1876; Hugh Roberts, the falsely accused over-spending architect of the majestic Hudson County Court House; Dr. Lena Edwards, winner of the 1964 Presidential Medal of Freedom; Helene Stapinski, national bestselling author; and Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, stars of the hit HGTV series Kitchen Cousins and dedicated Jersey City developers."
Posted in History

Learning to See

And Other Stories and Memoirs from Senegal

Author: Gary Engelberg

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1543908373

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 164

View: 4923

It’s early September 2015 in Senegal. We are about three quarters of the way through the rainy season. This has been one of those years that gives the impression of having passed by in overdrive. Suddenly January turned to May while I was still getting used to writing 2015 on my checks. Five days ago, September 1, marked my fifty years in Senegal... The years too have passed quickly. When I decided to write, the short stories in this book came quickly as well, like ripe mangos falling from the tree. They are accounts of real people and real events with some changes in names and details, as well as fictional stories with invented characters that are inspired by a composite of real events. With its roots in the 12th century, and located on a cross-roads where different world cultures have met and mixed, Senegal has had the time to develop intricate mechanisms to manage diversity and bind people together in non-conflictual relationships. While its architectural achievements are modest on the world scale, its social architecture has the beauty of the Taj Mahal in its balance and perfection. These social mechanisms are reflected in the predominant cultural values of this old society. In this collection, I share acquired insights from people and incidents that contributed to my growing respect for these values and the wisdom of this millennial culture. These stories and memoirs somehow encapsulate some of the values upon which this culture is constructed. They are gifts from Senegal to the world, a treasure of lessons about what is important in life for anyone interested in learning to see.
Posted in Body, Mind & Spirit

Before You Judge Me

The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days

Author: Tavis Smiley,David Ritz

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316259101

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5072

A powerful chronicle of the sixteen weeks leading up to King of Pop Michael Jackson's death Michael Jackson's final months were like the rest of his short and legendary life: filled with deep lows and soaring highs, a constant hunt for privacy, and the pressure and fame that made him socially fragile and almost--ultimately--unable to live. With the insight and compassion that he brought to his bestselling telling of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final year, Tavis Smiley provides a glimpse into the superstar's life in this emotional, honest, yet celebratory book. Readers will witness Jackson's campaign to recharge his career--hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency--while his one goal remained: to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen. BEFORE YOU JUDGE ME is a humanizing look at Jackson's last days.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography