Author: Heidi McKinnon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2018-06-26
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
A creature has eaten his friend. Now he’s on a journey to find a new one with hilarious consequences in this bright, subversive debut picture book. A little creature is looking for a new friend, but he’s not having any luck. Why is he looking for a new friend, you ask? Because he ate his old one! Heidi McKinnon delivers a hilariously macabre story with colorful illustrations and a satisfying, dry wit.
While two seventh-grade students research a report on the brain’s functions, dimwitted Sal falls under the telepathic control of a virtual brain, which gives him super-genius powers to command other people and implement the brain’s plans of world domination. Once the town of Galena, Illinois is under the brain’s rule, Sal’s best friend, the manipulative Jake, bravely struggles to defeat the evil brain and its legion of brain-zombies in a series of funny and strange situations. Find out if Jake can outsmart the biggest brain on the planet in award-winning writer J Louis Messina’s B-sci-fi tale THE BRAIN THAT ATE MY BEST FRIEND’S MIND.
DescriptionAngel Just-Rights tells of a plethora of mortifyingly unhealthy, demoralising, ritualistic and compelling behaviours that manifest deeply in a fragile life so touched by the world around her. This is an exclusive account, based on the remarkable and true story of Rebecca Parker (also known as Micci), the Protagonist and Author. Laugh! Shout! Cry, as we're finally invited to join this incredible quest for freedom. Delving into issues relating to everyday living such as dealing with strict family values, loyalty and devotion, the author intermittently riddles with her reader in efforts to gain the yearned-for rationality and reassurance she so desperately seeks. During chaotic deciphering, Parker encounters incongruence in evaluations as, how can implicitly pure intentions - living life selflessly protecting those you love - precipitate such devastating results? Parker gradually learns how coping in silence can cruelly fester, hastening devastating consequences: severe eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia), post-traumatic stresses and flash-backs, self-harm and suicidal desires, problems with extreme over-exercise and increasing obsessions, rituals, distorted beliefs leading to incredibly debilitating episodes of low self-esteem, depression, hospitalisations, sectioning under the Mental Health Act and associated inequitable treatments enforced.
Author: Mark W. Bernstein
Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books, LLC
Release Date: 2013-03-18
How to Survive Your Freshman Year offers incoming college freshmen the experience, advice, and wisdom of their peers: hundreds of other students who have survived their first year of college and have something interesting to say about it. Based on interviews with hundreds of college students at every type of higher-learning institution across the country, this book has insights on every aspect of college life, including, what to take to the dorm, living with roommates, Facebook and other social networks, extracurricular activities, choosing classes, studying, going abroad, finances, food, the social scene, doing laundry, staying in touch with friends and family, and much more. Highly readable, much of the book consists of short snippets with some interesting insight and advice from the college students interviewed. The book also includes expert input from college advisors and officers.
The Penguins Ate My Postcards tells the story of one womans connections with people and places as she traveled around the world. It consists of essays, grouped by theme, of varying lengths and moods. They can be read in any order and independently of one another. Sections One provides anecdotes about people the author met in the USSR, Australia, Cambodia, and Europe. Most of their stories are light and entertaining, but they all identify some characteristics of human beings in specific situations all of us have faced. Section Two through Section Five describe some of the places the author has traveled. She combines her feelings as she stood atop mountains or glaciers and watched the sun set behind them with the reality of the beauty she was capturing with her camera. Some of the essays are memoirs from the time when Communism ruled a vast part of the world, and traveling was different in Iron Curtain countries from what it is now. Shell take you on her taxi ride through Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin and on her train ride from Leningrad through the Baltic countries and Poland into East Berlin. Because the author was a teacher, shell share with you some of the literary and historic sites she visited, combining some facts with her impressions and some incidents that occurred in those places. Youll laugh along with her as she compares the people she met with beloved literary characters youll remember from your high school and college English classes. Youll become pensive when she relates stories about genocide and civil strife in some of the Asian countries she has visited. Youll share some of her professional experiences as she visited schools in South Africa, Cambodia, England, China, and Vietnam, with her focus being on the conditions in which teachers and students interacted for learning. Youll remember the children. Some of the essays contain anecdotes about encounters with penguins in Antarctica, polar bears in the tundra, kangaroos in Australia, and camels in Egypt. The settings of her tales are diverse, and the enjoyment of being close to wild animals in their native habitat is strong. Youll walk alongside waterfalls, down mountain trails, within the remains of ancient civilizations, and in buildings constructed for some unique reasons. Section Six deals with the benefits of traveling, as the author illustrates some of the rules governing safe travel, especially for a woman traveling alone. She writes about the danger she encountered when the airplane tires blew while the plane was above the Himalayan Mountains, and when she walked alone in some remote places. She provides humorous stories dealing with language differences in European countries. One essay extols the value of having a competent travel agent and tour guide, again with anecdotes that identify the relationship she had with agents who prepared some of her trips. Finally, the book answers the most frequently asked question of experienced travelers: Whats your favorite place? The Penguins Ate My Postcards is an enjoyable collection of informal, personal essays that will keep you interested in the people and places being featured as they give you a strong impression of the location in which the events occurred. These essays are not the result of someones imagination; the incidents actually happened, and the author was an eye-witness to them. As you read, youll recognize that the author has separated life into serious situations and light, humorous moods, but she treats all the participants with the respect and sensitivity necessary to tell their stories. Perhaps, after you read The Penguins Ate My Postcards youll want to explore the world and find your own adventures. Happy reading.
