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10 People Who Discovered America
10 People Who Discovered America
Author: Bruce Black
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 7/17/2007


They navigated storm-tossed seas, plunged through forbidding forests, climbed towering mountains, and crossed broiling deserts. They faced incredible dangers - in search of the new continent that promised untold riches and unending glory!
Chapters include explorers such as Leif Ericson, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Hernando de Soto, and more.


100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories
Review Date: 1/12/2008
Helpful Score: 2


Contents:

* A Loint of Paw by Isaac Asimov
* The Advent on Channel Twelve by C.M. Kornbluth
* Plaything by Larry Niven
* The Misfortune Cookie by Charles E. Fritch
* I Wish I May, I Wish I Might by Bill Pronzini
* FTA by George R. R. Martin
* Trace by Jerome Bixby
* The Ingenious Patriot by Ambrose Bierce
* Zoo by Edward D. Hoch
* The Destiny of Milton Gomrath by Alexei Panshin
* The Devil and the Trombone by Martin Gardner
* Upstart by Steven Utley
* How It All Went by Gregory Benford
* Harry Protagonist, Brain-Drainer by Richard Wilson
* Peeping Tommy by Robert F. Young
* Starting from Scratch by Robert Sheckley
* Corrida by Roger Zelazny
* Shall the Dust Praise Thee? by Damon Knight
* Bug-Getter by Reginald Bretnor
* The Deadly Mission of Phineas Snodgrass by Frederik Pohl
* Fire Sale by Laurence M. Janifer
* Safe at Any Speed by Larry Niven
* The Masks by James Blish
* Innocence by Joanna Russ
* Kin by Richard Wilson
* The Long Night (âThe Exploits of Argoâ) by Ray Russell
* Sanity Clause by Edward Wellen
* If at First You Don't Succeed, To Hell with It! by Charles E. Fritch
* The Question by Laurence M. Janifer and Donald E. Westlake
* The Perfect Woman by Robert Sheckley
* The System by Ben Bova
* Exile to Hell by Isaac Asimov
* Inaugural by Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini
* Martha by Fred Saberhagen
* Kindergarten by Fritz Leiber
* Landscape with Sphinxes by Karen Anderson
* The Happiest Day of Your Life by Bob Shaw
* The Worlds of Monty Willson by William F. Nolan
* Punch by Frederik Pohl
* Doctor by Henry Slesar
* The Man from When by Dannie Plachta
* Crying Willow by Edward Rager
* January, 1975 by Barry N. Malzberg
* Mail Supremacy by Hayford Peirce
* Mistake by Larry Niven
* Half-Baked Publisher's Delight (1974) by Jeffrey S. Hudson & Isaac Asimov
* Far from Home (1958) by Walter S. Tevis
* Swords of Ifthan (1973) by James E. Sutherland
* Argent Blood (1967) by Joe L. Hensley
* Collector's Fever (1964) by Roger Zelazny
* Sign at the End of the Universe (1974) by Duane Ackerson
* Stubborn (1972) by Stephen Goldin
* The Re-Creation (1972) by Robert E. Toomey, Jr.
* The Better Man (1966) by Ray Russell
* Oom (1951) by Martin Gardner
* Merchant (1960) by Henry Slesar
* Don't Fence Me In (1956) by Richard Wilson
* The Die-Hard (1958) by Alfred Bester
* The First (1952) by Anthony Boucher
* Eripmav (1958) by Damon Knight
* Feeding Time (1953) by Robert Sheckley
* The Voice from the Curious Cube (1937) by Nelson S. Bond
* I'm Going to Get You (1974) by F.M. Busby
* The Room (1961) by Ray Russell
* Dry Spell (1970) by Bill Pronzini
* Bohassian Learns (1971) by William Rotsler
* Star Bride (1951) by Anthony Boucher
* Latest Feature (1972) by Maggie Nadler
* Chief (1960) by Henry Slesar
* After You've Stood on the Log at the Center of the Universe, What Is There Left to Do? (1974) by Grant Carrington
* Maid to Measure (1964) by Damon Knight
* Eyes Do More Than See (1965) by Isaac Asimov
* Thang (1948) by Martin Gardner
* How Now Purple Cow (1969) by Bill Pronzini
* Revival Meeting (1969) by Dannie Plachta
* Prototaph (1966) by Keith Laumer
* The Rocket of 1955 (1939) by C.M. Kornbluth, writing as Cecil Corwin
* Science Fiction for Telepaths (1977) by E. Michael Blake
* Kindergarten (1970) by James E. Gunn
* A Little Knowledge (1975) by Paul Dellinger
* A Cup of Hemlock (1978) by Lee Killough
* Present Perfect (1974) by Thomas F. Monteleone
* A Lot to Learn by Robert T. Kurosaka
* The Amphibious Cavalry Gap (1974) by J.J. Trembly, as told to James E. Thompson
* Not Counting Bridges (1963) by Robert L. Fish
* The Man Inside (1969) by Bruce McAllister
* The Mars Stone (1974) by Paul Bond
* Source Material (1974) by Mildred Downey Broxon
* The Compleat Consumators (1964) by Alan E. Nourse
* Examination Day (1958) by Henry Slesar
* The Man Who Could Turn Back the Clock (1950) by Ralph Milne Farley
* Patent Rights (1974) by Daniel A. Darlington
* The Sky's an Oyster; the Stars Are Pearls (1975) by David F. Bischoff
* Alien Cornucopia (1959) by Walt Liebscher
* The Last Paradox (1958) by Edward D. Hoch
* Course of Empire (1956) by Richard Wilson
* Synchronicity by James E. Thompson
* Sweet Dreams, Melissa (1968) by Stephen Goldin
* The Man on Top (1951) by Reginald Bretnor
* Rejection Slip (1978) by K.W. MacAnn


