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The Hummingbird's Daughter Book by ,

The Hummingbird's Daughter Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2006-06-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN Code: 9780759567511
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Summary: Discover an epic historical novel of a young saint escaping death from Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels. This historical novel is based on Urrea's real great-aunt Teresita, who had healing powers and was acclaimed as a saint. Urrea has researched historical accounts and family records for years to get an accurate story.

Queen of America Book by Luis Alberto Urrea

Queen of America Book
  • Author : Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release Date : 2011-11-28
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN Code: 031619204X
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Summary: At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, fiercely romantic, and riotously funny, QUEEN OF AMERICA tells the unforgettable story of a young woman coming of age and finding her place in a new world. Beginning where Luis Alberto Urrea's bestselling The Hummingbird's Daughter left off, QUEEN OF AMERICA finds young Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," with her father in 1892 Arizona. But, besieged by pilgrims in desperate need of her healing powers, and pursued by assassins, she has no choice but to flee the borderlands and embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of turn-of-the-century America. Teresita's passage will take her to New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis, where she will encounter European royalty, Cuban poets, beauty queens, anxious immigrants and grand tycoons-and, among them, a man who will force Teresita to finally ask herself the ultimate question: is a saint allowed to fall in love?

The Hummingbird's Cage Book by Tamara Dietrich

The Hummingbird's Cage Book
  • Author : Tamara Dietrich
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 069818470X
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Summary: A dazzling debut novel about taking chances, finding hope, and learning to stand up for your dreams... Everyone in Wheeler, New Mexico, thinks Joanna leads the perfect life: the quiet, contented housewife of a dashing deputy sheriff, raising a beautiful young daughter, Laurel. But Joanna’s reality is nothing like her facade. Behind closed doors, she lives in constant fear of her husband. She’s been trapped for so long, escape seems impossible—until a stranger offers her the help she needs to flee.... On the run, Joanna and Laurel stumble upon the small town of Morro, a charming and magical village that seems to exist out of time and place. There a farmer and his wife offer her sanctuary, and soon, between the comfort of her new home and blossoming friendships, Joanna’s soul begins to heal, easing the wounds of a decade of abuse. But her past—and her husband—aren’t so easy to escape. Unwilling to live in fear any longer, Joanna must summon a strength she never knew she had to fight back and forge a new life for her daughter and herself.... CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Book by Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Book
  • Author : Lisa See
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-03-21
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN Code: 1501154842
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Summary: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters. In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen. The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city. As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries. A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

Hummingbird Salamander Book by Jeff VanderMeer

Hummingbird Salamander Book
  • Author : Jeff VanderMeer
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Release Date : 2021-04-06
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 0771094884
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Summary: From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the end of all things. Software manager Jane Smith receives an envelope containing a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and salamander. Alongside the key is a list of five other animals. The list is signed, "Love, Silvina." Jane does not know a Silvina, and she wants nothing to do with the taxidermied animals. The hummingbird and salamander are, it turns out, two of the most endangered species in the world. Silvina Vilcapampa, the woman who left the note, is a reputed eco-terrorist, and the daughter of a recently deceased Argentine industrialist. And by removing the hummingbird and the salamander from the storage unit, Jane has set into motion a series of events over which she has no control. Instantly, Jane and her family are in danger and she finds herself alone and on the run from both Silvina's family and her eco-terrorist accomplices--along with the wildlife traffickers responsible for the strange taxidermy. She seems fated to follow in Silvina's footsteps as she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, and why she is now at the centre of this global conspiracy, and what exactly Silvina was planning. Time is running out -- for her and possibly for the world. Hummingbird Salamander is Annihilation author Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world.

