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The Stone Necklace

Author : Carla Damron
ISBN : 9781611176209
Genre : Social Science
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Clawing chest pains and a fiery car crash take one life and change the destiny of four others. The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses. Carla Damron weaves the stories of four people in Columbia, South Carolina, whose seemingly disparate existences intersect through tragedies realized and tragedies averted. Lena Hastings survived breast cancer and marital infidelity but now faces an uncertain future and crises with her teenaged daughter Becca without the support of the one person she has always counted on. Intensive care nurse Sandy Albright, newly released from drug rehab, confronts temptations from her past and false accusations threatening her career, leaving her to wonder if a drug-free life is really living. Tonya Ladson, a mother whose child is injured in the wreck, must decide if her domineering husband is right and a lawsuit will solve their financial problems. Joe Booker, a homeless man who sleeps in a graveyard, loses his gentle benefactor and must either succumb to the real and imagined evils of his world or find the heretofore-untapped courage to care for himself and for others as a stranger once cared for him. Weighted down by their respective pasts, the characters must make life-altering choices that reverberate into the fates of the others, ultimately bringing them together in unexpected but healing acts of compassion, forgiveness, and redemption. The Stone Necklace includes a foreword from novelist Patti Callahan Henry.

Journey Proud

Author : Salley McAden McInerney
ISBN : 1479254665
Genre : Children, White
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Journey Proud is the story of four white children growing up in the early 1960s in a middle-class neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina. The lives of Annie Mackey, Buck McCain, Twig Roebuck, and his big sister, Briddy, intersect with Naomi Portee, a young black woman who arrives on a hot August day in 1963 to care for Annie. Naomi, who longs for a child of her own, reluctantly takes the job with the Mackey household. She joins other housekeepers who ride dirty city buses from one side of town to the other to work for white families in Shimmering Pines, a place of ranch-style brick homes, "woody" station wagons, skinny pine trees and heat-stricken grass. Annie, 12, Buck 13, Twig, 12, and Briddy, 15, spend much of their time at the old Montague farm which spreads out gracefully along one side of Shimmering Pines. The farm has long been fallow, but it remains a sanctuary for wildlife, for the children and for a magnificent Southern live oak tree which the youngsters lovingly call "the Old Lady." It is underneath the Old Lady, on a cold March afternoon in 1964, that a mulatto baby is born to Briddy. Annie, Buck and Twig are on hand for the birth of the infant, which Briddy can't possibly keep. "There can't be no baby, so there ain't no baby," Buck declares, wielding a rusty shovel with which he plans to bury the infant underneath the Old Lady. What becomes of the tree, the baby, the children and Naomi, is at the core of a remarkable story that examines the racially-charged times of the early 1960s. This coming-of-age tale set in the South during the civil rights movement exposes the inequities of the period and shows how childhood innocence is often replaced by harsh realities. Along with Naomi, the youngsters are simultaneously bound together and pushed apart by rules - written and unwritten - that dictate everything from where they can pee to who they can love. Journey Proud incorporates national events - the March on Washington and the assasination of President John F. Kennedy. The story is also infused with events which took place during that era in South Carolina. In the fall of 1963, significant desegregation of public schools was still several years away, but parochial schools around the state were admitting their first black students. Classified advertisements in the real estate section of Columbia newspapers described starter homes in "COLORED" neighborhoods. And when a federal court order ruled that public parks in the state must admit "Negroes," the parks - including a popular one just outside Columbia - closed before Labor Day to avoid integration. "Journey proud" is an old Southern expression describing the anticipation one feels before beginning a long trip. Join Annie, Buck, Twig, Briddy and Naomi as they begin theirs.

Journey To The River Sea

Author : Eva Ibbotson
ISBN : 9781509832255
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It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson's highly colourful, joyous adventure.

Island Of The Blue Dolphins

Author : Scott O'Dell
ISBN : 0395536804
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

Dragon Of The Lost Sea

Author : Laurence Yep
ISBN : 9780064402279
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The outlawed princess of the Dragon Clan and her young human companion undergo fearsome trials in their quest for an evil enchantress. ‘Dramatic tension stays high. Weaves Chinese legend into an exciting tapestry of myth and folklore.’ —BL. Notable Children's Books of 1982 (ALA) 100 Favorite Paperbacks of 1989 (IRA/CBC)

Death On The Nile

Author : Agatha Christie
ISBN : 1408276305
Genre : British
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The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. Hercule Poirot is on the case.


Author : Carole Wilkinson
ISBN : 0330441094
Genre : Child slaves
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Ping is a slave in a royal palace on the edge of the Emperor's kingdom. Under her master's watch, the Emperor's dragons have dwindled from a dozen to a miserable two. When one dragon dies, only the wise Long Danzi remains. His fate seems sealed - until Ping comes to his rescue in a moment of bravery that reveals her destiny as a Dragonkeeper.

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