How can anyone describe this book? It isn't a parable, a fairy story, or a poem, but rather a mixture of all three. It is beautiful and it is comic. It is philosophical and it is cheery. What we suppose we are trying fumblingly to say is, in a word, that it is Thurber.
There are only a few reasons why everybody has always wanted to read this kind of story, but they are basic:
Everybody has always wanted to love a Princess.
Everybody has always wanted to be a Prince.
Everybody has always wanted the wicked Duke to be punished.
Everybody has always wanted to live happily ever after.
Too little of this kind of thing is going on in the world today. But all of it is going on valorously in The 13 Clocks.
We never should have done it. But we needed a break. You know, some time off from the superhero stuff. A chance to act like normal kids. Well--as normal as four kids who can morph, a hawk, and an alien can be. Everything should have been cool.
Now Rachel is missing. And there's this...this thing that's after us. But it's not up to me to tell the whole story. Tobias, Cassie, Marco, and Ax were there, too. Even Rachel has some info to add. So go ahead and check this out. And remember not to tell anyone what we're about to tell you. It could mean the difference between life and death....
When Marco runs into his old friend Erek he doesn't think too much of it. He's got a couple of more important things to do. Like helping to save the world. But then Marco finds out Erek's been hanging with the kids at The Sharing. And he starts to think that something just a little weird is going on.
So Marco, Jake, and Ax decide to morph and check old Erek out. Just to see if he's been infested with a Yeerk. The good news is that Erek's not a human-Controller. The bad news is that Erek's not even human....
"Go, Craig! Go, Craig!" Amy chanted, urging me on.
I lowered my hands to the coffin lid. The wood felt cool and smooth, my heart pounded so hard, I could barely breathe.
It's no big deal. A coffin is just a big wooden box.
It's no different from lying down on a bed.
I took a deep breath. Pushed with all my strength.
The coffin lid slid open. I gazed inside--and started to scream.
From salsa dancing in a rum-induced haze and struggling to exercise in Colombia ("the guerillas were using the track again today"), to crossing international borders unconventionally and dodging bombs in Lebanon ("the good news was that they were 'small bombs'"), Wendy somehow manages to find herself in the midst of hysterical, adventurous, and often illegal situations. Case in poing--every time she heads to Costa Rica, she is forced to visit another prison. Although a jail may not be everyone's idea of a place to find a date, Wendy soon falls in love with a man, a country, and its people and risks everything she has to clear his name.
Avoiding Prison and Other Noble Vacation Goals is a bumpy and hilarious ride in which Wendy discovers that a successful vacation--much like that elusive thing,happiness--can be found in some of the most unlikely places imaginable.
Being an international model had lost its appeal. She wanted only to go home--to Avalon, the family farm in Australia. Then she discovered, if she wanted to stay there, she'd have to manage the place on her own.
But, there was a major obstacle: Bren Dalton, the insolent representative of the corporation who owned the farm. He refused her application on the grounds that as a woman she was not capable of real managemant responsibility.
His arrogant assumptions made Mallory furious, but she was certain she could change his mind....
The Herdmans are the most famous kids at Woodrow Wilson School. In fact, they are the most famous kids in the whole town--and they are the worst kids in the history of the world. They are dirty, rotten, lazy, and ornery. They tell lies and smoke cigars and set fire to things. They stay away from school whenever they want to and cause all kinds of chaos when they are there.
Every September the students and teachers gear up for another year of dealing with the Herdmans. But no matter what precautions are taken, they manage to cause mayhem all year round. Their wild behavior always leads to disaster for someone--but never one of the Herdman clan! They always escape getting the blame. Will this school year be the same?
Fans of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will laugh out loud reading about the wild and crazy antics of the Herdmans.
Why would a beautifully wrapped birthday present hold nothing but an empty box?
Ten leading authors give us ten deliciously different answers to the same question. Is someone playing a trick or teaching a lesson? What if the box isn't as empty as it first appears? Savor these original birthday surprises, then see if you can come up with your own solution to the mystery of the empty present.
After hearing Jessica Firbank's story, wealthy Andros Kalimantis immediately accused her of blackmail.
Jessica, a sensible Brighton barmaid, was outraged but determined to get a fair settlement for her hapless cousin, Kitty. When Kitty disappeared after pawning the Kalimantis emerald ring, Jessica's credibility with Andros vanished too.
Despite their stormy relationship, Jessica was attracted to the fiery Andros. And when he asked her to work for him at his remote tower in the rugged Greek countryside, she accepted with a sense of unquenchable excitement!