Fastest Things on Wings Book by Terry Masear

Fastest Things on Wings Book
  • Author : Terry Masear
  • Publisher : HMH
  • Release Date : 2015-06-16
  • Category: Nature
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 0544416082
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Summary: A heartwarming memoir by “one of California’s hardest-working hummingbird rehabilitators . . . will leave the average bird lover agog” (The Washington Post). Before he collided with a limousine, Gabriel, an Anna’s hummingbird with a head and throat cloaked in iridescent magenta feathers, could spiral 130 feet in the air, dive 60 miles per hour in a courtship display, hover, and fly backward. When he arrived in rehab caked in road grime, he was so badly injured that he could barely perch. But Terry Masear, one of the busiest hummingbird rehabbers in the country, was determined to save this damaged bird, who seemed oddly familiar. During the four months that Masear worked with Gabriel, she took in 160 other hummingbirds, from a miniature nestling rescued by a bulldog to a fledgling trapped inside a skydiving wind tunnel at Universal CityWalk, and Pepper, a female Anna’s injured on a film set. During their time together, Pepper and Gabriel formed a special bond and, together, with Terry’s help, learned to fly again. Woven throughout Gabriel and Pepper’s stories are those of other colorful birds in a narrative filled with the science and magic surrounding these fascinating creatures. “This is a book about birds that is actually a book about love, and Masear does us a favor by risking heartbreak every day” (Los Angeles Times). “I cannot believe what a gripping read this is.” —Robin Young, host of NPR’s Here and Now “A book that will change forever the way you look at these little birds.” —Los Angeles Times “This is a charming and lively summertime read, something for the patio or balcony, glass of iced tea at hand, a hummingbird or two zipping around the azaleas.” —Dallas Morning News “I was riveted, charmed, delighted, devastated, profoundly moved, and taken to a magical place few people ever get to glimpse.” —Stacey O’Brien, author of Wesley the Owl

The Hummingbird Dagger Book by Cindy Anstey

The Hummingbird Dagger Book
  • Author : Cindy Anstey
  • Publisher : Swoon Reads
  • Release Date : 2019-04-16
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 1250174880
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Summary: From the author of Suitors and Sabotage comes a suspenseful and enthralling new Regency novel, perfect for readers who like their Jane Austen classics with a side of mystery and murder. 1833. A near-fatal carriage accident has deposited an unconscious young woman on the doorstep of Hardwick Manor and into the care of young Lord James Ellerby. But when she finally awakens, it is with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Beth, as she calls herself, has no identity; the only clue to her circumstances is a recurring nightmare of a hummingbird, blood dripping from its steel beak. With the help of James and his sister, Caroline, Beth tries to solve the mystery of her own identity and the appalling events that brought her to their door. But nothing could prepare her for the escalating dangers that threaten her and the Ellerby clan. From the hazardous cliffs of Dorset to the hostile streets of London, Beth will fight to reclaim her past, hunted by a secretive foe with murderous intentions. Fans of Cindy Anstey's previous novels won't want to miss The Hummingbird Dagger, a dark and twisty new offering that blends romance, danger and mystery. Praise for The Hummingbird Dagger: "A blend of Jane Austen, Jack the Ripper, and your favorite cozy mystery. ... The romance was lovely, sweet and a perfect subplot to the darker tones of murder, mystery and mayhem." —Isabel Ibañez, author of Woven in Moonlight "Quite fun. ... There is a softness when it comes to Cindy Antsey’s historical novels ... it calms me somewhat while still letting me enjoy the twists and turns." —Whatever You Can Still Betray

The Beekeeper's Daughter Book by Santa Montefiore

The Beekeeper's Daughter Book
  • Author : Santa Montefiore
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-02-23
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN Code: 1471195813
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Summary: From the #1 internationally bestselling author Santa Montefiore—a family rocked by tragedy, a love that lives through time, and a story that will stay in your heart. England, 1932: Grace Hamblin is growing up on a beautiful rural estate. The beekeeper’s daughter, she knows her place and her future—until her father dies unexpectedly and leaves her alone. Her childhood friend Freddie has recently become her lover, and she is thankful when they are able to marry and take over her father’s duties. But there is another man she just can’t shake from her thoughts… Massachusetts, 1973: Grace’s beautiful, impetuous daughter Trixie Valentine is in love. Jasper Duncliffe is wild and romantic, and in a band that might hit it big. But when his brother dies and he is called home to England, Jasper promises to come back for Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him. Grace tries to support her daughter, but Trixie brushes off her mother’s comfort in the confidence that Jasper’s feelings for her are real… Both mother and daughter are searching for love and happiness, unaware of the secrets that bind them. To find what they are longing for they must confront the past and unravel the lies told long ago.

