martes, 26 de abril de 2011

The last dragon

Struggling to survive in a post apocalyptic world after his village is destroyed, Yorsh, the earth’s last elf, must embark on a perilous quest to decipher a powerful prophecy and find the last dragon, who holds the key to saving the world from the Dark Age that has begun.

The waterstone

Twelve-year-old Tad, finding that he holds an ancient wisdom and the power to draw beings together, embarks on a quest to seek a powerful crystal which, when retrieved from the evil Nixie, will restore balance to the world.

Someday you'll thank me for this!

Clean your room! Don't Interrupt! Were you raised in a zoo? These sayings may sound all too familiar; they may even make kids want to groan. But what if someone could magically make all the rules parents give--or a least 30 of them--actually make sense? Translator of the secret language of parents, Rabbi Marc Gellman, to the rescue! In addition to co-hosting the cable program The God Squad and co-writing a nationally syndicated column, Marc Gellman has appeared on many national network TV programs including Good Morning America and writes a solo column for Newsweek online. In his companion book to the successful alway wear clean underwear: and other ways parents say I love you, Gellman uses wit and humor to help readers understand their parents' motivations.

Hollywood stuff


She was a monastic person, one who would be happy to live as a recluse, a hermit...if only the other caves would hold occasional yard sales.Ay, there was the rub. Jane had to put up with all those other people because people begat stuff, and stuff, for Jane, was what brought people palatably to life. It made others interesting, warm, human. It was what people kept and what they discarded that guided Jane through the confusion of human emotions. But how could Jane go along on her anonymously merry way, scouting junk in alleys and yards, on rummage sale tables, and auction house floors, if she was involved in some ego-wrenching nonsense in, for the love of Pete, Hollywood?

The amulet of Samarkand

Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.

The secret history of Tom Trueheart

When young Tom Trueheart’s seven older brothers all go missing during their adventures in the Land of Stories, he embarks on a perilous mission to save them and to capture the rogue story-writer who wants to do away with the heroes.

lunes, 25 de abril de 2011

Smithsonian goes wild

Enter the pages of Smithsonian Goes Wild and discover a cat-lover's paradise. Even if you've never taken to felines before, you will surely be captivated by the nearly 60 works of art, exhibits, and artifacts from the collections of the world's largest museum complex. Here you will see:
A regal African lion and a lion made of bottlecaps
Cats in balloons, toy air ships, and on aircraft carriers
Cats in contemporary art and cats in historic photographs
And the wonderful, wonderful Felix the Cat!

Wingman on ice


A young boy determines to polish his hockey games before using his Christmas present--a new stick

Tough to tackle


Disappointed at first by not being large enough to make quarterback, Boots discovers that there is as much challenge in playing tackle

Crispin: at the edge of the world

Branded as traitors by the king’s authorities, Crispin and his guardian, Bear, flee to coastal towns in fourteenth-century England, where they perform a musical juggling act and bond as a family after befriending a disfigured girl.

Football fugitive

Representing a pro football player whom his son admires brings a lawyer closer to his young son.

Alice, i think

Fifteen-year-old Alice keeps a diary as she struggles to cope with the embarrassments and trials of family, dating, school, work, small town life, and a serious case of "outcastitis."

The laws of evening


Mary Yukari Waters is an American Japanese-Irish author who, in her collection of stories The Laws of Evening, writes about Japanese culture, usually women’s experiences adapting to their lives in this culture. Many of the stories reflect the changes in culture that occurred during and after World War II. An overarching theme is that of the invasion of American culture in Japanese society as a result of the American occupation and America’s formulation of Japanese government and political structure at the conclusion of World War II.

Out of time

James, a strange, silent boy, makes the acquaintance of old Mr. Woodford, a physicist who constructs a mysterious black box, but when the box comes into the boy’s possession, it draws him into a magical and dangerous world, in and out of time.

Jinx

Sixteen-year-old Jean "Jinx" Honeychurch, the descendant of a witch, must leave Iowa to live with relatives in Manhattan after the first spell she casts goes awry, but she will have to improve her skills to stop her cousin from practicing black magic that endangers them and the boy they both like.

