You've seen Kanan's last adventure as a Padawan, now witness his very first! The boy who was Caleb Dune must find his feet as the Clone Wars rage all around him. When the Jedi Temple comes under attack, what can a mere Padawan do to make a difference? Caleb and his new Master Bilaba will take command of their own Clone troop, and lead them into the furious Battle of Mygeeto. But lying in wait for them there are a pair of Separatist Generals, one of whom is one of the most deadly threats in the entire galaxy! Can Caleb and Bilaba survive Grievous?
During just another day for the God of Thunder, Thor is defending Asgard against invading trolls when the unthinkable happens-his hammer Mjolnir loses its enchantment. Thor is still more than a match for his enemies, and after vanquishing them he learns the secret to his sudden weakness. Mjolnir was switched without him knowing, and only one being would be cunning enough to carry out such a trick: Loki.
"When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a "living, breathing" father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to London anytime soon. But at least Melon has The Story: the Fourakis family fairy tale. A story is something" -- Book jacket.
Seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre spends a summer in Hawaii as she deals with being betrayed by both her boyfriend and her best friend, and she and her twin brother, Penn, begin new, complicated, romances.
Sixteen-year-old Ellia Dawson wakes up in the hospital with retrograde amnesia, unable to remember Liam McPherson, the boyfriend who insists that they are in love--Liam is devastated, and, desperate to reawaken her memories, begins to write the story of their relationship, convinced that it will somehow recreate their relationship.
When her beloved cousin goes missing after a May Day celebration, sixteen-year-old Ivy discovers that both her cousin and her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
"'The realization hits: We're not going to win. It's why I couldn't defeat Draewulf in Bron--because this power was never mine anyway. I drop my arms and let the energy die off. And turn around to face Eogan.' After a fierce battle with Draewulf, Nym barely escaped with her life. Now, fleeing the scorched landscape of Tulla, her storm-summoning abilities are returning; only. the dark power is still inside her. Broken and bloodied, Nym needs time to recover, but when the full scope of the shapeshifter's horrific plot is revealed, the strong-willed Elemental must race across the Hidden Lands and warn the other kingdoms before Draewulf's final attack. From the crystalline palaces of Cashlin to the legendary Valley of Origin, Nym scrambles to gather an army. But even if she can, will she be able to uncover the secret to defeating Draewulf that has eluded her people for generations? With a legion of monsters approaching, and the Hidden Lands standing on the brink of destruction, the stage is set for a battle that will decide the fate of the world. This time, will the Siren's Song have the power to save it?"--
"My hair slips down my back and shoulders and around my face like fresh snow falling on the forest floor. Pure white. I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don't want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you. It's what I do; Seventeen-year-old slave girl, Nym, should not exist. In a world where Elementals are only born male, and always killed at birth, she is an anomaly at best. At worst, people around her die. When a court emissary identifies her weather-manipulating ability as a weapon, Nym is purchased and put to work honing her skills. With time running out for the kingdom of Faelen, Nym might be all that stands between it and the technologically-advanced horror racing down upon them -- not to mention the rumored reemergence of the monstrous shapeshifter, Draewulf. But some elements even she can't control. Nym must decide whom to trust as she's unleashed into a world of assassins and political betrayal surrounding a young king fighting for his throne, a tired nation that has forgotten its calling, and her handsome tutor whose dark secrets could destroy both her people and her heart"--
In love and possessing eternal youth, after sampling an experimental polio vaccine in 1916, seventeen-year-olds Emma and Charlie have the perfect life until Charlie disappears and Emma is hunted through the years by the Church of Light, a group of religious fanatics.
Desperate for money to pay for an experimental treatment that could save his ill grandfather's life, high school senior James enters a mysterious contest that will award the winner ten million dollars.
When the email arrived in Quinn Reynolds's in box on the morning of her flight to Florida, she sent it straight to her trash folder. The last thing Quinn needed was to be reminded of the pact she made with her ex-best friends-- the one where she promised she would do something crazy before graduation. But that was before everything on the trip went wrong. Now, after a lifetime of playing it safe, Quinn figures that she might as well get a little wild ... after all, what does she have to lose?
