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A Spell of Winter

By Helen Dunmore
  • ISBN Code: : 0141933410
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
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Bestselling author Helen Dunmore's third novel, A Spell of Winter won the 1996 Orange Prize. Catherine and her brother, Rob, don't know why they have been abandoned by their parents. Incarcerated in the enormous country house of their grandfather - 'the man from nowhere' - they create a refuge against their family's dark secrets, and against the outside world as it moves towards the First World War. As time passes, their sibling love deepens and crosses into forbidden territory. But they are not as alone in the house as they believe... 'A marvellous novel about forbidden passions and the terrible consequences of thwarted love. Dunmore is one of the finest English writers' Daily Mail 'A hugely involving story which often stops you in your tracks with the beauty of its writing' Observer 'An electrifying and original talent, a writer whose style is characterized by a lyrical, dreamy intensity' Guardian Helen Dunmore has published eleven novels with Penguin: Zennor in Darkness , which won the McKitterick Prize; Burning Bright; A Spell of Winter, which won the Orange Prize; Talking to the Dead; Your Blue-Eyed Boy; With Your Crooked Heart; The Siege, which was shortlisted for the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2002; Mourning Ruby; House of Orphan; Counting the Stars and The Betrayal, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2010. She is also a poet, children's novelist and short-story writer.

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  • Publisher : MIRA
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  • Pdf File: the-winter-guest.pdf

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A stirring novel of first love in a time of war and the unbearable choices that could tear sisters apart, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day. Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam—a Jew—but Helena’s concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all—and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades. Originally published in 2014. Look for Pam Jenoff’s new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, an unforgettable story of courage and friendship during wartime. Read these other sweeping epics from New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff. The Lost Girls of Paris The Orphans Tale The Diplomat’s Wife The Kommandant’s Girl The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach The Ambassador's Daughter

Master of Poisons

By Andrea Hairston
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  • Publisher : Tordotcom
  • Book Code : 1250260558
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 572
  • Pdf File: master-of-poisons.pdf

Book Short Summary:

“This is a prayer hymn, a battle cry, a love song, a legendary call and response bonfire talisman tale. This is medicine for a broken world." —Daniel José Older Named a Best of 2020 Pick for Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2020 Award-winning author Andrea Hairston weaves together African folktales and postcolonial literature into unforgettable fantasy in Master of Poisons The world is changing. Poison desert eats good farmland. Once-sweet water turns foul. The wind blows sand and sadness across the Empire. To get caught in a storm is death. To live and do nothing is death. There is magic in the world, but good conjure is hard to find. Djola, righthand man and spymaster of the lord of the Arkhysian Empire, is desperately trying to save his adopted homeland, even in exile. Awa, a young woman training to be a powerful griot, tests the limits of her knowledge and comes into her own in a world of sorcery, floating cities, kindly beasts, and uncertain men. Awash in the rhythms of folklore and storytelling and rich with Hairston's characteristic lush prose, Master of Poisons is epic fantasy that will bleed your mind with its turns of phrase and leave you aching for the world it burns into being. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

By Christopher Colfer
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  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Book Code : 0316204919
  • Total of Pages : 347
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 252
  • Pdf File: the-land-of-stories.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world! Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change forever, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By C.S. Lewis
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  • Publisher : Wyatt North Publishing, LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 101
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 992
  • Pdf File: the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe.pdf

Book Short Summary:

C. S. Lewis was a British author, lay theologian, and contemporary of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

My Side of the Mountain

By Jean Craighead George
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0593115007
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 385
  • Pdf File: my-side-of-the-mountain.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"Should appeal to all rugged individualists who dream of escape to the forest."—The New York Times Book Review Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever. “An extraordinary book . . . It will be read year after year.” —The Horn Book

The Ocean in Winter

By Elizabeth de Veer
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  • Publisher : Blackstone Publishing
  • Book Code : 1982674660
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 165
  • Pdf File: the-ocean-in-winter.pdf

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The lives of the three Emery sisters were changed forever when Alex, eleven at the time, found their mother drowned in the bathtub of their home. After their mother’s suicide, the girls’ father shut down emotionally, leaving Alex responsible for caring for Colleen, then eight, and little Riley, just four. Now the girls are grown and navigating different directions. Alex, a nurse, has been traveling in India and grieving her struggle to have a child; Colleen is the devoted mother of preteens in denial that her marriage is ending; and Riley has been leading what her sisters imagine to be the dream life of a successful model in New York City. Decades may have passed, but the unresolved trauma of their mother’s death still looms over them, creating distance between the sisters. Then, on a March night, a storm rages near the coast of northeastern Massachusetts. Alex sits alone in an old farmhouse she inherited from a stranger. The lights are out because of the storm; then, an unexpected knock at the door. When Alex opens it, her beautiful younger sister stands before her. Riley has long been estranged from their family, prompting Colleen to hire the private investigator from whom they’d been awaiting news. Comforted by her unexpected presence, Alex holds back her nagging questions: How had Riley found her? Wouldn’t the dirt roads have been impassable in the storm? Why did Riley insist on disappearing back into the night? After her mysterious visitation, Alex and Colleen are determined to reconcile with Riley and to face their painful past, but the closer they come to finding their missing sister, the more they fear they’ll only be left with Riley’s secrets. An unforgettable story about grief, love, and what it means to be haunted, The Ocean in Winter marks the debut of a remarkable new voice in fiction.

