From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes the stunning and emotional story of a young soldier’s unthinkable act…and the bonds of a sister and brother’s love.
Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can’t believe that his hero doesn’t have very good reasons.
Yet as the horrifying details of the incident emerge, Joseph disappears. In their attempts to find him, Ruth and Aubrey discover he has a past far darker than either of them could imagine. But even as they learn more about their brother, important questions remain unanswered—why did he betray his unit, his country, and now his family? Joseph’s refusal to speak ignites a fire in young Aubrey that results in a disastrous, and public, act of rebellion.
The impact of Joseph’s fateful decision one night in Baghdad will echo for years to come, with his siblings caught between their love for him and the media’s engulfing frenzy of judgment. Will their family ever make their way back to each other and find a way to forgive?
Eoin Colfer - And Another Thing...
An Englishman's continuing search through space and time for a decent cup of tea . . . Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident. Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate. Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up . . . again. And Another Thing . . . is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese.
Tony Gonzales - The Empyrean Age
A man wakes, trapped inside a cloning vat. He has no idea how he got there, no idea where he is, and no idea who he is. But someone is trying to kill him, and they're about to succeed . . . A disgraced Foreign ambassador leaves his post humiliated, and ignored by his superiors, only to meet Ameline - a woman who seems to know everything about him, and an alarming amount about a conspiracy to overthrow the government. And on a back-water world during an economic crisis a worker called Tibus Heth leads a revolt against the corporation which earns him an unexpected and mysterious ally with astounding influence, and an inclination to aid his revolutionary ideas . . .
Michael Cunningham - The Hours
Exiled in Richmond in the 1920s, Virginia Woolf struggles to tame her rebellious mind and make a start on her new novel. In 1990s New York, Clarissa Vaughan goes shopping for flowers for a party for her AIDS-suffering poet-friend. This novel meditates on artistic behaviour, love and madness.
Mary Stewart - This Rough Magic
When Lucy Waring came to Corfu to visit her sister Phyllida Forli, she was elated to discover that the castello above their villa had been rented to Sir Julian Gale. A very minor cog in the London theatre, Lucy not unnaturally felt something close to reverence for Sir Julian, one of the brilliant lights of England's theatrical world. But any hope of meeting him was quickly dashed by Phyl, who indicated, with uncharacteristic vagueness, that not all was well with the great man and that his composer son, Max, discouraged visitors, particularly strangers . . . Lucy encounted Max Gale the first morning of her arrival—and a tempestuous meeting it was. For Lucy had made friends with an enchanting dolphin by whom she had first been thoroughly frightened then completely captivated. It was when she was sunning on the rocks above the cove that the shots came, and the only person in view was Max Gale . . . Thus begins a series of mystifying and thoroughly frightening events which tinge the otherwise sparkling setting of Corfu with the dark hues of violence. In every way This Rough Magic measures up to its predecessors—in spirited characterization, vivid description, glowing romance and unrelenting excitement. This is storytelling at its best. —jacket William Morrow edition, 1964
Jodi Picoult - Salem Falls
When Jack St. Bride arrives in the small town of Salem Falls, all he wants is to escape his past. He's spent the last eight months in jail, after being falsely accused of having an affair with an underage student at the school where he taught. In Salem Falls, he gets a job as a dishwasher at a local diner and tentatively begins a romance with the diner's owner, Addie, who is still mourning the death of her young daughter, born after Addie was raped in high school by three drunk boys. As she and Jack fall in love, they both see hope for the future. But their newfound love is threatened when the residents of Salem Falls learn of Jack's conviction and begin harassing him. When, predictably, a teenage girl accuses Jack of raping her, he finds himself back in jail, fighting a serious charge and the town's prejudice. Addie wrestles with her doubts and memories of her own rape, but she believes in Jack and goes on a quest of her own to find out the truth about Jack's initial conviction, even as the Salem Falls trial opens.
Ali McNamara - From Notting Hill with Love… Actually
Scarlett O’Brien is in love . . . with the movies. Utterly hooked on Hugh Grant, crazy about Richard Curtis, dying with lust for Johnny Depp, Scarlett spends her days with her head in the clouds and her nights with her hand in a huge tub of popcorn. Which is not exactly what her sensible, DIY-obsessed fiancé David has in mind for their future. So when Scarlett has the chance to house-sit an impossibly grand mansion in Notting Hill – the setting of one of her all-time favourite movies – she jumps at the chance to live out her film fantasies one last time. It’s just a shame that her new neighbour Sean is so irritating – and so irritatingly handsome, too. As a chaotic comedy of her very own erupts around Scarlett, she begins to realise there’s more to life than seating plans and putting up shelves. What sort of happy ending does she really want? Will it be a case of Runaway Bride or Happily Ever After? The big white wedding looms, and Scarlett is running out of time to decide . . .
Patrick Süskind - Perfume
An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion-his sense of smell-leads to murder. In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume"-the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
Ian Fleming - Casino Royale (angol)
In the first of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH. The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond's fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Trapped in Dunston's Cave
Mark, Kyle, Ingrid and Mark's pet monkey Chee Chee set off for a school trip to Trinidad's Asa Wright Nature Center excited and ready for adventure. However, when Kyle disappears in the rain forest, the trip turns into a dangerous encounter with poachers who are trying to steal rare oilbirds from Dunston's Cave. Can Chee Chee once again rescue the children from danger?
