On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy.. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy. It was the most sophisticated and successful deception operation ever carried out,
Just nominated for an Edgar award, this teen thriller begins as a British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun. When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Wein "serves up a riveting and often brutal tale of WWII action and espionage with a powerful friendship at its core." (Publishers Weekly)
Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves his bedroom. But with a new computer program, he travels the world while never stepping out the door. That is until he witnesses a murder in downtown New York City. "A suspenseful, pulse-pounding thriller leavened by a trio of unlikely heroes and a lovely romance. Talk about tour de force plotting, even the most minor details pay off with shoes dropping right up to the final page." (Boston Globe)
The Ice Balloon: S. A. Andrée and the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration
Jan 22, 2013 - Jan 27, 2013
Wilkinson recounts the thrilling story of the visionary Swedish explorer S.A. Andree, who in 1897, at the height of the heroic age of Arctic endeavor, attempted to discover the North Pole by flying over it in a hydrogen balloon."Fabulous . . . Readers meet 'a parade of fanatics' who attempt to reach the Pole, discover what is there, and return alive." (Kate Tuttle, "Boston Globe)
The Pinkneys present a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in, when four college kids staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.
In this easy reader for kids, Kurtz explains the significance of Kings' famous speech and presents the great man's philosophy and message in a way that is understandable to young readers, and that celebrates King's vision.
Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation
Clarence B. Jones; Stuart Connelly
Jan 20, 2013 - Jan 22, 2013
"Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the course of American history by challenging - and inspiring - the country to confront injustice and live up to our founding ideals. The words he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 will forever be immortalized for their beauty and power, and they will forever echo in the soul of American life. Jones and Connelly capture the fascinating story behind this historic moment, (Michael Bloomberg)
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
Mark Owen; Kevin Maurer
Jan 18, 2013 - Jan 21, 2013
For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moments. " ...A cast of characters, including Owen himself, artfully drawn, yet painfully human, passionate descriptions of a lifestyle that few are privy to, as well as its breathlessly paced, inexorable march toward an inevitable ending...it's a remarkably intimate glimpse into what motivates men striving to join an elite fighting force like the SEALS -- and what keeps them there." (Associated Pres)
In this heart-stopping debut, Hassman tells the story of young Rory Hendrix, who is determined to get out of the Reno trailer park where she lives with her bartender mother and prove she's not the feeble-minded imbecile she's been labeled ." A lyrical and fiercely accomplished first novel...[In] Hassman's skilled hands, what could have been an unrelenting chronicle of desolation becomes a lovely tribute to the soaring, defiant spirit of a survivor." (People)
Just nominated for an Edgar for Best First Novel, Fay's novel is" a thrilling mix of adventure and personal discovery set in Southeast Asia in the 1920s . . . Fay crafts an intricate page-turner that will keep readers breathless and guessing." (Publishers Weekly) "
In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll's head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a "Pure" dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm. "A great gorgeous whirlwind of a novel, boundless in its imagination. You will be swept away." (Justin Cronin)
Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the Mccoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance
Lisa Alther; Martha Kaplan
Jan 16, 2013 - Jan 20, 2013
With a charming voice, a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and an abiding gift for spinning a yarn, Alther makes an impartial, comprehensive, and compelling investigation of what actually happened, masterfully setting the feud in its historical and cultural contexts, digging deep into the many causes and explanations of the fighting, and revealing surprising alliances and entanglements. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.
A full-color, fully illustrated, step by step resource for anyone using an iPad 2, iPad 3rd or 4th generation, or iPad mini running iOS 6. Each task is presented in easy to follow steps. Notes and sidebars offer additional insight into using the iPad without the need to search through paragraphs of text to find the information you need. Tasks are clearly titled to help you quickly and easily find things you want to accomplish.
Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America's Most Perilous Year
David Von Drehle
Jan 14, 2013 - Jan 15, 2013
"1862 was the year of Lincoln's 'Rise to Greatness'... Von Drehle recounts the dramatic military and political events of that year, interspersing them with human-interest stories of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times... These pages crackle with life and energy." (James McPherson)