1000 Facts About Wild Animals (1000 Facts about)
1000 Facts About Wild Animals (1000 Facts about)
Author: Moira Butterfield
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/21/2009


This is one of those books that is great to have setting on the shelf in the class room, or at home. It consists pretty much of what the title indicates, i.e. 1000 facts about the critters that live on this world with us. The illustrations are great and the text is quite readable. The younger kids are fascinated with it and the adults who happen to pick it up are like wise.


13 Ghosts: Strange But True Stories
13 Ghosts: Strange But True Stories
Author: Will Osborne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/6/2008


Tells the stories of a man who foresaw his own death, a ghost who solved a murder, a mummy's curse, a haunted museum, and a phantom sailor.


14 Seconds To Hell: A Killmaster Spy Chiller
Review Date: 1/23/2006


KILLMASTER SPY SERIES: Okay, there is no actual Nick Carter, who is in fact a character going through many manifestations since 1896, a sort of American ur-adventurer/spydetective who appeared in books, and in movies and on TV. What makes this series of books interesting is the long line of journeyman mystery writers who wrote under the name. These include Michael Avallone, Bill Crider, Robert J. Randisi, Sean Flannery, and Martin Cruz Smith. And there's just no way to tell who wrote what, exactly....


19th Century Girls and Women
19th Century Girls and Women
Author: Bobbie Kalman
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 5/9/2008


Describes various aspects of the lives of women and girls during the nineteenth century, including their lack of educational opportunities, restrictive clothing, pastimes, courtship and marriage, and limited employment prospects.
Series: Historic Communities: A Bobbie Kalman Series


Length: 32 pages
Industry reviews
Gr 3-5 Using the two-page chapter that has become so widespread in children's nonfiction books, Kalman covers the traditional female role, limited educational opportunities, clothing, leisure time activities, courtship, marriage, childbirth, employment, and the beginnings of the women's rights movement between 1801-1900. Historical photographs, artwork and staged reproductions are in color and of fair to good quality. Two pages are devoted to "Three girls' stories," fictionalized anecdotes from a pioneer girl, an immigrant, and a slave. These are very brief, trite, and not totally successful at reminding readers that 19th-century girls could lead quite varied lives depending on their place in American society. In spite of these minor criticisms, Kalman presents a good overview of her subject in a reasonably organized, interesting, and attractive manner. A solid introduction to the topic for young readers.


19th Century Girls and Women (Historic Communities)
Review Date: 5/9/2008


Describes various aspects of the lives of women and girls during the nineteenth century, including their lack of educational opportunities, restrictive clothing, pastimes, courtship and marriage, and limited employment prospects.
Series: Historic Communities: A Bobbie Kalman Series


Length: 32 pages
Industry reviews
Gr 3-5 Using the two-page chapter that has become so widespread in children's nonfiction books, Kalman covers the traditional female role, limited educational opportunities, clothing, leisure time activities, courtship, marriage, childbirth, employment, and the beginnings of the women's rights movement between 1801-1900. Historical photographs, artwork and staged reproductions are in color and of fair to good quality. Two pages are devoted to "Three girls' stories," fictionalized anecdotes from a pioneer girl, an immigrant, and a slave. These are very brief, trite, and not totally successful at reminding readers that 19th-century girls could lead quite varied lives depending on their place in American society. In spite of these minor criticisms, Kalman presents a good overview of her subject in a reasonably organized, interesting, and attractive manner. A solid introduction to the topic for young readers.


