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October 31, 2004 Edition
Just looking at the cover of this book, you can tell that Pagan Kidrouk is not someone to cross. Sarcastic and sharp, Pagan grew up a street urchin in Palestine, and is now squire to the courtly knight Lord Roland Roucy de Bram. De Bram and Pagan have returned from the Crusades to gather more knights to help fight the Infidels in Jerusalem. Pagan expects gentility and true knightly behavior from de Bram’s family, but gets a shock when he meets them for the first time: bloodthirsty and vicious, they are interested only in the neighborhood squabbles in which they’ve embroiled themselves. This is a slice of dark and dirty history, told from the viewpoint of a well-traveled and courageous young man.
Last year, Michael’s life looked pretty easy from the outside: his mom remarried a millionaire who made sure they were all taken care of. But the money was a trap, and Michael knew it: his mom sported bruises regularly and Michael lay awake at night wishing his stepfather was dead. This year, Michael’s a runaway, working with a traveling carnival. When the carnival ends up in Michael’s hometown, he discovers that his mother is about to go on trial for the murder of his stepfather. What Michael knows could help her, but does he dare speak up?
In a stunning departure from the innocent world of Peter Pan, the Darling family here is firmly rooted in Edwardian society with its contradictory attitudes towards children. 9-year old Wendy and her brothers suffer under the heavy hand of Nanny Holborn, the inattentive love of their mother, and the disdain of their father. One magical summer, though, they are sent to their uncle’s home in the country, and Wendy discovers a brother, plumbs the depths of their father’s treachery, and begins to find a place for herself in the world.
Being a Safe-Keeper means being able to keep even the hardest secret hidden. Damiana is the perfect Safe-Keeper, keeping the identity of her daughter’s father and the real parents of her “foundling” son hidden and raising the two as brother and sister. On her deathbed, Damiana tells Fiona her brother’s identity, but asks her to continue to keep the secret… but Fiona can’t do it. As in all good fairy-tales, despite the trespass of trust, everything ends happily with all wishes granted and all loose ends wrapped up.
Two teenagers from very different worlds meet and become allies in a fight to save humanity from the machinations of the tyrannical Arkel. Rej, who lives below ground as a “comber,” and Donna, a scribe in the city of Lunnzia in the Above world, discover that they have the same dragon-filled dreams. As they puzzle out what the dreams mean, they come closer to being swept up in the greed, politics, and drugs that form the foundation of their society.
Ruby’s life is disintegrating. It’s always been just Ruby and her mom since her famous-actor-dad divorced her mom before Ruby was born, but now Ruby’s mom has died and Ruby’s being shipped off to live with the man she calls “the sperm donor.” In beautifully written loose verse, Sones tells the story of Ruby’s grief for her mother, friendship with her father’s assistant, her gradual adjustment to California, and her growing attachment to her father.
Three high school outsiders are drawn together by the shooting range. Leonard is the leader, the one with the guns. Carla is his girlfriend. Cameron is his best friend. And though they know Len better than anyone, even they don’t realize how much of an outsider he feels, until the day Len shows up at school, guns in hands. Through fictional diaries, interviews, and newspaper clippings, Myers explores the psyche of a very disturbed young man living in a world he doesn’t feel part of.
Long ago, when the world was new and God and the Serpent were friends, God created Adam and Eve, kept Adam for Himself, and gave Eve to the Serpent to raise. But, in this reimagining of the Old Testament story, the things God thought were important to teach His charge weren’t the things the Serpent wanted Eve to learn, and the resulting clash of ideas resounded throughout Eden and caused the downfall of humanity.