In the tradition of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, an unforgettable exploration of the trials of daily life in Mozambique, long heralded as Africa’s “rising star” Over the past twenty-five years, Mozambique has charted a path of dizzying economic growth nearly as steep as China’s, making it among the fastest-growing economies on the planet. But most Mozambicans have little to show for the long boom; to travel in Mozambique is to see much of the promise of development as a mirage. And in the fall of 2016, a debt crisis unraveled layers of corruption that reverberated across Europe, heralding what many in the financial world feared might be the beginning of a “global financial shockwave” (The Guardian). Go Tell the Crocodiles explores the efforts of ordinary people to provide for themselves where foreign aid, the formal economy, and the government have fallen short. Author Rowan Moore Gerety tells the story of contemporary Mozambique through the heartbreaking and fascinating lives of real people, from a street kid who flouts Mozambique’s child labor laws to make his living selling muffins, to a riverside community that has lost dozens of people to crocodile attacks. Moore Gerety introduces us to a nation still coming to grips with a long civil war and the legacy of colonialism even as it wrestles with the toll of infectious disease and a wave of refugees, weaving stories together into a stunning account of the challenges facing countries across Africa.
THE STORY: After announcing at the outset that what follows is his nightmare, young James Cherry leads us through a series of hilarious and revealing episodes from his life. Awful things keep happening to those around him, and for some reason it
A Tough Nut to Crack, Storm Mountain, The Eye of the Stone, and I’m Going to Be Famous
Author: Tom Birdseye
Publisher: Open Road Media
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Characters you won’t forget in four middle-grade novels from a writer who “has captivated young readers for a quarter of a century” (CorvallisGazette-Times). From mountain climbing to banana-eating contests, visiting a Kentucky farm to traveling to another world, these four middle-grade novels from Tom Birdseye have something for everyone. A Tough Nut to Crack: Eighth-grader Cassie Bell’s father and grandfather had a falling-out years ago, so she’s never met him. But when Grandpa Ruben is injured in a tractor accident, the family travels from Oregon to his Kentucky farm. From the way her dad talks about him, she pictured a mean old man, but her grandfather is lively, goofy, and loving. Still, Dad and Grandpa Ruben can barely stand to be in the same room. Can Cassie find a way to get them back together again? “The novel’s simplicity, humor, action, and warmth will appeal to a broad range of readers.” —School Library Journal Storm Mountain: Thirteen-year-old Cat Taylor’s father and uncle, a famous search-and-rescue team, died on Storm Mountain two years ago. When her cousin Ty impulsively takes their ashes to scatter on the mountain, Cat has no choice but to climb up after him. But when a blizzard traps them, Cat and Ty realize they could be the next ones to die on Storm Mountain. “A touching story about a daughter who wants to honor her mountaineer father. Will appeal to aspiring young climbers who want a taste of the big peaks. Tom Birdseye has more than thirty years of mountaineering experience, and it shows in this page-turning work.” —Climbing The Eye of the Stone: While walking through the woods on his thirteenth birthday, Jackson Cooper takes shelter in a cave to avoid a storm. When he pulls a peculiar stone from the wall, he is suddenly transported to another world. The inhabitants of this strange new place called Timmra believe that Jackson is the chosen one, a promised gift from their god to protect them, and now he must find the courage to fight an evil monster. “The story provides plenty of excitement for adventure fans. . . . [A] fast-paced fantasy.” —Booklist I’m Going to Be Famous: Arlo Moore’s favorite book of all time is The Guinness Book of World Records, and now he is determined to break the world record for eating his favorite food—bananas. He only needs to consume seventeen in less than two minutes. Should be easy, right? Except that when everyone starts betting on Arlo’s chances of beating the record, his principal forbids him from training at school. But nothing’s going to stop Arlo from his moment of fame—even if everyone thinks he’s bananas. “[A] fast-paced, furiously funny story.” —Booklist
This story is intended to speculate and look deep into the "other realm." The subject matter within this book will touch the topic of ghosts and paranormal activities; philosophy; multi-cultural religion through historical myths and records; quantum physics in relation to the study of condensates; spiritual beliefs founded by psychology; while also touching the topic of anthropology in terms of the history of man. In addition, we will be discussing how all of this is currently connected to a geographical destination that exists today. We will discuss topics that some people believe, and others do not. Some topics may be so fresh and new, difficulty may be found in believing any of it! In any event, the simple idea of all of these ideals coming together is extremely phenomenal and even entertaining - even if you are not a believer. Perhaps it will open new doors and make room for the exchanging of new ideas? Perhaps even you will be affected?"In addition: the main purpose of this book is to prove that angels exist, and separately, that messages are physically appearing in our landscape today that symbolizes the Apocalypse is coming - all with the use of photographic evidence to support these beliefs.
For fans of Michael Connelly and CJ Box, the fifth audacious and white-hot novel in the Charlie Hood series from New York Times bestseller and Edgar-award winner T. Jefferson Parker redefines the landscape of the thriller and shatters every expectation you ever had about the good guys and the bad. Now featuring an excerpt from his upcoming novel The Room of White Fire. When Benjamin Armenta, leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel, kidnaps songwriter Erin McKenna, his demands are as unique as the jungle fortress in which Erin is imprisoned. She’s ordered to compose a narcocorrido, a folk ballad that will romanticize Armenta as one of the greatest desperadoes in Mexican history. Allowed to wander the hallways of the castle with only a guitar and a mysterious old priest to keep her company, Erin must produce the loveliest song these men have ever heard. Or she’ll be skinned alive. As Erin’s music wafts through the jungle, it serves as a siren call to the two men who love her: lawman Charlie Hood and Erin’s outlaw husband, Bradley Jones. They have the power to rescue her, but their long-simmering rivalry could very well compromise Erin’s deliverance and cause the ending of a life-and-death ballad to be rewritten in blood.
An Los Angeles Times Best Book 2003 A chilling, beautifully written narrative of African war Sierra Leone is the world's most war-ravaged country. There, in a West African landscape of spectacular beauty, rampaging soldiers--many not yet in their teens--have made a custom of hacking off the hands of their victims, then letting them live as the ultimate emblem of terror. The country is so anarchic and so desperate that, forty years after independence, its people long to be recolonized. And the West wants to save it. Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers follows both a set of white would-be saviors--a family of American missionaries, a mercenary helicopter gunship pilot, and the army of Great Britain--and also a set of Sierra Leoneans, among them a father who rescues his daughter from rape, loses his hands as punishment, then begins to rebuild his life; a child soldier and sometime cannibal; and a highly Westernized medical student who claims immunity to bullets and a cure for H.I.V. A story of black and white, of the First World and the world left infinitely behind, of those who would nation-build and those who live in a land of fire and jungle, In the Land of Magic Soldiers is an unforgettable work of literary reportage by "a terrific reporter with a novelist's eye" (Peter Applebome, The New York Times Book Review).