This book for children ages 10 to 14, describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln's body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader, and how a fledging Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation. "A sizzling tale of real-life historical intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
Gabriel makes the long haul to the middle of nowhere to make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. He discovers intruders in Lolly's home and his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors. But when the escape is discovered, the heat-and the hunt-are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark.
Acclaimed Caldecott artist Bang paints a stunning, sweeping view of our ever-changing oceans. In this timely book for children, she uses her signature poetic language and dazzling illustrations to introduce the oceanic world. "This fresh perspective on food chains focuses on the critical and voluminous ocean-based plant life--plankton--and the transfer of energy and nutrients from the sun to these microscopic plants to ocean animals and back." (Hornbook Guide)
Ave Maria Mulligan MacChesney confronts life and loss in this heartwarming tale of life in a small town nestled in the Blue Ridge mountains. "Delightfully quirky . . . chock-full of engaging, oddball characters and unexpected plot twists." (People)
Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End ...
Philip C. Plait
Feb 15, 2013 - Feb 18, 2013
"Plait presents in loving detail the many, many ways the human race could die, from temperature extremes and poisonous atmosphere to asteroid impacts and supernovae explosions. Balancing his doomsday scenarios with enthusiastic and clear explanations of the science, Plait offers a surprisingly educational and enjoyable astronomical horror show"(Publishers Weekly)
The historic hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett's social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there's another project he's got his eye on: the girl he's been waiting to kiss since he was 15.
Love, Sex, and Other Natural Disasters: Relationship Reporting from America's Finest News Source
The Staff of The Onion
Feb 14, 2013 - Feb 17, 2013
Here are more than 100 news stories of high-school sweethearts, college hook-ups, dating disasters, weddings, divorces, and restraining orders. From "18-Year-Old Miraculously Finds Soulmate in Hometown" to "Couple Forgets 70th Wedding Anniversary," these reports capture the heartbreak and hilarity of the human experience.
Kate Appleton wants to turn her parents' summer house, the Nutshell, into a bed and breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory. Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and if Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But there are complications. Kate hates beer, no one likes her, and she's falling for her boss.
Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart
Laurel Ann Nattress
Feb 14, 2013 - Feb 14, 2013
Here is a delightful collection of never-before-published stories inspired by Jane Austen--her novels, her life, her wit, and her world. Regency or contemporary, romantic or fantastical, each of these marvelous stories reaffirms the incomparable influence of one of history's most cherished authors.
Savannah "Van" Leone is in love with her best friend's fiance. After the wedding, she accidentally orders a German Shepherd over the Internet. When Joe" turns out to be a hundred-pound beast, Van is at the end of her rope. "Stay has everything ... humor, heart-and, endearingly, buckets of dog slobber." (Miami Herald)
Show Dog: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred
Feb 13, 2013 - Feb 15, 2013
A veteran magazine journalist captures the idiosyncratic world of professional dog showing, from the local competitions held in florescent-lit school gymnasiums to the granddaddy of them all, The Westminster Dog Show, as he follows a lovable novice dog through his inaugural year in competition.
The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past. "This hope-soaked, glorious book speaks to every once-broken, cracked, or poorly mended heart about the risks we take to heal, to be fully human, to truly connect. An astonishingly assured debut." (Joshilyn Jackson)
Ratzinger, the Pope's brother, "provides a warm but also honest and very illuminating memoir of their life together, from their childhood in Bavaria to Georg's insider view of his brother's life as pope. This volume is as revealing about Benedict as any other analysis of his beliefs and policies, because it provides a first-person account of the familial and religious dynamics that shaped, and continue to direct, Benedict's approach to the Catholic Church . . ."(Publishers Weekly)