A lost world. But not for long. Into the Storm. Larine's life is good. She loves her work as a wizard, her best friend is the Guildmaster, her trou Then one hot, sunny, late summer afternoon, a warning arrives. The Guildmaster has a plan to save the city, but it will require unimaginable sacrifice.
Larine and her fellow wizards face a terrible choice. Some will live and some will die. For unless enough wizards volunteer to spend their lives to turn aside the storm, thousands of people will perish beneath the wind and waves. Code of Rainbow: Soaring Flame and the Dragon Soarame has a pair of special eyes. He can see magic elements in this world, which are supposed to be invisible. This enviable gift of his could reveal the truth of the world, but it also put him in danger. Soarame fortunately got a baby magimal as his best friend, but they got into troubles together - troubles that were a lot bigger than dragons.
Could they survive? Jade Alters. Looking forward to reading this! Tina Silvens. I love the idea of a magimal! I want one too! Isabel Riley. James Beamon. This book sells itself with two simple words. Winters Rising. Brea was born a Second, a lowly class of people in the Lexcon society.
But she also bore the birthma Some called her destiny a great privilege. She called it doomed to a cage with no key. Gatekeepers were born and raised to ensure time remained untainted and unchanged, but Brea saw them as overlords who looked down on her kind… on Seconds. Forced to marry Gatekeeper Jax Winters, Brea vows not to complete the ritual bonding with him until she can talk with council about how Seconds are treated.
She plans to use her newfound status to help the plight of those born like her. Will she and Jax always be at. Olga GOA. Awesome Romance! Bad boys are the best. Keep it up, Shannyn! Lucifer's Fall. Before he was known as Mehmet Here's the story of how he fell. When angels appear in Celestia's groves as malformed and without wings, they're cast out of paradise and into the darkness below.
Lucifer has been charged to roam the Birthing Forests and find a child of his own, only to watch the wingless angel be discarded. There's only one way he can save them Lucifer's Fall is a short story written in the same world as the Celestial Downfall trilogy. Megan Mackie. Orrin Jason Bradford. You had me with the cover and the title, even before I read the description. I feel like I'm a 'misguided knight' in the wrong time period so I look forward to reading this series. Carissa Andrews. Love the cover for this one!
It instantly caught my attention. Gonna need to download this one for myself! Original and exciting! Love this take on Lucifer. Rebel Magic. It was supposed to be a one-night stand. There were supposed to be no strings att There were supposed to be no strings attached. When Clink agrees to use his power of astral projection to help a team that already consists of super speed, super strength, and empathy, rob the most secure building in Crimson, he figures the pay-out will be worth it.
Then he meets Glone, the team leader, who is six feet of distracting lean muscle and attitude. This man has a temper like a rattlesnake and a bite to match. Although Clink tries to avoid his growing attraction, things finally come to a head one night, and they both give in to their passion. The problem: Neither man believes in relationships.
Yet the desire between them is strong, and with the heist not going as planned, Clink risks not only losing his freedom, but his heart as well. Wayne Meyers. Very interesting premise! Sounds like a fun, exciting read that promises a great story. Cursed Magic. They stay in the dark, because to come out means pain and death.
Celeste is from Celeste is from Cave Town, a place deep underground where the people have been cursed for thousands of years. In sunlight, the tattoos on their skin burn them alive. Celeste is fine staying underground until she can no longer deny the truth. Something rotten is happening in Cave Town. People are being disfigured, while others are disappearing altogether, yet no one will talk about it. With the help of her boyfriend, Kemp, and good friend, Twist, Celeste uncovers a plot, that if not stopped, could have them all scorching under the light of the sun.
Belief is a powerful magic. Valerie Diaz has a power that she can't contain, and Valerie Diaz has a power that she can't contain, and it's killing her. Bounced between foster homes and the streets, she only has time to concentrate on staying alive. But a visit from the imaginary friend of her childhood opens a world of possibilities, including a new life half a universe away on a planet that is bursting with magic. Looking at his hulking, battle-scarre Looking at his hulking, battle-scarred body, you might think he was a just brawling warrior or even a gladiator.
He stands nearly seven feet tall and weighs as much as a stag. But beneath the brawn is a keen mind that never stops solving mysteries.
