I know what it's like to be small in the city...Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don't see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there's too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too. We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what its like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. As we turn the pages, Sydney Smith's masterful storytelling allows us to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading us to a powerful, heart-rending realization...
What would you do if your father offered you in marriage to a man you'd only just met?
This is the outrageous problem facing Gloria and Cluny, the daughters of Leo del Marco, a grocery store tycoon. The year is 1969.
Leo doesn't have a son to inheri the business. After a recent battle with cancer, he urgently needs to find a suitable heir to lead his business. A traditional man withunyilding views on gender roles, he doesn't believe a woman can lead a large and thriving business. But he thinks Christian Frederickson, a rising star in his accounts department, can do the job. There's one stipulation - Christian must marry into the family.
Leo has three attractive daughters:
Gloria is dutiful and obedient, putting her father first in all things. After her mother died 16 years ago, she raised her sisters and continues to run the household. At 31, she has never been tempted to put any man ahead of her father - until she meets Nathaniel, a gifted mathematician.
Sofia is stalled at an early stage of development. Leo has decreed that she will never marry. But Sofia wants to live a normal life with her boyfriend Bobby.
Cluny is Leo's youngest daughter, dazzlingly sexy, her father's favorite and a warrior queen.
Ruthlessly determined to grasp the money and power, Christian must decide which one is the pot of gold - compliant, conventional Gloria or mutinous Cluny. He knows Gloria is the more suitable wife. But from the moment he first saw her, he was vitally attracted to Cluny.
Cluny does all she can to stop the marriage scheme. But as the adversaries fight for dominance, Cluny fears that the unscrupulous Christian will find out the secret she's been hiding from her father ...
More than a retro romance, this is a family drama about an autocratic father's ruthlessness, and ambition's dangerous influence.
Age range 3 to 9
What if there was a purple planet with purple people on it?
Sheree Fitch answers this question with a zany tongue-twister of a poem featuring Mabel Murple, a daredevil who rides a purple motorbike through purple puddles, skis on purple snow, and on her pancakes pours maple syrup.
With a rich and vivid purple palette, Sydney Smith's illustrations reflect the wild joy in this classic poem.
WHAT WOULD YOU GIVE UP FOR YOUR SISTER?
At just 10 years of age, sensible and serious Indigo Aragonesi is being tormented by the neighborhood devil-on-a-bike, Michelangelo Moore.
Then, at 17, the nightmare returns when Indie's helpless but beautiful twin, Vanilla, starts dating Moore, and something happens; a secret that Indie must never, ever reveal.
Fifteen years later, the sisters witness a Mafia murder and flee their hometown of Sacristy, Massachusetts. When Moore, now an FBI agent, tracks them to their hideout, Indie's secret becomes a liability. Moore wants to take the sisters into witness protection, but he's also determined to finish what he and Indie started that hot summer so very long ago.
Sassy, funny and wonderfully engaging, Two Sisters and the Gun is a delightful romantic comedy that will leave you wanting Moore...
Age range 4 to 8
Music is For Everyone is sure to get you excited about making music!
Singer-songwriter Jill Barber takes her young readers through many different kinds of music — hip-hop, jazz, classical, folk — and instruments in an energetic, rhyming tour.
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