The Underneath Book by Kathi Appelt

The Underneath Book
  • Author : Kathi Appelt
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-07-24
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 1416998586
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Summary: There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road. A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the porch, to raise her kittens there because Gar-Face, the man living inside the house, will surely use them as alligator bait should he find them. But they are safe in the Underneath...as long as they stay in the Underneath. Kittens, however, are notoriously curious creatures. And one kitten’s one moment of curiosity sets off a chain of events that is astonishing, remarkable, and enormous in its meaning. For everyone who loves Sounder, Shiloh, and The Yearling, for everyone who loves the haunting beauty of writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Flannery O’Connor, and Carson McCullers, Kathi Appelt spins a harrowing yet keenly sweet tale about the power of love—and its opposite, hate—the fragility of happiness and the importance of making good on your promises.

The Hummingbird Book by Stephen P. Kiernan

The Hummingbird Book
  • Author : Stephen P. Kiernan
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-09-08
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 144343888X
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Summary: From the author of the acclaimed debut novel The Curiosity comes an emotionally resonant tale about a woman who must take care of two wounded men—one, her soldier-husband, just home from the war in Iraq; the other, a dying World War II scholar-historian who harbours a long-buried secret. At once a tantalizing wartime mystery and a moving tale of living, loving and dying, The Hummingbird is the thrilling, heart-wrenching new adventure from Stephen P. Kiernan. Deborah Porter is a registered nurse and hospice worker, the caregiver of last resort for the cantankerous Barcley Reed, a dying history professor who lives on Oregon’s picturesque Lake Oswego. Deborah is surprised to find that her newest charge’s books have all been removed from the library at Portland State University, where he taught for many years. When she asks him why, he reveals that his career was derailed by a long-ago academic scandal but is reluctant to say more. Deborah herself is in a vulnerable place: her husband, Michael, a soldier just back from his third tour of duty in Iraq, has returned home a changed man. For the first time, Deborah, a woman whose life mission is to minister to those who are hurting, is at a loss to help the person who is most precious to her. When Reed learns of Deborah's despair, he makes a decision to reveal to her the provocative historical research at the root of his professional downfall—the little-known story of a Japanese air attack on the US mainland during the Second World War and its aftermath. For, the professor feels, somewhere in that story lies a lesson that can help Deborah save her marriage. It might be “a work of genius, a story that the world must be told,” he tells her, or “the bizarre product of an old man’s deluded fictions.” His only condition: she must tell him, at the story’s conclusion, whether or not she believes it is true. What follows is a grand adventure that asks “what if?” and that may have the power to heal lives. PRAISE FOR THE CURIOSITY "One of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heart and start it again.” —JUSTIN CRONIN, BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PASSAGE

The Devil's Highway Book by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Devil's Highway Book
  • Author : Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Publisher : Back Bay Books
  • Release Date : 2008-11-16
  • Category: Political Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 9780316049283
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Summary: The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. "Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve.--"Los Angeles Times Book Review."

The Swallow and the Hummingbird Book by Santa Montefiore

The Swallow and the Hummingbird Book
  • Author : Santa Montefiore
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-01-02
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN Code: 1471132072
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Summary: A sweeping story of love that stretches across the years from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War. The war has ended and Rita Fairweather is waiting for George Bolton, her childhood sweetheart, to return home to Devon. She wants their future to be a continuing reassurance of their past. But George comes back as a man changed by the horrors he has experienced. Unable to settle back into a small-town life, George decides to travel to Argentina. And Rita promises to wait. But George faces irresistible temptation and an agonising choice. As the years pass, Rita keeps her word, but how long should she wait for the love of the life?

