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Pregnancy & Parenting

2014

Anthony Horowitz

The final book in the #1 bestselling Alex Rider series with over 6 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.
 
When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since. Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path.

International #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride in this, his final Alex Rider novel. Perfect for young fans of James Bond.

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2014

Michael Smith

Co-author of "Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want-and Why We Should Let Them."

The book is divided into two parts: Part One provides an in-depth exploration of the nature and variety of the pleasure avid adolescent readers experience through their out-of-school reading. Part Two identifies and explains the genres teen readers most enjoy—romance, vampires, dystopian fiction, and science fiction/fantasy. The authors explore what we can learn from teens’ pleasure reading and the implications for instruction in this era of Common Core State Standards. They also suggest ways to make pleasure more central to the work we do in schools. For use with Grades 6 & Up. 

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2014

Jennifer Senior

Author of "All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood." 

Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects ofchildren on their parents?

In All Joy and No Fun, award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior tries to tackle this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

Recruiting from a wide variety of sources—in history, sociology, economics, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology—she dissects both the timeless strains of parenting and the ones that are brand new, and then brings her research to life in the homes of ordinary parents around the country. The result is an unforgettable series of family portraits, starting with parents of young children and progressing to parents of teens. Through lively and accessible storytelling, Senior follows these mothers and fathers as they wrestle with some of parenthood's deepest vexations—and luxuriate in some of its finest rewards.

Meticulously researched yet imbued with emotional intelligence, All Joy and No Funmakes us reconsider some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood, all while illuminating the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to our lives. By focusing on parenthood, rather than parenting, the book is original and essential reading for mothers and fathers of today—and tomorrow.

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2014

Jill West, RD

Author of "400 Moms...Discover What 400 Nutrition Experts Fedd Their Kids."

The foods you serve your kids can make a huge difference in their behavior, school success, sick days, health, fitness and even their self-esteem. This book opens the door to hundreds of practical tips, strategies and solutions for raising a healthy child. Over 400 Registered Dietitians, who are moms like you, have contributed their ideas about how they feed their kids. This book not only shares what they do, but also gives you insights into why it's important. Check out the Best Picks and Worst Picks for cereals, crackers, desserts, and more! By the time you finish the book, you will become a bit of a nutrition expert yourself. Whether your child is a toddler or teenager, this easy-to-read book can help shape the rest of their lives!

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2014

Schuyler J. Ebersol

Author of the YA novel, "The Hidden World"

"I was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, where I still live today. I grew up to love writing, to love using my imagination to create worlds both on paper and off. My childhood was spent in the woods exploring with my cousin and brother. I have always been very close with my family and those bonds have only been strengthened by the illness that plagued me for three years. 

http://www.schuylerjebersolbooks.com

Here is an excerpt:

The Before

The young boy staggered wearily through the woods. His dark brown hair was tangled and his grey eyes were heavily shadowed and deep set from exhaustion. He hadn’t slept in days. His clothes were tattered and dirty, covered in dark stains that looked like blood. As the boy staggered onward, an owl hooted, a creature rustled noisily through the leaves, and far in the distance, a lone wolf howled mournfully. The boy gazed up for a minute and then looked back down at the path that was visible only to him.

The freezing night shrouded everything in a black blanket. Only light a tiny sliver of moonlight shone through the trees. The wind hurried through the valley taking whatever it could carry on its way. Leaves were caught in its fingers as it pulled and pulled at branches, trying to wrench them from the trees. The moon followed the wind at a slower pace, nonchalantly traveling across the sky until it reached the next horizon, where its journey would begin again.

As the moon neared the far horizon, the woods began to brighten—very subtlety at first. The shadows grew from the encroaching darkness, captivating the land in their eagerness to precede the sun.

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