The Girl No One Wanted

The heartbreaking true story of a child with no home to call her own

Author: Maggie Hartley

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409177041

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 64

View: 5575

Eleven-year-old Leanne is out of control. Since being taken into care at the age of three, she has had over forty placements, each carer less able to cope with her anger and destruction than the last. Late one night, foster carer Maggie Hartley receives a terrified call from Leanne's current placement, who has barricaded herself in her bathroom to protect herself from Leanne's rage. With the police on standby, Maggie manages to diffuse the situation but Leanne is left without a home once more. Maggie is Leanne's only hope. But this is her last chance. If this placement fails, she will have to be put in a secure unit. Then Leanne threatens Maggie with a knife and makes accusations against her that have to be investigated by Maggie's superiors. Where most others would simply walk away, Maggie refuses to give up on the little girl who's never known love. Can Maggie get through to Leanne and begin to help her heal? Will the girl no one wanted find her forever home?

Because I am a Girl

Author: Deborah Moggach,Irvine Welsh,Joanne Harris,Kathy Lette,Marie Phillips,Tim Butcher,Xiaolu Guo

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409089169

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 208

View: 4457

Because I am a girl I am less likely to go to school Because I am a girl I am more likely to suffer from malnutrition Because I am a girl I am more likely to suffer violence in the home Because I am a girl I am more likely to marry and start a family before I reach my twenties. Eight authors have visited eight different countries and spoken to young women and girls about their lives, struggles and hopes. The result is an extraordinary collection of writings about prejudice, abuse, and neglect, but also about courage, resilience and changing attitudes. Proceeds from sales of this book will go to PLAN, one of the world's largest child-centered community development organisations.

Blasphemy

The true, heartbreaking story of the woman sentenced to death over a cup of water

Author: Asia Bibi

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748132538

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 4356

Punjab, Pakistan, June 2009. The temperature is 45° and Asia has been out picking fruit for several hours. It's exhausting, sweaty work, but Asia and her husband have five children to feed. At midday she goes to the nearest well, picks up a cup and takes a long drink of cool water. She refills the cup, drinks some more and then offers it to another woman. Suddenly one of her fellow workers cries out that the water belongs to the Muslim women and that with her actions, Asia - who is Christian - has contaminated it. An argument ignites and in an instant, with one word, Asia's fate is sealed. 'Blasphemy!' someone shouts. In Pakistan this is a charge punishable by death. First attacked by a mob, Asia was soon after thrown into prison and then sentenced to be hanged. Since then she has been kept in a windowless cell. Her family have had to flee their village, under threat from vengeful extremists. In the wave of accusation that followed, only two public figures came to Asia's defence: the Muslim governor of the Punjab and Pakistan's Christian Minister for Minorities. Both have since been brutally murdered. Here, in equal measures shocking and inspiring, Asia Bibi, who has become a symbol for everyone concerned with ending the violence committed in the name of religion, bravely speaks to us from her prison cell.

A Groom of Her Own

Author: Irene Hannon

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 1459281322

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 8429

GUESTS AT THE WEDDING Watching her best friend get married, lovely widow Samantha Reynolds wondered if she'd ever speak those solemn vows again. Though wary, part of her still longed for a husband and family. But it would take a very special man for Samantha to trust her heart once more… From the moment minister Brad Matthews saw Samantha at the wedding, he wanted to be the husband of her dreams. But Samantha had a devastating secret and, once revealed, Brad would face the greatest challenge of his faith: to forgive…and forge a future with this unforgettable woman. VOWS: Three friends with secrets in their past find the courage to love, honor and cherish three wonderful men!

Bible John's Secret Daughter

Murder, Drugs and a Mother's Secret Heartbreak

Author: David Leslie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780571208

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5316

There was one partner the pretty young women who danced away the 1960s in Glasgow's Barrowlands were desperate to avoid: Bible John, so named because he quoted scripture to his victims. He was being hunted for three brutal unsolved sex murders, and each of his victims had been picked up after a night at the famous dance hall. Police were still investigating the first terrifying murder when Hannah Martin was raped on her way home from the Barrowlands. When Bible John struck twice more, Hannah confided to friends that his description matched that of her own attacker. The next shock came when Hannah discovered she was pregnant. Her distraught father banished her from the family home and forced her to give her child up for adoption. She would never see her daughter again, but in a bizarre twist three decades later, an investigation into the infamous World's End murder would result in Hannah's daughter discovering the identity of the mother she never knew. Tragically, the news came too late for them to be reunited, but it set her on a course to uncover the shocking secrets of her mother's life. Did Hannah know Bible John? What did Hannah Martin reveal of her baby's father? How did she then become a member of a multimillion-pound drug-smuggling gang? Why, after expecting a huge bounty, did she die in poverty? The answers are all here in Bible John's Secret Daughter.