Across the Wire Book by Luis Urrea

Across the Wire Book
  • Author : Luis Urrea
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2010-12-01
  • Category: Social Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN Code: 0307773744
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Summary: Luis Alberto Urrea's Across the Wire offers a compelling and unprecedented look at what life is like for those refugees living on the Mexican side of the border—a world that is only some twenty miles from San Diego, but that few have seen. Urrea gives us a compassionate and candid account of his work as a member and "official translator" of a crew of relief workers that provided aid to the many refugees hidden just behind the flashy tourist spots of Tijuana. His account of the struggle of these people to survive amid abject poverty, unsanitary living conditions, and the legal and political chaos that reign in the Mexican borderlands explains without a doubt the reason so many are forced to make the dangerous and illegal journey "across the wire" into the United States. More than just an expose, Across the Wire is a tribute to the tenacity of a people who have learned to survive against the most impossible odds, and returns to these forgotten people their pride and their identity.

Flight of the Hummingbird Book by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Flight of the Hummingbird Book
  • Author : Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
  • Publisher : Greystone Books
  • Release Date : 2012-01-06
  • Category: Nature
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN Code: 1926812395
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Summary: Hummingbirds have long been a symbol of wisdom and courage. In this charming story, a hummingbird makes a valiant effort to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home — trip after trip, her beak is filled each time with just a drop of water. Her efforts show her woodland companions that doing something — anything — is better than doing nothing at all. The hummingbird parable, which originates with the Quechuan people of South America, has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists worldwide committed to making meaningful change. This retelling, enlivened by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas’ fabulous Haida-manga illustrations, is suitable for all ages of would-be activists. Although environmental responsibility often seems like an overwhelming task, The Flight of the Hummingbird shows how easy it is to start and how great the effect could be if everyone just did what they could.

The Hummingbirds Book by Ross McMeekin

The Hummingbirds Book
  • Author : Ross McMeekin
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2018-02-06
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 1510728775
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Summary: Ezra works as a live-in groundskeeper on a celebrity couple’s enormous rental property in Los Angeles. When the magnetic Sybil sets her sights on Ezra and gradually lures him in, he is as conflicted as he is tempted. Then Grant, her husband, approaches Ezra with a different proposal—to monitor Sybil to see if she is having an affair—and he is faced with the formidable challenge in refusing one or the other. And so begins this sexy, mesmerizing novel about Sybil, an actress desperately hoping for the important role that will resurrect her faltering career; Grant, a cunning, self-made movie producer infamous for subterfuge and secrets; and Ezra, the beautiful, troubled young man they employ—a man haunted by the memory and teachings of his mother, the leader of a new-age cult that deifies birds. Over one life-altering week, Sybil casts Ezra as the center of her universe. Together, they fantasize about the new life for both of them, where Sybil directs and stars in an controversial film about the Middle East, and Ezra can finally realize his dream of traveling to photograph exotic birds, a craft he has cultivated in the hummingbird-filled gardens of the property. But when Sybil’s husband Grant discovers their passionate affair, the three are set on a collision course that can only end in violence.In The Hummingbirds, Ross McMeekin captures people yearning for deep connections in a shallow world defined by the twin obsessions of power and beauty. It is a story of love and redemption, of murder and betrayal, and of the darkness that lurks in the heart of Hollywood.

The Hummingbirds' Gift Book by Sy Montgomery

The Hummingbirds' Gift Book
  • Author : Sy Montgomery
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2021-05-04
  • Category: Nature
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN Code: 1982176091
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Summary: From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of the “fascinating…entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures—hummingbirds. As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of sixty-one MPH, and beating their wings more than sixty times a second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first emerge from their eggs. That’s where Brenda Sherburn comes in. With tenderness and patience, she rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are. With Sy Montgomery’s signature “joyful passion” (Library Journal), and including sixteen pages of gorgeous color photos, this beautifully written and inspiring little book celebrates the profound gift that hummingbirds are to our planet and is the ultimate gift for nature lovers and bird watchers everywhere.

