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Action and adventure fiction

  • Author:
    Cussler, Clive
    Summary:

    It is called zero point energy, and it really exists--a state of energy contained in all matter everywhere, and thus all but unlimited. Nobody has ever found a way to tap into it, however--until one scientist discovers a way. Or at least he thinks he has. The problem is, his machines also cause great earthquakes, even fissures in tectonic plates. One machine is buried deep underground; the other is submerged in a vast ocean trench. If Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala and the rest of the NUMA team aren't able to find and destroy them, and soon, the world will be on the threshold of a new era of earth tremors and unchecked volcanism.

  • Author:
    Krumm, Stan
    Summary:

    Zachary's Horses picks up where Zachary’s Gold left off and continues the adventures of Zachary Beddoes. It is 1870, and the ex-lawman is hiding out in the capital of colonial British Columbia, using the name Lincoln Zachary. He soon befriends a series of locals: a young woman with a mysterious background; a pair of young English gentlemen, who are travelling through the area; a manic, alcoholic notary from the Washington Territory; and a rich but unscrupulous local business family, who are organizing what they think will be the horse race of the decade. But not all of his new friends have Zachary’s best intentions at heart, as he becomes involved with a blackmailing scoundrel who knows his true identity and intends to make the most of the situation. Suspense mounts as the day of the horse race approaches. Both love and danger are in the air, and Zachary once again exhibits his ability to do just the wrong thing at the wrong time.Set in a most interesting time and place in our history, Zachary's Horses follows Zachary Beddoes as he struggles to survive the Wild West of the north.

  • Author:
    Krumm, Stan
    Summary:

    In 1864, headstrong Pinkerton man Zachary Beddoes is tired of guarding hotels and railway stations, so he decides to quit his life of private law-enforcement and head west for gold. In San Francisco, Zachary hears that the best goldfields are north, in British Columbia. Undeterred by warnings of how harsh and unforgiving the Barkerville goldfields can be, Zachary sets off in search of his fortune. But before he can stake his claim, Zachary unexpectedly becomes an outlaw. Forced to flee into the bush, Zachary must rely on a Chinese prospector named Rosh to keep him alive. In an adventure beyond even Zachary’s wildest dreams, he and Rosh dodge bullets and struggle to survive the wild west of the north.

  • Author:
    Gutman, Dan
    Summary:

    Just when they think they are safe, twins Coke and Pepsi are chased by an evil Elvis impersonator, trapped in a pool of flesh-eating soda, nearly pulverized in a giant shredder, and crushed in a turbo-charged carnival ride--but no one believes them! Will they survive?

  • Author:
    Barwin, Gary
    Summary:

    Set in the years around 1492, Yiddish for Pirates recounts the compelling story of Moishe, a Bar Mitzvah boy who leaves home to join a ship's crew, where he meets Aaron, the polyglot parrot who becomes his near-constant companion.

    From a present-day Florida nursing home, the wisecracking yet poetic bird guides us through a world of pirate ships, Yiddish jokes and treasure maps. The story begins in Spain during the Inquisition, a dangerous place and time to be Jewish, so Moishe joins a band of hidden Jews trying to preserve some forbidden books. He falls in love with a young woman, Sarah, and though they are separated by circumstance, Moishe's wanderings are motivated as much by their connection as by his quest for loot and freedom. When all Jews are expelled from Spain, Moishe travels to the Caribbean with the ambitious Christopher Columbus, a self-made man who loves his creator. Moishe eventually becomes a pirate and seeks revenge on the Spanish while seeking the ultimate booty: the Fountain of Youth.

  • Author:
    Sauder, B.L.
    Summary:

    Hong Mei and her single mother have had to move from town to town in modern China – as soon as townsfolk get suspicious that her mother's magical healing powers are, in fact, truly magical, they move on, usually in the middle of the night. But Hong Mei has started getting emails from someone named Madam Ching, who claims to have information on her long-missing father.

    Ryan and Alex are Chinese-Canadian brothers who have lived with their aunt and uncle since their parents died in a mysterious fire. They are just going to visit relatives in Hong Kong as far as they know, just as the New Year's celebrations begin for the Chinese Year of the Golden Dragon.

    What they are about to discover, as they magically connect with Hong Mei, is that there is a link between the fire that killed their parents and Madam Ching, between the ancient jade pendants they all wear and the Chinese myth of the Black Dragon. And why all these strange things start happening on the eve of the Year of the Golden Dragon.

    East and West, ancient and modern, the mystical and practical, all collide as the trio races against time from Hong Kong to Beijing and finally to the famous Imperial tomb of Xian, where they meet their fate and discover what they are truly made of.

  • Author:
    Petriw, Myroslav
    Summary:

    Winner of the 2002 Anna Pidruchney Award For New Writers On a visit to Ukraine to retrieve a family heirloom secretly buried by his grandfather during the Second World War, Yaroslaw, a Ukrainian-Canadian university student, stumbles into a world full of spies and secret organizations, peril and political intrigue. His discovery of the hidden cache yields clues to the location of a fabled lost treasure-the greatest in all Europe. Working against time, Yaroslaw and a small band of accomplices struggle to uncover and save a nation’s heritage, operating in secret to prevent the corrupt leaders of the government and the Russians-from stealing it. Yaroslaw’s Treasure is a thrilling suspense story set against the gripping drama of the Orange Revolution, the 2004 popular uprising that saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in Ukraine to overthrow a corrupt government and reinforce democracy in a land long occupied by repressive and foreign regimes. Rich with history, romance, politics, and danger, Yaroslaw’s Treasure superbly captures the wonders and horrors of Ukraine’s past, swirls through the treacherous currents of its present politics, all the while providing entertainment as a first-rate thriller.