Both have served him well during his long career as the Imperial Investigator in the capital city of Rundlun. Three years ago, Bander retired—and now spends his days wandering the countryside, enjoying the peace and quiet. But one day—when he takes a seldom-traveled trail through some of the roughest terrain in the Empire—he encounters conspiracy and murder in a remote mining village. Melokai - Preview. Legendary warrior Ramya has successfully ruled as Melokai for longer than most.
Prosperous, peaceful Prosperous, peaceful, and happy, her people love her. Or so she thinks. Bracing herself for the gruesome sentence imposed on all Melokais who have served their purpose, she hears instead a shocking prophecy. Is the abrupt appearance of a mysterious, eastern cave creature the prophesied danger? Or is it something darker, more evil? And what of the wolves? Will the ferocious war with their kind oust her from power? Suddenly Ramya must fight threats from all sides to save her mountain realm.
But while her back is turned, a conspiracy within her inner circle is festering. Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved country. You want to talk about going through hell and coming out the other side, then look no further than D You want to talk about going through hell and coming out the other side, then look no further than Denise.
Sure, she was born into a post-apocalyptic world right before the crash, where soldiers tried to kill you and zombies tried to eat you, but that was the least of her worries. Fairytales, folktales and legends from all over the world, from Ancient Rome to the present day. Be warned: these are the original tales, before they were censored to be suitable for children.
The Legends Begin … A tragic death. A broken bond. A fallen warrior. The Posairs Gaige Porter is special. When a strange girl shows u He had never met her before. Things only get weirder from there. He is lured into a gateway to another world much like Earth, but very different.
Along with Seanna Bryant and Aoife Connelly, he must face danger, friendship, and betrayal while he tries to figure out where he belongs and what it means to be a hero. Or at least so it seems to her. She would bear a gods-touched child, one who would stand on the threshold between the worlds, human and divine. Except that Dasha is shy, lonely, and one of the least magically inclined girls in the Known World. Instead she has fits and uncontrollable visions. When she sets off with her father on her first journey away from her home kremlin, she hopes she will finally find someone who can help her come into her powers.
But those whom she finds only want to use her instead. Ellison Blackburn. Love this cover! It evokes a primal feeling. Virginia McClain. These sound like stories that I would enjoy, and I love the cover! Kyle Alexander Romines. The premise, a reimagining of classic Russian fairy tales, is even more interesting. If you're looking for stories of warriors and magic, give it a try!
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Servant of the Crown Heir to the Crown: Book He risks everything… …to protect a king's secret Tragedy tears Gerald's world apart and only his Hunt - Freya Snow: Book One. Caring meant having something to lose. Family was hard for an orphan, and friends were somehow ev Family was hard for an orphan, and friends were somehow even harder.
But when Freya stumbles into a hidden world of magic, and demons start coming, not just for her, but for those around her, her resolve is put to the ultimate test. Caring gave her something to lose, but can it also give her the strength to protect? An enemy commander. A skilled tactician. Only one can be victorious. The Norland The Norland raiders are at it again. When the Baron of Bodden splits their defensive forces, Sergeant Gerald Matheson thinks that today is a day like any other, but then something is different. At the last moment, Gerald recognizes the warning signs, but they are outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and out of luck.
How can they win this unbeatable battle? Battle at the River is a stand-alone short story set in the World of Merceria that incorporates characters from the Heir to the Crown Series. If you like intense battle scenes and unexpected plot twists, then you will love Paul J Bennett's tale of a soldier who thinks outside the box. Innocence Lost. She wanted to run her father's business. She got a mad prince. Johanna Brouwer h Johanna Brouwer has notions: she wants to take over her father's business. She wants to live in a place where she doesn't have to hide her magic, and she doesn't want to marry, not even the prince.
Her home, the merchant city of Saardam comes under attack by a fire wizard, and she finds that notions will only get you so far in life. She's on the run, her paltry magic will do nothing against the evil unleashed upon the kingdom, and why did she ever worry about getting married? This is totally your thing if you're into sassy independent women. Great cover and an intriguing premise. Sue Hollister Barr. One knows just enough about what's going on to continue reading without scratching one's head, but not enough to make the whole book a fait accompli. Quick immersion in tight, realistic action promises a great read.
No matter what Patty Jansen writes, there is always that underlying personality that makes her books interesting AND there are her sometimes wildly imaginative worlds that forgo the bounds of what we all know and expect. They give us something entertaining and surprising. And she is Australian. If that comment doesn't make sense then you will have to just read her stories to see what I mean. It is meant in a good way. Amy J. Incredible work by an author I truly admire! Sam Sea. Very intriguing! This is promising to be very interesting series Keep it coming, Patty! Rhuna, The Star child.