Youth's Companion

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Children's periodicals

Page: N.A

View: 2420

Gramercy Park

A Novel of New York's Gilded Age

Author: Paula Cohen

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429972289

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 1347

New York City, 1894. To Gramercy Park, bordered by elegant town houses, cloistered behind its high iron fence, comes Mario Alfieri, the world's greatest tenor. Poised for his premier at the Metropolitan Opera, the summit of society, the handsome Alfieri needs a refuge from the clamor of New York's elite . . . and from the eager women who rule it. He finds it, he thinks, at Gramercy Park, in the elegant mansion of the recently deceased Henry Ogden Slade. The house is available . . . but not quite empty. Clara Adler, Slade's former ward, lives there still, friendless and alone. Who is this bewitching orphan? Why did Slade take her into his home, only to leave her penniless at his death? And what tragedies and terrors have left Clara little more than a pale and frightened ghost, haunting the deserted mansion? Mystified, then enchanted, Alfieri is soon involved in an intrigue that spans two decades and pits him against a vicious enemy who swears to destroy both him and the woman he loves . . . and whose weapon is a scandal that has already come close to killing Clara Adler.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Author: Junot Díaz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101147306

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5936

Winner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere—and risk it all—in the name of love.

Kinder Than Solitude

A Novel

Author: Yiyun Li

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 081299602X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 1779

A profound mystery is at the heart of this magnificent new novel by Yiyun Li, “one of America’s best young novelists” (Newsweek) and the celebrated author of The Vagrants, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Moving back and forth in time, between America today and China in the 1990s, Kinder Than Solitude is the story of three people whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed. As one of the three observes, “Even the most innocent person, when cornered, is capable of a heartless crime.” When Moran, Ruyu, and Boyang were young, they were involved in a mysterious incident in which a friend of theirs was poisoned. Grown up, the three friends are separated by distance and personal estrangement. Moran and Ruyu live in the United States, Boyang in China; all three are haunted by what really happened in their youth, and by doubt about themselves. In California, Ruyu helps a local woman care for her family and home, avoiding entanglements, as she has done all her life. In Wisconsin, Moran visits her ex-husband, whose kindness once overcame her flight into solitude. In Beijing, Boyang struggles to deal with an inability to love, and with the outcome of what happened among the three friends twenty years before. Brilliantly written, a breathtaking page-turner, Kinder Than Solitude resonates with provocative observations about human nature and life. In mesmerizing prose, and with profound insight, Yiyun Li unfolds this remarkable story, even as she explores the impact of personality and the past on the shape of a person’s present and future. Praise for Kinder Than Solitude “This is an exceptional novel, and Yiyun Li has grown into one of our major novelists.”—Salman Rushdie “Yiyun Li infuses the traditional form with a fresh, rigorous beauty and a sense of permanence and increasing value.”—Mona Simpson, author of My Hollywood “[A] sleek, powerful novel about the weight of memory, the brunt of loss and the myriad ways the past can crimp the soul . . . Li gives us gifts of gorgeous prose. . . . Rarely are ordinary humans given such eloquent witness.”—The Washington Post “What makes [Kinder Than Solitude] so vivid is its humanity. . . . It is an inquiry into how the past scars us, shaping present and future, and some deeds, once committed, can never be undone.”—Los Angeles Times “[Li’s] true gift . . . is old-fashioned storytelling [and] a sense that a life, a whole life, can be captured on pages.”—The Boston Globe “A stunning, dark, and beautiful book . . . Yiyun Li writes with characteristic genius.”—Paul Harding, author of Tinkers and Enon

Miss Purdy's Class

Author: Annie Murray

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330527681

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 6898

A tale of hardship and social injustice, Miss Purdy's Class by Annie Murray is a heartfelt saga with strong emotional relationships at its heart. In the New Year of 1936, Gwen Purdy, aged twenty-one, leaves her home to become a schoolteacher in a poor area of Birmingham. Her parents are horrified, but she has the support of her fiance, a recently ordained clergyman. Her early weeks in Birmingham are an eye-opener: at the school she faces a class of fifty-two children, some of whose homes are among Birmingham's very poorest. One of the teachers, the elderly Miss Drysdale, proves an inspiration, and Gwen begins to understand the appalling hardships endured by the children as she is drawn into their lives. Little Lucy Fernandez is a 'cripple' and an epileptic. Through her, Gwen meets Daniel Fernandez, the elder brother in a fatherless household. The family has roots in a Wales' small Spanish community, and Daniel is a young man as fierce and passionate in his emotions as in his social concerns. Gwen falls in love, and is quickly engaged in his battle to win rights for the working classes. As the Brigades are mobilized to fight the Spanish Civil War, Gwen has to face the fact that Daniel has secrets in his past which she would rather not face up to . . .