After years of competing against each other, Trixie and Ben form a fandom-based tentative friendship when their best friends start dating each other, but after Trixie's friend gets expelled for cheating they have to choose which side they are on.
No summer classes this year, none of Granddad's intense expectations to live up to the family name. The summer before Ivy's senior year is going to be all bonfires, barbecues, and friends. But when the mother who abandoned her returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. And the secrets of the Milbourn past... and the curse that Milbourn women die young and tragically... need to be faced.
After being abducted from Earth and forced to work as human captives in a safari-themed environment called the Hunt, Cora works to develop her psychic powers to help her friends escape and return home.
"Only those young enough can survive tetra, a dangerous drug that creates a pulse-pounding rush of enormous strength and incredible speed. Seventeen-year-old Alana West has been trained to use tetra so she can pursue the young criminals who abuse its power--criminals like the one who nearly killed her kid brother. On tetra, Alana is unstoppable--an explosive blur as she surges through New York City. But with the clock ticking down to her eighteenth birthday, Alana will soon be too old for the rush . . . when just one more dose will prove deadly. Supported only by her steady handler, Tucker, Alana goes undercover, infiltrating an elite gang of breaknecks to stop their supply of the drug. But when Alana gets trapped on the wrong side of the law, she learns the breaknecks are not quite what they seem--especially Ethan, the boy who seems to see the truth inside her. With her dependency on tetra increasing, Alana must decide where her loyalties lie, before the rush ends. Forever." --
As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah's days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts -- and the love of her life. When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she's ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It's up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.
Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny's parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny's name. When Leah's older brother, Jake, refers to her parents as baby killers, Franny starts to wonder if perhaps the threats aren't coming from a stranger at all. If she tells the police about her suspicions, she could lose her girlfriend. But if she doesn't--and if she's right--she could lose her parents.
" ... Struggling to harness the incredible force within him, Aaron trains for the ultimate battle. With the Dark powers gaining in strength, their clash may come sooner than he expects. And everyone who's ever mattered to Aaron is now in grave danger. Aaron must protect the girl he loves and rescue the only family he's ever known. Because if he can't save them from the Dark Powers, how can he hope to save the Fallen?"--Page 4 of cover.
Emily Forsythe is a young British woman on her way to an arranged marriage in Portland, Oregon, in 1867 when a carriage accident in Montana leaves her alone and at the mercy of the man who finds her; Hope Cooper is a modern British girl on a camping trip with her mother in the mountains of Montana--yet their stories come together on Crow Mountain.
Josie Little and her girlfriend Annette Anderson have traveled halfway across the country to attend Brookwood Academy, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut, and get away from Annette's abusive mother, but as soon as they get there things begin to unravel--the undercurrents in the school are poisonous, Annette seems more interested in drinking with the in-crowd, and a boy declares that he is in love with her.
After an incident involving the vandalism of a cottage museum that once belonged to famous poet Rufus Baylor, sixteen-year-old Sarah is sentenced to community service and a poetry appreciation course taught by Baylor himself.
Using magic to control the golems he has raised, the legendary Sleeping Prince has woken, killed King Merek, and taken Lormere, and many of its people are refugees, including Errin and her sick mother--but there are those who oppose the Prince, and Errin, a skilled apothecary, may hold the key to ending his power.
When an army of aliens arrives, Clementine and her friends retreat to the Core to escape the attacking ships, but safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy, Commander Charlie, so unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel's people will be destroyed.
Willa Parker, 646th and least popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life. Did she choose this new life? No, because that would be too easy -- and nothing in Willa's life is easy. It's her famous genius mother's idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and it's only the strength of her name that got Willa accepted in the first place. But Willa has no intentions of fitting in at Pembroke. She's not staying long, she decides. Not at this school -- and not on this planet. But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world -- a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit. When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel her spinning right out of her grasp. In Willa's secret heart, all she's ever wanted is to belong. But if Remy, the girl who gave her this world, is slip-sliding away, is Willa meant to follow her down?