In Ancient Egypt where Black Magic flourished, strange and frightening curses begin to plague the po In Ancient Egypt where Black Magic flourished, strange and frightening curses begin to plague the population. Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father who is skilled in Astral Projection. The Human Circle. Fairies do not exist - or at least that's what Pete, a German anthropologist whose passion lies in d Fairies do not exist - or at least that's what Pete, a German anthropologist whose passion lies in debunking myths and mystical creatures, believed.
Just until recently On his final case to debunk a fairy sighting in Ireland, Pete gets the surprise of his life. Something didn't add up in her story. Intrigued and against his better judgment, he agrees to hide Belinda from her pursuer. Prequel of the Haunted Love series. Note: This is a short read, a novelette of approximately 11, words. In a land In a land where it is always winter lives a beast who was once a man and who--if legend is to be believed--might be a man again.
If love can conquer all, and the magic of the summer garden can bring that love to him. Curse Breaker: Falls. Can an untrained mage and his son stop an ancient evil or will they be lost in its darkness? Something evil is loose in Mount Eredren, and it's determined to keep Sarn away from the enchanted forest and the menace destroying it. This time, Ghost Bear can't save him. Neither can the Queen of All Trees because she's locked in a deadly duel with a foe that's beyond her power to stop.
With his son by his side, Sarn must face down a legendary evil with only a ragtag bunch of reluctant magical constructs at his side. If he fails, Shayari will fall, and the Adversary will add an unstoppable monster to his ranks. Find out what happens when the lights go out in Curse Breaker: Falls. Christian Fantasy meets epic fantasy. Salem's Witches [Preview]. The Dominion of New Wakilork, crown jewel of the Neitherlands, has never been what you'd call safe The Dominion of New Wakilork, crown jewel of the Neitherlands, has never been what you'd call safe.
Its delicate order is threatened when the Church of Quackology opens its doors. Religious and litigious, it brings with it a mountain of lawsuits and disturbing events, including an apparent attempt to wrestle power from the Dominatrix. To save the day come Salem's Witches, three amateur detectives and chief suspects in a kidnapping case who believe a certain science-fiction cult has a stake in their plight.
With their jobs, freedom, and lives at stake, these reluctant heroines must try to restore local order. For fans of Discworld and Monty Python. The Untold Tales of Dolly Williamson. When he is When he is called on to investigate the murder of an investment banker, he is reminded of past encounters with the occult and requests help from Sister Rose Caldwell, an expert in the mystical arts.
The body count continues to rise and the mystery deepens after the enigmatic Necronist Guild provide clues to the origins of the murderer. A tightly wound thriller set in an alternative 19th century where powerful guilds use mechanical power, occult rituals and alchemy to vie for influence in the courts of Queen Victoria and the ever-youthful Emperor Napoleon. If There Be Giants [preview]. Amidst the ruins of an ancient stone circle, a team of archaeologists uncovers a strange creature th Amidst the ruins of an ancient stone circle, a team of archaeologists uncovers a strange creature that should not exist.
Reviving afresh an age-old battle, the discovery pits science against religion—enough perhaps to shake the beliefs of the millions who would count themselves as supporters of either faction. To make matters worse, the lead on the project, Dr. Mallory Jacks, falls in love with the one man who has all the answers. With each passing day, the upheaval surrounding the findings threatens to shatter their lives into countless surreal pieces. J C Steel. Set in the near future, the story explores cutting-edge theories in both prosthetics and biology, while the level of psychological detail brings a realistic edge to the narrative and the characters spring vividly to life.
Flash Back is well-written, with an analytical, laser-focus on the workings of inter-personal connections. Smart fantasy featuring smart women! An intellectual Indiana Jones with a female protagonist. Living Sensical. These stories take you deep into new worlds and hold you there until you finish. A perfect escape from our too-serious world. Leaves you looking for more by this author Snow Moon.
Jessa, the queen of the Faeries, finds herself in the midst of disappearances. When she investigates When she investigates those who have vanished, she discovers a rogue Sylph. He is ridding the realm of the ones he believes are diseased with the help of Trolls. Together, Micha and Jessa discover their bloodline is more than they thought.
