After more than twenty years living internationally-sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different languages - writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family. Follow this family of six on their passage-extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant-from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich). Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva). As varied as the topography - the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps - this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a chateau in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines-where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Melissa Dalton-Bradford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/009171/bk_acx0_009171_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea´s prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.
Can honesty be the worst policy? Sixteen-year-old Bernadette Terrell is a champion debater who loves books, contests, and winning. When she´s named captain of her school´s Classics Bowl team to compete on TV against an elite private school for the state title, she´s thrilled. It´s more than a chance to earn glory for her town, and scholarship money for her family - not to mention make non-fictional friends. She´s been training for this her whole life. Winning is her destiny. Or is it? On the eve of the championship match, she discovers that someone she trusts has cheated. And Bernadette is the only one who knows. An honors student who´s always been sure of the right thing to do, she wonders just what that might be, now that ´´winning´´ has a new meaning. And yet - it´s still a competition. And she´s still a girl who hates to lose. Cappo´s blend of suspense and humor makes Cheating Lessons a riveting story about right and wrong - and the downside of trust. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Talmadge Ragan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/062665/bk_acx0_062665_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Though the story takes place in the ´80s, it feels eerily timely.´´-Bustle Arkansas, 1984: The town of Griffin Flat is known for almost nothing other than its nuclear missile silos. MAD-Mutually Assured Destruction-is a fear every local lives with and tries to ignore. Unfortunately that´s impossible now that film moguls have picked Griffin Flat as the location for a new nuclear holocaust movie, aptly titled The Eve of Destruction. When sixteen-year-old Laura Ratliff wins a walk-on role (with a plus-one!) thanks to a radio call-in contest, she is more relieved than excited. Mingling with Hollywood stars on the set of a phony nuclear war is a perfect distraction from being the only child in her real nuclear family-which has also been annihilated. Her parents are divorced, and her mother has recently remarried. Her father, an officer in the Strategic Air Command, is absent . . . except when he phones at odd hours to hint at an impending catastrophe. But isn´t that his job? Laura´s only real friend is her new stepbrother, Terrence. She picks him as her plus-one for the film shoot, enraging her fair-weather friends. But their anger is nothing compared to what happens on set after the scripted nuclear explosion. Because nobody seems to know if a real nuclear bomb has detonated or not.
Competitive eating vies with family expectations in a funny, heartfelt novel for middle-grade audiences by National Book Award winner Pete Hautman. David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he´ll have to do better: he´s going to compete in the Super Pigorino Bowl, the world´s greatest pizza-eating contest, and he has to win it, because he borrowed his mom´s credit card and accidentally put $2,000 on it. So he really needs that prize money. Like, yesterday. As if training to be a competitive eater weren´t enough, he´s also got to keep an eye on his little brother, Mal (who, if the family believed in labels, would be labeled autistic, but they don´t, so they just label him Mal). And don´t even get started on the new weirdness going on between his two best friends, Cyn and HeyMan. Master talent Pete Hautman has whipped up a rich narrative shot through with equal parts humor and tenderness, and the result is a middle-grade novel too delicious to put down. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Lange. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009385/bk_brll_009385_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Barnes & Noble Biggest YA Debut of Fall 2019 Greek mythology meets the Kardashians in Emily Roberson´s Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters, a fresh, fast-paced debut young adult novel about celebrity culture, family dynamics, and finding love amidst it all. Sixteen-year-old Ariadne´s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family´s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won. When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn´t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn´t just endanger her family´s empire-the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving. Ariadne´s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?
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Seventeen year-old Jonas Norton is trying to come to terms with what his blood disorder has robbed from him, including his two most favorite things: basketball, and competing in Hatchet Racket, Wanless´ annual hatchet-throwing contest. The facts that his father works constantly to pay for his blood tests and Jonas can actually see the disappointment in his eyes for being such a failure only make matters worse. And even worse than all of that? Jonas´ own twin brother, Micah, is perfectly healthy and becoming quite the basketball player himself. Also, Hattie, the girl Jonas has loved for forever? She has no idea how he feels.Sixteen year-old Hattie Akerman lives down the hill from Jonas. Though her father, Heath, tries to hide his lack of mental clarity behind the bottle and she´s pretty much given up on having any kind of relationship with him, she would still rather her younger sister, Lucy, not have to deal with the consequences of his behavior. Hattie helps her mother by baking food to sell at Market and looking out for Lucy. No matter what the rest of the town says about her crazy father, Jonas sticks up for them. He is, by far, her very best friend.As if things aren´t complicated enough already, Heath and Micah are unexpectedly drafted into President Kendrick´s army (an army from which no one ever returns) just days before Thanksgiving. When Heath disappears instead of arriving at the Meeting Place to check in, Hattie and Jonas decide they´ve had enough, and take matters into their own hands. And though nothing could have prepared them for what happens next, Hattie and Jonas learn that hope can be seen in every situation. You just have to know where to look. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthew Dunehoo. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010326/bk_acx0_010326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.