In the first book in the Annals of the Western Shore series, each family who resides in the Uplands possesses powerful gifts, which can either help or harm others. The Uplanders live in constant fear that one family might unleash its gift against another, but two young people --- friends since childhood --- decide not to use their gifts.
The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board. Secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s trilogy.
Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now she’s on the run. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert.
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight --- she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.
Nikki Youngbloog is your average teenager, until she is attacked by beasts in the woods and rescued by winged-saviors known as the Halflings. When she comes to, all of her wounds have mysteriously disappeared, leaving her to wonder --- was it just a dream?
In one of the most highly anticipated sequels ever, J.K. Rowling takes up where she left off with Harry's second year at Hogwarts. Old friends and new torments abound, including a spirit who haunts the girl's bathroom and an outrageously conceited new professor --- as well as a mysterious force that's turning students to stone.
Internal and external struggle --- and eventually, peaceful resolution --- are the key ingredients in the heady potion that is HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. In this concluding book of the series, loyal fans get one long, complex draught from J.K. Rowling's concoction. Readers, raise your glass --- there's nothing else quite like it.
Harry wants to escape from the Dursleys and go to the Quidditch World Cup. He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's happening at Hogwarts --- an event involving two rival schools that hasn't happened in 100 years. He wants to be a normal teenager. But unfortunately, Harry Potter isn't normal --- even for a wizard. And in his case, different can be deadly.
The war against Voldemort isn't going well. Dumbledore is always absent, and the Order of the Phoenix has suffered losses. But life still goes on. Teenagers fight and fall in love, and Harry gets help in Potions from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. And with Dumbledore's guidance, he seeks out the story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort --- and finds what may be his only weakness.
Slander campaigns. Teachers who make life miserable. Difficult school exams. Frightening nightmares that won't go away. These are just some of the challenges 15-year-old Harry Potter faces as he enters his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unfortunately for Harry, his problems never seem to go away.
For 12 long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing 13 people with a single curse, he was said to be Voldemort's heir. Now he's escaped, and Harry Potter isn't safe --- not even within the walls of Hogwarts. Because on top of everything else, there may be a traitor in his midst…
Harry Potter knew nothing about magic. He was stuck with the decidedly un-magical Dursleys, where he slept in a closet and ate their leftovers…until an invitation to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry changed everything. As it turns out, Harry's already famous, and he's about to discover a world he never knew existed --- one that will bring him closer to his own destiny.
High school basketball star Thom Creed is used to being on his own. His father Hal had once been one of the greatest and most beloved superheroes of The League --- until the Wilson Towers incident. After that, Thom's mother disappeared and his proud father became an outcast. The last thing in the world Thom would ever want is to disappoint his father. So Thom keeps two secrets from him: that he's gay and that he has the power to heal people.
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Thanksgiving marked the official start of the holiday season, which means we won’t be short on cheer or great movies and television shows to watch this month. Much like the chicken and the egg, we don’t know which came first, but quality entertainment and holiday spirit certainly have always had a long, happy and interdependent relationship. So, as with our spiral hams, let’s dig right in and unravel this month’s books on screen.