Teenager Tim Ryan is sent to live on a remote Australian island where he faces dangers from drug-runners, sea storms, and the magic that runs in his blood, pushing him to claim the mysterious changeling heritage that is his birthright.
In this remake of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, long standing tension between African American and Somali students at Northeast High School in Minneapolis makes love difficult between Rodney, who is on probation, and Jawahir.
London is a ruin, destroyed by German bombs, ravaged by the Horologia virus, and ruled by the ruthless Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer, whose Marauders search for and seize the children who are immune to the virus in the hope that their blood will produce a cure--their latest victim is sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling's younger sister and Gwen will do anything to get her back, even join up with Pete and his gang of Lost Boys living in a city hidden underground.
David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David's deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.
Nanette O'Hare, a star student and athlete, is given a mysterious out-of-print cult classic novel by her beloved teacher that sparks the rebel within her, but as she befriends the reclusive author and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.
"Every step humanity takes into outer space leaves more hazardous debris in Earth's orbit, which means the crew of the debris-pickup ship DS-12 never runs out of work. ...This is the series' concluding omnibus volume, produced from the original files and including all of its color pages and bonus stories."--Cover, p.
Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are the only enchanters in Russia, and when the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threaten to attack, the tsar wants a powerful enchanter by his side, and as an advisor for the prince, Pasha. He initiates the Crown's Game, a duel of magical skill, and the winner will become his Imperial Enchanter; the loser will die. For Vika and Nikolai, the game is a chance of a lifetime, but they come to realize that their growing regard for each other makes the game impossible to win. And as long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes increasingly clear to them that the Crown's Game is not one to lose.
In the land of Nirai Kanai there are two realms, one that is the "outside" world, and another that is "inside" and hidden from the rest of reality. At the request of the holy Himegami, Syaoran ventures into this inside realm to investigate an anomaly, but what he sees there is very different from what Fai and Kurogane see. What is this discrepancy and what can they do to overcome it?!
"Lucy, Erza, Wendy, and Juvia are finally getting the pampering they deserve! Mavis rewards the hard-working ladies of Fairy Tail with a deluxe resort vacation, but not everything is as it seems at this beachfront paradise. Soon after, a beautiful new wizard approaches Fairy Tail, where Wendy takes her under her wing. But a dangerous job lies in wait for the new duo…will the Fairy girls ever catch a break?!"--Back cover.
"Bravely facing the darkness together Syaoran and his friends were successful in collecting Sakura's memories and defeating Fei Wang. However, in order to release Fei Wang's last spell, Syaoran had to pay the price of "continuing his journey." He parted with Sakura and once more, accompanied by Kurogane, Fai, and Mokona, travelled to a parallel universe! The group has arrived at a seemingly peaceful paradise, but a cloud of darkness approaches ..."--Back cover.
"In the kingdom of Fiore, wizards are commonplace, but the powerful women of Fairy Tail are each one of a kind! And after fighting their way to the top at the Grand Magic Games, Lucy, Erza, Wendy, and Juvia deserve a vacation. The wizards slip out of the victory celebration to do some sightseeing as a foursome, but where Fairy Tail goes, trouble's never far behind, and soon they find themselves caught up in yet another chaotic bout of spellslinging ... with the fate of Fiore in the balance!"--Page 4 of cover.520"In the kingdom of Fiore, wizards are commonplace, but the powerful women of Fairy Tail are each one of a kind! And after fighting their way to the top at the Grand Magic Games, Lucy, Erza, Wendy, and Juvia deserve a vacation. The wizards slip out of the victory celebration to do some sightseeing as a foursome, but where Fairy Tail goes, trouble's never far behind, and soon they find themselves caught up in yet another chaotic bout of spellslinging ... with the fate of Fiore in the balance!"--Page 4 of cover.