Alice is a girl no different from any girl growing up today in America. She lives in Africa but has dreams and a family she loves and who loves her. Soon her life becomes nothing like what most girls here have to encounter. War becomes a looming threat and causes financial loss and periodic separation from loved ones. Gossip leads to mistrust and broken hearts. HIV and AIDS becomes a source of confusion and fear. An antiquated system of marriage leads to homelessness and total lonliness. A friendship is reconcilliated but turns into her biggest curse of all. All the while a relationship with God is all Alice can truly count on.
Spotting The Devil/Spotting The Devil From Far and Near. Avoiding The Trap Of Negative Behavior In Order To Fulfill The Purpose Of Ones Life. The word devil in this book is not used in the traditional sense. The word devil conjures up a powerful image of everything that is negative and destructive and it is in this sense that the word is used. We are surrounded by it. In many ways we are consumed by it, yet man is afraid to utter the word, as if by saying the word devil man is somehow admitting that he is accepting of this taboo and is in aggreance with the devil force. This book says that we must and can learn to identify all these negatives as they come at us in order to avoid the dire consequences that come about as a result of our contact with these devils in our society. This book seeks to examine the world in which we live with an analytical approach to why we as the human race make the choices in life that we do. It starts with a simple story about an incident that happens in the authors childhood, with the intention of explaining why the author sees things the way he does and coming to the realization that this was a defining moment in his life, even though he did not know it at the time. This book looks at fear, the fear that is an obstacle to most of us and this fear is something we take for granted, Most of us think that this fear is normal and that there is no way around it. Not true, as the author explains. He goes into the reasons why we must conquer these fears and where most of these fears originate. The author goes on to explain friendship and how we are so easily lulled into different behavior, how easy it is for us to get caught up in the moment and how easily it is to get carried away, usually to our detriment. In using stories from his life experience he takes the reader on a journey and in every step of that journey he unfolds a secret. There is so much that we take for granted and yet so much of this behavior can be prevented if we could only recognize what is coming at us, just like the driver who knows he is about to collide with another car because he sees it coming towards him from the opposite direction. The author looks at popular culture from the inside out and shows us how we are surrounded by so much negativity yet we dont know it because we do not look at society from this angle. We can have a greater appreciation for the images that are fed to us if we see them for what they are, and we can watch and enjoy without becoming consumed by fantasy if we understand the motives behind what is being fed to us. In these times, it is crucial that we learn from the mistakes of the past and we challenge ourselves to be more disciplined and to develop our sense of foresight because we all have the gift. We are born with it, but as we grow we allow societys ills to get the better of us and we just follow rather than lead ourselves into a better life, where we can find the fulfillment that we all seek. This book looks at first, the microcosm, and then the macrocosm, taking a peek at wars and what is the lesson of these wars. The author also looks at religion and mans attitude towards it. Why do we get caught up in imagery and names and not listen to what is truth and what makes sense. We follow, even when two plus two does not make four, we follow blindly and again are led downstream. Finally the author looks at colors that have been in cultures for thousands of years and unravels the associations that many have come to attach to certain colors. This book is an eye opener, written in a simple language that would only serve to enlighten and unravel some of the mysteries that make life so complex. The key is right in front of us. We feel it, therefore we know it, and we are in denial more than we are not. Do we get dressed everyday for the creator, or do we get dressed for ourselves? It is true that man cannot serve two masters, but one can always find th
The fairy tale lives again in this book of forty new stories by some of the biggest names in contemporary fiction. Neil Gaiman, “Orange” Aimee Bender, “The Color Master” Joyce Carol Oates, “Blue-bearded Lover” Michael Cunningham, “The Wild Swans” These and more than thirty other stories by Francine Prose, Kelly Link, Jim Shepard, Lydia Millet, and many other extraordinary writers make up this thrilling celebration of fairy tales—the ultimate literary costume party. Spinning houses and talking birds. Whispered secrets and borrowed hope. Here are new stories sewn from old skins, gathered by visionary editor Kate Bernheimer and inspired by everything from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” and “The Little Match Girl” to Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” and “Cinderella” to the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” and “Rumpelstiltskin” to fairy tales by Goethe and Calvino and from China, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Norway, and Mexico. Fairy tales are our oldest literary tradition, and yet they chart the imaginative frontiers of the twenty-first century as powerfully as they evoke our earliest encounters with literature. This exhilarating collection restores their place in the literary canon.
