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Aaron Peterson feels like he's trapped in a recurring nightmare. After moving halfway across the world to flee his father's latest theme park failure, yet another disaster has occurred: A roller coaster car jumps the tracks at the Golden Apple Amusement Park, resulting in the death of his friend, Lucy Yi. As the town of Raven Brooks turns against the Peterson family, drudging up his father's past failures and seeking legal action against his flawed designs, Aaron withdraws into his own investigation. Because now Aaron knows the town is hiding a dirty secret: a secret enmeshed in his grandparents' research, the deadly defects in his father's theme park rides, and a secret society that will stop at nothing to keep their existence hidden. Don't miss this newest installment in the Hello Neighbor series, which features blueprints and secret documents throughout, to help readers unwind the mysteries at the heart of the games.Show more
With a foreword from Senator Marco Rubio, a stirring collection of Ronald Reagan's most inspiring speeches, offering his timeless wisdom and guidance for our day. In his 1989 farewell address, Ronald Reagan said, 'I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation--from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in principles that have guided us for two centuries.' The Heart of a Great Nation brings together Reagan's most powerful speeches, as relevant to our chaotic world as they were when he first gave them. In a period of our country's history consumed by economic stagnation, national instability, and the looming threat of communism, Reagan spoke directly to the hearts of everyday Americans. His wisdom on matters of family, freedom, and nationhood helped guide the country back to its founding principles and ushered in an era of prosperity and national pride. Today, as we find our country treading similar ground, Reagan's wisdom speaks to us once again, offering guidance to everyone looking to navigate the present and remember the legacy of this great nation--which can one day be reclaimed.Show more
The 22nd book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes tells the story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who documented her life while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. This engaging biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers. This volume features Anne Frank, whose courage and hope during a time of terror are still an inspiration for people around the world today.Show more
The 21st book in the New York Times bestselling series of biographies about heroes tells the story of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. who helped draft the Declaration of Independence while making important scientific contributions. This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. This volume features Founding Father and scientist Benjamin Franklin.Show more
As part of the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials! The abandoned cabin seemed like a good place to settle down . . . except for the dead man in the front yard. But Doby Kernohan and his father had traveled a long way seeking a new start, and they were in no position to be choosy. Unfortunately, the mysterious man's violent end was an omen of darker events to come, for a cycle of violence that had begun long ago was about to reach an explosive conclusion. Caught in a tangle of murder, greed, and blood vengeance, the Kernohans have no choice but to get involved. And when a mysterious beauty from deep in the surrounding hills and a deadly stranger named Owen Chantry arrive, what had at first seemed like good fortune suddenly becomes a terrifying fight for life itself. Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author's more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives. In Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volumes 1, Beau L'Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L'Amour's never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. These exciting publications will be followed by Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 2. Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.Show more
Following the book Chris Grabenstein called 'the most hysterically hilarious book I've read in years,' the saga about the evil werepenguins of Brugaria continues! When we last saw our hero Bolt Waddle, he'd narrowly escaped the clutches of the evil Baron Chordata, but not the fate of becoming a half-boy, half-penguin for life. Living with his penguin colony far from other humans, he's adjusting to life as a full-time werepenguin when his bandit friend Annika tracks him down and begs for his help. Her father has been imprisoned by the Earl of Sphen, another ruthless werepenguin who rules his small country with an iron flipper. Bolt and Annika recruit a washed-up pirate and a plucky were-gull to help with their rescue mission, but as they get closer to victory, they realize that the Earl of Sphen isn't the only werepenguin whose sinister plans could cause their downfall.Show more
"As construction begins on the Golden Apple Amusement Park, Aaron Peterson is becoming increasingly worried about his father. Working late nights in his study, Aaron's dad seems to be fraying at the edges--pushing, and sometimes breaking, the laws of engineering with his new schematics. And with the added pressure he's under to complete the park by this summer, Aaron can't help but feel his father's inventions are doomed to end in tragedy once again. But his fears over his father's work is complicated by a dark discovery: a network of tunnels running underneath the town of Raven Brooks. Where do they lead? And what dark secrets about his family's past will he uncover there?"Show more
The transition from management to leadership is considerably harder than most people expect. A big promotion does not just mean using the same skill set at a higher levelnew leaders must master a whole new set of skills, with perhaps none more important than the ability to have conversations that lead to high individual, team and organizational performance. What kinds of conversations lead to success, and how can leaders ensure they have them effectively? Leadership Conversations fundamentally changes the conversations that leaders will have with their people and is the ultimate guide to thriving as a high-potential manager and climbing the ladder to become a top organizational leader. Rather than engaging in an ongoing race to be heard and/or produce results, leaders of any level must learn how to ask great questions and listen to the answers, create a culture that places more value on learning than on what people already know, and actually drive innovation and focus on the big picture, versus just getting things done. At the heart of Leadership Conversations is a tactical, practical guide to achieving