"It is time. Sunstream, son of Wolfrider chief Cutter Kinseeker, finally fulfills his destiny and becomes the psychic link among all the elfin tribes scattered across the World of Two Moons. At long last, the seeds planted 20,000 years ago in the original, classic Quest can come to fruition. But a devastating secret, long hidden in plain sight, is also moving into the light. When the full impact of this revelation becomes known, it will affect the entire elfin race forever"--
"The Eleventh Doctor is accused of terrible war crimes--crimes that he can't remember committing! Tracked by temporal bounty hunters, both chainsword-wielding and monstrous, the Doctor goes on the run with his companion Alice Obiefune. Only by digging deep into the history of the Time War--and the past of the War Doctor--can they hope to clear the Doctor's name!"--Back cover.
The Tenth Doctor and Gabriella Gonzalez set off on a bold new journey! Whether facing an evil corruption of sentient music on a gas giant, journeying back to the dawn of humankin, or battling disc-like gladatorial captors in a millennia-old free-for-all, there are no limits to the cosmic adventure - or the mortal danger!
Shares interesting facts about the video game and cool commands that will help users become experts, including how to get a rainbow sheep, how to write text into thin air, and how to let a creeper fly.
"A convenient dictionary for high school and college students, featuring clear definitions and abundant example sentences. New for 2016, The American Heritage(r) High School Dictionary offers all the distinctive qualities that readers have come to expectfrom the American Heritage line without the inclusion of obscene words or offensive slurs. It has a contemporary, readable defining style, clear guidance on English usage, an easy-to-use pronunciation key, and an abundance of example sentences that enhance the definitions by showing how words are used in context. This reference work provides up-to-date information about words that students are likely to encounter in their studies, including current information on terms in astronomy, chemistry, physics,and medicine. In-depth usage notes enhance writing skills and help the reader discern the difference between the conventional and the quirky in language use. Special features on synonyms and word histories enrich vocabulary and show how language changesover time. The most comprehensive reference in its category, The American Heritage(r) High School Dictionary is the ideal choice for any student, family, home, or school. "--
"Now expanded with more quotations, this thesaurus makes it even easier to find the right word for every occasion. The American Heritage(r) Essential Student Thesaurus, Fourth Edition, is an at-a-glance writing aid and vocabulary builder. Drawing on revisions made for the fifth edition of its renowned companion The American Heritage(r) Dictionary of the English Language, this thesaurus presents more than 300 entries and 1,200 synonyms in a clear A-to-Z format. With paragraph-style writing to help readers differentiate synonyms, this book is ideal for students (ages 12 and up) and English language learners. An example sentence or quotation illustrates every synonym. Many entries go into greater detail, explaining nuances that distinguish related words.The quotations show synonyms in literary contexts, a feature that has been expanded for this edition. New quotations from contemporary usage include public figures such as Barack Obama, acclaimed writers such as Maya Angelou, and popular authors such as Suzanne Collins and Neil Gaiman. "--
"At Tennomifune Academy, students with "negative karma"--the kids who are practically weighted down by misfortune--are all collected into one place: Class 1-7. On the first day of school, Ruri Hibarigaoka (Hibari) meets fellow 1-7 classmates Anne Hanakoizumi (Hanako), a girl up to her ears in bad luck, and the all-too-frail Botan Kumegawa (...Botan). These fast friends just want to have a fun high school life, but are they pushing their luck...?!"--Cover, page 4.
Many women have overcome the culture of gender inequality to make important contributions to society. These contributions include numerous firsts. In the twenty-first century, one woman who had already become a lawyer, a senator, and a secretary of state sought to claim another first: the first female president of the United States. That woman was Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary growing up -- Wellesley, Yale, and Bill Clinton -- First Lady Hillary -- Senator Clinton -- Running for the White House.
He's been moved from foster home to foster home, and doesn't know who he can trust. When Aaron begins to hear strange voices, he tries to resist his supernatural abilities, but must accept his newfound heritage-- and quickly. For the dark powers are gaining strength, and are hell-bent on destroying him.
"Fresh off the excitement of her camping trip, Yotsuba initiates a very productive session of sandbox play in which she instructs Fuuka how to properly run a bakery. But even more exciting is a visit from Grandma! Yotsuba learns how to value and enjoy cleaning, how not to be rude when hoping for souvenirs, and most important, how to cope when Grandma leaves. But don't worry, she'll be back someday!"--Publisher.