Decoding Anorexia is the first and only book to explain anorexia nervosa from a biological point of view. Its clear, user-friendly descriptions of the genetics and neuroscience behind the disorder is paired with first person descriptions and personal narratives of what biological differences mean to sufferers. Author Carrie Arnold, a trained scientist, science writer, and past sufferer of anorexia, speaks with clinicians, researchers, parents, other family members, and sufferers about the factors that make one vulnerable to anorexia, the neurochemistry behind the call of starvation, and why it's so hard to leave anorexia behind. She also addresses: • How environment is still important and influences behaviors • The characteristics of people at high risk for developing anorexia nervosa • Why anorexics find starvation “rewarding” • Why denial is such a salient feature, and how sufferers can overcome it Carrie also includes interviews with key figures in the field who explain their work and how it contributes to our understanding of anorexia. Long thought to be a psychosocial disease of fickle teens, this book alters the way anorexia is understood and treated and gives patients, their doctors, and their family members hope.
Charged Convicted and Condemned, thrown into life as a young mother at the age of just 15 years old. Jacqueline La-Touché was faced with the prejudice of being a teenage mother, feeling that she had to prove to her parents, and others, most of all herself that she could be the best mother that she could for her child. While she was still proving her worth, her life was rocked by yet another big decision that any girl, or woman could make in their life. In 1982 her parents immigrated to Jamaica, to fulfill their dreams, leaving her behind, and not knowing that their daughter would experience the unexpected and unknown, Life became a day to day battle, and one long nightmare, for this young mother. Destined for a life of hardship and heartache. Depravation haunted her life each day, a reminder of where she was, Nowhere'. Loveless and abusive relationships, played their part in her life, she felt trapped by her situation, as she remembered sayings of "you made your bed, so you lay in it", With no mother to turn to for guidance and strength, she raised her children, alone. Loss of control over her life, and ashamed to let anyone know, what her life represented at that time, heartache', a secret which she was ashamed of but was the only control that she had over her life could have ended it, She fought a daily battle, with herself, a love hate relationship, but then her life changed in a way that she never would have imagined, a way she had never known. Love and Happiness, comes into her life, and she is happy again, but for how long. Just as she thinks that all her troubles are over, they had only just begun. Faith dealt some cruel hands in this mother's life, her faith had been tested so many times, with family, friends, and all the people that were dear to her, the people that she had trusted and loved. Her life changes for the better, when she decides to make a positive change in her life, Jacqueline had become so engrossed in her problems, that she could not see the forest from the trees. A new life, discovering new things, places, relationships, happiness, and the three Gs, God Given Gifts, which she would learn to take control of, and embrace the good in herself, using it in a positive way. Life's ups and downs and big changes were still waiting to happen. Crossing rivers climbing mountains, how would she conquer them all, would she be able to find some sort of peace, and be able to build bridges, This is an inspiring account of Jacqueline La-Touches' life, and how she managed to endure, but not losing sight of her faith and hope, having the determination and courage to fight her way through life, and still believe in her dreams.
A Bradford lad, born and bred brings you a collection of very interesting short homespun Yorkshire tales. Easy reading while having a Cuppa! If you think my stories are true, then they probably are If you think my stories are fiction, then just relax and enjoy the tales
Heartbroken after surviving from an unexpected car accident with his wife Jennies, Brian is desperate and giving up all hope to live without her. He engulfs in silence, misery and alcoholic. But when he forces himself to accept a job from his father in law, also is his boss, which is made for him to return his birth city in Viet Nam where he’s going to work with his Uncle Tim whose is President of Eastern Bank to clinch an important contract has been arranged. His entire world suddenly has changed and his life turns upside down by quirk fate when he accidentally bumps into a woman outside of the airport, who resembles his dead wife, and then following her to where she works. More astonishing is she’s an employee of Eastern Bank, also is his uncle’s secretary. His heart turns over and quickly in love after knowing her name is Ngan. Getting closer to Ngan and trying to win her heart, Brian intrigues with his uncle to take a mailman job instead to disguise his character. And from there, they became more than just colleagues, but as so often happens in times of need friendships are forged, and after Brian is acting as an actor to pretend Ngan’s beau to visit her family, and then secretly helps Ngan to rework her project. They are each surprised at the intimacy of their working and spending days and the impact their encounter brings: Warm, crying, laughing, witty, and as wise as ever. They’re falling madly in love and Brian has to return to Viet Nam to get married Ngan. With a happy ending when Ngan is immigrated to America at last, Brian has a different thought about the fate that God has created. Having Ngan in his life, as if God has brought Jennies’ life back on earth for reuniting with him that makes Brian doesn’t believe in tears which is he has been crying for, and learning along the meaning of true love, and ultimately, what fate really is.