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Story Thieves

Author : James Riley
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This “clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is the first in the New York Times bestselling series from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy. Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores. But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character. Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father… …Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure.

The History Thieves

Author : Ian Cobain
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In 1889, the first Official Secrets Act was passed, creating offences of 'disclosure of information' and 'breach of official trust'. It limited and monitored what the public could, and should, be told. Since then a culture of secrecy has flourished. As successive governments have been selective about what they choose to share with the public, we have been left with a distorted and incomplete understanding not only of the workings of the state but of our nation's culture and its past. In this important book, Ian Cobain offers a fresh appraisal of some of the key moments in British history since the end of WWII, including: the measures taken to conceal the existence of Bletchley Park and its successor, GCHQ, for three decades; the unreported wars fought during the 1960s and 1970s; the hidden links with terrorist cells during the Troubles; the sometimes opaque workings of the criminal justice system; the state's peacetime surveillance techniques; and the convenient loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act. Drawing on previously unseen material and rigorous research, The History Thieves reveals how a complex bureaucratic machine has grown up around the British state, allowing governments to evade accountability and their secrets to be buried.

The Story Thief

Author : Andrew Fusek Peters
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This retelling of a traditional African folktale explains how we came to have stories in the world. Nyame the sky god has a special treasure - in a big, brass chest are all the stories ever told. Anansi, the cleverest of spiders, sees that down on Earth, the people are bored. Unfortunately, she can't spin a tale, but she can spin a web. So she makes a ladder up into the sky, determined to bring back the stories, whatever it takes.

The Story Thief A Bloomsbury Reader

Author : Andrew Fusek Peters
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A quirky reworking of the traditional Anansi stories from west Africa by Andrew Fusek Peters. Nyame the sky god has a special treasure - in a big, brass chest are all the stories ever told. Anansi, the cleverest of spiders, sees that down on Earth the people are bored. Unfortunately, she can't spin a tale, but she can spin a web. So she makes a ladder up into the sky, determined to bring back the stories, whatever it takes. This humourous version of the stories of Anansi by Andrew Fusek Peters has fun black-and-white illustrations by Sara Ugolotti and is perfect for children who are developing as readers. The Bloomsbury Readers series is packed with brilliant books to get children reading independently in Key Stage 2, with book-banded stories by award-winning authors like double Carnegie Medal winner Geraldine McCaughrean and Waterstones Prize winner Patrice Lawrence, covering a wide range of genres and topics. With charming illustrations and online guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), this series is ideal for reading both in the classroom and at home. For more information visit www.bloomsburyguidedreading.com. Book Band: Lime Ideal for ages 6+

The Adventures of Orie Alexander the Story Thief Paperback Edition

Author : Wayne Whited
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On the eve of the Annual Storytelling Contest, the town of Weeping Willow is plagued by the mysterious disappearance of the minds of its most prominent citizens, leaving them a blank and empty shell devoid of all memories and stories from their lifetimes. Only one boy can see the connection between the robberies and the appearance of an old-fashioned radio, and his investigation leads him into an adventure full of excitement and danger...Orie Alexander, an 11-year-old boy with the knack for getting himself into trouble, finds that solving the mystery of the missing stories more difficult than he thought when his inquiries bring him from an old abandoned theater all the way to the eerie house of a once-great magician. With time running out and the life of his grandfather and the rest of the town at stake, Orie must face his fears and solve the mystery of the stolen stories!This is the first chapter in a series of exciting adventures for Orie Alexander.

Story Thieves

Author : James Riley
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Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen's life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library and he learns that Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Good Magic Spells Potions and More from History Literature Make Believe

Author : Carole Marsh
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Experience the Magic! From Myths and legends of ancient times to the present, the wonders of magic have kept us enthralled! Journey through this book of magic and find out about the origins of magic and how it affected people's lives. Learn about alchemy, snake charming and fortune-telling. Were charms, amulets and spells really magical? Discover mysterious creatures like Yeti, the Thunderbird and sea serpents. Want to have students learn magic? It's in the book. What do Merlin, Houdini, Walt Disney and David Copperfield hall have in common? It's MAGIC! MAGIC! MAGIC! You could blame Harry Potter, but kids have always been enthralled and enchanted with Make-Believe and Magic. It's OK! Now is the time for them to explore the silly spells, tongue-twirling secret passwords, and all that 'open sesame!' stuff. It's fun, fascinating, and great for their imaginative writing skills.

The Withered Arm and Other Stories 1874 1888

Author : Thomas Hardy
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"See if she is dark or fair, and if you can, notice if her hands be white; if not, see if they look as though she had ever done housework, or are milker's hands like mine." So Rhoda Brook, the abandoned mistress of Farmer Lodge, is jealous to discover details of his new bride in 'The Withered Arm', the title story in this selection of Hardy's finest short stories. Hardy's first story, 'Destiny and a Blue Cloak' was written fresh from the success of Far From the Madding Crowd. Beautiful in their own right, these stories are also testing-grounds for the novels in their controversial sexual politics, their refusal of romance structures, and their elegiac pursuit of past, lost loves. Several of the stories in The Withered Arm were collected to form the famous volume, Wessex Tales (1888), the first time Hardy denoted 'Wessex' to describe his fictional world. The Withered Arm is the first of a new two-volume selection of Hardy's short stories, edited with an introduction and notes by Kristin Brady.

A History of Cant and Slang Dictionaries

Author : Julie Coleman
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This book continues Julie Coleman's acclaimed history of dictionaries of English slang and cant. It describes the increasingly systematic and scholarly way in which such terms were recorded and classified in the UK, the USA, Australia, and elsewhere, and the huge growth in the publication of and public appetite for dictionaries, glossaries, and guides to the distinctive vocabularies of different social groups, classes, districts, regions, and nations. Dr Coleman describes the origins of words and phrases and explores their history. By copious example she shows how they cast light on everyday life across the globe - from settlers in Canada and Australia and cockneys in London to gang-members in New York and soldiers fighting in the Boer and First World Wars - as well as on the operations of the narcotics trade and the entertainment business and the lives of those attending American colleges and British public schools. The slang lexicographers were a colourful bunch. Those featured in this book include spiritualists, aristocrats, socialists, journalists, psychiatrists, school-boys, criminals, hoboes, police officers, and a serial bigamist. One provided the inspiration for Robert Lewis Stevenson's Long John Silver. Another was allegedly killed by a pork pie. Julie Coleman's account will interest historians of language, crime, poverty, sexuality, and the criminal underworld.

The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film

Author : Alan Goble
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