While Shinjiro copes with the disturbing way Dan Moroboshi kills alien enemies without hesitation, a secret plan to awaken Shinjiro's Ultraman Factor is set in motion, placing Rena Sayama's life in danger.
"Set in the not-so-distant future, the DC Universe is spinning inexorably out of control. The new generation of heroes has lost their moral compass, becoming just as reckless and violent as the villains they fight. The previous regime of heroes--the Justice League--returns under the most dire of circumstances, setting up a battle of the old guard against these uncompromising protectors in a battle that will define what heroism truly is"--
Drawing comics is hard work, as high school boy and shoujo manga-ka Umetarou Nozaki and his motley crew of friends-turned-assistants know well. But being a manga pro doesn't necessarily make Nozaki great at everything. In fact, Chiyo is about to discover that his talent just might be full of holes?! As it turns out, everyone's got some weaknesses, and nobody's perfect--not even school "prince" Kashima! And Chiyo doesn't get a pass either... because her greatest weakness is Nozaki himself!
"The Spider-woman of Earth-65 was convinced that the Lizard's threat died in her arms along with Peter Parker. But a new reptilian rampage leaves her with doubts not only about Peter's life, but also his death. While her father, Captain George Stacy, struggles with Gwen's double life, troubles mount as the Osborns make their debut--and Gwen finds herself on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most-wanted list! Perhaps some wise lessons about power and responsibility that might come in handy when Gwen battles the Goblins! Plus: discover who wields the shield as Earth-65's Captain America joins the fray--but will she be on Gwen's side?"--Back cover.
"Years before Luke Skywalker would clash with Darth Vader, turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. But when a pair of Jedi Knights - Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi - are dispatched to end the trade conflict that has gripped the galaxy, they make a surprising discovery: the "chosen one" destined to bring balance to the Force - a young boy named Anakin Skywalker! But this new hope may not last long when an ancient enemy returns to threaten the Jedi after centuries in hiding. As the Sith rise again, the small planet of Naboo finds itself in the middle of a power struggle for the ages. Can Queen Padmé Amidala save her people from invasion?"--Back cover.
"Back to the Swingin' '60s as DC Comics reimagines the classic Batman TV series in comics form. These all-new stories portray The Caped Crusader, The Boy Wonder and their fiendish Rogues Gallery just the way viewers remember them. When False Face goes looking for a shape-shifting formula, he ends up creating Clayface! Then, it's a bewitching evening as Marsha, Queen of Diamonds, crashes a gala of Gotham's elite. Later, The Scarecrow and The Harlequin are introduced, and Batgirl makes an appearance as Batman grapples with the masked menace, Bane"--
Fresh out of rehab for oxycodone addiction, Casey and some of her friends attend an all-night rave called Survive the Night in the New York City subway, and find themselves fighting for their lives because drugs are not the only danger here--something is using the rave to attract victims, and some of them will not be coming back.
Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from poverty in Chinatown, and she gains admittance to a prestigious finishing school through a mix of cunning and bribery. She soon discovers that getting in was the easiest part, and must carve a niche among the spoiled heiresses. When the earthquake strikes on April 18, Mercy and her classmates are forced to a survivor encampment, but her quick-witted leadership rallies them to help in the tragedy's aftermath.
"When Kelsey's agoraphobic mother disappears after years of claiming the kidnappers she escaped from were coming back for her, Kelsey quickly discovers that her mother isn't who she thought she was -- and she's not the abductor's only target"--
Maguire is bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys or good luck rituals she performs, horrible things happen. She spends a lot of time in her room to avoid causing damage. But then she meets Jordy, a talented, lucky, aspiring tennis star. He's convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak; she is convinced the best thing she can do for Jordy is stay away. But it turns out that staying away is harder than she thought. --
When fate brings fourteen-year-old Leven and thirteen-year-old Winter together, they discover that for mankind to continue dreaming, the gateway between reality and dreams needs to be found and demolished.
Cassie deals with a breakup by deciding to spend the summer with her father and his family at their Jersey Shore bed-and-breakfast. Bryan, now in a wheelchair after being paralyzed last summer, is back at his camp job. Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.
