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Twelve-year-old Seh is a snake-style master and a keeper of secrets. Close-lipped and ever-watchful, he has used his highly attuned senses to collect information about his brothers, his temple, and even Grandmaster. Now, with the temple and Grandmaster gone, Seh sheds his orange robe like an old skin, joins a bandit gang, and meets a mysterious woman whose name means Cobra—all the while trying to stay one step ahead of vengeful Ying! From the Hardcover edition.Show more
Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname “Half Moon” because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And let’s just say, it's not a skill that has been appreciated by many people, including his own family. That doesn’t bother Fletcher, though. After graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world. He even has a silver-plated detective’s badge to prove it. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town’s most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys. As Fletcher follows the clues, evidence of a conspiracy begins to emerge. But before he can crack the case, Fletcher finds himself framed for a serious crime. To clear his name, he will have to pair up with the unlikeliest of allies and go on the run from the authorities. Fletcher has 12 hours to find the guilty party—or he is the guilty party.Show more
'The heart of the magic was sealed with Firefrost, the Weirdstone of Brisingamen … should Nastrond destroy the stone, then the magic will die away.' When Colin and Susan are pursued by eerie creatures across Alderley Edge, the Wizard - Cadellin Silverbrow - takes them to safety deep in the caves of Fundindelve. Here he watches over the enchanted sleep of one hundred and forty knights, awaiting the fated hour when they must rise and fight. But the Weirdstone of Brisingamen is lost and the forces of evil are closing in. The children realise that they are the key to its return, but how can they defeat the powerful magic of the Morrigan and her deadly brood? First published in 1960, four decades before Harry Potter, Alan Garner's novel of magic and wizards has endured and become a modern classic of children's literature.Show more
"Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. . . ." Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.Show more
On the first day, there was mystery. On the second day, there was darkness. On the third day, there were pirates. On the fourth day, there was war. It's Thursday. Following their adventure on the Border Sea, Arthur and Leaf are set on heading home. But only Leaf can make it through the Front Door. Arthur is blocked because someone- or something-has assumed his identity and it taking over his life. Before Arthur can take action, his is drafted by the strange Sir Thursday and forced to join the Glorious Army of the Architect. While Leaf tries to banish Arthur's double on earth, Arthur must survive his basic training, avoid getting posted to the Front, and work out how he can free Part Four of the Will. Is this a war that Arthur can win . . . or is his only hope to escape it? From the Compact Disc edition.Show more
It began as a dream, a quest for the Great Ga'Hoole Tree, a mythic place where each night an order of owls rises to perform noble deeds. There Soren, Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger hope to find inspiration to fight the evil that dwells in the owl kingdom. The journey is long and harrowing, and Soren and his friends will be tested in ways they never dreamed. But if they can learn from their leaders and from one another, they will soon become true Ga'Hoolian owls-honest and brave, wise and true.Show more
Soren is born in the forest of Tyto, a tranquil kingdom where the Barn Owls dwell. But evil lurks in the owl world, and one day Soren is captured and imprisoned with other owls in a dark canyon. To escape, Soren and his friends will need to do something they have never done before-fly.Show more
Ever since Soren was kidnapped and taken to the St. Aegolius School for Orphaned Owls, he has longed to see his sister, Eglantine, again. Now Eglantine is back is Soren's life, but she's been through an ordeal too terrible for words. Deep within Soren's gizzard, something more powerful than knowledge tells him there's a connection between these mysterious events. In order to rescue Ezylryb, Soren must embark upon a perilous quest. It will bring him face-to-face with a force more dangerous than anything the rulers of St. Aggie's could have devised-and a truth that threatens to destroy the owl kingdom.Show more
