It’s the end of the school day and you’re excited to start the weekend. But when you realize the bus driver has his own agenda…Follow the cheerleader, the loner, two brothers, and an army brat as they discover they have been kidnapped on their way home from school. Pick up Ransom by Lois Duncan today and enjoy the twist and turns of this fast moving book. From the bestselling author of I know What You Did Last Summer, Lois Duncan will keep you wanting more.
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TODOS NACEMOS LIBRES : la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos ilustrada
Este libro contiene los 30 artículos de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos ilustrado por diferentes artistas reconocidos mundialmente.
Los artículos están mencionados de una manera sencilla, cada uno teniendo su propia ilustración que de igual manera lo describe con sus imágenes.
Get out your plaid, skinny jeans and thick-rimmed glasses because we’re ready to talk about some Mumford and Sons’ Sigh No More. In all seriousness I’m definitely not a pioneer of the “hipster” movement. I like what I like, and I definitely like this CD. The general feel of it makes me want to lay on a grassy hill and just look up into the sky and find shapes in clouds. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are times when I was “gettin’ down” (as in, grooving in my chair and dancing while doing the dishes). Of course there are the tried and true singles that have music videos and air time on the radio, such as “The Cave” and “Little Lion Man”. But, that’s not all, (sounding like an infomercial here) there are special gems sprinkled throughout the album. Marcus Mumford, the lead singer, has a gravel-filled, soulful, passionate voice. There were times when I couldn’t help getting chills. I would tell you which ones, but I want you to figure them out for yourself. (It would be like giving away a twist in a book, or the climax in a movie.)
So what’s this album sound like? Well, it has a folksy feel with a: bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and a resonator guitar. If you’re not quite sure if you like the folk-style, this is definitely a good introduction. It has a sense of rock, soul, and folk. With time changes and key changes, Mumford and Sons make their music stand out from other genres.
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By Megan Y.
Are you looking for a book that is filled with fantasy, action, and romance; well Daughter of Smoke and Bones is the book for you. Imagine living a double life, in which one you’re a normal 17 year old and in the other you’re running errands collecting teeth for a monster; well welcome to the life of Karou. Everything has been going great until the Angels start to appear, and Karou is faced with the ongoing war between “Good & Evil” and the love of her lives! “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
There are some characters from books that leap off the page and into your heart, and somehow you know they’re going to stay long after you’ve finished reading. The Mighty Miss Deza Malone is one of these. Deza Malone is twelve years old and living with her family in Gary, Indiana in 1936. She observes the devastation of the Great Depression with wit, humor, and unquenchable curiosity. Already a ravenous reader and enthusiastic essay-writer, her parents and teachers have told her that she is meant for a special path in life. As the Great Depression takes its toll, Deza’s father leaves Gary to find work. Before long Deza, her brother Jimmie, and their mother follow him, riding on trains and hiking north to Michigan. But when they can’t find him, Jimmie too leaves to find work. Facing one challenge after another, you see that it’s not just her intelligence that makes her such a special girl, but her courage as well. Deza never stops believing in her family’s motto: “We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful.”
By Allison S.
Have you wondered about the mysterious and extraordinary existence of heaven? Read Heaven is for Real to see Todd, a minister in a small town, retell the story of how his critically hospitalized son made an incredible trip to heaven and back. Todd is taken aback by three-year-old Colton’s descriptions, marveling at how all that Colton expresses about heaven matches the stories in the Bible–despite his being too young to read. Imagine having a three-year-old telling you that the angels sang to him and that Jesus rides a rainbow horse…Take the trip with Colton and his father through the next several years as this experience strengthens their family and inspires others in the community.
Revisit Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia featuring music performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Enjoy Mickey Mouse in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and other classic animated shorts set to pieces of classical music including those of Bach and Stravinsky. Included in this 2 disc set is Fantasia 2000, which includes music of Gershwin and Beethoven.
This collection of short stories is not for the faint-hearted! While hearkening back to the macabre roots of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, each of these stories features a plucky or clever heroine to cheer on—forget about pining princesses or damsels-in-distress. The stories are briskly written and acutely psychological, with the whole collection brought together by the atmospheric illustrations of Jane Laurie. There are the token popular tales of British and German origin, but mixed with several lesser-known tales, such as “The Red Shoes,” and “Molly Whupple, ”as well as some treasures from other cultures, like “Vasilisa’s Fire,” and “The Island of Skeletons”. Get into the Halloween spirit with this book today!
By Allison S.
Caperucita descolorida por Yanitzia Canetti
Que mejor libro que un libro con cuentos clásicos.
Esta serie de libros “Había otra vez” te entretendrá con historias originales y conocidas tanto para adultos como para niños pero con la diferencia de pequeños y divertidos cambios.
Meet Frog and Toad, two friends who share an adventure throughout the seasons of the year. Join Frog and Toad as they have a fun time sledding down a snow covered hill or enjoying one of summers delicious treats, ice scream. Great for early readers, Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel takes readers in a humor filled story as children successfully learn how to read beginner chapter books.
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