Sophie thinks of herself as plain and boring, especially compared to her vivacious younger sister Lettie. Sophie expects to spend the rest of her life quietly making hats in the back room of her family’s shop, but as her country prepares for war, she is forced to set out on an extraordinary adventure! With the Royal Sorcerer hot on their heels, Howl moves house, and Sophie finds herself back where she started, in her family’s hat shop. But she isn’t the same plain and timid Sophie – she’s been cursed, chased, and even fallen in love with an infamous wizard! Now her new strength will be tested as the war breaks out in the skies above town and Howl’s life is threatened by mysterious magic!
Koge-Donbo - Pita-Ten 4.
It is discovered that while Kotarou and his classmates were taking the middle-school exams, Misha was taking her own angelic test in order to earn her wings. Unfortunately, Misha fails her exam and the wings are denied her. Kotarou suggests that her failure was due to the fact that her inspiration for taking the test was to please others. Learning that success depends on believing in oneself rather than fulfilling the desire of others, Misha is able to retake her test and earn the angelic wings. Demonstrating her wings and other magical powers, Misha convinces the previously skeptical Kotarou that she is indeed a true angel. This comes as a shock to Kotarou, and he must often prevent Misha from revealing her powers to the world. As for the human kids, they all do well enough on the middle-school exams that they decide to all attempt to gain admission at the prestigious Joudai Middle School. Ten-chan scores the highest on the exam, but he knows privately that his father's illness and resulting financial problems of his family will prevent him from attending Joudai. On the brighter side, Ten-chan is making progress in his endeavor to win the love of the mysterious Shia. Complicating this triumph is the discovery that his friend Kotarou also has a crush on Shia. Also introduced in Volume 4 is the character Shino. This adorable child is orphaned and left in the care of her cousin Kotarou. Her fear of abandonment leads to many misadventures. Most interesting is Shia's interest in the young girl. Shia's mysterious origin is hinted at when she and telepathic cat, Nyaa, plan the kidnap Shino and remove her from outside the Human Realm.
Norihiro Yagi - Claymore 7. - Fit for Battle
Fearing that she's no match for the deadly Claymore named Ophelia, Clare spirits her companion Raki away to relative safety. But no matter how far they run, they won't be able to escape Ophelia's heightened senses. And now that Ophelia knows that Clare has awakened, she will not rest until she has destroyed Clare.
Lauren Child - We Honestly Can Look After Your Dog
Lola loves dogs. So when Charlie takes Lola and her friend Lotta to the park with his friend Marv and Marv's dog Sizzles, Lola is thrilled. Marv lets her and Lotta look after Sizzles on the promise that they don't let him off the lead.
Lauren Child - But Excuse Me That Is My Book
Lola loves books - but when she finds out that someone has borrowed her favourite book of all, she is naturally distraught. Charlie tries everything to placate her, although nothing seems to work. But when Charlie finds 'Chimps and Chimpanzees', Lola decides that this is her new best book.
Roger Hargreaves - Little Miss Helpful
From Mr Tickle's extraordinarily long arms to Little Miss Princess's sparkly crown, the Mr Men and Little Misses have been delighting children for generations with their charming and funny antics. This time it's all about Little Miss Helpful!
L. Lester Grabbe - An Introduction to Second Temple Judaism
This introduction, by a world leader in the field, provides the perfect guide to the Second Temple Period, its history, literature, and religious setting. Lester Grabbe magisterially guides the reader through the period providing a careful overview of the most studied sources, the history surrounding them and the various currents within Judaism at the time. This book will be a core text for courses on the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, as well as Qumran, Intertestamental Literature and Early Judaism.
Robert Cormier - Heroes
Francis Joseph Cassavant is eighteen. He has just returned home from the Second World War, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero. Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and respected, a man adored by many people, a man who also received a Silver Star for bravery. A man who destroyed Francis's life. Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and respected, a man adored by many people, a man who also received a Silver Star for bravery. A man who destroyed Francis's life.
Deborah Eisenberg - Twilight of the Superheroes
Deborah Eisenberg is nearly unmatched in her mastery of the short-story form. Now, in her newest collection, she demonstrates once again her virtuosic abilities in precisely distilled, perfectly shaped studies of human connection and disconnection. From a group of friends whose luck in acquiring a luxurious Manhattan sublet turns to disaster as their balcony becomes a front-row seat to the catastrophe of 9/11; to the Roman holiday of a schoolteacher running away from the news of her ex-husband's life-threatening illness, and her unlikely guide, a titled art scout in desperate revolt against his circumstances and aging; to the too painful love of a brother for his schizophrenic sister, whose tragic life embitters him to the very idea of family, Eisenberg evokes, in brooding passionate and brilliant prose, a brutally honest pertrait of our lives today, showing us truths which are both poetic and deeply political.