They are both descendants of Ancients and Sylphs making them the true Elementals. The very people the Sylph is wanting rid of. A Hedge Witch with stolen powers makes a Familiar A short story from th A short story from the Otherwhere universe. Hunter's Moon. Did I mention I might be turning into a werewolf? Stood-up, left to walk home al Ellie Howard, a perennially single, successful photographer thinks she might have hit a home-run with a guy she meet on-line, but when he stands her up on their first date she walks back to her apartment alone.
Her lonely walk nearly costs Ellie her life when a rabid monster attacks her. Staring into the eyes of a gigantic, hairy, fanged beast, Ellie is about to accept her fate, when she is rescued by a stony-jawed hero. Saved from near death by a professional werewolf hunter, Ellie now faces a fate worse than death - an eternity of servitude as the chosen mate of an Alpha werewolf. Its up to her brooding hero. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away.
But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined. This unkempt mountain of a man is the new suitor for her high-society mistress?
Blanche can hardly believe it. But if that was astonishing, Blanche is even more stunned to discover the truth: Hugo is a wolf shifter, destined to inherit his father's place as Alpha of their pack - a fact his brother refuses to accept. As a war of brothers threatens to engulf the mansion, Blanche finds herself perilously trapped between two worlds. How far will Hugo go to save her?
Alpha Ascending is a standalone full-length novel for readers looking for paranormal historical romance and a mix of sweetness and steam! Touch of Darkness. Against his better judgment, he befriends an ordinary girl. Yvonne Carder. I read this preview of Scythe of Darkness and I'm hooked. I want to grab the full story and immerse myself in the world of Mia and Thanatos. I'm very curious who Thanatos is and what the magnetic pull toward him is.
I can't wait to read the rest of the story. Definitely a story to be reckoned with. Looking forward to seeing more from her. Artyom Dereschuk. Scythe of Darkness preview. Bold, irresistible, and beautifully written, Scythe of Darkness is a riveting grim reaper novel that After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating is off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos comes along. Inexplicably drawn to him, she's determined to find out more about the mysterious boy. Without warning, she's thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected.
When a supernatural connection puts Mia's life at risk, she doesn't know who to trust--especially Thanatos. But what if she's in love with him? Sophy is not looking for a talisman: she is the talisman! Sophy is snatched from Sophy is snatched from our world during a ghost tour. Then the accidents start to happen and she realises a dark force wants her: alive or maybe just dead Tides of Empire. A sinister tide is coming. For centuries, the Jin-song have held back the massive The Uncrossing.
Luke can uncross almost any curse—they unravel themselves for him like no one else. Working for the Working for the Kovrovs, one of the families controlling magic in New York, is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters a curse involving Jeremy, the sheltered prince of the Kovrov family—the one boy he absolutely shouldn't be falling for. Jeremy's been in love with cocky, talented Luke for years. But Jeremy's family keeps deadly secrets, dividing him between love and loyalty as a magical war starts crackling.
This might be one curse Luke can't uncross. If true love's kiss fails, what's left? Dying for a Living boxset. Read the series with five-star reviews! This boxset includes the first three This boxset includes the first three novels in the Jesse Sullivan series: award-winning novel, Dying for a Living, Amazon bestseller, Dying by the Hour, and their companion novel, Dying for Her. Called "smart, imaginative, and insanely addictive" by New York Times bestseller Darynda Jones, this urban fantasy will thrill even the most diehard urban fantasy fans.
On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for agent Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. The Silent Blade. The Downs, the poor district of the city of Avarest, is home to cutthroats and thieves, pickpockets The Downs, the poor district of the city of Avarest, is home to cutthroats and thieves, pickpockets and prostitutes, all of whom pay tribute to one of two powerful crime bosses.
It is also home to Aaron Envelar, a disillusioned sellsword known as the Silent Blade, who cares nothing for the criminal overlords or their schemes, who only wants to survive and make a little coin in the process. And whatever else will come, this time, he will not be silent. After all, when you take everything from a man, what else does he have to lose? Too Wyrd, Runespells 1. Book 1 of the Runespells Series Nicola was never a hero.
She was an everyday sing Amy and her friends don't know what to make of the wei Amy and her friends don't know what to make of the weird anonymous messages they keep getting, but that's nothing compared to the fireworks when Jack's beautiful sister, Jessica, returns to town and starts an all-out war between her admirers. In the ensuing drama, none of the group notice that they're being picked off, one by one, by a force beyond imagination Amy must hurry to uncover the secrets of her hometown before there's no-one left to save, but something ancient is stalking the night-time streets of Crooksfield, and it's not afraid to come into the light.
