Published after Phelp's extraordinary performance at the Beijing Games, this autobiography highlights the memorable races and valuable lessons leading up to his record breaking performance. Behind his tally of Olympic gold medals lies a consistent approach to competition, a determination to win, mental preparation, and a straightforward passion for his sport.
North Archer, Andie Miller's ex-husband, asks her to become the guardian of two orphans who live in a haunted house. "Crusie's created a sharp cast of lonely souls, wacky weirdos, ghosts both good and bad, and unlikely heroes who are brave enough to give life and love one more try. You don't have to believe in the afterlife to relish this fun, bright romp." (Publishers Weekly)
Two for Sorrow: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
Aug 1, 2012 - Aug 4, 2012
Mystery writer Josephine Tey acts as a part-time sleuth in the third entry in the series that began with "An Expert in Murder". "The case is intricate and surprisingly intimate, weaving in and out of two historical periods and featuring that Upstairs Downstairs class element." (Library Journal)
Dr. Clara Casey agrees to take on the seemingly thankless task of establishing a clinic with little funding--for a year. With her own plate full--two troublesome grown daughters and a needy ex-husband--she is still able to gather a wonderfully diverse and dedicated staff. With insight, humor, and compassion, Binchy tells a story of family, friends, patients, and staff who are part of a heart clinic in a community caught between the old and the new Ireland. Binchy died on July 30th prompting an outpourig of tributes including the Telegraph calling her Ireland's National Treasure!
Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
Jul 31, 2012 - Aug 3, 2012
Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea--a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA--past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door, and camera-lined hallways--and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. "[A]n out-of-this-world heist" (U.S.A. Today)
A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son, and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother's loneliness. "Emotionally wrenching yet intellectually rigorous, idea-driven but with indelible characters and true suspense." (Boris Kachka, New York Magazine)
In 2002, award-winning film and stage actor Ashley Judd found her true calling as a humanitarian and voice for those suffering in neglected parts of the world. Judd describes her odyssey, from lost child to fiercely dedicated advocate, from anger and isolation to forgiveness and activism. In telling it, she answers the ineffable question about the relationship between healing oneself and service to others.
Just in time for the Olympics, a spirited, sporty romp about losing gracefully. Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing. Cool comic book styling combines with classic picture book heart in this encouraging and hilarious picture book.
“The Tower of London is the center of this hilarious love story about Beefeater Balthazar, his wife, their tortoise and their eccentric friends. As Balthazar struggles to save his marriage, the rest of the cast carries on in a charming tangle, and when Balthazar is put in charge of a Tower zoo, hilarity breaks out. Sprinkled with fascinating Tower lore, the book will steal your heart.” (People Magazine)
Two teen journalists go behind the scenes to solve a mystery at the 2012 Olympic Games where one of them is also competing as a swimmer. Feinstein has written "a fast-paced caper" (Kirkus) for readers aged ten to fourteen.
Ex-CIA assassin Court Gentry thought he could find refuge living in the Amazon rain forest. But his bloody past finds him when a vengeful Russian crime lord forces him to go on the run once again. "Bourne for the new millennium." (James Rollins)
James--one of the most widely admired writers of detective fiction at work today--gives a personal, lively, illuminating exploration of the human appetite for mystery and mayhem, and of those writers who have satisfied it. ""A master class on British mysteries . . . It's hard to imagine a better guide." (Christian Science Monitor)
Violinist Maddie elopes with Lane Moritomo, the ambitious son of Japanese immigrants, but after Pearl Harbor is bombed, Lane is seen as the enemy and she must sacrifice her Juilliard ambitions when he is interned at a war relocation camp." A sweeping yet intimate novel that will please both romantics and lovers of American history." (Kirkus)
Katherine Paterson; John Paterson; John Rocco (Illustrator)
Jul 22, 2012 - Jul 25, 2012
A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts's 1910 fantasy and retold by Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson and her husband John. " A strong choice for both a read-aloud and an under-the-covers escape." (Booklist)