Ordinary People

By Diana Evans
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  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Book Code : 0385692137
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 978
  • Pdf File: ordinary-people.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It's your last chance, and most people miss it." South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn't want to let it change her but, in the crooked walls of a narrow Victorian terrace, she begins to disappear. Michael, growing daily more accustomed to his commute, still loves Melissa but can't quite get close enough to her to stay faithful. Meanwhile out in the suburbs, Stephanie is happy with Damian and their three children, but the death of Damian's father has thrown him into crisis—or is it something, or some-one, else? Are they all just in the wrong place? Are any of them prepared to take the leap? Set against the backdrop of Barack Obama's historic election victory, Ordinary People is an intimate, immersive study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and ageing, and the fragile architecture of love. With its distinctive prose and irresistible soundtrack, it is the story of our lives, and those moments that threaten to unravel us.

The Dakota Winters

By Tom Barbash
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 1443420360
  • Total of Pages : 336
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 298
  • Pdf File: the-dakota-winters.pdf

Book Short Summary:

An evocative and wildly absorbing novel about the Winters, a family living in New York City’s famed Dakota apartment building in the year leading up to John Lennon’s assassination It’s the fall of 1979 in New York City when twenty-three-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout of malaria, returns to his childhood home in the Dakota. Anton’s father, the famous late-night host Buddy Winter, is there to greet him, himself recovering from a breakdown. Before long, Anton is swept up in an effort to reignite Buddy’s stalled career, a mission that takes him from the gritty streets of New York, to the slopes of the Lake Placid Olympics, to the Hollywood Hills, to the blue waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and brings him into close quarters with the likes of Johnny Carson, Ted and Joan Kennedy, and a seagoing John Lennon. But the more Anton finds himself enmeshed in his father’s professional and spiritual reinvention, the more he questions his own path, and fissures in the Winter family begin to threaten their close bond. By turns hilarious and poignant, The Dakota Winters is a family saga, a page-turning social novel, and a tale of a critical moment in the history of New York City and the country at large.

Stuart Little

By E. B. White
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 0062408216
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 132
  • Pdf File: stuart-little.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The classic story by E. B. White, author of the Newbery Honor Book Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan, about one small mouse on a very big adventure. Now available as an ebook! Illustrations in this ebook appear in vibrant full color on a full-color device and in rich black-and-white on all other devices. Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure. Stuart's greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend? Stuart Little joins E. B. White favorites Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan as classic illustrated novels that continue to speak to today's readers. Whether you curl up with your young reader to share these books or hand them off for independent reading, you are helping to create what are likely to be all-time favorite reading memories.

Love of Fat Men

By Helen Dunmore
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0241971896
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 162
  • Pdf File: love-of-fat-men.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this collection of short stories, the author takes the reader into a sensuous world of endless winters and midnight sun. As far apart as Finland, the Austrian Tyrol, and upstate New York, these stories come alive to the touch of estrangement, misunderstanding, sexuality and loss.

The Enchanted Land

By Jude Deveraux
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0062135783
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 499
  • Pdf File: the-enchanted-land.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A woman who could not be conquered . . . A love that was never forsaken . . . A land that will not be forgotten . . . For beautiful Morgan Wakefield, the enchanted land is the ranch in New Mexico her father has left her. But the only way for her to inherit is if she lives there for a year with a husband. And so Morgan proposes a marriage of convenience to a man she just met—handsomely rugged rancher Seth Colter. In Seth's powerful embrace, Morgan discovers a passion she never knew existed, and an unexpected new love blossoms between them. But devastating challenges and betrayal conspire against these lovers, and they will have to fight for a future together on this wild, enchanted land.

A Spell of Empire

By Allan J. Scott,Michael Scott Rohan
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  • Publisher : Gateway
  • Book Code : 0575092351
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 243
  • Pdf File: a-spell-of-empire.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In the north, the Nibelung Empire covering Scandinavia and Northern Europe. In the south, the Tyrrhennian Empire, decadent child of once mighty Rome. In between, Volker Seefried, musician and sorceror's apprentice, finds himself in danger of being crushed to dust. Having left the city of Worms hurriedly when his master's final conjuration resulted in a congealed magician, Volker finds himself in Nurnberg. He is offered work by a rich merchant who asks him to recruit three bravos to accompany them on a perilous journey. And thus - not without some minor disasters - is formed a group of modern musketeers whose motto might be "All For One and Each For Himself!"

Stormswept

By Helen Dunmore
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 1443405728
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 665
  • Pdf File: stormswept.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In this companion novel to the Ingo series, myth and reality collide when Morveren, a young girl from a Cornish island, discovers a Mer boy, Malin, half-buried in the sand dunes. New conflicts erupt between the worlds of sea and air, and storm clouds of danger gather as Morveren and her twin sister, Jenna, struggle to protect Malin. An enthralling battle of loyalties begins when Morveren and Jenna learn that even your closest friends can betray you, and that a tragic reality lies beneath their island’s legends.