Leon Cameron. Excellent cover! Fascinating premise. G M Sherwin. Jen Finelli. I love how scary the title sounds. That's an amazing cover, and I'm curious about "corporate magicians" and "living architecture. Lola Andrews. Dark fairytales are my crack. This is going on my to-read. The Awakening: Part One Prologue. War begins with an Awakening Over two millennia ago, a civil war was fought be Over two millennia ago, a civil war was fought between Druids. Lycans were created to fight this war, and the first Trues were born. When the war ended, they faded to myth. Now, the war has begun anew, and four individuals who carry the bloodlines of the original eight Trues have the power of lycanthropy awoken within them.
Their lives are thrown into chaos as they begin to shift into were-creatures. They must learn to control this new power, as they are thrust into this ancient war between two powerful Druidesses. I Belong to the Earth - Unveiled Book 1. Still grieving, Emlynn is horrified when her father moves the family to a remote Yorkshire vicarage which stands at the centre of a centuries-old curse born of poisoned love.
A curse that feeds on the lives of young girls When her older sister, Grace, gets involved with local bad boy, Haze, Emlynn knows he's is connected to the curse. Hurtling towards another family tragedy, she must find the strength to stop running from her gift. Only the Dead have the answers she needs, if she can bring herself to speak to them London, Uncle Ronald. In , to escape his violent father, Mickey is sent to stay with his Uncle Ronald and his twin aunts in the hills north of Ottawa and learns to feel safe for the first time in his life. Durbin, William. Wintering In , fourteen-year-old Pierre returns to work for the North West Fur Company and makes the long and difficult journey to a winter camp, where he learns from both the other voyageurs and from the Ojibwa Indians whose land they share.
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Frost, Helen. The Braid. Two Scottish sisters, living on the western island of Barra in the s, relate, in alternate voices and linked narrative poems, their experiences after their family is forcibly evicted and separated with one sister accompanying their parents and younger siblings to Cape Breton, Canada, and the other staying behind on the small island of Mingulay.
Greenwood, Barbara. Factory Girl. Twelve-year-old Emily must hold down her job working twelve-hour days in a garment factory in order to keep from starving. A story that includes historical interludes about the working conditions in factories at the turn of the century. Harlow, Joan Hiatt. Star in the Storm. In , fearing for the safety of her beloved Newfoundland dog Sirius because of a new law outlawing non-sheepherding dogs in her Newfoundland village, twelve-year-old Maggie tries to save him by keeping him hidden.
Houston, James. River Runners: A Tale of Hardship and Bravery Two young boys, who have been sent into the Canadian interior to set up a fur-collecting station, are befriended by a Naskapi Indian family. Hudson, Jan. Sweetgrass Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father. Napoli, Donna Jo. Tired of his mother's overprotectiveness and intrigued by the life of African American explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin travels north and spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.
Pearson, Kit. The Sky is Falling. The experiences of a young girl and her small brother who are evacuated to Canada at the beginning of World War II and find that they will be staying with complete strangers. Book 1 in the Guest of War series. Slade, Arthur. Eleven-year-old Robert is the only one who can help when a mysterious stranger arrives, performing tricks and promising to bring rain, at the same time children begin to disappear from a dust bowl farm town in Saskatchewan in the s.
Sterling, Shirley. My Name Is Seepeetza. Seepeetza, whose "white" name is Martha Stone, keeps a journal describing her life at an Indian residential school in s British Columbia.
Yates, Elizabeth. With pipe, paddle, and song: A story of the French-Canadian voyageurs, circa A sixteen-year-old lad, who can paddle, sing, and swim, signs a three-year contract as a voyageur and joins an expedition to north-west Canada in to search for furs and his future. Alvarez, Julia. Before We Were Free. In the early s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.
Eboch, Chris. The Well of Sacrifice. When a Mayan girl in ninth-century Guatemala suspects that the High Priest sacrifices anyone who stands in the way of his power, she proves herself a hero. Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal. Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in to build the great canal.
Alban, Andrea. Anya's War. Based on the author's family history. Bosse, Malcolm. The Examination. Fifteen-year-old Hong and his older brother Chen face famine, flood, pirates, and jealous rivals on their journey through fifteenth century China as Chen pursues his calling as a scholar and Hong becomes involved with a secret society known as the White Lotus. Cao, Wenxuan. Bronze and Sunflower. When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marshlands - the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness.
