All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they're more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Joined by that rarest creature of all - a girl! - they must overcome their bickering in order to save the kingdom.[Novelization of the award-winning independent film]All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they're more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Desperate to rein in his players, Lodge injects two newbies into the distrust: a non-player character controlled by Lodge, who the power gamers immediately distrust, and the rarest gamer of all -- a girl. Can the group overcome their bickering to save the kingdom, or will the evil necromancer Mort Kemnon triumph unopposed? A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery - in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys. Game on![Novelization of the award-winning independent film by Dead Gentlemen Productions and Zombie Orpheus Entertainment]
Teddy Bear Discrimination" Are only Teddy Bears good enough to be Guardians? They know it!But what do you do when there are less and less Teddy Bear Guardians as time goes on?Will they adapt or are all the young ones in serious trouble?Have you ever wondered what happens when the children go to bed at night and what keeps them safe from the Night Terrors that are under their bed?The Guardians keep them safe from the darkness and shadow under the bed.The Teddy Bear Stories are what have happened at night when the Teddy Bear Guardians stand guard over their young charges. Night Terrors want the two things that they can not have: The warmth of the human cubs and revenge on their creators.The Guardians are all that stand between the children and the Terrors that come from under the bed.They do not stop, they will not give up, they will guard their young ones and keep them safe.That's what Guardians do.
Book 1 of 4. Discovering half his heritage is not of this world, Mitchell Harper - a Half-Daemon - must band together with his fellow Half-Breeds to stop a future he has foreseen. Dive into the supernatural as 'Half-Breed' retells the story of Angels & Demons and explores what it truly means to be good... or evil.Book 1 in The Half-Breed Series.Everyday life is a mundane blur, trekking Mitchell Harper from one boring day to the next; a blessing for this introverted teenager.Overcome by a crippling anxiety, Mitchell is forced to go about his business unnoticed; hidden beneath the radar, knowing adventure and excitement only bring drama, the likes his fragile mind cannot take.But this is not to last, as his life is thrown into turmoil when he, along with his twin brother Matthew, discover that half their heritage is not of this world. With Matthew acquiring the supernatural gifts of the Celestials – an ancient race of strong, powerful beings – and Mitchell with those of the Daemons – a rival race imbued with unmatched intelligence – these 'impossible twins' find themselves caught up in a secret that has been living alongside us since the beginning of time, forcing them into a fate they cannot run from.With time ticking away, pushing them ever closer to the visions Mitchell has foreseen, the twins must team up with their fellow Half-Breeds in order to stop an upcoming threat – Mitchell's worst nightmare... himself. Diving into the supernatural, yet keeping itself with a sense of normality, Half-Breed tells a tale of Angels vs. Demons in a fresh new way, exploring the true meaning of being good… and evil.
An Amazon.ca Best Book of 2013: Top 100 Editors' Pick"Captivating . . . a story of blood, hatred, vengeance, and politics."—Radio-CanadaAlberto Ventura has travelled to Chile to attend the funeral of his father, Roberto. A man hated and loved both by his family and the local people, Roberto was known in the village as an enigma, a rake, a controversial boss, and a quick-tempered thug. It's said that he has destroyed the family land by mass-farming eucalyptus trees, and he's known to have killed a local boy in a fit of rage. Yet as Alberto delves into the rumours that obscure his father's death—was it natural causes, vengeance, murder, or self-sacrifice?—he finds the reputation at stake is his own.In a breath-catching story of race and identity, rife with Chile's centuries-old tension between natives and local landowners, Mauricio Segura's Eucalyptus investigates the flashpoint of one village community in an expanding...
Gerald isn't exactly thrilled when his parents send him to summer camp. Building shelters? Not really his thing. Gathering mushrooms? Thanks, but no thanks. Tracking wolves? Um . . . NO. Gerald especially dreads Survival Night, when he and his friend Sam have to sleep outside in the woods. When Gerald stumbles onto an abandoned woodland mansion, he thinks it's the perfect place to spend Survival Night! But a rival camp of villagers has already claimed the mansion. Can Gerald find the courage to stand up to them? He's going to need ALL his survival skills to defend his discovery—and his good buddy Sam.