The secret of laurel oaks


While staying with her family in Louisiana’s Laurel Oaks Plantation, purported to be one of the most haunted places in America, thirteen-year-old Lila is contacted by the ghost of a slave girl unjustly convicted of murder. Story inspired by the author’s visit to the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana.

miércoles, 20 de abril de 2011

Zamba

When Ralph Helfer, now one of Hollywood's top animal behaviorists, first began working, he was shocked by the cruelty that was accepted practice in the field. He firmly believed in "affection training" -- that love, not fear, should be the basis of any animal's development, even when dealing with the most dangerous of creatures. Then Zamba came into his life -- an adorable four-month-old lion cub that went on to prove Helfer's theories resoundingly correct.
Over the next eighteen years, Zamba would thrive and grow, and go on to star in numerous motion pictures and television shows -- all the while developing a deep and powerful bond of love and affection with the man who raised him. By turns astonishing, hilarious, and poignant, Zamba is not only the unforgettable story of the relationship that Helfer would come to consider one of the most important in his life but also that of the amazing career and adventures of the greatest lion in the world.

Kaleidoscope eyes


Wilderness and Weather Are Easily Overcome. But Betrayal? Annie Justice sees things differently. Her unconventional condition, synesthesia, helped make her one of the most sought-after stained-glass artists in the country. And teamed with her German shepherd, shes just as successful in her work with the K-9 Search and Rescue Team, finding people seemingly hidden from others eyes. But no one knows her expertise for hiding the childhood insecurities that plague her - until Jed Curry comes along. Then the search for a missing child goes awry, and Jed must reveal his true identity. Hes prepared for Annies anger, but not the hurt. And neither of them is prepared for the real trial ahead - something far more sinister and dangerous than their search. Can Jed and Annie overcome their unknown enemy - and the insecurities and secrets keeping them apart - before its too late?

Alice springs

Alice Springs. Phillipa "Snip" Freeman is an artist and a wanderer, proudly in control of her own world. That is until an envelope arrives, mailed by her grandmother before her death. It contains a check for $30,000 and one simple instruction: Hunt him down. With the note in hand, and with Dave, her handsome traveling companion by her side, Snip embarks on a journey into the Australian outback to find her father, Bud, and to unravel the terrifying silence of her childhood.

Abhorsen

An ancient evil threatens both the Old Kingdom and Ancelstierre alike. Deep under the earth, the silver hemispheres that contain the essence of Orannis, the ninth free magic creature that resisted being bound into the Charter, stirs, its terrible power wakes, and its time of re-emergence seems close at hand as Hedge, its necromancer servant, raises wave after wave of Dead to aid in the return of the Destroyer.
The battle against Orannis falls to Lirael who, newly awakened to her powers as the Abhorsen-in-Waiting, holds the fate of the world in her hands. Along with the unknowable Disreputable Dog, Lirael's journey will take her to the very limit of Death, the Ninth Gate, where she will peer into the void of time in order to find out how to defeat Orannis. But will she be willing to make the final sacrifice?

Counting the stars

Counting the Stars is set in ancient Rome in the time of Julius Caesar and chronicles the affair between the poet Catullus and his amoral married lover Clodia. Catullus is obsessed with her and she becomes the Lesbia of his poems. This obsession leads to jealousy of everything else that takes her attention from him, including her other lovers, real and imagined, and even her maid and pet bird. It's a time of tumult in Rome with rivalries among armed gangs and private armies, spies, and assassinations. It's a passionate affair in a passionate time with little possibility that it can end well.

Thornfield hall

Adele, the daughter of a celebrated Parisian actress, is a homesick, forlorn eight-year-old when first brought to Thornfield Hall by Edward Fairfax Rochester, her mother's former lover. Lonely and ill at ease in the unfamiliar English countryside, she longs to return to the glitter of Paris . . . and to the mother who has been lost to her.
But a small ray of sunshine brightens her eternal gloom when a stranger arrives to care for her—a serious yet intensely loving young governess named Jane Eyre—even as young Adele's curiosity leads her deeper into the shadowy manor, toward the dark and terrible secret that is locked away in a high garret. . . .
Includes fascinating in-depth background material about Charlotte Brontë and the Jane Eyre legacy

Dragon's eye


Two magical families live in the hardscrabble town of Stonefort, Maine: the shape shifting Morgans and the Haskell witches. But evil is coming to Stonefort. A drug lord and frighteningly powerful sorcerer covets the Morgans' alliance with the magical being known as the Dragon. Now 17-year-old Gary Morgan must claim his heritage and save his family. But first, he will have to master the power of the Dragon-and he'll need the help of the Haskell witches to do it. Somehow, the Haskells and the Morgans must overcome their differences before the sorcerer assumes the power of the Dragon and destroys them all.