Hannibal was a great and skillful general. He defeated the Romans at Trebia, Lake Trasimenus, and Cannae, and he all but took Rome. G.A. Henty has woven an exciting adventure tale that will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. This is the perfect way to awaken interest in history and encourage learning.Show more
Charlie Bone’s power takes on a new dimension at Bloor’s Academy in Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors. There is a new cast of characters, including Mr. Pilgrim’s replacement, Tantalus Ebony, and the mysterious new student Joshua Tilpin, who appears to be magnetic. Billy has been adopted by a mysterious couple and is locked up in an odd place called The Passing House. Meanwhile, Charlie and Olivia discover the secret of the Castle of Mirrors, and along with Uncle Paton, they must free Billy before it is too late.Show more
Lad: A Dog is a novelized version of twelve short stories about a fantastic collie named Lad. Lad is a noble creature, risking life and limb in defense of the vulnerable. Many people believe Lad: A Dog was the basis for the highly popular ""Lassie"" series which gripped the imagination of children and adults alike, as has this book for generations past. Table of Contents: Chapter 01: His Mate Chapter 02: ""Quiet!"" Chapter 03: A Miracle of Two Chapter 04: His Little Son Chapter 05: For a Bit of Ribbon Chapter 06: Lost! Chapter 07: The Throwback Chapter 08: The Gold Hat Chapter 09: Speaking of Utility Chapter 10: The Killer Chapter 11: Wolf Chapter 12: In the Day of Battle Afterword AUTHOR Albert Payson Terhune (1872 - 1942) was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of two writers, his Father also a prominent minister. Terhune had great success in two endeavors, writing and dog breeding. Originally a journalist, Terhune turned his family's summer home into a successful Collie breeding Kennel and devoted himself to writing fiction, mostly dog-themed. COMMENTARY Reviews for Alcazar AudioWorks' production of Lad: A Dog I remember how in long-gone golden days, on visits to my grandmother's, I would curl up in my late grandfather's broad leather chair and immerse myself in the leather-bound treasures to be found in his library. Lad: A Dog was one of my favorites, with its tales of a brave, gallant, and intelligent collie. Lad's adventures have become a favorite among our children in turn. Now we are having the fun of listening together to Alcazar Audioworks' unabridged reading by Bobbie Frohman. We have by turns laughed, cried, been indignant, and nodded in satisfaction at Lad's vindication after false accusation. This is a wonderful story, although my most sensitive listeners have clung to me in terror or tears at various points, and only because I know how it all comes out, have I been able to allow them to listen. A word or two of caution: The author likens the dogs' relationship to their master in terms of worship of a god. Some of the scenes are intense, and the author is not one to mince words. (For example, the description of a fierce and vicious dog fight, and another where the dog was bitten by a poisonous snake, were too much for our youngest to bear.) As a matter of personal taste, with this being the story of a male dog, and with much of the dialogue attributed to male characters, I would have preferred a male reader; though Bobbie Frohman is a fine reader in her own right. However, as long as we're talking about the reading itself, I must say that we noted several apparent mispronunciations. Since I know I mispronounce words myself, when we ran across words that sounded wrong, we looked them up in the dictionary. It was a good exercise. Still, be aware of the potential for a problem, and don't be afraid to look up unfamiliar words for vocabulary exercise. Correct pronunciation is important! Even with these cautions, I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who is a dog-lover and appreciator of vivid writing. Reviewed By: Virginia Jones - EHO Eclectic Homeschool Online I read this book when I was in elementary school, and when I found it on Audible, I just had to get it. I am so glad I did. It is a wonderful book and I have really enjoyed listening to it. It brought back wonderful memories. If you have ever loved a dog, you will love this book. Listener Review - Audible.com "Show more
