A Boy in the Water

Author: Tom Gregory

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141988762

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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'A fascinating story full of innocence, achievement, ambition and trust' Ellen MacArthur 'Extraordinary' Clare Balding The poignant, life-affirming story of a determined boy, a visionary coach, and how the dream of a record-breaking Channel swim became reality Eltham, South London. 1984: the hot fug of the swimming pool and the slow splashing of a boy learning to swim but not yet wanting to take his foot off the bottom. Fast-forward four years. Photographers and family wait on the shingle beach as a boy in a bright orange hat and grease-smeared goggles swims the last few metres from France to England. He has been in the water for twelve agonizing hours, encouraged at each stroke by his coach, John Bullet, who has become a second father. This is the story of a remarkable friendship between a coach and a boy, and a love letter to the intensity and freedom of childhood.

Boy in the Water

Author: Stephen Dobyns

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101991798

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

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Another bucolic fall in northern New Hampshire, and the semester is under way at Bishop’s Hill Academy. But this year the start of school has been less than tranquil. The new headmaster, Jim Hawthorne, has liberal ideas that the staff find far from welcome; eloquent as he is on the subject of honor, rumor has it he’s taken this job to escape his past. And Hawthorne isn’t the only uneasy newcomer. There’s Jessica Weaver, a stripper at fifteen, and Frank LeBrun, a replacement cook who’s a bit too quick with a dirty joke. All three have secrets to conceal, memories to suppress. Serene on the surface, the ivy-clad, tree-lined campus gives few clues to the school’s history of special privileges, petty corruptions, and hidden allegiances. And as winter closes in, students, teachers, and staff get an education in savagery and murder. With his uncanny awareness of the intricacies of human nature, the acclaimed author of The Church of Dead Girls once again probes the daily life of an ordinary community to reveal the depths of good and evil.

A Boy in Eirinn - Illustrated by Jack B. Yeats

Author: Padraic Colum

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1473382378

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

View: 428

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Boy in the Twilight

Author: Yu Hua

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 030790864X

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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From the acclaimed author of Brothers and To Live: thirteen audacious stories that resonate with the beauty, grittiness, and exquisite irony of everyday life in China. Yu Hua’s narrative gifts, populist voice, and inimitable wit have made him one of the most celebrated and best-selling writers in China. These flawlessly crafted stories—unflinching in their honesty, yet balanced with humor and compassion—take us into the small towns and dirt roads that are home to the people who make China run. In the title story, a shopkeeper confronts a child thief and punishes him without mercy. “Victory” shows a young couple shaken by the husband’s infidelity, scrambling to stake claims to the components of their shared life. “Sweltering Summer” centers on an awkward young man who shrewdly uses the perks of his government position to court two women at once. Other tales show, by turns, two poor factory workers who spoil their only son, a gang of peasants who bully the village orphan, and a spectacular fistfight outside a refinery bathhouse. With sharp language and a keen eye, Yu Hua explores the line between cruelty and warmth on which modern China is—precariously, joyfully—balanced. Taken together, these stories form a timely snapshot of a nation lit with the deep feeling and ready humor that characterize its people. Already a sensation in Asia, certain to win recognition around the world, Yu Hua, in Boy in the Twilight, showcases the peerless gifts of a writer at the top of his form.

A Boy in Winter

Author: Rachel Seiffert

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307908844

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Early on a gray November morning in 1941, a small Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS. Penned in with his fellow Jews, a father anxiously awaits word of his two sons, while a young woman, come to fetch her sweetheart away from the invaders, must confront new and harsh truths about those closest to her. At the same time, a German engineer, here to avoid a war he considers criminal, is faced with an even greater crime unfolding behind the lines and no one but himself to turn to. And in the midst of it all, a boy determined to survive must throw in his lot with strangers. As their stories weave together, each of these characters comes to know the compromises demanded by survival, the oppressive power of fear, and the possibility of courage in the face of terror.

My Life as a Boy in Jamaica

Author: Baba Shuku Beh

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434378519

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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Given away as a child in order that my family can have a better life I encountered suffering and injustice working for trade man in the community and did not received any wages. I moved to Montego Bay at a tender age searching for greener pasture. Instead life becomes harder for me. I was face with several challenges some were good and some were bad in spite of all the temptations the almighty God has taken me through them all. This book is a combination of suffering; insult and humor there are places where you felt as if you want to break down in tears. So many testimonies and sad truth we should learn from this book where you can be oppress by your own families and at times treated as black sheep and out cast. The sad part of the whole thing is when you have love in your heart towards an individual or individuals and all you get in return are ridicule, disrespect and excommunicated. All that had happen to me helped me to become stronger and wiser. More love for the less fortunate and more strength for the weak all my heart cry out for the poor who can't enjoy life the way it should be enjoy.

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Author: Dave Shelton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448173299

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele. They are only travelling a short distance and it really shouldn't take long. But their journey doesn't quite go to plan . . . Faced with turbulent storms, a terrifying sea monster and the rank remains of a very dangerous sandwich, the odds are against our unlikely heroes. Will the Harriet, their trusted vessel, withstand the violent lashings of the salty waves? And will anyone ever answer their message in a bottle? Brilliantly funny and tender, this beautiful book maps the growth of a truly memorable friendship and explores how, when all else is lost, the most unexpected joys can be found.

There's a Boy in Here

Author: Judy Barron,Sean Barron

Publisher: Future Horizons

ISBN: 9781885477866

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 282

View: 6660

Judy Barron chronicles her son's battle with autism, discussing how she and the other members of the family learned to deal with his outbursts and special challenges.

Annual Report

Author: New York (State). Board of Charities

Publisher: N.A



Page: 426

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Canyon of Remembering

Author: Lesley Poling-Kempes

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press

ISBN: 9780896724358

Category: Fiction

Page: 246

View: 9525

There is magic to be found in this place so beautiful, it might be holy . . . El Canon de los Recuerdos.Here between the mountains, on the edge of the desert, in a remote area of Northern New Mexico, you must come expecting the miraculous: People around the village still spoke of the miracle of the flying sheep, even if they did not believe it to be true. They still spoke of the young Garcia girl and how she saw five sheep tumbled in the wind ahead of a thunderstorm, wool balls at the infinite mercy of God's hand. Dominga's parents and brothers, and most everyone else around Mi Ojo, believed that seven-year-old Dominga had been struck on the head by lightning that day. Even when the sheep were found dead five miles out in Recuerdos Canyon, their wool tinged with hues of purple and pink, like the tips of the clouds at sundown, people around Mi Ojo believed Dominga's story to be nonsense. The miracle, they said was that Dominga Garcia was alive at all, loco or not. But Dominga knew el milagro de Mi Ojo was the five flying sheep, even if her neighbors were too stubborn to acknowledge it.And even now, at forty-seven, the beautiful widow Dominga Garcia de Jesus hasn't stopped believing in miracles; she's just desperately in need of one.In an extraordinarily rich pageant of characters and cultures, through a landscape so palpable it breathes with a life of its own, Canyon of Remembering charts the soul's journey to find meaning, forgiveness, and most miraculous of all . . . love."