The battle between boys and bots is on in this funny, fast-paced novel.Ken is an EngiNerd: one of a super-smart group of friends—all nerds—who have been close since kindergarten.They may be brainiacs, but they're just like everyone else: they fight with one another, watch too much TV, eat Chinese food, and hate walking their dogs. Well, maybe not just like everyone because Ken's best friend Dan has been building robots. He then secretly sent one to each of the EngiNerds, never letting them know he's the mastermind.At first Ken is awed and delighted: what kid hasn't dreamed of having a robot all their own? Someone who can be their friend, clean their room, walk the dog, answer homework questions...how amazing is that?But be careful what you wish for: Dan's robot, Greeeg, may look innocent, but his ravenous consumption of food—comestibles—turns him into a butt-blasting bot. And once the other robots 'come alive' it's up...
Lally Katz is on a journey. She's left Australia behind and she's in the country of her childhood, trying to find a way back to when things were innocent. Her relationships are chaotic, her professional life is a shambles and contemporary America seems riddled with charlatans and shysters. But along the way moments of wisdom bubble up, as if from some lost ancient city beneath the waves off Florida ...The fabulous Lally Katz once again mines her life—both real and imagined—for an epic story lined with romantic dilemmas and unforgettable encounters. A grand adventure through cynical times, but infused with Lally's unwavering optimism.
Kannjawou: A Novel of Haiti by Lyonel Trouillot Kannjawou, the title of this novel by acclaimed Haitian author Lyonel Trouillot, is the Haitian Creole expression meaning a big party. In this energetic literary celebration of Haiti and its capital city Port-Au-Prince in the early 2000s, Trouillot embodies the nation’s indomitable spirit in the voice of his narrator, an anonymous,world-weary,twenty-something male student, who in a keenly observed voice depicts a country entering a new era after years of dictatorship, oppression, corruption, and the chaos wrought by the most recent foreign arrivals: the international peace-keeping forces sent to restore order after the departure of the U.S. Marines, known as “the Big Boots.” In a series of entries from his journal over a span of several months, our young protagonist introduces us to his world within a world--a community center in Port-au-Prince on the corner of Burial Street, that leads to the vast cemetery, and across the street from the touristic bar, Kannjawou. Here we meet a motley group of friends, lovers, revolutionaries, compatriots, dreamers, schemers, and mentors, all under the watchful eye and wise counsel of Man Jeanne, the proprietress of this center, that is alternately a welcome roost for the night, a gathering place where a warm meal and fellowship await, and a refuge from the poverty, squalor and overall disintegration of the city around him. He introoduces to his core of friends, the “gang of five,”among whom are two beautiful young women who tend bar at Kannjawou and the men--young, old, local and foreign--who pursue them, and upon one, Sophonie, he hopelessly dotes; the wise older veterans scarred by the torture and oppression of the regimes in earlier decades; the nonchalant tourists and foreign officials who populate the bar; and the gentle mentor, rival in love, and father figure to the group, known lovingly to all as “the little professor.” But, just as this is a coming-of-age tale for our “chronicler of lost footsteps,” as Mam Jeanne has dubbed the narrator, so too is it a story of a country in the throes of change. And so too must change and along with it, tragedy, visit the characters of this novel. In KANNJAWOU Trouillot has penned a love song and a swan song to that era of dispersion for Haiti’s people, many of whom were and still are compelled to leave their beloved country in search of a new life--an immigrant nation far removed from its cherished home, yet with its people always carrying with them the “kannjawou” spirit.
