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The Magnus Fin Trilogy by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin finds out that he is half selkie - part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. In Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, Magnus Fin must save his new-foound family from the evil force threatening all the ocean's creatures. In Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission, Magnus Fin discovers his initials scratched into rocks by the shore and must find the cause of a perilous seal sickness. Little does his know that his best friend Tarkin is also in great danger. In Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret, Magnus Fin discovered a rusty metal chest which has been flung ashore in a storm. But when he injures his hand, strange things start to happen which threaten to reveal his most precious secret. Janis Mackay won the Kelpies Prize with the first Magnus Fin story. This complete trilogy will ensure you don't miss a sentence of Magnus Fin's brilliant adventures.

The Unlikely Time Traveller

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The Unlikely Time Traveller by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

Robbie has disappeared. And, since he'd been asking Saul a lot of questions about time travel, Saul has a good idea where he might have gone... At school they've been doing a project on the future: will it be full of robots and shiny technology? Or will the environment have been destroyed? The last thing Saul wants to do is go there and find out for sure - but there's no way Robbie will manage on his own in the twenty-second century. The third book in Janis Makay's much-loved Time Traveller series, set in Peebles in the Scottish borders, takes the reader to an unpredictable and exciting future filled with thought-provoking discoveries. What does the future hold in store, and can Saul get Robbie safely back to their own time?

The Selkie Girl

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The Selkie Girl by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

Janis Mackay's thoughtful and touching retelling of this classic scottish folk tale is beautifully brought to life by Ruchi Mhasane's illustrations, and the lyrical text makes this a wonderful story to read before bedtime.' - ReadItDaddy 'Beautiful books which are a great introduction to the folklore genre... Wonderful stories which will give children a real sense of Scottish culture.' - Creative Steps 'This is a wonderful book about finding friends and contentment, beautifully illustrated.' - Juno magazineFergus lives with his father by the sea, but is lonely. He wants a friend more than anything. One day Fergus finds treasure on the beach: a beautiful fur blanket hidden in the rocks. But Fergus doesn't know that his treasure belongs to someone else - a selkie girl has lost her seal skin and can't go home to the sea without it. Will Fergus give his new friend what she needs, and risk being lonely again? This is a lovely retelling of the traditional Scottish folk tale of the selkie (a seal who can become human) adapted for a young audience. Beautifully written by storyteller and selkie storyteller Janis Mackay, the tale is accompanied by stunning illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane. The Selkie Girl is one of the first titles released in the Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children."|Janis Mackay currently lives in Edinburgh, where she teaches creative writing and works as a writer and storyteller. She is the author of several novels for older children including the Magnus Fin trilogy, and The Accidental Time Traveller, winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award.Ruchi Mhasane has a masters degree in children's book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She currently lives in India, where she grew up."

Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

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Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

There has always been something unusual about Magnus Fin, a school misfit. On his eleventh birthday Magnus throws a message in a bottle out to sea, wishing for a best friend and to be more brave -- and he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Magnus discovers that he is half selkie -- part seal, part human -- and his selkie family urgently need his help. Can Magnus save his new-found family from the evil force threatening all the ocean's creatures? And will he find the friend he has always dreamed of? Winner of the Kelpies Prize.

Time Traveller Trilogy

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Time Traveller Trilogy by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

This is an ebook-exclusive omnibus of all three books in Janis Mackay's award-winning Time Traveller trilogy: The Accidental Time Traveller, The Reluctant Time Traveller and The Unlikely Time Traveller. In the first book, Saul is on his way to the corner shop when a girl appears out of nowhere. Agatha Black is from 1812, and Saul has to figure out how time travel works to get her back there. The Reluctant Time Traveller finds Saul and his friend Agnes having to travel to back to 1914 -- a world on the verge of war. Can they risk altering the past, the present -- and their future? In book three, Saul is forced to travel to an exciting and unpredictable future time. Can he get his friend back to their own -- and what does the future hold in store? This pacy, time-travelling adventure series from Janis Mackay, winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards, is full of funny misunderstandings, gripping action, historical detail and thought-provoking discoveries.

Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

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Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he was half selkie -- part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. When Magnus Fin discovers his initials scratched into the rocks by the shore and finds dead seals washed up on the beach, he knows his selkie family needs his help, and he dives down beneath the waves to find out more. The great seal sickness has struck and his grandmother Miranda is dangerously ill. But Magnus Fin is sure there's another reason for their affliction. He sets out to reveal the truth, with just his moonstone, his last baby tooth and some seaweed from Neptune's garden for luck. Little does he know that his best friend Tarkin, who can't swim, is determined to join him on this perilous mission. This is the exciting sequel to Kelpie Prize-winning Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest.

The Accidental Time Traveller

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The Accidental Time Traveller by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award One ordinary day, Saul is on his way to the corner shop when a girl appears suddenly in the middle of the road. She doesn't understand traffic, or the things in shops, and she's wearing a long dress with ruffled sleeves. Her name is Agatha Black. Agatha Black is from 1812, and Saul needs to find a way to get her back there. With help from his friends Will and Robbie, he tries to work out how to make time travel happen. This pacy, time-travelling adventure from Janis Mackay, author of the Magnus Fin series, is full of funny misunderstandings and gripping action.

Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

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Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he is half selkie – part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. When a rusty metal chest is flung ashore in a storm, Magnus Fin decides to investigate. But he injures his hand on the strange box, and his sealskin starts to show through. His teacher realises that there's something very unusual about Magnus Fin -- and rumours start to spread. Deep in the ocean, the great sea god Neptune has problems of his own. The treasures of wisdom have been stolen, and his memory and powers are fading fast. Could his missing treasure be inside the chest that's been washed ashore? Magnus Fin is the only one who can find out and restore order under the sea. But a young journalist is investigating the rumours about 'fish people'. Can Magnus Fin complete his mission before the selkie secret is revealed and his selkie family are forced to leave the bay forever? Janis Mackay also wrote the Kelpies Prize-winning Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, and Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission. This is the third book in the series.

The Church of Tango

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The Church of Tango by Cherie Magnus Book Summary:

The Church of Tango is a passionate memoir of tragedy and adventure, lust and music, romance and tango, and above all, survival. A dancer all her life, she’d had to put it on hold while raising her artistic sons and caring for her dying husband. Now as she set her suitcase down on the ancient cobblestones of a Paris courtyard, she wondered—48 years old, 6,000 miles away from home, knowing no one—what was she doing? Each time disaster strikes her life, Cherie forges ahead, struggling to save herself from the wreckage by listening to the music and dancing, first in Los Angeles, then France, Mexico, Holland, and finally in the tango salons of Buenos Aires. This is not a “tango book,” but a story of survival that cuts across death, cancer, Alzheimer’s, loss of home and homeland and cherished heirlooms and possessions, loss of shared histories, of hope for one’s children, of hope for the future, of love. But it’s also about finding love and unexpected joy. And about listening to the music and dancing.

Where Were You, Robert?

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Where Were You, Robert? by Hans Magnus Enzensberger Book Summary:

An enchanting journey through time and through history, this phenomenal European bestseller is a magically evocative novel for readers of all ages. Fifteen-year-old Robert is a dreamer and one evening while he is watching television his eyes blur over and he quite literally disappears from his kitchen. He has become a time traveller. Each journey takes him further from his home and further back through the centuries, and soon he no longer holds any hope of returning...until he becomes a painter's apprentice in 17th century Amsterdam, where at last his photographic memory may help him to return to the future.

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort

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The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare,Maureen Johnson Book Summary:

Magnus Bane watches the once-glamorous Hotel Dumort become something else altogether in 1970s New York City. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles. Fifty years after the Jazz Age rise of the Hotel Dumort, immortal warlock Magnus Bane knows the Manhattan landmark is on the decline. The once-beautiful Hotel Dumort has fallen into a decayed thing, a ruin, as dead as a place can be. But the vampires don’t mind… This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This story in The Bane Chronicles, The Fall of the Hotel Dumort, is written by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson.