Beau Watson - Dreamlancer: The Tournament of Heroes
Ryan Wilkinson's life is forever altered when a wizard breaks into his room and whisks him away to the dreamworld of Elyria where he will compete to become the next "Dreamlancer." Although Ryan enjoys the trials, all is not well. Back home, his crush is falling for another guy, and a mysterious force is tampering with the energies that separate his reality from Elyria--with potentially fatal consequences.
A. J. Sweeny - Pulse of Heroes
Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, "no salt or pepper". But in junior year, everything changes. Her father takes a position on the Town Council, a popular boy in school becomes interested in her, and most importantly, the Hekademos Learning Center, a private school for 'troubled' students, moves into her quiet neighborhood amidst the protests of the entire town. After an embarrassing fall over the school wall, Michelle meets Elliot and her ordinary ‘bland’ life changes its course forever. Elliot is no ordinary human. In fact, no one at the Hekademos Learning Center is. Beautiful and fierce, they have survived throughout the millennia by weaving in and out of human events. Through them, Michelle learns that history and myths from around the world are dotted with references to their kind. Michelle falls madly in love with the ever-striking and mysterious Elliot and, as much as he tries to fight it, he develops strong feelings for her as well. Although Elliot carries numerous painful memories from his many pasts, he disregards his own better judgment and the advice of his friends, and finds himself falling for Michelle‘s offbeat personality. Their feelings grow in intensity, but when History catches up with them, the difference between their life paths threatens to destroy any future that they might have had together. Michelle learns that there are infinite shades of gray between black and white, and has to deal with the bundle of contradictory emotions called love. She has to trust her intuition in order to face the danger and uncertainty of being drawn into Elliot’s wondrous world. Ultimately, it is up to Michelle to make the split-second, life-altering decision that will either tear them apart forever, or give them another chance.
Chris d'Lacey - Celia Rees - Pat Moon - Heroes and Villains: Ten Tales of Heroism and Villainy
In this, the latest anthology in association with the Federation of Children's Book Groups, there are five exciting and brand new short stories from Pat Moon, Kaye Umansky, Thomas Bloor, Celia Rees, and Chris D'Lacey, who have each made their choice—nice guy, or dastardly villain. In addition, there is writing on this theme from Richard Peck's "A Long Way From Chicago," Adeline Yen Mah's "Chinese Cinderella," and Virginia Euwer Wolff's "Make Lemonade." Nasty or nice, there is something for everyone in these ten superb stories, making it an invaluable introduction to the best in children's writing today.
Ethan Watrall - Jeff Siarto - Head First Web Design
Want to know how to make your pages look beautiful, communicate your message effectively, guide visitors through your website with ease, and get everything approved by the accessibility and usability police at the same time? "Head First Web Design" is your ticket to mastering all of these complex topics, and understanding what's really going on in the world of web design. Whether you're building a personal blog or a corporate website, there's a lot more to web design than s and CSS selectors, but what do you really need to know?With this book, you'll learn the secrets of designing effective, user-friendly sites, from customer requirements to hand-drawn storyboards all the way to finished HTML and CSS creations that offer an unforgettable online presence. Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, "Head First Web Design" uses a visually rich format specifically designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.
Tilly Bagshawe - Showdown
Bobby Cameron is a cowboy through and through. An alpha male of the old school, his classic good looks have made women swoon on the racing circuit from Kentucky to Dubai. After inheriting Highwood, his father's magnificent but debt-ridden ranch in California's Santa Ynez Valley, Bobby travels wherever he's wanted, breaking horses for their wealthy owners and raising the cash he needs to protect his land. That's all he cares about-until he meets a young English girl named Milly Lockwood Groves. The seventeen-year-old daughter of a millionaire Newmarket breeder, Milly has watched her odious older brother become a jockey-and pursue a career she knows should be hers. Forbidden to race because of a childhood accident and her mother's notions about unladylike behavior, Milly is still secretly determined to follow her dreams. Then Bobby Cameron strides into her life, and nothing is ever the same. She accepts his offer to work for a year at Highwood, desperate to make a name for herself in racing...and for Bobby to see her as a woman. Caught up in a world where unscrupulous horse owners and billionaire media moguls rub shoulders-and more-with oversexed racing widows and fiercely ambitious jockeys, Milly must discover if she has what it takes to be a winner-on the track, in the bedroom, and, ultimately, in the game of love.