However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze's family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for.
But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze's family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness? Chen, Da.
Sword: A Novel. When Miu Miu turns fifteen, she learns the truth about her father's violent death and discovers that she must avenge his murder before she can marry the man to whom she is betrothed. Based on a story told to the author by a former prisoner during China's Cultural Revolution. Compestine, Ying Chang. Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Starting in when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.
De Jong, Meindert. The house of sixty fathers Alone in a sampan with his pig and three ducklings, a little Chinese boy is whirled down a raging river, back to the town from which he and his parents had escaped the invading Japanese, and spends long and frightening days regaining his family and a new home.
Mah, Adeline Yen. Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. During the Japanese occupation of parts of China, twelve-year-old Ye Xian is thrown out of her father's and stepmother's home, joins a martial arts group, and tries to help her aunt and the Americans in their struggle against the Japanese invaders. Includes historical notes. Martinex, Andres Vera. In this graphic novel, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in McCaughrean, Geraldine.
The Kite Rider: A Novel. In thirteenth-century China, after trying to save his widowed mother from a horrendous second marriage, twelve-year-old Haoyou has life-changing adventures when he takes to the sky as a circus kite rider and ends up meeting the great Mongol ruler Kublai Khan. Mowll, Joshua. Operation Red Jericho.
The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle's ship where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious secret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists. Paterson, Katherine. Rebels of the heavenly kingdom Abducted from his home by bandits, fifteen-year-old Wang Lee is rescued from slavery by a mysterious girl who introduces him to the Taiping Tienkuo, a secret society partly based on Christian principles and dedicated to the overthrow of the Manchu government.
Chu Ju's House. In order to save her baby sister, fourteen-year-old Chu Ju leaves her rural home in modern China and earns food and shelter by working on a sampan, tending silk worms, and planting rice seedlings, while wondering if she will ever see her family again. Yang, Dori Jones. Daughter of Xanadu. Emmajin, the sixteen-year-old eldest granddaughter of Khublai Khan, becomes a warrior and falls in love with explorer Marco Polo in thirteenth-century China. Yep, Laurence. Yue, Guo. In Communist China in , eight-year-old Leap Forward learns about freedom while flying kites with his best friend, by trying to get a caged wild bird to sing, and through the music, he is learning to play on a bamboo flute.
Includes author's notes on his childhood in Beijing, life under Mao Zedong, and the Cultural Revolution. Darath and his sister spend a winter on the Siberian peninsula some 30, years ago learning how to heal, to use the moon sticks, and to remember the stories of the memory string before their tribe begins searching for a legendary land to the east where there are no people and lots of game.
Cheaney, J. Hilgartner, Beth. A murder for Her Majesty Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of Queen Elizabeth I, eleven-year- Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising herself as one of the choirboys. Lasky, Kathryn. O'Dell, Scott. Blackwood, Gary L. The Shakespeare Stealer. A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.
Shakespeare's scribe In plague-ridden England, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy, who has become an apprentice actor, goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe and finds out more about his parents along the way. Bulla, Clyde Robert. A lion to guard us. Left on their own in seventeenth-century London, three impoverished children draw upon all their resources to stay together and make their way to the Virginia colony in search of their father.
Gilson, Jamie. Stink Alley.
Living in Holland in with the harsh Puritan leader, William Brewster, and working for the family of a mischievous Dutch boy named Rembrandt, a spirited twelve-year-old orphan girl struggles to do what is right. Strickland, Brad. New to this exciting and dangerous world, fourteen-year-old orphan Davy Shea arrives a the home of his disreputable uncle Patch Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de. I, Juan de Pareja. Based on "thin threads" of truth, "I, Juan de Pareja" explores the relationship between famous 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and his black slave, Juan de Pareja.
Written in the first person as if Juan is really telling his story, it is the chronicle of much of Juan's life and his colorful experiences as an apprentice to a master painter. Conlon-McKenna, Marita. Hendry, Frances Mary. Henty, G. In the reign of terror: the adventures of a Westminster boy Harry Sandwith, a Westminster boy, becomes a resident at the chateau of a French marquis, and after various adventures accompanies the family to Paris at the crisis of the Revolution.