this, setting out the four types of conversation every leader must master to achieve just that: Conversations to Build Relationships: how to master the emotional intelligence required to be an effective leader, embrace differences in order to engage followers and align them with the organization's goals, and foster genuine transparency and honesty to gain trust and respect. Conversations to Make Decisions: how to integrate facts with people and ask great questions that maximize potential. Key tips are provided on developing good judgment, empowering choice, the importance of being curious, and learning what you don't know (but need to) in order to make good decisions. Conversations to Take Action: how to develop vision, allocate resources, and measure performance. How to avoid assumptions and generally draw followers into action in concert with the leader, rather than direct people to perform. Finally, based on the idea of military 'after-action,' how to discuss and learn from failures and successes. Conversations to Develop Others: How to drive long term growth and provide the foundation and fuel for future success; how to mentor and recognize people, lead high-potential managers, and ultimately celebrate their success The book concludes with a personal action plan for leaders to implement these techniques. It's a different job at the top. Based on the proven management acumen of its authors, and including the stories of successful leaders from the authors' extensive network of contacts, Leadership Conversations is required reading for leaders of any level who want to improve their performance so they will be promoted into, and be successful at, higher positions.Show more
Madoff with the Money is a deeply disturbing narrative portrait of Bernie Madoff based on dozens of exclusive, news-making interviews -- beginning with his roots and the values, or lack thereof, he was taught in the Madoff home in working class Laurelton, Queens, in the '40s and '50s, to his high-life on Wall Street and in the super-rich enclaves of Palm Beach, London and the French Riviera and everywhere else he stalked, pulling off his shocking $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Through bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimers in depth reporting there will be new revelations to this startling case. Also profiled will be the dozens, if not hundreds of trusting -- and sometimes avaricious victims -- ranging from non-profit Jewish charities, to the likes of seemingly sophisticated celebrities such as Larry King and Zsa Zsa Gabor, to the brilliant French investment manager who slit his wrists after entrusting and losing $1.4 billion to one of history's all-time charlatans -- a manipulative Svengali who the author compares to psychopaths like Charles Manson and Jim Jones.Show more
The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide is a reader's roadmap to success in today's volatile economy. It offers insight into the current threats faced by American investors, such as the housing bust, credit crunch and declining dollar. The book provides a roadmap to help the reader protect, save, and grow their money during these volatile times. Weiss highlights how to protect yourself from problems ranging from inflation and deflation to a stock market crash, as well as how to boost your income. It also introduces some of the 21st centuries most promising opportunities in areas ranging from global investing to foreign currency to energy; including, life insurance, annuities, wealth protection, and long term care insurance.Show more
'Applaud for KLAWDE. Two paws up!'--Dav Pilkey, creator of the Dog Man series. 'Funny, savage, and brilliant, Klawde is the pet I wish I had.'--Max Brallier, New York Times Bestselling author of The Last Kids on Earth. Klawde is not your basic cat. He's an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He's cruel. He's cunning. He's brilliant... and he's also Raj Banerjee's best friend. In book four of the Klawde series, our favorite warlord cat turns his malevolent gaze to the one target he never thought he'd consider: Earth. But conquering a world is a challenge, even for Klawde, and he'll need two things for his plan to succeed: an army of zombie squirrels, and, of course, money. Lots of money. And he has a plan to get it. Meanwhile, as his evil pet plots world domination, Raj is also trying to make some extra cash. He's dying for a cool virtual-reality headset and is determined to get his yard-cleaning business off the ground to pay for it. But when a friendly neighbor catches wind of Klawde's plan, Raj and Klawde's stories collide, and Raj may end up paying for his cat's schemes... Will Klawde's thirst for power finally be quenched? Can Raj bear the responsibility of a small business? And why are all the squirrels acting strange...? With a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj's and Klawde's perspectives, this is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges between a boy and the evil cat who arrived on his doorstep.Show more
As part of the Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures series, this edition contains exclusive bonus materials! It seemed the perfect place to lie low. The owner of the ranch was an attractive gray-haired lady who had once been an actress. The other woman was a beautiful, fragile-seeming blonde. They needed repairs done, and he needed to disappear for a while. The first sign that things were not as they should be was when a Pinkerton man questioned him about a missing woman. Then he accidentally found a will belonging to the previous owner of the ranch. After that, a young lady showed up in town making claims that the place belonged to her. Worried that his hideout was turning into a battleground, he didn't know what would be more dangerous, staying or leaving. For a man interested only in passin' through, he suddenly found himself entangled in a deadly struggle. . . . Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures is a project created to release some of the author's more unconventional manuscripts from the family archives. In Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures: Volume 1 and Volume 2, Beau L'Amour takes the reader on a guided tour through many of the finished and unfinished short stories, novels, and treatments that his father was never able to publish during his lifetime. L'Amour's never-before-seen first novel, No Traveller Returns, faithfully completed for this program, is a voyage into danger and violence on the high seas. Additionally, many beloved classics will be rereleased with an exclusive Lost Treasures postscript featuring previously unpublished material, including outlines, plot notes, and alternate drafts. These postscripts tell the story behind the stories that millions of readers have come to know and cherish.Show more
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