The Golden Day
Author: Ursula Dubosarsky
Publisher: Candlewick Press
When their teacher goes missing during an outing, eleven girls grapple with the aftermath in this haunting, exquisitely told psychological mystery. The Vietnam War rages overseas, but back at home, in a year that begins with the hanging of one man and ends with the drowning of another, eleven schoolgirls embrace their own chilling history when their teacher abruptly goes missing on a field trip. Who was the mysterious poet they had met in the Garden? What actually happened in the seaside cave that day? And most important — who can they tell about it? In beautifully shimmering prose, Ursula Dubosarsky reveals how a single shared experience can alter the course of young lives forever. Part gripping thriller, part ethereal tale of innocence lost, The Golden Day is a poignant study of fear and friendship, and of what it takes to come of age with courage.
Your Next Big Thing
Author: Ben Michaelis
Ten Steps to Moving Ahead with Purpose! Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling unsure of where your day--or your life--is going? You wonder what else might be out there. You know you deserve more fulfillment from your life. You think to yourself: What's next? We've all felt that way at one point or another, but have you ever considered it to be your opportunity to create a life that will leave you more fulfilled? It's an exhilarating prospect to attain that life you desire. But you can't get there alone. Dr. Ben Michaelis's life-changing wisdom will give you the tools and confidence you need to take that chance--and live your life with purpose. Throughout this guide, he provides visionary yet practical strategies, quizzes, and exercises to teach you about your true self. He'll help you pinpoint exactly what you need to realize your purpose and progress toward your goals. Whether you're in need of business or personal guidance, this ten-step plan helps you look forward without fear--so you can achieve joy, passion, and the enriched life you never thought possible.
This international bestseller shows why the Danes are happy and how we can be, too. For decades Denmark has ranked at the top of the world’s happiness surveys. How is it that these 5.6 million Danes are so content when they live in a country that is dark and cold nine months of the year and where income taxes are at almost 60 percent? At a time when talk across the Western world is focused on unemployment woes, government overreach, and anti-taxation lobbies, our Danish counterparts seem to breathe a healthier and fresher air. Interweaving anecdotes and research, Malene Rydahl explores how the values of trust, education, and a healthy work-life balance with purpose—to name just a few—contribute to a “happy” population. From eye-opening stories about open-air vegetable stands to babies safely left unattended while parents have coffee, to very generous paternity leave policies, Rydahl provides tips that we can all apply to our daily lives regardless of where we live.
Imagine having a year’s worth of lesson plans at your fingertips... PHSE and Citizenship in Circle Time is an invaluable resource for teachers and classroom assistants. Covering the PHSE/citizenship national curriculum for key stage 2 this practical companion provides a year’s worth of circle time sessions with photocopiable assessment sheets. Based on the extensive teaching experience of Daphne Gutteridge and Viv Smith, the user-friendly lesson plans enable the teacher to confidently tackle areas including: developing self confidence preparing to play an active role as citizens developing a safe, healthy lifestyle respecting the differences between people. Each lesson is linked to the Every Child Matters outcomes and the SEAL initiative (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) Opportunities for assessment and follow-up work are clearly built into each lesson and pupils are encouraged to review their own learning. This useful book is for practitioners who really want to make a difference in the classroom and are committed to stimulating pupils to think about issues on a personal level, in their community and globally.
Author: Christopher Bollen
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Joseph Guiteau is a working actor who moved to New York to escape a tragic family history in the Midwest. Wandering through a city transformed by the attacks of September 2001, he frequents gatherings of conspiracy groups, trying to make sense of world events and his own personal history. Looming over his life is a secret that threatens to undermine his new marriage to Del, a snake expert at a city park, whose work visa is the only thread keeping her from deportation back to her native Greece. The new marriage influences the lives of those around them: William, a dark and troubled actor whose sanity is fading as quickly as his career, leading him to perform increasingly desperate acts; Madi, a young entrepreneur who will have to face the moral complications of a business made successful by the outsourcing of American jobs to India; and her brother Raj, Del’s former lover, a promising photographer whose work details the empty rooms of an increasingly alienated city. Christopher Bollen’s first novel captures the atmosphere of anxiety and loss that exists in Manhattan. It is a story of the city itself, and the interconnected lives of those attempting to navigate both Manhattan and their own mortality.
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Some places are too good to be true. Under a pink moon, there is a perfect little town not found on any map. In that town, there are quiet streets lined with pretty houses, houses that conceal the strangest things. After a couple years of hard traveling, ex-cop Mona Bright inherits her long-dead mother's home in Wink, New Mexico. And the closer Mona gets to her mother's past, the more she understands that the people of Wink are very, very different ... From one of our most talented and original new literary voices comes the next great American supernatural novel: a work that explores the dark dimensions of the hometowns and the neighbors we thought we knew.
This festive follow-up to The Little Book of Saints and The Little Book of Angels explores the wonderful rituals and rich history surrounding Christmas. From the story of the nativity to the legends that have inspired beloved holiday traditions (like why Father Christmas arrives through the chimney), this collection includes Christmas customs from around the world. Beautifully illustrated with color lithographs taken from missals and prayer books, and presented in an elegant package with a padded case, gilded edges, and a ribbon marker, this joyful little book is a Christmas treasure for the whole family to gather around year after year.