Hesse, Karen. Stowaway A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from to aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook. Plundering paradise Left penniless in eighteenth-century England, fourteen-year-old Nathan Gull and his mousy sister Maud accompany Tamo, the son of a notorious pirate, to his homeland of Madagascar where they are all changed by their encounter with Tamo's dangerous past. Nichol, Barbara. Beethoven, the eccentric boarder that shares his house, change from anger and embarrassment to compassion and admiration.
Schmidt, Gary D. Wiley, Melissa. Down to the bonny glen In Scotland in , eight-year-old Martha Morse, who would grow up to become the great-grandmother of author Laura Ingalls Wilder, meets her new governess and learns the difference between growing up a laird's daughter and a child of a cottager. Aiken, Joan. The wolves of Willoughby Chase The story of how two young girls survive the misdeeds of their wicked governess with the help of Simon, the goose boy.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret. Cole, Sheila. Dodge, Mary Mapes. Hans Brinker or, The silver skates, a story of life in Holland A young boy tells of his life in Holland in the s. Doherty, Berlie. Street child A novel based on the life of Jim Jarvis, a young orphan who escapes the workhouse in London in the s and survives brutal treatment and desperate circumstances until he is taken by Dr.
Barnardo, founder of a school for the city's "ragged" children. Giff, Patricia Reilly. Holub, Josef. Howard, Ellen. Aaron, Chester. Anderson, Margaret Jean. Cooper, Susan. Dawn of fear Three English children, fascinated by the war air raids, gradually become aware of true fear and horror when they seek vengeance on an opposing gang that destroyed their hideaway. Drucker, Malka. Based on a true story.
Frank, Rudolf. Gehrts, Barbara. Don't say a word Living in Berlin during World War II, Anna finds herself and her family growing more and more aware of the dangerous direction in which her country is moving as her friends start to die. Hunter, Mollie. A sound of chariots A young girl growing up in Scotland after World War I tries to come to terms with her grief over her father's death and her increasing sense of the passage of time.
Isaacs, Anne. Lingard, Joan. Lowry, Lois. Magorian, Michelle. Maguire, Gregory. Matas, Carol. Orgel, Doris. Reuter, Bjarne B. The boys from St. Shemin, Margaretha. The empty moat As World War II progresses, a sixteen-year-old girl in occupied Holland becomes more and more aware that she cannot remain aloof from the war despite fear of arousing the displeasure of Nazis.
Vos, Ida. Westall, Robert. Time of fire In England during World War II, with his mother dead from a German bomb and his father off in training and action but keeping him informed by letter, Sonny tries to understand the darkest truths of war and retribution. Williams, Laura E. McCaffrey, Anne. Morpurgo, Michael. Black, Kat. Branford, Henrietta. Collins, Meghan. Cushman, Karen. The midwife's apprentice In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.
Furlong, Monica. Robin's country A mute orphan boy, with only shadowy recollections of his past, runs away from his cruel master and eventually joins Robin Hood and his followers in their forest hideaway. Quest for a maid Aware of her sister's deadly efforts to secure the Scottish throne for Robert de Brus, Meg realizes she must protect the young Norwegian princess who has been chosen as the rightful heir. Konigsburg, E.
A proud taste for scarlet and Miniver While waiting in heaven for divine judgment to be passed on her second husband, Eleanor of Aquitaine and three of the people who knew her well recall the events of her life. The striped ships Juliana, an eleven-year-old Saxon girl, loses her home and family when the Normans conquer England in and seeks to order her life by becoming involved in the creation of the Bayeux tapestry. Morris, Gerald. Platt, Richard. Includes notes on noblemen, castles, and feudalism. Pyle, Howard. Men of iron A boy's story of the time of Henry IV, of England, who, with the men of his court, are the "men of iron.
Scott, Walter, Sir. Ivanhoe Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard-the-Lion-Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim the inheritance his father denied him. Rebecca, a vibrant, beautiful Jewish woman is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft--but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. I sought my brother, And I found all three. This is absolutely the best way to find meaning and purpose in your life.
Too many people look inward to find themselves my soul. Some also get lost trying to find the one true philosophy in life my God. This is an honorable pursuit and one that I support fully. However, people may be tempted to stop there and fail to apply it in the context of other people.
Have faith that your life matters
This journey can only take you so far. Without earnestly helping others no one can succeed at anything else and still find true meaning, purpose, or happiness. The most important thing to remember when discussing finding meaning and purpose in your life is that meaning and purpose look different for every single person. Bri Seeley. Finding meaning and purpose in your life is a deeply personal journey that requires radical honesty. The first step I recommend for people who have committed to this journey is to identify and define their core values.