A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, Book Three)

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A Sorrow Fierce and Falling (Kingdom on Fire, Book Three) by Jessica Cluess Book Summary:

Magic, romance, and heart-pounding action bring the final book in the Kingdom on Fire series to a shocking and satisfying close. Justine Magazine says, "A pinch of Potter blended with a drop of [Cassandra Clare's] Infernal Devices." "Plot twists so good they will leave you reeling." --TRACI CHEE, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader It's time for war. After suffering terrible losses, Henrietta and Lord Blackwood have led their warriors to Sorrow-Fell, a vast estate where only those invited by a Blackwood may enter--and the ideal place to plan a final assault against the Ancients. It's time for a wedding. Henrietta nervously awaits her marriage to Blackwood, but when the ritual to become his bride reveals a dark secret, she realizes that Sorrow-Fell is not a safe haven; it's a trap. Convincing the sorcerers of this, however, is not easy. So with Maria, the true chosen one, and Magnus, the young man who once stole her heart, at her side, Henrietta plots a dangerous journey straight into the enemy's lair. Some will live. Some will die. All will be tested. In this stunning conclusion to the Kingdom on Fire series, Henrietta must choose between the love from her past, the love from her present, and a love that could define her future. While battles rage, the fate of the kingdom rests on her decision: Will she fall or rise up to become the woman who saves the realm? It's time for Henrietta to make her stand. Praise for Jessica Cluess's A Shadow Bright and Burning, Kingdom on Fire, Book 1: "This is a novel that gives off light and heat." --The New York Times "Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean." --VICTORIA AVEYARD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen "Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic." --STEPHANIE GARBER, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval "Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world's best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!" --TAMORA PIERCE, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Red Fever

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Red Fever by Caroline Clough Book Summary:

A terrible virus has wiped out much of the human population and Scotland is now a wasteland, overrun by wild dogs. Toby's little sister Sylvie is dangerously ill and his family set out in a boat along the Aberdeenshire coast in desperate search of medicine. On their journey they battle for food and fuel, try to outwit lawless pirates and struggle to stay one step ahead of the ever-more powerful dogs and their mighty leader Cerberus. But will they find a cure for Sylvie before it's too late?

The Reluctant Time Traveller

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The Reluctant Time Traveller by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

If Saul and Agnes don't do something their den will be destroyed. But the title deeds that could save it were lost in 1914. Good job they know the secret of time travel!Still, is travelling back in time to a world on the verge of war really a good idea? When Agnes disappears Saul has no choice -- he can't let her go to the past on her own.100 years before their own time, Saul and Agnes meet a brother and sister, servants at a big house where a sinister visitor is expected. Together the new friends try to uncover the mystery but Saul and Agnes know time is running out. Soon a war will begin: can they risk altering the past, the present and their future?This fun, time-twisting sequel to The Accidental Time Traveller -- winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 -- is full of historical details about World War One and will bring early-twentieth-century Scotland to life for young readers.

The Beginner's Guide to Curses

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The Beginner's Guide to Curses by Lari Don Book Summary:

Molly Drummond is cursed: whenever a dog barks, she turns into a hare -- which can make life quite dangerous... So she does the sensible thing and attends a curse-lifting workshop, run by a local witch. She tumbles into a world of magical beings, all desperate to reverse their curses. But will the power that feeds on the curses prevent them from returning to their normal lives? By the author of the best-sellingFabled Beasts Chronicles series, this is the dramatic first installment in the brand new, long-awaited Spellchasers trilogy. Lari Don has once again created a world of brilliant magic, dark danger and extraordinary friendship which will enchant children of upper primary age.

The Wee Seal

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The Wee Seal by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

The story of a tender relationship between a young boy and wild baby seal

The Otherwhere Emporium

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The Otherwhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie Book Summary:

The mysterious Nowhere Emporium has appeared once more. With its shining bricks the colour of midnight, and rich scents of melting chocolate and exotic spices, it's easy to see why inquisitive Lucy isn't the only one bewitched by the magical store. Behind the Emporium's red velvet curtain lies a palace of unimaginable treasures glittering jewels and gleaming gold, sparkling diamonds and shining armour. But hidden among these wonders, something sinister is lurking. The Emporium is under the control of a menacing figure in a top hat who calls himself Vindictus Sharpe. Who is he? And where is the Emporium's rightful owner, Daniel? Return to a world where imagination is power and anything is possible in the heart-stopping finale to the multi-award-winning Nowhere Emporium trilogy.