  • Author:
    Le Guin, Ursula K.
    Summary:

    After being rescued by a flying cat, Alexander the cat decides to make good on a promise to do wonderful things.

  • Author:
    Hanson, Ed, Doman, Mary Kate
    Summary:

    These traditional reads are brimming with spirited characters and positive values—but with a little extra excitement and bite, so hold on to your hats! Written expressly for the middle grade struggling reader, the series does not contain strong language, edgy themes or dysfunctional families. In fact, family is the main theme of these titles. And one particular Latino family is the focus with their uncanny knack for finding humor, hope and colorful personalities—even in unusual circumstances. Written at the lowest reading levels, the 50-page story structure is straightforward and moves the reader through the text quickly and efficiently. There was a pride of lions lying in the grass. All the lions were looking at the wildebeests. The Silvas took out their cameras. "I think they're hungry."

  • Author:
    London, Jack
    Summary:

    After nearly starving in the desolate Yukon territory, a young wolfdog pup is taken in by a group of Native Americans and must grow into a savage and independent fighter to fend off the wolves and humans who threaten his survival. A companion to London’s other classic, Call of the Wild.

  • Author:
    Woods, Stuart
    Summary:

    A man is left for dead when Columbian pirates raid his yacht and murder his wife and daughter. But soon after, he receives a phone call which reveals that his daughter is still alive.

  • Author:
    Muller, Rachel
    Summary:

    Chloe McBride has some reservations about accepting her elderly great-aunts' invitation to spend part of the summer with them in Little Venice, but her initial reluctance is outweighed by her curiosity about the mysterious key that came with her aunts' note. She's also anxious to put the humiliating memory of a disastrous piano recital as far behind her as possible. Chloe's great-aunts tell her the legend of her great-grandfather, Dante Magnus, an ambitious magician who vanished without a trace almost a century earlier, and Chloe begins to search for clues to his disappearance. When her investigations eventually lead her to a mysterious rosewood box, which has been hidden for almost a hundred years, Chloe's belief in the power of magic forces her to confront her own fears and ambitions.

  • Author:
    Wheeler, Kate
    Summary:

    An interweaving of two love stories that span generations begins in the 1940s as Althea Barnes becomes enamored of both India and a Hindu priest, and continues with her granddaughter, who has an affair with a revolutionary in contemporary Peru.

  • Author:
    Mitchard, Jacquelyn
    Summary:

    Allie Kim's deathly allergy to sunlight confines her to the night, and without her best friend Juliet, the night feels even darker. Allie knows Juliet killed herself to escape Garrett Tabor, whom they saw commit a horrible crime, and her quest for justice soon jeopardizes all she holds dear.

  • Author:
    Damico, Gina
    Summary:

    Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama-and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by the scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it's a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality.

  • Author:
    Johnson, Kristin F.
    Summary:

    When Alexandra's dad gets a new job in Hawaii, her parents promise that life there will be paradise. But what they couldn't predict is a natural disaster of epic proportions. A tsunami slams into their new island home, quickly turning paradise into a living nightmare. Can Alexandra survive the flood' And even if she does, will everything she loves be swept away'

  • Author:
    Nichols, Peter
    Summary:

    Two men from opposite ends of the social spectrum - a wealthy self-indulgent industrialist and a disgraced sea captain - are brought together in a harrowing adventure: an attempt to guide a luxurious but ill-equipped yacht through the perilous polar waters.

  • Author:
    Smith, S. E.
    Summary:

    After sixteen-year-old Makayla is suddenly forced to live with a grandfather she barely remembers, she has trouble adjusting to her new home. In an act of defiance, she sets sail in her grandfather's old sailboat on a journey that will either kill her or change her life forever.

  • Author:
    Acton, Vanessa
    Summary:

    Blair and her brothers are driving home from a disastrous road trip when their day suddenly gets a whole lot worse. After facing down a tornado, their car is barely functioning, and the same can be said for Blair's older brother. Blair must take charge and get her family out of danger, but the storm isn't letting up. Will Blair be able to get her injured and scared brothers to safety ... before the next twister hits'

  • Author:
    Villeneuve, Gisèle
    Summary:

    Visiting Elizabeth follows a friendship that begins and ends with a needle. Elizabeth teaches Ariane to speak her mind. So when Elizabeth is struck and killed by a car, Ariane vows to speak for two. Soon, a hybrid language rolls off her tongue. Elizabeths English and Arianes native French are woven so fine they can no longer be separated. Just like the clothes Ariane alters and sews by hand, changing form and function, she discovers irresistible connections between her two languages and cultures, charging them with new energy and rhythms. Her words open a rich sensual world, as physical as the fabrics she sews, as sharp as the needle she threads. Set in the heady moment between Expo 67 and the end of 1969, the story is an adrenaline rush that pulls the reader through the front and back streets of Montr. Wielding her needle, Ariane reinvents herself while keeping Elizabeths memory alive. In the end, the seamstress becomes her own uvre dart.

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