Nine intriguing stories of adventure, mysterious powers and human connection with the natural world. The Island of Wolves tells of a boy shipwrecked on an island with only wolves for company. Could a special friendship with the animals help him survive? In The Miracle at OLM the new girl at school might not be as she first seems. George in George and the Skunks has always believed in kindness towards animals. When he and his mother take ownership of a pet shop, they make a powerful enemy. Their main advantage is a deep friendship with a family of skunks, but will that be enough? In Walk on Water and Invisible Soccer Ball Johnny and Carrie each find themselves with special powers that they must learn to control. The Volcano Boy and The Rose Queen each introduce us to special children with deep connections to nature. The Wildest Kid Ever is the action-filled story of George Ernest Brooks' run ins with a criminal gang.
Sheila Adams has been performing Appalachian ballads and telling stories for over twenty years. A native of Madison County, North Carolina, she was introduced to the tale-telling tradition by her great-aunt 'Granny,' well-known balladeer Dellie Chandler Norton. This collection of Adams's stories provides a rare portrait of a distinctive mountain community and charts the development of an artist's unique voice. The tales range from stories of heroic, sometimes fierce, mountain settlers to the comic adventures of local drifters and tricksters, from magical childhood encounters to adult rites of passage. We meet Bertha and the snake handlers, local preacher Manassey Fender (who 'looked like a pencil with a burr haircut, in a suit'), and Adams's beloved grandfather Breaddaddy, who taught her about life and death with an enchanting graveyard dance. But perhaps the most powerful character depicted here is 'Granny,' whom Adams calls 'the most exciting person I have ever known and the best teacher I would ever have.' By weaving these remembrances into her stories, Adams both preserves and extends a rich artistic heritage.
Jim Ackley had been unemployed for nearly two years. During that time, the Lord was tugging at Jim's heart to do something that would help people come to know him. As he tried to grasp exactly what he was supposed to do, there were different incidents that guided his decision. Influenced by a newborn baby, a friend's daughter who needed help, and a niece who re-entered his life after being out of sight for twenty-five years, Jim finally realized that the Lord wanted him to write Footprints into Your Faith. This book that will not only engage you with its stories, it will help people of all ages and all denominations of faith examine their own paths in their walks of faith. There very likely is a subject in this book that you will identify with or sympathize with. Each chapter has Scriptures that are the basis for the subject.
Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They’ve one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in. For those who’ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it’s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word. From the Hardcover edition.
This comprehensive study covers every aspect of the group's musical life--composition, performance, recording and reception histories--from its beginnings in 1956 through 1965. Its combination of documentary study and interpretation presents the music of the Beatles in a new light.