Camaron Brooks. Presence is the first step to calling more meaning into our lives. If we pay attention, we can find meaning almost anywhere; in service to our families, communities, or in a feather we see floating on the wind. Beyond simply being, I find creating whether it be writing or DIYing my house and building connections with family, friends, and in nature all give my life great meaning.
The better question almost is, why are you searching for meaning in your life? Would a defined purpose make you happy? For me, this was definitely the case. I tried different jobs. I took different courses. I even volunteered my time and my skills for good causes. But no matter what I did, fulfillment proved too elusive. That led me into an extended depression. It would take a freak accident, landing me in the hospital for two months, to snap me out of this. I spent six weeks being fed through tubes. I could not eat or drink. Days were spent daydreaming about apple juice.
Having the simplest pleasures stripped from me made me long for them as I never had before. After something like that happens, you stop pursuing ways to give your life purpose. The taste of apple juice. The breeze on your face. The aroma of flowers. The company of friends and family. Good books. And then a realization hit. I had been pursuing jobs, relationships, even opportunities to volunteer, not so I could help other people but to impress them.
You should do things because they are good in and of themselves. The trick to finding the meaning in your life seems to be not to look for it. Instead, search for beauty. For justice. For love. The true purpose is not something you can find. Finding meaning and purpose in your life is what can ground you and give you the motivation to kickstart each day.
This list can include your friends, your family, a political cause, helping a certain needy population, etc. Volunteer activities make me feel alive because it gives me a chance to pay-it-forward as I reach out to others who experience life struggles similar to mine. When I use the emotional pain I faced to give support, it brings meaning to the most difficult time in my life.
Let me explain. I found what makes me feel alive and gives my life meaning after I walked beside my adult daughter as she battled schizophrenia. Up until that time, my life went about as I thought it would go. When schizophrenia manifested in my twenty-four-year-old daughter, I had to educate myself. This helped me accept her illness and become the person she needed to help her journey to recovery. She lived with us during her four years of intensive treatment before she could reclaim her independent life.
She then moved into an apartment. I speak with groups about mental illness and how we can support the families. These volunteer activities make me feel alive. I feel like I pay-it-forward as I walk beside other families as they learn about mental illness. I dream of a day when all of the people affected by mental illness can lead productive, active lives as she does.
How others can find meaning in their lives? Or, we wish we knew. Identify some sort of theme in your life, the thoughts that you focus upon more often than other lines of thinking. Choosing to become involved with activities related to any of that is a step toward finding meaning and purpose in your life. Many emotions will be involved as you find meaning and purpose in your life, and those emotions will grow or recede over time, mix with other emotions, and dominate your thinking from time to time.
One of the most surprising discoveries for some people is that the insights which they gained while enduring and overcoming some sort of struggle enable them to help other people with the same problem s. Your experiences in life and the lessons that you learn to make you unique. The wisdom that you then share with the wider world, even with one person at a time. Your passions will develop and change over time. You might find yourself pursuing one specific activity rather than another at different periods of your life.
People who are bored with their lives or jealous of yours might offer rude, insulting criticism of your efforts. You can fulfill your purpose on a more down-to-earth scale. Fame is not for everyone, and it definitely is not a necessity for living a meaningful, purposeful life. Mentors, on the other hand, are people who guide someone into improving their skills and thinking efforts. They can be beneficial.
Welcome mentors into your life. They can be stepping stones to greater, more satisfying achievements as you find meaning and purpose in your life, and they might turn into lifelong friends. Karen Bacon. It is such a complex thing to do. That is when looking at the subject as an overall picture. How does one find meaning and purpose? I like to break this down into four parts that I think are essential to creating the life you want for yourself.
Working from a holistic viewpoint and blending the art of coaching with spirituality tends to work well on both the subconscious and the conscious mind. It is imperative to be working on both because as Dr. Our creative brain. So what does that mean? We operate on auto-pilot most of the time. Our habits, repetitive behavioral patterns and the stories we tell ourselves are replayed over and over, without us even knowing why we do the things we do or having much understanding of them! The measurement we use is simply knowing that our lives suck and we feel unfulfilled and empty.
As opposed to feeling great, and our life is peachy. We get them dreaming and creating on purpose what they want in 12 life areas. For some people, they have never looked at their life in this way, and some have never realized they can in fact make choices. When someone is creating, this is the purpose.
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