Twilight Love of the Hummingbirds Book by Boune Ome Rattanavong

Twilight Love of the Hummingbirds Book
  • Author : Boune Ome Rattanavong
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release Date : 2017-10-06
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN Code: 1543456294
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Summary: Twilight Love of the Hummingbirds is a short fairy tale, a story of a young couple (husband and wife) that remembered their past lives. They both once were hummingbirds. One day, the husband went out searching for food. While sucking the honey in the flower, he forgot to keep track of the time. The flower folded unexpectedly. He couldnt get out, so he had to spend the night inside the flower. Back home in the nest, his wife thought that he was fooling around and that he had forgotten about her and the chicks. That same night, there was a tragic fire that burned all the bushes. The wife decided to stay in the nest with her chicks, and she let the fire take their lives. With her last breath, she promised herself that if she were to be given a new life or be reborn on this earth, she would never ever speak to any man again. God of love sent them back to earth again. This time, they were both born as humans. The wife was born into a royal family as a beautiful princess. The husband was born as a handsome son of a poor farmer in the same kingdom. Time passed; the princess grew up but never ever spoke to any man in the kingdom, including her own father, the king. The royal family was worried that no prince or any person would marry their daughter. The king sent out an announcement: Any young man that his daughter spoke to or talked to, he would be granted to marry her and become his son-in-law. And the search for the prince charming for their daughter began. This story is exciting and a must-read.

The Whistle and The Hummingbirds Book by Shyamadas Malllick

The Whistle and The Hummingbirds Book
  • Author : Shyamadas Malllick
  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Release Date : 2018-04-09
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN Code: 1946515817
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Summary: Kali, the Whistle, in the story, never liked the idea of using his whistle as a means to call his colleagues literally or symbolically. He always acted on his own, trying hard to resist the existing subculture in the service he joined . This produced many difficulties for him. In his subconscious mind he presumed that the whistle had a more significant role to play than merely calling for help. But could Kali really resist the subculture in the end or fall victim to it? The whistle in the story represents police of that era and the hummingbirds, the political psyche of the ruling people.

The King of the Hummingbirds Book by John Gardner

The King of the Hummingbirds Book
  • Author : John Gardner
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2010-11-02
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 58
  • ISBN Code: 1453203346
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Summary: The classic children’s collection: four fantastical stories filled with wit and wisdom, humor and heart In this wonderful collection of fairy tales, John Gardner turns a timeless tradition into a topsy-turvy whirlwind. In the title story, a kindly simpleton unwittingly becomes sovereign of an avian race. A wicked witch seeks a new profession—and, thus, identity—in “The Witch’s Wish.” In “The Pear Tree,” a sweet young boy is rewarded for his good deeds. And “The Gnome and the Dragon” presents a realm so mixed-up not even the reader can distinguish reality from illusion. With tongue-in-cheek wit and laugh-out-loud humor, Gardner has created a world that will delight readers of all ages.

A Hummingbird Christmas Book by Karen Foley

A Hummingbird Christmas Book
  • Author : Karen Foley
  • Publisher : Tule Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-10-17
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : N.A
  • ISBN Code: 1947636278
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Summary: Cole Tanner doesn’t do Christmas. Abandoned as a child on Christmas Eve, he has no use for the holiday season. When his best friend’s widow arrives in Glacier Creek, Montana, determined to give her small daughter the fairy-tale Christmas she’s dreaming of, Cole is prepared to dislike her. He isn’t prepared for Joy and her daughter to insinuate their way into his life—and his heart. But when tragedy strikes, he needs a Christmas miracle to fulfill the one wish he never knew he wanted. Joy Holliday believes in miracles. She sees hummingbirds everywhere, and believes they are tiny messengers from Heaven. Despite losing her husband four years ago, she is determined not to dwell on the past, but to look to the future. Her entire world revolves around taking care of her daughter, Piper, and ensuring she has a magical Christmas. In Glacier Creek she finds Cole, a man still smarting from the wounds of his past, determined to keep happiness at arms’ length. Can she save Christmas and show him the promise of a future with her?