Gay Berlin

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Gay Berlin by Robert Beachy Book Summary:

"Long known for the friendly company of its "warm brothers" (German slang for men who love other men), before the turn of the twentieth-century, Berlin was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities. It was a city of firsts--the first sex reassignment surgeries, (arguably) the first openly gay man--that molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy deftly guides readers through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think about sexuality to this day. Surprising and informative, Gay Berlin is a groundbreaking and foundational cultural examination of human sexuality."

The Lantern Bearers

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The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff Book Summary:

Threatened by a tide of invaders, the last of the Roman Auxiliaries are to leave Britain forever. But Aquila, a young legionnaire, chooses to stay behind, in order to join the fight to save his native land. The Lantern Bearers is the winner of the 1959 Carnegie Medal in Literature.

Kat Fight

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Kat Fight by Dina Silver Book Summary:

After her apathetic boyfriend Marc sends her call to voicemail one too many times, Kat Porter finally gathers up the courage required to confront him.

Dragon Seeker

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Dragon Seeker by Anne Forbes Book Summary:

A powerful magician. A magic sword. And a valley full of dragons ... Evil magician Lord Jezail has unearthed the terrible sword, Dragonslayer, from the depths of Edinburgh Castle, where it has lain buried for centuries. But the sword has its own agenda — to seek out and slay dragons. Ensnared by its magic, Lord Jezail sets out to kill Arthur, the wonderful red dragon who lives under Arthur's Seat, and attack the fabled Valley of the Dragons. As the World of Magic finds itself on the brink of war, human children Neil and Clara join forces with witches, wolf people and magicians to stop Lord Jezail, the Dragon Seeker. Can friends and enemies unite to save their world from destruction?

Wild Song

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Wild Song by Janis Mackay Book Summary:

Niilo is angry and he doesn't know why. He's angry at his parents, his brother, his teachers, in fact he's angry at everyone and everything. Only one thing scares him and that's the sea. So when Niilo is sent away to a 'wild school' on a tiny island outside Helsinki, in an attempt to curb his unruly behaviour, it's his worst nightmare. But there he learns to swim, to trust another human being and overcome his fear. Niilo's newfound skill seems to offer an escape route from the island, but escaping his past and his anger isn't so straightforward.

The Teeth of the Gale

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The Teeth of the Gale by Joan Aiken Book Summary:

"Don Francisco wants you home, and in double-quick time, too. We must leave tomorrow at dawn . . ." Felix's heart sinks at Pedro's words. What can be wrong? Is his beloved grandfather ill? Dashing and loyal, he speeds towards Villaverde - and a rescue mission. Donna Conchita's children are kidnapped and Felix may be reunited with the feisty Juana, if he agrees to help. Despite warnings of a conspiracy and his own suspicions of a trap, Felix fearlessly plunges into a plot thick with intrigue and danger. His grandfather said it was a matter of life and death - but whose?

9 from the Nine Worlds

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9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan Book Summary:

An all-new collection of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase! How well do you know the nine Norse realms? Do you get all those heims mixed up? Well, this collection of rollicking short stories - each set in a different world and told by a different character from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series - will help straighten you out. And even if it doesn't, you'll enjoy reading about how Alex saves Amir's pants, Samirah plucks a giant's harp, Mallory teaches a dragon how to throw down insults, and much more. Just watch out for Thor, who is running through the whole thing and raising quite a stink . . .

The Silence

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The Silence by Jens Bjørneboe Book Summary:

Originally published in Norway in 1973, The Silence (Stillheten) is the third and final book of what has become known as The History of Bestiality trilogy. Dufour Editions is very pleased to have published in the United States the first two novels in this trilogy -- Moment of Freedom and Powderhouse -- and now, with The Silence, to make all three novels available in English for the very first time. It will give readers a chance to experience first hand Bjorneboe's remarkable, fierce, and even savage fictional inquiry into what he saw as the nature of evil in the twentieth century. As with the first two novels in the trilogy, The Silence also rejects the traditional modes of fiction to posit instead an essay-like novel of ideas, philosophy, and argumentation. It is, in fact, even further removed from the loose fictional form of the two previous "protocols", and owes more to the works of Foucault, Girard, and Sartre. Described by Bjorneboe as an "anti-novel and absolutely final Protocol", The Silence was ahead of its time in its critique and discussion of the post-colonialist world. Here the inquiring narrator explores not just European history, as he did in the first two novels, but the crimes committed by Europeans against the rest of humanity in the name of expansion and conquest. Set in an unnamed country in northern Africa, the narrator is looking at Europe from the outside. With his friend Ali, an African revolutionary intellectual, he discusses in epic fashion the history of colonialism. Cortez' destruction of the Aztec empire and Pisarro's of the Incas were crimes of genocide comparable with Hitler's against the Jews, and Columbus's glorious discovery of America becomes simplyan act of colonialism. He engages in imaginary conversations with Columbus, Robespierre, God, and Satan. He becomes totally immersed in what he perceives as the world's wickedness. As he tells us: "I don't believe that humanity is evil, nor that humanity is good -- I believe that a human being is partly evil and partly good. Which side shall be permitted to grow and develop depends on ourselves. On a planet where people have freely chosen to let themselves be burned alive for the sake of truth, the good must have great possibilities. The court sat, the charges were read, the witnesses heard, the evidence presented, humanity was found guilty. I kept the trial records" -- these are the protocols, these three novels. This is the History of Bestiality. Now, is "the silence". As Bjorneboe puts it in the third and final novel, there is a transformation in humanity brewing and whether it will result in total destruction or a redeemed humanity is unknown, but we do have the possibility -- the potential, the humanity -- of cooperating in our own redemption. Despite its presentation of horrors and man's inhumanity to man, and its grim portrayal of the narrator's long plunge into the tunnel of depression, The Silence does not depress. It praises man's immeasurable capacity for good; man is the destroyer of all things, but also the renewer of all things. Given what man has done to his fellow man in just these last few years, in Africa, in Latin America, in South America, in Eastern Europe, the twenty-five years that have passed since this novel was first published have not diminished its relevance or its urgency.

The Stone Angel

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The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence Book Summary:

The film adaptation of Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel, starring acclaimed actresses Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page, and introducing Christine Horne, opens in theatres May 9, 2008. This special fortieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Laurence’s most celebrated novel will introduce readers again to one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Hagar Shipley is stubborn, querulous, self-reliant, and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her, she makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence. As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors. Vivid, evocative, moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Supernova: Renegades Book 3

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Supernova: Renegades Book 3 by Marissa Meyer Book Summary:

The breathtaking conclusion to the superhero Renegades trilogy from the New York Time-bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles. All's fair in love and anarchy ... Nova and Adrian are fighting to keep their identities and superpowers secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other. Bursting with intrigue, action and thrilling plot twists, Supernova will leave readers on the very edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed. Praise for Renegades and Archenemies 'A fully realized new world with compelling characters and just enough edge-of-your-seat action to rival the biggest on-screen adaptation.' Bustle 'Meyer is fantastic with superpowers, and the best moments in the book involve ingenious or breathtaking displays of ability ... the page-turner conclusion will leave readers eager for the final installment.' Publishers Weekly

Visions of Past Glory

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Visions of Past Glory by Derek Fewster Book Summary:

Finland, during both prehistoric and medieval times, has been the subject of numerous studies, but none of these have previously considered the nationalist essence of the integral, underlying history culture' or public archaeology' of the nation. Even quite obvious political interpretations, visions, and imageries of an ancient Golden Age have all too easily been dismissed as the consequences of mere patriotism, Kalevala enthusiasm', or Karelianism. This study presents the case for how the conceptions of a distant, glorious past have been advanced and actively developed within the national project of constructing a modern ethnicity of Finnishness. Accordingly, a conception of an original ancient greatness was paramount for the nationalist movements in both the Grand Duchy and the early Republic of Finland, especially so when the perceived nation was considered in need of intellectually unifying defences against the many conceived threats of Russianness after ca 1890. The author traces the construction of a Finnish Great Myth of National Origins from the 16th century until the end of the Second World War, and provides richly illustrated examples of how the process of nation-building influenced and amplified the deep historical core of the emerging Finnish national consciousness.