Star wars

Across the galaxy, the Clone Wars are raging. The Separatists, led by Count Dooku, the onetime Jedi and now secret Sith Lord, continue to press forward, and more and more worlds are either falling, or seceding and joining the cause. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the Republic heroically battles on, championed by its huge army of cloned soldiers and their Jedi generals.
Anakin Skywalker, believed by some to be the prophesied “Chosen One” destined to bring balance to the Force, is now a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Death is a constant possibility–and his chances of survival aren’t improved by the unexpected arrival of an apprentice: Ahsoka, a brash, inexperienced fourteen-year-old Padawan apprenticed to Anakin. But there’s no time for Anakin to question his latest orders: He and Obi-Wan have been assigned a new mission, and failure is not an option.
Jabba the Hutt’s precious infant son has been kidnapped, and when the frantic parent applies to the Jedi for help, it falls to Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and their clone troops to track down the evidence and retrieve the missing Huttlet. And more is at stake: For a grateful Jabba just might allow the Republic access to the Hutt-controlled space lanes that the Grand Army desperately needs in order to beat the Separatists into submission.
But the Republic is not the only power that craves access to those space lanes. Count Dooku, determined to win the prize for the Separatists, has set a trap for the Jedi. When they find the Huttlet, they will also find Dooku’s master assassin, Asajj Ventress, and countless legions of battle droids waiting to spring a trap.

The camel who crossed

The story of the famous Burke and Wills expedition ... as it has never been told before. The humans called him 'Bell Sing', but to the other camels he is known as 'He Who Spits Further than the Wind‘. Transported from the mountains and deserts of the 'Northwest Frontier' (present–day Pakistan and Afghanistan), Bell Sing accompanies explorers Burke and Wills as they try to cross Australia from south to north. Bell Sing has never had a high opinion of humans — or horses. And this expedition is the worst managed caravan he's even been in. Camel handler Dost Mahomet and soldier John King are also beginning to wonder if their leader is competent, or crazy.Bell Sing can smell water over the sandhills on the horizon ... and freedom too. Can the expedition succeed? And who — if anyone — will survive? This is the gritty and true story about one of the most estraordinary and iconic events in Australia's history.

martes, 19 de abril de 2011

Hood

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting.
Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him—for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets, and Bran must find a way to make it his own if he is to survive.
Like the forest itself, Hood is deep, dark, and at times savagely brutal—yet full of enchantment and hope. Internationally-acclaimed author Stephen R. Lawhead has created a lyrical rendering of a time-honored story that will lead you down strange pathways into another time and place.

Blood red horse


A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades

Biology demystified


A college biology professor presents the fundamental facts, concepts, and principles of biology in an attractive and amusing framework
* Great for anyone with an interest in biology, biotechnology, medicine, or the environment
* Coverage includes both the anatomy and physiology of organisms as well as ecology and environmental relationships between organisms
* Includes a pronunciation guide for difficult biological terms

Environmental science


This is the perfect self-teaching guide for anyone interested in basic earth composition and development of the ever-changing nature of our planet. The author covers a wide array of topics including: atmosphere, water, global warming, atmospheric differentiation, geomorphology, glaciers, erosion, carbon dating, acid rain, and much more. It includes real-world examples, environmental notes, tips, scientific news, and international trends.

miércoles, 6 de abril de 2011

El olor de la esperanza


Jacinto vive feliz en Tenejapa, su pequeña aldea. Le gusta mucho jugar con sus amigos a volar las cometas y jugar con los caracoles. Pero sus papás no están tan contentos, han perdido toda su cosecha y pronto no tendrán nada que comer. Así que el padre decide marcharse a San Cristóbal, la ciudad, con Jacinto, de tan sólo 8 años, para comprar mercancía que luego venderán en el mercado. En sus recorridos vendiendo golosinas, Jacinto descubrirá una juguetería con un animal precioso, un caballito. Pero nada es fácil cuando te falta el dinero.

El terror de sexto "B"


Es un conjunto de siete historias sobre las vivencias de los chicos en el colegio.
La primera de ellas cuenta la romántica historia de un niño que conoce a una chica sueca. Cuando el maestro pide la clásica composición sobre lo que hicieron en vacaciones, él recordará lo que vivió con Frida en el verano, pero no lo escribirá.
La segunda historia narra acerca de aquellos chicos que siempre dejan para el final las tareas. En la tercera se escribe un relato muy divertido sobre el chicle, compañero inseparable de los niños. La cuarta historia es la que da vida al título. En ella, el niño más terrible del aula le juega una broma pesada a un profesor hasta el punto de que este no vuelve nunca más al colegio. La quinta habla de Juliana, una niña gorda que era objeto de burlas de su profesor de gimnasia. Cansada de esta situación, le dará una gran sorpresa. La sexta nos cuenta la terrible sensación que experimenta Federico, un chico nadador que queda en segundo puesto en una competencia de la escuela. Le resulta difícil aceptar que no ganó, pero no pierde las esperanzas de conquistar la victoria en el siguiente campeonato.
Finalmente, la séptima historia relata la declaración de Mauricio a Juanita. Él escribe en un cartel inmenso “Te amo Juanita”. Ella, asustada, tendrá una reacción inesperada

Gente muy diferente


Erase una vez un abuelo y una abuela, un padre y una madre, y dos nietos, Rodrigo y Andrea. Gente normal y corriente. ¿Normal y corriente? ¡De eso nada! Gente muy diferente...