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/7/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This book is done in the style of a graphic novel or comic book with color illustrations and "panels". A perfect choice for a teen or pre-teen that would enjoy the wonderful story but that might not enjoy reading only pages of black and white text. It brings the story more alive and helps a younger person envision the settings of that time period that they otherwise aren't familiar with.


365 Foods Kids Love to Eat: Nutritious and Kid-Tested
365 Foods Kids Love to Eat: Nutritious and Kid-Tested
Author: Sheila Ellison, Judith Gray
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/24/2006
Helpful Score: 2


From Midwest Book Review, on amazon.com:

365 Foods Kids Love To Eat contains carefully chosen, kitchen-tested recipes that while appealing to the whole family, are especially attractive to kids with finicky appetites. With informative guides on ingredient substitution and healthful suggestions, 365 Foods Kids Love To Eat encourages healthy attitudes towards food and lifelong wholesome eating habits. Not only are the recipes nutrition, but they are also easy to prepare and wonderfully varied. These recipes are ideal for aspiring young chefs to "do-it-themselves", and parents will find a great many ideas including suggestions in the areas of foreign foods, peanut butter, parties, and lunch boxes. 365 Foods Kids Love To Eat is highly recommended for any family cookbook shelf, and one that will be used time and time again as boys and girls ask that universal question, "What's to eat?".

....covers everything from snacks to salads to main dishes and lots of desserts...."

Some sample recipes are:

* Sausage and Fruit Bake
* Blueberry Crepes
* Fruit Smoothie
* Apple Dumpling
* Carrot and Parsley Soup
* Gnocchi
* Teriyaki Beef Kabobs
* Lazy Lasagna
* Baked Crumbled Fish


40 Presidents: Facts and Fun
40 Presidents: Facts and Fun
Author: Joan Bumann, John Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/11/2009


This factual and fun book highlights the achievements of these interesting gentlemen in and out of office. Other highlights are their family lives, occupations before becoming President, hobbies, nicknames and more. Lots of fun puzzles and games are included.


The A-List (A-List, Bk 1)
The A-List (A-List, Bk 1)
Author: Zoey Dean
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/8/2006


Seventeen-year-old blueblood Anna Percy leaves Manhattan to spend the second half of her senior year with her father in Los Angeles and quickly becomes involved in the lives of the rich and famous at Beverly Hills High School.
When 17-year-old Anna Percy moves from New York to Los Angeles, she discovers a world full of good times, wild parties, and glamourous clothes. However, she also discovers that her new lifestyle comes at a very high price. What's a nice girl from New York to do?


Abel's Island
Abel's Island
Author: William Steig
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 1/22/2006


From Amazon.com, reviewer Karin Snelson:

A Newbery Honor Book. One summer day, newlywed mice Abel and Amanda are out for a picnic in the woods when they are caught in a sudden storm--a "full-fledged, screaming hurricane" to be precise. As they take refuge in a cave, a wind scoops up Amanda's scarf, and Abel foolishly lunges from safety to retrieve it. So begins William Steig's Newbery Honor Book Abel's Island, the ensuing adventures of this rather foppish mouse as he comes head to head with nature. Amazingly, Abel is swept up in a stream, then a river, then eventually marooned on an island (about 12,000 tails long). He is sure that his rescue is imminent: "It's certainly gotten around that Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint, of the Mossville Flints, is missing," the society mouse speculates. But he is not so lucky. What will this intelligent, imaginative rodent do to get off the island and back to his beloved Amanda? He busies himself with finding ways to get to shore (including bridges, boats, catapults, stepping stones, and gliders); figuring out what he should eat (everything from mulberries to roasted seeds); and investigating where he should take shelter (in a rotten log). As the weeks and months go by, he misses his books, his paintings, his comfortable stuffed chair, his stylish clothes (now damp, torn, and lumpy), but above all his precious wife Amanda, whom he thinks about constantly. As the mouse faces his new life Robinson Crusoe-style, Abel discovers what it's like to be in tune with the natural world as well as his true nature, and what it's like to return, fortified, to his real home and to the arms of the one he loves. Along the way, readers can't help but rediscover the joys of being alive.


About Last Night ... (Wrong Bed) (Harlequin Temptation, No 751)
About Last Night ... (Wrong Bed) (Harlequin Temptation, No 751)
Author: Stephanie Bond
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/11/2008


From Amazon:
Janine meets Derek when she sets out to seduce her fiance the day of his bachelor party. She slips into his room but instead encounters his best man, Derek. Derek and Janine are forced to stay together in the same room for several days as the hotel has been quarantined. If you're thinking that she shouldn't get involved with her intendeds best man and maybe best friend, don't... this man is only attending because his brother Jack, the grooms real best man has disappeared and he feels it only right to step in.