Straight Outta Scotland

A True Story of Fakery, Money and Betrayal in the Music Industry

Author: Gavin Bain

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1847379648

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 4215

California Schemin'is the remarkable real life story of how two rappers from Dundee pretended to be two rappers from California and duped the record industry out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd - or Silibil N' Brains, as they became known - were two ordinary Scottish boys who shared an extraordinary dream: to become rap superstars. Creating new identities for themselves, they persuaded the music industry that they were the latest hot young talent from California. Silibil N' Brains then lived out that lie for more than two years, securing an enormous record deal with Sony and being catapulted into the industry high-life, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Madonna, Eminem and D12. But, ironically, they could never actually deliver and promote the album that they were paid so much money to put together. As soon as they became famous they would be recognised by anyone who had known them in their former lives in Scotland and the dream would evaporate. As the pressure mounted, there would be disastrous consequences … California Schemin' is a story of incredible highs and terrible lows, of doing whatever it takes to follow your dream.

Married under the Influence

A True Story

Author: Harmony Rose

Publisher: Archway Publishing

ISBN: 1480810517

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 338

View: 1102

As the wife of an alcoholic, author Harmony Rose searched for some validity to her emotions: she didn’t want to feel crazy anymore or continue to carry the shame and blame that came with her husband’s alcoholism. In Married under the Influence, she shares her story of living year after year with a husband who is an alcoholic. With excerpts from her journal entries, Rose tells how all she ever wanted was to be loved by the man she had given her heart to, but she had no idea how to reach him, even briefly contemplating suicide. Then, she had a spiritual awakening that changed their lives forever. She tells the details of her journey to not only help her understand and heal, but to help others. Including interviews with recovering alcoholics and with other wives whose husbands are alcoholics, Married under the Influence offers stories of strength, love, and hope. It shows how forgiveness can free you from your own emotional prison and how loving unconditionally doesn’t have to mean losing yourself.

Books for Women

Author: ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited,Various

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458795551

Category: Drama

Page: N.A

View: 2734

This title contains, Household Tales by Brothers Grimm, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Aesop's Fables by George Fyler Townsend, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne, Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster, Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C. Pedley, Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Life and Perambulations of a Mouse by Dorothy Kilner, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge, Child's History of England by Charles Dickens, A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens, An Old-fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, Kim by Rudyard Kipling, Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll, Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum, Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie, Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch by Alice Caldwell Hegan, Pollyanna by Eleanor Hodgman Porter, Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor Hodgman Porter, Campfire Girl's First Council Fire by Jane L. Stewart, The Hoosier School-boy by Edward Eggleston, The Hoosier School-Master by Edward Eggleston, King Solomon's Mines by Henry Rider Haggard

Spared

True Stories of Judy's Family and Friends

Author: Judy Gay Watson

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434349810

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 5631

CliffsNotes on Tan's The Joy Luck Club

Author: Laurie Neu Rozakis

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544182367

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 80

View: 4047

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. Explore how generational and cultural differences can divide—and then unite—immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters as you study CliffsNotes on The Joy Luck Club. This novel describes the lives of four women, who fled China in the 1940s, and their contentious relationships with their four very Americanized daughters. Through the love of their mothers, each of these young women learns about her heritage and so is able to deal more effectively with her life. CliffsNotes provides detailed plot summaries, critical commentaries, and a helpful character list to help you uncover all the insight this novel has to offer. Make studying easier with CliffsNotes on The Joy Luck Club. Other features include Critical essays A review section that tests your knowledge Background on the author, including career highlights Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

Nowhere to Go: The heartbreaking true story of a boy desperate to be loved

Author: Casey Watson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008113106

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1169

Bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson shares the shocking true story of Tyler, an abused eleven-year-old who, after stabbing his step-mother, had nowhere else to go.

Don't Forget to Write

The true story of an evacuee and her family

Author: Pam Hobbs

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407029762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 8528

'Dad walked determinedly down the path, joined by two neighbours with five children between them. As we reached the corner of Kent Avenue, I looked back for one last wave. But Mum had buried her head in her pinny and it was a year before I saw her again.' In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire. Living away from Mum and Dad for two long years, Pam was moved between four foster homes. In some she and Iris found a second family, with babies to look after, car rides and picnics, and even a pet pig. But other billets took a more sinister turn, as the adults found it easy to exploit the children in their care. Returning to Essex, things would never be the same again, and the war was far from over. Making do with rations, dodging bombs and helping with the war effort, Pam and her family struggled to get by. In Don't Forget to Write, with warmth and vivid detail, Pam describes a time that was full of overwhelming hardship and devastation; yet also of kindness and humour, resilience and courage.