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Sixteen-year-old Whisper, who has a cleft palate, lives in an encampment with three other young "rejects" and their caregiver, Nathanael. They are outcasts from a society that kills or abandons anyone with a physical or mental disability. Whisper?s mother visits once a year. When she dies, she leaves Whisper a violin, which Nathanael teaches her to play. Whisper?s father comes to claim her, and she becomes his house slave, her disfigurement hidden by a black veil. But when she proves rebellious,
Danny has survived everything life has thrown at him: being abandoned at birth, multiple abusive foster homes, life as a con man in training. But when his latest "protector" dies suddenly, Danny has to think fast or he'll be back in foster care again. He decides to assume the identity of a boy who disappeared three years before. If nothing else, he figures it will buy him a little time. Much to his astonishment, his new "family" accepts him as their own?despite the fact that he looks nothing lik
GROUNDHOG DAY gets a hilarious french twist in this delightful upper middle grade novel about first crushes and friendship. When an eighth-grade class trip to Paris goes horribly wrong, the worst day of one girl’s life keeps happening over and over.
Anna O'Mally is a born writerùgifted, perceptive, headed for the stars. Or she was, until the tragic death of her uncle Joe. He was barely older than Anna herself, and she worshipped the ground he walked on. Best of all, Anna got to live in the glowof knowing that she was the most important person in his world, too. Anna has promised everyoneùher shrink, her parents, her best friendùthat Joe's one-year ôdeadaversaryö will be the end of her period of mourning. But when a strange note suggests th
Mythological tales can be found in cultures around the world. Although the characters and storylines differ from one culture to the next, they have a shared purpose: to explain the unexplainable and to reinforce cultural values. Each book gives readers insight into a different culture by way of the stories that have followed that culture’s development through time.
No longer just a toy or tool of war, drones are fast becoming another in a long line of life-changing technologies. This series examines the expanding use of drones for various purposes; the benefits, challenges, and concerns resulting from these uses; and where ongoing develops are leading. All books feature real-world examples, fully-documented quotes, and clear, thoughtful narrative.
In this novel for teens, Valentine and her mother travel to Thailand after the death of her boyfriend.
Mel is tormented by thoughts that she may be responsible for her best friend's suicide attempt.
Three Winnipeg teens deal with pregnancy, cultural differences and the fallout of bad decisions. Faye is the "good" adopted Chinese daughter. Bev is the wild child. Mannie is the unambitious stoner. What brings them together and tears them apart, is a need to move beyond the clichés and commit to something-anything-that will bring meaning and joy to their lives. When Faye's long-lost childhood neighbour, Bev, turns up out of the blue, wanting something from her old friend, Faye goes along with B
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr ôthe Raptorö Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelmûûa personal marketing strategist. It isn't long before she's made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way. As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that's fallen int