After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met. It doesn't help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber's patience and will at every turn--not to mention her hormones. When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?
WINNER - READERS' FAVORITE BOOK ABOUT SPORT In this epic novel about the motor-racing heroes of pre-war Italy and Germany, legendary characters battle to win incredible races on switchback roads along the edges of ravines. Exploring the relationships between the champions as much as the sporting events themselves, this is a thrilling tale based on the true rivalries, triumphs and disasters during a fascinating period in European sporting history. "Martini writes about the dawn of motor racing, a violent and treacherous sport where men serviced their addiction to speed and etched their names in history. Enjoy riding with the greats, it's a rush." - Ben Collins, aka The Stig from BBC's Top Gear "Every fan of motor racing should read this book. How the legendary Italian drivers of the past forged the sport we love today with blood and bone" -.Mario Andretti, motor sport legend "A great read! An incredible tale of skill and courage based on true events". -Alex Baldolini, 250cc/moto2 WSS rider "Meticulously researched, beautifully crafted, and a captivating read from beginning to end". - The Historical Novel Society ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sandro Martini is a seasoned journalist who has worked in Italy and the USA. He has spent years researching the facts and creating a story which tells us much about men, their addiction to speed and the love of the machine at a particular time in history.
A resurrected god; two princesses in love; and only three days till the lands turn to ash. The rajkumari Rahat would sacrifice everything for her people who slaved ten years under the Praitosi Empire. Her brothers will step aside, and Rahat will take the throne to Delorran--with a prince of the Empire at her side. But when the woman she loves is found missing, Rahat must leave her home and search the wilds for her stolen soul. The Ashen God is rising, his servants bringing darkness to the Summer Lands. Lost and forgotten faerie beasts are filling the jungles once more, and if the rajkumari cannot survive them, her lands will fall. In a world teeming with magic and wonder, perils and danger, Rahat must face the unimaginable to win back her lover's soul and save them all.
Being an American in ian wasn't something twelve-year-old Brandon Rogers liked to advertise. His father had left his Indian heritage behind when he went to college and Brandon had grown up in suburbia-just a regular kid. Who neededembarrassing mumbo-jumbo to make you look different? But then Brandon's Navajo grandfather moved off the reservation and into the lower bunk in Brandon's room! It wasn't easy having a roommate who chanted himself to sleep and got you out of bed before sunrise to race the sun. But now Brandon's learning lessons he'll never forget. Like how to take on the old ways without giving up the new. And how to grow up proud and strong ... with a heritage as real as an old man's love.
In Race the Moon, a small boy named Nathaniel takes a long trip with his parents to visit his grandmother. Along the way, he is surprised to notice the moon following their car. Happy to have found a friend to play with, Nathaniel challenges the moon to a race to Grandma's house! The full color illustrations and the heartwarming curiosity of the book's hero work together to help make this book a bedtime favorite for children and adults alike.
Release on 2009-05-16 | by Chiao-Min Hsieh,Jean Kan Hsieh
A Chinese University's Exodus during the Second World War
Author: Chiao-Min Hsieh,Jean Kan Hsieh
Pubpsher: University Press of America
This book is about Zhejiang University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China, which was forced to evacuate from the Hangzhou when the Japanese arrived in 1937 and began torturing civilians, raping women, bombing towns, burning farms, and destroying factories, homes, schools, and libraries. The faculty, staff, and students fled to a succession of towns where they sought refuge from the war and set up temporary classrooms to continue with their educational mission. This exodus lasted eight years and spanned over a thousand miles. They faced constant fear and worry due to malnutrition, disease, abject poverty, and enemy air strikes. But with the resilience and spirit of its faculty and students, the University survived to help revitalize a devastated nation.
Like the other women of her island, Lana expected to become a diver, harvesting jewels from a native fish. But during her initiation dive, she finds a blood-red jewel that marks her as someone with power. Though she hides the jewel, the mark it represents will drive her away from her home island and into an apprenticeship with a one-armed witch. Alaya Dawn Johnson has created an unforgettable coming-of-age story set in a world where wielding the power of magic requires understanding the true meaning of sacrifice.
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Once a Runner—“The best novel ever written about running” (Runner’s World)—comes that novel’s prequel, the story of a world-class athlete coming of age in the 1950s and 60s on Florida’s Gold Coast. Quenton Cassidy’s first foot races are with nature itself: the summer storms that sweep through his subtropical neighborhood. Shirtless, barefoot, and brown as a berry, Cassidy is a skinny, mouthy kid with aspirations to be a great athlete. As he explores his primal surroundings, along the Loxahatchee River and the nearby Atlantic Ocean, he is befriended by Trapper Nelson, “the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee,” a well-known eccentric who lives off the land. In junior high school, quite by chance, Cassidy discovers an ability to run long distances, but his real dream is to be a basketball star. Still, Cassidy absorbs Nelson’s view of running as a way of relating to and interacting with the natural world. Though he is warned of Nelson’s checkered past, Cassidy dismisses the stories as superstitious gossip, until his small town is stunned by the disappearance of a prominent judge and his wife. Cassidy’s loyalty to his friend is severely tested just as his opportunity to make his mark as a gifted runner comes to fruition. John Parker’s prequel to the New York Times bestseller Once a Runner vividly captures how a runner is formed and the physical endurance, determination, and mindset he develops on the way to becoming a champion. Racing the Rain is an epic coming-of-age classic about the environments and friendships that shape us all.