Fife player Jesse Bollier was kidnapped and dumped aboard a slave ship, where he was to play music so the slaves could keep their muscles strong and bodies profitable. He was sickened by the thought of taking part in such a despicable business, but, to the men of the ship, a "slave dancer" was necessary to ensure their share of the profit. After four months of hazardous sailing, Jessie was to face a final horror that would stay with him the rest of his life.
One day, 13-year-old Jessie Bollier is earning pennies playing his fife on the docks of New Orleans; the next, he is kidnapped and thrown aboard a slave ship, where his job is to provide music while shackled slaves "dance" to keep their muscles strong and their bodies profitable. As the endless voyage continues, Jessie grows increasingly sickened by the greed, brutality, and inhumanity of the slave trade, but nothing prepares him for the ultimate horror he will witness before his nightmare ends - a horror that will change his life forever.
Ned Wallis knows he's forbidden to touch the rifle in the attic. But he can't resist sneaking it out of the house just once. Before he realizes it, Ned takes a shot at a dark shadow. When Ned returns home, he's sure he sees a face looking down at him from the attic window. Who has seen and heard him? Ned's feelings of guilt and fear only get worse when one day, while helping an elderly neighbor, he spots a wild cat with one eye missing. Could this be the thing Ned shot at that night?
On the eve of their trip to Africa, Laura Maldonada Clapper and her husband, Desmond, sit in a New York City hotel room, drinking scotch-and-sodas and awaiting the arrival of three guests: Clara, Laura's timid daughter from a previous marriage; Carlos, Laura's flamboyant brother; and Peter, a melancholy editor whom Laura hasn't seen for over a year. But what begins as a bon voyage party soon becomes a bitter, claustrophobic clash of family resentment.
Clay Garrity is 11 years old, and he has never felt so alone in life. Weeks before, his father lost his job and left Clay and his mother, who was pregnant, to fend for themselves. Soon after, they moved into a welfare hotel. They didn’t have much, but they did have each other. Now his mother is gone too. And all Clay has to live on is the $28.75 she left under a box of doughnuts.
The Heart of a Teacher is a celebration of thanks to the teachers of the world. The Heart of a Teacher is filled with inspirational stories and poems that reflect the hearts of teachers and their commitment to making a difference in each life they touch. Mac Anderson explains why he chose to publish this book: "Part of my intention in publishing our gift book for educators, Heart of a Teacher, was to honor the teachers who had made a difference in my life.
Ohne Pathos, doch mit großer Eindringlichkeit erzählt Paula Fox wie ein glücklich wirkendes, gut situiertes Paar mittleren Alters nach einer Reihe eher kleiner Katastrophen vor den Scherben seines Lebens und seiner Beziehung steht. Geschildert werden drei Tage im Leben von Sophie und Otto Bentwood. Gut 40 Jahre alt, seit 15 Jahren verheiratet und kinderlos, führen die beiden ein wohl geordnetes Leben in einem Backsteinhaus im New Yorker Stadtteil Brooklyn. Er ist erfolgreicher Anwalt, sie hat früher als Drehbuchautorin und Übersetzerin gearbeitet, allerdings seit einiger Zeit die Lust daran verloren.