Author: Jack Soren
Publisher: Harper Collins
Fans of thrilling adventures and international suspense will love Jack Soren’s whirlwind debut novel—a tale of two thieves detoured on the road to redemption. Imitation is the deadliest form of flattery … When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from crime, from life as The Monarch, from an early grave. But when The Monarch’s signature symbol resurfaces, carved into the mutilated bodies of New York’s elite, Jonathan realizes his retirement may have been short-lived. Someone is framing The Monarch for horrific slayings. But Jonathan and his former partner, Lew, know this isn’t just murder—it’s a message. Now caught in a deadly game against a fanatical madman whose reach penetrates the darkest corners of the globe, Jonathan and Lew have no choice but to play along. But when Jonathan’s daughter becomes a pawn, all bets are off. To win this game, Jonathan and Lew will have to accept one final task as The Monarch—a job that could change the course of history forever.
Author: Fiona McIntosh
Publisher: Harper Collins
Destined by blood to command the Morgravian army, Wyl Thirsk assumes his awesome responsibility while barely a teenager when his father meets an early death -- a duty that calls him to the royal palace of Stoneheart and into the company of the crown prince Celimus. Already a spiteful and cruel despot who delights in the suffering of others, Celimus forces his virtuous new general to bear witness to his depraved "entertainments." But a kindness to a condemned witch in her final agonizing hours earns young Thirsk a miraculous bequest, at the same time inflaming the wrath of his liege lord. With dread war looming in the north, Wyl must obey the treacherous dictates of Celimus and embark on a suicidal journey to the court of an ancient enemy -- armed with a strange and awesome secret that could prove both boon and curse. For unless he accepts Myrren's gift, it will surely destroy him . . . and the land he must defend as well.
Banksy. Myths and Legends
Author: Marc Leverton
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
No single living artist has created as many myths, rumours and legends as Banksy. Many of the tales in this book are from Bristol, some are from further afield. What they share is that they are all told with the wide eyed wonder which Banksy inspires. Collated between 2009 and 2011 some of these stories are quite old and have been told so many times they have become the stuff of legend, others are more questionable and best described as myths. Some are laugh out loud bollocks and others are simply gossip. You be the judge.
A Cornish Affair
Author: Liz Fenwick
Publisher: Hachette UK
In the bestselling tradition of Rosamund Pilcher, a gloriously romantic novel of secrets and history, from the author of the highly popular THE CORNISH HOUSE. Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year. Guilty and ashamed, Jude flees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the Trevillion family's extensive library. The house is a welcome escape for Jude, full of history and secrets, but when its new owner arrives, it's clear that Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone. As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries before, hinting at a lost treasure. And when Pengarrock is put up for sale, it seems that time is running out for the house and for Jude.
"Ecouter le silence à l'intérieur est un défi de taille pour nous qui vivons distraits par le monde extérieur, agités et stressés, le coeur souvent fermé". Durant plus de trente ans, je me suis efforcé de soulager la souffrance et de favoriser la guérison d'autrui. D'abord en tant que chirurgien, puis psychothérapeute et, finalement, accompagnant psychospirituel, une fonction qui, selon moi, devrait être assumée par tous les professionnels de la santé. Un jour, j'ai fait une expérience extra-ordinaire qui a profondément transformé mon existence. J'ai entendu le silence, tout au fond, au-delà des sensations, des émotions et des pensées. Ce livre est le récit de cette expérience et une invitation à écouter le silence à l'intérieur de vous. Il est une sorte de prescription concrète et facile à suivre au quotidien. Puisse-t-il vous amener à une compréhension profonde de qui vous êtes et vous éveiller à l'essentiel pour en prendre soin". Dans ces pages, vous découvrirez : - le témoignage spirituel, sincère et sans fard d'un médecin qui n'a pas de religion ; - de précieux repères pour vous guider sur le chemin de l'éveil de la conscience ; - des exercices pratiques pour vivre une spiritualité incarnée dans le corps ; - une méditation d'ouverture du coeur et de plongée dans le silence intérieur pour transformer votre existence en profondeur.
‘All the ideas, impressions, sensations and mental images that occur to us leave a trace, a permanent imprint in our being. Our psychic life is shaped and moulded every day by the forces and influences we allow to enter and impregnate us. This is why it is essential to have a store of lovely pictures that we can conjure up in our minds often, pictures that are with us day and night, so that our thoughts may be constantly in touch with all that is most elevated, pure and sacred. And what is more beautiful, more poetic or more full of meaning than water and fire, and the different forms in which they appear to us? You can fill your whole life with these pictures, and absorb them until they impregnate every cell of your body. If you had nothing but the precense of fire and water with which to nourish your spiritual life, it would still be enough. If you concentrate every day on these mental pictures, they will vivify, purify and illuminate you’. Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
IMPRESSIONISM. This text explores the importance of the city of Rouen to the Impressionist painters of the late 19th century. It includes work by Monet, Pissarro and Gauguin and looks at why the city was deemed 'as beautiful as Venice'.