The Laird's Choice

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The Laird's Choice by Amanda Scott Book Summary:

"Lady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to sense others' most intimate desires, she knows her duty is to marry the man who will take the MacFarlan name as his own and help her father regain the chiefdom of their clan. But her unique gifts don't prepare her for the day when a mighty warrior suddenly enters her life. The attraction between them is undeniable -- and insatiable. Hunted by brutal enemies, the wounded Magnus Galbraith washes up on MacFarlan land where he is rescued by a laird's lovely daughter. Andrena is like no one Magnus has ever known. She has the uncanny ability to both calm and enflame him in ways he never dreamed possible. But she has other unknown-and dangerous-powers. Now, as Magnus seeks to avenge a brother and protect a king, the young beauty could prove his greatest ally-or his ultimate undoing" -- p. [4] of cover.

The Nowhere Emporium

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The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie Book Summary:

When the mysterious Nowhere Emporium arrives in Glasgow, orphan Daniel Holmes stumbles upon it quite by accident. Before long, the 'shop from nowhere' -- and its owner, Mr Silver -- draw Daniel into a breathtaking world of magic and enchantment. Recruited as Mr Silver's apprentice, Daniel learns the secrets of the Emporium's vast labyrinth of passageways and rooms -- rooms that contain wonders beyond anything Daniel has ever imagined. But when Mr Silver disappears, and a shadow from the past threatens everything, the Emporium and all its wonders begin to crumble. Can Daniel save his home, and his new friends, before the Nowhere Emporium is destroyed forever? Scottish Children's Book Award winner Ross MacKenzie unleashes a riot of imagination, colour and fantasy in this astonishing adventure, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Corneila Funke and Neil Gaiman.

Gideon the Ninth

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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Book Summary:

A USA Today Best-Selling Novel, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot, and Bustle! “Unlike anything I’ve ever read. ” —V.E. Schwab “Lesbian necromancers explore a haunted gothic palace in space!” —Charles Stross “Deft, tense and atmospheric, compellingly immersive and wildly original.” —The New York Times The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead nonsense. Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth unveils a solar system of swordplay, cut-throat politics, and lesbian necromancers. Her characters leap off the page, as skillfully animated as arcane revenants. The result is a heart-pounding epic science fantasy. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die. Of course, some things are better left dead. THE LOCKED TOMB TRILOGY BOOK 1: Gideon the Ninth BOOK 2: Harrow the Ninth BOOK 3: Alecto the Ninth

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts

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First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don Book Summary:

First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts offers a wonder-filled mixture of fable and fiction, woven into an exciting race through Scotlands diverse landscapes and accompanied by an array of creatures from legend and folklore.

Beyond the Skills Gap

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Beyond the Skills Gap by Matthew T. Hora Book Summary:

How can educators ensure that young people who attain a postsecondary credential are adequately prepared for the future? Matthew T. Hora and his colleagues explain that the answer is not simply that students need more specialized technical training to meet narrowly defined employment opportunities. Beyond the Skills Gap challenges this conception of the “skills gap,” highlighting instead the value of broader twenty-first-century skills in postsecondary education. They advocate for a system in which employers share responsibility along with the education sector to serve the collective needs of the economy, society, and students. Drawing on interviews with educators in two- and four-year institutions and employers in the manufacturing and biotechnology sectors, the authors demonstrate the critical importance of habits of mind such as problem solving, teamwork, and communication. They go on to show how faculty and program administrators can create active learning experiences that develop students’ skills across a range of domains. The book includes in-depth descriptions of eight educators whose classrooms exemplify the effort to blend technical learning with the cultivation of twenty-first-century habits of mind. The study, set in Wisconsin, takes place against the backdrop of heated political debates over the role of public higher education. This thoughtful and nuanced account, enriched by keen observations of postsecondary instructional practice, promises to contribute new insights to the rich literature on workforce development and to provide valuable guidance for postsecondary faculty and administrators.

Wandmaker

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Wandmaker by Ed Masessa Book Summary:

Winner of the Fall 2016 Parents' Choice FunStuff Award! Magic is real -- and it runs in the family -- in this charming fantasy adventure about a boy who must balance his magical education with the demands of big-brotherhood, perfect for fans of Jenny Nimmo and Angie Sage. Henry Leach the Eighth doesn't know it yet, but he's descended from a long line of wandmakers. That means he has inherited mysterious powers, a trunk full of strange artifacts... and a whole host of problems. His biggest problem at the moment, however, is his little sister, Brianna. She's always had a special talent for getting in his way. And she takes troublemaking to new heights when she's caught in the crossfire of Henry's first major spell! Heartfelt, funny, and imaginative, Wandmaker is sure to leave young readers spellbound.

