Early on the morning of her eleventh birthday, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea—an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria. Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal young woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's childhood and now a television producer, returns at Shelly's request to do a story about the circumstances surrounding her birth, something precarious shifts in the small town of Kill Devil Hills. The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as closely guarded secrets and the sins of that long-ago summer begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, a mystery that no one involved—not Shelly, Daria, not even Rory—is prepared to face.
THERE’S A PLACE IN OUR HEARTS RESERVED FOR MIRACLES… From Luanne Rice, the celebrated author of Beach Girls and many other New York Times bestsellers, comes this powerful novel of a mystery, a love affair, and a bond that cannot be broken set in a seaside town where miracles are made... On the first day of summer, Mara Jameson went out to water her garden–and was never seen again. Years after her disappearance, no one could forget the expectant mother whose glowing smile had captured the heart of everyone who’d known her: Maeve Jameson, still mourning the loss of a granddaughter she had struggled to protect…Patrick Murphy, a dogged police detective obsessed with a vanished woman…and Lily Malone, drawn to the rugged beauty of the Nova Scotia coast and its promise of a new life. Here Lily hopes to raise her nine-year-old daughter, Rose, far from the pain and loss of the past. Here she will meet a gifted scientist, Liam Neill, whose life is on a similar trajectory from heartbreak to hope. And before the season is over, Lily will find the magic that exists in people we love the best…the everyday miracles that can make the extraordinary happen anywhere. From the Paperback edition.
Despite long-term and ongoing efforts to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and advantaged students, low-income students continue to perform at considerably lower levels than their higher-income peers in reading and mathematics. Research has shown that students' skills and knowledge often deteriorate during the summer months, with low-income students facing the largest losses. Instruction during the summer has the potential to stop these losses and propel students toward higher achievement. A review of the literature on summer learning loss and summer learning programs, coupled with data from ongoing programs offered by districts and private providers across the United States, demonstrates the potential of summer programs to improve achievement as well as the challenges in creating and maintaining such programs. School districts and summer programming providers can benefit from the existing research and lessons learned by other programs in terms of developing strategies to maximize program effectiveness and quality, student participation, and strategic partnerships and funding. Recommendations for providers and policymakers address ways to mitigate barriers by capitalizing on a range of funding sources, engaging in long-term planning to ensure adequate attendance and hiring, and demonstrating positive student outcomes.
Lara Allen seems to have it all. A linguist for the Foreign Office, she speaks five languages and has the ear of world leaders and government ministers. But there is one part of her life that leaves an ache which all her success can never fill – a daughter she gave away at nineteen after a chance encounter while waitressing in Portugal. Returning sixteen years later for her sister’s hen night, Lara finds herself drawn back to that time, and to the family who had adopted her child. After sixteen years of staying strong, she finds herself wanting to know what happened, and wanting to peek into the life of the girl she left behind. By turns funny and moving, this is a heart-warming story of families coming together, and sharing their hopes and their regrets. Filled with fascinating characters and great locations, A Summer’s Child is a poignant reminder that sometimes the things we think we’ve lost can still be found, and in the end there is nothing like family to teach us how to live, and how to forgive.
Author: And Rohrbacher Westwood and Rohrbacher
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Release Date: 2010-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
"Yesteryear's Child" brings to life a time and place in our collective American past. This is much more than one woman's story. Outdoor privies became indoor plumbing; horse-drawn carriages shared the dusty roads with the first automobiles; and the earliest telephone numbers were single digits. In the tradition of such personal memoirs as "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "I Remember Mama" this delightful tale will evoke memories in the old and wonder in the young.
Summer Link Math Plus Reading is designed to be a fun way to help a child prepare for the grade ahead during the summer. Each 320-page book includes fun learning activities covering a range of topics in math and reading. The activities review skills from the previous grade and gradually increasing in difficulty to prepare a child for the grade ahead. --Summer Link Math Plus Reading is designed for parents looking for a fun and affordable way to help their children stop the summer learning slide and prepare for the grade ahead during the 10 weeks of summer. The easy-to-use full-color activities review and extend essential skills and increase confidence at school. A Test Practice section at the end of each book provides tips and practice for standardized tests and will allow the child to review the topics covered. A skills checklist for parents, a recommended summer reading list, and an answer key are also included.
Summer Splash Learning Activities will keep your child active and learning all summer long. The curriculum-based, self-motivating activities in this workbook review reading and math topics your child learned in third grade and prepare him or her with the skills needed to leap into fourth grade! Each workbook features 96 pages of hands-on activities to build confidence and bridge the summer learning gap, as well as answer keys and assessment tests to measure progress. The week-by-week format encourages your child to continue learning throughout the summer, whether you're at home or on the go. Summer is the perfect time to give your child a head start when school starts in the fall! --Answer key included. 96 pages.
This story is meant to be the coming of age story of two young friends, who find great strength in each other. By helping each other find courage and confidence, the pair manages to get through some great dangers. However, there is more danger than simply a threat to them. There is also a great threat to their home and way of life. Will they save the Mother Leader?
Author: Richard Louv
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Release Date: 2013-07-04
Genre: Family & Relationships
This huge international bestseller, fully revised for non-American readers, is now in ebook. Last Child in the Woods shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, why this matters, and what we can do to make a difference. It is unsentimental, rigorous and utterly original. 'A cri de coeur for our children' Guardian Camping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves... These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression. This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.
In the hearts and minds of Whitehorn, Montana, Gavin Nighthawk was guilty of murder. But Summer Kincaid's spirit—her very soul—whispered that he was innocent. True, Gavin had a Big Sky-size chip on his shoulder concerning his Native American heritage, but Summer knew him to be a healer…and a loving father. So to protect her childhood friend and his baby, she married Gavin, knowing the legitimizing power of the Kincaid name. And then she promptly lost her heart—something she'd vowed not to do. Something as unstoppable as the final judgment regarding her husband's future.…
Summer Link Math Plus Reading is designed to be a fun way to help a child prepare for the grade ahead during the summer. Each 320-page book includes fun learning activities covering a range of topics in math and reading. The activities review skills from the previous grade and gradually increasing in difficulty to prepare a child for the grade ahead. Summer Link Math Plus Reading is designed for parents looking for a fun and affordable way to help their children stop the summer learning slide and prepare for the grade ahead during the 10 weeks of summer. The easy-to-use full-color activities review and extend essential skills and increase confidence at school. A Test Practice section at the end of each book provides tips and practice for standardized tests and will allow the child to review the topics covered. A skills checklist for parents, a recommended summer reading list, and an answer key are also included.