Howard Pyle's exciting and hilarious tales of Robin Hood and his merry band of Outlaws who reigned over Sherwood Forest doing many good deeds for the poor, and deserved misdeeds for the pompous and haughty rich. Table of Contents: Author's Preface Chapter 01: How Robin Hood Came to Be an Outlaw Chapter 02: Robin Hood and the Tinker Chapter 03: The Shooting Match at Nottingham Town Chapter 04: Will Stutely Rescued by His Companions Chapter 05: Robin Hood Turns Butcher Chapter 06: Little John Goes to Nottingham Fair Chapter 07: How Little John Lived at the Sheriff's Chapter 08: Little John and the Tanner of Blyth Chapter 09: Robin Hood and Will Scarlet Chapter 10: The Adventure with Midge the Miller's Son Chapter 11: Robin Hood and Allan a Dale Chapter 12: Robin Hood Seeks the Curtal Friar Chapter 13: Robin Hood Compasses a Marriage Chapter 14: Robin Hood Aids a Sorrowful Knight Chapter 15: How Sir Richard of the Lea Paid His Debts Chapter 16: Little John Turns Barefoot Friar Chapter 17: Robin Hood Turns Beggar Chapter 18: Robin Hood Shoots Before Queen Eleanor Chapter 19: The Chase of Robin Hood Chapter 20: Robin Hood and Guy of Gisbourne Chapter 21: King Richard Comes to Sherwood Forest Epilogue AUTHOR Howard Pyle was born on March 5, 1853 in Wilmington, Delaware. From the time he was a very small boy he loved pictures, especially the pictures in storybooks. Among his favorites were Grimm's German Fairy Tales and Arabian Nights. At the age of twenty-one, Pyle began to contribute illustrations and fables to St. Nicholas magazine and later went on to write and illustrate books for children. His first was The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood in 1883. Many more books followed, including Pepper and Salt; or, Seasoning for Young Folk, Otto of the Silver Hand, Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates, and The Story of King Arthur and His Knights. He also taught illustration at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia and later set up his own art school in Wilmington. He died on November 9, 1911, in Florence, Italy.-Amazon.com COMMENTARY Reviews for Alcazar AudioWorks' production of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Narrator David Thorn breathes fresh life into the classic tales of Robin Hood in this frolic through Sherwood Forest. A faithful rendition of his noble deeds displays the robber's timeless appeal, overcoming some archaic language and countless references to ale. The songs and ballads, ably performed by Thorn, add to the production's merit. Individual exploits within this extensive audiobook create plenty of stopping places, as listeners meander leisurely through medieval England. Thorn's booming voice chronicles the excitement of archery matches and skirmishes with the Sheriff of Nottingham, which make Robin Hood a perennial favorite with adventure lovers. Despite an unassuming package, this audiobook is a stirring retelling of a well-loved story. C.A. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 07] Jolly good Having read, listened to, and viewed multiple versions of the Robin Hood story, this is, to me, the jolliest version. It must be the writing that was used for the Errol Flynn movie, Robin and Marion, and many others since. However, this reading is the best so far. Fun adventures, well told, and well read. Listener Review - Audible.com Good voices. Great pacing. Our kids (ages 6 up to 14) enjoyed this, asking for it in the car, snagging the Garmin Nuvi to listen in the house. Clear and expressive diction, singing generally OK and sometimes terrific. Listener Review - Audible.com Great presentation of a classic story The reader, David Thorn, takes his time to evoke moods, gives each character a distinctive voice, and speaks with a classic English accent. I listened to the samples of other readers' versions. One didn't create distinctive character voices. Another's way of reading sounded almost like a sneer to me. A third, while avoiding both these problems, spoke at a pace that moved the story forward (resulting in a recording a full hour shorter than this one), but failed to linger long enough over descriptive passages to evoke the mood of each scene. Howard Pyle's book is a classic, the first modern (1883) attempt to bring the various Robin Hood ballads together in a single narrative, while preserving the feel of medieval prose--all the more remarkable because Pyle was American, not English. (Pyle is perhaps best-remembered for his painting and drawing. He taught and influenced several other classic illustrators in the ""Brandywine School,"" including N. C. Wyeth. For ""Robin Hood,"" he provided ""medieval"" pen-and-ink drawings and decorations, a perfect marriage of image and text.) This is a book I've loved since childhood, and I'm happy to find a reading that does justice to it. Listener Review - Audible.com "Show more
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