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The Boy on the Porch

Author : Sharon Creech
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A young couple wakes up to find a strange boy asleep on their porch. At first they don't expect him to stay, but stay he does, and as the couple's connection to him grows, the three of them blossom into an unlikely family. But where has he come from and to whom does he belong? 'A page-turner for a reader of any age.' Publisher's Weekly

The Boy on the Porch

Author : Dee Holmes
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Her books have been praised for being “fresh and wonderfully written” (Publishers Weekly) and she has been called “a truly gifted writer” (Rendezvous). Now, USA Today bestselling author Dee Holmes brings us a deeply moving story of a woman whose life is transformed by a boy who suddenly appears on her porch one day... On the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death, Annie Hunter comes home to find a ragged-looking boy asleep on her porch. When he awakes, she discovers his name is Cullen Gallagher—and that he’s convinced that Annie is his mother. Everyone knows his claim is preposterous, especially because she and her late husband, Richard, never had the chance to fulfill their dream of having children. Yet Annie finds herself drawn into the boy’s search for his birth parents—and to Linc McCoy, the handsome, rough-edged director of the home for troubled boys where Cullen lives. Slowly, Annie begins to imagine making a place in her life for young Cullen—and for Linc, the one man who could heal her wounded heart. “Dee Holmes tugs at readers’ heartstrings with great skill and insight.”—Barbara Bretton, USA Today Bestselling Author

The Boy Who Dreamed of a Dinosaur

Author : Shanique Porch
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This is a children book for any child who's interested in dinosaurs, science and using their imagination

Her Fearful Symmetry

Author : Audrey Niffenegger
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When Elspeth Noblin dies she leaves her beautiful flat overlooking Highgate Cemetery to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina Poole, on the condition that their mother is never allowed to cross the threshold. But until the solicitor's letter falls through the door of their suburban American home, either Julia nor Valentina knew their aunt existed. The twins hope that in London their own, separate, lives can finally begin but they have no idea that they've been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt's mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them and works in the cemetery itself. As the twins unravel the secrets of their aunt, who doesn't seem quite ready to leave her flat, even after death, Niffenegger weaves together a delicious and deadly ghost story about love, loss and identity.

Beware of Limbo Dancers

Author : Roy Reed
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A noted reporter’s recollections

The Women on the Porch

Author : Caroline Gordon
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One of the most remarkable novels every written by an American woman about women. First published in 1943, the story follows a woman's flight from Manhattan and her unfaithful husband to her rural ancestral home. Southern Classics Series.

The Boy Detective Fails

Author : Joe Meno
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In this “charming” and melancholic novel, a former child sleuth “investigates the hard-to-crack case of Lost Innocence” (Entertainment Weekly). A Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist Book of the Year In the twilight of a mysterious childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, is brokenhearted to find that his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age thirty, returns from an extended stay at St. Vitus’ Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover the world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes. Lost within this unwelcoming place, Billy befriends two lonely, extraordinary children—one a science fair genius, the other a charming, silent bully. With a nearly forgotten bravery, he experiences the unendurable boredom of a telemarketing job; encounters a beautiful, desperate pickpocket; and confronts the nearly impossible solution to his sister’s case. Along a path laden with hidden clues and codes, the boy detective may learn the greatest secret of all: the necessity of the unknown. “Haunted by the mystery of his sister’s death and feeling that a lapse in his sleuthing may be to blame, Billy is determined to find out the reason for her suicide and to punish those responsible . . . The story of Billy’s search for truth, love and redemption is surprising and absorbing. Swaddled in melancholy and gentle humor, it builds in power as the clues pile up.” —Publishers Weekly “The author gives Billy a gallery of rogues to combat and even sends him to investigate the Convocation of Evil at a local hotel (‘Featured Panel: To Wear a Mask?’). Meno sets himself a complicated task, marooning his straight-arrow, pulp-fiction protagonist in a world uglier than the Bobbsey Twins ever faced but refusing to go for satire. Instead, the author takes his compulsive investigator at face value.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review “Comedic, imaginative, empathic . . . investigates the precincts of grief [and] our longing to combat chaos with reason.” —Booklist

