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No matter who we are or where we come from, we all play on the same playground. There are certain collective societal messages we hear growing up that we either consciously or subconsciously believe. As a result, we develop certain belief systems from which we operate our lives. Chris Tompkins's Raising LGBTQ Allies sheds light on the deeper, multi-faceted layers of homophobia. It opens up a conversation with parents around the possibility they may have an LGBTQ child and shows how heteronormativity can be harmful if not addressed clearly and early. Although not every parent will have an LGBTQ child, their child will jump rope or play tag with a child who is. By showing listeners the importance of having open and authentic conversations with children at a young age, Tompkins walks parents through the many ways they can prevent new generations from adopting homophobic and transphobic beliefs, while also helping them explore their own subconscious biases. Offering specific actions parents, family members, and caregivers can take to help navigate conversations, address heteronormativity, and challenge societal beliefs, this book serves as a guide to help normalize being LGBTQ from a young age. Creating allies and a world where closets don't exist happens one child at a time. And it begins with each of us and what we say, as much as what we choose not to say.Show more
Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil. The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor-that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife's edge of discovery by the Gestapo. Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she's been brought up to believe in the Führer's divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda. Soon Annalise joins their double life-students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they're all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich.Show more
A secret order of sorcerers rules the world. One man has vowed to destroy them. It's their world. He's going to take it away from them. The Apkallu are masters of magic. Theirs is a secret tradition stretching back to the dawn of civilization. They rule the world from the shadows, using mind control and deadly monsters to eliminate any threat to their power. If they know your name, or have a trace of your blood, you can never defy them. Sam Arquero lost his family to a demon, and knew that nobody would believe the truth. An old man named Lucas offers him the chance to find out who is responsible, and bring down the Apkallu forever. All he has to do is join them . . . Under a new identity, Sam learns the secrets of magic, infiltrates the Apkallu, and walks a razor's edge as he picks off their leaders while avoiding supernatural detectives on his trail. But Sam faces a greater threat: As he fights monsters, what is he becoming?Show more
He was the one survivor on a tiny moon on the outer frontier. An undying thirst for vengeance set him on a course to succeed or die trying. She was a corp princess with a passion to serve others in law. Now, she is Lady Justice, her indomitable will released to hunt down those who flaunt all she holds dear. From the farthest points in the UTC, two humans dared to believe they might protect humanity for different reasons. Together, they take their war to the highest levels in the Confederation. Not everyone desires change. He will have vengeance, no matter the cost. She will dig for the truth, no matter how risky it is to reveal.Show more
Erik and Jia are balancing the needs of the UTC, their team, and their own future. Will they be able to provide peace for Erik's team without bringing down the UTC, causing pain to the very people they died to protect?Humans can strive to understand alien technology, but there's always a price. Mistakes happen. Can those sacrificing to build their version of humanity's future complete their effort? Or will the ticking of the clock on their extended lives produce the stress necessary to figure out a plan to stop Erik and Jia?He will have vengeance, no matter the cost; she will dig for the truth, no matter the risk.Show more
Nick Slate, in order to protect his father and little brother, reluctantly must help the Accelerati complete Tesla's great device. Their power-mad leader wants nothing less than to control the world's energy-but there are still three missing objects to track down. Nick's friends can't help him, as they are spread across the globe grappling with their own mysteries-with Vince in Scotland, Caitlin and Mitch on their way to New Jersey, and Petula's whereabouts unknown. On his own, Nick must locate Tesla's final inventions- which are the most powerful of all, capable of shattering time and collapsing space.Show more
Erik and Jia have to build more resources into their team, and one isn't so happy with Jia. Will she be able to change the agent's opinion, or will they have to toss her off the team and forego her expertise?The enemy's cracks are starting to be visible. One of them is showing their hand early. Will the covenant created before Erik and Jia be strong enough to withstand the focus of their enemies?Erik and Jia have to make one of her mom's events. This time she is angling to acquire something from the couple they both are unsure about.He will have vengeance, no matter the cost; she will dig for the truth, no matter the risk.Show more
An unexpected challenge was beaten, but not without death and destruction to Erik's and Jia's team.Will the knowledge they gained be enough to pull more secrets into the light?Assigned their first mission outside the Solar System, Erik and Jia head to Alpha Centauri on the trail of smuggled alien artifacts.Those who guard it are some of the conspiracy's most elite and ruthless agents. This time, Erik is forewarned, and forewarned is forearmed.Will the cabal of lies start unraveling, or will the powerful seek the darkness as far away from Erik and Jia as they can get?Erik and Jia said the words, and now they can't go back. How will it change their relationship?He will have vengeance, no matter the cost. She will dig for the truth, no matter how risky it is to reveal.Show more
Without the protection of his guardian angel, Josiah's body is deteriorating. Remiel is on the cusp of victory in Hell, and Heaven is divided. The irreverent half-angel's only hope of saving himself and all of humanity rests in finding God before it's too late.But since when has he ever given a damn about saving the world?No, this is personal, and Josiah will stop at nothing to find God, even if it means going alone. He'll crisscross the globe and leave no stone unturned in his search. Nowhere is safe, no one too sacred to interrogate. Not even the dead.Yet the closer he gets, the faster his body fails.Can Josiah Quinn pull off one more miracle and survive just long enough to give Heaven hell one last time?Show more
As Earth dies, an architect is commissioned to remote build a monument on Mars from the remains of a failed colony; a man who has transferred his consciousness into a humanoid robot discovers he's missing thirty percent of his memories, and tries to discover why; bored with life in the underground colony of an alien world, a few risk life inside one of the "whales" floating in the planet's atmosphere; an apprentice librarian searching through centuries of SETI messages from alien civilizations makes an ominous discovery; a ship in crisis pulls a veteran multibot out from storage with an unusual assignment: pest control; the dead are given a second shot at life, in exchange for a five-year term in a zombie military program. For decades, science fiction has compelled us to imagine futures both inspiring and cautionary. Whether it's a warning message from a survey ship, a harrowing journey to a new world, or the adventures of well-meaning AI, science fiction inspires the imagination and delivers a lens through which we can view ourselves and the world around us. With The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Three, award-winning editor Neil Clarke provides a year-in-review and twenty-seven of the best stories published by both new and established authors in 2017.Show more
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