A teenager, late for school, accidentally microwaves his doodle notebook while heating his breakfast. This brings alive the cartoon characters in the notebook. Now he needs to deal with a typical teenage day in school—replete with problems like social awkwardness, bullies, boring classes, love trouble—while trying to remain even keel with his notebook’s suddenly animated characters.
One of the characters, Dud, becomes the boy’s alter-ego as they continually poke each other. Can Dud help the boy realize that running from one’s problems won’t solve them? Can he make the boy face them? Grab Mega Awesome Notebook by Kevin Minor to find out.
Easton family moves into an old, giant house they bought at dirt cheap price.
Alice, the youngest in the family, is thrilled to move in there and explore it.
Her joy soon turns to dread when she discovers a painting of stick figures
depicting a family of four on the wall of the hallway ……. just like her
family. The rest of the family brushes it off, but Alice is intrigued and scared
by this painting.
One by one, the members of her family start disappearing, which is followed by a X marking that member in the crude painting in the hallway. Alice must unearth the macabre mystery behind this old house before she becomes the next victim.
Born in a family of mahouts (elephant trainers), Hemit dreams of getting his elephant in the cattle fair next year. He is a gentle soul and understands animals in a way that no one can. He believes the relationship between a mahout and his elephant should be based on trust, love, and respect. However, his father uses harsh ways to dominate his elephant. Unable to withstand any more ill-treatment towards the elephants in the family stable, he takes a stand against his father.
Hemit’s yearning to understand the elephants better leads him to a mystical fakir, who everyone believes is an evil sorcerer. But Hemit sees otherwise and accepts the fakir’s help to learn how to communicate with his beloved elephant. Will Hemit succeed in convincing his father that love and respect are the only ways to gain an animal’s trust? With his new-found learning, can Hemit win Asha’s (an abused elephant) trust? Read Soul of the Elephant by Pam Laughlin to find out.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls is a gripping, poignant memoir detailing her quirky childhood filled with incredible hardships on account of growing up in a dysfunctional family.
Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and an irresponsible and delusional
mother. Rex and Rose Walls’ nonconformist
ideas about the world initially inspired their four children. The Walls family
led a peripatetic life, relocating every few months. They never imposed any
rules on their children and encouraged them to handle their problems on their
own. Rex was a charismatic man who taught them a variety of subjects and often played
with them, while Rose painted and wrote and mouthed off philosophical thoughts.
However, as the children started growing up, their
rose-tinted glasses were replaced by the harsh reality of life. Little by
little, the Walls children’s dreams of the Glass Castle—the grandiose promises
of a spectacular home to be constructed by their father—started crumbling when
they realized their parents were self-absorbed people, averse to
responsibilities, and they would have to take care of themselves. This
realization instilled a fierce determination in them to get away from their
parents and carve out a successful life for themselves.
“I want it known before this tale begins, I am not the hero but the villain.”
Jonathan is the immortal master of Raven Hollow Manor – a decrepit mansion riddled with superstition, murder and restless ghosts. Beneath it lies a restless malice.
Its previous owner driven mad, violently kills his guests with a rusted ax, creating the perfect venue for Jonathan to seclude himself in a prison of his own device.
When the streets of London begin to run red with blood; the bodies exhibiting disturbing signs and baffling wounds, the identity of the killer remains elusive to police.
The bodies are just the beginning of Jonathan’s troubles. A mysterious letter accusing Jonathan of committing the murders appear, raising suspicion in the police. Hidden beneath the mangled bodies, Jonathan soon realizes he is being forced to face demons he thought died in a forlorn past he attempted to escape.
One thing Jonathan knows for certain: He must deal with the demons of his past if he is to survive his future. Not only him but those he has come to love as well.