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Pirates at Port Royal
Experience the adventure, mischief, and mayhem once again in this second book in the Caribbean Adventure Series. Port Royal was destroyed by an earthquake in 1692, but that does not stop Mark, Kyle and their pet monkey Chee Chee from having an adventure there during their summer in Jamaica. The children once again find themselves in the past. This time they team up with Henry Morgan, a famous pirate, on an adventure that takes them to Venezuela where they have to destroy a fleet of Spanish ships to save their lives.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Marvin and the Race to the Nest
When hummingbirds Marianne and Marvin find themselves in a bit of trouble while building their nest, Marianne uses her wits to save the day. Trinidad is known as the Land of the Hummingbird. In this, the first book in the Yerette Readers, read the charming story of Marianne and Marvin and learn some interesting facts about the fascinating hummingbirds. Beautifully illustrated with photographs by Dr. Theodore Ferguson
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Chee Chee's Lost Paradise
Chee Chee and his brothers have found an abandoned garden paradise filled with all of the fruits that monkeys love. The monkeys claim the garden as their own until one day when they make the startling discovery that someone else is eating their fruit. Can Chee Chee and his brothers catch the thief and recapture their garden? Chee Chee's Lost Paradise is the third in a series of five stories about the adventures of a monkey and his growing friendship with a boy. This series, Chee Chee's Adventures, written by Carol Ottley-Mitchell, introduces young children to the joy of reading. As they grow, they can move up to the Caribbean Adventure Series which is aimed at children 8-12 years old and continues the adventures of Chee Chee and Mark.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Chee Chee's Big Plan
Chee Chee and his brothers, vervet monkeys living in St. Kitts, spend their days looking for food for the family. The brothers found a beautiful garden, a paradise filled with fruit trees of many kinds, but they must get past many dangers to reach to their paradise. Can Chee Chee come up with a plan to get them past the dangers and into their special garden? Read and find out.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Chee Chee in Paradise
Chee Chee and his brothers, vervet monkeys living in St. Kitts, spend their days looking for food for the family. This is dangerous work and the monkeys long for their own paradise for their very own paradise, a garden where they can fill their tummies with fruits without being chased by humans or dogs.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Chee Chee Finds Home
Since Chee Chee and his brothers found a garden paradise they have used every trick they can think of to get to the fruit on the trees inside. Now, the monkeys face their biggest challenge yet. A human family has moved in and is raiding the monkeys' trees. Can Chee Chee find a way to claim the fruit in the abandoned garden? Chee Chee Finds Home is the fifth in a series of five stories about the adventures of a monkey and his growing friendship with a boy. Chee Chee's Adventures introduces young children to the joy of reading. As they grow, they can move up to the Caribbean Adventure Series which is aimed at children 8-12 years old and continues the adventures of Chee Chee and Mark.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Chee Chee Fights Back
Chee Chee and his brothers love hanging out in their abandoned garden paradise filled with all of the fruits that monkeys love. So when a human family moves into the house and starts picking the fruit, the monkeys use their wits to defend their claim on the trees. Can Chee Chee and his brothers come up with a plan to convince the humans to stop eating the fruit in their garden? Chee Chee Fights Back is the fourth in a series of five stories about the adventures of a monkey and his growing friendship with a boy. This series, Chee Chee's Adventures, written by Carol Ottley-Mitchell, introduces young children to the joy of reading. As they grow, they can move up to the Caribbean Adventure Series which is aimed at children 8-12 years old and continues the adventures of Chee Chee and Mark.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Barberry Hill
Fourteen-year-old Jaden has experience with abandonment. All that he has of his mother fits into the barrels of goodies that she sends from the US to St. Kitts where he lives with his grandmother, father, and brother Rashid. But when Rashid is killed in a gang-styled execution right outside their house on the "good" part of Barberry Hill, Jaden's grandmother dies, and his parents seem even more distant than ever, Jaden is at the end of his rope. The police, his mother, his father, and indeed the entire town seem to agree Rashid must have been doing something wrong, but Jaden knows better. Rashid was no saint but Jaden is convinced that Rashid would never have been entangled in anything illegal. With the help of his two best friends, dependable MJ and the inscrutable Stein, Jaden pledges to clear his brother's name. Together the three friends embark on a danger-filled journey that takes them into the clutches of one gang and forces Jaden to face some difficult truths about his relationships with his friends, his family, and his brother
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Another Day
Fifteen year-old Emma's life is turned upside down when her mom accepts a job on the fictitious Caribbean island of St. Youngs and takes Emma with her. Emma starts her new school ready to make friends but she quickly discovers that fitting in will not be easy. Her new classmates are divided along the lines of a bitter and long-standing rivalry between two of the boys in the class, Nicolas and Anthony. Will Emma join her only friend and side with Nicolas, the popular choice or will she follow her heart and help Anthony to dig himself out of his seemingly impossible position. Set on a fictitious island, Another Day touches many realities of coming of age in the Caribbean and dealing with new love and class divisions.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell - Adventure at Brimstone Hill
Join Mark, Kyle and Ingrid on their very first adventure as they follow a mischievous monkey through a secret passage at the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts. They find themselves transported to the 18th century, captured as spies and thrown into a fierce battle between the British and the French for this famous fort.
Carmen Reid - Three in a Bed
Bella is a high-achieving, go-getting management consultant who seems to have it all. She's brilliant at her job, plays just as hard as she works and has a fantastic, sexy relationship with her husband Don. Then, she realises that something's missing from her life and decides to have a child (even though her husband isn't at all keen on the idea), and her ordered world is turned upside-down. Bella's city slicker lifestyle doesn't go too well with morning sickness, swelling body and raging hormones. Suddenly it's all change - she's a sleep-deprived, emotionally-ravaged wreck, close to embarking on an affair with her former boss.