El león mariposa


Bertie vive en una granja en África. Su casa está rodeada con una valla muy alta para protegerla de las fieras que por allí puedan pasar. Aunque Bertie tiene órdenes de no cruzar jamás la alambrada, un día decide salir para salvar a un cachorro de león blanco de la fauces de las hienas. Nace una amistad entre ellos que los hace inseparables, pero Bertie es internado en un colegio de Inglaterra y su león vendido al dueño de un circo.

Miguel se escribe con "M" de merengue


Miguel cuando llega a casa de sus abuelos, no sabía cómo iba a sobrevivir las próximas dos semanas de vida aburrida en el pueblo. Tardó muy poco, sin embargo, en buscarse cosas que hacer, pero siempre acababa en algún lío por el que sus abuelos se llevaban las manos a la cabeza. En el tiempo que pasó con ellos, descubrió que hay mucho que hacer en el pueblo y que la vida allí no tenía por qué ser tan poco interesante. No olvidará nunca su visita a Pozoalbero, y le parece que los vecinos del pueblo tampoco se olvidarán facilmente de él...

Le comieron la lengua los ratones


Mari es una niña que tras la muerte de su madre enmudece. Su estado anímico no le permite articular palabra. Su tío Juan viene a recogerla para llevársela al campo y pasar allí con él y su familia los días de vacaciones. Poco a poco, y con la ayuda y el cariño de sus tíos y primos, Mari va abandonando su mutismo. Llega el día en el que las vacaciones se acaban y debe abandonar todo aquello que echará de menos, pero regresa a su hogar sintiéndose querida, feliz, y habiendo disfrutado enormemente de
la vida al aire libre.

Las palabras que se lleva el viento


Recopilación de poesías infantiles llenas de sentimientos, para jugar, aprender, soñar...

martes, 5 de abril de 2011

Supositorios no, gracias

Jaime y Nuria son amigos desde pequeños. Pero tan amigos que casi son primos hermanos. A Jaime le gusta comer y contar chistes. A Nuria lo que más le gusta en el mundo son los libros. Un día Nuria lee en un libro cómo se hacen los anónimos y deciden hacer uno para mandárselo a una niña de su clase que no les cae nada bien. Como no consiguen encontrar las palabras que necesitan hacen otro usando otras palabras y lo mandan a una dirección cualquiera que encuentran en la guía de teléfonos. Este hecho les pondrá, de alguna manera, en relación con “el supositorio”, un rascacielos recién construido, alto y moderno que rompe por completo la armonía del paseo marítimo de su pueblo

En las nubes

Una niña llamada Pina vive siempre en la nubes, cuando llega a casa deja todo lo que este haciendo para subirse en lo alto del armario y poder ver su habitación desde otra perspectiva, al igual que en el cole cree que debajo de su pupitre existe una ciudad fabricada por ella, cada capitulo habla de un elemento de su entorno, durante toda esta historia llena de fantasía la acompañada su querida abuela Teofila, con sus pequeñas manías.

Miguel y la cabra traidora


Miguel ha pasado unas cortas y obligadas vacaciones en el pueblo de sus abuelos y antes de partir, como prueba de amistad, recibe un regalo muy especial: una cabrita. Con la aprobación de su padre y el disgusto de su madre, Miguel se lleva su nueva mascota a la ciudad; y allí comenzarán las aventuras y las peripecias más increíbles de esta cabra rebelde y desagradecida junto a su dueño

Luna en el cafetal


La pequeña Luna, junto a su hermano Samuelito y su primo Poliedro, un pichón, hijo mayor de una gorriona muy sabia, la madrina Mandinga, quieren ir al cafetal para ayudar. Cuando inician el camino se encuentran con Ámbar, la niña del gallo, quien les avisa de que los Ladrones de Recuerdos están cerca. A partir de este momento, los niños se irán topando con extraños y fascinantes personajes que les ayudarán a esquivar a los malvados para rescatar a todos los campesinos desmemoriados. Delicioso cuento de la magnífica escritora cubana Zoe Valdés, en el que combina la fábula y la realidad, de forma magistral, además de dotar al texto de una plasticidad llena de color. Las ilustraciones de Ramón Unzueta saben captar y entender a la perfección el mensaje y la historia. El final sorprenderá.