Just a Boy from Home

Author : Catherine Bourke Chambers
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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in rural and small town America during the roaring twenties? Or experience the great depression of the thirties? Or actually hear Franklin Roosevelt's voice announce America's entry into World War II? This book takes you on a journey to those times as seen through the eyes of Burrel Harman and his young family. Taking place in Newark, Ohio, Seneca and Smokehole Caverns and Petersburg, WV, The Cave Dwellers tells the story of the family's adventures as Burrel fulfills his and his family's dream to open to the public the unexplored cavern his grandfather had discovered on the family farm. When Burrel became the cavern's first manager, his children, whether playing within the cavern's stone walls, waking to the sight and sound of a carrousel in their yard, soaring over the 1000 feet peaks of Seneca Rocks in the open cockpit of a barnstormer's airplane, or watching country music performances from their own front porch, life seemed enchanted. Then the lure of an unexplored cave took him to Smokehole Caverns where he worked with other fearless spelunkers to transform it from its primitive state to an underground wonderland, and to stay on as its first manager. After moving to nearby Petersburg, the family quickly adjusted to being "townies." Then, unknown forces began to work behind the scenes to destroy life as they had known it. While they faced tragedies, loss of loved ones, and a bushwhacker's bullet, nothing had prepared them for what happened next. As Burrel struggled from the depth of his despair to restore order to their family, and the children yearned for what they had lost, a stranger appeared and helped bring the magic back into their lives.

A Gathering of Doorways

Author : Michael Jasper
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Sometimes you eat the forest... sometimes the forest eats you! And, the forest is always hungry! It's reaching out for Gil, a former office man now gone country on his organic farm, a self-proclaimed fast talker who doesn't speak quite as speedily as he thinks. It's coming for Melissa, who's so burdened with work that she has no time to enjoy the lives they've made for themselves on their farm. More than anything, the forest wants Noah, an adventurous five-year-old with a head full of tales about heroes and distant worlds. And Noah has just stepped inside the dark circle of trees...

From Front Porch to Back Seat

Author : Beth L. Bailey
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From gentleman callers to big men on campus, from Coke dates to "parking," From Front Porch to Back Seat is the vivid history of dating in America. In chronicling a dramatic shift in patterns of courtship between the 1920s and the 1960s, Beth Bailey offers a provocative view of how we sought out mates-and of what accounted for our behavior. More than a quarter-century has passed since the dating system Bailey describes here lost its coherence and dominance. Yet the legacy of the system remains a strong part of our culture's attempt to define female and male roles alike.

The Boy Who Saved Baseball

Author : John Ritter
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Tom Gallagher finds himself in a tight spot. The fate of Dillontown rests on the outcome of one baseball game, winner take all. And it's all because Tom had to open his big mouth. If only he could get Dante Del Gato-the greatest hitter to ever play the game-to coach the team. But crazy ol' Del Gato hasn't spoken to folks in years, not after walking away from the game in disgrace just before his team played in its first World Series. Maybe Tom has one more hope: Cruz de la Cruz, the mysterious boy who just rode into town on horseback claiming to know the secret of hitting. Not to mention the secrets of Del Gato . . .

Frank Among The Rancheros

Author : Harry Castlemon
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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

A Lost Little Boy

Author : Larry Leon Dixon
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Born the son of a share croppers daughter, Larry was surrounded by poverty left by the second world war. His dad, still restless from his tour of duty in Italy and struggling to find a respectable job,was under a lot of pressure to provide for his deprived family. Because of his abnormal enviorment and bizarre relatives, young Larrys life was filled with contenious humor and drama. Growing old in years and not wanting his stories to be forgotten, he wrote about the little boy growing up in the foot hills of the Appalachia Mountains. The short stories were later presented to his only daughter as a Christmas gift.