Knots and Crosses

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Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin Book Summary:

Inspector John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Inspector Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle.... Knots and Crosses introduces gifted mystery novelist Ian Rankin, a fascinating locale and the most compellingly complex detective hero at work today.

End of Days

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End of Days by Susan Ee Book Summary:

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee's bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They're both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn's sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe's past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all. When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

Migrants and Literature in Finland and Sweden

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Migrants and Literature in Finland and Sweden by Satu Gröndahl,Eila Rantonen Book Summary:

Migrants and Literature in Finland and Sweden presents new comparative perspectives on transnational literary studies. This collection provides a contribution to the production of new narratives of the nation. The focus of the contributions is contemporary fiction relating to experiences of migration. When people are in motion, it changes nations, cultures and peoples. The volume explores the ways in which transcultural connections have affected the national self-understanding in the Swedish and Finnish context. It also presents comparative aspects on the reception of literary works and explores the intersectional perspectives of identities including class, gender, ethnicity, "race" and disability. This volume discusses multicultural writing, emerging modes of writing and generic innovations. Further, it also demonstrates the complexity of grouping literatures according to nation and ethnicity. This collection is of particular interest to students and scholars in literary and Nordic studies as well as transnational and migration studies.

Janice and the Special Breakfast

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Janice and the Special Breakfast by Britt Harcus Book Summary:

Janice the sheep has an invite she just can't resist. She gladly accepts Top Chef's invitation for Breakfast and hops into the boat. Who will she meet and what will she eat?! Find out more in this exciting tale about your favourite little sheep. ------------------------ Janice and the Special Breakfast follows the adventures of a small sheep who lives on a Scottish island. This is the second title in the series after the sell out success of 'Janice wants to be heard'. This story sees our friendly sheep travel to a neighbouring island for a very memorable meal. Janice is cheery, caring and adventurous...up to a point. She's also forgetful, late and sometimes a bit shy. Great books for encouraging youngsters to have more inner confidence.

The Man Who Died

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The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen Book Summary:

DIVWhen Finnish mushroom entrepreneur Jaakko discovers that he has been slowly poisoned, he sets out to find his would-be murderer … with dark and hilarious results. The critically acclaimed standalone thriller from the King of Helsinki Noir… ***Shortlisted for the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year*** ***Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award*** ‘Right up there with the best' Times Literary Supplement ‘Deftly plotted, poignant and perceptive in its wry reflections on mortality and very funny' Irish Times ‘Told in a darkly funny, deadpan style … The result is a rollercoaster read in which the farce has some serious and surprisingly philosophical underpinnings' Guardian ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just thirty-seven years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he's dying. What's more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ‘The deadpan icy sensibility of Nordic noir is combined here with warm-blooded, often surreal, humour. Like the death cap mushroom, Tuomainen's dark story manages to be as delicious as it is toxic' Sunday Express 'An offbeat jewel … relentlessly funny' Don Crinklaw, Publishers Weekly ‘A bizarre, twisty, darkly comic novel about a man investigating his own murder … a tightly paced Scandinavian thriller with a wicked sense of humour' Foreword Reviews ‘Smart, sensitive, and engaging, and guaranteed to be unlike anything else in your crime fiction library … the perfect blend of thrills, investigation, character development, and comedy' Crime by the Book ‘Hugely entertaining and satisfying … like Carl Hiassen transported to Finland. It's full of black comedy and has an unlikely hero in Jaakko, who you'll root for to the very end' Kevin Wignall, author of A Death in Sweden ‘A delightful mad caper of a story, which will make readers snort out loud with laughter and would have made an excellent 1930s screwball comedy directed by Frank Capra' Crime Fiction Lover ‘Combines a startlingly clever opening, a neat line in dark humour and a unique Scandinavian sensibility. A fresh and witty read' Chris Ewan, author of Safe House ‘Dark and thrilling, funny and intelligent, this Fargo-like novel contains lethal doses of humour … and mushrooms' Sofi Oksan

The Ship of the Dead

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The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan Book Summary:

Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. Loki is free from his chains. He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Ma