Thirteen-year-old Sherry helps her mother, a ghost, to investigate who is stalking Sherry's stepmother, but Sherry is also very busy with school and friends, while her mother is also striving for a gold medal in the Ghostlympics.
Ana has three choices: One, stay with her abusive foster parents and watch her little sister, Izzy, get hurt. Two, expose their abuse and risk being separated from Izzy. Or three, join the Contest, win the prize money, and escape together. No matter what Ana chooses, the odds are against her.
"Colin wants out of the Contest. Each task he's assigned by the Benefactor leaves him more convinced that he's part of something shady. Not to mention his every move is being tracked. But the prize money would help Colin's transgender sister, Danni, afford surgery. Can Colin find out what the Benefactor is really up to without ruining his chances to win the Contest?"--Page  of cover.
When Jamie Carpenter's mother is kidnapped by strange creatures, he finds himself dragged into Department 19, the government's most secret agency. Fortunately for Jamie, Department 19 can provide the tools he needs to find his mother, and to kill the vampires who want him dead. But unfortunately for everyone, something much older is stirring, something even Department 19 can't stand up against...
Continues the story of Austrian Prince Alek who, in an alternate 1914 Europe, eludes the Germans by traveling in the Leviathan to Constantinople, where he faces a whole new kind of genetically-engineered warship.
"One of America's most honored writers--a Newbery Honor medalist, Coretta Scott King Medalist, and a three-time National Book Award finalist--draws upon history, and her astonishing imagination, to revive the long lost community of Seneca Village."--Jacket.
"No one can live without food, but what you eat is a personal decision. In the twenty-first century, many people are choosing to eat more vegetables and fruits and less meat. But is all meat bad for you? What does science say? And what about sugar and trans fats, which are linked to diabetes and heart disease? In addition to health concerns, people make food choices for ethical and religious reasons. Some ancient religions asserted that killing animals was wrong, a belief that persists among modern vegetarians and vegans. Some twenty-first century consumers shun meat from factory farms-- where animals are crowded into stalls and fattened up with antibiotics and hormones. An increasing number of people seek out foods grown locally, especially those raised without chemical pesticides, using agricultural methods that keep the soil healthy and do not waste water. As the Earth's population grows, chefs, nutritionists, and scientists are considering how to feed the world. The future of food includes insects-based foods, 3D-printed meals, and crops that can grow inside buildings. What do you choose to eat and why? This book will helps you make decisions to support your values."--
"Today, an ancient world is vanishing right before our eyes: the age of giant animals. Over 40,000 years ago, the earth was ruled by megafauna: mammoths and mastodons, saber-toothed tigers and giant sloths. Of course, those creatures no longer exist, and there is only one likely reason for that: the evolution and arrival of the earth's only tool-wielding hunter, the wildly adaptive, comparatively pint-sized human species. Many more of the world's biggest and baddest creatures--including the black rhino, the dodo, giant tortoises, and the great auk--have vanished since our world became truly global. Last of the Giants chronicles those giant animals and apex predators who were pushed to extinction in the modern era. At the same time, the book also highlights those giant species that remain--even though many barely survive, living in such low numbers that they are on the brink of leaving this world within the next few decades. The continuing loss of these spectacular animals is troubling and tragic, for it leaves us inhabiting a smaller, much more impoverished world. However, the book also includes a hopeful not throughout, for many endangered species can still be saved. As it profiles each extinct and endangered animal, Last of the Giants also focuses on the conservation efforts that are trying to preserve the world's remaining charismatic species before they are lost forever."--Publisher's website.
A bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy, and aspirations of pop-star fame. A spark of hope ignites to a blaze in twelve-year-old Mitsuki Koyama's life when a comical pair of magical beings appears to prove to her that dreams really do come true. Young Mitsuki loves singing and dreams of becoming a pop star. Unfortunately, a malignant tumor in her throat prevents her from pursuing her passion. However, her life turns around when two surprisingly fun-loving harbingers of death appear to grant Mitsuki a temporary reprieve from her illness and give her singing career a magical push start.