I guess I always felt even if the world came to an end, McDonald’s still would be open. High school sophomore Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when an asteroid knocks the moon closer to Earth, like "one marble hits another." The result is catastrophic. How can her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis are wiping out the coasts, earthquakes are rocking the continents, and volcanic ash is blocking out the sun? As August turns dark and wintery in northeastern Pennsylvania, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. Told in a year’s worth of journal entries, this heart-pounding story chronicles Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all—hope—in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. An extraordinary series debut! Susan Beth Pfeffer has written three companion novels to Life As We Knew It, including The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon.
My name is Angelina Rossini. A little about me: I am sixteen years old. I live in Blodgett, Vermont. Population: 854. Most of my life's been pretty normal for a twenty-first-century American teen. THAT SAID: I'm in love with my best friend who, um, recently came out. I sometimes get the sense that my mother wishes I hadn't been born. I maintain a low level of hostility with at least one of my classmates. I could deal, though. Mainly because my dad was around, and he was my sun. Our sun, really: my mom's, my stepsister's, and mine. My dad kept us all in place, orbiting around him. But then the sun, well...it went out. Click. That was the end of Life As I Knew It -- and the beginning of something a lot different.
Kara’s childhood was fraught with abuse at the hands of her father. But worse than that was watching her older sisters being the target of the same abuse. Kara’s story, however, is not without happiness. Read how she overcomes being a victim through reading and lifelong learning. Writing her story is Kara’s way of letting go of her past and living in the present. It is hoped that her story will benefit many people who have had a rough beginning.
What if the world as you know it ceased to exist? When a freak asteroid knocks the moon from its orbit, horrific tides engulf parts of the globe, and life on Earth changes overnight. For 15-year-old Miranda, as power, communications and food supplies start to break down, a desperate battle for her family's survival begins. A ferociously gripping story of human courage in the face of catastrophic disaster.
Through journal entries, sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
When a meteor hits the moon, teenage Miranda and her friends and family struggle to survive the unimaginable. Four gripping books that follow their ordeal are collected in this single-volume edition, including Life As We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon.
Karen Schwind brings us Caroline McKee, a girl on the cusp of womanhood who is determined to right the wrongs former friends did to her. She gets her chance when Billy Taylor, a veteran of the Great War, returns to Greensboro and opens a newspaper in the spring of 1919. Together they dig into the lives of townspeople until Caroline discovers a secret that lays bare the sorrow and shame of people she "s known all her life. Publishing a front-page story of betrayal and tragedy, Caroline learns a lesson that only her devout Christian father could teach--about love, loyalty and letting go. Schwind has crafted Sa memorable setting that feels historically authentic and Sportrays Caroline McKee's longing for an idealized childhood . . . in tender, nostalgic language that captures the reader "s imagination until the last unexpected turn of this amazing story."Her Life as She Knew It is a beautiful and heartfelt Southern story about the ways in which the past we hide from ourselves emerges no matter what we do to stop it. Debut novelist Karen Schwind takes us deep into the thoughts and feelings of a young woman in 1919 who deals with betrayal on several fronts. Crafting a memorable setting that feels historically authentic, Schwind portrays Caroline McKee's longing for an idealized childhood, as well as her response to betrayal, in tender, nostalgic ways. Schwind knows this world/this memorable time in America's history, she understands why we need to keep secrets from ourselves, and she shares it all in her lyrical language."-Julie L. Cannon, author of Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes
What would you do if you were sent back in time for some unknown reason? When Brianna wakes up this morning she will be faced with that very question. Brianna lives in New York with her husband, the love of her life, Greg. She's happily married, has a great job, travels around the world and this year will be celebrating her birthday in style. Until the morning she wakes up in an apartment 3,000 miles from where she and Greg live, and seventeen years in the past! Returning to a life she hoped she would never have to think about ever again, much less relive!
Thomas has war fever in 1862 as he marches towards the Yankee invaders in Tennessee. But his accidental run into a beautiful Southern Belle makes him question his own motives for being in the war, his thoughts on slavery, secession, and his own death.. Troubled by his emotions and in learning of the death of one of his brothers at Wilson's Creek, he's also wounded in a small skirmish with Louisiana Unionists. Now only being carried by the camaraderie of his fellow Texas soldiers, he and his regiment march towards southern Tennessee to meet an unknown Northern enemy next to a small community and church named Shiloh, where Thomas will learn what it means to give all you can for your country. Will Thomas survive the battle to make it home again, or will this be the life he never knew?
When a meteor hits the moon, teenage Miranda and her friends and family struggle to survive the unimaginable. Four gripping books that follow their ordeal are collected in this boxed set. Includes: LIFE AS WE KNEW IT THE DEAD AND THE GONE THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN THE SHADE OF THE MOON
It was a sunny, August Sunday when a sea of humanity converged onto the Ramlila Grounds in Delhi. A veteran anti-corruption crusader had galvanised the usually apolitical common man into a vocal critic of the current political class. But who were these ‘ordinary men on the road’? What was middle-India? From the Punjab to Bengal, from Agra to Vizag, what is it that bound them together? Read to find out and you might just find reflections of your own life...
