The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an author's creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular-the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle.
In her now classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon told the story of Claire Randall, an English ex-combat nurse who walks through a stone circle in the Scottish Highlands in 1946, and disappears . . . into 1743. The story unfolded from there in seven bestselling novels, and CNN has called it “a grand adventure written on a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across [centuries].” Now the story continues in Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.
Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor. Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over.
My Liitle Island - Where the adventure begins! This is a three-level pre-primary course that starts children on their journey of learninf English! Children will be inspired to learn with engaging characters and fun activities.
The interleaved Teacher’s Edition includes full-size Pupil’s Book pages right beside the teaching lessons. A two-page Unit Overview with each unit’s content and objectives also provides bulletin-board ideas, story summaries, and home-school and curriculum connections.
This is the true story of two twenty-year old Australians who travelled for fourteen months on recumbent bicycles from Russia, across Siberia and Mongolia, to Beijing. It is as much a story of perseverance, passion, and belief as it is about the people and remarkable landscapes of Siberia and Mongolia. Tim and Chris are not just fearless adventurers but philosophers on wheels, willing and able to open themselves up to everything from the voice of the Steppes to the Russian villagers and the nomads of the Gobi desert. From this they draw an often funny, moving and inspirational tale of living out a dream.
Dennis Lehane returns to the streets of his acclaimed New York Times bestseller Mystic River with The Drop A love story wrapped in a crime story wrapped in a journey of faith Three days after Christmas, a lonely bartender looking for a reason to live rescues an abused puppy from a trash can and meets a damaged woman looking for something to believe in. As their relationship grows, they cross paths with the Chechen mafia; a man grown dangerous with age and thwarted hopes; two hapless stick-up artists; a very curious cop; and the original owner of the puppy, who wants his dog back. . . .
Peter Parker has lots of problems. He loves Mary Jane, but he can't tell her. And his uncle Ben died because of him. But Peter Parker is also Spider-Man and he must save New York from the Green Goblin. Can he do it?
Scholastic Readers are a unique blend of contemporary teenage fiction and magazine-style Fact Files, simplified for students of English. Each story focuses on issues that will motivate and engage teenage classes and the Fact Files explore the themes raised in each story. They are published at four levels from Starter to Intermediate.