The Abstract: Tales of Wickedness and Sorrow
The Abstract: Tales of Wickedness and Sorrow
Author: Goodloe Byron
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/17/2008


The Abstract opens with a description of its protagonist, Brandon, âpassing time from young to oldâ as he plods up and down the streets of an unnamed town.

Brandon buys a suit from a clearance store, hires an interpreter, and begins contacting people under the pretense that he is a foreign journalist writing about the local arts scene. The project ends uneventfully when he runs out of money. Some time later, our hero decides to steal the story that enchanted him most, incidentally about a foreigner becoming an object of public attention, and pass himself off as its author in order to attract the respect and affection that he desires once and for all.


Across the Sea of Suns (Galactic Center, Bk 2)
Across the Sea of Suns (Galactic Center, Bk 2)
Author: Gregory Benford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/15/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Across the Sea of Suns is a 1984 hard science fiction novel by Gregory Benford. It is the second novel in his Galactic Center Saga, and continues to follow the scientist Nigel Walmsley, who encountered a machine extraterrestrial in the previous book, In the Ocean of Night aboard an expeditionary spaceflight to find other life. Eventually Nigel discovers evidence of the major conflict in the galaxy.


Adams V. Texas
Adams V. Texas
Author: Randall Adams, William Hoffer, Marilyn Mona Hoffer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/7/2006
Helpful Score: 1


From Amazon.com, reviewer Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc:

TRUE CRIME - Adams's story gained nationwide attention in Errol Morris's extraordinary film, The Thin Blue Line , which showed how Adams had been convicted in Texas of a policeman's murder, largely due to evidence given by the person who probably was the real killer. The film's acclaim and the attention it brought to the case eventually led to Adams's release from prison, where he had served 12 years. These are the bare bones of the story, yet as this book makes clear, there are many more aspects to it that the film did not, or could not, convey: the pain suffered by Adams's family; the overwhelming indignity and brutality of life in prison; the sheer nightmare of being sentenced to die for a crime he did not commit; and the legal labyrinth he had to steer through before the state would admit that it was wrong. Extremely well written and emotionally involving, this is one true crime book that will stay with the reader for a very long time. Highly recommended for all collections.


Adopting in America: How to Adopt Within 1 Year
Review Date: 6/17/2006


Explains twelve types of adoption, tells how to quickly locate a baby for adoption, and provides information on agencies, adoption attorneys, state laws, and open adoption.


Adriana
Adriana
Author: Catherine Moorhouse
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/23/2007


Synopsis:
A story of love, written in the spirit of Jane Austen, Adriana is the delightful tale of Adriana Bancroft, a single woman set adrift in Regency England. As she begins the search for her dear twin brother, lost in the Peninsular War, Adriana dons the disguise of a boy to avoid causing scandal. But she is plunged headlong into incredible difficulties as the glittering society of Regency London reveals it's seamier depths. And if she sheds her disguise, she will forfeit the high regard of the embittered gentleman she has come to love, Sir Nicholas Laidley.


Adventure at Camp Schoonover (Pick-a-Path, No 16)
Review Date: 9/5/2008


It's your first summer at sleepaway camp and there are all kinds of fun things to do!

The reader's choices determine the outcome of a young camper's adventures in the woods at night.

Campfires, mountain hikes, sleeping under the stars... summer camp is just what you expected. Or is it? Your counselor has sent you off to gather firewood, and you're in the woods all by yourself. The woods sure are quiet, you think. You wonder if it's true that you're camping on top of an ancient Indian burial ground. Spoo-oo-ky! Suddenly you hear voices. Could it be someone in trouble? Could it be ghosts?


The Adventures of Myhr
The Adventures of Myhr
Author: P. N. Elrod
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/28/2007


His name is Myhrrhymes with purr!he's half-man, half-cat, and all-adventure, traveling the multi-verse with Terrin, a twisted wizard who's into techno-raves and obscene T-shirt art. Displaced from Earth by a travel spell gone bad, they're heading home, bouncing from one bizarre planet after another.

Their latest hasty escape has landed them on a world with a lethal magic problem. While Myhr sings Beatle tunes for their supper, Terrin tries to get them an Astral Plane road maponly there's a catch. All the magic has vanished from Rumpock City, along with nearly all the magicians, the catastrophe linked to an uncanny black fog that rolls through town each night.

Trying to pick up clues, Myhr is picked up himself by the gorgeous lady Filima, a devious and not-so-very-bereaved widow in need of a fall-cat. It's up to Myhr to find where the magic went before Terrin's own powers are drained dry, leaving him worse than dead and the rest of the planet going to Hell in an express-mail handbasket.


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