I only met Sebastian Peréy in person on one occasion, but that was enough for him to make a lasting and indelible impression. I'll never forget that day. Even though it happened many, many years ago, it still lingers as fresh in my mind as if it were only yesterday. It was a hot, humid September morning in South Carolina in 2007. I had been invited to the Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach to participate in a symposium that was hosted by the think tank, Thinking Outside the Boxe, what was supposed to be a gathering of great intellectuals to discuss the world's problems and come up with solutions to the pressing issues of the day. I didn't really know what to expect. I had received an e-mail from Robbie Clinger and Sebastian Peréy of Thinking Outside the Boxe back in early 2006. They wanted to know my thoughts on the Dubai Ports World takeover of P&O. There had been some controversy over an Arab company taking over the UK-based ports operator that controlled five or six container terminals on the east coast of the US. Robbie and Sebastian had found out about Cartwright Industries' shipping operations and, for whatever reason, wanted my opinion on the matter; I gave it to them obligingly. They asked some clever and intelligent questions, and I looked up their website to find out more about their think tank. I remember being impressed by the depth and scope of their work, but I couldn't really find out much about them as individuals. Off and on for the next year, they kept in touch with me, e-mailing me questions or asking for my opinion about certain economic or business matters or geopolitical events. I guess they liked what I had to say or respected my opinion, as controversial as it was at times. It was the spring of 2007 when Robbie and Sebastian first made mention of the Thinking Outside the Boxe Annual Symposium. They presented it to me as a chance to meet with other intelligent folks to discuss the issues of the day and try to come up with feasible solutions. They wanted it to be a real think tank, with multiple perspectives and input from people of all walks of life. I was intrigued, and seeing as though I'd recently written a book set in Myrtle Beach (albeit in the 1940s), Murder at the Ocean Forest, I figured I might as well see what their gathering was all about. I hadn't been to the Dunes Golf & Beach Club before, though I had heard much about it and recalled seeing it on television and in magazines; it hosted the Senior PGA Tour back in the 1990s. I expected it to be like any other country club, stuffy and full of ostentatious people who hadn't really done much in life other than ride their wealthy and powerful parents' coattails and live off of old money, generational wealth. Thus, I was almost convinced Robbie and Sebastian would be of that ilk, but I was pleasantly surprised it was not at all the case for the club or the people. The lavish clubhouse, the hospitable staff, and the $100 million view were astounding, a panorama of the blue Atlantic beyond the sand dunes that separated the Dunes Club from any other private club. The driver pulled the tinted-window Town Car under the porte cochere and opened the door for me. I could smell the salty sea air, which was quite invigorating. I could faintly hear the waves crashing ashore on the other side of the sand dunes, but other than that, there was a peacefulness and serenity that enveloped the place. As I gazed over the vast green lawn leading toward the sand dunes, my mind wandered from my purpose for visiting. I was quickly jolted back to reality by the sound of a young woman's greeting. "Mr. Cartwright?" she said with some authority, holding the double-doors open. I snapped my head in her direction and nodded. "That's right," I said. She smiled and motioned me inside. "Mr. Clinger is expecting you," she said. "I suppose he is," I assured her, perhaps a little too bluntly and coldly. She was very beguiling, but I wasn't one to be fooled by her
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Walking through the Sun Stand and move into the liquid of light Yielding your body The glue that holds all things together is dissolving Not melting Mixing with the wind Floating with dandelion puffs All aroar with silence See the fences Heavy hewn logs and planks Fine wires strung tautly on polished poles These came after the Pine and the Birch Who never knew Holding back or letting go Now we move through fences on our way back to Moving through everything I can feel my body moving through thin bark curls Feel the texture of the rings Passing through the dense heart Lingering to notice melding life forces My nerves and bones and blood Mixing with her sap I can taste it Still It’s easier to move through trees than brush Harder still Is that complete yielding That comes when moving through Oxalis blossoms and tufts of fine grass We have stood with the ones who move Now We move in all directions Standing and not standing in the one space Soon we will Take the appearance of singing and dancing arm in arm Soon we will Walk through planets into the sun
One woman is about to discover everything she believes—knows—to be true about her life…isn't. After hitting her head, Lucy Sparks awakens in the hospital to a shocking revelation: the man she's known and loved for years—the man she recently married—is not actually her husband. In fact, they haven't even spoken since their breakup four years earlier. The happily-ever-after she remembers in vivid detail—right down to the dress she wore to their wedding—is only one example of what her doctors call a false memory: recollections Lucy's mind made up to fill in the blanks from the coma. Her psychologist explains the condition as honest lying, because while Lucy's memories are false, they still feel incredibly real. Now she has no idea which memories she can trust—a devastating experience not only for Lucy, but also for her family, friends and especially her devoted boyfriend, Matt, whom Lucy remembers merely as a work colleague. When the life Lucy believes she had slams against the reality she's been living for the past four years, she must make a difficult choice about which life she wants to lead, and who she really is.
The What I Wish I Knew at 18 Student Guide—Christian Edition is the curricular workbook companion to the book of the same title. Together, they represent an innovative, interactive leadership and life skills training program for Christian-based audiences such as schools, universities, churches, service organizations, and parents. Through a combination of reflective self-assessments and dynamic group activities, students will learn necessary leadership and practical skills to succeed in life. The book is an engaging, comprehensive, and conversational life coach written to help young people reach their full potential. Through lively illustrations, simple instruction, and practical, reflective questions, the book reveals key, before-the-fact secrets to a thriving adulthood. It provides quintessential guidance to those who influence young people on their journey by addressing both character subjects (e.g., life purpose, spiritual life, values, relationships, communication, and handling adversity) as well as life applications (e.g., college academics, career, dating/marriage, and finances).