There Is a Place Where We Meet

Author : Mark Purcell
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After over 25 years of working with people, and attempting to help them, as a psychotherapist, trainer, and teacher, I have not only walked through the joys and struggles of my own life experiences, and those of family and friends, but I have had the benefits and privilege of learning and living vicariously, while listening to untold hours with literally thousands of clients during their own struggling and searching. I have been encouraged by and privileged to watch the healing, growth, and transcendence from life's struggles of thousands of people, and I have felt pain and sadness in witnessing the deterioration, resistance and self-destruction of countless others. I have come to believe that the primary determining factor of whether one experiences transcendence or deterioration is a determined willingness to go through the struggles, and to develop an attitude: that looks courageously into the eye of the storm, and says assuredly: You will not break me ' These poems are captured moments of my own experiences, and reflections on the journeys of others, as we have separately and together enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets, while sometimes weathering the storms in between. May these poems help you better understand yourself and your fellow travelers, and no matter how difficult or deep your own abyss of darkness, may you always find Hope! THE RHYTHM OF LIFE Today could not have been Without yesterday's haunting wind, Blowing by and changing my life, Stirring up realities and other sundry strife. The happenings of this hour Would rightfully have no power, Without the joys and pains of past, Shaping and creating me at last. Had even one conversation been altered, Or one person or event faltered, This moment in which I now breathe Would not now be, as is, conceived. There is a Great Choreographer, somewhere, someplace, Who orchestrates my moves and your every pace, Matching our steps in infinite, perfect time; Then, this dance, once confusing starts to rhyme...

Porch Swings and Prayer

Author : Rob Goodwin
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Porch Swings and Prayer is a southern memoir about faith, family, and triumph over tragedy. Rob grew up in a rural southern town where hard work and diligent faith in God were two important principles. Early in life, Rob faced great adversity. This is the story of his journey to find a better quality of life living with bipolar depression. The love and guidance of maternal grandmother Bertie Mae and her faith-based life lessons serve as a catalyst for a happy ending.

The Grimoire

Author : DeBorah L. Whaley
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Witches, ghosts, vampires, riding bats and an ancient wizard who has transformed into a horrible tree commanding great magic! It started when both John and Alex, unknown to each other, each made a Halloween wish to find a friend. Now the Halloween wish is the most powerful kind of all! Its one mishap after another as the boys solidify their friendship through Johns miraculous gift, a spellbinding power he hadnt even known he possessed! The boys meet a young ghost who adds her assistance to the blights that seem to occur one after running into a terrible witchdoctor, Georges. Georges means to destroy John and his Granny and seeks the aid of the evil Grimoire Tree to accomplish his goals.

My Canvas

Author : Cherry Sparks
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My Canvas is a collection of short stories that come together to create one. These are true stories based on a childs life, presented on coarse material, as seen through her eyes. Witness her struggle to understand lifes mysteries as she tries to fit into society, while basically raising her own self. Her story will make you laugh at some of the witty things she does to survive and fit in, while other instances will make you cry as she encounters things she cannot comprehend. Follow her journey into adulthood where early life experiences affect her self-esteem and decisions. This tale will jolt your memories back to your youth (especially if you ran the neighborhood and didn't get caught in mischievous acts) and above all, it will attest to basic desires as to what we all want and need: love and acceptance. This piece will help teens and young adults speak up, and can also serve as a resource to help parents see the early signs of struggle in the lives of their children. Feel free to go wherever your emotions direct you. Enjoy!

Dark Thicket

Author : Elmer Kelton
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One of America's greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America. Dark Thicket is one of his many classic tales of the history of his home state of Texas. Young Owen Danforth rides home to Texas as a wounded Confederate soldier, at a time when his home state is as savagely divided as his nation. As a grievously wounded America staggers toward the inevitable end of the Civil War, secessionist "home guards" and staunch Union loyalists fight their own bloody battles on a more local scale. For Owen, sick to death of fighting and yearning for peace and recuperation, his homecoming is bittersweet. And when his blood ties force him to choose a side in an unwinnable conflict, Owen begins to wonder if he will ever see peace in Texas again. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Jim the Boy

Author : Tony Earley
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Both delightful and wise, Jim the Boy brilliantly captures the pleasures and fears of youth at a time when America itself was young and struggling to come into its own.

The Boy Who Shoots Crows

Author : Randall Silvis
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A riveting new psychological thriller from a "a masterful storyteller" (New York Times Book Review). Yesterday, a local boy went missing in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Transplanted painter Charlotte Dunleavy was used to seeing him go into the woods, rifle in hand, to shoot at crows. Suffering from the debilitating aftereffects of a migraine, Charlotte is shrouded in a fog of pain and barely remembers the details of the day, just splinters of memory, as if they were a dream-but nothing concrete enough to help the local sheriff in his search. Outside of Charlotte's windows, the woods are peaceful, the play of light and dark among the leaves offering her inspiration for her art. But the truth can penetrate even the deepest shadows of a forest-and a killer's mind...