Pierre Bayard - Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?
At the end of Agatha Christie's classic detective novel, "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd", Hercule Poirot declares with a customary late flourish that the murderer is none other than the book's narrator. But the narrator is, by definition, suspect. So who can we believe? In a witty piece of literary sleuthing, Pierre Bayard thinks the unthinkable: could Poirot, semi-retired and growing marrows, have got it wrong? And if so, who did murder Roger Ackroyd? When Agatha Christie published her masterpiece "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" she confounded the conventions of the detective strory by making her narrator, Dr Sheppard, the killer: every event in the novel is seen through Sheppard's eyes. But when faced by Hercule Poirot in a typically grandstanding finale, Sheppard reacts to Poirot's solution of the crime with astonishment, and with good cause: the punctilious Beligian detective's explanation is as motiveless as it is impractical. This is the starting point in Pierre Bayard's clever, affectionate tribute to the Queen of Crime. Bayard asks the question: might Poirot have got it wrong? And if so, why might he have been mistaken? Did Christie herself understand the ending of her own book or was she too being manipulated by her narrator? In a display of literary intrigue worthy of Umberto Eco or John Sutherland, Bayard plots his own solution, faithfully following the devices of Agatha Christie's original in this deft, smart homage. And, in his own denouement he finally answers the question first posed by Agatha Christie many years ago: who really killed Roger Ackroyd?
Elfriede Jelinek - Wonderful, Wonderful Times
A dozen years after the collapse of the Third Reich, four adolescents commit a gratuitously violent assault and robbery in a Viennese park. So begins Jelinek's brilliant new novel, an unrelenting and horrifying exploration of postwar Austria, where the sins of the fathers are visited upon a new generation too disaffected to understand the source of its inarticulate rage. Jelinek's prose is breathless and incisive as she paints psychological portraits of her characters in swift, sure brushstrokes. Among the group of young criminals in the park are Rainer Witkowski, a liar and a coward who fancies himself a poet, an intellectual and a leader of men, and his twin sister, Anna, who responds to rejection by losing her ability to speak. Their father, Otto, is a brutally sadistic, crippled ex-Nazi who takes pornographic pictures of his battered wife and whose sexual abilities are failing now that the aphrodisiac of Auschwitz is only a dim memory. He is unrepentant; history, he believes, has forgiven him. The son cites Sartre's proposition that history does not exist. But it does, and it repeats itself here in an explosion of sickeningly familiar violence.
Leo Babauta - Eric Hamm - The Essential Motivation Handbook
The author writes, "I've long wanted to put together a book on motivation--I get emails and comments from readers every day in need of motivation to reach a goal, to stay focused, to exercise, to be productive, to just get up off their butts and do something. But I wanted to add something, add value greater than I already offer on Zen Habits." In The Essential Motivation Handbook, author Leo Babauta definitely succeeds. Teaming up with motivational expert Eric Hamm, he provides some of the most succinct yet powerful advice available on how to get yourself up and going! The book includes practical steps to help you overcome fear, keep moving forward, boost your self-confidence, get inspiration, and turn your dreams into reality. The perfect companion to the author's book Zen To Done.
R. L. Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the Merry Men & Other Stories
In seeking to discover his inner self, the brilliant Dr Jekyll discovers a monster. First published to critical acclaim in 1886, this mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature, and it is the book which established Stevenson's reputation as a writer. Also included in this volume is Stevenson's 1887 collection of short stories, The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables. The Merry Men is a gripping Highland tale of shipwrecks and madness; Markheim, the sinister study of the mind of a murderer; Thrawn Janet, a spine-chilling tale of demonic possession; Olalla, a study of degeneration and incipient vampirism in the Spanish mountains; Will O' the Mill, a thought-provoking fable about a mountain inn-keeper; and The Treasure of Franchard, a study of French bourgeois life.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A Scandal in Bohemia (Penduin Readers)
All kinds of people, from shopkeepers to kings, want the help of Sherlock Holmes in these six stories about the adventures of the famous detective. Who put a diamond in a chicken? Why is there a club for men with red hair? How did the man at the lake die? Can Sherlock Holmes solve the mysteries?