Christian Fiction. Neal's father was killed during the 9/11 attacks in New York. Rose hasn't ever met her father. They're both staying with their grandparents while their mothers try to mend. They are drawn together by a tiny white creature which is neither bird nor bug. It lures them to a hole in the fence where they get a glimpse of God's garden.This story is meant for kids who have been separated from a parent, especially through death or divorce. It takes place soon after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.Pops and Meemaw are caretakers of a dilapidated mansion and its enormous garden, which is hidden behind a tall privacy fence. None of their grandchildren are allowed to enter the garden, but no one will tell them why. Though they can look down on it from the third floor balcony, the garden has so many trees and bushes, they can never discover whatever they aren't meant to see.Ten-year-old Rose is living with Pops and Meemaw while her mom is in the hospital. Rose has never met her dad, and now she is afraid her mother isn't ever going to come back for her.Eleven-year-old Neal is staying with his grandparents next door. Neal’s father was one of the policemen who died on 9/11. In need of solitude, his mother has gone to California, hoping Neal and his Missouri grandparents will be a comfort to one another.Rose arrives home from school and finds that her cousin Alexandria has come to spend the long weekend. The two girls catch Neal gazing at the garden through a hole in the fence. He admits that he has been stalking some small, white, winged creatures. Are they birds or bugs? The children can never get close enough to say for sure.
Harbor Village is a vivacious retirement paradise known for its beachy locale and active senior scene. But ever since murder moved in, the idyllic coastal community is becoming a little less lively . . . With the first annual antique car show cruising into the tranquil bayside oasis of Fairhope, Alabama, there are bumpy roads ahead for Harbor Village director Cleo Mack. As an automobile-themed lecture series gets off to a rough start, she finds herself balancing one too many responsibilities—and dodging advances from a shady event sponsor. It's enough to make Cleo feel twice her age. But the festivities reach a real dead end when she discovers a body at the Royale Court shopping center . . . When an innocent man lands in the hot seat for murder, Harbor Village residents look to Cleo to crack the case. Aided by an eclectic group of energetic seniors, Cleo races to identify the true culprit from a growing list of harmless Sunday drivers—before a...
A special reissue of a bestselling Australian classic from award-winning author Steven Herrick.Jack and Annabel have been dating for two years. With high school over they're about to start university – until Jack decides to chuck it all in.I think you and Annabel should get out of hereas fast as possible. Have a year doing anythingyou want. My going-away present is enough moneyto buy a car – a cheap old one, okay? You'll have towork somewhere to buy the petrol, and to keep going.But go.No destination in mind, Jack and Annabel leave town and discover themselves in a place they never knew existed.An inspiring verse novel about the pursuit of dreams and the realities of life, A Place Like This was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Sheaffer Pen Prize for Young Adult Fiction.'A story as crisp and fresh as an apple, as sweet and sharp as life itself.'...
When Mom decides the Creeper family should take part in a student-exchange program, Gerald knows his house is going to get a lot more crowded. But he's horrified when the mob they're hosting turns out to be human. Now Gerald has to bring his new "brother" to school with him. But how can a creeper be cool showing up at Mob Middle School with a human at his side? Gerald is sure this is going to be his longest semester ever. Can he make the best of it, or will it all end in a blast of embarrassment?
Ken and his EngiNerds crew return in a new, nutty and nerdy adventure that's the perfect follow-up to EngiNerds.When last we met, the EngiNerds were battling a horde of ravenous robots, but in this latest caper, they're on the hunt for just one rogue robot. But who knows what kind of mayhem one mechanical creature can cause? And why is Ken the only EngiNerd who's worried about the runaway robot?The rest of the crew seems be missing in action and Ken fears it's because of Mikaela Harrington. She's the new girl in town who's UFO and alien-obsessed and wants to join the EngiNerds. But as far as Ken is concerned, the EngiNerds are Y-chromosome only, no X's allowed!Will Ken allow a rogue robot and a know-it-all, genius girl to wreak havoc on the entire universe? He just might not have a choice!