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Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn't wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures. But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vindhya crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she's not getting the whole picture? Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah-the adorkable and (in Charity's opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients-who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend...and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?Show more
Master of the macabre David Lubar is back with Check Out the Library Weenies, his ninth collection of Weenies Stories. Here are thirty more scary stories for the middle grade audience--perfect for both avid and reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare! 'Fans will be shivering and laughing...evilly.' ?Kirkus Reviews on Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies 'With its mix of humor and chills, this collection is a sure bet for fans of R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series and reluctant readers.' ?Booklist on Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies 'Whoever thinks the short story is dead, or that kids don't like short stories, hasn't talked to any real live kids and hasn't read the latest in this popular series.' ?School Library Journal on Attack of the Vampire WeeniesShow more
Strikeout of the Bleacher Weenies is the eighth collection of spooky short stories for ages 8 to 12 by the beloved author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, David Lubar. This is the perfect pick for reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs. The appearance of a mysterious new girl in school stops her classmates cold. Black Friday shopping gets out of control for a mother and daughter. And stands full of screaming and shouting Bleacher Weenies are about to make the ultimate sacrifice. Welcome to the Weenie Zone! Here are thirty-one hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or get you to see the world in a whole new way. Find out where the author got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!Show more
"I have had the chance to meet Melissa and hear her amazing story in person. In this book, Melissa shares insight on how she became a warrior and fought back to become the champion she is today. She is a great example of perseverance in the face of what appears to be insurmountable hurdles. Her love of country is strong and carries through her joining the military and representing Team USA in the Paralympic Games. A true champion in many ways."-Jackie Joyner Kersee "Melissa's story of strength and courage is not only incredibly moving, it is a must-read for anyone facing any challenge. Clearly her passion for country and sport drives every one of her accomplishments. From a young gymnast like I was, to representing the United States in Paratriathlon, Melissa inspires us all with her story of overcoming unimaginable adversity and what it truly means to be unstoppable."-Shannon Miller Melissa Stockwell has been a restless force of nature from the time she was a little girl speeding around her neighborhood on her bike, to her tumbles and spills as a high-level gymnast and Olympic hopeful, to joining the ROTC in college as an outlet for her patriotism and love of America. After 9/11, she was deployed to Iraq as a commissioned Army officer, where she suffered the injury that would change her life forever. After a long and challenging recovery at Walter Reed Hospital, she exercised her power of choice to channel her energy into competition, winning three Paratriathlon World Championships and medaling at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Her journey weaves service to her country and the heartache of a painful divorce along with founding a successful nonprofit, launching a career in prosthetics, finding new love, and becoming a mother to two children. Along the way, she meets all the living American presidents and inspires others with disabilities-through a story that is riveting, moving, and an inspiration for anyone who would choose to live their life to the fullest.Show more
In this sweeping sequel to the critically acclaimed Cold Iron-which NPR Books raved, "reminded me, pleasurably, of Robin Hobb's Assassin's Apprentice series"-the Kingdom of Eledore has fallen and Nel and Suvi lead a diaspora of their people to safety, but the magic that has kept the demon forces away is dwindling, and they must find a new way to protect themselves. The Acrasian army has swept through Eledore, nearly massacring the entire race in fear and hatred of the magic they possess. This same magic is all that was keeping the demon incursion at bay, but now the great evil that was banished is seeping into the world. Watchers are formed to warn of any sightings of the demons, but little can be done if one encounters them in shadow or at night. Meanwhile, Nels leads a precious few hundred survivors of Eledore through the wilds, hoping to find solace and rebuild their civilization while his twin sister, Suvi, seeks allies at sea. There is hope, born in the ashes of this devastation-a hope that Eledorian magic can grow, but only if they survive.Show more
From the childbirth experts at the Mayo Clinic comes the newly revised guide on planning for a healthy pregnancy. With detailed information about fertility, prenatal care, common pregnancy symptoms, and childbirth, this comprehensive guide will be your go-to source for answering all your ordinary-and not so ordinary-pregnancy questions. The second edition of Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy dives into the nitty-gritty of motherhood by touching on topics like getting pregnant, using medications safely, proper meal planning and exercise, making important pregnancy decisions, and building beneficial lifestyle habits to help protect the health of your little one. The book features a 40-week pregnancy calendar, where moms-to-be can track their baby's progress, as well as find a thorough analysis of weekly changes to expect over the course of their pregnancy. Finally, this collective effort from the obstetrics and gynecology experts at the Mayo Clinic covers new information about the latest technologies in prenatal care and childbirth, as well as details the benefits and risks involved with growing trends in childbirth, including topics like home births, placentophagy, and vaginal seeding. Whether you're a first-time parent or simply in need of a refresher, the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy will provide invaluable advice that you can trust to help give your little one a healthy start. As the premier pregnancy resource for parents-to-be, this illustrated manual combines expertise from award-winning healthcare professionals with straightforward, easy-to-understand guidance every parent needs to know.Show more
Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies is the seventh collection of spooky short stories for ages 8 to 12 by the beloved author of the Nathan Abercrombie series, David Lubar. This is the perfect pick for reluctant young readers who like a few chills and a lot of laughs. Welcome to the Weenie Zone! A boy and his family narrowly escape a zombie apocalypse?or do they? A girl neglects her cat's litter box and finds herself in a heap of trouble. And a group of clicking, scrolling, tapping wireless weenies find themselves on the edge of disaster. Here are thirty-three hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or see the world in a whole new way. Find out where the author got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!Show more
There's two sides to every story . . . this time it's Robin Hood and Maid Marian like you've never seen them before. Robin has a bad habit of getting into trouble -- and a better habit of getting out of it (barely). He lives on an isolated outpost in the middle of nowhere and has no idea why his parents disappeared years ago. Then a strange delivery arrives at his doorstep, and the past is suddenly very present. Marian was raised to be a very powerless girl in a very powerful family. But that hasn't stopped her from making her own adventures -- and trespassing in some places her parents definitely don't want her to see. She has no idea what life would be like outside of her home -- until a mysterious invitation forces her to leave everything behind. Robin and Marian have lived very different lives in very different places. Their paths should never, ever cross -- but before they know it, they are thrown together on a quest that requires legendary bravery, quick-witted escapes, and the ability to . . . get along with each other. The sky's no longer the limit on what Robin and Marian can do -- as long as they manage to do it together.Show more
For centuries, the Kingdom of Eledore has relied upon the kainen race's natural magical talents to retain its elevated and seemingly impervious status in the world, particularly above the humans in Acrasia. Plots and assassination attempts grow against the royal twin heirs, Nels and Suvi, as the Acrasians seem to be doing more than saber rattling against what they see as an evil, tyrannical nation. Nels, the only kainen in Eledore to study the Acrasians, understands the threat they pose and relinquishes his standing as heir to join the army, while Suvi supports the kingdom from within as admiral of the dwindling Eledorian navy and the new heir to the crumbling throne. Slow to change, the Eledorians soon face the Acrasians' vast military armed with muskets and cannon. But a revolution is coming, and along with it the possible end of a kingdom. The assumptions of generations will be turned on their head as kainen and human clash, love and friendship are found and tested, and war comes as unwelcome as cold ironShow more
When you're stuck with the name Beauty, people expect a lot from you-like beauty and grace and courage and a sense of style. But what if you have none of these things? What if all you like to do is read books and search for odd objects that other people drop? Oh, and you have a perfect older sister who really should have had your name instead of you. And when you're a prince, you're supposed to be athletic and commanding and brave and tall. But what if you are none of those things? What if all you like to do is play the bagpipes (badly), study the stars, and try to figure out how to make worms live forever? Oh, and you also have a perfect older brother who is a lot more princely than you'll ever be. But when Beauty's life turns completely upside down and she is forced to head out into the world, she has to figure out just who she wants to be. And when Prince Riley suddenly grows fur, and nails as sharp as sticks, he has to learn that appearances can be deceiving. Before Beauty and Riley can save each other, they have to save themselves. So journey back to the time when fairy tales were real, and discover the story of Beauty and the Beast like you've never heard it before.Show more
How can you rise from the ashes if you don't start a fire? Hoping to find an ally from the convent, Sybella instead discovers yet another initiate who has been misled and misused by the former abbess of Saint Mortain. But with long-held secrets exposed and allegiances revealed, Sybella must form an uneasy trust born of desperation to combat enemies at the French court who would have them branded as traitors and heretics. Some mistakes cannot be fixed-that is Genevieve's growing fear. Though she may have been a fool, she is no coward and will do whatever it takes to set things right and ensure her queen's-and Sybella's-safety. It will take all of Genevieve's strength of will and cunning, along with Sybella's willingness to embrace her growing power. But even that may not be enough. Plans fail, fragile loyalties are tested, and bridges burn in this riveting conclusion to the Courting Darkness duology. Here, the daughters of Death finally embrace the full depth of their power-and try to make whole that which has been broken, including themselves.Show more
Welcome to the Weenie Zone! Acclaimed author David Lubar is back with Beware the Ninja Weenies, his sixth collection of Warped and Creepy Tales?a series of spooky stories for young readers Stranded aliens seek out Earth's most intelligent species. (Hint: It's not us.) A bully discovers the meaning of 'spatial displacement.' Two girls find out why you should never annoy a witch. When a swarm of sneaking, slashing, scurrying ninja weenies invades their neighborhood, a boy and his best friend find a way to fight back. Here are thirty-three hilarious and harrowing stories that will scare you, make you laugh, or see the world in a whole new way. Find out where David got the idea for each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories. If you dare!Show more
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