The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy, from the author of Geek Charming. Prom fever has infected LA—especially Cindy’s two annoying stepsisters, and her overly Botoxed stepmother. Cindy seems to be the only one immune to it all. But her anti-prom letter in the school newspaper does more to turn Cindy into Queen of the Freaks than close the gap between the popular kids and the rest of the students. Everyone thinks she’s committed social suicide, except for her two best friends, the yoga goddess India and John Hughes–worshipping Malcolm, and shockingly, the most popular senior at Castle Heights High and Cindy’s crush, Adam Silver. Suddenly Cindy starts to think that maybe her social life could have a happily ever after. But there’s still the rest of the school to deal with. With a little bit of help from an unexpected source and a fabulous pair of heels, Cindy realizes that she still has a chance at a happily ever after.
In the title story of these two novellas, a U.S. agent must prevent a shipment of rifles from reaching the Comanche in New Mexico. Surrounded by enemies and accused of murder, he'll be lucky to make it to Santa Fe alive. And in Twelve Hours Till Noon, the people of Amity, Colorado, are stunned at the robbery of their local bank. But little do they know the "robbery" is only a cloak for a much bigger plan: assassinating the governor. The clock counts down as the tension rises...
In the continuing U.S. debate over illegal immigration, a human face has rarely been shown. The topic has been presented as a monolithic abstraction, a creation of statistics, political rhetoric, and fear. This collection of letters between undocumented immigrants in California and their families back home reveals the other side of the story. Published for the first time in paperback, Between the Lines reveals the often poignant human drama currently being played out along the U.S.-Mexico border. The letters, presented in Spanish and English, express powerful feelings of hope, uncertainty, and fear among the undocumented travelers as they arrive in the United States and seek work, social support and legal status. The letters from their families in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador return feelings of hope, love, and support. Translator/editor Siems provides a powerful and lyrical introductory essay that sets the stage for the letters that follow.
Jesse B. Simple, Simple to his fans, made weekly appearances beginning in 1943 in Langston Hughes' column in the Chicago Defender. Simple may have shared his readers feelings of loss and dispossession, but he also cheered them on with his wonderful wit and passion for life.
Langston Hughes's most beloved character comes back to life in this extraordinary collection Langston Hughes is best known as a poet, but he was also a prolific writer of theater, autobiography, and fiction. None of his creations won the hearts and minds of his readers as did Jesse B. Semple, better known as "Simple." Simple speaks as an Everyman for African Americans in Uncle Sam's America. With great wit, he expounds on topics as varied as women, Gospel music, and sports heroes--but always keeps one foot planted in the realm of politics and race. In recent years, readers have been able to appreciate Simple's situational humor as well as his poignant questions about social injustice in The Best of Simple and The Return of Simple. Now they can, once again, enjoy the last of Hughes's original Simple books.
'Pangea' is an anthology of short stories by authors from across the globe, celebrating the human condition from many different perspectives against the backdrop of many different cultures, and expressing the beauty of diversity and the commonality therein.
Jazz Smith-Mohapatra is the toughest and best player on her basketball team -- and this year she's determined to lead the team to a championship win. But in the last game of the regular season, Jazz sets an offensive move called a pick and roll. A player on the other team doesn't see it coming; she crashes into Jazz, and then onto the floor. Though it's a play that Jazz has done many times, she's never hurt anyone before. Now there's going to be a Fair Play Commission hearing to determine whether the play was legal or not. But even worse than the possibility of being suspended for the playoffs, Jazz's teammates are suddenly questioning her physical style of play and whether the team can make it all the way to the pennant without her. [Fry reading level - 3.0]
What makes the Chicken Coup Gang interesting and fun is that it is based upon true stories that actually happened to the author Robert W. Millner and his two sisters Nancy and Ginny. These three people are portrayed in the book as Eric, the eldest, Mindy, three years younger, and Cindy, the baby of the family, a year younger than Nancy. The children have a mother who doesn’t have to work and a father who is a band director as well as a professional accordionist. The family leaves Long Island every summer to spend the entire summer vacation at a family resort in the Catskill Mountains. The children believed the stories about old Rip Van Winkle bowling in the mountains with the Dutch sailors every time there was a thunder storm. Two more girls came to Pleasant View Lodge with their mother Mildred and father, a saxophone player and violinist named Peter. The children would often explore the lodge and found several fun places to play; the old barn full of fresh hay, the rec. room with ping pong tables and pinball machines and the old chicken coup at the edge of the woods. It was here they met and formed the Chicken Coup Gang. These five children were very creative. After all, what do you do all summer at a summer resort? This book is about those funny and sometimes scary adventures including the Masquerade Ball, the whimsical talent show, the lady in the closet, the moving tea cup, free money and much more. At the end of the book is a chapter entitled “Personal Growth”. When the author was a boy and watched t.v., he especially enjoyed a story with a meaningful ending. The same holds true for this book. The Personal Growth page is designed to ask you roughly five thought questions. See what answers you would come up with. Compare them with the answers of your brother, sister or best friend. Also included is a page to help you with words you may not be familiar with. It’s titled “Words and Their Meaning”. What words don’t you know? This is the first in a series of books about the exciting adventures of Eric, Mindy and Cindy.
"Explores Hughes's intellectual method and its relation to social activism. Examines his involvement with socialist movements of the 1920s and 1930s and contends that the goal of overthrowing white oppression produced a "socialist joy" expressed repeatedly in his later work, in spite of the anticommunist crusades of the cold war"--Provided by publisher.
A fresh and funny twist on Snow White from the author of Cindy Ella and Geek Charming! The ideal L.A. fairy tale for fans of Once Upon a Time and L.A. Candy Simone never saw herself as the "cute girl"--she was always the chunky smartmouth. But after a year of avoiding her wicked almost-stepmonster through Zumba class, Simone's now sporting a whole new retro style. And people keep acting oddly. One thing: her stepmonster seems to be trying to accidentally kill her, or at least fatten her back up. And so when Simone's brother offers to let her move in with him and his six roommates for the summer, Simone jumps at the chance for some normalcy. Only living with seven very different college boys isn't exactly going to help her land her very own happily ever after . . .
Meet the Naughty Princess Club: a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that introduces readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that ensue when three women start a new business to make it rain. Once upon a time Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the President of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money...and the babysitter. Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo. But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes? And could the blue-eyed anti-prince that has been crossing her path become Cindy’s happily ever after? At the Stroke of Midnight is a hilarious, empowering story where princesses can save themselves while slaying in stilettos.