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Two little girls go missing; one, Callie, has been mute since she was a toddler, the other, Petra, the best friend, acts as her voice. Why won’t Callie speak? Who took them? Where did they go? The answers are found at the end of old family secrets. The story is unfolded little by little, each from a different point of view: Callie, Petra, Callie’s mom, the sheriff, and others.
When March Went Mad is the story of “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird and the dramatic season leading up to that magical March 26, 1979 game where they met for the only time in college. That game is what made March as we now know it – complete madness, and a multibillion dollar business that sports lovers look forward to every year. It also spurred the resurgence of the NBA.
A dictionary of the dead that tells about the eccentricities of historical figures of the world famous (Freud, William Blake) to the forgotten (Mary Seacole, Titus Oates). It covers embarrassing and downright weird facts often left out of traditional biographies such as who kept monkeys for pets, died a virgin, cross-dressed or had extremely bad taste. A behind the scenes look at personalities who made their
mark on the world for trivia buffs and the curious alike.
It's 1968, Martha a lonely elderly widow opens her door to Homan, a deaf black man, Lynnie a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Lynnie's newborn baby, Julia. The couple are runaways from a School for the Incurable and Feebleminded who are deeply in love and desperate to save the baby. The couple seek help from Martha, a childless, retired schoolteacher. Lynnie is soon captured and returned to the School. Homan escapes but ends up far away and unable to find his way back. The baby Julia is hidden and raised by Martha. Over the course of 40 years as they try to reunite their story is told.
Aaron and Dorothy are two independent souls who meet, fall in love and marry. Aaron is crippled in his right arm and leg and resists his sister and others who want to take care of him. Dorothy is outspoken, brusque and non-maternal, just what he is looking for. They have a relatively happy marriage. This ends when a tree crashes onto their house and Dorothy is killed. Aaron is devastated and unable to deal with the loss of his wife until she begins to appear to him guiding him toward a future he hasn't been able to see. This book deals with the subject of loss honestly and with humor.
After a devastating hurricane turns her life upside down, Laurel Daneau is forced to start over. On the surface, Laurel seems to be doing well in her new school. She is a cheerleader and she has a popular boyfriend nicknamed T-Boom. Privately, though, she is struggling with the loss of her mother and her grandmother and she is hurting. When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she believes that she has finally found a way to numb her pain. But a meth addiction proves to be more than she bargained for.
When Ezra's father was invited to an annual conference with his sons preschool teacher, he initially wanted to blow it off. After all, he reasoned, what could a teacher possibly need to tell the parents of a three year old that they didn't already know? It turns out, quite a lot.
Ezra began showing signs of autism very early on. Following his diagnosis, his father vowed to show Ezra only unconditional love and acceptance, no matter how trying or unconventional his behaviors became. This is where the story got interesting!
You see, Ezra does not have the same filters that other children do. He delights in stating the obvious, and needs the world around him to exist in black and white. There is no gray area as far as Ezra is concerned, and this makes parenting him an extra special challenge.
Ezra's father does a great job of highlighting the struggles of raising a child with autism. His tone is warm and funny, and you can't help but smile as you explore the world through Ezra's eyes.
A father is supposed to love and trust his son unconditionally, never doubt him, or so that's what Andy Barber believed until his 14 yr. old son, Jacob, is charged with the murder of a fellow student. A respected assistant district attorney in his community for 20 years, Andy and his wife Laurie have the ideal life, good friends and neighbors, and a busy life with their son built on love and trust. With Jacob's arrest, almost overnight Andy and his family become isolated in their own home, left to struggle alone with the surreal situation in which they suddenly find themselves. As the evidence mounts, Andy steadfastly refuses to believe his son is guilty, seeing Jacob only as the little boy he used to bounce on his knee, and communication with his wife becomes difficult. Feelings of doubt, self-blame, betrayal and anger are never far from the surface as the couple try to understand and support their son who seems oblivious to the charges against him. When Jacob's trial opens the door to a past that Andy has buried, the thread holding his family together begins to unravel quickly as Andy scrambles to come to terms with his own past and tries to visualize a future for his family. This legal thriller provides plenty of drama and suspense, with a shocking and unexpected twist at the end!
This riveting account of World War 1, 1914-1918, is told through the personal narratives of twenty individuals from 12 countries who were caught up in and endured a war that was first welcomed, later detested. These people included ordinary men and women, field doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers, and the soldiers, sailors, and fighter pilots - some died, some were wounded, some were taken prisoner, and some were heroes. Pictures of these individuals are included in the book. As the story moves between the home front and the front lines, the destruction, hopelessness and elation, and the staggering losses, not only of the military, their horses and pack animals, but of the general populations who stood in the way of the war machine are exposed. The ground war was fought in the trenches which became home to the soldiers, a place to live and die, where they endured illness, mustard gas, bayonets, and shelling. Sailors languished on ships at sea waiting for action. Fighter pilots took to the skies in flimsy aircraft not fit to leave the ground. Food and supplies were often scarce, communication was poor, weaponry was cumbersome and faulty, and morale was low. The conflict became a daily tug of war of "advance and retreat", and lasted longer than anyone had anticipated. The book does not attempt to examine the war or dissect it, but simply tells the story of what it was like, the everyday aspects of the war from those who lived it!
This title is part of a new nonfiction series called "Life's Challenges" and offers a basic overview of what children can expect when their parents divorce. The book is suitable for reading aloud, and would serve as a good starting point for discussion of separation and visitation arrangements.
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