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There's only one thing Jess Aarons is looking forward to in fifth grade, and that's being the fastest kid in school. He's been practicing all summer. He hasn't had much else to do, since his mom spends all her time with his four sisters and his dad i... Read more about Bridge to Terabithia

One time last year Jesse had won. Not just the first heat but the whole shebang. Only once. But it had put into his mouth a taste for winning. Ever since he’d been in first grade he’d been that “crazy...


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The Shadow over Innsmouth is great a horror novella by H. P. Lovecraft, written in 1931, which forms part of the Cthulhu Mythos, using its motif of a malign undersea civilization.

It also makes references to several shared elements of the Mythos, inc... Read more about The Shadow over Innsmouth

During the winter of 1927–28 officials of the Federal government made a strange and secret investigation of certain conditions in the ancient Massachusetts seaport of Innsmouth. The public first learn...


What do readers say about Coming of Age in the Milky Way?

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From the second-century celestial models of Ptolemy to modern-day research institutes and quantum theory, this classic book offers a breathtaking tour of astronomy and the brilliant, eccentric personalities who have shaped it. From the first time man... Read more about Coming of Age in the Milky Way

Coming of Age in the Milky Way was written in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco over a period of twelve years, from 1976 through 1988. As one might expect, in the course of so long a project I ...


What do readers say about All Through the Night?

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A woman compelled. . .

In the glittering world of Regency England, Anne Wilder played a dangerous game. A widowed lady by day, by night she became a masked thief preying on society's elite. She roved high above London's black rooftops, compelled b... Read more about All Through the Night

Ears straining to detect any sound above the murmur of a night breeze stirring the bed curtains, the thief known as Wrexhall’s Wraith lifted an ormolu clock from the mantel. Too heavy. A delicate porc...


The Demon Breed is a 1968 science fiction novel by James H. Schmitz, originally serialized in Analog in a shorter form as "The Tuvela". It was first published in paperback in the Ace Science Fiction Specials line, with a Science Fiction Book Club edi... Read more about The Demon Breed

AS THE PAIN haze began to thin out, Ticos Cay was somewhat surprised to find he was still on his feet. This had been a brutally heavy treatment - at moments it had seemed almost impossible to control....


A Girl Named Disaster is the humorous and heart wrenching story of a young girl who discovers her own courage and strength when she makes the dangerous journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. Nhamo is an 11-year-old Shona girl living in Mozambique in 19... Read more about A Girl Named Disaster

It’s always my turn, thought Nhamo. She watched Aunt Chipo disappear behind some bushes. She much preferred to sit in the shade and gather figs. Almost without thinking, she observed the dusty path be...


What do readers say about Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds?

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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds is a history of popular folly by Charles Mackay. The book chronicles its targets in three parts: "National Delusions," "Peculiar Follies," and "Philosophical Delusions." Learn why intelligent ... Read more about Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

The personal character and career of one man are so intimately connected with the great scheme of the years 1719 and 1720, that a history of the Mississippi madness can have no fitter introduction tha...

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Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen recounts the adventures of Corporal Calvin Morrison of the Pennsylvania State Police who is accidentally transported to a more backward parallel universe.

Morrison ends up in a significantly different version of Pennsylvania.... Read more about Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen

Tortha Karf, Chief of Paratime Police, told himself to stop fretting. He was only three hundred years old, so by the barest life-expectancy of his race he was good for another two centuries. Two hundr...


Nicholas Pileggi's vivid, unvarnished, journalistic chronicle of the life of Henry Hill-the working-class Brooklyn kid who knew from age twelve that "to be a wiseguy was to own the world," who grew up to live the highs and lows of the mafia gangster'... Read more about Wiseguy

Henry Hill was introduced to life in the mob almost by accident. In 1955, when he was eleven years old, he wandered into a drab, paint-flecked cabstand at 391 Pine Street, near Pitkin Avenue, in the B...


Isaac Asimov's timeless short story originally published in 1952. Two young friends, Slim and Red discover two small strange creatures. Red decides he has an opportunity to join the circus with his new pets, but Slim has his reservations.... Read more about Youth

He sat up stiffly in bed. Seconds passed while he interpreted his strange surroundings. He wasn’t in his own home, of course. This was out in the country. It was colder than it should be and there was...

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